Welcome To Orchid Valley....
Situated in the beautiful countryside of Australia's picturesque South West region, lies a very special area featuring an abundance of trees, natural bushland, fresh waterways and gently undulating fields - a peaceful and most enchanting place known as Orchid Valley, where the rustic countryside is a natural and harmonious safe haven for native flora and fauna, and the beautiful setting for the home of our family operated company.
A Casket For Taze....
Our idea of launching widely available eco friendly and affordable yet stylish pet caskets, cadaver bags and bereavement gifts was born late one night in 2014, when Zoe was driving home to Orchid Valley from a veterinary hospital in Perth with her beloved guinea pigs Tex and Taze, following Tex's admission into intensive care after receiving medical treatment for lymphoma.
It came to her attention that had Tex passed away in the veterinary hospital, he would most likely have been shrouded in improvised materials, or a crude black body bag before being presented to her in the most undignified manner by veterinary surgeons with no available alternative to offer her. This, after providing Tex with a lifetime of dedicated loving care and associated veterinary expenses simply would not have been adequate treatment at the end of his life. It also occurred to her that we've all experienced the loss of a pet at home, only to find that we have no functional product immediately available in which to bury them.
With Tex suffering terminal illness, Zoe decided to create a way for pets to be treated with the same dignified care after their death as they would have received in life, and worked towards making caskets not only for her lads, but for treasured pets everywhere, by way of ensuring that cost effective and comforting products were available not only via website mail ordering systems, but actually within veterinary hospitals, pet cremation businesses, pet shops and council services nationwide. These products would be eco friendly, affordable, appreciated, convenient and available to everyone, everywhere, the same day they needed them. With Tex already nearing life's end, her aim was to have the final product ready for her little man Taze when the time came to farewell him. He would become the first fallen pet to be laid to rest in an Orchid Valley casket.
And so it began, firstly with Jahna joining the business and forming our company together. After consulting various acquaintances within the veterinary and pet cremation industries, we set about designing, trialling and further developing eco friendly 'forever beds for pets' that could provide all beloved creatures with a dignified passing, whilst also creating further products to honour their memory and comfort the bereaved. Addressing the need for attractive, functional and highly affordable products, whilst also providing a necessary practical storage solution by way of providing caskets supplied flat packed to wholesale purchasers, has led us from successful product trials to global travel, as we have pursued with great endeavour our goal of achieving high quality products which offer absolute integrity, whilst also developing subsequent product lines to further enhance our collection.
In 2015, Tex became the first pet to be buried in one of our initial casket prototypes, the rest being distributed amongst three veterinary hospitals thereafter to use in our product trials in Western Australia and New South Wales. These proved to be very well received by industry professionals and pet owners alike, and after a making a few minor alterations to the design, our final casket was created by Christmas, just in time for an ailing Taze, who was nearing the end of his days.
On January 3rd 2016, Taze was laid to rest beside his brother in the first Orchid Valley pet casket, at home beneath a tree in Orchid Valley.
The journey for us had begun, and all because of two little guinea pigs and the legacy created in their honour.
In September 2016, we travelled to Shanghai, China to accept the bronze award for the pet category at the World Packaging and Design Awards.
We had created, designed and manufactured the third best designed pet product in the world.