Theme Ideas For Your Pet Memorial Service

When it comes to losing a pet, we can experience such a range of emotions and despair that it can be hard to think straight about next steps. The thought of planning a pet memorial service can seem like a very daunting task, especially in the midst of grieving. It can be really difficult to come with a clear plan for planning such a special service.

While the tone is somber, remember that this is an opportunity to celebrate the life and love of your pet. The pet memorial service can be a celebration of the wonderful times you shared, despite your pain and sadness. One very simple place to start in thinking about possible theme ideas is “what was your pet’s favorite toy?” This may sound like a very simple place to start, but can be very telling about one of the colorful aspects of your pet’s personality. What activities made them come to life and show their personality? What did they do that made you laugh? What was unique about your pet? As we all know, some of our pets have huge personalities and wonderfully unique characteristics that are definitely worth celebrating.

Another thing to consider is “what you will do with your pet’s remains?” The answer to this question will have an impact on the location of your memorial service which can affect the theme that you choose. For example, will you have them buried, either in your yard or in a pet cemetery with a pet grave marker with an outside ceremony? Or will you have your pet cremated and placed into a pet urn that you will display in your home? Whatever the decision, you can create a pet memorial service that reflects the depth of the love you shared with your pet.

There are great theme options for either one of these types of services. For example, if you plan to hold the service at a pet cemetery or other outside facility, the tone of it may be more formal. Perhaps you could do a “Memories” theme, decorating with photos of your pet and putting their image on some of the accessories, such as napkins or a cake.

What did your pet love? If your dog loved bones or your cat loved mouse toys, make the entire theme, including d├ęcor and accessories, about that particular item. A bone shaped cake or tiny mice on the top of party cups might also make an interesting touch. Decorate with art of your pet playing with their toy and encourage guests to share anecdotes about what their pet’s favorite toy is and why.

If you are holding a pet memorial service at home, then you have a bit more freedom to incorporate some more unique elements. A good example of this would be a “Love Your Pet” service, in which you celebrate the life of your pet while encouraging guests to bring along their pets. You could have two tables, one for pet owners and a small gathering of treats for the pets that come as well. Goodie bags could feature coupons for pet items as well as actual pet treats.

While planning a pet memorial service is done during a very difficult and challenging time for any pet owner, it is still important that it reflect the joy and warmth your pet brought to your heart.

Business Idea – Start a Pet Services Company

If you are a pet lover then starting a pet services company can be a rewarding new adventure! You can provide all types of services for people and their pets depending on your specific interests.

Depending on the skills you have will guide you to the types of services you will provide.

The choices around the pet services industry are endless, especially if you are an animal lover. The services you provide can be everything from walking dogs to making pet toys.

Before you think about the types of services you would like to offer consider all your options. If you like to take walks, then start a dog walking service. You could even offer a pet sitting service.

If you enjoy photography as a hobby you could provide a service that provides framed pictures of pets and their owners. You could even create a pet photography studio and offer natural settings for the photo shoot.

If you are good at painting then perhaps you could take pictures of people’s pets then paint their favorite pet on a wall of their home or create an oil painting to hang in their home.

You could also setup a website where you sell all types of pet toys, cloths, bedding and other items. Or develop a relationship with a company specializing in pet items and become a drop ship website.

You will want to promote your business through pamphlets, word of mouth and through the internet. Send out post cards, attend networking events and advertise your services. Make sure you have professional business cards.

Your business will flourish if you advertise properly and provide excellent services. Ask your friends and family to help refer you. Sit back and watch you business grow!

12 Tips on Selecting a Pet Sitting Company

If you’re like most American families at the conclusion of the traditional school year, you begin planning a summer vacation. Although there are many pet friendly hotels, there are just as many vacation destinations that aren’t appropriate for pets.

So what do you do when you can’t take Fluffy or Fido with you? Well, you have a few options: Ask Grandma to come over to feed Fluffy while you’re gone… and hope she remembers, ask the kid down the street to come over and feed Fido… and hope he doesn’t sabotage your house while you’re away, or hire a professional pet sitter.

You’re instinct may be to go with someone you know and trust in your home. But, you should think again, and consider a professional pet sitting company. Use the friend or family member as a backup or a contact person to give to the pet sitting company you hire. You’ll feel better (especially if your pet has special needs) and so will the friend, neighbor, or family member who doesn’t get roped into the responsibility while you’re away.

