There’s some pride pet owners take in being a dog mom, a crazy cat lady, or even a bonafide aquarist. For us, pets aren’t just a four-legged (or finned) thing that we talk to every now and again. For us, pets are our friends, and to an extent, our family. And, when the time comes for their passing, it’s just as painful as losing an actual family member.
In an effort to help pet owners everywhere handle their pet’s passing, Paw Pods founder Ben Riggan created a respectful, dignified, and eco-friendly way to lay our furry friends to rest.
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“Unlike so many ‘pet caskets,’ I wanted sturdy, strong construction – not flimsy paper,” the Paw Pods’ website reads. “The nature of the materials allow paints and markers to adhere nicely, so they can be decorated. Children paint them and receive therapeutic benefit from doing so.”
Paw Pods are essentially “pet caskets” made with 100 percent bio-degradable materials, including bamboo and rice husk. Each Paw Pod comes with a sympathy card and a seeded wildflower leaf that can be planted with the pet during the burial. As the wildflowers then grow and bloom, they stand as a living memorial in the years to come.
Paw Pods offers six pod sizes, including a Fish Pod and a Heart Pod, and two urn sizes. Paw Pods range in price from $10 to $200 depending on size, and can be purchased online via the Paw Pods website.
Backyard burials are impersonal, give your loved ones closure and aid the healing process with the perfect sympathy gift.