(970) 482-7557
5815 E Hwy 14
Fort Collins, CO 80524

We have a lot of people that express to us that they’re glad that we’re here, but don’t envy us our job. I always answer that while yes it can be challenging, we have the opportunity to help people through a very difficult time. One of the things about my job that I really cherish is the ongoing relationship that I have with some of our burial clients.

Carl Fritz:

Carl has several pets buried in our cemetery, but I really got to know him when he lost his Boston terrier named Cindy. Carl had always worked with Harold in the past and they had become good friends. Carl came out to visit his pets at least once a month and always brought Cindy with him. I knew that when Cindy passed away, Carl would be devastated. Harold had stepped away from daily operations at the cemetery by this time, and I made the arrangements with Carl for Cindy’s burial. I was honored to have the opportunity to work with him and earn his respect and trust. I make it a point to stop and chat with Carl and Mindy (another Boston) whenever they visit. Sometimes, I help him navigate the Internet. He has sent me a birthday card every year since Cindy passed.

The Howards

I first met Richard and Jaylene in 2008 when they moved their beloved malamute Missy to our cemetery. Missy’s marker is a beautiful, heart shaped, morning rose granite, upright marker. On the day of the burial, I got to meet their gentle giant Hawkeye, also a malamute. As often as they could, they would visit Missy’s gravesite, usually making an afternoon of it and with Hawkeye dragging Richard behind. This past year, Hawkeye passed away was buried at Precious Memories. Jaylene wanted to make sure that Hawkeye’s monument was as close to Missy’s as possible. With the help of Jerry at Norman’s Memorials in Greeley, we were able to accommodate Jaylene’s request. This past week, the marker was delivered and it just so happened that Jaylene and Richard came up to visit. I got to surprise them with this amazing monument that we will set in the spring.

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With Labor Day approaching, many of us will get together with family and friends for a barbeque to celebrate the summer’s end. It’s important that we make sure to include our pets, but we must keep them safe as well. We’ve put together a few tips to make sure that your celebration doesn’t turn into a trip to your local veterinary emergency hospital.

  • In early September, there is still the potential for hot temperatures. Heatstroke is still a very real danger. Make sure your pet has plenty of shade and access to fresh water.
  • Make sure to keep your pet away from the grill area. Of course the grill itself is hot, but the potential for splattering grease is dangerous as well. I’ve heard of dogs stealing meat right off the grill. It’s easy to burn their mouths too.
  • Make sure you closely monitor what you and your guests feed your pet. If you’re like me, your pet gets to enjoy the food as well. I let everyone know that I’m the only one that gets to feed the dog (cats don’t usually participate).
  • Remember that dogs are very sensitive to certain foods and changes in their diet. Make sure that you only let them taste lean meats. Chicken and fish are best, but still in moderation. Pork and beef tend to have more fat in them. Dogs can’t handle as much fatty food as we can. It can cause a condition called pancreatitis, which can be fatal. As an alternative, grilled fruits (with the exception of grapes) are pretty safe, once again in moderation.
  • NEVER give you pet cooked bones. They can easily splinter and cause perforation in the intestine. This can be very painful and lead to serious infection.
  • Always remember that there are foods that your pet can never have. Onions, grapes, avocados, and chocolate are toxic to dogs. Some in even in small amounts.

With some basic common sense, we can make sure that we and our pets can enjoy Labor Day activities. Remember, your regular vet will probably be closed, enjoying the holiday as well. Emergency treatment can be expensive, so let’s be smart and have fun!

As the summer months roll on, many of us enjoy taking advantage of the weather and scenery with nice hike with our pets. While there are many things that we need to be cautious of, in Northern Colorado, rattlesnakes are a big concern.

The prairie rattlesnake is common to the western 2/3 of Colorado. While we know that they are dangerous, our furry friends do not. Snakes like to hide in brush and under rocks. Most people get bit on the legs, but because dogs hunt with their noses, they tend to get bit in the face. There are many steps that we can take to avoid encounters with rattlesnakes. They include:

                Always keep your pet on a leash- A six foot leash is best. It gives your pet a little room to roam, but you still have control. Retractable leashes are not recommended.

                Hike on well-traveled trails- If there are none, make sure that you and your pet avoid loose rocks and brush.

                Be aware of when rattlesnakes are most likely to be active- Usually in the summer evenings when it starts to cool off. Unfortunately, this is about the time when our eyes have trouble adjusting to the light.

                Enroll your pet in a snake aversion class- Many training facilities, including the Canine Learning Center here in Fort Collins offer these classes.

                Use the rattlesnake vaccine- Many veterinarians in the area, including Family Member Animal Hospital in Loveland and Cache la Poudre Veterinary Clinic in Fort Collins carry the vaccine. It was designed for the western diamondback rattlesnake, but has shown some effectiveness with prairie rattlesnakes. According to the manufacturer, the vaccine reduces pain, inflammation, and possibly delays the damaging effects of the venom on tissue and blood. Some veterinarians swear by it and some question its effectiveness, but they all agree ANY rattlesnake bite is an emergency, vaccinated or not.

