DIGNITY

Its been a while - forgive me.

I’m deeply moved to share the experience I had today. I went to meet the owner,Kevin Spurgin and Paula Bryan at Dignity Pet Crematorium in Hook. We had connected through our passion and love for animals initially, and are now looking at the possibility of doing some Animal Requiem concerts, and perhaps introducing the music to people who bring their animals there to say goodbye. More about that at a later date.

When I lost my dogs, whether they passed naturally or were helped at the end, their (beloved bodies) went to the vet and the vet recommended cremation company collected them and their ashes were returned - I had them individually cremated and get great comfort from their little boxes. (in my will i’m going to be cremated and mixed with all their ash - perhaps 20 dogs by the time I die!) I did not KNOW about Dignity Pet Crematorium. I wish I had - without a doubt this is where I would and will in future entrust the bodies of my beloved pets when they pass. As you may or may not know, I played the organ in a crematorium for 2 years when I was 17 - and I can assure you that the bodies of peoples loved ones were treated at all times with dignity and respect. Can we be sure of the same for our animals? I spent 4 hours at Dignity and was deeply moved. This is a family business - all involved absolutely passionate about animals - even the young men in charge of the cremations. the gardens are beautiful, the attention to details, the respect and support for those of us left behind. And for all pet owners we know that the grief is real. We have lost a member of our family. They derive the same respect and care as do our human friends!

It occurred to me, that when we lose a person, we know what to do - we contact the local funeral director and they take of everything. But when we lose an animal? I think we have to engage in a sort of denial - the body goes to the vet and then to a cremation company and a few weeks later we get the ashes - but we don’t really know the process and its a painful time already so we just hope our animals are treated as we would wish. I want people in the UK to know - Dignity is the place - call them when you lose your animal. They will take care of everything with love and respect. Extraordinary. Sounds like a pitch - its not. Its a fact - I want it spread far and wide so people know.

Go visit their website/facebook page. and make a note their number and if you are an animal lover in the UK, when the time comes, call them -

facebook - @dignityPetcrem

www.dignitypetcrem.co.uk

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OBSESSED

I’m totally obsessed with Peanut. Her and Pudding are like one person - I call them the P’s. I went away for a couple of days last week and I felt like a new mum. How did she sleep? what colour was her poo? etc.

So exciting news - it looks like we WILL be launching the album and doing some shows in October in the US. Cant wait - also St Francis Day is a big deal in the US and a lot of churches open up their doors to all animals. Im definitely going to the one in New York - maybe will will perform the requiem - would it be confusing if I actually wore a dog suit? I think I could make it work and still be taken seriously.

I woke up really missing Cracker today - when this happens I wear his tartan collar so I feel close to him. (pic below)

What else - husbands busy working on a new WHO album- its sounding pretty killer. We’re off to the US in three weeks for the tour. Going to do some PR for the requiem while i’m in New York - I’m not just being self deprecating but I don’t think i’m a good PR person because i’m not going to show my bangers, i’m a bit old, a bit chunky and I don’t really gossip. If I was still in my naughty phase i’m sure I could have done some train wreck stuff - but now My hobby is cross stitching. So in truth i’m a bit of a yawn. But thats ok - I don’t think the Requiem is a time limited project - and it’s main purpose really is to comfort people who’ve lost pets and bring some uplift so even if it only does that for a few i’m happy. It was also incredibly cathartic for me to compose -

thats quite a long post - i’m feeling a bit chatty Kathy today - R x

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THE 2 P’S

THE 2 P’S

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG

I’m feeling sprung. Check out Peanut in the daffodils - i’m obsessed - she’s a polly pocket of a dog. My great goddaughter calls her Poonut which I almost prefer. i’m being way too sketchy on my blog - no commitment - forgive me - I have so much to say and cannot blame the lacking on school runs, bath time or 9-5 job for I have none. Will do better.

Did a radio interview this morning in BBC Oxford for the BBC radio Ulster Sunday show with John Toal - he was a lovely fellow and I really enjoyed talking to him and didn’t swear or even say bugger or sod or anything remotely Essex. People CAN change.

The album is doing well, please tell all. your friends and that social media sort of thing. Looking likely that we will do some shows in the US later this year to coincide with the hubbys touring with that silly band he’s in - but i’m happy to let him ride my coattails if it makes him happy.

What else - thats all for now- will do better.

R x x x

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ALBUM RELEASE WEEK!!

So although the album has been available on iTunes for a few weeks, the physical CD is released through amazon this Friday. I composed the album to remember, celebrate and honour all the animals we have loved and lost. This is not a sad piece of work, My two hopes are that people will find comfort and uplift from the music written, our animals bring us so much love and joy, and I wanted to honour them. Secondly, that the album will sell enough to generate lots of money which will all be donated to a number of animal charities. There are amazing people in the world fighting for every animal to know love and compassion - Every life is valuable. So please tell all your animal loving friends, to tell their animal loving friends………

Much love to all -

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ITS GETTING CLOSE

Exciting news - the album has been mixed and is sounding KILLER - Im beyond thrilled.

Pete and I recorded Alfie Boe at our studio in the country, he was of course brilliant - and i’m recording soprano Katy Batho next Tuesday.

Hoping to get the album delivered and off to the manufacturer next week - its crazy releasing your own record - i’ve had to set up a record company - Wistle Records - check out the logo - that is an actual outline of my girl Wistle from a photograph - we were on a road trip in my split screen VW and she was up front and so happy - I miss her loads.

Also gearing up for the concert on 31st January at St James in London - Im so excited - Peter Egan will be speaking at the concert. He is an amazing man - look him up.

Bring. It. On.

PS i’m being interview on BBC Radio London Barkin Hour next Thursday. Tune In to hear what a real Essex accent sounds like.

Nice pic of me and Alfie and his golden Red who chased the ponies like Fenton in Richmond Park and would not come back.

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RECORDING WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC

So last Wednesday I spent the day at ANGEL studios in London recording the Royal Philharmonic on the Animal Requiem. They really are the best orchestra in the world I think. It was so exciting to hear the music played with real people - no offence to the synthestrations - but there’s nothing like the real thing.

My dog Tuppence came down to the studio for a few hours -

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the concert at St James in Piccadilly on January 31st.

https://www.seetickets.com/tour/animal-requiem

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ANIMAL REQUIEM IN ACTION

As the date moves closer to the recording of the Requiem i’m going to write more regular blogs!

I don’t want to bum anyone out with this post - but it does feel relevant - Pete (my husband) and I really do love dogs - for the last 18 years we’ve owned many - for 11 years having a pack of six!
Two weeks ago, our little Yorkie, Wistle passed away. She slept on my pillow for 13 years and I feel her loss deeply. Two days after she passed, quite unexpectedly our poodle Cracker, also passed away. They were the last two of our original pack, and I think they all wanted to be together. The shock was awful and the loss deeply felt. I can only write about It now.

And this is one of the reasons why I composed the Animal Requiem. For all of us who have lost a much beloved pet - the pain we feel is equal to the love we felt for them. With this music, I honour and remember all the animals I have loved and lost. All their lives have had an extraordinary impact on mine and I am forever grateful.

There will be a concert of the Animal Requiem in January 2019 - and I will have many photos to pin to the remembrance board and many candles to light. Wouldn’t change it for anything.

-Rachel x x

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