Pet Cremation Options

Ask a Mortician- Alkaline Hydrolysis

A funny presentation that explains the process of alkaline hydrolysis.

This gives pet owners in some areas of the country new options for when their beloved pets pass away.

Some burial or cremation options are alkaline hydrolysis. Like cremation, the process dissolves pet remains into ash and uses heat,
water and alkaline instead of fire in a hot furnace. [Read more…]

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Michigan Military Dog Memorial

Michigan War Dog Memorial

Michigan Military Dog Burial

Military K-9 dogs that serve in police departments in Michigan like Quinn with the Fowlerville Police Department was interred at the Michigan War Dog Memorial in Lyon at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Quinn in a not a Michigan native K-9 but was born in his native country of Germany in April 2002. In October 2003 he was brought to Rudy Drexler’s school for dogs in Indiana. [Read more…]

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Pet Memorials

How to Conduct a Pet’s Funeral

How to Conduct a Pet’s Funeral

I was devastated when I first lost Andy my miniature schnauzer a few years ago.

Losing a dog can be hard on adults but children often have the most difficult time adjusting to the loss because of the close connection.

This is one of the many reasons that a pet memorial in your garden or back yard is so important since it allows the child to grieve in a respectful and loving way.

Allowing your children to be active in the funeral planning process and choosing a pet memorial that is personalized to your specific pet allows closure and helps children grieve appropriately. Sometimes children like to get involved in the funeral process by reading a special note or hymn.

During the funeral invite friends and extended family members to talk about memorial pet options. You can discuss ideas for inscription and wording. [Read more…]

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Dog Memorial

German Shepherd

German Shepherd

Michigan War Dog Memorials

The connection between dogs and the Michigan Army started out as more of a mascot than a military function.

During World War II in 1942 actual members of the American Kennel Club and other Michigan dog lovers put together a civilian organization named Dogs for Defense.

The purpose was to train dogs to perform sentry duty for the Army along with the coast guard of the United States.

During this time it was decided to use sentry dogs at supply depots.

The K-9 Corps accepted for training a short list of seven breeds of dogs, German shepherds, Doberman pinschers, Belgian sheep dogs, Siberian huskies, farm collies and Eskimo dogs.

Well over a million dogs served on both sides during World War I. The most famous dog to evolve from the war was Rin Tin Tin, he was an abondoned puppy of German war dogs found in France in 1918.

After World War II, the military Police Corps took over for the training military dogs.

Michigan Dog Memorial Funeral

A full military funeral will be held in Oakland County for a K-9 veteran.

The military war dogs Shaman died last month and will be buried in Michigan War Dog Cemetary on Sept. 6.

The German Shepherd served in Iraq and was a patrol and narcotics detection dog.

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Pet Cremation Cost

Pet Cremation CostWhether you choose burial or cremation for your pet is a personal choice.

Cremation tends to be more popular for most pet owners as it was for me when my pet Andy died.

Cremation can be  the most cost effective and a practical solution since I lived very close to a crematory and this was the best option for me.

How much does a pet cremation costs.

It depends on where you live and the type of cremation you choose. For example the average cost for a pet cremation in mid-Michigan can average to about $50 to $150.

The costs depend on many obvious factors including the pet’s weight, the location and whether you choose to have your pet cremated with several other pets or if you desire that he is cremated separately. [Read more…]

Loss of dog poem

RainbowBridgeSometimes during those difficult times of grief a poem about your beloved dog, cherished companion can help with the feeling of loss.

When expressing our emotions we feel while grieving for a pet is never easy.

I know when I lost Andy my miniature schnauzer that a garden pet memorial helped remind me of the good times and how he loved to run and play in our backyard.

My memorial featured a picture and small poem about Andy. Hopefully you will find some poems that will help ease the pain associated with pet grief.

Come back to my blog and website often, we’ll continue adding poems to this website as we come across them. .

This way we can all contribute to helping others get through their difficult time. [Read more…]

Pet Burial “Virginias New Law”

Virginia has just joined a growing number of states, including Pennsylvania and New York, where cemeteries are allowed to create special pet-human burial sections.

For the true pet lover the death of a pet can be devastating and it can be difficult to comprehend these emotions to the non-pet owners.

We must remember that these feelings are normal and you have the right to process your grief at Pet Memorials. [Read more…]

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Dealing With Grief

Pet MemorialsIt’s been a little over a year since I cremated my miniature schnauzer Andy and 10 years of an assertive almost human like personality.

This is still a recent loss for me, and there are times when I miss Andy on those long summer walks around the neighborhood trails and running with him during those cold winter nights.

I find these memories of my beloved Andy come and go when I sit alone outdoors without him by my side.

I would be typing on my PC keyboard and he would nudge my hand to be scratched under his neck, and wearing his big smile.

My thoughts of Andy aches with that physical memory – it’s like I can feel Andy doing that, but he’s not physically there. Losing a pet is a difficult event to live through.

Dealing with the grief is difficult because our pets are family members and this creates a big loss for all concerned.

We get accustom with them between remaining in the hurt over the loss and a powerful emotional growth that will lead to joyful memories of your loved one. [Read more…]

How To Choose A Pet Memorial

The decision to purchase a commemorate memorial for your pet is very personal for you and your family.

Memorial options

Your decision should be based on whether the memorial should be made of:

  • Granite, marble or stone
  • Will it be placed outdoors or in
  • Will you include a photo to be etched
  • Will you include a personal inscription
  • What is your budget

There are several options for primary materials when selecting a memorial for your pet.

The better memorials are made from a 2 inch thick black granite and would include a hand laser engraved message. You can choose from pre-written messages or you could write a your personal message, including a laser image of your pet. The following video demonstrates the laser engraving process.

Laser Engraving Black Granite

The birth and death dates, personal words and a laser engraved picture can be included. [Read more…]

Memorial plaque

We at Pet Memorials understand the great difficulty of losing a beloved pet.

Choosing the right memorial plaque reflects the personal sentiment during this emotional time when your beloved pet passes.

I understand from personal experience that the expression of pet loss can be represented in the form of a poem, picture or moment in time on a memorial plaque. The Rainbow Bridge – Black Granite Memorial is excellent outside the grave site or inside for display.

RainbowBridgeThese granite memorial plaques are laser etched to provide a long lasting memorial that will withstand the harsh weather elements from the outside.

We at Pet Memorials are here to assist you through the process and we sell granite memorial plaques of the highest quality, etched by craftsmen in the USA.

We have several grades of granite that can be customized in a variety of sizes with the ultra-premium 2″ thick granite in a variety of fonts and personalized inscriptions.

These memorial plaques serve as a tribute to your pet that you can admire for many years.
You are now able to personalize your memorial plaque to your pet’s unique personality and life with a private picture, poem or favorite event. [Read more…]

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