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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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Breed of the Week – American Bulldog

Many people confuse the English Bulldog with the American Bulldog because they are close in appearance. While they do look similar, there are key differences the American Kennel Club has identified that makes the American Bulldog quite unique.

American Kennel Club Standards for the Bulldog

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The American Kennel Club has these standards for the American Bulldog:

Tail: Short and straight, but can be screwed

Ears: Small ears that are set high on the head

Eyes: Dark and deep set

Colors: Brindle, white, red, fawn, pale yellow or piebald

Build: Low slung, broad and muscular

Weight: 40-50 pounds

Height 12-16 pounds

american-bulldog-179677_960_720About the Bulldog

The bulldog has a face that everyone remembers. It’s mug is well-known because of its scrunch appearance. Whenever anyone sees the bulldog, they immediately think he or she is dominant and strong. Their attitude plays into this appearance.

Their stance seems as though they are in conflict with their loose skin, as they shuffle from place to place. They tend to leap when they run because of their shorter legs.

These dogs are incredibly loyal and affectionate. They are docile, gentle, and don’t usually get excited. Many owners proclaim their bulldog is lazy, and that is just what this dog wants to be.

It’s a great pet for children because it is calm and loving. Patience is high, but bulldogs will snap at children who push their limits.

Bulldogs are smart and can be taught to play many hand games such as fetch. It’s not a good idea to take bulldogs on long walks or runs though because they can become overheated.

The leading cause of death for the bulldog is cardiac related. Cancer and old age are the other two common causes of death. Their lifespan on average is 10 to 11 years.

Bulldogs are best friends. They want to be with their owner all of the time, and have mastered the look of undying love. If you want a dog that will love you unconditionally and show you how awesome you are every single day, a bulldog is perfect.

american bulldog pet urnBulldog Memorials for a Lifetime

We know you’re missing your Bulldog. He or she showed you so much love that this can be a major loss in your life. To help you with it, we are now carrying American Bulldog Memorials. These memorials are wooden pet urns with a Bulldog figurine secured on top of it. We have many colors of bulldogs and poses to choose from, so browse our Bulldog figurine pet urn now.

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Pet Urn for a Spring Memorial Garden

Spring is approaching. Now is the time to start thinking about how you would like to commemorate your beloved pet. One of the ways we like to do it is with a memorial garden.

A memorial garden can be as small or as large as you would like. Some people will simply choose a small spot in their background to plant flowers and place a headstone for their beloved pet. You can use one of our pet urn stones, if you decided to create your pet. Or, you can just use the pet urn without the ashes inside and have the front engraved with your pet’s name.

memorial gardenSince your memorial garden will end up staying where you decide to put it for a long time, you will need a stone that will withstand the weather. Our stone pet urns are perfect for this because they are made of quality stone material and they can make it through rain, sun, snow, and wind.

If the ashes are inside of the urn, they will be protected with the tamper-resistant cover. With it secured by screws, all you have to do is unscrew those screws, remove the cover, place the ashes inside, and then replace the screws. This is what seals the ashes inside protecting them from the elements.

How to Personalize the Stone Pet Urns

Personalizing the stone pet urns is easy. You can have a gold plate engraved with your beloved pet’s name. You can add a date to it if you would like or something else that falls within the character limit.

You have four sizes to choose from:

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • Extra Large

If you are placing your pet’s ashes inside of the stone pet urn, be sure to choose the one that will fit the ashes. You can ask the crematory or us. It has to do with the weight of your pet when he or she was healthy.

We have two colors:

  • Limestone
  • Black

Other Varieties Available for a Memorial Garden

If you prefer a different look for your urn, browse our pet urns page. Any of the stone urns will be perfect for your outdoor memorial garden.

The reason we bring this up now is that the spring is when most people head out to garden centers looking for new plants for their garden. As you do this, you may want to get some for a memorial in your yard. Along with that garden, you can place one of our affordable, high quality stone pet urns there as a special remembrance of your beloved pet.

