In 2013, American’s spent more than $55 billion on their pets and the market is expected to grow even more.
Dogs and cats have become part of the American family’s inner circle over the past 20 years, sleeping in their own beds or yours, eating food bought specially to help their digestive tracts, drinking purified water and cuddling up in chairs on heated pads made to fend off arthritis. In the past, children were a reflection of us, and people are now extending that to their pets.
Pinky was “a member of our family” and brought it a “holy joie de vivre,” Black wrote in a 2011 essay in The Christian Century magazine titled, “Unexpected grief: Elegy for a border collie.”
Pinky taught his family about selfless dedication and focusing on the moment, rather than “an unfetchable past and an uncertain future,” Black wrote.
And, the theology professor added, he hopes to see Pinky in heaven: If the biblical Psalms call for all creatures to sing praise, “Who’s to say that God does not accept the bark of a border collie as praise?”
It might surprise you to find out that humans are not the only animals that grieve the loss of their loved ones or hold vigils. Many members of the wild animal kingdom celebrate the lives of their loved ones in ways that would put us as a society to shame.
FrontRunner has brought together some of the most highly respected and leading experts in the field of pet loss. These appointments will form the new advisory board for “An Unforgettable Friend” Pet Loss Business System.
Orlando Creative Services to Collaborate with FrontRunner Professional on Creation of Pet Loss Coloring Book for Children
The book is the brainchild of Kevin Montroy, CEO/Founder of FrontRunner Professional. “After reviewing all of the existing materials out there, we decided that we could make a significant contribution to the pet loss for kids’ cause” said Kevin. “We are thrilled that we can offer materials to help children make some sense of the loss they feel.” Kevin also has written a poem that’s included in the coloring book.
THE owners of lizards, alpacas, guinea pigs and rats are spending $1500 for pet grief specialists as mourning families do away with backyard burials for the religious traditions of a human send-off.
FrontRunner will unveil the new “An Unforgettable Friend” Pet Loss Business System this week at the Pet Loss Business Development Conference.
This past weekend the above photo was shared across the web and social medias. The image provides more proof that grief is the most universal language spoken, even across species.
Attributing human characteristics to animals makes for great cartoons, but it’s not usually considered rigorous science. Now, a new book argues that animals do think and feel in ways similar to humans.
The Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA), a group of about 250 pet loss providers and related businesses, released the findings of its 2012 Pet Loss Profession Survey.