11 Ways To Honor Your Dog’s Memory When They Pass

Written by: Stephanie Figy

April 28, 2015

Anyone who has been through the loss of a beloved dog knows how hard the situation is. Unfortunately, our pooches crossing the Rainbow Bridge is something that happens no matter how much we wish it didn’t. To help with the grieving, you may want to do something special to honor your loyal friend’s memory. Here are some thoughtful ideas.

1. Place a garden stone.

Whether you paint a paver or stone yourself or purchase one, placing it in your yard provides a special memorial. You can even consider where your furry friend liked to hang out and place the garden stone accordingly.


2. Consider a donation.

Donate money in your dog’s name to a shelter or other non-profit organization that helps dogs. Helping dogs in need serves as a great tribute.


3. Make it permanent.

Make sure you think it through before getting a memorial tattoo, but they can be a touching tribute to your lost loved one.


4. Frame your favorite photo.

Decorate or purchase a frame for your favorite photo of Fido.


5. Have a funeral.

This isn’t unheard of. There are pet cemeteries, crematories, and places to hold a service. This could be as big or as small as you want. You could even just invite close friends and family over to share some of their favorite memories of your dog.


6. Give your time.

Spend some time volunteering at a shelter. You will be honoring your pup’s memory in a way that allows your dog to help make a positive impact in the world even after death.


7. Dog tag keychain.

The tag may have been one of the first purchases you made for your pooch. Take it off the collar and add it to your keyring to keep your dog with you when you’re on the go.


8. Plant a tree.

Honor your pet by planting a tree, which will continue to grow as a living legacy for years to come.


9. Adopt again.

There will never be a replacement for your precious pup, but you can give a dog in need a shot at life in a loving home. Wait until you feel like the time is right.


10. Create an online memorial.

Various websites allow you to post a memorial for your dog, which can serve as a touching tribute.


11. Share something your dog loved.

Consider a creative tribute like this one where you can allow dog owners to take something that brought joy to your dog’s life, whether it be a frisbee, treat, or tennis ball.


Written by: Stephanie Figy

April 28, 2015

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