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Peace of Mind After Putting Your Dog to Sleep

You had to put your dog to sleep. It was the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make. You hate that it was on you to decide when he would take his last breath. That is what makes you feel so low.

It’s likely you had to comb through a lot of thoughts as you were deciding to put your dog to sleep. You weighed the options carefully. You asked a lot of questions. You wanted to know this was the only answer.

You did what you’re supposed to do when people make this decision. Yet, you cannot bring yourself to have peace of mind. You are struggling every day. You wonder if maybe you held out one more day if by some sort of miracle he or she would have recovered. Or, you wonder if you had just not opened the door wide enough he or she wouldn’t have gotten out and hit by the car.

These types of thoughts go through your head repeatedly. You can’t really do anything with them, except bring yourself further down into the depression you’re already in.

How to Achieve Peace of Mind

To achieve peace of mind, you need to be active with your recovery from the trauma. As you are ruminating over what you could have or should have done, start to talk to yourself. Give yourself a pep talk. Let yourself know you didn’t mean to harm your dog. You were doing what you thought was best.

When the time came to put your dog to sleep, you asked the questions and you thought long and hard about it. You didn’t give in to this decision easily. You should be happy about that because you made sure there was no hope.

Try a little exercise to help you develop your peace of mind. Close your eyes and think about what happened leading up to putting your dog to sleep. Think about what you did and why you did it.

Don’t allow yourself to think about what you could have done – only what you did.

As much as you want to turn the hands back in time, you can’t. Mistakes are made and sometimes, the consequences are devastating. They are mistakes, though. You didn’t mean it, and for that reason, you should not beat yourself up over it.

Your beloved pet would not want you to feel this way. Take some time to come to peace with everything that’s happened. You are a good dog parent. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t be feeling this way right now.

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Balinese – Cat Breed of the Week

The Balinese cat is beautiful. People often choose this breed when they want a cat that is full of personality and active. If you’ve had one of these, you know exactly what I’m talking about right now.

Balinese CatBalinese are intelligent and affectionate. They love to be around their owners and their owners love to around them.

They enjoy communicating with their meows. They know you understand them, so don’t try to tell them you don’t understand what they want.

This is the perfect cat if you are looking for one who understands you inside and out. The Balinese have a powerful way of feeling what their owner is dealing with inside. For example, if you are sad, don’t be surprised that your Balinese will come up and rub against you. If you’re happy, your cat will be right there with you meowing up a storm over all of the joy. It’s the perfect pet for those who are sensitive and need a little coaching in life.

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What makes Balinese unique is that they love riding on their owners’ shoulders. Since they are agile leapers, they aren’t afraid to go leaping through the air on and off your shoulders and other structures. Yes, it will seem as though they are flying through the air. And as cats do, they land on four feet.

Balinese cats don’t do well alone. They want to be cuddled up next to their owner as much as possible. This means that if you love to spend time with your pets on the couch or in bed, this cat is perfect for you. It also means that these cats are better for people who don’t work a lot. An eight hour day can be very lonely and depressing for the Balinese.

The following attributes are typical of the Balinese:

  • Active
  • Playful
  • Needs attention
  • Affectionate
  • Vocalizes often
  • Smart
  • Healthy and hardy
  • Needs grooming
  • Great with children
  • Does well with other pets

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Many people confuse the Balinese with a Siamese or Himalayan. While they do share similar characteristics, they have some striking differences that make them unique. The Balinese is a descendant of the Siamese, thought. They have the four traditional colors: seal, blue, chocolate, and lilac.

Dealing with the Loss of the Balinese

Since Balinese cats are so affectionate and in tune with their owners’ feelings, it can feel as though you’ve lost a part of you when your cat crosses the Rainbow Bridge. Who will comfort you now? Who will keep you company?

It can be devastating when your beloved cat dies. We want to make this difficult time easier for you with our pet urns. While we don’t have a Balinese figurine cat urn, we do have a Siamese one that many of our customers have chosen sSiamese pet urnince they do resemble their cat so much.

With our pet urns, you can keep your cat near you forever. Just because he can’t cuddle up to you, speak to you, and give you the condolence you need right now, his or her presence can be felt with this urn.

Learn more about our cat figurine urns here.

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Why You Should Know All of Our Products Are Shipped In-House

When you purchase products online, you may not think much about how it is handled before it is sent to you. For example, you probably assume the person you bought the product from packages it with care and sends it off to you. While this is the case many times, it’s not always. Sometimes, the person you buy products from never even touches them.

Many online sellers are using drop-shippers and wholesalers to make money. All they do is advertise the products, and when you buy, the drop-shippers and wholesalers send the products to you. It’s the middleman. While you may not really care who sends you the products as long as they arrive in good condition, it can make a huge difference in your customer satisfaction.

When e-tailers do not handle their own inventory, there is a greater chance your products will not be sent on time or packaged properly. If you think about it, the people shipping your purchases don’t truly care about you. They are simply fulfilling an order they receive, and if you’re not happy, they don’t usually hear about it. It’s the seller you purchased from that will. Of course, that seller doesn’t really have anything to do with the shipping of the product. That’s where the problem lies.

