Category Archives: Pets

Pet Adoptions are Up

Economy gives pets new leash on life

There’s nothing like four furry paws and a wagging tail to meet you at the door after a hard day – especially with the economy in turmoil. “It’s like having a friend that doesn’t judge you,” my friend said. “If you have a bad day, they’re always there.” What a fantastic reason to honor our pets now with some pet photo memorials.

Pets are Furry therapists

Those in the pet therapy field see the comforting effects of animals every day. In fact, research shows having a pet helps reduce blood pressure and relieve anxiety according to the director of the Southern Comforters Chapter of Therapy Dogs International in Charlotte, WV. Dogs have worked their magic on stroke victims, emotionally disturbed children – even patients in psychiatric wards. It just makes sense that we would turn to pets in uncertain times.

Pets vs. vacations

What has changed since the economy soured is that more people are saying they’re giving up expensive vacations to stay home and get a dog instead. That’s what happened to one employee who works in Wachovia’s IT department. With the future of her company looking gloomy, she decided not to take a winter ski vacation and instead bought a yellow Lab. “No matter how bad the news gets,” she said, “when you come home and see that tail and that face so happy to see you, that’s really what’s important.”

Pet Cremation Memorials

When a beloved pet dies it can be very traumatic, and for many people the loss of a treasured family pet is as difficult and sometimes more difficult to deal with as losing a friend or relative. Often people will choose to have their pet cremated and memorialized in a one of a kind custom made cremation urn.

 Choosing to have your pet cremated and have part of the cremains placed inside of a pet keepsake jewelry piece plus scattering the balance in your garden is a great way to honor the loyalty and friendship that your pet showed you during its life. Family pets are just that important and make our lives that much richer and more meaningful. A beautiful Color Photo Rock Memorial Urn can be placed outdoors in your pets favorite resting place.

Pet Wills, Trusts and After Care

What if you do not have someone to care for your pet after you go? Please consider the following ideas when you are deciding who to give the care of your pet to.

What can you do if you have no one to designate as a caregiver?
Discuss the situation with your veterinarian, local pet sitter groups and your local animal welfare organizations. They will be able to help you find the right person to care for your pet should you not be able to.

What is a pet trust and how does it work?
A pet trust is a legal procedure you may use to make certain your pet is protected should you die or become disabled.

How does it work? You choose a person you trust or a bank, as a trustee and provide them with enough money or property to financially care for your pet as you have given instructions. The trustee is bound by duty to oversee that your pet it taken care of by the person designated by you.

What types of trusts are there?
There actually are two types of pet trusts. The first type is called the “traditional pet trust” and the second type is a “statutory pet trust”.

Where can I get a pet trust?
You can call an attorney who specializes in estate planning or you can go on line and contact such businesses as “Pet Guardian,” which provides a pet trust program. These businesses however, do not provide legal advice.

The lifetime of service and love given to us by our pets is truly worth something. And don’t forget to provide in your trust for a pet memorial or a scattering of their ashes.

Foods to Keep From Your Pet

Believe it or not, some of the foods you have around your home which seem perfectly harmless can create medical problems for your pet. Here are some common foods found in everyone’s kitchen that can cause severe health problems for your pet. If your pet exhibits and of these symptoms, contact your vet.

Baking Powder and Baking Soda

Baking powder and baking soda are both leavening agents that help produce a gas in order to cause dough or batter to rise. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate and baking powder, is made from calcium acid phosphate, tartar, and/or sodium aluminum sulfate. If your pet eats either of these two baking ingredients, it may experience any of the following:
• Abnormal Electrolytes (characterized by low potassium, high sodium, and/or low calcium)
• Muscle Spasms
• Congestive Heart Failure

Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic may provide healthy benefits to humans, this is not true for dogs and cats due to the fact that they lack the enzyme needed to properly digest these foods. As a result, eating onions or garlic may lead to the following negative side effects:
• Flatulence
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Gastrointestinal Distress

Yeast Dough

Yeast dough (bread dough etc) will rise in the stomach if eaten before being baked. In the stomach it ferments and produces alcohol. The alcohol can lead to alcohol toxicity in your pet. Signs of alcohol toxicity include:
• Abdominal Discomfort
• Bloating
• Depression
• Lethargy
• Vomiting

Once again, taking steps to protect your pet is a way of honoring your pet just as you would honor your pet with a Pet Memorial Plaque or even an engraved pet memorial when they are no longer with us.

Top 10 Pet Poisons of 2008

In 2008, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, IL, handled more than 140,000 cases of pets exposed to toxic substances, many of which included everyday household products. Honor our pets in all ways, at all times; don’t wait until you need a wood pet urn or pet keepsake jewelry to honor them. Below is a list of the top ten pet poisons that affected our furry friends in 2008.


Human Medications


People Food


Veterinary Medications


Chemical Hazards

Household Cleaners

Heavy Metals



Remebering The Good Times

Some people believe that it is downright foolish to mourn the death of a pet. However, I do not agree. People that have experienced the unconditional love and loyalty of a pet generally feels there is nothing more appropriate than to honor their pet with a pet memorial.

Having a memorial for a pet can be a wonderful source of memories about the good times. Many people like to honor their pet with a pet memorial plaque or an engraved pet memorial.

Should the family choose cremation; the ashes can be kept in pet urns which are available in many types of material and generally has the pet’s name and dates engraved on it.