"Time to let go"
Ah, the joy of bringing a new puppy into the home, of fondly caressing
the dog, anticipating his every need as only a mother can do, investing
time and love in what is surely the apple of your eye. Your plans for him
have been carefully thought out, from the house training, nutrition,
through to his winning performances in the ring. Yes, this is what
responsible dog ownership is all about - you have years to share the
thrill of eventing, and when the eventing is done, you have more time
spent being comfortable with each other through the autumn years. All this
however, must one day come to an end. No one told you how much it would
hurt, no one said the ultimate expression of your love for his life would
be to take it away. Nothing could prepare you for the pain. There are no
words to be said that will "make it right", nothing can bring him back.
Bereavement is a universal experience - not a pleasant one, but one that
must be experienced, not denied. The pain of loss will eventually heal -
express your grief, seek support from your friends, and share those
wonderful memories with them. Feel your pain, for there are others that
also mourn with you on the loss of someone special. Celebrate your life
has been touched by a faithful companion who asked only for your company
and love, and gave unbargained love in return. When the time comes and the
quality is no longer there, rejoice in the love shared and be at ease with
your decision. His suffering will cease, but a place in your heart shall
welcome him again and again.
Ms. Sheryl Pretty
If it should be....
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep
Then you must do what must be done
For this last battle can't be won
You will be sad, I understand
Don't let grief then stay your hand
For this day more than all the rest
Your love and friendship stand the test
We've had so many happy years
What is to come can hold no fears
You'd not want me to suffer....so
When the time comes, please let me go
Take me where my needs they'll tend
But stay with me until the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer
I know in time that you will see
It is a kindness you do for me
Although my tail its last has waved
From pain and suffering I've been saved
Do not grieve that it should be you
Who must decide this thing to do
We've been so close -we two- these years
Don't let your heart hold any fears
Thank you so much for having me
We have been so happy, haven't we?
God has promised that we will be
Together again eventually.
One more lick and he closed his eyes
We both had said our last goodbyes
I can't describe the tears that fell
The day he died, I died as well.
Twelve months now I've been alone
I''ve lost the best friend that I've known
I sit and stare out into space
And seem to see his lovely face
I turn and look into the hall
Where he used to run when he was small
All around the memories stay
They will until I'm called away
Yes, I bought a puppy home one day,
It seems like only yesterday
But it was 14 years today
Since he first came with me to stay.
The Facts about Cremation
Cremation has long been surrounded by an air of mystery. Yet, there is
nothing mysterious about cremation. We believe that the subject of
cremation of a pet can and should be fully explained.
The following has been prepared for your
information on cremation to serve as a guide when the need should arise.
These days cremation is endorsed and has the
support and approval of an ever increasing number of people of all faiths
and in all walks of life.
Cremation is simply a hastening of natural
processes by a clean, sanitary and entirely modern method, which is
quickly effected by a clean, intense heat that returns the body to its
After cremation the calcified bone fragments of
the remains are carefully gathered and sealed in a container.
Cremated remains are returned to the owner or
clinic within 7 days after the cremation unless other arrangements are
made in advance.
Frequently asked Questions
- How many pets are cremated at a time?
Each pet is cremated individually.
- How long does cremation take?
About an hour. (Large dogs too)
- How much do the cremations remain of a pet weigh?
From a few grams, depending on size.
- What are the cremated remains?
Only calcified bone fragments and some body ash
remain after cremation.
- Does one always get the cremated remains of their own pet?
- Is there a law preventing the burial or scattering of cremated pet
- Can I view my pets cremation?
Yes, By arrangement.
- What type of cremator is used?
Ask your service company.
(ensure your service company is E.P.A.
Rainbow Bridge Story
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 our special friends so they can run
and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm
All animals who had been ill or old are restored to health and vigour;
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 carry 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................
What do we do when our loving pets face the last leg
of the race?
We do all we can to help them finish well, of course.
We take time to read the unspoken needs of the friends we've come to
know so well.
We give the simple reassurances of a loving touch, when the old boy
seems confused for no reason.
We groom them faithfully, but more gently, as age brings muscle
and the arthritic bones aren't so well padded.
We learn to slow for their sake, as they enjoy the scent of the wind,
track a visitor's trail across the yard.
We expect to be inconvenienced, and aren't angry when it happens.
We watch for pain and treat it, watch for changes in vision and hearing
and do what we can to help preserve those precious senses for as long
We take care of their teeth, and make sure their food is a manageable
texture for them.
We remind them of the need for a potty walk, when they seem to forget.
We remember the little rewards.
We scratch the greying ears and tummy, and go for car rides together.
When the pet we love has an unexplained need for comfort, we give it
When infirmities bring a sense of vulnerability, we become our old
We watch their deepest slumbers, when dreams take them running across
long forgotten fields, and we remember those fields too.
When they cannot stand alone, we lift them.
When their steps are uncertain, we steady them.
And if their health fails, it falls to us to make the choice that will
put them to rest.
But until that is absolutely necessary, we pause to let the autumn sun
warm our old friend's bones.
And we realize, autumn is not a bad time of year at all.
Old age is not a disease or a reason to give up.
It is a stage of life that brings its own changes.
Autumn can be a beautiful time of harvest.
And sometimes, the harvest is love.