Your pets can be your best friend in the whole world. They are loyal, they can listen to your talk for hours, and are forgiving. Pets bring something unique to your life, and they are a real test of character. Can you love and care for something that cannot do the same for you? Most often, we don’t know how much love we have to give until we meet our best scaly, feathery or furry friend.
Unfortunately, our pets don’t always have the same glorious lifespan that we are blessed with. What becomes essential is to keep their memories as bright and vibrant as they were in life. There are several wonderful ways to remember your pet, from the traditional burial to meeting a new friend.
Wonderful Ways To Remember Your Pet
Let’s explore some of the ways that you can remember your pet in the best way.
This is the most traditional way that millions of people will pay last respects to a pet. Finding a spot in the garden that they used to lay in, in the summer sun. Placing your pet on the earth can give closure and peace, which is why many people choose this option. You can mark the area with a small wooden post so that you can be reminded about all of the good years you spent together.
Cremation for pets is very common, and it is often an option to have some of the ashes or an urn in which to keep them. A cremation urn for the ashes of a dog or other pet can be very comforting when you are in the days after the loss. You can have the ashes made into a range of stunning jewelry too – which is seeing an increase in popularity.
If you have some cash to spare and want to do something out of the ordinary, then you can send some of the ashes into space.
There are millions of animals that aren’t as lucky as your pet, and they end up in shelters and homes for years. If you have some spare cash or leftover food and blankets, it is the ideal time to pass that on. Giving donations to animal shelters can make a massive difference to the dogs, cats, and more that live their lives in shelters. Many animal shelters rely solely on donations to keep the animals fed and safe. If you want to make more of an impact, you can opt to spend a few hours a week helping to care for the animals.
This one is typically when you have enough time to say goodbye and can take a cast of your pet’s paw. Not all animals are keen on letting their paw stay in the kit for more than a few minutes, but specialist pet paw printing kits are designed with that in mind.
With many paw-print kits, you don’t have to bake the clay, it can air dry. They are non-toxic, so not harmful to your pet.
Many veterinary practices will have a paw print service so that you can get an image of your pet’s paw that you can frame for life.
You probably have photos from when your pet was small, right up until their adult years and final days. Thanks to the internet, we are able to create so many beautiful memorial books, canvases, and more.
There are numerous companies online that can print your photos on polaroid style photos, so you can create a photo book or scrapbook yourself. Or you might choose to have your favorite photo on a large canvas and hung on the wall.
Photos are one of the best ways to get creating and remember your pet and how much joy they brought you.
If they had favorite blankets that aren’t really fit for donation but mean something to you. You can turn those blankets into unique pillowcases, or have a small portion of it encased in resin so that it can be used as a keyring. Some strips of that material can be braided into a bracelet too.
Almost every item that reminds you of your fluffy or feather friend can be turned into a keepsake with a little bit of innovation and time.
There are so many beautiful styles of art and many talented artists. This means if you want to have something even more special than photos, this might be ideal. If you aren’t sure what style you would like best, take a look at Etsy and Instagram. You might also find some great artists with a simple Google search. Oil paintings, sketches, watercolors, or even screen printing onto blankets or t-shirts. You might even choose to have a sculpture for your garden.
You can also try to do this yourself if you have an artistic flair.
Getting a tattoo of your pet is becoming more common. You can get their face, name, or dates. There are so many different designs from watercolor splashes, to simple outlines. If you aren’t sure the style of tattoo that you would like, then Pinterest has many pet tattoo ideas that you can browse.
One day, you will be ready to give all of that love to a new pet. Adopting a pet, and giving them the wonderful life that your pet had can change their lives – and yours.
Mourning a pet is a process, and even years from now, you will talk about how funny, lazy, or charismatic they were. You spend years loving and being loved by your pet. They’re there for you through thick and thin. So what better way to honor that than by creating something special for you or your home? Pets are irreplaceable, however, with one of these wonderful ways to remember your pet, they’ll be with you forever.
“Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What’s one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog or a cat loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.” – Jon Katz