Pet Memorials & Crematory Services
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Live Oak Pet Services

By LANA TIMBS

KEEPING MEMORIES CLOSE

ON A 150-ACRE RANCH NEAR ANDERSON,
stands on massive live oak providing scenery, shade, and also a peaceful and final resting place for the loving companions of many local pet owners

  Live Oak Pet Services, Established August 2005, provides pet cremation services to the Brazos Valley. Working with local vets and members of the communities in the area, Live Oak Pet Services help famalies withthe deaths of their pets and memorialized them.

  Live Oak dose individual, witnessed and communal cremations, Remains can then be put in a customized urn, garden stone, pendent or even a diamond.

  Around the neck of Kerri Smith hangs a beautiful, aqua crystal. It emcomposses remains of Smith's prized Rottweiler, "Dusty Britches"

  "I wanted to have a crystal done of Dusty

Britches beacuse I wanted to keep her close to my heart not only in my memory but a real part of her around my neck. I have had the necklace Since Fabrurary 2011 and have never take it off," said Smith.

  Smith welcomed Dusty Britches, named after a saloon in Bandera, Texas, to her home when she was eight weeks old, After her award-winning parents, Dusty Britches followed in their footsteps and become an AKC Champion in 2003.

  Two of Smith's current pets are the descendents of Dusty Britches. Eight year old, Medina is her daughter and Keeper of her Dearms, her grand daughter, is in the process of her slow career at 18 months old

  Smith founded Live Oak Pet Services on her family ranch. Scott Mason, now the President of Live Oak, is the co-owner.

"[At Live Oak] we have sympathetic and empathetic ears that know what pet owners are going through when they have to deal with deaths

of their beloved pets. Our staff is very experienced and has worked in pets clinics. This insight, as well as being pet owner ourselves , give us the ability to talk with grieving clients and relate to exactly what they are going through. We listen to them and listen to their story," said Mason.

  Memorializing your pet by having their remains put into a keepsake is "definitely a trend," according to Mason. He revelved taht this year alone five crystals have been made in the Barzos Valley, as well as many other keepsakes

  In July of 2006, Live Oak did a famous cremation, the 1983 Kentucky Derby Winner, "Sunny's Halo." There is a memorial for him at Churchill Downs where he is buried at the finish Line, along with Broker Tips (1933) Swaps (1955) Carry Black (1961).

  For more information about Live Oak Pet Services, visit www.liveoakpetservices.com