Pet Remembrance Gifts – 5 Gifts To Remember Your Treasured Pet – Reviewed

Following on from my blogging about Pet Memorial Gifts, I would like to share with you 5 remembrance gifts I have chosen to review.

I am focusing on cats, dogs and small pets for this review. It is my hope that this Pet Remembrance Gifts Review helps you to choose a suitable gift for someone who may have lost a pet, or even as a gift for yourself.

By giving someone a gift when they are grieving for a spirit pet, you are showing that you understand their grief, and want to share with them a way to remember their pet that brings happy memories.

I have chosen a broad range of gifts to share with you, let me know which is your favorite, and any ideas you have to add to the list, or suggestions you may want me to review in the future.

Humane Goods 25” Pet Memorial Rainbow Bridge Wind Chime

I have chosen to share this incredibly beautiful Rainbow Bridge Wind Chime with you as it is unusual, has movement and life to it. I also love the Over the Rainbow Bridge Poem, you can read it here on my site. This wind chime is suitable to remember a dog, cat or any other pet that has crossed over the rainbow bridge.


This wind chime is made from quality materials and has a beautiful sound. Each chime has a special remembrance seal at the bottom, which catches the wind for each separate sound.

It is 25 inches long.

This chime comes ready assembled, and is easy to hang both indoors or outdoors.

The chimes are made out of thick quality metal and are tuned to let out a lovely ring.

The wind catcher at the bottom, has “Meet me under the rainbow bridge” inscribed on it.

The company selling the chimes is responsive and will answer any queries.

The chimes come beautifully packaged and are incredibly good value!

Overall they represent a fun and vibrant way to remember a special fur friend.

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE- You will get your money back if you’re unhappy for any reason.

Avg Star Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

You can view this item and look at the many customer reviews by clicking on this link.

Elegant Signs Dog Memorial Gifts – Remembrance Picture Frame You Were My Favorite Hello and My Hardest Goodbye


This lovely frame is well made, comes in a dark brown color and has the most beautiful inscription on it.



10 x 8 x 1 inches

This elegant photo frame holds a 4 x 6 inch photograph, that slides in on the side of the frame, so is easy to insert.

There is a beautiful plaque, written in white that reads,
“You Were My Favorite Hello and My Hardest Goodbye”

This photo frame weighs 1.4 pounds, and has a solid well made feel and look to it.

Only comes in the color seen in the photo.

It has 2 picture hangers, one vertical and one horizontal on the back, so is easy and ready to hang.

The frame is manufactured in the USA.

Can be used for any pet, it is not strictly for dogs.

Avg Customer Rating:

4.7 out of 5 stars

You can find out further details and look at customer reviews by clicking on this link 

Pawprints Left by You Pet Memorial Blanket with Heartfelt Sentiment



This is a practical but, oh so lovely, and unique gift to remember that special pet by. It is a snugly, warm and comfy gray throw blanket which would make an ideal pet memorial gift for the loss of dog or cat, and would remind the pet owner of the warmth and love of the lost companion.



    • 60″ x 50″ gray plush super soft fleece blanket with heartfelt “Pawprints Left By You ” sentiment (copyright TeriHarrison)
    • The blanket has a red heart printed on under the sentiment.
    • This high quality 300gsm, 100% polyester blanket is machine washable.
    • It comes in a ready to gift packaging and has a card insert to allow you to personalize your condolences.
    • The “Pawprints Left By You ” sentiment is a perfect way to express the feeling of someone who lost their loyal pet.

This gift can be personalized by having it embroidered with a personal message, or the name of the pet. You would have to arrange to have this done yourself.

Average Customer Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Click this link to view this pretty and unique pet memorial.


Willow Tree Hand-Painted Sculpted Keepsake Box

A cute box with a very loving picture embossed on the lid. This is box is very feminine, and would be a lovely gift for a lady or a child.



This box is 3 inches square by 2 inches high.

It is made of resin, and is hand painted, with a lovely bass- relief carving on the lid. The carving is as per the picture, a female hugging a dog.

