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.

Pet Services Will Help Train You and Your Dog

There are some dogs that just don’t listen to even the simplest instructions, like sit. Their behavior is at its worst when visitors come around. He howls and makes all sorts of noises the moment you leave him alone. The moment you open the door or gate, he shoots out into the street. There is still hope for you and your dog. The Los Angeles Pet services will help you train your dog to be obedience. By the end of the training program, you and your dog will know how to behave. You are also included in the program so that you learn how to treat your dog and how to give commands. So, both you and your dog will benefit from this training.

It is always best to start training at puppy stage. It’s just like teaching your children good behavior at a young age. Once older, there are greater challenges to be met, which with time may be overcome. Training always begins at home. The pet trainer comes to your home such that the dog is in a familiar environment, where there are fewer diversions. You will be taught how to give commands without having to shout at or hit your dog. Training your dog is a gradual process. Thus once you know how to treat your dog, you will continue training on your own. The dog will be taught how to listen to commands like down, leave that, sit and heel, and obey them without a hassle.

Once your dog can pay attention, it is time to move from the home environment to the public arena. This time, the dog has to be able to obey instructions in an environment full of distractions. This requires the dog to pay attention. By the end of this session, he should be able to follow you wherever you choose to go rather than wherever he chooses to go. He will also be taught not to be aggressive when meeting with other dogs. Howling and barking when you leave the house, indicates a separation anxiety. This is common in puppies and dogs that have been abandoned before. They fear you will not return. The dogs will be trained how to deal with this.

Imagine you discover on the day of your interview that your dog chewed up your only good shoe. Chewing is also a habit that your dog enjoys. So, instead of chewing up anything, he will learn to chew and only chew his bones and his toys. He will also get the art of waiting at doorways as well as being nice to the neighbors’ kids. Never ever reward your dog with treats for good behavior. He will get it into his head that he behaves only when he is given treats. Rather, shower him with praises and love.

Los Angeles pet service providers are trained to train your dog so you can trust them to do a good job. There is no thing like an untrainable dog, even though his bad behavior is extreme.

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.

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.