Our pets are our best friends and family. When one of your dogs crosses over the Rainbow Bridge, a piece of your heart goes with him. Though we wish our dogs could live forever, their legacy can through a pet memorial. Here are some ways to remember your beloved pets with honor and dignity.
With Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day on August 28th, we set today aside to remember our lost companions. Here are some ways to honor your beloved pets with dignity and love.
Pet Memorial Stones
When your dog is facing his last days, your veterinarian may offer to make an imprint of your dog’s paw or nose in stone or plaster as a keepsake. If it is not an option offered upfront, you can also ask if they will honor this request. This heartfelt token can be placed in his favorite spot in the yard, on the family room mantle, or even made into a pendant for smaller breeds of dog.
Personalized Burial Monument
If you choose to bury your pet on your property, marking his final resting place with a headstone is a traditional, respectful way to say goodbye. Purchasing an engraved headstone or adorning your own large rock or stone with a loving message will make a perfect monument to remind you daily of your best friend.
Cremation is a popular option for grieving pet owners without available land for burial. A variety of urns means that you can choose the size, shape, and look of your dog’s resting place. Memento photo boxes are a great way to display your dog’s pictures while holding his ashes discreetly.
Saving your pet’s ashes doesn’t necessarily have to mean a decorative vase above the fireplace. Going to a special place to put your friend to rest is a way to ensure your dog’s memory is always with you. Whether it is a favorite trail in the forest or by the sea, wherever your pet enjoyed his years by your side will be a great place to commemorate him.
Customized portraits are a creative way to display your love for your lost friend. With a variety of styles available on community websites like Etsy, you are sure to find a design that honors your dog’s unique personality.
Statues and plaques also make for an aesthetically appealing memorial. Engrave a plaque with your favorite poem or purchase a statue of your dog’s breed to remind yourself of your pet. You can also incorporate personal touches, such as framing your dog’s collar or favorite toy with his memorial, to make the gesture more sincere.
While we can never replace your pet, AKC Pet Insurance does attempt to ease some of the pain by offering coverage for Final Respects. The last thing you should worry about in this trying time is the financial ability you have to give your pet the departure he deserves.
"And though we knew this time would come,
When you would have to part,
You’ll never be forgotten.
You’ve left paw prints on our hearts.”