The carving represents, love, closeness, courage, hope and healing.

There is a secret message inside the box that reads “Truly a Friend”. An “Enclosure Card” is included.

The lid of the box does not attach, and the keepsake box comes in a fitted box, ready for gift giving.

The box is ideal to hold a small keepsake, such as a lock of fur, dog tag, or small bag of ashes.

Average Customer Rating:

4.8 stars out of 5

This item can be viewed here by clicking this link.

No Longer By My Side But Forever In My Heart Key Chain

A practical, but sentimental present, and something I can see myself giving to a male friend. Remembrance gifts can often be on the feminine side, however, I like that this key chain is very generic.


The key ring is made out of durable, hypoallergenic stainless steel.

The key ring has two attachments. A paw print charm, and a heart with the words, “No longer by my side but forever in my heart” engraved on it. Underneath the writing is an engraving of a wing.

The key ring comes in a small velvet pouch.

Average Customer Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Click on this link to buy or view this pretty key chain memorial. 

In Conclusion

When I first started reviewing pet remembrance gifts, I will have to admit that I had no idea how large the selection is. It would be easy to feel overwhelmed trying to make a choice, so I hope that these 5 items I have reviewed will help to narrow it down, therefore, making the search for the perfect gift a pleasant one.

Please let me know if you are looking for a pet memorial gift and feel that any of these items would be suitable. If you have bought a pet memorial gift before I would love to hear about it. Thank you for comments and feedback, they are what keep me inspired to bring you quality content.

I will leave you with this quote:-

“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”

Charles de Gaul

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Natural Remedies For Pets – 12 Natural Remedies To Try At Home For Your Dogs And Cats

Having a pet means you are responsible for their total health and well-being. Sadly this can become very expensive, especially if you have more than one pet.

I had a cat, Felix actually,  that was going into kidney failure and his monthly

My Cat Felix

medication was over $100! Not only was it expensive but I thought I could notice some bad side effects. We went on holiday and the kind people who house sat for us told me they had ended up putting their cat on a natural remedy that cost less and did not appear to have such severe side effects. As kidney failure is obviously life threatening I made the decision to stay with the vet’s medication, and learn to ease the side effects. I was too worried to try a natural remedy for such a severe condition. However, it did make me realize that there are alternative treatments we can use on our pets for less severe conditions.

I decided to do some research and have finally started my Page to include this aspect of animal care. Here is my first blog on natural remedies for pets, I hope you find it useful.

Following are some simple treatments you can take into your own hands, mainly using products you probably already have at home. Hopefully this will help to keep your vet bill in check and at the same time give a greener approach to health care for your animals, think less packaging, and synthetic ingredients.

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Pet Memorial Gifts – Unique Gifts to Show You Care

Pet Memorial Gifts
Felix and Me

Are you a pet lover? Have you ever lost a pet that is so special your heart breaks?

If you are a pet lover, you will understand that society is now starting to recognize and understand that our pets are part of our family. In fact, during my years in the pet cremation service, I had an incredibly large number of grieving pet owners tell me loosing their pet was as bad as losing a member of their family.

If someone special in your life looses a very treasured pet you may want to consider giving them a unique and special pet memorial gift, or if you have lost your pet you may want to purchase a memorial gift for yourself.

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Cute Pet Names – Have Fun Choosing a Cute Name For Your New Pet

Cute Pet Names
Cute Pet Names
Cute Pet Names


Here at Pets Forever Loved, we love everything to do with our pets. Over the years I have owned a number of different pets. That said I am traditionally a cat lover and currently have only one pet, my cat Amber, who has been with us going on 17 years now.

My Cat Amber


When you are lucky enough to have a pet join your family, choosing the right name for it can be fun but also a bit daunting. I know I always take some time to choose. I like to get to know my pet and really want a name that suits it.

As a child I had been told the story of a cat called Felix who was terribly naughty. Our big boy, Felix, who sadly passed on a few months ago, certainly lived up to his name. He was naughty, funny and so loving. He really was a crazy cat. I cannot imagine any other name suiting him.

