Taryn's Wreckreation Guide: When You Have To Say Goodbye

March 29, 2017

Every time I post something about my dogs on the KISW Facebook page (which is A LOT, if you've noticed), I am always FLOODED with photos of Rockaholic dogs from all over the PNW. I scroll through and see nothing but loved pooches, sometimes a few cats, and wonderful owners with huge hearts. And every time I do this, there is always a comment from someone who had to say goodbye to their long-time friend, and my heart just breaks. I have been there many times before, and those difficult memories still weigh heavy on my heart.


It's not a fun thing to talk about. It's not a fun thing to think about. Yet I find myself imagining what life would be like without Kona and Kai, and I'm instantly crying at the thought. But for anyone who's ever owned a pet, you know that some day you'll have to say goodbye, and it will probably be the most devastating day of your life. In my past experiences with pet loss, it certainly has been. One thing I know is that we can all relate to the lifetime of love and memories a pet brings into our world, even if it's only for a few years. And we wouldn't have it any other way!

A home without dogs is just a house --

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I recently learned about a new local business dedicated to the love we have for our four-legged companions. Resting Waters is the Seattle area's first pet funeral home using water-creamation, which is actually a gentler, more environmentally conscious deathcare practice. Owned by two compassionate local women, their company offers a new standard in the way we say goodbye and the legacy our pets leave in our hearts. 


Aquamation is an alternative to the standard pet cremation, and it's definitely something to consider for several reasons.


When our pets cross over the rainbow bridge, there are many ways we pay tribute. Maybe a memorial tattoo, or a paw print on canvas. Resting Waters offers urns and even personalized memorial services as a part of the grieving process and a way to honor the animals who helped shape and enrich our lives. At the end of the day, pets are just as much a part of our family as humans. 


Because I love my dogs to the moon and back, I felt compelled to share this with others who understand that crazy, unbridled love for an animal. And when the time comes for me to say goodbye to mine, I know I have people in the community who will support me in remembering and celebrating their lives! Now go home tonight and hug your pets :)


Happy Adventuring (with dogs!),


Taryn Daly