Losing a pet is one of the hardest things we have to deal with in this world. But we can find peace and comfort in how we choose to celebrate their lives. September 8th marks National Pet Memorial Day and it’s a special time to really reflect on the impact that each pet we’ve had over the years has had on our lives. I still remember my first dog, Phoenix. A beacon of light and my best friend, Phoenix taught me so many lessons about caring for pets and loving more than I thought I ever could! Now, I’m a dog mom to five but I still carry Phoenix in my heart each and every day. Below are some nice ways to celebrate those pets in your life who have passed – I hope you find comfort in knowing you gave them the very best life! 


  • Volunteer – A great way to honor your pets who have crossed the rainbow bridge is to volunteer at your local animal shelter. Spend time with the cats and dogs who are still looking for their furever homes. If you don’t have the time to volunteer, consider donating to your local shelter instead.
  • Plant a tree – If you have a backyard and/or garden, consider planting a tree or special flower to honor your pet’s memory. Breathing life into something new is a really wonderful way to remember your pet and can bring you comfort when you need it most.
  • Visit your pet – Whether your pet is buried in your yard, in a pet cemetary, or is cremated, make a special point to acknowledge your pet on this day. Bring flowers, light candles, or say a few words in remembrance of this beloved pet. You can even have a bit of fun with it and bring your pet’s favorite treat along! Did they love peanut butter treats? Leave some next to their burial site!
  • Make a scrapbook – For those struggling with the loss of a pet, it can help to reflect on all of the happy memories. Have your favorite photos printed and put together a scrapbook that you can always look back on! You can even include your pet’s ID tags and other momentos you have. 
  • Adopt a pet – For some, the struggle of losing a pet is too much to consider ever getting another one. However, adopting a new pet doesn’t mean you’re replacing your lost pet– in fact, adoption is a great way to memorialize a pet who has passed. Your pet would want you to give the best life to as many cats and/or dogs as you can for as long as you’re able to!  


What are your favorite ways to memorialize pets you’ve lost? How do you celebrate the lives of cats and dogs you’ve had over the years? Let us know in the comments below! And, of course, we’d love to pamper and spoil your current canines and felines! Stop by one of our five locations today for a nice haircut and shampoodle!