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St. Francis Statue Pet Urn

St. Francis born in Italy around 1181 was the Patron St. of Animals.  He preached sermons to animals, and praised all creatures as brothers and sisters under God.

Each year as autumn arrives, people around the world may notice a procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters, horses and birds being led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.  This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.

Pet's We Love offers a handsome St. Francis of Assisi figurine urn made of cast metal with a bronze finish.  

Rock Urns @ Pets We Love

Authentic looking rock urns are perfect memorials for your beloved pet's ashes. Made from a mixture of granite rock powder and premium resin, these premium rock urns feel and look life actual stone.   Rock urns are perfect for outdoor or indoor use.  Perfect for the garden.

These urns are available in black in four sizes and limestone in two sizes and can be personalized.  Check them out at Pets We Love.

When a child Loses a Pet

Loss of a pet can be extremely difficult for a child to understand. Especially in some cases this may be their first brush with loss. It is a very delicate line and no easy task. Not only is the adult extremely sad in this case but they also must try to explain the complexity of loss.

Children often derive a deeply special relationship with their pets, which include understanding, responsibility, special interactions and communications. Most importantly trust.

For many children their pet was their first best friend, or at least their truest friend.  One they could tell secrets to and feel completely safe.  One they could play imaginary games, one who they could cry too when no one else seemed to understand.  In the child’s heart their pet was their best ally against the world.  With this in mind the loss of a pet to a child can be devastating.

Communication is key.  It is important to realize that this pet was possibly much more than just a pet to this child. Many people other than the parents of this child may not comprehend that and not realize this pet was much more than “just a pet”.  To make matters even a little more difficult, it’s likely that this pet loss possibly is the first encounter with death, so the parent must soothe the child’s grief over the disappearance of a friend, but also try to explain the concept of death.

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Burying Your Best Friend

Losing a beloved pet who has provided years of unconditional love and companionship is one of the hardest things any of us can face in life. When a pet dies, or is nearing death, our thoughts turn to how we can memorialize this pet that has meant so much to us. There will be questions about burial versus cremation, and what type of urn or marker is the most appropriate expression of our feelings.

Many people want to know if they can bury their pet in their yard. If you live in a rural area, this is a possibility. However, most city ordinances prohibit this. Before burying you pet on your property, please check with the appropriate local authorities about laws regulating this matter.

If you want to have a traditional burial for your cat or dog, a pet cemetery is a good option. Most major cities now have at least one pet cemetery operating there. Some of these cemeteries are memorial gardens that only allow burial of cremains, but most offer complete burial services for those who want to honor their best friend with a permanent resting place. Many pet cemeteries now offer a full service that is presided over by a minister.

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Eight Ways to Cherish the Memory of Your Pet

The Loss of a Friend:
Eight Ways to Cherish the Memory of Your Pet

No relationship is quite as pure as the one that exists between a pet and their owner. Pets are adored across many cultures, and because animals tend to live shorter lives than humans, the relationship most often ends when the pet passes away. This can be incredibly sad for any compassionate pet owner, and it's important to find the right way to say goodbye. 

Here are some ideas of ways to memoralize your pet:

1. Have a Memorial Service
2. Make a Picture Book
3. Make a Video
4. Make a Living Memorial
5. Frame Your Favorite Picture
6. Create an Online Memorial
7. Find a Special Place
8. Write a Poem or Story

Free Online Pet Memorials @

The loss of a beloved pet is difficult to face. Our animal companions bring a great deal of joy, love and fun into our lives. When they pass from this earth, sadness often grips our hearts.

Part of the grieving process is the desire to memorialize our animal companion and tell others what made our friend so special. We want to remember all that was good in our relationship together.
One way to memorialize and remember a beloved animal companion is to create a free pet memorial online at The pet memorial section of this site will allow you to upload one of your favorite photographs of your pet so that those who visit the site can view your memorial and see the beauty and good qualities that come through your pet's picture.

There is also space in the online memorial for you to write about the love that you had for your animal companion and the ways that your animal companion expressed his or her love for you. One way you might want to do this is through a poem.

Once you've created your online pet memorial and it has been uploaded, you may wish to share it with friends and family members. You can do this easily by pushing the share buttons for Facebook and Twitter on the memorial page site.

Submit your memorial here.

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Should you get a second dog?

As much as everyone loves the family's four-legged best friend, why consider adding another dog to the mix? It might be that the kids have fallen in love with the new puppies down the block and they're begging to bring one home. Perhaps you've seen that stray in the neighborhood looking lonely and afraid for the past several days. Maybe it just seems like a good idea to open up the house and your hearts to another dog. Whatever the reason, bringing a second companion home is a wonderful decision that you won't regret.

The family dog is a source of devoted company from relaxing walks on a pretty day to communal dozing in front of the television set. Frisbees weren't invented for your dog, but he doesn't know that, so he plays his heart out. For all he gives you, there's one thing you can't return: the companionship of his own kind. Dogs are social animals, and that's why they make wonderful pets. They're pack animals, and that's why they love chasing squirrels together. Bringing a second dog into the family gives your old best friend a new best friend.

Mixing age, gender or breed is a personal choice, but a second dog will catch on to the family routine faster than you think. He'll quickly adjust to new rules because he'll follow the example of your first dog. Even puppies respond to this kind of socialization, and they're easier to house break when they live with an older dog. Two best friends keep each other company when the family heads off for the day, so they're more likely to stay out of trouble. Your older dog will double down on his backyard exercise routine with a new playmate, and two barks are always better than one when there's a stranger knocking at the door.

When you decide to add a new best friend, try to set up the introductions on neutral ground. Most dogs have their own system of good manners, so let them greet and sniff while you stay back. If all goes well, you can look forward to a smooth transition and a house filled with twice the canine love and energy. Your two dogs can look forward to a lifetime of companionship, play and the company of someone else who really understands how important it is to chase squirrels, bark at the mailman and conquer those flying frisbees.