pet urns

Top 5 Pet Urns at Best Friend Services

At Best Friend Services, we sell many different styles of pet urns. Out of all these urns, there are some of them that are purchased much more. We believe it’s because they are what customers find to be the perfect memorials for their pets. Since there is some commonality between customers and their choices, we decided to let you know which five urns are bought the most. This may help you with your choice for your beloved pet’s memorial.

pet urns#1: Cody Series Pet Urn

The Cody Series Pet Urn comes in two different finishes:

  • Oak
  • Walnut

They come in two styles:

  • Vertical
  • Horizontal

The other choice you have is the nameplate. They come in different colors and fonts.

People love placing their beloved pet’s photo in this urn. The remains go inside of it and the opening is secured with screws.

This is a highly personalized urn because you can place a photo on the front and have a nameplate made for it. Consider it for your pet to preserve your memories for a lifetime.

pet urns#2: Bella Series Pet Urn

The Bella Series Pet Urn is similar to the Cody, but comes in oak and cherry with a different style. You can still place your pet’s photo on the front of it, and choose a nameplate for it. This one only comes in horizontal.

pet urns#3: Sitting Cat

Cat owners love this one. It’s a statue of a cat, and you can place your beloved cat’s remains inside of it by removing the threaded plug. Once inside, you can screw the plug back on tightly. It’s perfect for your home memorial.

pet urns#4: Etched Cylinder

Pet urn jewelry is popular nowadays. You can hang this around your neck to keep your beloved pet near you at all times. It holds only a small amount of ashes, but that’s usually enough to give you that sense of comfort and peace you need to move forward. These two Etched Cylinders come with a detailed design that’s carved into the pieces.

pet urns#5: Classic Avalon Series

When you think of urn, this is the design you probably picture. These urns are the shape of a traditional one and has a nice design around the top. You can purchase it in blue, gold, brass, and pewter. The lid screws on and off to place your pet’s remains inside. It’s made of metal, so it’s not appropriate for outside.

All of our products are made with high-quality materials. We take great pride in our pet urns. It’s why our motto is “Memories for a Lifetime.” You will always be able to remember the good times you spent with your beloved pet by having one of our urns close by to you. It’s the best way to keep him/her alive in your home – the place he/she loved to be with you.



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Pet Gifts for Christmas

Putting your pooch or kitty on your Christmas list might not be something you even think about. He/She is part of your life, and a very special one. Of course, he/she would get something from Santa, right?

If you thought you were alone, you’re not. Actually, the American Pet Products Association surveyed pet owners and found that 53 percent of dogs and 38 percent of cats receive presents from their owners. What’s surprising is that the pet products industry has grown to as much as $60.6 billion. That’s almost double what it was a decade ago.

As the holidays approach, you may wonder what exactly you should buy Fido and Fluffy. The following are some of our favorites:

Doggie Treadmill

pet gifts for christmas

Does your pup need some exercise, but you don’t have a lot of time or space? If so, get the doggie treadmill! This treadmill is perfect for dogs that need to shed some weight or just stay in good shape. All you have to do is set it up and then train your pooch to get on it and walk. At first, it may be a little scary for him/her, but with time, you will see that he/she will love it. Before you know it, he/she will ask to use it rather than you telling him/her to use it.

pet gifts for christmasIlluminated Leash

You won’t have to worry about someone not seeing you when you use this illuminated leash at night. This is perfect for the winter when the sun goes down shortly after 5:00. Don’t worry; there are other colors if you are looking for one.

Kipet gifts for christmastty Wall Perches

This is an awesome set up for your favorite kitty. He/She can climb, jump, and relax on them. With the soft, grass like surface, your kitty will think he/she has the best of both world. The grass under his/her feet with the comforts of the indoors. These perches are stylish for a living room or office. When not in use, you can store items on it.




pet gifts for christmasCat Crib Cat Hammock Black

This cozy cat hammock will be out of the way and give your kitty exactly what he/she wants to get that important shuteye he/she needs. Attach it to just about any chair for a special little hideaway. When you want to clean it, just slide it off the chair legs and throw it in the wash.

Do Your Pets Appreciate It?

Many people wonder if their pets appreciate their gifts. As many pet lovers know, they really do. Pets may not jump up for joy and exclaim how appreciative they are for the gifts, but they do show their gratitude in other ways. They may purr more than usual or rub up against your legs more. They may be under your feet more than usual or they may not pull on the leash as much. Always remember dogs and cats have their own special way of letting you know they are thankful for all you do for them. It’s up to you to pay attention to them to know when they are showing you some love.

Santa with Dog Image courtesy of MDK572

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Choosing the Right Size Urn for Your Beloved Pet

Choosing the right size urn for your pet is incredibly important. You do not want to end up with extra ashes that won’t fit into the urn. The good news is that you can figure out easily the size urn you need for your pet’s remains.

Ask the Crematorium

The crematorium workers are experts at calculating the size urn you need. In some cases, you can ask to have just as much as you need for the size urn you have, especially when you do a group cremation.

Communal cremation – your pet is cremated with other pets and then the ashes are divided among owners.

Single cremation – your pet is cremated by him or herself and the ashes are only of your pet.

Why the Crematorium Workers Are the Best Estimators

There are many variables that go into the amount of ashes you will receive. These variables include:

  • Skeletal size
  • The length of time the ashes are in the chamber
  • Type of cremation
  • Processing of the ashes

Estimating It Yourself

If you are unable to ask the crematorium for some reason, the standard size is 1 cubic inch for every one pound of weight.

