The death of a beloved dog is a heartbreaking time in any owner's life. Whether it's sudden or you've had time to ready yourself, there is nothing that truly prepares you for losing the animal you love.
So it's important we remember our dogs in the best way possible after they have passed away and, fortunately, there are many special ways you can celebrate their lives. From creative handmade quilts to engraved jewellery, take a look at some inspiration below...
7 beautiful ways to remember your dog after they have passed away
1. Have an item of jewellery made
A creative and special way to celebrate the life of your beloved dog is to have an image of their nose or paw printed onto a dainty necklace or bracelet. On Etsy, My Flowers Forever makes bespoke jewellery. Simply send over a scanned image of your dog's nose or paw, and artist Cristina will engrave it onto a small necklace alongside your pet's name.
Likewise, Hope of My Heart laser prints necklaces with your dog's paws on them. If you don't have your dog's paw print to send, the designers are able to use a photograph to create something equally as special.
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2. Create a memory quilt
Handmade memory quilts are a wonderfully personal way to remember your pet using a collection of your favourite images. A talented seamstress will be able to create one for you, but there are plenty available online if you would prefer this instead. Cann Stitch on Etsy creates memory photo quilts using your pet's name, date and a special saying.
3. Plant a tree or flowers
Planting a tree or flower in your garden to signify your pet's life will provide you with a beautiful daily reminder of the memories they gave you. Whether they had a favourite spot in your garden or a place they enjoyed digging around in, choose a special location outside to plant something new.
4. Donate your time to an animal shelter
It can often be hard to consider adopting another pet after the sudden loss of one you loved. However, a great way to honour your pet is to volunteer at a local animal shelter and give love to dogs and cats without a home. According to Pet Adoption UK, there are over 2,502 pets looking for new homes (August 2019), with many of these lacking the love and care they need. Head to the RSPCA's website for more information on sponsoring a pet, or getting involved with volunteer work.
5. Compiling a memory box
Creating your own memory box is a cheap and easy way to compile all of your favourite memories in one place — and it's great for children to get involved with too. Gather photographs, dog toys, blankets, and other keepsake items to place into a box. This can then be kept somewhere safe in the home and revisited throughout the years.
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6. Create an outdoor memorial
An outdoor memorial is a touching and more traditional way to remember your pet's life. Etching their name onto a remembrance headstone or even a wooden bench will provide a place you can come to feel close to them.
7. Create a photo album
With so many photographs taken digitally on our phones, it's not often they get put into physical photo albums anymore. But a creative way to remember the life of your pet is by purchasing a plain photo album and printing off all of your favourite images from across the years. Add stickers, labels or other memorabilia (such as a receipt from when you purchased their favourite toy) and stick them inside. Whether you feel sad or simply want to remember the good times, a photo album will always help to spark joy.
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