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7-12-17 203 Farewell My Friend Stone with Engraved Granite Insert I currently lost my cat of 11 years to a sudden illness and he passed away in my arms on the way to the 24 hour Veterinarian. His name was Two Stripes, I honor his name and life in purchasing this beautiful headstone in his name. You can say I was pleased with the order. I only have one suggestion. It should be a little bit more taller than it is. I know it was my mistake because after reading the dimensions and heights after I purchased. I misread it and that is just because I was ordering this item Under complete sadness, but this is not the only item I purchased. In 2014 I purchased a coffin for our little dog of 18 years and now both of them are buried side-by-side, but unfortunately I could not buy the coffin for my cat two stripes and I should have planned ahead just in case. But we did find something suitable for him packed it with some belongings that he slept on while slept next to me at night. So that his body can rest peacefully on. So in conclusion, if you are thinking of ordering products from pets we loved company. I would be okay in recommending pets we loved company, It does not take very long to arrive. A little pricey for low income people, but yet it is a good company Shaun V

5-21-17 Angel Dog Pet Memorial Marker Recently lost my pug suddenly, I found this caring wonderful company and ordered a memorial angel dog marker....was told about 3 weeks which was fine but then got it in about a week and a half....They even sent a sympathy card as well as an email expressing their sympathy...it is very hard to find a great company like this...I HIGHLY RESPECT THEM...FEEL TRUSTING OF THEM... THANK YOU. Vic

5-1-17 Value Medium White Pet Casket Excellent service and quality, third of this size our family has purchased from Steve, all perfect and as expected. This company has wonderful customer service;the owner answers and replies to questions immediately with compassion, understanding and patience. I was very emotional and this company is supportive in every aspect. Arrived exactly when promised and same service as the last five years. N/A

4-12-17 Standard and Deluxe Pet Caskets size Large We are so happy to have found your line of caskets. We purchased a furever pet casket. When we received it it was just as represented with thick walls that look like they'll stand up forever. We have been wanting a permanent casket for our pets for years, and I think we finally found one. N/A

4-5-17 201 In Loving Memory Stone with Engraved Ribbon I love this memorial Stone, I was looking for something to put in my garden in memory of my rottie who we had to put down about 4 months ago to go with the baby palm we planted for him on his birthday and this is perfect. The Stone is absolutely beautiful and if it's even possible looks even better that pictured. Thank you for supplying this product, it makes my day when I look at it. N/A

Pets We Loved article Farewell to Best Friends

Recent Article about Pet Loss and Pets We Loved

Farewell to Man's Best Friends
Pet burials, cremations on rise as families honor their memories
By Rita Savard, 09/08/2008 DT


CHELMSFORD -- Jeff Hardy first saw the squirming bundle in his 8-year-old daughter's arms.

"Uh-oh," he thought.

But there they were. Sarah and the puppy. Staring with big eyes.

"We named him Bongo," Hardy says.

For the next 14 years, Bongo was a regular fixture in Hardy's life. At home. At the office. At the end of a bad day, Bongo would sit by Hardy and offer a paw.

Through Christmases and birthdays, through Sarah's high-school graduation, Bongo became more than a dog. He was family. When Bongo's muzzle turned gray and his legs too shaky to walk the stairs, Hardy built a ramp outside his house.

Then the day came when Bongo couldn't get up anymore. Hardy carefully put his best friend in the car and drove to the vet.

"His body was broken down, but there was still life in his eyes," Hardy says. "It was the hardest thing I ever had to do."

Since Bongo died in February, Hardy has laid the dog to rest in a concrete burial vault and is still at work designing an elaborate memorial plaque.

Industry experts say actions like his are part of a rising trend in the pet-burial business, as more people choose to give humanlike memorials to deceased pets.

That's what Steven and Kathleen Mondazzi wanted when their cat, Sammy, died. But when the Tyngsboro couple went online to find a casket, Steven says, "We couldn't find anything nice."

Mondazzi, who is skilled at making furniture, went into his garage and made a casket of his own. Soon, he started making them for family and friends' pets.
"They kept getting nicer and nicer each time," Mondazzi says.

In 2003, the Mondazzis decided to turn it into a business. Since then, their online store, PetsWeLoved.com, has grown 50 percent each year, selling caskets, pet urns and cremation jewelry.

"People continue to spend a significant amount of money on their pets," Mondazzi says. "But you have to understand that a pet is really more of a family member to most pet owners. They want to take care of them in death just as well as they did when they were with them in life."

In Tyngsboro, more than 1,000 animals -- including a donkey -- are buried at Pet's Heaven cemetery.

A basic burial package costs about $650, which includes a plot, grave marker, casket and any body storage or vet pick-up.

Owner Bob Cornwell, who lives in Florida, operates the business his parents first began in 1972. Cornwell's father's ashes are buried next to the family's pets in the cemetery.

Pet owners frequently visit the cemetery, leaving flowers, ceramic dogs and cats, and even plastic Santa Clauses during the holiday season.

In 2006, Westlawn Cemetery in Littleton carved out a parcel of land just for pets. Charlotte's Garden, separate from the rest of the cemetery on King Street, was named after resident Charlotte Hartwell, who has two of her own dogs buried there.

But it's not just pet cemeteries that are filling up. Fueled by soaring real-estate prices, increasing transiency of populations and the growing importance of pets in people's lives, pet cremation is also on the rise.

The Cremation Association of North America, an organization originally formed for those dealing with human remains, now counts among its 1,400-strong membership several funeral homes that handle pet cremations.

"The national cremation rate for humans is about 37 percent," says Mike Nicodemus, a vice president at the CANA. "At least 70 percent of folks who have pets are cremating them after they die."

While Nicodemus says some people might have a tendency to think pet cremation sounds strange, giving a pet a proper sendoff helps humans through the grieving process.

"Some people are always going to say, 'It's just a pet, get over it,'" he says. "But pets are in their owners' lives every day for many years, so losing them causes a big impact."

Hardy knows all too well. The Chelmsford resident's family-owned business, Hardy Doric Inc., specializes in burial vaults, urns and memorial plaques.

Hardy is now looking to expand the family business to service the needs of people grieving over lost pets. Bongo, the shepherd/husky "mutt," will become the face to market Hardy's pet memorials.

It's only fitting, Hardy says, adding that a row of popped basketballs and chewed up rawhide workmen's gloves still hint of Bongo's healthier days at the Chelmsford plant.

"When you lose a pet and you come home to that empty house, there's a big piece of your life missing," Hardy says. "If we can help somebody honor their pet's memory, then that's a good thing."