Heaven has been featured on:
1010 Radio with the Motts
City Dog Magazine
All About Pet Show
Dogs Dogs Dogs
Toronto Humane Society
Animal Wellness Magazine
Contact: Shelley Blechman
Coming to your home…Pet Heaven.
Business helps pet owners with their animal friends…when
they pass away
Here’s a crisis every pet lover, whether they own a cat,
a dog, a hamster or a horse, will one day face having
loved an animal for many years, your elderly pet gets
sick needs to be euthanized. What now? What do you do
with their body? And how do you grieve what may very
well be the loss of your best friend?
entrepreneur and animal lover, Shelley Blechman faced
that issue recently when she came home to find her
120-lb dog lying dead at the foot of her basement steps.
“When Kasha, my
14-year-old Akita, suddenly died recently, I went into
an emotional crisis. I phoned my husband. Eric came home
immediately. He was stopped by a policeman for speeding…
I couldn’t deal with it on my own. But what about people
who don’t have a partner like Eric? They have a
desperate "what now feeling,” recalls Blechman in
explaining her service, Pet Heaven.
Her company will arrange pet burial or cremation, a
graveside or home memorial service and the pick-up of
a deceased animal from home.
“My son asked me,
‘When pets die, where do they go?’ And I answered, to
pet heaven,” says Blechman. Hence the business’s name.
“Pets should die at
home, and not on a stainless steel industrial table in a
veterinary’s clinic,” says Blechman, who currently owns
a menagerie of three dogs and three cats. “We’re real
animal lovers helping people out of their crisis. We’re
about emotional closure.”
In a conversation
with her veterinarian, Blechman learned that frequently
distraught pet owners take their deceased animals to a
clinic even though they are in no emotional shape to
drive. “It’s dangerous to be driving when you’re in that
state of mind,” she points out.
confided in her that many vets feel a hospital is the
last place in the world a person should have their pet
“put to sleep”. Generally pets hate going to the vet,
just as people dislike a visit to the dentist, he
“So right off the bat
the pet is stressed. They sense something is going on,
and feel their owner’s sadness. Everyone in the room
Pet Heaven will
arrange to transport the remains directly to a
crematorium. The ashes may be returned in a choice of
owners order a terra cotta clay paw print placed in a
padded blue keepsake box. Every pet has a unique paw
print. It’s an everlasting memorial. Some people keep
their pets ashes in urns others want to spread the ashes
in their pet’s favorite places. Cremation ranges from
$175 to $350 depending on the size of the animal, she
Some owners prefer burying their pet in a pet cemetery,
and Pet Heaven arranges that too. The
appropriate resting ground nestled amongst mature pine
trees and overlooking gently rolling hills, pet owners
may prefer such venues to reflect on their cherished
memories of a much-loved companion.
Burial plots range
from $175 to $625 depending on size. Prearranged and
family plots are also available. It so much easier to
handle the crisis when arrangements have been made in
“People in grief need
to share and release their sadness,” notes Blechman.
“Pet Heaven provides someone to facilitate a
memorial service in celebration of the life of a beloved
pet, either at the graveside or elsewhere.
“I relate to my
clientele as one loving pet owner to another. People are
pleasantly pleased to know that as a service we are
human and cry too. Your pet will be treated with the
dignity and respect they deserve for their lifetime of
love and loyalty.”
Gone but not forgotten.