Man’s Best Friend

Posted on August 17, 2016 by Martin Oaks under Uncategorized
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Martin Oaks does not perform pet cremations: we do however have information about pet cremation experts in the area, just give us a call and we will be glad to assist you!

Here at Martin Oaks we all have a love for pets; today I would like to share some thoughts with you about our four-legged friends.


My mother, who was devoted to animals, raised me in a household that had three rules about pets:

– Always adopt rescue animals;

– When possible, adopt animals with black fur, because black animals have a tougher time getting adopted;

– If you personally rescue a pet, the responsibility for that pet is yours.

Looking back on it, I think my mother was absolutely correct in enforcing these three rules. The sad fact is almost three million dogs and cats are euthanized every year in shelters in this country. Giving these animals a second chance is a real act of charity.

Her second rule about adopting pets that are black is the subject of research and controversy. Some research suggest that black dogs and cats spend four times as long in the adoption process — negative portrayals of these pets in films and literature contribute to the reluctance people have to adopt them. This is called “Black Dog Syndrome.” Other research suggests that this is not true: in reality there is no such thing as this phenomenon. Whatever the truth is about “Black Dog Syndrome,” I personally believe that it is wise to give preference to them in adoption.



The black dog pictured above is our much beloved lab-mix whose name is Buzzie Bavasi — in honor of the late, very successful, long time General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Buzzie, obviously, was a puppy in two photos, and more mature in the top photo. He is now eight years old and has developed a sporting white beard around his mouth. He is a rescue dog.

The fourth picture is of my son, Matthew, taken many years ago with Boston Blackie. For those of you who are not familiar with Boston Blackie, he was a famed fictional detective on the radio.

My mother’s last rule is the golden one for all pet owners. If you rescue a dog or cat, please make sure they either have a happy home with you, or some other responsible pet owner.

If you have any cute photos of your pets that you would like to share, please send them to us and we will post them!

Again, if you have any questions about pet cremations, or pet burials, please gives us a call. We are always happy to help.

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