Happy Holidays and all the best of the New Year from our family to yours!
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Our Promise to You
At Faithful Friends Pet Memorial Services, it is our heartfelt desire to be there for you, and with you, during a time of overwhelming emotion. We understand losing a friend is never easy, especially when it is one as faithful as your loving pet. From the time we greet you at your door to the time we bring your faithful friend back home, we take care of your pet like they are our own, with the utmost in loving care and dignity.
Happy Holidays and all the best of the New Year from our family to yours!
Be coyote wise.
So much to be thankful for this year but we are most thankful for the wonderful pet families we have met through the year and the opportunity we have had to make even a small impact in their lives. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! - Brent, Lisa, Crosby & Family
Good tips for the hot long weekend ahead!
How beautifully said ….
This is a beautiful letter from Fiona Apple explaining to her fans why she must postpone a concert date. I am impressed at the way she was instantly able to make the decision to choose love over her career. Indeed, the world needs more of this. Enjoy the story...
It's 6pm on Friday, and I'm writing to a few thousand friends I have not met yet. I'm writing to ask them to change our plans and meet a little while later.
Here's the thing.
I have a dog, Janet, and she's been ill for about 2 years now, as a tumor has been idling in her chest, growing ever so slowly. She's almost 14 years old now. I got her when she was 4 months old. I was 21 then — an adult, officially — and she was my kid.
She is a pitbull, and was found in Echo Park, with a rope around her neck, and bites all over her ears and face.
She was the one the dogfighters use to puff up the confidence of the contenders.
She's almost 14 and I've never seen her start a fight, or bite, or even growl, so I can understand why they chose her for that awful role. She's a pacifist.
Janet has been the most consistent relationship of my adult life, and that is just a fact. We've lived in numerous houses, and joined a few makeshift families, but it's always really been just the two of us.
She slept in bed with me, her head on the pillow, and she accepted my hysterical, tearful face into her chest, with her paws around me, every time I was heartbroken, or spirit-broken, or just lost, and as years went by, she let me take the role of her child, as I fell asleep, with her chin resting above my head.
She was under the piano when I wrote songs, barked any time I tried to record anything, and she was in the studio with me, all the time we recorded the last album.
The last time I came back from tour, she was spry as ever, and she's used to me being gone for a few weeks, every 6 or 7 years.
She has Addison's Disease, which makes it more dangerous for her to travel, since she needs regular injections of Cortisol, because she reacts to stress and excitement without the physiological tools which keep most of us from literally panicking to death.
Despite all this, she's effortlessly joyful & playful, and only stopped acting like a puppy about 3 years ago. She is my best friend, and my mother, and my daughter, my benefactor, and she's the one who taught me what love is.
I can't come to South America. Not now. When I got back from the last leg of the US tour, there was a big, big difference.
She doesn't even want to go for walks anymore.
I know that she's not sad about aging or dying. Animals have a survival instinct, but a sense of mortality and vanity, they do not. That's why they are so much more present than people.
But I know she is coming close to the time where she will stop being a dog, and start instead to be part of everything. She'll be in the wind, and in the soil, and the snow, and in me, wherever I go.
I just can't leave her now, please understand. If I go away again, I'm afraid she'll die and I won't have the honor of singing her to sleep, of escorting her out.
Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes just to decide what socks to wear to bed.
But this decision is instant.
These are the choices we make, which define us. I will not be the woman who puts her career ahead of love & friendship.
I am the woman who stays home, baking Tilapia for my dearest, oldest friend. And helps her be comfortable & comforted & safe & important.
Many of us these days, we dread the death of a loved one. It is the ugly truth of Life that keeps us feeling terrified & alone. I wish we could also appreciate the time that lies right beside the end of time. I know that I will feel the most overwhelming knowledge of her, and of her life and of my love for her, in the last moments.
I need to do my damnedest, to be there for that.
Because it will be the most beautiful, the most intense, the most enriching experience of life I've ever known.
When she dies.
So I am staying home, and I am listening to her snore and wheeze, and I am revelling in the swampiest, most awful breath that ever emanated from an angel. And I'm asking for your blessing.
I'll be seeing you.
Great summer advice for our little friends!
As the temps heat up outside this is just a friendly reminder to not leave our furry friends in the car for any length of time. Even 5 minutes can be fatal 🥵
Faithful Friends Pet Memorial Services is proud to support Pride Month in June! Choose love!
RIP Smudge 🥲
We are saddened to hear of the passing of the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald faithful friend, Smudge. She was deeply loved, a staple in our community and will be very missed.
Smudge had a very important job at the castle providing a warm, friendly welcome to all of the guests. Smudge started her training 14.5 years ago with the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. After completing her schooling, it was determined that this Golden Labrador Retriever’s zest for life and social personality made her best suited for a career in hospitality. Before her second birthday Smudge was appointed, Canine Ambassador at Fairmont Algonquin in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. What an incredible experience for a dog who loved to swim and explore the outdoors. It’s also where Smudge met her best friend, General Manager Garrett Turta, and their adventures together began.
Over the years many dogs have followed in Smudge’s paw prints to become Canine Ambassadors, but few have a resumé quite as impressive as Smudge. After a couple of years in New Brunswick, Smudge had her sights set on an international career. With the Turta family in tow, Smudge set out to become the first Canine Ambassador to receive an international transfer when she moved to Fairmont St. Andrews in Scotland.
Smudge quickly settled in to life in the hotel. She kept a careful watch over the lobby, entertained guests with her playful spirit, and followed her nose to seek out friends bearing her favourite treats of oranges and carrots.
After 2 years in Scotland it was time for a new adventure. Smudge and her family were headed back to Canada and her new home at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, Alberta. In her senior years, Smudge spent most of her workday napping at Garrett’s feet and would happily head to the lobby to receive a customary head scratch and her fair share of treats. Even in her older years, she still loved to explore the outdoors and spend weekends in the parks and out on the trails.
