Did you know that June 12th is World Pet Memorial Day? If you’ve ever lost a beloved pet, you know how devastating it can be to have to say goodbye to a furry friend. One thing that can help is to create a memorial for your animal companion. A North Phoenix, AZ veterinarian offers some tips for pet memorials below.

Digital Photo Frame

A digital photo frame can make a wonderful tribute to a four-legged friend. Get a nice one, and upload all your favorite pictures of your furry pal.

Pottery

Why not create a piece of pottery in your pet’s honor? Look for places that allow you to paint your own. Incorporate your furbaby’s name into the design, perhaps with some paw prints and a meaningful quote.

Art

Look over some of your favorite photos of your pet. Maybe one of them would make a lovely piece of art. You can commission a local artist to paint a portrait, or experiment with photo editing software and turn a snapshot into a pencil sketch or watercolor. Pick a nice frame for the final product.

Scrapbook

Scrapbooks also make lovely memorials. Gather up some of your pet’s pictures, and include those. You can also add your furball’s paperwork and toys, as well as their leash, collar and tags.

Garden

Gardens can make lovely living memorials. Plant a tree or some flowers in your furry friend’s memory. You can also use potted trees or plants. Paint your pet’s name on some pretty stones, and incorporate those as well.

Obituary

Writing an obituary is another wonderful way to remember your cherished pet. This may prove very healing, as it will allow you to really express your feelings. You can also write a poem or song.

Donations

While nothing can erase the pain of knowing that furry face will no longer be waiting for you at home, you may find that helping other animals makes you feel better. Consider donating money or supplies to a local shelter or animal rescue. You can also look into volunteering, or even fostering.

If you’ve recently lost a pet, please accept our deepest sympathies. All of us here at Raintree Pet Resort & Medical Center, your North Phoenix, AZ animal hospital, understand that our four-legged friends are much more than just pets. They’re friends and companions, and important parts of our lives and families.