If you follow me on Instagram then you know that my neighbors dog was put down recently. I was so upset for their family and I cannot imagine life without Nilla! I asked if anyone had ideas on what to give a family grieving the death of their dog and so many of y’all gave great suggestions! This post was SO HARD to put together because I read through so many of y’all’s stories about losing pets. I think I cried for an entire day.. It’s official: I’m the crazy dog lady. Below are the most popular suggestions I got for comforting gifts to give a friend who has lost a dog:
- Frame a picture of the dog along with the poem “Rainbow Bridge.”
- Make a Shutterfly book incorporating pictures of the dog along with any memories
- give them a Pet loss candle with flowers and the book “Dog Heaven.”
- make a customized ornament of a picture of the dog – etsy is a great resource for these! I actually did this for my father in law when Nilla’s mom, Maggie passed away.
- commission a custom water print, painting, or sketch of the dog – this is great since it’s very meaningful, lasts longer than flowers, and is a way they can always see the dog that brought them so much love. This would be such a meaningful art piece and is more affordable than you might think. Etsy is amazing and people are crazy talented.
- make a Memorial donation – There are so many great organizations that help dogs. If the pup passed due to cancer, you could make a memorial donation to the National Canine Cancer Foundation – you can even upload a picture of the dog and a story. Or if the dog was from a local shelter, giving back to the shelter or the ASPCA with a memorial donation can be a very special way to honor the dog.
- order a blanket with the dog’s picture(s) on it from snapfish – one reader said that getting this meant so much and it was great to cuddle up with since she used to always cuddle with her dog.
Thank you so much for your support with my neighbors dog, Roland. I cannot imagine how tough this time is for their family. I hope these ideas are helpful to any of you who might be dealing with the same thing. Having some furry paws run around the house always brings joy and happiness to so many families.
On a lighter note, some of these ideas that I shared might even be good to do for a Christmas or birthday present for your dog! Grief doesn’t have to be the reason for us to do sweet surprises or reminiscence on fun memories with our dogs!
I hope y’all are having a fabulous short week and staying warm! I’m over here crossing my fingers for a snow day. It never gets old… Thank you so much for reading!