Felix suited his name

While you can have so much fun choosing a pet’s name, remember, you have to live with that name for the duration of their lives. I thought I would look at some cute pet names and see if we could have some fun choosing a name for your pet.

Cute Names for a Female Pet











Dew Drop


Puff Puff




Snow White

Some Useful Hints When Naming Your New Pet

Take your time choosing your pet’s name. If you end up changing it a few days later, you are going to end up with one confused and potentially unhappy pet.

Your pet’s personality should always be of prime consideration. A very playful or active pet would probably suit a name like “Bullet”. While a quiet timid pet could be called “Snooze”.

You could write down what kind of animal you have and note what their characteristics are. For example, a new naughty kitten will have very different characteristics to a new pet goldfish. You could call the kitten “Fluff Ball” and the goldfish “Shark”.

Shark the Goldfish

Your pet’s color may be a determining factor in choosing a cute name. I actually named our cat “Amber” based on her coloring. A white mouse may be called “Ghost Raider”, have fun and use your imagination.

Cute Names for a Male Pet










Theodore (Theo, Teddy)




Dr. Funk




More Inspiration

You could look to the movies and TV shows for inspiration if you are struggling to find a name that suits your pet and feels right to you.

Movie & TV Inspiration List for all Cute Pets











Tinker Bell


Cookie Monster










More Factors To Consider When Naming Your Pet

You don’t want to choose an embarrassing name and then end up having to use it front of children or yelling it down the street.
Picture yourself using your chosen name and how it will sound when you need to yell it out.

When you first get your adorable pet and they are this small, cute, naughty ball of fluff, “Tinkerbell” may be a good name, but do try to to think ahead and imagine what your pet will look like in say one year. Will “Tinkerbell” still suit it?

More Cute Names For You


  • Alvin: Such a cute name for a pet chipmunk.
  • Bagel: This is such a cute and yummy name for a small pet.
  • Bella: My sons kindy had a cat called Bella, and we all adored her, such a pretty name.
  • Bono: Awesome name for a dog, or even a rabbit.
  • Bubbles: sweet name for any small cat, or maybe a fish.
  • Clooney: maybe for a handsome lizard.
  • Coco: Ooh all chocolaty, for a small dark cat or dog.
  • Coda: An unusual but cute name for a cat.
  • Crookshanks: A great name for a male cat. Named after Hermione’s cat from Harry Potter.
  • Daisy: This would suit any small animal, I like it for a hamster or rabbit.
  • Cuddles: Cute for a small dog who just loves cuddling.
  • Cupcake: A super cute name for a small female dog.
  • Digger: A great name for a small dog, or even a rabbit, or small pig.

One More List To Give You Some More Cute Name Ideas

Tangerine Sugar         Zora

Kitkat         Cadbury     Crunch

Raisen          Mr Pink       Marble

Spud            Truffle          Mr Poochie

Monkey         Red Velvet  Santa Cluas

Cutie Pie       Beetlejuice   Bombshell

Kermit           King Kong    Swoop

Feather        Lightening     Silver

Ruby            Chiffon         Saffaron

Daisy Mai     Yuki             Duke

Miso             Poncho        Reese

Have You Named Your Pet?

That is all the cute pet names I have for now. I hope you have managed to find a name that you love and will really suit your new pet.

Have you given your pet one of these cute names? Please let me know, by leaving a comment below. Or, drop me a comment with your pets name and some details about your fur, scale, or feathered baby.

Thank you for reading, take your time and have a look at some of the other interesting blogs I have on my site,

I will leave you with this smile:-

“If you hold a cat by the tail, you will learn things you cannot learn any other way.” – Mark Twain.

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Unusual Cremation Urns – Review Of A Beautiful Handcrafted Urn to Honour Your Loved Pet

Finding that special urn, for a very special pet can be exhausting during a time of grieving. I wanted to do a number of reviews on unusual cremation urns, as let’s face it, our pets are all unique, and sometimes we just need a way to memorialize them that is also as unique as they are.

