One of the worst parts of being a pet parent is the inevitable fact that we will likely outlive our beloved companions. The unconditional love of a canine family member remains long after the dog has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Pets live so freely and in the moment that honoring their memory helps to keep their love alive forever.
Whether your pet recently died or you know someone whose dog has passed on, feelings of intense sadness and pain are a part of the grieving process. It can be difficult to find something to help channel feelings of mourning and loss, so we’ve curated a list of some of the best dog memorial gifts to help grieving dog moms and dads.
These gifts are the perfect way to remember the love, cherish the legacy, and pay tribute to pets who are no longer with us.
Dog Memorial Gifts for Yourself
Custom Miniature Pet Sculptures
Lucy Francis is an artist with heart. She creates miniature custom sculpted pieces of a beloved dog using her talents, passion, and purpose. Don’t let the “miniature” in her product fool you; Lucy Maloney’s craft looms larger than life. When I lost Brandy Noel, my Cocker Spaniel, grief washed over me unlike anything I had ever experienced. Lucy volunteered to craft her into sculpture form, and I forever cherish this precious keepsake. She infused Brandy’s own hair into the design, which is an optional detail.
Memorial Ashes Pet Necklace
Hold a piece of a beloved pet close to your heart with the misyou Charms Urn Necklace, one of our favorite dog memorial gifts. This perfect pendant comes with the tools necessary to include a bit of your pet’s ashes in the necklace. I own a piece similar to this, and I always grasp onto it as it falls close to my heart where my Cocker Spaniel will live forever.
Custom Diamond Painting Kit
Allow the love of your pet to shine bright like a diamond with a custom diamond painting kit. Choose a favorite photo of your precious pet and the company will send you all the supplies to make your own DIY diamond painting perfect for framing.
Diamond painting is the latest DIY trend which uses resin crystal-type beads that sparkle like a diamond when the “painting” is complete. No paint is involved, as the user places numbered beads onto a customized canvas. This is a beautiful memorial gift to remember a dog or cat. I recently was gifted a completed diamond painting kit from a friend, and I cherish it dearly.
Dog Memorial Scrapbook
This beautiful dog memorial scrapbook allows grieving dog parents to place photos, keepsakes, memories, and words of love across the pages. Use the 12 x 12 acid-free, distortion-free pages to house the most precious items and images from your pet’s life. My scrapbook includes dog tags, images, souvenir moments from trips, and my dog’s various accolades and certificates. This book is a great way to work through grief and refer back to time and again.
Healing Wisdom Pet Grief Book
From the moment pets enter our lives, we know someday they will pass away. Often times, pet parents are overwhelmed with feelings of guilt, grief, and anger. And books make the perfect dog memorial gifts for comfort and peace.
Author Gary Kowalski writes about creating rituals and working through loss in his book, Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom For Anyone Who Has Ever Lost A Pet. This book personally helped me when my Cocker Spaniel passed away.
Special Dog Memorial Photo Frame
There are literally thousands of pet memorial photo keepsakes online, but this 4 x 6 dog memorial picture frame stands out. The endearing sculpted frame features a laser-engraved saying along with a perfectly sculpted paw-in-heart design and halo. Made of cement and resin with a glass cover, this precious memento houses a favorite picture of a treasured pet.
Pet Memorial Beaded Bracelet
Pure, simple, and elegant, this dog memorial bracelet includes 22 white turquoise beads and one paw-print bead to symbolize the lasting impact of your pet. Love never ends, and the eternal circle design of this bracelet is both symbolic and practical. It comes with a rainbow bridge poem card and velvet bag to store it in.
Love And Paw Print Memorial Rock
This beautiful memorial stone is emblazoned with the word “love” on it. Instead of a letter “O,” a paw print with heart design is engraved into it. Unlike other pet memorial sculptures, this love rock is solid cast in stone and stands 5 inches wide, 4 inches tall. Whether you choose to place it next to a photo, in a pet memorial garden, or close to your desk, the love rock is a beautiful keepsake.
Dog Memorial Candle and Stone
Always loved, never forgotten and until we meet again. Those words are engraved onto this handcrafted stone in the shape of a bone. Part of the stone is drilled out and contains a small glass for placement of a candle. May the light of love shine its flame on the memories of a pet who left pawprints on your heart.
