Dogs bring so many simple joys in life — they are hard workers, great cuddlers, and loyal pets. When a beloved dog dies, it is often said that they cross “The Rainbow Bridge.” The first time the term Rainbow Bridge was used in reference to animals is believed to be in a poem by Paul C. Dahm in the 1980s and 1990s.
Whether you lost your canine companion last week, last year, or even years ago, their memory is surely still alive — and that’s a good thing! Experts in pet grief recommend memorializing your pet as part of the grieving process. Not only does this help grief come full circle, but it also creates lasting memories you will appreciate in years to come.
To honor beloved dogs everywhere, we’ve compiled a list of the best products to help you remember your dog.
Dog Memorial Jewelry
This product allows you to not only show off your late pet, but memorialize them in the form of earrings, necklace pendants, and charms. The manufacturer mentions that this jewelry is suitable for everyone and is made out of 100 percent recycled sterling silver. Made in the USA, consumers can choose lengths of their wanted jewelry or select the pendant alone. Price: $60-295
Customizable Dog Welcome Signs
As you honor your late pet with this customizable sign, display the decor on your desk or door. The sign comes with a leather strap and a personalized message to put on display. Consumers can email their photos to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to customize their personal keepsakes. The signs are designed in squares that size as 7.5″ by 7.5″. Price: $55
Dog Keepsake Box
This unique memory box allows you to remember your late pet with a personal keepsake printed on the exterior. Customized to fit 6″ by 8″ photographs, this box holds letters, stationery, and much more. Similar to the item above, consumers can email their photographs to email@example.com. The manufacturer notes that consumers can receive their gift two to three weeks after placing the order. Price: $105
Hand-Painted Urn for Dog
Honor your pet with this hand-painted urn. Consumers can submit photographs to have their late pet memorialized on this wooden urn. Made in the U.S.A., the box measures at 5 3/8″ wide, 8 5/16″ long, and 5 1/8″ high. Additionally, the urn is designed to store your late pet’s toys, collar, and dog tag. Price: $120
Pet Memorial Candle
This unique memorial candle allows you to celebrate your furry friend in remembrance of candlelight. The candle includes a sympathy card with a dog design. Additionally, within each candle, you’ll find an embedded stone as the wax melts away. Each heart stone carries a message from your pet, revealed upon the melting of all the wax.
Almost 20 customer reviews note how wonderful this product is for the grieving process. Raving reviews state that the sympathy message adds a beautiful touch, and many are surprised by how long the candle lasts. Additionally, consumers state that they love how wonderfully the product honors their pet and adds a touch of sentimental value. Price: $25
Personalized Pet Memorial Stone
This stone is designed to withstand water, snow, rain, and a variety of weather conditions. Engraved with the message “Love Never Leaves”, consumers can show off their life lived with their late pet. The stone is made out of concrete and natural fine sand, but designed to keep its color in any environment. Additionally, the personalized stone is coated with a water-based color stain which is UV substantial.
Customers rave about the product. Many say that this stone is better than the picture and some note the seller offered to replace the pawprint with a personalized photograph. Additionally, one review highlights that it appears that it will last many years because of its quality. Price: $23.
Dog Tag Photo Frame
This photo frame combines a sentimental poem with a personalized photograph of your late pet. The included metal tag can be replaced or engraved with your own dog’s tag. The frame measures 5 by 7 and is great for a desk or mantle. The “Pawprints Left By You” poem beautifully describes how important it is to remember your companion.
More than 400 reviews mention that this product is a beautiful way to memorialize your pet. Some reviews write that it helped them mourn as they were able to replace the metal tag with an engraving of their own. “I received this is a gift after my dog passed and it is a gorgeous way to memorialize him. The ‘Pawprints Left By You’ poem is very touching and a great way for me to forever cherish my companion who’s passed”, one reviewer states. Price: $22.
Dog Paw Print Keepsake Frame
This white, non-toxic clay is mess-free and 100 percent pet-safe. Everything you need to capture your pet’s pawprint is included. The classic, double-wood frame will match any decor and can be both hung on a wall or propped on a desk. Price: $20
Dog Rainbow Bridge Graphic Tee
If you’re looking for a fun way to memorialize your pet, this graphic t-shirt is for you. Not only will you be honoring your pet, but you’ll honor all those who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Made of 100 percent ringspun cotton jersey, these shirts are lightweight and high-quality. The manufacturer allows pet owners to customize shirts with the name of their beloved pet. Additionally, the shirts are decorated in the U.S.A. and consumers can order shirts in a variety of sizes and colors. Currently, they have women and men’s sizes while also featuring canvas totes.
Consumers highlight that the shirts are very sentimental. Some state that they would buy this item again. One customer highlighted that the customizable name option makes the shirt that much more nostalgic. Price: $32
Grieving the loss of a furry friend? Consider joining the AKC Pet Loss Support Group on Facebook. We hope the community will help you during this difficult time.
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