Pets can become part of the family quickly. Many pet owners walk their dogs with other pet owners, and the daily walks help form friendships for the animals and their owners. Some dog owners even plan playdates for their pets. The interaction of adults for the benefit of their pets can make the loss personal for the deceased pet’s family and friends. Thus, friends may want to acknowledge the loss of a dog, cat, or other pet that is not their own. These simple ideas can show your thoughtfulness when you are friendly with someone whose pet dies.
Pet Sympathy Cards
Sending a pet sympathy card conveys your sentiments without the need to compose your own personal message. Sign the card as it is, or choose to pen a few extra lines of your own.
Greeting Card Universe offers a large number of pet sympathy cards. Purchase a few cards to keep on hand, so cards will be handy when it is necessary to acknowledge the loss of a pet. Many of their cards are targeted for dogs, but they also offer sympathy cards for cats and other animals.
Blue Mountain also offers a nice selection of printable pet sympathy cards and e-cards. Most cards are generic and can be used to send wishes for the loss of any pet.
Donations in Memory of Pets
Another nice idea is to make a donation in memory of a pet. The ASPCA allows donors to make a one- time gift or commit to a monthly gift throughout the year. Many pet owners will love the idea of a donation that helps other pets.
Donate money, pet food, or another needed item to Pets in Need. This organization helps save unwanted animals that may have trouble getting adopted. There are also other shelters that accept donations. Look online to locate a local shelter in your neighborhood.
Give your friend a picture frame, and encourage her to put a picture of the family pet in it. A short note indicating that memories of the pet will stay fresh by putting the photo in a special place will help your friend know that you are thinking about her loss.
Acknowledging the loss of a dog, cat or other pet only takes a few minutes. Your sympathy, thoughtfulness, and support may help a friend when she is grieving over a deceased pet.