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Remembering Our Special Pets During the Holidays

Remembering Our Special Pets During the Holidays

A special tribute to My Precious LIttle Mico Wherever one is at in their grief journey, the holidays can be hard. Yes, the remembering of a beloved pet who is no longer here can bring back a flood of emotions. But let the slew of Christmas ornaments come out of the...

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RIP, Big John Gillis

RIP, Big John Gillis

Give Benny a hug for me. Goodbye Benny, we LOVE you! “See You in September” and “All my Loving” were the last two songs we heard together on the radio. It wasn´t my station, but they were my songs… I listened to them, and played them on the air long…

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What a bittersweet day!

What a bittersweet day!

Welcome Berky. Remembering Mico. Yes, my day started off with a heavy heart as I remembered this day nine years earlier when Mico died. I had foolishly thought the surgery would take her back to the "old normal" - the vivacious little puppy that was my entire world!...

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RIP, Presley Ann. RIP.

RIP, Presley Ann. RIP.

Mourning the loss of a cranky old cat,.... She was a cranky cat. Oh, not with everyone. Just with me, Chris and Curtis, her family! But my Mom loved her more than anything! She started her life almost 16 years ago, on the hood of a car in Rozel, Kansas, my hometown....

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Another fabulous book review,…

Another fabulous book review,…

I have just finished Pet Parents, by Coleen Ellis [http://www.amazon.com/Pet-Parents-Journey-Through-Unconditional/dp/1462035485/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329664836&sr=1-1]. This is really a sweet---and at the same time, a practical---book for all...

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The most hated sports figure for 2012!

The most hated sports figure for 2012!

Michael Vick still reigns! According to the Bleacher Report, Vick is still dealing with the backlash from a federal conviction on dog fighting charges. Interestingly enough, about 60 percent of fans polled disliked Vick, tying him with Woods, but more people expressed...

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It´s Your Responsibility to Educate The Pet Parents

It´s Your Responsibility to Educate The Pet Parents

It´s your responsibility to educate! Once again, I heard another sad voice say “I didn´t know that there were unethical pet loss services out there - and now I find out that one of those businesses is who took care of my beloved dog.” It just breaks my heart when a...

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Becoming the Best Pet Loss Professional!

Becoming the Best Pet Loss Professional!

A chance for learning and networking you won´t want to miss! As a the co-chair of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance, I´m proud to be a part of the leadership team - watching the association grow and be what every pet loss professional wants in their business...

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Unconditional Love – Even in Death

Unconditional Love – Even in Death

Hawkeye shows his love for his master and friend It was a tragedy heard round the world, the loss of numerous Navy SEALs in combat. A loss that breaks anyone´s heart; tugging at my heart even more with a son-in-law SEAL. But, what began to tug even more so at hearts...

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How much is too much to spend on a pet funeral?

How much is too much to spend on a pet funeral?

Make it be about what the pet parent wants and needs! “How much is too much to spend on your pet´s funeral?” Ah, yes, another article picked up by my Google Alert about pet funerals. Actually it was a blog that was exploring the question “How much is too much to spend...

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Pet Parents Say “I Do!”

Pet Parents Say “I Do!”

In life, and in death, Pet Parents want human services for their pet "kids!" Ah, yes, one more area that pet parents are saying “pets are family, too!” The Wall Street Journal had another fabulous article reporting on yet another trend in the pet industry - pets in...

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One Good Dog

One Good Dog

He had everything. A good life. A great career. A beautiful home and family. Coming from nothing he´d made it all on his own. His heart had hardened but he had "achieved." And, just like that, it was all gone. Yes, he´d been there before and knew what "nothing" felt...

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GrandPuppies & GrandKitties!

GrandPuppies & GrandKitties!

Proud to be a GrandPuppy-Parent! Did you see CNN last week? My good friend, Jim Rudolph, made me aware of their latest finding! Grand-puppies! The latest demographic to emerge in this crazy pet world,... there are now officially “grandpuppy-parents!” And, let me tell...

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Another birthday passed,..

Another birthday passed,..

While she died eight years ago, I still remember her birthday like it was yesterday. Saturday, March 19th. A day that I will forever remember as "Mico´s birthday." Oh yea,... I don´t know if that´s the exact date but through some simple math given what the Humane...

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Think inside the box when serving families

Think inside the box when serving families

Give families the service that your team does best! I just got back from a fabulous conference. Alright, it was a conference of insurance executives, but it was incredible as it was all about marketing! Always an interesting topic! The highlight of the conference was...

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Remembering Ebony

Remembering Ebony

Creating an experience of "saying good-bye" for Ebony´s family Typical of my work, I found myself on a plane yet again, on my way to Scottsdale, Arizona, to address a group of funeral professionals on the topic of pet loss services. Such an honor to share my story and...

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The Power of Personalization

The Power of Personalization

Honoring Cajun - The Best Dog In The World I´m having a great time working the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando this week! I can´t believe my good fortune - animal “stuff” all around me! Just heaven! As I visit with the various attendees and other...

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Education is key!

Education is key!

From families to veterinarians, make sure your customer understands what they are selling. I spent the day in the field yesterday with a wonderful pet funeral home client. We had a spirited “Lunch and Learn” session at a fabulous veterinary clinic - educating them on...

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At the holidays, help them remember,…

At the holidays, help them remember,…

The holidays are hard,... how are you helping your families? The holidays are upon us,.. and for those of us that are facing the first holiday season without a beloved pet, this beautiful season is also laced with sadness.  I´m one of those pet parents,... My precious...

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