At our mainly exotics practice, we found it hard to return children's pet parakeets and hamsters to them in cardboard boxes after the pets passed away. Since we have a lot of crafty people in our office, we decided to knit memorial blankets for the dearly departed. The blankets are simple pieces of knitting that are stitched up like a sleeping bag and have a drawstring. They are easy to make—even a novice knitter can make one—and clients donate the yarn. We attach poems and a nametag to the string. Our clients seem to really appreciate these little burial bags, especially since they are handmade by our staff.
Jennifer Bethke, receptionist and veterinary assistant