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30 Memorial Ideas For Dogs

The death of a dog is a heartbreaking event. Drawing on inspiration from my deceased Cocker Spaniels, I made a list of memorial ideas for dogs and beautiful ways to eulogize and pay tribute to your cherished pup.

Grief is an individual process that can leave you struggling to make sense of life in general. I wake up every day since my dogs died reminding myself of what I haven’t lost. The passing of a beloved dog is one of the most soul-crushing, agonizing, gut-stomping events in life.

I can’t bring my dogs back, but I can honor their lives through words, actions, and tributes. I’ve been clawing my way back to a sense of normalcy since my recent dog, Dexter, died. His death, like all those dogs who pass before and after him, impact my life in a permanent way.

I am not alone in my grief. With pet ownership at an all-time high, millions of pets are born, and millions pass away every year. We are the ones left behind, but we are not alone and not without choices of ways to cope. Here are 30 memorial ideas for dogs to help keep their love, memories, and legacy alive.

Memorial ideas for dogs

Pet Memorial Jewelry

From a customized remembrance locket to cremation jewelry or a lock of hair ring, there are many ways to honor your beloved dog’s memory.

1. Lock of Dog Hair Flower Ring

One of the things we miss the most about our dogs is petting their fur. Cosmic Lens Jewelry creates a custom ring made of resin and real flowers on the inside featuring a lock of your dog’s hair. I purchased this ring, and it is breathtaking and cherished.

Cosmic Lens Jewelry on Etsy

2. Memorial Dog Cremation Ring

Some pet parents prefer a custom-made ring containing ashes or hair from your deceased dog. Consider a memorial cremation ring from BigPawCremains. Made of stainless steel in your choice of finish.

Memorial Cremation Ring

3. Customized Paw Print Ring

Send a photo of your dog’s pawprint and receive a customized sterling silver, rose gold, or 18 K gold ring in return. Your dog’s pawprint will forever be walking with you every step of the way.

Customizable Dog Paw Print Ring

4. PawPrint Cremation Dog Necklace

This pawprint urn charm comes with a black leather rope to wear it close. Made of pure sterling silver, you simply place some of your pet’s ashes inside the charm. The company provides the necessary tools to easily and respectfully complete the process from the comfort of home.

Pawprint Cremation Dog Necklace

5. Dog Memorial Photo Necklace

Wear a photo of your beloved pet close to your heart with this dog memorial necklace. Submit a photo and choose personalization, if desired, and the finish. Your dog will always be near.

Dog Memorial Photo Necklace

Ways to remember a dog

Remembering a Dog Gifts

If memorial jewelry isn’t your thing, there are many treasured ways to honor your dog. You can gift these to a loved one who is grieving or to yourself to soothe and hug your broken heart.

6. Custom Diamond Art Memorial Photo

Personalized diamond art allows you to order a photo of your dog to start creating a spectacular piece. You upload a photo, the company sends you the kit, and you get started on creating a sparkly, eternal, handmade portrait of your beloved dog.

Diamond Art Dog Photo Kit

7. Custom Jigsaw Puzzle

Choose your favorite dog photo, or perhaps one of you and your dog, and have it made into a jigsaw puzzle. Available in several sizes, including 1000-piece, this is a beautiful way for your family to bring their “broken heart pieces” together and assemble a puzzle.

Custom Pet Jigsaw Puzzle

8. Compassion Blanket

Wrap yourself in warm hugs, healing, and compassion with this luxurious blanket. The breathable fabric is machine washable and can be tumbled dry. Available in several colors.

Compassion Blanket For Grieving Pet Parents

9. Natural Wood Dog Mom and Dog Sculpture

Channel your love through this beautiful interlocking natural wood sculpture. The piece features a dog mom nestled close to her precious pup.

Dog Memorial Wooden Sculpture

10. Pet Memorial Windchimes

These 18-inch musical tubes chime gently together in the wind. The metal paw print that holds the tubes together can be engraved. Makes a wonderful gift and can be hung inside or out.

Musical Windchime In Honor Of Your Dog

Memorial ideas for dogs who are deceased

Memorial Pet Frames

11. Personalized Memorial Acrylic Frame

Because someone we loved is in heaven, there’s a little bit of heaven in our home. This is one of the beautiful inscriptions on the acrylic pet memorial frame from Vona Gifts. I’ve been gifted this item and have given them to grieving pet parents. Highly recommended and can be personalized.

Acrylic Pet Memorial Frame

12. Handmade Leatherette Pet Love Frame

If your dog left a pawprint across your heart, this photo frame is for you. Personalize it with your dog’s name and year of birth and death. Available in several sizes.

Pet Loss Memorial Leatherette Frame

13. Personalized Dog Collar Pet Memorial Frame

Humans wear necklaces, and dogs wear collars. When your pet dies, turn their special collar into a piece of art. These personalized wooden signs are available in two sizes for displaying your dog’s collar.

Dog Collar Wooden Frame

14. Dog Memorial Stone Plaque

Preserve your dog’s memory with this slate stone plaque and poem. Made by MyFurverMemories, your pet’s photo is handcrafted with high-definition dye ink. Personalize it with your dog’s name, years, and proudly display it.

