I would say everything depends on you and your dog. Golden boy Scooter died in my brother's back yard in '99 when we were evacuated for Hurricane Bret. I had turned him and Buck loose and when time to eat, only Buck came to the deck. Found Scooter dead in the back yard, a heart attack we learned. he was 5. Being 200 miles from home, we ended up burying him along side 3 of my brother's dogs, so he was 'not alone". My Hunter passed at age 4 in the hospital after a horrid reaction to ProHeart6 in 2003. I had only been gone for 15 minutes, so was not there with him. No crematorium around so he is buried under the sycamore tree he loved to chase squirrels up in our back yard.. Buck woke me up in the middle of the night making odd noises, the same noise he woudl make when I left his side when he was coming around after a dental. As soon as I turned on the light I knew he was dying and I got on the floor with him, held him and he died in minutes. He as 12. This was 2007 and there was a crematorium in the area then, so son came over in the morning and took Buck to teh vet's to have him picked up to be reamated. I hung onto his ashes in the beautiful box.
Then just 1 year and 10 days later, in 2008, I had Hunter's litter mate sister in for you check up (she was almost 9) and a mass was felt. Surgery done that day, but it was so bad the vet was surprised she made it thru the surgery. I was with her 48 hours later when I knew she was going to do. It was Sunday and my vet's day off (we are a one vet town). I asked the tech to call him to come and let her go, no more suffering, but she was gone before he got there, she died with me holding her. I also had her cremated and then decided to bury her and Buck together out under the same Sycamore tree I had buried Hunter under. Buck had also loved to chase squirrels up and knew he woudl love to be out thereh "watching" with Hunter. And Kaycee never chased squirrels, but she and Hunter had been so close it seemed right for her to be there with him.
Honey was at least 13 1/3 (had adopted her fully grown, heat worm positive) and most took her to be 4-5 at most, so fully of energy, no hint of arthritis, etc. Suddenly she got sick and was diagnosed with lymphoma (Aug 2014. Two weeks later she wouldn't eat and we knew. She loved our vet. When we were be in the examine room and she woudl hear him on the other side of the door, her tail went to sweeping the floor (she always laid in there "froggy doggy" with rear legs splayed out. Had to lick all over him. So we took her and when she heard him, her tail did wag, but she didn't get up. I was on the floor with her when she was released. Also had her cremated. And believe it or not, 1 month and 10 days later, Aug. 2014, our Great Pyrenees, Shaggy wouldn't get up one morning. We barely got him in the car. He collapsed again at the vets, Vet was pretty sure what the problem was, did sonogram--tumor on his spleen had ruptured and he was bleeding out and nothing could be done. We said to let him go, no more suffering (he had been abused for 6 years before we adopted him). Again I was on the floor with his big blind head in my lap (blind hsi entire life) as he passed. We had him cremated, and then buried his and honey's ashes near where the ashes of Buck and KayCee and the body of Hunter were buried.
We adopted another 7 year old Pyr 2 weeks after losing Shaggy (2014) and then short time later, adopted an 11 year old golden girl who had belong to the same people who had had to give Moose up. We had her 20 months and then it was a repeat of what happened with Shaggy. This was 2016. Only her tumor was on her liver. We had her cremated and decided to keep her ashes to be buried with Moose when he passed as they were together for yers with theri previous owners, and then with us for almost 2 yers. When we evacuated Hurricane Harvey, we took her ashes with us as we didn't want to bury here alone. Then we lost Moose to liver disease this past Dec. This time, the vet came here and let him go with both hubby and I present. The vet took him to the clinic to be picked up by the crematorium the next morning. We know we are going to bury them together under the cedar tree where they both loved to nap together in the summer. We have since adopted another Pyrenees, almost 10 year old Jewel, who also loves to nap unde the cedar tree. We plan to keep the ashes of Sophie and Moose and then bury Jewel's ashes with theirs---which we hope is yers away.
Now some wonder why bury theri ashes. Well, they are all buries or will br buries in the back yard where they loved to be, in the places they loved to be in...Hunter and Buck where they chased squirrels almost daily, and KayCee because she loved her litter mate so much and always wanted near him. Honey and Shaggy near them as they both loved the outdoors She did chase squirrels, but poor blind Shaggy couldn't. But he deserved company. And then Sophie, Moose and Jewel never chased squirrels, but loved it under the cedar tree.
So each to their own way of thinking, what you think is right for you and for your dog when it comes to where and if to bury or not.
AT THE BRIDGE
SCOOTER 6/14/94 - 8/22/99
BUCK 2/8/95 - 5/15/07
HUNTER 8/19/99 - 10/16/03
KAYCEE 8-19-99 -5-25-08
HONEY ADOPTED GROWN 12/07/02 - 8/13/14
SOPHIE 1/8/04 - ADOPTED 2/17/15 - 10/12/16
GREAT PYRENEES SHAGGY adopted AT AGE 7 8/31/14 - 9/23/14 AGE 7
GREAT PYRENEES SIR MOOSE ADOPTED 9/30/14 ---- 12/5/18 AGE 11 1/2
Goldens bring light into the world.