The loss of a pet (especially when one needs to make the decision to end its pain) is so profound that there should be a special type of ministry to perhaps be there for the goodbye, help the family grieve. I know you can't call your priest to do a funeral but what about a ministry to come and say a few words and do a little ceremony or memorial with the ones who loved that dear heart on the earthly plane. In all my religious studies training no one mentions the pets. Hmmm. I kept thinking "All Creatures Great and Small, All Things bright and beautiful". I have an Masters degree in Religious Studies and found that our furry friends need to have blessing, memorials and all other services not provided by traditional clergy. I am just starting out. This is a new work in progress. Thank you ULC for being there to ordain me for this wonderful undertaking.