Business profile: Peaceful Companion provides end-of-life care for pets
Updated with information clarifying how business was started.
By Kristine Haroldson
Dr. Barry Rickman of Edmonds started Peaceful Companion in 2011. His goal is to provide in-home pet hospice and euthanasia services to pets around in and around Edmonds.
After finishing veterinary school, Rickman worked for a pathology lab in Mukilteo testing animal biopsies, but he found that he missed working with animals directly.
He came up with the idea for Peaceful Companion after friends and colleagues began asking if he could come to their home to assist with the euthanasia of their pet.
This has become his full-time job, which means he is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“When someone calls, I will get out to their house that day,” he said.
Customers have a choice of burial options: a communal cremation or a private cremation where the ashes are returned to the family in an urn. Or they can choose to bury the body themselves. The price of the service varies depending on which burial option is chosen.