Early this afternoon, I did an interview with veterinarian Jilinda Lewis about the aquamation business she's operating. This is a pet cremation process that uses water instead of flame. Actually, it's also available for humans in about 15 states, Oregon being one of them (a funeral home in Roseburg is the only one that offers the service in this state).

I thought this would make for a fascinating business story and it serves as one of those times when I learned something. I might even take my own dog there when he dies. Marley Boy is 14 years old now, although he's not showing too many signs of slowing down just yet. I also found the service to be affordable.

My first dog came into my life when I was 8 years old, a present from my Dad. She was a chihuahua-toy terrier mix named Sandy and lived for about 16 years. She went to college with me and died when I was at my first newspaper job in Grand Island, Nebraska.

I actually had to have her "put to sleep" because of pain and it was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. I even had to call in to work and take the day off. She was left at the vet and I don't want to know what became of her little body (actually, I do know, but don't want to think about it).

For my current pet, aquamation sounds like a better option to me.