Being a pet parent is a wonderful, rewarding experience. Our pets give us so much joy and love. So, it’s especially-hard when they leave us. We experience this pain quite a bit with our pet sitting fur babies. Personally, I recently lost my Squeaky and my heart is broken over missing him. Even though his body is gone, I still wanted some tangible reminders of my sweet fur baby.
Knowing other pet parents must also face this hard time, as well, I thought I’d share with you ways I’ve memorialized my pets. I’m also including other ideas, so that you might get some inspiration for ways that fit your needs.
1. Paw Imprints
This is something you can do yourself, while your pet is still with you. Or, this can be done by the after life service provider, which is what happened in my case of Squeaky and Tibby.
As you can see, they are displayed differently – Tibby’s in a sweet container and Squeaky’s in a labeled frame.
If you choose to make your own, there are several options to do so:
2. Urn or Velvet Bag
I have Tibby’s ashes in a velvet bag with the Rainbow Bridge poem embroidered on the outside. For Squeaky, I choose this handsome wooden case with personalized name plate.
3. Headstone or Marker
Whether or not you choose to bury your pet, you might want an outdoors marker.
5. Lock of Fur
I snipped a few bits of Squeaky’s fur to hold onto. I keep it in this special box. I know some people add it to the paw print display.
This is a terrific idea as a remembrance for a friend who’s lost her pet. Consider making a donation in her pet’s name to a worthwhile animal welfare group. Perhaps an organization that focuses on the particular breed of pet.
7. Sympathy Cards
A handwritten, snail mailed card is always appreciated. I find some of the best variety on Etsy shops.