When we lived at our old house I started a pet memorial garden where we had buried or spread the ashes of most of the dogs and cats that passed on while we were in that home. We were there over 20 years, and there were a lot of pets: 5 cats (plus one who sadly just disappeared, so we never had her remains), and 4 dogs.
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It would have taken a lot of money to have a personalized marker made for each of them. I never could find anything that seemed affordable, so we had one solar pathway light for each in the garden, and then our trellis where we hung their tags. When we buried our two girls, Sheba and Cricket, here at our new home, I started a memorial garden here. When given the opportunity to review a product from Cades & Birch, I immediately found what I wanted for the garden to remember our girls.
We have less pets now (as long as you don’t count the birds!), and we’re getting older so having individual markers doesn’t seem so overwhelming financially. When I saw the price on the crosses we chose, I realized it wouldn’t have been so overwhelming back then with ten pets in the garden either, if this had been an option. In my opinion, the prices are amazing, especially for handmade and personalized products like these.
Owner Lisa Molnar generously agreed to make a Personalized Dog Bone Memorial Cross for each of our girls, but even if she hadn’t, I wouldn’t hesitate to spend the $35 for one, especially after opening the box to see the completed crosses.
The first thing I noticed was that I could smell the pine wood she had used. I love nothing more than the smell of fresh cut wood and I was so pleased. These are not some mass-produced products made of resin or some kind of plastic. The crosses are engraved with each of the girl’s names, and for just a little more money you can even have a photo put on. It comes pre-drilled for a metal rebar to put into the ground, and the bar is included as well. I had to take a photo of the bars so you can see just how heavy duty they are. I have other garden decor that came with flimsy little metal bars that barely keep things standing.
There is nothing flimsy or chintzy about this product, and it is a good size. I can see the crosses from our house windows, a ways across the yard and I can clearly read each of the girl’s names. I’m not sure the photos do justice to just how beautiful they really are. I could not be more pleased. There are other styles of crosses also available, for cats and other animals as well. I imagine if I asked, I could get a cross made for our one chicken who is buried with the dogs too. 😊
Lisa is a mother of four and an event planner, and she has a team of helpers for this new San Diego based company. I can’t even begin to tell you all the beautiful products available, big and small, from Christmas ornaments and cake toppers to memory boxes and feeders…all available to be personalized for your pet, many with photos.
It’s not just for pets though, there is home and wedding décor, gifts, pillows, journals, gifts and much, much more. I urge you to check out the Etsy store for Cades & Birch and see all that is available.