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5 Pet Memorial Ideas: Tips for Your Client Families

July 12, 2016 by Homesteaders Life Company
Pet Loss

When I was born, my family adopted a dog named Britney. Britney was an energetic and loving black lab/German shepherd mix. When I was learning to walk, her favorite activity was to knock me over with her “happy tail.” And it was my older sister’s favorite activity to make that happen. Britney was a faithful and caring companion who treated me like a puppy. If I was playing in the yard and someone walked by our house, she wouldn’t leave my side until they had passed. She laid at the foot of my bed (when I would beat my sister in the nightly coin flip) until I fell asleep before sneaking out and sleeping in her favorite spot in the living room. And she never left my side when I was sick. When I was 16, Britney was put to rest at the ripe old age of 17, after living a full, much loved life.

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Why Funeral Homes Need to Offer Pet Loss Grief Support

April 07, 2016 by Danielle Burmeister
Grief, Pet Loss

My cat is a menace.

He routinely sprints full tilt through the house at 4 a.m. only to crash into a wall/door/cabinet in a mess of flying fur and distressed meows. He repeats this at least once a week.

He regularly shows his disdain for unwanted guests by stealth attacks to their feet, midnight aerial assaults to their pillows and violent hissing in the general vicinity of their luggage. (We don’t get many repeat visitors.)

He skillfully scouts out the least stain-resistant surfaces in the house to display his latest hairball, in great triumph and glory.

And he indiscriminately claws at man and beast, resulting in at least six shredded chairs and a couch that sports a series of suspiciously cat-shaped bite marks.

Bless his little whiskers.

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