While this may make you jump at choosing the size urn you think you need, please understand that this is a rough estimate. Many people have done this and ended up receiving a lot more ashes than they expected because of the crematorium’s process.

Ordering an Urn with an Estimate

It’s better to purchase an urn that is larger than you need rather than smaller. That way all of the urns you receive can fit inside. If there’s extra space inside of the urn, that will not be a problem for you. This is why we always recommend that our customers purchase the next size up when they do not have the estimation from the crematorium.

Other Ideas for the Ashes

Many people intentionally order a smaller urn than they need because they only want to keep some of their pet’s remains. The rest of the ashes will be used in some other way. For example, many pet owners will spread the ashes in a pet’s favorite spot outside or spread them in the ocean if he or she loved to swim. This is such a special thing to do for you and your pet, so consider this if you do end up with a smaller urn than you expected.

As mentioned above, you can also request only a certain amount of the ashes and the crematorium will dispose of the rest of them. The idea of having your pet’s ashes in an urn is that you are keeping a part of him or her near you at all times. If you have a smaller amount of the ashes, that is okay. You still have your beloved pet with you.

It would be a pleasure to help you find the perfect urn for your pet. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have at this time.

Hand Painted Portrait of Your Beloved Pet

When you lose a pet, a part of you goes missing. Your best friend is no longer beside you to share in your joys and sorrows. While you cannot do anything to bring him or her back, there is something you can do to keep the memories alive.

Consider a Hand Painted Portrait

A hand painted portrait of your beloved pet is the perfect way to keep your buddy’s face always vividly near you. A renown American artist paints the portraits from a picture you already have, so that the painting looks as true to life as possible. All you have to do is choose the picture you like the best.

What’s even better is that this painted portrait will last a lifetime. A picture may fade or tear, but a hand painted one won’t do that.

A Wooden Urn with the Portrait

You can take it one step further by having the hand painted picture of your pet on an urn. With our wooden hand painted urns – part of our Nicholas Series – you will have your beloved pet’s face on it. You can also include a 1” x 3” plate on the urn where you can engrave your pet’s name, date of birth and death, or a short message.

The urn can store your pet’s remain securely. You will never have to worry about your pet being away from you with a wooden urn. You can place it on a mantel, on a bedside table, or on an accent table. Wherever you go, your pet goes with you, just like when he was alive.

This particular urn accommodates a pet up to 150 pounds.

Some people do not believe they can take advantage of this because they do not have a good picture of their pet. This is untrue. All you need is an image of your pet that you feel portrays him or her the best.  The artist will be able to take that image and give you a portrait that you will love. Sometimes, a picture may look blurry or light, but the hand painted version looks much better.

If you have any concerns or questions about it, please feel free to contact Best Friend Services. We would be happy to help you with this order since it’s such a special one to pet owners.

Giving This as a Gift

Many loved ones want to do something special because they know their family member or friend is grieving. A hand painted portrait of their beloved pet is the perfect gift. While this one pictured here is an urn, and not everyone wants their pet cremated, the hand painted portrait can be something that your loved one will treasure anyway. Some people will use the opening for other reasons such as writing letters to their beloved pet and then placing them inside of it. It’s safely kept away from anyone else, so it stays between owner and pet.

We hope that you’ll find this hand painted portrait wooden urn the perfect keepsake for your beloved pet.

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Rock Pet Urn – Perfect Indoors and Out

Many people turn to Best Friends Services for pet urns that can be used indoors as well as outdoors. Usually, people want to place them in memorials outside first, and then as the weather becomes more treacherous, they can move them indoors.

In addition to an indoor/outdoor pet urn, people also want pet urns that look as though they belong in both settings. Some pet urns just don’t seem right inside, while others don’t seem quite right for the outside. This is why we have the Rock Pet Urn.

These rock pet urns are perfect for indoor or outdoor use. You can place them outside in a flower garden or memorial you’ve created for your beloved pet. You can have the plaque on it with your pet’s name on it or a short saying. While many would think this is a pet marker, it’s not – it’s an urn because the inside is hollowed out and there’s an opening on the bottom to insert the ashes. What’s nice is that there’s a screw closure, which keeps the ashes safe inside of it.

The black rock pet urn is made from granite with resin blended into it. The beige one is made of limestone. These are two materials that have no problem withstanding weather elements.

The nameplates are also made for the outdoors because they are UV protected. The engraving allows you to have four lines of text with 15-22 characters per line.

Since these rocks are specially made for the outdoors, they are good for the indoors as well. You don’t have to worry about them as much inside your home, of course. However, it’s nice to know that they are made of quality materials.

dog-216282_1920Choosing the Right Pet Urn for Your Pet

Pet urns come in many different sizes, especially the Rock series. It’s important to choose a size that will accommodate the remains of your pet. As you can see below, there are four sizes of rocks you can order.

Small 6”x5” – For deceased pets 0-20 lbs

Medium 7” x 6” x 7”- For deceased pets 21-40 lbs

Large 10” x 7” x 10” – For deceased pets 41-100 lbs

XLarge 14” x 9” x 14” – For deceased pets 101-500 lbs

It’s best not to settle for one that is too small for your pet. You don’t want to have to throw away any ashes because they won’t fit into the pet urn. Although, some people have decided to keep half of the ashes in a pet urn and then spread the other ashes someplace where their pet liked to be. This might be something you would like to do, and if that’s the case, you can choose a smaller pet urn.

You will love this rock pet urn. It will look amazing as you walk up to your flower garden or memorial outside, and/or it will be the perfect addition to your mantel if you have an earthy, natural décor.

Learn more about the rock pet urn here.

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