My name is Tina Rollins and I am a local, homegrown gal.
My passion for animals started at a very young age, as I discovered recently upon finding my baby book, that my first word was "puppy". As most of you know, "Mommy" and "Dada" are generally the first words spoken by a baby, so I wonder what sort of look came across my parents face at that moment?! My life has been filled with pets ever since and still going strong.
Currently, my husband and I, are blessed with 2 dogs that came to us thru a rescue type situation and they are the life of the party! Needless to say, there is never a dull moment and it is truly fullfilling the amount of unconditional love and support a pet can offer.
My path to opening an on-site pet crematory came about when my in-laws (who live out of state) had to make the heartbreaking decision to let their beloved lab, Baden, go on to the Rainbow Bridge. Baden was a big boy...over 100 lbs...and they physically were not able to give him a traditional burial, thus the option for cremation. Their veterinarian sent Baden to their local pet crematory and a couple of days later, he was delivered back to the veterinarian's office for my in-laws to pick up. Needless to say, it was hard to go back into that office for that final visit; however, Baden is now in a beautiful memory box, with his collar and other favorite items, sitting with his pet parents in their living room.
Anyone that has experienced a loss or tragedy, knows you must grieve in your own way, process the event and find some type of closure in order to move on. I can speak of this personally, as I have lost my parents, dear friends and several pet babies and there is no "right" way to go about it. When my services are needed, my priority is to return the cremated remains back to the owner as soon as possible in order to help the family move forward and find some closure. Losing a pet is difficult and when the cremated remains are not returned for days or weeks, it opens old wounds and memories of re-living that dreadful day when the pet passed away.
For the last 20 years, I have been involved and associated with the local funeral industry and realized that pet parents deserve the same compassion, understanding and service options that the funeral home has to offer, thus Memory Keepers Pet Cremation Services, LLC, was born.