Posts Tagged ‘companion animals’

Pet Memorial Day – September 14, 2014

September 26, 2014

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It was a beautiful day with blue skies and a gentle breeze caressing our faces.  There were so many folks in attendance; we brought out extra chairs for those who wanted to sit during the ceremony and blessing of the animals.  We thank our many friends who were able to attend and for those who could not be there, we were with you in Spirit and Prayer.  Although, National Pet Memorial Day was held at Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens and other special events across the country on September 14, 2014, we can memorialize our pets any day of the year.  Creating a special memorial for your pet can be as simple or elaborate as you desire.  It is personal preference and what ever is meaningful to you.  Included are a few suggestions, should you desire to create your own personalized memorial for your beloved pet.  Anything you decide to do should meet your special need to express your sorrow over your loss and share your feelings while paying a tribute to the special bond you share with your pet.

If you like to write, create a special poem or story about your pet. It can be in the form of an article, song, letter, obituary or eulogy sharing your feelings about saying goodbye to your special pet.

Share verbal stories and let others know it is okay to talk about their feelings about your pet.  It is better to keep the memories alive rather than act as though nothing has changed.

Place a small clipping of fur, feather, or teeth in a small container or locket.

If your pet had a special skill or competed in events, create a memory book, shadow box, or make a wall hanging from the ribbons.  Some people make quilts or pillows from the ribbon fabric from the pet’s winning competitions.

Decorate a candle or candle holder and light it in memory of your beloved pet.

Write his or her name on a balloon and release the balloon.

Donate a  book to the a local library in honor of your pet.  Please the pet’s name on the bookplate inside the front cover of the book.

Children need to express their grief also.  Create an art corner where they can draw pictures, write stories, or just talk about their memories of their pet.

Have a professional artist create a painting of your pet from a favorite photo.

Have items imprinted (watch, mug, notepads, t-shirt, etc.) with your pet’s photo.

Purchase a stuffed animal or statue that resembles your pet and put your pet’s collar around its neck.

There are many ways to memorialize your pet.  Check out these webpages for more ideas.

http://www.visitrollingacres.com

http://www.lovinghearts.com

http://www.pet-loss.net

http://www.dogtime.com

http://www.vetstreet.com

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Caring for the Homeless and Their Pets – Need Food Now

July 25, 2014

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What could be more unfortunate than for someone to lose everything, but their beloved pet, and find themselves in need of help to keep their companion animal, often the only family they have left?  Pets provide comfort and companionship to the homeless.  Many homeless situations are temporary and the family is in need of help in the short-term in order to keep their pet(s).

Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens is proud to support the Uplift Organization where their main goal is to assist the homeless, including their pets.  Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets seeks donations of pet food, toys, leashes, collars, blankets, towels and pet beds.  If your pet has outgrown a collar or leash, has a diet change and you have an open bag of pet food you won’t use, or one your pet doesn’t like; just tape up the open bag and bring it to Rolling Acres.  Your donations will be distributed to the homeless in the community.

Our volunteer coordinator from Uplift Organization says their shelves are overflowing in December.  She wishes people would recognize the need throughout the year, especially during the months of June, July and August as the need is just as great in the summer as it is in December.  The shelves are currently almost bare.  We need food NOW !!!!

In September 2001, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets started soliciting contributions for homeless people’s pets, either pet food or money for pet food.  This was after it came to Nancy Piper’s attention that many homeless people also have pets.  Some of their concerns are food for their pets, veterinary care, and the afterlife care of their pets – the same as ours!  Collectible items such as blankets, towels, and clothing is needed, as well as pet food. If you have anything to donate, just bring it to Rolling Acres and we will deliver it for you.  In 2013, with the generous and overwhelming assistance of the community, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets provided 6,112 pounds of dry pet food, 391 cans of canned pet food, cat and dog treats, as well as pet beds, pet carriers, toys, collars, leashes, pet brushes, and combs to Homeless Peoples’ Pets.  The need for this support has been increasing in recent months.  Rolling Acres thanks the public for their help in this year-round project.  Uplift Organization is the primary benefactor of the pet food and supplies.  We also supply the Red Cross with pet food.

Let Your Love Grow

April 25, 2014

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.  All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”  Helen Keller

Your beloved pet has passed away, you chose a private cremation so you have your pet’s ashes and you are wondering what to do next. How do you memorialize such a special relationship? There are so many options and decisions to make and your mind is so overwhelmed with the grieving of your loss, it is difficult to know what to do.

