The inspirational story of search-and-rescue dog Joy.

Losing a pet can be like losing a family member. Many people discover the Bios Urns for pets during such a heartbreaking time. Our pets show us unconditional love, and there is an unbreakable trust between pets and their families.

Patrizia Mangiafico lives in Panama and told us her story about her beloved dog, Joy, who went from being a family pet to a search-and-rescue dog and a cancer survivor. She also shared Joy’s story on social media.

Joy’s first day at home! She was a super cute puppy!

But in 2015, Joy unfortunately got sick…😔
Finally, Joy’s surgery has finished. Her tumour was removed. She is still asleep but reacted a little to our strokes and voices. It’s time to take care of her and pamper her a lot. I love my Joy!

To my life companion, thank you for being part of my life.
If I could be the one to carry your pain, I would not hesitate a single second. I assure you that I will be by your side … because a load shared between two is lighter.
My Joy is my joy!

These are very difficult and decisive hours …
My greatest peace of mind is having handed this situation over to God. I am convinced that He and Joy will do what they have to do with my four-legged angel’s best interests at heart.
I have so much to be thankful for. In my sadness, I still feel happy and grateful because all the love Joy has shared with me over these past few days has surpassed everything I could have imagined.
Thank you very much, thank you … thank you … thank you to Joy’s first owner. I don´t know who you are, but you will always be in my prayers for letting me have Joy.

Two months ago, Vets “suggested” taking you home, resigning ourselves, and preparing our farewell.
You and I talked, I explained to you that you had cancer and that I wanted to help you, if that’s what you wanted too.

Although this Christmas you feel exhausted and don’t feel like sitting too close to your little tree, you are with us!
Thanks to you, I have become a better person, thanks to your lessons of love, loyalty, kindness, strength and dedication.
You have been my best companion and teacher … you are great!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, my beloved Joy … you’ll always be my joy!

Today, very early, you decided that you were old enough to leave. Your mission is over.
You left us with thousands of beautiful memories by your side. Your only language was love, which was always unconditional, loyal, and a teacher.
I feel a huge emptiness, a deep sadness to see you leave suddenly, but I am filled with the joy with which you taught me to live in spite of the hardship.
Thank you, my beloved Joy. You were so wise that you decided to close the cycle of your life at the same time that I closed another today.
Thank you for honouring us with your presence all these years. Thanks for your way of being, sublime dedication, and tender gaze.
Always, my beloved Joy, you will always be in each sunrise, here in my heart. My Joy, you will always be my joy!
See you soon. I am completely convinced that we will meet again!
Thanks to all those who always had a word and a gesture of affection towards Joy … from the bottom of my heart, thank you very much for loving her and all the good vibes.

Last Sunday, Joy was by my side … hours later, life took an unexpected turn, and Joy left.
I cried I cried a lot, and there are still moments that I let myself cry…
However, Joy’s presence was full of joy, peace, life and beautiful feelings. So I understood that such a wonderful being could not cease to exist … that it could give life after life.
I am immensely happy because Joy’s ashes will be used to give life to a tree… and we have chosen one called a “happiness tree”!
With each sad situation we experience, we can die or find a reason to bring us back to joy—back to life!
And when Joy comes back to life as a tree, you will be the first to see her!