September 13th is Pet Memorial Day. It can be very painful and even traumatic to lose a furry best friend. Pets are not just fuzzy little roommates: they’re also friends, family members, and, in some cases, lifelines. However, there are some things you can do to help your beloved pet’s memory live on. A Carolina Forest, SC vet lists some of them below.
Planting trees, bushes, or flowers in your pet’s memory creates a gorgeous living memorial. You can also add things like customized garden stones or plant pots that bear your pet’s name. This can be as small as a single potted plant, a pretty bush, or a whole garden.
Art is another way to help honor and preserve a pet’s memory. Try using different editing apps on a favorite photo. You may love the way that candid shot of your dog looks as a sketch! If you want something a bit more special, hire an artist to turn a photo into a portrait. This is also a great way to support your local artists’ community in a tough year.
The great thing about collages is that they can be any size or format you want. You can put a few of your favorite photos in a small frame, or use dozens of different ones. For a more modern version of this, get a digital picture frame, which will rotate through the photos you upload to it.
Scrapbooking is another wonderful option. You can include things like photos, drawings, journal entries, adoption records, leashes or collars, and even toys. If you have children, let them contribute as well. This may very well become a wonderful memento for them.
Why not write something for your pet? Poems, stories, and even obituaries are all very helpful for both memorializing a loved companion and coping with grief. It doesn’t have to be award-worthy, or even good at all. It’s just a way for you to express yourself and record your feelings, memories, and emotions. This can also be a great addition to a scrapbook! If you’ve recently had to say goodbye to a beloved pet, please accept our sincere condolences. All of us here at Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center, your Carolina Forest, SC pet hospital, understand the special bond people form with their animal companions, and know how hard it is to let go.