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International Pet Memorial Day 2017 at the Doggie Do Dublin

Celebrate Your Beloved Pet for International Pet Memorial Day at the Doggie Do in Herbert Park, Dublin.

 

Established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories in the US, International Pet Memorial Day in an annual event held on the second Sunday in September, to honor pets. It’s also a great time to think about and share with others the important role that beloved pets have played and continue to play in our lives. This year the day falls on September 10th which is the same date as the Doggie Do (www.doggiedo.ie) pet event that will be held in Herbert Park, Dublin 4.

 

Loyal to the end, pets bring an abundance of joy and companionship to our lives and they do it without prejudice or judgement. They don’t care what type of mood we are in, what bad things we have done or how we look. These are only a few reasons why it can be so heartbreaking to say good-bye to a four-legged friend. The grieving process can be difficult, but it’s something we must face as pet owners. There is a poem, known internationally by most pet parents who have loved and lost, and it is called "Rainbow Bridge." Through this story it is said that when a beloved pet dies, they cross over Rainbow Bridge where there are meadows and hills for all animals to run and play together. 
 
Rainbow Bridge Memorials (www.rainbowbridge-memorials.com) created by native Dubliner Jennifer Muldowney embodies the Rainbow Bridge story by using an array of vibrant colors in their packaging and in their jewelry designs, which they hope will help grieving families remember that their precious pet is in a safe and happy place now. 
When a family pet is lost it is even more important to help small children to grieve. Losing a pet is often their first experience with death and it should be addressed in a safe and caring way. Here are a few ways to honor and celebrate a pet that has crossed over Rainbow Bridge for this year’s International Pet Memorial Day: 

 

  • Plant a tree or a shrub in your garden as a living memorial for your fur baby.
  • Create a keepsake box or make a scrapbook with notes, diary entries, photographs, old leashes or toys that are special. a scrapbook
  • Frame a few of your favorite pet pictures to display around your home. Audrey Dalton creates beautiful ‘pawtraits' to hang in your home. (www.pawtrait.ie)
  • Put a picture of your fur baby onto a pretty paperweight to place on the mantelpiece or on your dresser. (Paperweight)
  • Make a donation or volunteer at an animal-based charity or rescue such as Dogs Trust (www.dogstrust.ie) or the DSPCA (www.dspca.ie). Giving back to animals in need may help you in the grieving process.
  • Have some of your pets ashes/fur placed into a beautiful piece of jewelry with Rainbow Bridge Memorials. (www.rainbowbridge-memorials.com)
  • Talk to someone. Sit down with family, friends, or neighbors who knew your pet and share your favorite memories or stories together with them.

 However you choose to remember your pet will be a perfect representation of the animal who captured your heart. This year, take a few minutes to sit down and think about the wonderful animals that have enriched your life. For those who are celebrating a pet who is still alive, be sure to give them a big hug and some extra love and attention on this very special occasion

The Rainbow Bridge Story <3

Just this side of where human souls go when we die is a place called Rainbow Bridge.  When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge where there are fields and hills and parks for all of our special friends to run and play together. There is plenty of yummy food and water and the sun always shines so they are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill or old are restored to health and vigour. Those who were cruelly hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again just as we remember them in our dreams of days gone by. The animals are happy and content except for one small thing - they each miss someone very special to them who they left behind.


They will all run and play together until suddenly one will stop and look into the distance, his/her bright eyes are intent and body shaking with excitement.

They will break from the group and start running over the green grass, faster and faster.

You have been spotted.

When you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands cuddling them and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together......

Ireland's Favourite Groomer 2017

Our 3rd year of running "Ireland's Favourite Groomer" !!

We always get such amazing nominations that this year we want to make the competition even bigger and better! 

First we need you to nominate your groomer - do this by sending us a picture of YOUR puppy and tag your groomers on the photo. You can do this on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, we will be running this comp across all our channels so the more the merrier!

WHAT TO DO: upload your picture, tag us (so we can see it obviously!) and tag your groomers too or say their name in the post!

We will round up all nominees by December 20th and then announce the shortlist for voting giving all those shortlisted a very Merry Christmas indeed <3

If your puppy and groomer win, the Groomer gets an "Ireland's Favourite Groomer 2017" beautiful glass trophy and you and your puppy win their gorgeous little furry face forever memorialised on one of our Glass Photo Weights!

 

AND...THE WINNER(S) are......Julie Smith and Louise Connolly!!!!!

We couldn't choose between these two beauts. They truly have such dedicated clientele and such passion for their jobs that it was a clear winner to choose the two! Double trouble indeed! <3

Both will win a trophy saying "Ireland's Favourite Groomer 2017", have their photos taken and the featured puppy(s) win their gorgeous little furry face forever memorialised on one of our Glass Photo Weights! We have never seen such amazing love and trust and celebration of our furry ones than with these two. ALL of the nominees are fantastic and will receive a small prize. It warms our hearts to see such love out there for our furry babies. Keep up the lovin' guys. #StrongerTogether xxx

 

Thanksgiving Competition

Thanks a million

We have been going for nearly 4 years now and what an amazing journey it has been and we are still going strong and developing our range to suit you, our customers. We've been through so much with you and we are thankful that you share some of your most heartbreakingly beautiful moments with us.

When trying to decide on designs for our collections we usually play around with different shapes and colours and as a result we have a few 'samples' that we don't need anymore because they have become a permanent part of our collections.

