Exhaustion from End-of-Life Pet Care

One of the most common symptoms or side-effects I see in pet parents who have just lost their pet is exhaustion. With the aging of the baby boomers we all know someone who is caring for an elderly or disabled relative. Yet, how many of us recognize that our friends, relatives or co-workers may be providing around-the-clock medical care for their aging or ailing pets? Just like those caregivers who are caring for humans, caregivers for pets can experience Caregiver Syndrome, or Caregiver Stress (1), which includes fatigue and insomnia. A few months ago, a single artist in her 40s [...]

By |2016-04-19T21:24:03+00:00September 24th, 2014|

Backyard Burial

Backyard burial of a pet is common practice in our neck-of-the-woods. Personally I have buried, in our current backyard, the cremated remains of one cat in an urn (Mimi) and the body of another cat inside a wood casket (Tommy). In retrospect, I'm not sure this was the wisest thing to do, or even legal, and I'm now giving serious consideration to excavating the remains of both cats, cremating Tommy, and then memorializing them both in a more meaningful way. If you are thinking about a backyard burial for your pet, here are a few things to consider: 1) According to [...]

By |2016-04-14T20:13:50+00:00September 22nd, 2014|

Private vs. Semi-Private (or Individual) Cremation

Something that was reiterated several times during the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC) pre-conference certification courses last week was that in order for an IAOPCC member to sell a cremation that they call "private," then that cremation must mean that only one pet is in the crematorium at the time it's run, regardless of the size or type of crematorium used. This matches the way "private" is defined in the IAPOCC Consolidated Standards: "1.3.3 Private Cremation – Only one pet is placed in the cremation chamber and cremated, with the cremated remains returned to the client. Private [...]

By |2016-04-14T20:08:20+00:00September 22nd, 2014|

Like Minds

My husband Bill and I just returned from Las Vegas, NV where we attended pre-conference certification courses available through the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC). In my past business lives, I can't remember ever returning home from a conference feeling this engaged and sure of what I'm doing. It was inspiring to be with a group of people who (like me) have devoted their working lives to making the after-care experience a positive one for pet parents, and who were so kind and helpful. This was particularly true of the group from Australia. Yes! Australia! At least [...]

By |2016-04-14T19:12:22+00:00September 20th, 2014|

A Choice for Pet Cremation

On a regular basis my husband Bill and I run into folks who assume that the veterinary clinic they patronize in Whatcom County sent their recently deceased pet (or the pet of a family member or friend) to Life Cycle Pet Cremation. "I hear your ads on the radio," they say with a smile. "I guess all of the clinics are using you, now." They're always surprised to learn that this is not the case. (See Referring Veterinary Services for an updated list of veterinary service providers who offer Life Cycle as an option to their clients.) For the last [...]

By |2017-11-30T09:49:27+00:00September 5th, 2014|

Craigslist Hater

Just yesterday I learned that a man in Everett (whose identity is being investigated for possible legal action) flagged a Life Cycle Pet Cremation ad posted to Craigslist, claiming that he had seen our facility and didn't believe we were operating in the way we describe on our website. Craigslist never notified me of the flag, and I have not yet seen the man's complaint, but from what I understand the accusations were outlandish, incendiary and clearly designed to scare pet parents. I'm fairly certain that the Craigslist Hater is not a client, and here's why: 1) We've never had a client [...]

By |2015-07-28T23:09:23+00:00September 1st, 2014|