An elderly man hold his chow chow dog.

I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time? By Sir Walter Scott.

An old Westie dog sits on a rug.

Inspiration and Ideas

On this page we offer a few things we find inspirational. Sometimes you just need a few words of comfort, a consoling image or ideas for celebrating the life you shared with your animal companion.

The "tributes" button below will take you to thoughts and photos of our departed animal friends which were submitted by their families.

Link to our Tributes to departed pets.


Grieving takes time

It can take several weeks to accept the absence of a pet. Create a 21-day ritual of intention for yourself and your departed friend. Each time you enact the ritual, be aware of your intent to release your friend to another state of being. Share your ritual with others in the family who also need to let go of emotion.

Maybe one of these ideas will be helpful:

Set the intention for yourself, that your ritual will calm your emotions and that your new life-routine will emerge comfortably as the days pass.


Put a comforting quotation out where you can see it

At the left you can see two examples. Click on them for a larger view. Many others can be found online.

In our gift shop at we offer mementos, talismans, jewelry and other items that may help you to focus and contain your feelings of grief and loss. We wish you well.