Archive for the ‘Personalized Pet Memorials’ Category

1:57 12 March 2012

Pet Cancer Link

While doing some research on Pet Cancer,  I found this story very informative and fun to watch.  It was on MSNBC.  Click on this link to watch.  Pet Cancer story.

A very popular way to pay tribute to a beloved pet is the Rainbow Bridge Pet Urn.  The very touching poem is engraved on the front.  Be sure to check out all the wonderful different Wooden Pet Urns there are available from the same U.S. craftsman.

5:19 8 March 2012

Detecting Pet Cancer

  Last night I spoke with yet another client who has recently lost her pet to cancer.  She had a lovely Golden Retriever who had a tumor on her heart.  Her dog had no symptoms whatsoever until she just collapsed.  She was only 7 years old.  In her honor she is having a Pet Headstone made to place above her grave in their backyard.
In doing some research about Pet Cancer, I learned that some 6 million dogs and 6 million cats a year are diagnosed with Cancer.  As humans we need to be ever vigilant and watch for signs so our pets can receive professional care and treatment.  There are now Pet Oncologists who specialize in pet cancer treatments, and pets can now receive Chemotherapy and Radiation.  Pets who once have had Cancer can be Cancer-free and go on  to live long, fulfilling lives due to new medical procedures that have become available in the past few years.  So what should we watch for in our pets to catch the symptoms early?  Here is a list of things that could be caused by Cancer and should be checked out immediately:

1.  Unexplained weight loss; 2. Loss of Appetite; 3. Abnormal swelling; 4. Bleeding; 5. Offensive odor; 6. Difficulty swallowing; 7. Lameness or stiffness; 8. Difficulty breathing; 9. Difficulty urinating or pooping; 10. Sores that don’t heal; 11. Hesitating to exercise; 12. Loss of stamina.  These symptoms can be cause by other illnesses as well, but should be checked by a Vet as soon as possible.  We need to prevent pain and suffering in our beloved furry friends by getting them professional attention just as soon as any of these symptoms appear.

9:00 14 October 2011

Creating A Pet Headstone

A Pet Headstone is the most popular pet memorial I sell.  It is simple, but beautiful and it will last for generations.  You can choose a laser etched black granite one like pictured, a river rock headstone, a gray granite headstone, or a lilac headstone.

  Many people like to make a personalized headstone with a tribute to their lost friend.  The Headstone in the picture was designed personally by Smokey’s owner from a boat in the Carribean and sent to me to have lasered.  If you have the program Photoshop or another similar program, you too are welcome to design your own Pet Memorial and send it to me to have it lasered.

If you prefer to have me do one for you,  I will design and create a proof for you in 1-2 business days and then send it to you for your approval.  I will not send it off to be professionally lasered until the photo, tribute and dates are exactly what you want.

I also have sample tributes for you to use, or you can create one of your own.   To view my sample tributes go to

12:24 14 September 2010

Pet Periodontal Disease

If you pet has bad breath, it shouldn’t be ignored.  It could be signs of an oral problem and the sooner you have it treated by your Vet,  and learn to care for it yourself, the sooner your pet will be comfortable again. 

Periodontal Disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth that takes hold in progressive stages.  It starts out a s bacterial film called plaque.  This bacteria attaches itself to the teeth and when it dies it can be calcified by the calcium in your pet’s saliva.  This forms a hard, rough substance called tartar or calculus which allow more plaque to build up. 

Initially plaque is soft and brushing your pet’s teeth or chewing on hard food can dislodge it.  But if is left to spread, plaque can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, causing them to become red and swollen and they bleed easily.  As plague builds up below the gum line, professional cleaning is needed to help manage it.  If it continues to build unchecked, it can cause an infection around the root of the tooth.  In the final stages of periodontal disease, the tissues around the tooth are destroyed, the bony socket holding the tooth in place erodes, and the tooth becomes loose.  This is very painful.  All of this can be avoided before it even starts with regular dental check-ups and cleaning.  You can also learn how you can give proper pet dental treatment at home.  Together you and your Vet can give your pet a reason to smile.

Personalized Pet Memorials are a personal way to say “good-bye” and pay tribute to the life of your best friend.

12:07 14 September 2010

Why Pet Dental Care?

Would you let years go by without a visit to the dentist?  Probably not.  But your pet’s dental health is just as important to his/her overall health as your dental health is to your general health.   To help educate pet owners about the importance of proper dental care, the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) has developed Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. 

Dental care among our furry friends is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care.  In fact, in a recent AAHA study, it showed that over tw0-thirds of pet owners od ont provide essential dental care.   The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80% of dog and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of 3.  This dental disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth, it can lead to more serious health problems including heart, lung and kidney disease. 

If you currently don’t have a dental care plan for your furry loved one, talk to your Veterinarian and get regular check ups and cleanings scheduled.  It can help you pet live a longer healthier life.