Searching  through the internet to find unusual urns I just fell in love with this one, and had to do a review.

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What Is Pet Preservation – Pet Preservation and Your Options Explained

Pet Preservation

The sad and unfortunate truth about our pets is that at some stage we have to say goodbye to them. After years, or even months of playing together, keeping each other company, and just experiencing the joy that comes with a pet, losing them can be devastating, and can leave a tremendous loss in a person’s life. Once a pet has died dealing with what comes next can be overwhelming. Some people are unable to face the thought of never seeing their pet again, so facing burying them, or cremation, is out of the question.

Fortunately there are alternative options that will allow you to be able to see your pet, and even gently touch them, this is pet preservation.

What is pet preservation, is a topic, that more and more people are asking as they start to explore different options to traditional burial, and cremation for their pets. However, pet preservation is by no means a main stream option, making it difficult to make an informed decision.

Pet Preservation Explained

Simply put pet preservation is the art of keeping your pet from decomposing so that you can keep their physical body with you.

The most common form of pet preservation is Taxidermy, however, traditional Taxidermy is not the only option, now available.

Taxidermy Explained

We have all probably seen in the movies, if not in real life, an animal that has been preserved through Taxidermy. Often hunting lodges will have a mounted deer head, or a full body of some trophy animal, displayed on the wall or in the room.

Museums use Taxidermy to create very life like displays of animals, and to record species.

Traditional taxidermy uses the skin of the animal. The animal is skinned, and the skin preserved, using tanning or chemicals, depending on the animal. The skin is then worked over, or onto a mound, which is made from wood, wire and wool, or a polyutherane frame. Taxidermy is a very intricate art, as the Taxidermist will then work to bring the animal back to a lifelike form. A Taxidermist will normally have knowledge of anatomy, painting, sculpture and tanning.

Traditional taxidermy is not commonly used for pets, the reason for this is covered in the next paragraph.


Traditional Taxidermy and Your Pet

It is common practice for Taxidermists not to do pets. This is due to the fact that you would have had a strong relationship with your pet, so, you would, therefore, know your pets favourite sleeping positions, facial expressions and character incredibly well. The Taxidermist does not have any of the knowledge to work with. This makes it incredibly difficulty to preserve your pet in a

Sleeping Lion

manner that is acceptable to you. There is a really good chance that your pet will not look at all like the character you remembered as the taxidermist has no prior knowledge to draw on. Bringing back the ‘spirit’ of the animal is the really challenging part, so you may end up feeling like you have not actually had your pet returned, but an empty form.

If you do decide to go ahead and have your pet preserved through taxidermy, make sure you look at the Taxidermists samples of work. Most Taxidermists will not do wall mounts of your pet, they normally offer full body mounts.

There is another, newer, method to use taxidermy to preserve your pet and we will look at this in detail in the next paragraph.

New Age Taxidermy – Freeze Dry Your Pet

Taxidermy is very evasive, which can be very upsetting for pet lovers. Freezing drying is a method of preservation which stops living matter in plants and animals from decaying. Freeze-dry chambers lower air pressure to the point that ice turns directly into gas without going through the liquid phase. Through a combination of very low temperature and vacuum application, all moisture is removed, leaving the tissues otherwise unaltered. Simply put this is a non-invasive method, and the insides of your pet remain intact. Once the process has been completed your pet is returned to room temperature, and with care and the correct treatment will remain in this condition.

As freeze drying preserves your pets whole body, as opposed to traditional taxidermy, which uses the skin mounted over a form, your pets unique features are retained when using freeze drying.

How Does The Freeze Dry Process Work?


Handing our pet over to be preserved is much easier if you know what the process involves and are confident your pet will be treated with dignity.

With freeze drying your pet will be prepared and posed, normally supported by a framework that has been custom-made.

This is the position that your pet will be frozen in. This is done by placing your pet into a sealed vacuum chamber at extremely low temperature. The time it takes for the process to work depends on the size of your pet. A small dog or cat can typically take 8 to 12 weeks. If the animal is larger it can take perhaps as much as 4 to 5 months. All animals are unique so the time will vary.