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Loving Life After the Loss of a Pet

After you lose a dear pet, you may feel as though you will never be able to find joy again. This little pet has brought you so much happiness that you just can’t imagine being able to move forward and feeling that way again. Fortunately, this isn’t as true as you may believe. You CAN move forward and find joy again. You WILL do it.

How to Love Life Again

You won’t wake up tomorrow after reading this article and feel as though your life is super duper again. It takes time to get to that point. However, you will get to that point, and that is what you have to hold onto right now.

There are some things you can do to help yourself get to that point faster, though.

Take Care of Yourself

You may not feel like eating because you’re so depressed, but food is your best friend right now. We’re not talking about macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and a gallon of ice cream. We are talking about good, healthy food.

Healthy food is what is going to fuel your body, so you can get through this hard patch in your life. It’s what is going to make your mind and body work for you, instead of against you.

When you don’t feel good because you haven’t eaten enough or good food, it will just compound the feelings you’re having from losing your pet. You don’t need anything making you feel worse, so that’s why you should make an extra point to eat well.

Reach Out for Support

You need all of the help you can get at this point. Talking about it will relieve a lot of the tension you have inside of you right now.

If you can’t find someone to talk to because you feel as though you are just bothering him or her, it may be nice to reach out to a professional. There’s nothing like talking to someone who understands you and can help you see all of the ways your beloved pet has made your life what it is today, and how you can carry that with you forever to make the future a good one too.

Give It Time

Yes, time. It’s not what you want to hear, but it is what will help you get to a better life again. Try to move throughout the day with positivity, noticing the things around you that make you happy or you’re grateful for. The more you look at the positive, the less you’ll focus on the depression you’re feeling inside of you.

Each day is a success. You will be one more day closer to achieving that happy life again.

It’s true – you won’t have your beloved pet, but you will have the memories you’ve created. That’s what life is all about, and you should hold on to them forever.

American Bobtail

Feline Breed of the Week – American Bobtail

rAmerican Bobtails are lovable cats. They will show you how much they love you over and over again.

Their intelligence is obvious, as they can be trained to do many things. Some people have even been able to train them to relieve themselves in a toilet.

They enjoy being part of a family warming up to their owners quickly. This isn’t a cat that will disappear for hours a day. They want to be next to their owners as much as possible.

Games are a favorite pastime for American Bobtails. They love to play hide and seek. They even play fetch if you’re willing to invest the time in training.

If you ever have any flies or anything else in your home, the American Bobtail is perfect for you. Their hunting instinct is strong, so they will do whatever they need to in getting what shouldn’t be in your home.

The Bobtail isn’t a big breed, but isn’t a small one either. Many people pick up a Bobtail thinking he or she is light, but then are surprised by the weight.

The American Bobtail has two coat lengths – dense shorthair or medium longhair. Usually, all you have to do is brush the coat regularly and bathe him or her once and a while. Many American Bobtails love baths, so it’s not too difficult.

A Friendly Kitty

The American Bobtail loves other animals. They will show the same love and affectionate to other pets as they do owners.

Many owners have seen their American Bobtail play aggressively with dogs to the point of fearing harm. Usually, it’s all in fun, though. They are tough and as long as the dog behaves, everything usually ends up fine.

If you’ve owned an American Bobtail, much of what you read here probably resonates with you. They are awesome feline friends that are surely missed when they depart from this world.

Those of you who have recently lost your Bobtail, you may be interested in figurine pet urn. We have many to choose from, so you can find one that resembles your beloved pet. Our wooden pet urns are made of high quality material and they have a figurine securely attached to the top of them. With an urn, you will be able to keep your pet’s remains with you for the rest of your life. It can be so special to look at a urn and remember all of the wonderful memories you’ve had with your beloved pet.

Start browsing our collection of pet urns now. You may just find the perfect one that helps you remember everything you’ve done with your American Bobtail.


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