The well-being of your pet while you’re away is serious business, and professional pet sitters take it as such. Still, there are some companies that won’t provide the best service for what you’re looking for. It’s important to lay out everything that you expect, and to hear everything the pet sitting company offers. If it’s not the exact fit that meets your needs, keep looking.

According to Lori Jenssen, former president of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, (a pet sitting education and support network group) “A pet sitter is better for animals that like their routines and feel most secure in their own home. In addition to playing with and feeding your pet, a pet sitter will also generally take in your mail, water plants and turn on lights so it doesn’t look like you’re away.”

Here are a 12 tips on choosing the right pet sitting service for you:

1. They should be bonded and insured for your protection.

2. They should be able to provide you with solid references.

3. They should have an affiliation with a national pet sitting organization such as National Association of Professional Pet Sitters or Pet Sitters International.

4. They should be trained and certified in first aid and CPR for animals.

5. They should have a concrete back-up plan in the event that your assigned sitter cannot take care of your pet. (If using a “solo” pet sitter, ask who is their back-up in case of an emergency)

6. They should have an emergency planning manual as their “go-to” guide in case an emergency occurs.

7. They should have you sign a veterinarian authorization form and should have emergency veterinarian procedures in place.

8. They should provide a contract describing care, services, and fees.

9. They should be available to you for pet services 365 days a year including all weekends and holidays. (They should always have a secondary pet sitter available for your needs)

10. They should provide a complimentary consultation to meet you and your pets, obtain all the information needed to care for your pets and explain the services, fees, and policies.

11. They should demonstrate a level of professionalism by maintaining a website, have a logo, and business cards.

12. They should explain how they further their education on pet care. Professional pet sitting companies attend national pet care conferences, have their sitters become certified in pet care by NAPPS or PSI, read current pet care publications, and network with other pets sitting companies and veterinarians.

When deciding what to do with your pets when you travel, consider an in-home professional pet sitting service that meets these standards. Most professional pet sitting companies adhere to these standards but do your due diligence, after all you’re leaving your family in the hands of someone new.

Pet Industry Proves To Be Recession Proof

The impact of recession on consumer spending and attitudes has been rather small in the pet industry and 2009 statistics have proved this trend. Sales related to pets even grew slightly in 2009 and they were among the very few categories which benefited from such a trend.

People who spend money for their pets are still looking for value in the money they are spending on their pets, which does not mean that they spend less. As the population ages, pet owners tend to spend money on their pets which replace their children at home. Most of the money spent is still directed towards necessities such as food, bedding or leashes. But newer and more sophisticated services are emerging to cater to a growing population of both humans and animals.

Evidence that pet services continue to grow come from one example such as Wal-Mart which is expanding its pet grooming facilities into its stores. Pets are more and more included in their owners’ lifestyle, so visits to a spa or exercise programs where pets accompany their owners are more and more frequent. This trend is especially obvious in urban areas, where the number of day care accommodation is growing.

There is also a growing interest in pet health care, and pet lovers are looking for treatment options that are more similar to those that exist for themselves. Veterinarians who are able to supply such services are in higher demand. Pet insurance is also expected to grow, as a consequence although statistics say that it is still not very common practice. In U.S. there are 10 pet insurance companies selling under 14 brands.

Pets are drawing attention of larger retailers which are expanding into the their space. But small businesses can also thrive in this industry, especially those that are using online space to get noticed. Rescue organizations are already using social media networking to raise funds for their campaigns centered on welfare of animals and use of Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn has already proven to be successful.

Larger players also expand their pet services, PetSmart is one such example. New pet hotels and grooming services opened by PetSmart are flourishing.

Products and services offered for pets can benefit from the growing popularity of review sites and instantaneous feedback on Twitter. Pet health and pet adoption is growing its online presence and even sites that have focused in the past just on human health are now offering advice about pets.

Newer websites are more sophisticated and ecommerce sites are growing in numbers and clients using them. Pet-related blogs also become more and more frequent and they have already proven to be useful by offering quality commentaries an all aspects related to animals. The pet food recalls have been largely due to the growing influence of such blogs.

Even taxes are evolving towards taking animals into account. Besides vet care, pet care expenses might be deductible in the future, or at least some of them. Pet health insurance might soon become an optional pre-tax benefit.