How will your pet look and how long will it last?

You should be asked to send in photos of your pet and have a detailed discussion of how you would like your pet to be posed. You want your pet returned in a pose that looks as natural as possible, and life-like. It is often suggested putting your pet in a lying down or sleeping pose as this is the most natural looking pose without movement.

As your pet is being preserved with as little alteration as possible it should, with the right care, have no further deterioration. You should be able to transport, hold, carry and even gently pet your pet. It will be a lot lighter, as all the body fluids will have been removed.

Is Pet Preservation For You?

Pet preservation is still a subject that can totally divide people. Some find it very comforting to have their pets body at home where they can still touch it and feel like their pet is still with them.

On the opposing side, there are people who find pet preservation weird and creepy,

At the end of the day, it is your choice, you need to decide how you want to deal with your pets body. If you freeze your animal as soon after they have died as you can, by this I mean place them in a sealed bag in the freezer, this will give you some breathing time to consider if Freeze Dried Taxidermy, or traditional taxidermy, is the right option for you.

Please drop me a comment, I would like any feedback on this topic.

“Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.”

By John Galsworthy

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Urns For Pets – Five Different Pet Urns Reviewed

Urns For Pets – Five Different Urns Reviewed

If like me your pet is a member of your family, losing your fur baby can be devastating. You may have chosen to have your pet cremated and their ashes returned home the standard crematorium tin or box. Even though pet crematoriums offer the option of choosing different urns this may not have suited you at the time of the cremation. When you are ready to purchase an urn for your pet I have reviewed 5 of the many available options for you. Amazon alone has so many choices that it can become overwhelming. So I have done a review that will hopefully help to simplify this decision for you.

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What Is Pet Insurance Cover – A General Guide to Pet Insurance For Cats and Dogs

What Is Pet Insurance Cover

As a pet lover, and until recently home to two spoilt cats, I know how important it is to keep our pets in good health. They deserve to be looked after and kept in the best possible condition, but unfortunately this can be expensive and pet health is not covered on any form of medical care, or free hospital care.

My precious Felix, who left us aged 17, was on medication for his kidneys and medication for his arthritis. These two medicines cost me over NZ$100 a month, not to mention half-yearly trips to the vet to get the kidney medicine renewed. Without his arthritis medicine Felix, who was a very large cat, suffered terribly from sore hips. Stopping either of these treatments was just not an option. Unfortunately I did not have pet insurance cover for him, and by the time I realized that pet insurance cover existed, he was too old to qualify.

A number of families nowadays have more than one pet and can find themselves under financial strain when their pet gets ill, are injured or pass away. I thought I would take a look at what is pet insurance cover and what to expect from the average pet insurance plan.

Please note this information is aimed at cover for cats and dogs.

Why Pet Insurance Matters

It is unfortunately a sad fact that pets are just as prone to illness and injury as we are. Most claims for Pet Insurance are for illness, rather than accident. Pet Insurance can help you to get financial assistance at the time it is most needed.

What is Pet Insurance Cover

A number of years ago, our second cat, Amber, was bitten by a brown snake. For those of you not from Australia, this is one of the deadliest snakes in Aussie. Somehow, much to everyone’s amazement, she survived, however, I nearly needed medical care when I was hit with a bill close to $1000. I did not have pet insurance, and the only reason I managed to pay the vet was because I had been saving for a new washing machine.

Did you know that you’re more likely to claim on your pet insurance than your home or car policy?

Pet Insurance is designed to give your animals the best possible care when it is most needed, so let’s look at the basic coverage for dogs and cats.

What Does Pet Insurance Typically Cover?

Not all pet insurance covers are equal, so it certainly pays to shop around. Most pet insurers will have their plans available on the internet to look through at your leisure, and a help line to discuss premiums, what is covered and any other general information you may need to start with.