If you do happen to encounter a rattlesnake, remain calm. Slowly back away out of striking distance (at least the length of the snake) and until the snake stops rattling, and leave the area. If there is one snake there are likely to more in the same area.

Here are some symptoms to look for if you suspect that your dog has been bitten by a rattlesnake:

                Puncture wounds



                Painful swelling in the bite area

                Increased salivation or drooling

If your pet has been bitten, remain calm and keep your pet calm. Do not try to suck out the venom. The tissue is already compromised, adding bacteria makes it more susceptible to infection. Do not apply a tourniquet or ice to the area. Make sure you immobilize the affected area, and if possible, carry your pet as much as you can. Be cautious, your pet will be in pain and may try to bite. Get to an emergency vet as soon as possible. The sooner you are able to get to the vet, the better the prognosis. All of the local emergency hospitals in the area are equipped to handle rattlesnake bites and they are open 24/7. I called around and got estimates for the cost for treatment for a bite, they ranged anywhere from $1500-$2500 on average. One extreme case was near $10,000.

To conclude, taking measures to avoid snake bites in the first place will save you and your pet from a lot of headache and trauma, not to mention saving in the wallet


The dog days of summer are no joke! During the summer months, we love to be outside with our friends and family, but we must remember that there are pet hazards associated with the heat of the summer.

Pet parents, it's important to remember that like us, pets can suffer from heatstroke.Imagine wearing a fur coat in 90+ temperatures. Dogs can't cool themselves like we can. They sweat through the pads in their feet, and they pant. To avoid heatstroke, make sure that you know the symptoms. They include:

Increased heart rate. For most adult dogs, the normal heart rate is between 60-100 beats per minute, with smaller dogs being slightly higher. It's important to know your dogs resting heart rate, as it can vary greatly form breed to breed.

Excessive panting or difficulty breathing. Remember that certain breeds like bulldogs and pugs have breathing issues already and can't pant as effectively. Be extremely cautious with these breeds

High body temperature. A normal temperature runs between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees. Anything over 104 is dangerous and over 106 constitutes a dire emergency. Gauging body temperature by the moistness of the nose or how warm the ears feel is not reliable.

 Dark red gums and dry and tacky mucus membranes.


If you have even the slightest suspicion that your dog is suffering from heat stoke, you must take immediate action.

  1. First, move your dog out of the heat and away from the sun right away.
  2. Begin cooling your dog with cool water. You may place wet rags or washcloths on the foot pads and around the head, but replace them frequently as they warm up. Avoid covering the body with wet towels, as it may trap in heat.
  3. DO NOT use ice or ice water! Extreme cold can cause the blood vessels to constrict, preventing the body's core from cooling and actually causing the internal temperature to further rise. In addition, over-cooling can cause hypothermia, introducing a host of new problems. When the body temperature reaches 103.9°F, stop cooling. At this point, your dog's body should continue cooling on its own.
  4. Offer your dog cool water, but do not force water into your dog's mouth. Try not to let your dog drink excessive amounts at a time.
  5. Call or visit your vet right away - even if your dog seems better. Internal damage might not be obvious to the naked eye, so an exam is necessary (and further testing may be recommended).

 There are ways you can prevent heat stroke from happening in the first place.

  • NEVER leave your dog alone in the car on a warm day, regardless of whether the windows are open. Even if the weather outside is not extremely hot, the inside of the car acts like an oven - temperatures can rise to dangerously high levels in a matter of minutes.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise on warm days. When outside, opt for shady areas.
  • Keep fresh cool water available at all times.
  • Certain types of dogs are more sensitive to heat - especially obese dogs and brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds, like pugs and bulldogs. Use extreme caution when these dogs are exposed to heat.

Some dogs can recover fully from heat stroke if it is caught early enough. Others suffer permanent organ damage and require lifelong treatment. Sadly, many dogs do not survive heat stroke. Prevention is the key to keeping your dog safe during warmer weather..


Welcome to Precious Memories' Blog. This is our opportunity to add new information to our site. We want to use this blog as a forum to provide insight into Precious Memories and to provide education to pet owners.

In this first post, we just want to let everyone know what's been happening around here.

As I'm sure most people know, Harold passed away in June 2013, We think about him every day and miss his wisdom and sense of humor. I first met Harold when I started here in 1998. As I got to know him, I understood how special he was. Now that he's passed, I realize that if you're truly fortunate if you'll meet one or two people like him in your lifetime.

Lisa's daughter Samantha and her husband George have joined us full time for the summer. Samantha has mainly been in the office, working with clients and taking on some of the administration roles, while George has been driving and helping with maintenance around the grounds.

Please check back often for updates





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