Posted On: 03-10-2014
There’s no doubt about it, losing a beloved pet can be one of life’s most difficult and emotionally trying experiences.How to keep the cherished memory of a furry friend is a dilemma that Lisa Brambilla, President of My Eternal Family Tree and Creator of Bio Urn seeks to address.
As a 55-year-old wife, mother, pet-lover, and cancer survivor, Lisa set out on a mission to change the way we say “goodbye” to our little furry friends. With the motivation to create a green and eco-friendly solution, Lisa created a unique pet product; a biodegradable urn that holds the entirety of a pets cremated remains that when planted, also grows into a memorial tree.
Since the 1980s, the cremation rate has grown from 9.7% to an astonishing 72%. In the pet industry, this can create a conundrum as to what pet owners are supposed to do with a collection of pet ashes. Bio Urn can serve as a tool for coping with grief within the veterinary industry, which has intimate knowledge about how difficult end of life conversations can be with pet parents. “One of the main ideas behind Bio Urn is that a memorial tree can help to focus pain and sadness away from the death and concentrate more on the circle of life, giving back to the earth portion of the experience by creating a nourishing tree in tribute to the human-animal bond.”
Customers can make many different selections in terms of their Bio Urn from what type of tree they would like to thrive in their local environment, soil, nutrient rich planting cell, a bag to hold remains, a stainless steel marker, and of course, the Bio Urn itself. Custom urns can even be constructed from the fabric of a favorite toy or blanket for an extra-personal touch.
Find out more about My Eternal Family Tree and Lisa’s solution to provide a lasting, living reminder of a shared love with a four-legged companion at http://www.myeternalfamilytree.com or visit them at the upcoming America’s Family Pet Expo.
Posted On: 03-07-2014
Small Animal Fun Facts
Small animals like guinea pigs, hamster, rabbits, chinchillas, etc. can make great pets. And they are so interesting too! Here are a few fun facts about various small animal mammals:
- Baby guinea pigs are called pups. The females are called sows and the males are called boars.
- Guinea pigs can make 13 different sounds, which is how they communicate with one another.
- A group of gerbils is called a business, a male is a hob, and a female is a jill.
- Chinchillas have fur that is approximately thirty times softer than human hair – the softest fur in the world.
- When scared, chinchillas can release a piece of their fur in an effort to mislead predators. No worries, the fur will grow back!
- If you observe gerbils together, you may see what looks like them rubbing noses when they first meet. They are actually licking one another’s mouths because the taste of their siliva is how they recognize each other!
- Hamsters are very active and may run up to a mile a day.
- Mice are known for being fast, but did you know they are good jumpers too? A mouse can jump up to 18 inches.
- One human year is equivalent to 25 hamster years. This means a hamster ages a year every 15 days!
- You know how dogs will nudge at you if it wants to play? Rabbits do the same thing! If it wants you to chase it playfully, it may nudge your ankles or shake its head.
- Mice may sleep for more than 12 hours a day. Wow, talk about a good nap!
- Rats can swim and many seem to have fun doing it.
- Adult rats can squeeze into holes the size of a quarters.
Be sure to visit America’s Family Pet Expo to see all kinds of small animals!
Posted On: 03-05-2014
Golden Retrievers most definitely derive their names from their hearts of gold and Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue is dedicated to finding loving, lifetime homes for Golden Retrievers in need, regardless of conditions or circumstances. As a sanctuary that serves as a halfway house for injured, neglected, abused, or unwanted dogs, the SCGRR is a safe place where pups and dogs alike can rest and recuperate while on the search for a foster or permanent forever home.
As the third largest Golden Retriever Rescue in the country and the second largest in the Western Region. SCGRR runs on all volunteers and it’s a big job. Each dog that comes in receives at a minimum, a vet exam, vaccinations, spay or neutering, additional medical treatment like hip surgery, broken bone repair, tumor removal, ear infection treatment, eye surgery, knee surgery and a host of other issues are addressed. Donations to SCGRR are 100% tax deductable and go towards the love and care given to these downtrodden pets.
All dogs at SCGRR are also never kenneled but instead placed in caring foster homes. They are temperament tested, socialized, and properly vetted prior to any adoption paperwork to ensure a perfect match between each individual dog and wanting family.
It takes a lot of work but these furry loyal friends mean the world to SCGRR. If your heart is ready to be captured, take a look at available Goldens like Mara:
For a current list of adoptables as well as more about this rescue organization, the work they do, and happy tails, visit their website: http://scgrrescue.org/