As a general guide you can normally insure your cat or dog, from the age of 6 months to 6 years. If you insure your pet before they turn 6 this will give life insurance for your pet. After the age of 6 insurance becomes harder to get and more expensive, and is a topic I will look at in more detail in a separate blog.

Most pet insurance plans will generally cover you if your pet is injured or sick. This would normally include veterinary consultations, surgery, specialist care, diagnostic and post-operative treatments, prescription medicines and drugs, and imaging.

Pet Insurance Cover

Pet insurance companies also offer a basic reimbursement towards vaccinations. Standard policy appears to be to pay a set fee per year towards vaccinations or check-up. Some pet insurers will offer you day-to-day care as a policy option. This will allow you to claim a higher fee per treatment, up to a set total each year, for qualifying treatments, such as desexing and vaccinations.

Embrace Saved Our Family

Looking after our pets teeth is really important to their overall health, especially as they age. Unfortunately a number of plans do not cover for routine dental care. Cover for dental work if your pet has been injured, however, is often included. It is important to shop around for the care you believe you will require.

Insuring For Euthanasia and Cremation Fees and Burial

Unfortunately not all pet insurance companies offer cover for pet euthanasia, burial costs and cremation fees.

Euthanasia is when your pet is painlessly put to sleep using an injection, carried out by the vet. If you would like to learn more about Euthanasia for your pet, I have a number of blogs covering this topic.

While not all insurance companies offer cover for euthanasia, burial and cremation services. Some do offer this as an extra coverage, for which you will be required to pay more. Some plans may only reimburse for one or the other, but not both. So you may get a policy that covers euthanasia but not cremation. It is not uncommon for companies to have a maximum limit on the amount you can insure for. Insurance to help you with the end of life of your pet can vary considerably from one company to another, so it is important to shop around.

How Is The Insurance Premium Calculated

Premiums vary from company to company, so discussing them with your chosen company is a great idea.

As a general guide dogs are covered according to their breed, their age and the plan you choose. Some breeds may cost more than others and there are a number of reasons for this, including the size of the dog, genetic predisposition, such as hip dysplasia in large dogs and even activity levels.

Cats premiums are normally worked out according to the cats age and plan, but not breed.

Let’s Sum Up What Is Pet Insurance Cover

By purchasing pet insurance cover you are essentially trying to help ease the financial strain when your pet becomes ill or is injured. There are a number of different plans and they cover a range of services.

I would like to stress that it is important to thoroughly read what is covered in the pet insurance policy, as they do differ from company to company, as does the costs.

Insuring your pet at a younger age is incredibly important, as once your pet reaches 6 years it is normally harder and more expensive to get cover for them.

All pet insurance companies will have a list of conditions they do not insure for, do not just presume your animal will qualify for insurance cover, have a chat to a consultant, or at the very least look through their website thoroughly to see if you can find out if they have a plan that suites your needs. The more informed you are, the better and, hopefully, less expensive choice you will be able to make.

Pet Insurance can help you through a stressful time, and may even prevent you from having to make a tough call in an emergency situation.

Insure your pets while they are young.

If you have any feedback or stories to share about your pets and pet insurance, I would love to hear from you. Ask me any questions and I will try to answer them for you. Or just leave a comment, it is always good to get feedback.

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Cat question – Do I have to take out separate cover for all of my nine lives?

No, all nine lives are normally covered under one policy.

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Low Cost Pet Cremation, Find Out What Your Options Are


Low Cost Pet Cremation

As pet lovers we all know that losing a pet can be an incredibly difficult and heartbreaking time.

Once our pet has moved on into the after life, the question remains on how to lovingly, as well as legally deal with their earthly remains.

Often the passing of a pet can cause a strain on finances, causing already grief stricken pet owners to face further unhappiness trying to decide how to deal with their pets body. Having come across this situation on many occasions during my time in the pet cremation industry, I felt that I would like to share some ideas on low cost pet cremation with you. .

My Pet Has Just Passed Away, What Do I Do Next?

Before we chat about more affordable pet cremation options, I just want to clarify some of the choices you have and decisions you will need to make once your pet has passed away.