“Let Your Love Grow” is a relatively new option that many people are unaware of when  making decisions about memorializing of their pet.  “Let Your Love Grow” provides the opportunity to have a living memorial of your pet, by using the cremated ashes of a loved one to nourish the plant.  A common misconception is that cremated ashes can be used by themselves in the ground, under or around  a new or existing plant or tree, and that the ashes will help the plants grow.  On the contrary, the cremated ashes on their own will not allow for the release of the nutrients which as in the pet’s ashes.  Instead of nurturing plants, the untreated ashes will actually harm surrounding plant life.  The high pH of cremated ash does not allow nutrients to become available for plant life; additionally, the high sodium (salt) content of cremated ash can harm plant life.  “Let Your Love Grow” is a specially formulated organic mixture that lowers the pH and dilutes the harmful sodium (salt), as well as releases the nutrients from the cremated ashes. Regular soil and potting soil will not do this.  Using “Let Your Love Grow” is the answer to creating a living memorial.

Creating a living memorial is actually a very simple process.  Here are the steps:

1. Select a plant appropriate for your climate and situation.

2. Mix the appropriate amount of cremated ashes with “Let Your Love Grow” (we at Rolling Acres will help you with this; both the amounts and mixing, if you desire.)

3. Plant this mixture along with your chosen plant.

4. Water in abundance to keep plants healthy.

In the grief process, many of us want to have something we can touch and see to remind us of the one who is no longer here and keep them close to us of the one who is no longer here and keep them close to us. Nothing could ever replace that life; however, selecting a plant or tree for your home or garden is a wonderful way to cherish and celebrate the special bond you have with your pet. A plant or tree is a living memorial – a way to express love that has not ended with death. the circle of life is continued when nourished by “Let Your Love Grow” and the cremated ashes.  Something extraordinary truly happens as it becomes a living symbol of the special life you shared.

 

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Let Your Love Grow

 

 

Pocket Pets – Good things come in small packages

April 5, 2014

There is an old saying – “good things come in small packages.”  I guess the same can be said for our companion animals.  Most people think of companion animals as dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, miniatures horses, pot belly pigs and birds.  There are a growing number of people who also think of rats, mice, lizards, sugar gliders, hamsters, fish and turtles as companion animals.  Who is to judge what others see in these animals as pets? 

I had a pet duckling when growing up.  That little duckling followed me everywhere.  I called her “darling.”  One day I found “darling” on the ground, torn apart by Lord knows what !!  I was devastated to say the least.  My mom was understanding and scooped her up, wrapped her in a towel and took her to the vet.  The vet was very kind and compassionate and offered information on afterlife care, as she knew how much “darling” had meant to me.  We decided to bury her in our backyard.  However, this is not an option for those who live in an apartment, or some other places in the city due to ordinances. 

I wrote a poem and we had a little memorial service with friends and family for little “darling,” but it was really more for me to say good-bye to my pet duckling.  It is one of the best gifts my mom could have provided for me.  I learned how to grieve at a young age and also how to take care of the steps when a pet passes away.  Eight years old is not too young to understand death and grieving.  I believe that having this life experience at a young age helped mold me into a more compassionate adult.  If you have an experience you would like to share, we invite you to comment on our blog, or send your comments or story to our contact page.Image

 

Spirit of the Horse

January 29, 2014

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Those that are horse lovers will agree there is something ethereal about the Spirit of the Horse.  We are moved by their grace, beauty, power and gentleness.  Throughout history humans have valued the horse for its ability to be utilitarian, yet prove to be a priceless companion animal.  In this day and age, most people think of cats and dogs as companion animals, but a growing number of people have come to realize that the horse provides companionship as well.

Research has proven that the horse also provides therapeutic value to humans as well.  It behooves us to consider the afterlife care of the horse.  They live the longest of most of our companion animals; however, they pose the largest challenge when last days arrive due to their size and weight.

Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens offers horse owners in Missouri, Kansas and surrounding states a wonderful option and ability to choose dignified “whole-horse” cremation services for families with equine companions.  Rolling Acres is equipped to provide comfort and the promise of compassionate, dignified and ethical afterlife care for your beloved equine companion.

Please refer to the website page http://www.visitrollingacres.com/equine_services.html regarding details.