BELLINGHAM - Dealing with the death of a loved household pet has led to a new business that offers services for those going through the same experience.
Last week Bobbie Ruth Langley and Bill Langley opened Life Cycle Pet Cremation, which offers cremation for pets up to 150 pounds. The package includes a certificate of cremation, wood urn, clay paw print, ink paw print and grief booklet. Local artists are available to personalize an urn or memorial.
Earlier this year the Langleys had to put down their 18-year-old cat, Tommy, who was suffering from kidney failure. In talking to their veterinarian about Tommy's death, Bobby Ruth Langley realized a need for a locally owned cremation service.
Although not widely advertised, Fountain Veterinary Hospital in Bellingham has long offered pet cremation.
Opening such a facility requires a variety of special permits, including one from the Northwest Clean Air Agency. The Life Cycle facility is in an industrial zoned area, in the Squalicum Business Park.
Bobby Ruth, who has operated Placid Pets for seven years, said this pet-loving community has a strong desire for an after-care service that provides more than just a basic cremation. She plans on working with area veterinarians so they know a local facility is available.
For details about the business, go online to life-cycle-pet.com or the company's Facebook page, or call 360-778-9578.
This story was updated Oct. 29, 2013, to reflect Fountain Veterinary Hospital offering pet cremation.