The most common option is to bury your pet in your back yard. However, this is not a viable option for a lot of people for the following reasons:-

You do not have a backyard, or one available to use for your pets last resting place.

It is not always legal to bury a pet in your backyard, your council needs to be contacted to clarify this.

A large animal will need a deep hole, this is to avoid your pets body being dug up by other animals.

Some people such as elderly citizens, may not be able to physically deal with the process of a back yard burial.

Your current living arrangements may not be permanent, so if at a later stage you move, you are faced with leaving your pets body behind.

Will the Vet Dispose of My Pets Body?

Most vets will give you the option of leaving your pets earthly remains with them and they will dispose of your pet for you. However, this service is normally at an extra cost. I would also strongly advise to ask your vet what will happen to your pets body, in particular, how do they dispose of your animal?

A number of years ago when I was living in Australia, I asked one vet what happens to the pets bodies they are asked to dispose of? I was horrified to learn that they sent the pets to the city dump. For me this was not an option and never will be. I am not saying this is common practice, I am just saying it pays to be informed, especially while you still have the chance to change your mind on how to deal with your pets body if you want to.

Firstly A Small Introduction To Pet Crematoriums

The next option I would like to explore is the use of a pet crematorium. I have met a number of people who would love to have their pet cremated but had no idea what this involves. I will without a doubt cover Pet Crematoriums in future blogs, however, here I just wanted to give you a brief idea of what to expect.

Pet crematoriums are run along the same line as those for humans. They have to be licensed, and meet a number of health and safety standards. Your pet will be stored in a freezer until the service you require has been discussed and decided. Most pet crematoriums will offer a range of services including memorial services, paw prints, counseling and a range of options to return your pets ashes, or cremains, in. These different services range in prices, and this is where you have the ability to keep the cremation costs as low as possible.

Keeping the Cost Down

We would all love to give our pets a wonderful send off if we could. However, budget restrains may require you to look at a more affordable way to have your pet cremated.

Here is a list of options to consider that could reduce the cost of the cremation.

  1.  Are you able to deliver your pet personally to the crematorium?

Once your pet has passed on, if you want to have him or her cremated you have three options. Ask the crematorium to collect your pet for you, leave your pet at the vet to be picked up by the crematorium, or take your pet yourself to the crematorium. You will need to check with the crematorium if you are able to deliver your pet yourself. Keeping you pet in a bag in a freezer will also be necessary if you are not able to go immediately to the crematorium. This can be traumatic to do, and if you do not have a freezer you vet may be able to help you.

If you are able to take your pet personally to the crematorium this will avoid any fees that the crematorium may charge for collection.

2. Most crematoriums offer one of two options. Your pet can be cremated on its own, this way ensuring that it is 100% your pets ashes that are returned to you. Or, alternatively, a number of pets are cremated together, and though they do mark where your pet is in the furnace, you are not guaranteed that it is only your pets ashes that are being returned.

Group cremation is the more affordable option, and can reduce the cost of the cremation considerably. Finding out how the crematorium handles their group cremations could put your mind at ease enough to choose this option.

3. All crematoriums will offer an extensive range of urns, caskets and memorials. Discuss with the crematorium if they have an inexpensive box that your pets ashes can be returned in. You are then able to buy an urn if you are keeping your pets ashes, at a later stage, or even make your own. This is one the main ways you can save money if you are considering cremation. Remember you do not have to go with the boxes, urns or caskets in the higher end range. All crematoriums should offer a very basic inexpensive box in their collection.

4. Even though you have had your pet cremated, you may not want their ashes returned home. Find out if the crematorium you have chosen has a Memorial Garden where they will scatter the ashes for you. This cuts out the cost of an urn or box to return your pets ashes in.

Making Your Final Choice

In choosing what is the right option for you and your pet, cremation can be a healing and dignified way to farewell your beloved friend. I sincerely hope this information will help you realize that pet cremation does not have to be expensive, you do have choices. If you have found any value in this article, or would like to share your story with me, please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you.

