Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on May 29, 2015 · Page A26
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page A26

Phoenix, Arizona
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Friday, May 29, 2015
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&+)"*+)'#! $%,()+- ' ) % " $ ) " ( " ! & # $ ! & )1!/.# *.+!$-%1 "%'0 &,(& Z20 FRIDAY, 05.29. 15 26 Community Living There he was, all curled up at her back door as though waiting for a breakfast invitation. After a quick meal, he disappeared f or two weeks and there he was again. He was scooped up and brought to Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue. A ptly named Mustachio, this 2-year- old battle-scarred black-and-white neutered boy was found to be a sweet l ap cat, a real mellow fellow who was definitely not the instigator of any battles. He doesn’t even object to having h is nails clipped and loves to be brushed. Because he carries the FIV virus, he must be an only cat. This means that he has a suppressed immune system and needs to be kept indoors and in good h ealth. No treatment is required unless he seems to feel under the weather; then he should be seen by his vet for a c heckup. Please visit him at 11129 W. Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 aft er 10a.m. Other adoption sites: 10807 N. 96th Ave., Peoria, 623-773-2246 after 10a.m.; Surprise PetSmart, 13764 W. B ell Road; and Buckeye PetSmart, 466 W. Watson Road. PET OF THE WEEK Mustachio is a gentle cuddler SUN CITIES 4 PAWS RESCUE Mustachio BEVERLY BORMANN SPECIAL FOR THE REPUBLIC i AZCENTRAL.COM Should you return home to find one of your tropical f ish floating in peace, your first inclination is to conduct a quick burial at sea before the kids get home. That way you’re not stumbling over an awkward eulogy, especially since you h ave no idea if the deceased was Salt, Pepper or Oregano. Still, there is a more dignified way to say goodbye. Plant it. Anew product encourages people to say goodbye to deceased pets with a backyard burial, the plot soon to be b ursting with wildflowers. Paw Pods are small — if not tiny — biodegradable “depositoriums“ that c ome with seeds so you can colorfully memorialize a recently passed pet. Ben Riggan came up with Paw Pods w hen his beloved, deceased dogs were returned to him in cadaver bags, an impersonal handling he took personally. B ut slip your pet into a Paw Pod (on sale June 1), plant it with the included wildflower seeds, and you have a living memorial that will require occasional w eeding. The pods come in seven sizes, including a Fish Pod (do not flush it), as well as small, medium and large pods. There also are micro and mini pods, presumably for that hamster or gerbil worthy of a funeral. Prices range from $10 to $150. Makers of Paw Pods say the seed- equipped vessels are about more than burial convenience. Kids can paint or otherwise decorate them, offering a meaningful way to say goodbye other than dad explaining how Max is living a b etter life on a farm. Hard to imagine a similar product for people, not when the powerful mortuary l obby would stand in the way (as well as all sorts of state, county and city ordinances). But if our future grandchildren w anted to paint Gramp’s Pod before planting it out back, we’d be OK with that. D etails: Paw Pods on sale June 1at SCOTT CRAVEN PET TALES A flower bed of eternal rest

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