Paws To Angels

Paws to Angels


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For many families across the metro, animals have become more than pets, they're family.

When one dies, it's becomes a loss very hard to bear. And when it happens, many families search to find death care services that go beyond the vet's office.

Annette Bigley lost her schnauzer Molly in July 2013.

"Just a gentle dog, you could do anything to her," said Bigley, describing Molly.

A year after Molly's death, Bigley looks over pictures, telling WOWT 6 News she will never forget who came to her aid when Molly died.

That person was Cherie Fry, the owner of Paws to Angels. When Molly died, Bigley found Paws to Angels online.

"When we pulled up and Cherie was out there waiting, it was like a Godsent," said Bigley. They took little Molly inside, and there Cherie walked the grieving family through different options of death care.

Bigley said Cherie was able to get the family to focus on the memories of Molly, instead of the sadness in her death.

"We were smiling, we were laughing. That is not the way I was when I came in here," said Bigley.

For Anne Wilson, she found Paws to Angels, when her white Sheppard Nikita got sick.

"She was there before the children, so she knew the children their whole lives," said Wilson remembering her beloved pet.

Raising Nikita from 8 months old to 11, it was extremely hard on her family to say goodbye. But again, Fry found the right options for the Wilson family.

"I like to say grief is love turned inside out. The more profound the love, the more profound the grief," said Cherie Fry, Paws to Angels Owner.

Wilson chose to have a Nikita euthanize.

"Time was not pushed, I had all the time in the world to sit with her, and pet her, and love on her," said Wilson.

When her beloved dog had passed, Wilson was able to set up a viewing, so her family and her other pets could come in and say goodbye.

Bigley did the same and also set up a viewing for Molly.

"It just looked like she was sleeping. She was clean, she had her little head on a pillow, it was just exactly the way she sleeps at home," said Bigley.

Both families tell WOWT 6 News that even though losing their pet was hard, they have peace of mind because the death care process was so respectful towards their animal.

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