“No longer by my side but forever in my heart”. – Author Unknown








Pet Remembrance Poems – 4 Lovely Poems to Honour our Pets

The loss of a beloved pet is never easy, and finding the right words to express our emotions can be incredibly difficult.

One of my favourite pet remembrance poems I have used over and over again to help anyone grieving over the loss of a pet is the beautiful poem Over the Rainbow Bridge.

A number of years ago a good friend of mine lost her much loved cat, and was absolutely heartbroken. I realized she wanted to be left alone, so I dropped some flowers and a sympathy card that I had made, in which I had printed Over The Rainbow Bridge poem for her.

Later on she told me that the poem was the one ‘gift’ that had truly helped her healing process.

Over The Rainbow Bridge – Author Unknown

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.


When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.


All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.


They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.


You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.


Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Using Poems For Pet Memorials

If you choose to have a pet memorial, having a short poem you can include on it is a lovely way to celebrate your pet. Alternatively sending a friend a grievance card with a short Pet Remembrance Poem, shows them you care and understand their loss.

I hope you enjoy the short poem below.

A Bridge Called Love

It takes us back to brighter years,

to happier sunlit days

and to precious moments

that will be with us always.

And these fond recollections

are treasured in the heart

to bring us always close to those

from whom we had to part.

There is a bridge of memories

from Earth to Heaven above…

It keeps our dear one’s near us

It’s the bridge that we call love.


Four Feet in Heaven

Your favorite chair is vacant now…

No eager purrs to greet me.

No softly padded paws to run

Ecstatically to meet me.

No coaxing rubs, no plaintive cry

Will say it’s time for feeding.

I’ve put away your bowl, and all

The things you won’t be needing;

But I will miss you little friend,

For I could never measure

The happiness you brought me,

The comfort and the pleasure.

And since God put you here to share

In earthly joy and sorrow;

I’m sure there’ll be a place for you

In Heaven’s bright tomorrow…

Alice E. Chase

Poems for To Help With Euthansia

As anyone who has had to make the heart wrenching decision to have a much loved pet euthanized will know, this is an incredibly difficult and emotional journey.

The following two poems are so true and just speak to one’s soul and heart, I hope they can help you if you ever have had to have a pet euthanized.

May I Go Now


May I go now?

Do you think the time is right?

May I say goodbye to pain filled days

and endless lonely nights?

I’ve lived my life and done my best,

an example tried to be.

So can I take that step beyond

and set my spirit free?

I didn’t want to go at first,

I fought with all my might.

But something seems to draw me now

to a warm and loving light.

I want to go

I really do.

It’s difficult to stay.

But I will try as best I can

to live just one more day.

To give you time to care for me

and share your love and fears.

I know you’re sad and afraid,

because I see your tears.

I’ll not be far,

I promise that, and hope you’ll always know

that my spirit will be close to you

wherever you may go.

Thank you so for loving me.

You know I love you too,

that’s why it’s hard to say goodbye

and end this life with you.

So hold me now just one more time

and let me hear you say,

because you care so much for me,

you’ll let me go today.

Written for a beloved pet & friend

Susan A. Jackson

The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak

And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then will you do what must be done,

For this — the last battle — can’t be won.

You will be sad I understand,

But don’t let grief then stay your hand,

For on this day, more than the rest,

Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,

You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.

When the time comes, please, let me go.

Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,

Only, stay with me till the end

And hold me firm and speak to me

Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree

It is a kindness you do to me.

Although my tail its last has waved,

From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don’t grieve that it must be you

Who has to decide this thing to do;

We’ve been so close — we two — these years,

Don’t let your heart hold any tears.


Using Poems To Heal

Not all of us are able to express ourselves, especially during times of such sadness. Poems can do so much to help articulate our emotions.

These poems may make you cry, laugh, feel sad, or even smile, but best of all they may help you to open your heart and find guidance and healing.

If you have enjoyed these poems please comment and let me know and I will add a page dedicated to poems and quotes.