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7-8-18 Cat Silhouette Pet Memorial Marker I have been using Pets We Loved Markers for a couple of years and have always been pleased with the quality and designs. They are highly acclaimed by all who see them. Francesca Poisson

6-19-18 Value Medium White Pet Casket I lost my precious Misty suddenly on 6/10 and had to purchase a coffin for her. The service was wonderful--it was here in 3 days and it is beautiful. It seals beautifully and is a real tribute to her short 5 years with me. Thank you for providing this product. Diane Alberigi

6-6-18 20 Deluxe Pet Casket Size Small We love our pets, and have a pet cemetery on our property. When we lose one, it's like losing a close friend. I loved this little casket for my 15 year old chihuahua friend, Jose. I loved the covered bed, pillow, and an additional pretty coverlet to cover him after we said goodbye. It shipped quickly as we were approaching the last days. Good product, good company. Nancy Bertine

5-21-18 Cat Mini Arch Pet Memorial Marker This is the 5th Memorial I have ordered. It arrived on time, within budget and the company emailed me letting me know that the order had been received, shipped and delivered. The prices are extremely good and the product is excellent. Jacquelyne Hill

4-23-18 VIP Pet Casket Pink or Blue size Medium We ordered this casket for our sweet baby fur daughter last Saturday- she passed away last Monday. We ordered it the Saturday before because we knew it was not long before she passed. This casket came in perfect condition and was absolutely wonderful. It was beautiful, well-made, sturdy, and beyond perfect for our darling little puppy angel. I was so proud of it. Thank you for the time and the thoughtfulness that you put into it- We do not have children and so our fur babies are our life. It was heartbreaking but your casket helped with some of the pain. I highly recommend. Love you all. Michelle

My First Pet

Dogs and small apartments just don’t fit well together. I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s living in several different small apartments in Massachusetts. There are advantages and disadvantages of growing up in this type of community. Generally, there are lots of other kids to play with and the complex was pretty safe to bike and walk in. But living in a rented space leaves little to no room for having a family dog. Like most kids, I always wanted a dog growing up but instead had cats as they were more suitable to the confines of apartment living. Maybe it wasn’t so bad since none of my other friends in the complex could have them either. When I was about 6 or 7 yrs old, my folks brought home our first cat (that I can remember anyways). She was a snow white kitten that was sweet as can be – so of course we named her Sugar.

Being an only child and with parents that both worked full time, I spent many hours with Sugar as a kid. After these many years, I don’t recall everything about her but I do remember a few things. This cat loved to chase cigarette wrappers. My dad smoked some type of menthol brand that came in a soft package with a cellophane covering. Once empty, my dad would crinkle it up and throw it for the cat. Sugar would go ballistic. She would hunt it down and retrieve the wrapper, just like a dog with a stick. It was hilarious. I also recall how affectionate and understanding she was. Let’s be honest, cats are generally pretty independent animals that sometime just want to be left alone. At times, I wanted to play a bit more than she cared for but she tolerated me more than I probably deserved. She was more than a pet, she was a family member.

Some years later, how many I’m not too sure, Sugar developed a severe case of ear mites. My mom took her to the Vet several times and I remember her cleaning out Sugars ears vigorously and often to try and get rid of them. As a kid, it didn’t seem like that big of a deal and certainly didn’t think her overall health was at risk. Not too long after, my folks told me that Sugar went to go live on a farm so she would have more room to run and play. I was devastated but was also happy knowing she wasn’t cooped up in an apartment anymore and that she was feeling okay. But, as you can probably tell, I found out years later that she actually had succumbed to the mite problem and had to be euthanized. I was still pretty young at the time and would not have taken her passing very well so I can understand why my folks told me that. Not to say that I wasn’t upset when I eventually found out though. But like most problems, we move on and accept what happens the best way we can. Maybe my experience with Sugar and her passing helped lead to what I do now. Maybe it’s even some type of therapy, who knows.

Pet loss affects everyone a little differently I think. Some can move on sooner than others and some need more time or help dealing with the emotional toll it can take. What I do know is that I’ve continued to love animals and have had several cats and dogs since. Sugar had an impact on my life that I will never forget. And although I had always had wanted a dog (and have had 2 since), Sugar converted me the cat lover I still am today.