Paw Pods Biodegradable Casket
This eco-friendly pet burial pod is made in five sizes and comes with a seeded sympathy card that can be planted as a living memorial of a pet who has passed away. Paw pods biodegrade within three to five years after being introduced to the environment. They can be personalized or decorated prior to placement in the earth.
Dog Memorial Gifts for Your Loved Ones
In Loving Memory Pet Ornament
Whether for a Christmas tree or to keep out all year long, this pet memorial ornament is perfect for dog dads or dog moms. It is sized at 3 inches and holds a 2-inch diameter photo in its center. As an added touch, there is a phrase of love engraved across the top which reads, “If love could have saved you, you would have lived furever.” Coupled with hearts, angel wings, and paws, this will become a treasured memento in a grieving pet parent’s life.
Willow Tree Comfort Keepsake Box
I’ve gifted this Willow Tree Comfort Keepsake Box a countless number of times, and each time the recipient is incredibly touched and uses it right away. Inside the box, a sentiment reads “A little love to share” and on top, a small girl is embracing a dog. Inside, dog parents can place keepsakes, souvenirs, dog tags, a lock of hair, favorite photos, or any other mementos to work through the grief process.
Crystal Rainbow Bridge Pet Memorial Suncatcher
This is a unique dog memorial gift idea in that it is timeless and is designed to hang in a window and allow the light to pass through it. The cascade of multicolored crystals in this memorial suncatcher represents the Rainbow Bridge where the spirit of a beloved pet lives. The heart-shaped charm reminds us our pets will forever live in our hearts. Measures 6.61 x 4.57 x 4.37 inches.
Pawprints Remembered Dog Memorial Frame
Featuring a folding photo frame with a sympathy poem on one side and a place for a pet’s photo on the other, this is a 2-in-1 memorial gift for the grieving dog parent. Honor the loss of a loved one’s furry family member by filling this frame with a favorite photo. The poem is eternal and meant to bring the light of love into a grieving heart.
Rainbow Bridge Pet Memorial Plaque
The beloved Rainbow Bridge poem of hope is printed on this desktop plaque that measures 6-1/4 inches by 6-1/4 inches in size. Brokenhearted dog parents will take comfort in the classic story about crossing the bridge with their pets. This plaque is easel-backed and has a vintage, antique look and feel to it. Whether they’ve lost a dog or cat, the Rainbow Bridge is a poem of hope for all animals and their grieving parents.
One Fur All Dog Memorial Candle
The light of a burning flame is an eternal reminder that pets will never be forgotten and love remains. This candle from One Fur All is made with renewable ingredients like 100 percent natural soy wax and a 100 percent cotton wick. The burn time lasts 60 to 70 hours but pet parents can reuse the jar over and over. The outside is beautifully decorated with a collage of rainbow paw prints shaped into a heart.
Carson Industries Faithful Angels Dog Statue
Dogs give so much of themselves to make their humans happy, and this stunningly crafted sculpture pays homage to that loyalty. The touching dog memorial gift has the word “devoted” permanently etched into its side below an engraving of a heart with wings. The wire wings and delicate etchings create an eternal keepsake your friend or family member will cherish.
Heavenly Sentiment Home Décor Sign
Remember and honor a favorite furry friend with this decorative wooden box that enhances and inspires at the same time. “Heaven is where you get to see all the dogs you’ve ever loved” is quoted on the front as delicate pawprints nestle themselves around the border of the boxed sign. This unique gift measures in at 8 inches by 8 inches and is 1.5 inches deep. It can stand on its own on a desk, mantle, or counter or be securely hung on a wall.
Dog Memorial Wind Chimes
As the wind cascades through these gentle wind chimes, may moments of peace surround a grieving heart. This 18-inch metal cast wind chime includes the “Pawprints Left By You” poem, four musical tubes, and a paw print design drop pendant. Perfect for inside use or outside display, it comes boxed and ready for gifting.
Dog Memorial Pocket Token
When you need something special but aren’t exactly sure what to buy a grieving pet parent, this 1-inch diameter pet memorial pocket token is perfect on its own or for inclusion with a sympathy card. On the back side of the token are the words “you left a paw print on my heart.” Small in size, but large in emotion and tenderness, this can be kept in a wallet, pocket, purse, or near a photo of the deceased pet.
Dogs never leave our memories or our hearts, and when they leave us they often take a part of us with them. Cherish the love and keep the spirit and bond alive with any of the above dog memorial gifts designed to comfort and bring peace to a grieving pet parent.
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