We have 4 beautiful pieces here (obviously with NO ash!) that we want to give to you in thanks for your support. All you have to do is comment on Facebook "LOVE", Leave the same comment below or send us an email to info@rainbowbridge-memorials.com with the Subject/Message LOVE and your address and that's it!

We will choose 4 lucky winners at random and who knows we might even be in the mood to give EVERYONE who enters a little something ;-)

Winner will be chosen from a hat LIVE on Facebook at 8pm on ThanksGiving which is Thursday 24th of November!

Irish Dog Breeds

 The Dogs of Ireland.

Being Irish I might have a special place in my heart for these breeds but I think they truly represent Ireland, the Irish spirit and the warm Irish soul.

Irish red setters and Bus Eireann

Independent, stubborn, intelligent and always up to no good, the Irish Setter sounds like my perfect dog! It is a tireless puppy that will hunt in wet or dry weather. The name setter comes from the knack of ‘setting’ which means locating and point out game birds. It is a popular dog with American politicians.

Such a beautiful dog both physically and mentally, there are two types. The red one is the more physically glamorous with its luscious red locks. It is the icon of one of the most famous bus brands in Ireland Bus Eireann. The red and white one faced near extinction during WWI. So much so, that it is pretty possible that every current red and white Irish setter has descended from a poorly female puppy what was given to a Maureen Cuddy in 1940. She almost single handedly saved this special breed from extinction.

Irish water spaniel

Another Irish breed - the little known (probably because of its name!) Irish pup is the Irish Water Spaniel. It’s such an interesting breed. It has two coats - one short, dense and thick layer that provides warmth and insulation. Their outer layer provides protection and water resistance.

 Irish greyhound

Lastly we could not mention Irish dog breeds without mentioning the noble Irish Wolfhound. It has played its part in much folklore, many historic battles, featured in fairytales and more but there is nothing imaginary about this gentle giant. They are known for their hunting prowess but also their companionship, which gave way to the saying “Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked.” Often owned by nobility Irish Greyhounds have been homed with Richard III, Anne Boyleyn, Henry VII, Queen Elizabeth I and George Washington to name but a few.

My fortune and my calling...

I’m usually pretty good with words, whether its talking or writing but for some reason this blog has taken me a while to get down on paper and, even verbally, I have only told a few people even though I knew it was my duty (sounds bit harsh) to tell you about it because if youre reading this, you are more than likely a customer of mine, whether directly or indirectly. Most of my customers know my vibe and whther its that Ive done a piece directly for you and your furry friend or you are a vet or groomer or crematorium owner who I work with to get my message out, you know how soft and sentimental (and squidgy!) I am, so this story means a lot to me and hopefully will to you guys too.

 

Two months ago I found myself at crossroads in life, I was splitting my time between NYC and Dublin, I had friends and family in both and loved both cities dearly. One was home and one was quickly becoming home. I have a great relationship with my mom and we love to do fun acitvities together. One of those things is the occassional trip to a fortune teller, tarot reader or some such!

 

So we headed up to Dundalk to a fabulous woman called Romina. I walked in the door, made myself comfortable and, as she asked me to, allowed my aura and spirit to fill the room. When she sat down she told me that although she was a card reader and not a medium, she often had spirits visit who wished to communicate with the living person who was having the reading. This was happening to me. She said there was a gentleman who wanted to communicate with me but she also told me that something else unusual was occurring and that was a noise of dogs barking and cats purring and both were trying to communicate a message. Not once did I reveal the business I was in, or even that I had a business! The man said that the animals just wanted to convey a simple message, a message of thanks to me.

 

Needless to say I sat there and cried. I have a pretty good relationship with anyone who has directly become a customer of mine, it goes with the nature of what I do. Most of my customers are beyond grateful that I can help provide them with some form of solace in their time of grief and this humbles me in a way I can never express. It’s a privilage to do what I do but to know that the puppies and kitties that have passed on and passed through my care were thankful too? Well that just signed my ‘calling card’ that this bsuiness and this career is the vocation for me and I am so happy to tell all of my customer of time passed that your little furry baby was more than likely a part of this gang who sent a message and just so you know, they are happy and waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge, have no doubt about that! <3

Adoption - Know your facts - What's your breed?

  • English Mastiff - if you're ok with their slobber and their serious size
  • Dalmatian - perfect for the runner
  • Pitbull - Great for people who don't want to groom often. 
  • Shih Tzu - be prepared for serious grooming and teddy bear cuddles
  • Pugs - the perfect lap dog who love everyone and every thing!
  • French Bulldogs – great for couch potatos!
  • Poodles – great if you're a budding hairdresser
  • Jack Russells – perfect match if you want an active, assertive and smart dog
  • Golden retriever – do you have a big play area? Garden? Don’t mind dog hair? Like running?
  • Huskies – Best for serious outdoor types
  • Pinscher – has no fear and LOTS of energy – be warned!
  • German Shepards – respond well to training, intelligance and active owners
  • Dachshunds – will curl you around their….paws….butter wouldn’t melt!
  • Border Collies – Again active lifestylers apply – they need large running area
  • Terriers - perfect match if you live in a small space and like cuddles on the couch
  • Greyhounds - while known for their speed they do well in small spaces too

Dog Breeds for adoption

When considering adoption ask yourself

  • Whats your energy level?
  • What size will work for you and your home?
  • How much grooming are you prepared to do?
  • How much shedding can you bear?
  • Are kids involved/around?
  • What is your noise level tolerance?

Please note ALL dogs need adequate outdoor time, running, walks, rest, feeding, grooming