How Best Friend Services Is Different

We do not use drop-shippers or wholesalers to ship our products. There is no middleman involved. When you purchase from us, you purchase from the people who are shipping your products. We care about you and the products you receive. This is how we can control how and when you receive your purchases.

If you ever have a problem, you don’t have to deal with someone who didn’t have anything to do with the shipping process. What you’ll get is us who most likely remember packaging your products and can help you identify what went wrong, so it can be taken care of quickly and easily.

We sell our pet urns this way because we believe it’s not only the best way to provide customer service, but because it also helps us keep prices low. Since there is no middleman, we don’t have to pay anyone to ship the products. When we don’t have to pay, you don’t have to either.

We hope we’ve given you some information you can use not only when you purchase pet urns from us, but for other purchases you make online. We believe it’s important and now you understand why.

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5 Pet Loss Books to Help You Grieve

You can recover from the loss of your pet. It will take time, but you will live a life with joy in it again. While you mourn, books can help you process your feelings. The following are five books that we believe are great for dealing with pet loss.

When Your Pet Dies

When Your Pet Dies

This book helps you understand the mourning process and why your feelings are so strong. It also provides ideas on how you can overcome the loss with memorials, funerals, and more. Get the help you need with this guide to mourning, remembering and healing.

Goodbye, Friend

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This book offers sound advice on how to deal with the death of your pet. It includes heartwarming stories and guidance as you navigate the grieving process. A section about how to help children can be great for those of you with little ones who are also mourning the loss a family pet.

Going Home – Finding Peace When Pets Die

Going Home

The author of this book uses his personal experience to help readers understand their feelings during the mourning period. It’s perfect for those who have lost any type of pet. He believes that honoring the lost pet is one of the best ways to move on from the death.

There Are No Sad Dogs in Heaven

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This book is a bit different in that it provides comfort by explaining what your pet may be feeling right now. It answers questions like:

  • Is my pet happy?
  • Why did this have to happen?
  • Is it okay to get another pet?

The book uses stories about what others have gone through to help you know you’re not alone.

Furry Friends Forevermore: A Heavenly Reunion with Your PetFurry Friends Forevermore: A Heavenly Reunion with Your Pet

Do you believe in God and Heaven? If so, this is the perfect book for you. Learn what the scriptures say about death and life after it. It can be comforting to know you will be reunited with your pet someday.

How Reading Helps

Reading may be something that is hard to do after you’ve lost your pet. Your mind may be on other things at this point. Give it a try though with one or more of these books. Usually, if the topic is on something that you are experiencing you will have a much easier time focusing because you want some help during this time.

The bonus is that the words you read may just be what will help you get through this difficult time in your life.

For more help with the grieving process when your pet dies, please browse our blog. We have many posts that can help you during this time.

 

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Learn About Saint Francis – The Keeper of Pets

St. FrancisSaint Francis is the Catholic Saint known for his compassion towards the poor, sick, and animals. People turn to St. Francis to help them when they are struggling, especially during the loss of a pet.

About St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis was named after France when his father returned home after a trip to find his wife had given birth to a son. His family was wealthy, and he wanted his son to grow up a man of business, rather than a religious one.
As he grew up, he himself said, “I lived in sin during that time.” When Assisi declared war on the neighboring town Perugia, he joined the army.

Most of the troops died during the battle and those that didn’t ended up chained in a dark dungeon. After a year as a prisoner, he was released. His experience didn’t change him, though. He went right back to living the sinful life he had before the battle.

One night God came to him and said he was living his life in the wrong way and that he needed to return home. This was shortly after he left to join another battle, and when his father saw him knowing full well he couldn’t have won yet, he became very upset. He was also called a coward and was laughed at by everyone in the town.

Over the next 25 years, Francis began to pray more. He cried for his sins to God many times. Sometimes, he could feel God’s presence helping him. One day, when he was visiting a church in San Damiano, the crucifex spoke to him, “Francis, repair my church.”

Francis went to his father and stole the money to repair the church. His father caught him, dragged him to the bishop, and demanded that he not only return the money, but give up all rights to his heir. Unfortunately, Francis misunderstood God’s request. God wanted him to repair his church, as in repair the current state of the faith people had in him.

When Francis understood, he started to preach to others, and ended up with a following. He became the founder of the Franciscan Order. Through this order, he took care of the poor and sick. It was only two years after his death that he was canonized as a saint.

St. Francis is the patron of animals because people believed that he had a special connection to them. They thought he understood them better than anyone else. He would speak to them and care for them with tenderness.
This is why people turn to St. Francis today for condolence after their pet dies.

St. Francis Pet Urn

It’s comforting to know there is a saint that takes care of animals. At Best Friend Services, we offer a pet urn that is the statue of St. Francis. You can place your beloved pet’s ashes inside of it. It’s almost as if you’re giving your pet to St. Francis, while being able to keep him beside you.
Learn more about the St. Francis pet urn here.


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