Pet Memorial Day Celebrates Life

A national holiday, Pet Memorial Day honors dogs and other pets who have passed on.

Posted: September 6, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Sept. 9, 2007 is National Pet Memorial Day and provides grieving pet owners a special holiday to honor dogs they have lost.

“As pet owners, we experience laughter, joy, unconditional love, frustrations, sorrow and other human emotions with our pets,” says Claire Chew, a pet bereavement specialist. “As a member of our family, the grief we feel for them has many layers. This day is a personal time to reflect on the loss [and] remember the many gifts they have brought us.”

Ways to honor dogs who have passed on include:

  • Create a living memorial by planting a tree or flower.
  • Put together pet scrapbook.
  • Burn a candle.
  • Make a donation to a rescue group or animal charity.

Chew added that she’ll honor her dog, Sophie, who passed away with meditation, a candlelit ceremony, and making contributions to various charities.

“Sophie is a constant reminder of how much our furry angels mean to us,” she added.


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cathie   Dos Palos, CA

1/15/2011 5:44:57 PM

We just had to take down our beloved Nalla. 1-10-11 she would of been 7,this year. Along story short..she went lame in all legs, except one, and hips were out, we thought, and what had been through so much with her. She is not in any pain any more. or on so much medicine before. We just miss her soooo. Maybe time will help, but know dog will replace NALLA

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Veda   Tonawanda, NY

9/6/2007 2:20:44 PM

This idea is long overdue. I'm so happy to see this being done.

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Cheril   Amarillo, TX

9/6/2007 7:58:01 AM

What a special way to remember all our friends ... even the ones we don't know if they are alive or dead ... all we know is they ran away and never came home! "I miss you, Calli!"

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Hannah   Plano, TX

9/6/2007 5:48:05 AM

I REALLY feel sorry for the pets who have passed away..... But I REALLY happy for the newborns!

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