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Breed of the Week – German Shepherd

german shepherdThe German Shepherd is a strong dog. If you’ve had one, you know how muscular, sturdy, and solid these dogs are.

Their head is proportionate to their body with the forehead rounded. The nose is usually black, and it’s the only color it can be if it’s shown in a dog show. Some German Shepherds have a blue or liver colored nose, and this is against regulations.

The German Shepherd teeth are strong. They bite down in a scissor bite.

Their eyes are a deep black color. They are shaped like almonds.

Their eyes are wide at the base and then form a point. Puppies under six months old often have droopy ears that end up standing erect as they become adults.

The coat of the German Shepherd is plush, and it’s a double coat. The colors are usually black and tan, sable, or all black. There are some German Shepherd who are white, blue, or liver, but these are not considered show colors.

german shepherdThe Temperament of the German Shepherd

German Shepherds are:

  • Courageous
  • Keen
  • Alert
  • Fearless

They are very obedient and cheerful. Whenever you want to train this dog, he or she will be ready. They seek to please.

They want to be with families all of the time. They do not like strangers. This is what makes them great as guard dogs.

German Shepherds should be socialized as puppies. They shouldn’t be kept in isolation for long periods of times. They are social dogs, and need that closeness to remain mentally healthy.

Exercise is important for German Shepherds because they have a lot of energy. Walks, runs, or a dog park are perfect activities for them.

It’s important that owners understand they need to keep the authority in the relationship. If they feel they are the leader, they will not listen or obey commands. Training needs to be done early on in puppyhood and consistent throughout the breed’s life. Never trained aggressively because this breed does not response well to it. They need to feel as though they are following you, not the other way around.

German Shepherds Work

German Shepherds are hard workers. They have been used as guard dogs, police dogs, and guide dogs. Their noses are highly sensitive, so they can sniff our prey, drugs, and even intruders. Some German Shepherds can even sniff our mines, bombs, and gas leaks buried 15 feet underground!

Remembering Your German Shepherd

As you read this, you probably remember how brave, strong, and smart your German Shepherd was all those years. To preserve those memories for a lifetime, consider our German Shepherd figurine pet urns.

The come with a detailed figurine on the top of the wooden pet urn. The German Shepherd figurine properly has markings much like yours did. This is why many of our customers choose it for their urn – it brings back all of those fond memories for their dog.

Please visit our German Shepherd figurine pet urn page for more information.


Pursuit of a More Affordable Pet Urn

Best Friend Services was built on the premise that pet urns are expensive. If you’ve ever looked at pet urns sold on many websites and at crematories, you know they can cost you a lot of money. It can be a major investment for some people.

Why Best Friend Services Started

In a time of great pain, the last thing anyone wants to deal with is having to spend a lot of money on something that should be making them feel better. Those who have lost a pet want to make the grieving process as easy as possible, and that includes purchasing a good quality urn for not a lot of money.

This is why Best Friend Services started. We wanted to find a way to provide people who have suffered pet loss beautiful pet urns, made of high quality materials, for an affordable price.

We knew this may be a tall order for us since usually, good quality comes at a good price. However, once we realized that all we had to do was cut out the middleman – we found the prices plus quality we needed to impress customers.

Some of our customers are surprised to know we have our own inventory. We have the pet urns, so we don’t have to turn to someone else to get it for our customers.  This means we can fill orders quickly and cut out the cost of working with someone else to handle the shipment.

When you decide to purchase pet urns from us, you are not dealing with a big business that has no face. You are dealing with people who care about you. We’ve been through pet loss. We know all of the feelings you’re experiencing. We know how hard all of this is for you.

Memorials for a Lifetime

We also know the comfort a pet urn can provide you. We know that by having your beloved pet’s ashes by your side each day, you can feel his or her presence despite not being physically by your side. It’s why we have come up with the motto Memorials for a Lifetime.

With pet urns, you can preserve memories for a lifetime. Whenever you look at the pet urn, you’ll remember all of the fun times you had. You may even want to touch the urn to feel a connection to your pet that you probably believed was gone forever.

Now that you know a little more about us, we invite you to explore everything we have to offer. We have many types of pet urns available to choose from, and you can personalize most of them any way you would like.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

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Frustration During Pet Loss – How to Use it To Help You Heal

Frustration is a big part of grieving a pet that’s died. You want to move on from the grief, but you can’t seem to do it. It may be days, weeks, or even months, but you’re still weepy.

The frustration you feel over your grief is normal. A part of you knows that you’ll need to move on, while another part of you wants to hold on. This completely makes sense.

However, you can take these two parts of you and make them happy with one another. You can take the frustration you feel and help it move you past the grief. Here’s how to do it.

Talk to Yourself

The frustration part of you knows why you feel sad, it just doesn’t understand. You can help the grieving part of you by speaking to it in a calm, comforting way.  You may say, “I know it’s so sad, but I have to get moving. It’s what <insert pet’s name> would have wanted.”

You may need to do this a few times, but you will likely find that you won’t have to do too much of it as you do it over and over again. Your grieving side will start to believe the frustration side, making it much easier.

Get Yourself Moving Despite the Grief

The other way to use the grief is by using the energy that comes from it to fuel yourself. You may not have felt like doing much when you were in the depths of mourning your pet, but now that frustration has set in, you probably have a little more motivation to do something.

When you are able to get out of yourself and do things that you didn’t think you would be able to because of losing your pet, you’ll start to realize that life does carry on – as wrong as that feels to you.

