Welcome to Furever Memorials!

For those who don’t know me, my name is Jean Cote, and I’m the founder of this website. It’s possible you may have heard of this new business from one of my other websites, Success Dogs or the Dog Trick Academy. Or perhaps you’ve been referred by a friend on social media.

Either way, welcome!

I wanted to take a moment to write about why I created this new business and what my vision is for it in the future.

As you can imagine, it’s not every day that someone decides to start a pet memorial business. This decision came after the passing of my two dogs, Chase, who was with me for twelve and a half years, and Onyx who was with me for fifteen and a half years.

My dogs weren’t just pets to me; they were a big part of my family. If you’re familiar with my dog training videos, you will have seen my devotion to training my dogs. When they were younger, I spent hours each day training them to do various things, whether it was obedience, tricks, agility, or skijoring. It was fun. Training them gave me a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Sadly, Father Time catches up with all of us.

Chase, a sweet border collie, one day couldn’t walk anymore. She couldn’t feel anything in her hind legs, and after a diagnosis by the vet, we determined that it was related to her spinal cord. Along with various other health issues that made her life even more difficult, I decided to put her to sleep at age 12 1/2.

I was heartbroken.

Eight months later, my other dog, Onyx, a beautiful Siberian husky, started having a hard time walking. She had developed arthritis in her hind legs, and we were managing it with pain medicine. However, it was getting worse. So I did as any good pet parent would do: I got her a special dog wheelchair to help her walk. She loved it.

However, a week and a half later, she stopped eating. Within two days, her energy levels had plummeted to the point of no longer being able to walk. The last night I spent with her, I knew the end was coming. I slept beside her all night, and at 8:00 a.m. she passed away in her sleep. She lived to 15 1/2 years old.

It was very difficult to lose both of my dogs so close together. I knew that one day this time would come, but you can never be truly prepared for it.

When they had both passed away, I wanted to organize a memorial to honour their lives and to remember them for everything they had given me over the years. I made inquiries at my local memorial dealers and even looked online, but they either didn’t do small memorials or the ones being sold, frankly, lacked quality.

So I decided to make my own.

You may not know this about me, but my family has been involved in the memorial trade since 1965. My father was a memorial engraver for 43 years until he retired in 2008. Growing up, I would go to work with him and watch him engrave memorials in cemeteries. I always admired the intricate work of his trade.

As I grew older, my father taught me everything he knew about engraving memorials, and I took over the family business once he retired. I never imagined using this skill to create a memorial for my own pets. But that’s what I did.

Here’s the memorial I designed for my dogs:

I put the memorial in my front garden, and everyone who sees it compliments me about the craftsmanship and is amazed at how good it looks. It’s picture perfect!

It didn’t take long for the word to get around, and the next thing I knew, I had neighbors and relatives asking me if I could make one for their late pets.

Here’s another pet memorial I designed for a relative’s pet:

As you can see, I take pride in my craftsmanship, and I consider it an honour to be trusted with the task of engraving pet memorials that mean so much to people.

This is why Furever Memorials was born!

I decided to use my skills as a memorial engraver to sell high-quality granite pet memorials.

On this website, you’ll find a variety of pet memorial styles and designs you can choose from. Each pet memorial can be custom ordered to your specifications—with or without a photograph, any font you’d like, and saying anything you’d like.

If this is something you’re interested in, click here to start designing your pet memorial now.

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Jean Cote
Pet Memorial Specialist, Furever Memorials

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  • Shirley Watt says:

    Beautiful work, love all the details.

    • Jean says:

      Thank you Shirley for the compliments and kind words!

  • Joanne B. says:

    Wow, that is so very beautiful and such an amazing job you did in the detail for them! I’m sure you will find a very big smile each time you are spending time at your new place with them while you’re remembering all the things they had done together and with you. I would definitely put a little bench of some type out there with the garden and maybe a little fire pit or small water source.
    This way it will be a very nice memorial for them and also a nice little family garden quiet place for some time to sit and enjoy.

    I am sure that they are very pleased with the job that you have done.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and I would love to see the final garden when you have it all completed.

    I’m also going to be having an ear waiting to hear when you have decided you’re ready to bring another Furbaby into your home. It took me almost two years to get to that point, but I finally did and now I’m very glad that I did and I did not get the same breed so I would not be comparing.

    • Jean says:

      Hi Joanne, thank you for the kind words and compliments. I plan on making a beautiful garden soon in the spring and the memorial will be a centerpiece. It’ll be somewhere in my backyard where I can sit back on my swing, relax and think back about the good times I shared with my dogs.

  • Allen says:

    It’s beautiful! This is real art. You’re truly gifted. It’s a great and lasting memorial for your beloved dogs. They couldn’t have asked for more. May you find closure in this final act of love.

    All the very best my friend.

    • Jean says:

      Thank you Allen. I appreciate you saying that. I find that having the memorial did help with easing of the pain of losing them. I’m sure they’d be happy with the memorial.

  • Mikaela says:

    That is sooooo beautifully done. One can see the love you have put into the engraving.

    After seeing this, I wish you were in South Africa to do 3 engravings for me, but alas.

    Once again, that monument is absolutely breathtakingly stunning!

    • Jean says:

      Thank you Mikaela, I appreciate you saying that. Yeah, unfortunately South Africa is too far (I’m from Canada) and I’d be scared to ship it Internationally. I wouldn’t want the stone to get damaged.

  • Geraldine T. says:

    The memorial is absolutely beautiful!!! I am sure that you and your beautiful family had a beautiful relationship…. and they will be with you forever. We loved our dog Princess Maya of 12 years so, so much and her love for us was unconditional.

    • Jean says:

      Thank you Geraldine. Sorry to hear about the loss of your dog Princess Maya, it is such a hard thing to go through. I wish dogs would stay with us longer, but alas, that is life. 🙁

  • Elizabeth Blake says:

    Hi, Jean. Your memorial to Onyx and Chase is magnificent!!! You are a great artist as well as dog lover and dog trainer. You have captured the love you have for your friends and the beauty that they possessed. It is obvious that they were very special to you and a real part of your family.

    • Jean says:

      Thanks Elizabeth. I appreciate the kind words, I don’t know if I consider myself an artist but I do try my best to do the best engravings I can.

  • Irma says:

    Great work, Jean!!! I love this memorial as well as the one for your dogs. You are very talented. How did you learn how to do this type of work? What kind of tools do you use. How do you get the dogs to look so lifelike?

    • Jean says:

      Thank you Irma. I learned this trade from my father who worked with headstones for 40+ years. He retired in 2008 but he taught me all the tricks of the trade before he did. I never thought I’d use this skill to engrave my own dog’s memorial, but here we are. Glad I was paying attention though.

  • William Newengo says:

    That is a brilliant idea, keep it up. It is so touching and perfect, you are very talented.

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