Cooper's Urn

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Project by Nick_R posted 01-13-2013 12:46 PM 1678 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My dog died suddenly last Friday. He was 12 years old and had a stroke while sitting on the couch watching TV with me. A very sad time for me and my family, Cooper was one of those special dogs that really was a member of our family.

I wanted to build him a nice urn so that is what I did this week. Using Cherry and Ambrosia Maple I put together a simple design that I thought looked nice. When we went to pick up his ashes, the Vet had taken a paw print in a mold and given it to us. I was so moved that I modified the lid design and added the paw print as an inlay covered by 1/8 glass.

I love how it came out and it sits on my nightstand. Sure am gonna miss the little guy.

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 01:57 PM

That is a awesome tribute, I’m sorry for your loss

-- Measure twice, cut once.

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#2 posted 01-13-2013 02:08 PM

Sorry for the loss of your lil buddy. We are also dog owners and they can be like kids to us. (Sometimes they even get treated better then our kids)
That was “above and beyond” that the Vet made the paw print. You dont always see that kind of caring and attention . Very nice gesture.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 01-13-2013 03:19 PM

Very sorry about your dog brother.
You did him proud with that nice urn.
It came out great.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 01-13-2013 04:22 PM

Very nicely done. Sorry for the loss. I know how devastated I will be to lose mine.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 01-13-2013 04:26 PM

A sad task but a good build,looks great.

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#6 posted 01-13-2013 06:44 PM

Very sorry to hear about the loss of a great family friend. You did a great job on the urn and the paw print is a wonderful and fitting addition.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 01-13-2013 07:47 PM

Nick this project is a very touching one indeed. The loss of a family pet is devestating and you could not have built a more perfect tribute to his memory. Thank you so much for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#8 posted 01-13-2013 09:34 PM

Sorry for your loss. I lost my 11 1/2 yr old to a very unexpected seizure. It’s very hard to lose your shop buddy. Very nice design for the urn, perfect piece for the top too. Sure was nice of the vet to do that. Not sure how you were able to finish this project so soon. Had I done this, the finished project would have been too wet to even put a finish on it!!

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#9 posted 01-14-2013 03:55 AM

what a great urn for your pet,sad to hear the news for you!

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#10 posted 01-14-2013 08:56 AM

Thanks for sharing. We have a very special bond with our dogs. I wish our vet had thought of a paw print when we lost our irish setter. You’ve set a standard for all of us who work with wood and our dogs that stand by.


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#11 posted 01-14-2013 07:29 PM

Beautiful work and a great way to pay tribute to Cooper. My deepest sympathies for your loss, Nick. Words of comfort:

-- - The day I stop learning is the day I stop living.

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#12 posted 01-17-2013 04:11 AM

I grew up with a dog and have been around them all my life but not until 3 years ago did I ever truly understand what it’s like to have a pet that’s not just a pet but a true friend; best friend. My heart goes out to you and our family over your loss. I feel honored to be a part of this e-community and witness all the heartfelt comments and support for Cooper. I dread the day I’m in your shoes but what you did for him and shared with us will provide great inspiration for me to do the right thing as you did and set him at peace.

Beautiful Urn Nick.

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#13 posted 02-10-2013 01:58 PM

It’s very hard losing the ones we love, so sorry for your loss, an urn to be proud of and special that you made it for Cooper, very nice.

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#14 posted 02-10-2013 02:29 PM

I’m sorry about Cooper. However, you certainly did a nice job on that Urn. It’s very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 08-04-2013 09:13 PM

Always a tough loss Nick. Think about all the smiles you’ll have every time you look at “Cooper’s Urn”.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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