"When my oldest son was eight, we decided to get a dog. I've raised dogs before so I had a fairly good idea of what I was getting myself into, until I realized our new dog was the devil's spawn in furry disguise. I won't get into all the trouble he caused. We made a difficult decision to send him back to his previous owner, but my son was adamantly against it. He went on a hunger strike and refused to speak to anyone, including at school (he inherits the drama queen gene from both his parents). So one day we sent him to his grandparents under the guise of a happy weekend outing, and secretly took the dog back. After our son came home we lied and said the dog died. To make it believable we pretended to have buried the dog in the backyard. My son is now 13 and he still goes to the "grave" to mark every anniversary of the "death," which in itself is impressive because he doesn't even remember his own birthday. Anyway, the problem is, we are now moving home. My son has been increasingly worried about leaving Scooter behind and has been asking us to exhume his body to re-bury him in our new house. He is insisting that he be there to witness the "ceremony" of exhuming and reburying as he feels he never got a proper chance to say goodbye at the original "funeral." Knowing our son, he would be devastated and perhaps scarred for life if we admit the truth. I know it was wrong to lie but we don't want our son to lose trust in us forever because of what happened in the past. What should we do?"
I guess your kid REALLY LOVED that dog.
Well, lemme see, your options are:
(a) tell the truth, take your lumps, traumatize your child some more and have him probably hate his crazy parents forever, i.e. "that's the price you pay for telling this lie," or...
(b) go to animal control, try to find a similarly dead or decomposed dog, bury it in your yard...i.e. something they'd do on a bad sitcom.
I don't think you can pull the last one off.
(Also, how does the kid remember the day the dog died five years later BUT NOT HIS OWN BIRTHDAY?!)