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of liquefying organic matter, using water and potassium hydroxide continually mixed together at low temperatures for a long duration until what remains is your pet’s bones which are then dried, pressed into ash and returned to you. “With how we perform aquamation, a pet’s family is in control,” explains Darci Bressler of Resting Waters (restingwaters.com), a Seattle-based pet funeral home specializing in aquamation. “We’re able to offer each family a unique experience,” continues Darci, “including a private memorial service with friends to express their love for their pet.” Darci is passionate as well as compassionate as she explains the process of aquamation, “we lovingly handle every animal in our care and we allow the owner to stay with their pet as long as they need, they can even place the body in the chamber.” Aquamation does not require removal of medical devices such as metal implants or screws, and because these are non-organic and won’t dissolve, the pet’s owner can keep these unique little keepsakes. As with the previously mentioned options, aquamation allows pet owners time to select souvenirs that give life to memories. “I keep my pet with me, in a little vial that holds his ashes,” Joe Kikukawa explains as he gently lifts the small oblong stainless steel container pendant that hangs around his neck. “When we were told, about 10 years ago, that we had about a week left with our boy, we were immobilized with grief. Fortunately, we were able to get a print of his paw, this necklace that holds a little bit of him, and some last minute professional images that we hung in our den.” The Pacific Northwest is home to several, talented pet photographers that offer beautiful images that can be turned into canvas art for your home. It’s this type of memorabilia that can help comfort a grieving pet parent. Today the choices are seemingly endless. In addition to urns and art, you can get a mold of your dog’s nose and have it turned into a necklace charm, earrings, or even a tattoo. Artful Ashes (artfulashes.com) in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle use a teaspoon of your pet’s ashes to create a unique, handcrafted glass remembrance piece, such as a sculpture, pendant, or paperweight with your dog’s name etched on the bottom. Life Gem (lifegem.com) or Heart in Diamond (heart-in-diamond.com) can turn your pet’s fur or ashes into high-quality diamonds. For pet parents who really want to show the world how colorful their pet was, Heavenly Stars Fireworks (heavenlystarsfireworks.com)will insert your dog’s ashes into self-firing fireworks for you to light in a legally zoned area.

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CityDog Magazine Winter 2018 Issue  

Smart, city-savvy and fun, CityDog Magazine brings the joys of life with our four-legged friends to dog lovers throughout the Pacific Northw...

CityDog Magazine Winter 2018 Issue  

Smart, city-savvy and fun, CityDog Magazine brings the joys of life with our four-legged friends to dog lovers throughout the Pacific Northw...

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