Frustration Is Strength

If you think about frustration for a minute, you will likely see that it’s powerful. You wouldn’t feel that frustration if you didn’t have some sort of energy behind it.

Use that strength for something good inside of you. Use it to show you that you are strong enough to deal with this devastating situation in your life. Take that frustration and show yourself that you can live your life despite the heartache. You WILL find joy again.

Giving It Time

Just know that even if you do all of this, you may still have days when you’re so sad you just want to cry. Time does heal all wounds. While you work with your grief and frustration, know that you need to be patient with the mourning process.

A Word About Depression

If you feel your depression from losing your pet has gotten to a point that your job is in jeopardy and you’re losing relationships, it may be time to speak to a professional. Your physician can help you, so make an appointment. You should definitely make an appointment if you ever have thoughts of harming yourself or others.

Stay strong, and soon, you’ll look back on your time your pet with happy memories.

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Poems for When You Lose a Pet

When a pet dies, you probably feel as though no one understands your pain. This is normal. Your pain is deep. You can’t imagine anyone else going through this because it’s just something you’ve never thought was possible to feel.

Since you may feel alone in your pain right now, we thought it would good to feature some good poems for this time in your life. These poems will help you see you aren’t the only one who has dealt with this pain, which can be very comforting.


Grieve not, nor

speak of me with tears, but laugh and

talk of me as if I were

beside you.

I loved you so…

‘Twas heaven

here with you.

  • Isla Paschal Richardson


A Pet’s Peace

I have left you now

but please don’t be sad

you gave me all the love you had.

You did so much for me in my time here

and I’ll always hold those precious times near.

I know someday you’ll find love again

and into your life will come a new friend.

Your heart will heal though you’ll never forget

memories like the first time we met.

Memories are wonderful, so keep them close

and remember all the good times the most.

Up in the Heaven for animals is where I’ll be

and someday in the future, each other we will see.

I am at PEACE now, so please don’t be sad

you gave me all the love you had

  • Tracy M. Johnson


Remember Our Love

I was chosen today

I’m learning to fly

the world took me away,

but please don’t you cry.


And I chose you today

to try and be strong

so please don’t you cry

and don’t say that I’m gone


When you’re feeling alone

just remember our love,

I’m up near the stars

looking down from above.


Remember our love

in a moment you’ll see

that I’m still here beside you

when you’re thinking of me.

  • Julie Epp


Friend, please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I’m always near.
I’m everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I’ll never wander out of your sight-
I’m the brightest star on a summer’s night.
I’ll never be beyond your reach-
I’m the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.

I’m the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you’ll see that the face in the moon shine is mine.

When you start thinking there’s no one to love you,
you can talk to through the Lord up above you.
I’ll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,
and you’ll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I’m the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I’m the smile you see on a baby’s face.
Just look for me friend, I’m every place!

~Author Unknown


Treasured Friend
I lost a treasured friend today

The little dog who used to lay

Her gentle head upon my knee

And shared her silent thoughts with me.

She’ll come no longer to my call

Retrieve no more her favourite ball

A voice far greater than my own

Has called her to his golden throne.

Although my eyes are filled with tears

I thank him for the happy years

He let her spend down here with me

And for her love and loyalty.

When it is time for me to go

And join her there, this much I know

I shall not fear the transient dark

For she will greet me with a bark.

  • Author Unknown


Do you have a poem about pet loss? Have you ever thought of writing one? Share it with us! We would love to read it and share with our friends.

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Why We Cry When We Are Sad

If you think about crying for a minute, you probably think the reason we cry is obvious – it’s a release. Yes, this is completely true, but there’s a lot more to it than just that. Crying serves a great purpose for your health and well-being. Understanding why you cry can help you deal with it much easier.

According to the assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, crying releases built up energy. The energy is made up of feelings. When you cry, you are getting all of that pent up tension (energy) out of you. This can leave you feeling relaxed and much stronger because you don’t have all of that wearing you down.

Releasing energy serves as a survival mechanism, according to Dr. Jodi Deluca. Crying can help you see that you need to take care of some business – emotional business. It’s your body’s way of telling you something is very wrong, and you need to take care of it to make it go away.

In addition to alerting you to a problem, it also helps get rid of problems. When you cry, you release toxins from your body. It also decreases your stress hormones. This can leave your body much healthier than it was before you started crying.

When People Don’t Cry

What happens if you don’t cry, even though you really want to? All of the energy, toxins, and problems you are experiencing will get stuck inside of you. For some people, this becomes a habit. They keep all of these negative things in their body because they refuse to cry. It’s not healthy.

Over time, people who don’t cry end up exploding. Their sadness turns into anger, and they may end up taking it out on the people around them.

For some people, they end up having health problems. The toxins and the high levels of stress has taken a toll on the body, so it can’t ward off illnesses and diseases.

Another consequence of not crying is never truly finding what makes you happy. You need to release what makes you sad, so you can be happy. If you continuously keep sadness inside of you, it will just grow bigger and bigger as you gather other sad situations. Before you know it, you’re sad all of the time, and you may even classify yourself as suffering from depression.

It’s Time to Cry

If your pet has recently died, don’t keep all of those feelings inside of you. Find time to let it all out of you. That sadness wants to come out, so you just need to let it.

Crying may be difficult to do at first because you’ll feel a rush of emotions, but it’s the rewards you’ll receive afterwards that makes it worthwhile. After a good cry, you’ll be able to walk a little straighter. You’ll be able to deal with situations a little easier. You’ll be able to feel good inside not only now, but for many years.

Take care of yourself. Cry today, so you can be strong and happy tomorrow.

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