Blissful Memories, owned and operated by Tim "Sparky" Sparks, is a cremation service for pets. The new service is available for both small and large animals alike, such as horses, cows, donkeys, etc. Sparks' system is mobile and he has geared up to cover all of eastern Ohio, western Pa. and northern W.Va.

"When we lost our horse, Fancy, we connected with Tim at Blissful Memories. He explained his procedures and we felt very comfortable with his handling her for us. We have something of her to keep with us which was important," said Vince and Barb Elia od Cumberland. "We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Blissful Memories to any animal lover."

Sparks believes the same quality of care and professionalism dedicated to the animal's life should follow them in death as well. Clients are given options as to the way the remains are returned, including a selection of urns and prices. Their 24-hour service will pick up a pet at any clinic, residence or farm.

"Following a phone call, Tim Sparks was soon at my home," said Wilma Foland, of Newcomerstown. "He comforted me through my tears and told me both my cat, Tom, and I would be in his prayers. Later the next day, he and his wife delivered the urn I had chosen. Along with it was a patch of Tom's hair. I thought his service was expedient and certainly touching ... a service I would tell friends about."

Blissful Memories is a relatively new type of business in the pet industry in that the system Sparks uses has previously only been available for research, universities, and horses. The system is called Hydrocremation, which is now a cost effective procedure for pet owners.

Janet Addy, of Newcomerstown, said, "Randy and I felt at this emotional time when we lost our black lab, Harley, that Blissful Memories handled the situation with compassion. We honestly felt his love for our dog, which was so comforting for us."

Blissful Memories drop off and pick up location is 488 E. State St., Newcomerstown. Call 330-691-1345 for 24-hour service.