Dog Customized Stone Plaque with Poem

15. Just a Girl and Her Dog Photo Frame

Sometimes less is more. This frame reads “Just a Girl and Her Dog” with a pawprint embellishment. Beautiful farmhouse look caps off this 9 x 7-inch frame.

Girl and Her Dog Frame

Outdoor memorial ideas for dogs

Outdoor Memorial Ideas for Dogs

16. Dog Angel Tribute Statue

Display this angel made with crushed stone and bonded with resin outdoors, on a patio, on your dog’s grave, or anywhere in your home. This canine angel statue is topped with a UV-resistant finish for durability.

Dog Angel Stone Tribute Statue

17. Tumbled Concrete Indoor Outdoor Dog Memorial

A special garden stone with your deceased dog’s name and a sweet poem can bring great comfort. Put this outside or indoors as a reminder of your pet. Gone from this earth, but never forgotten.

Pet Concrete Tribute Marker

18. Infinity Dog Garden Stake

Made of high-quality steel, place this garden stake anywhere as a tribute and remembrance to your dog. The infinity sign is merged with a pawprint to capture your eternal bond of love.

Infinity Dog Garden Stake

19. Always In My Heart Garden Flag

My best friend created a small tribute garden to her Cocker Spaniel that includes a garden flag. “No longer by my side but always in my heart” is an all-weather polyester garden flag to pay respects to your dog.

Pet Memorial Pawprints Garden Flag

20. Dog Butterfly Tribute Angel Statue

This pet statuary features a composite designer resin angel dog with a butterfly placed ever so gently on her nose. Stands over eight inches high.

Dog Angel Butterfly Statue

Non-Tangible Ways To Honor a Deceased Dog

21. Write a Eulogy About Your Dog

When my dog, Dexter, died, I wrote a tribute that I included in my annual holiday cards, since he passed away shortly before Thanksgiving.

A eulogy pays tribute to your dog, which you can post on social media or send to family and friends.

22. Donate To A Dog Rescue Group In Your Pet’s Name

There is no greater way to honor a treasured pet than to make a difference in the life of a dog still here on earth. Choose your favorite pet rescue and make a donation.

23. Make a Memorial Video Tribute

Use easy video software to compile images from your dog’s life. You can share the video on social media. Many platforms have easy-to-use, often free, software. Other choices include Canva and Animoto.

24. Plant a Tree in Your Dog’s Honor

Every time you see the tree or plant, you’ll think of your dog. If you don’t have the space or location for a tree, you can have a tree planted in your dog’s honor. A friend of mine did this for me when my Dexter passed away.

25. Ask Family and Friends For Memory Cards

Ask your social media pals who knew your dog along with IRL family and friends to write down or type a memory of your dog. They can email the replies to you or send them through social media. Collect them all and store them in a jar.

Pull one out whenever you need a special memory or assemble them in a photo album or frame.

26. Visit Dog Mountain In Vermont

We visited Dog Mountain with Dexter twice over the years. It is 150 pet-friendly acres nestled away in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Visit Dog Chapel on the premises and put a photo of your deceased dog on the wall.

Learn more about Dog Mountain

27. Bring Another Dog Into Your Life

If (and that’s a big if) and when (and that’s a big when) you are ready, open your heart and home to another dog. I used to think “never again,” but I know I could never not love a dog and share my life with one.

I’ve learned that every dog is my heart dog. No dog can replace the one who comes before or after. Dogs live presently and in the moment. I am certain in my heart that our dogs would want us to be happy.

This beautiful wooden dog tribute plaque sums it up:

dog-hearts-as-one

28. Talk About Your Pet In a Dog Loss Support Group

When my dog died, I attended several virtual (online) pet loss groups on Zoom. Attendees were encouraged to share a photo of their deceased pet and share their feelings. I loved knowing others met Dexter even though he had passed away.

One person commented that all of our dogs were meeting across the Rainbow Bridge and hoping they could heal our hearts.

29. Light a Candle Each Night For Your Pet

I love the idea of lighting a candle, regular or flameless, next to a photo of my dog. Each night, the timed flicker candle goes on and I talk with my dog.

This is the dog angel candle holder statue I purchased with timed tea lights sold separately.

angel memorial for dogs

30. Talk To An Animal Communicator

Some pet parents may nix this idea, but I found it helpful. A qualified animal communicator can help with the grieving process and reach out to channel your pet. Just be sure the person is someone you can trust or who others recommend.

Memorial Ideas For Dogs: Tattoos

Getting a dog-themed tattoo is a perfect way to carry an image or tribute on your skin for life. I have five permanent tattoos, three of which are dog-oriented. 101 Best Dog Tattoo Ideas

Ways to Deal With Grief After Pet Loss

If you are in the throes of grief or looking for ways to help your heart heal, here are further posts I’ve written to get you through every step of the way.

Remember, love does not end because your dog died. Love is forever. No one can take that away from you, not even death.

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