Pet Memorials are a way to pay tribute to the life of your departed friend.  There are many ways to memorialize your loved one from a pet headstone to a pet keepsake.

10:31 31 August 2010

Grieving a loss

Grieving can be very different for everyone.  It is as individual as you are, and you will grieve differently from your friends and even your close family members.  It is also not just common among adults, but very small children can grieve as well.  Grief is an emotional, physical and spiritual response to a death or a loss in your life.  Grief hurts, but is is a necessary response to loss, change or disappointment.  It is very natural and highly individual.  Each time you grieve for someone or some loss in your life, it may be different.  Your current grief will be influenced by your age, your religious beliefs, previous experiences and your relationship to the person or pet you have just lost.  The age and circumstances of the deceased will also influence how you grieve. 

When death or a loss turns your world upside down, grief is the process necessary to help you put it all back together again. There are many symptoms to grief, and you may experience them differently with each loss in your life.  Sometimes we don’t  grieve over a loss of another person as intensely as we grieve over the loss of a beloved pet.  Some people describe grief happening in stages, but it may also feel more like “waves” or cycles that come and go depending on what you are doing at this time of your life.

The grieving process takes time and the healing process happens slowly and gradually.  Allow yourself time to heal and don’t be critical of yourself.  Create a personal tribute or a Pet Memorial to your lost loved one.  Include in it your feelings, the things you did together and the time you shared with one another.

9:23 19 August 2010

Grieving over a Pet?

Unless you have been a pet owner and have had a deep relationship with a 4-legged furchild, you may not understand the depth of grieving that can take place when this companion animal passes on.  Unfortunately, this is very common and many of our friends and family members will not understand what we are going through when we grieve for a pet.  Many who don’t understand us fully have never had this bond and do not appreciate the companionship and unconditional love a pet can provide us.

In order to grieve this pet fully, you need to learn to stand up for yourself.  That doesn’t mean arguing with others about whether or not your grief is appropriate (they’ll never understand anyway) but rather accept the fact that you may find your best emotional support for your grief from others outside your usual circle of family and friends.  You may want to seek out others who have also lost companion animals, join a Pet Loss support group, or find others who will appreciate the magnitude of your loss and can help suggest ways to help you get through the grieving process. 

Creating a Pet Memorial can help put your feelings into words and aid in the healing of a loss of a beloved pet.

6:32 13 August 2010

Pain Management After Surgery

Pain management becomes particularly important after your pet has surgery.  When recovering from invasive proceedures, animals may be not only in pain but also weak and disoriented.  The very best thing you can do for your furry friend after he/she has come home, is follow your vet’s instructions very carefully.  If your vet prescribes a pain killer, administer it as directed.  If you have any questions or if a problem should arise, contact your vet immediately. 

Before you pick up your pet, make sure you have a clean, warm, comfortable bed to help him/her rest.  Then keep your pet quiet and relaxed so he/she has time to heal without getting stressed or causing further injury.  Also make sure you keep your furbaby from picking at the stitches.  Many vets will recommend a special collar or lamp shade looking device that will help reduce the temptation.  Always be attentive, loving and affectionate while your pet recovers.  This comfort and attention may be the best medicine you can give and just what the doctor ordered.

When looking for a Pet Memorial Headstone, select one that  makes a personal tribute to your lost loved one and will bring years of lasting memories.

9:15 10 August 2010

Creating Fond Memories

It may come to as a surprise to you that you have such a deep bond with your pet.  You may have been aware, but not mindful of the many wonderful gifts and memories that your companion animal has brought into your life.  For many of us, the loss of our pet is the loss of a family member, one of our “children’ if you will.  As you experience this grief and sadness, take the time to consider your pet’s special place in your heart.   Remembering the special times you had together can help you to heal the wounds of loss.  You may want to ask yourself these questions:

How did my pet come into my life?  What types of activities did we enjoy together?  What important life’s challenges did my pet help me to endure?  How did our time together make me feel? 

For many of us, pets provide an unwavering source of love, affection and companionship.  Create a Personalized Pet Memorial to pay tribute to your fondest friend. You may want to make a special place in your home where you display photos, toys and mementos of your companion animal.

10:27 16 July 2010

Is Your Pet in Pain?

Animals will often hide their pain, it is a natural’s way to help protect them from predators.  As a pet owner, you need to be aware of some very subtle changes in your pet’s behavior – it may the only clues you have that your pet is suffering.   Some symptoms and behaviors you need to look for are:  Abnormal chewing, bad breath or face rubbing. Excessive head shaking. Sudden weight change. Lack of grooming. Changes in posture. Lagging on walks. Diffuculty getting up. Lethargy or restlessness. Excessive licking, especially in joints. Reluctance to be touched.  

If your pet is exhibiting any of these signs, please call your Veterinarian immediately.  Symptoms caught early and conditions treated properly can make a huge difference in the quality of life your pet and you enjoy together.

Personalized Dog Headstones and other pet headstones are beautiful memorials that will last for generations.