Dealing with the death of a pet dog is a difficult, emotional process for anyone who has lost his beloved companion. Show your sympathy for a friend, family member or loved one who has experienced the loss of a pet dog with a gift to memorialize it. Choose a present that celebrates the life of your friend's dog, that he can look at to remember that beloved pet, comforting him in his time of sadness.
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Rainbow Bridge Poem Gift
To express your sympathy for the loss of your loved one's dog, give him a gift featuring the Rainbow Bridge poem. This poem tells of a mythical, blissful place where pets who have passed away wait for their owners after death, where they are later reunited with one another. Comfort your friend with a framed version of this touching poem featuring an artist's rendition of the Rainbow Bridge in the background. Purchase a plaque or picture frame that features your friend's dog and has the poem on it as well to further personalize the gift. Give your friend a Rainbow Bridge-themed dog ornament for him to hang in a special place in his home to remember his pet by.
Dog Memorial Urn
Purchase a memorial urn for your friend to place his dog's ashes in if he has had his dog cremated or a memory box if he has buried his dog. The urns come in porcelain, wood or metal and you can personalize them with the dog's name and a special phrase describing the pet. Some of these urns have a slot for the dog's photo as well. A memory box has similar features to an urn in terms of personalization and a space for the dog's photo. These keepsake containers can store the dog's favorite toys, collars or a lock of hair for your friend to remember it by.
Dog Memorial Garden Stone
Give your friend a memorial garden stepping stone or grave marker to remember his beloved pet dog. Have the stone engraved with the dog's name, dates of birth and death and a small poem or special phrase to describe the pet. Some of these stones come as simple rock forms; others are more intricate. Depending on the price, memorial stones can feature a customized picture of the dog etched into the stone or on a ceramic portrait attached to the stone. Include a packet of flower seeds for your friend to plant near the marker. Memorial stones give the owner of the deceased dog a special way to remember his pet in a peaceful garden.
When purchasing a sympathy gift for someone who has recently lost a pet dog, personalize it to show that person you care about him and his loss. Give a picture frame engraved with dog pawprints and a special blessing into which the owner can place a favorite picture of his dog. Jewelry featuring an engraved portrait of the dog, such as a necklace or watch, makes a gift the person can keep close to her heart after the loss of a dog. Donate a sum of money to a local animal shelter or dog rescue group in your friend's name as a special gesture to show your compassion and memorialize his dog, while helping to save the lives of others.
There are many books for both children and adults that celebrate a beloved dog's life and bring comfort to the grieving owner. One of these is "Dog Heaven" by Cynthia Rylant, a beautifully written and illustrated book that celebrates the lost pet and creates vivid images of its transition to a place of peace, love and enjoyment in heaven. This delightful book, along with several others, can be found on Amazon.com.