We thank Smudge for her devoted service, her unconditional love, and her reminder to all of us that every day deserves a treat.
Best wishes to one of our awesome vet partners, Dr. Glasier!
People were shocked and devastated when the news of Betty White’s passing broke out just days before her 100th birthday.
From all of us at Faithful Friends, we wish everyone happy holidays and the best of the new year!￼
ATTENTION! Berkeley's Place needs help - if you know of an affordable (or heck, free!) commercial space that they can use for their pantry program, please get in touch with us or Berkeley's Place directly.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! -Brent, Lisa, Crosby & Family
We know how hard losing your beloved pet is, because we've experienced it too. We have access to many resources to help you with the loss of your pet, and encourage you to always reach out for help if you need it.
✨VET FEATURE FRIDAY✨ Introducing Edmonton Holistic Veterinary Clinic. They have a commitment to providing heartfelt, high-quality medicine. They emphasize a communication-based, collaborative approach with clients in order to provide well-considered & individualized treatment plans. To learn more: https://www.edmontonholisticvet.com/
Faithful Friends recognizes Sept 30th as the National Day of Truth & Reconciliation.
We encourage everyone to learn, listen and be the change.
✨VET FEATURE FRIDAY✨ Introducing Chappelle Veterinary Clinic! Not just a routine vaccine animal clinic, but a full service, state of the art, veterinary clinic with knowledgeable and compassionate staff. To learn more: https://chappellevet.ca/
✨Vet Feature Friday✨ Introducing Summerside Vet Hospital - Edmonton a fully-equipped clinic which prides itself on delivering the highest quality of health care to your pets. Summerside staff share a passion for the wellness of every patient that comes through their doors.
Thank you Summerside for being one of our valued Veterinary partners!
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened" ~Dr. Seuss
Meet our other Grand-pup, Loonie Luna! Luna just turned 1, and she's an awesome rescue pup that we just love having in the family! Her and Merlin are besties. Luna loves to chew, play, be outside, run, run, run and did we mention RUN!?
Happy National Dog Day!
Meet one of our Grand-pups, Merlin! He is a 7 year old Corgie/sheperd/pyrenese cross rescue. Merlin loves liver, kids, water and as many pets as you can stand! Stay tuned for features on our other family pets.
Our friends at Westlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery are graciously hosting a Rainbow Bridge Memorial for our beloved pets that have crossed the .
is coming back for 2021! In a new way. Check out all the details here: https://www.edmontonhumanesociety.com/sessions/pets-in-the-park2021/
HEAT WAVE reminder! Here comes another heatwave! Keep your pets safe. Lots of water, take walks early morning and late at night, keep them out of parked cars, and remember, if your paws burn, so do theirs!
Watch out for these common harmful plants! This article has some great tips: https://www.thespruce.com/plants-poisonous-to-dogs-2132451
Some great camping tips from our friends at Berkeley's Place!
If you are like most dog owners, you probably want to bring your four-legged friend along wherever you go — including camping trips. To ensure you are a positive neighbour, follow the camp site's regulations about tethering, barking and leave any anti-social pets at home. Make sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations and consider including a flea/tick treatment. For safety and the comfort of your pet, never leave them unattended. Most importantly, make sure all forms of ID have accurate contact information.
Dog Friendly Packing List:
Dog food and a bowl
A bowl for water
Prescription medication, if applicable
Stake or tether
Dog first-aid kit
A current photo
Vet records and medical information
An attachable ID tag
Dog waste bags
It's thunderstorm season, and we know first hand how anxious our pups can get! Here are some great tips to help combat that storm anxiety: https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/features/dog-storm-phobia #1
The Invisible Leash is a wonderful book to help your kids understand and grieve the loss of their beloved pet. You can find it on Amazon and other major book retailers!
We've had some super hot weather and there's more to come! Please make sure to keep your furry family members cool and safe this summer!
Happy International Dog Day to all our little canine friends out there! Here is our fearless leader, Brent, with our amazingly, adorable Crosby! Let’s celebrate our doggie buddies!
It will be seriously hot this week so make sure to do your dog walking in the early morning or the evening.
If you cant here's some tips to help make your walk safe:
-Go for a short walk rather then a long one. You don't want your dog to get overheated.
-Test the sidewalk before you go, if it's too hot for your hand for 8 seconds its too hot for your dog to walk on.
-Bring lots of water for both you and the dog(s).
-Opt to go routes with lots of shade or more grass to walk on.
-Do doggy daycare instead of walks or safe play date with resident doggy bestie.
-Use cooling vests or bandanna.
-Go to dog park or a lake instead (just make sure to always stay 6ft away from people! good recall is a requirement to do this).
What tips do you have to keep your pup cool during hot days on walks?
We would like to take a moment to welcome the newest member of the Faithful Friends team, Reice Bradley, who is our new Pet Aftercare Associate. Reice comes to us with a very long background as an animal lover. Reice has volunteered and worked at several animal rehabilitation centers and humane societies and we are so happy to welcome her on board to assist with your after care needs.￼. Welcome Reice!
Faithful Friends Pet Memorial is hiring! If you are a compassionate and caring pet lover this may be the position for you. We pride ourselves in offering comforting aftercare services to our clients. Join our family!
Find your next great career opportunity at Faithful Friends Pet Memorial Services
Faithful Friends Pet Memorial Services is proud to support Pride Month in June! We want the love to spread so we enlisted our two little guys below to help spread the message. They are working hard!
We stand in solidarity
Thank you Warren and Susan for your kind words and the lovely card! It was our honor to take care of Asia for you.💕￼
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