7 Touching Pet Memorial Ideas To Honor Your Dog In Heaven

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7 Pet Memorial Ideas And Do Dogs Go To Heaven

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If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
-Will Rogers

Losing a pet can be devastating. It's like losing a piece of your heart.

In the short time that they spent with us, our pets have become family.

In life or in death, we want to show them our love.

How do you honor the death of a precious pet? 

If you've lived with dogs, you'll understand that they have souls. A pure one at that too. 

So do dogs go to heaven? They should. They deserve to be there more than we do.

How do you make a beautiful pet memorial to commemorate your dog's memory? 

There are ways that can help us deal with our grief and pay tribute to our pets. 

Here are seven touching pet memorial ideas to honor your dog whose gone to heaven.

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7 Touching Pet Memorial Ideas to Honor Your Dog

1. Create a book of memories.

Your phone and memory card is no doubt full of your dog's videos and photos. 

From when they were a small pup or from their Gotcha Day until the last moment, you've captured every minute.

Their first bath...

Your hike or jog together...

Their first time at the beach and the funny way they swim...

Them acting silly trying to catch their tail...

Your dog sleeping on the couch and snoring loudly like a grown human...

Their reaction when you say their favorite word - walk, treats, park...

Or how mad or scared they are on their visit to the vet...

Our dogs can really melt our hearts, can't they?

All these memories are too precious to forget. 

Honor and preserve your pet's memory by creating a photo book of moments you spent with them.

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2. Keep your dog's ashes.

Aside from keeping your dog's ashes in an urn, how else can you memorialize your pet?

Put your dog's ashes in jewelry. You may wear the jewelry, and hang it in your car, beside your bed, or at your dog's favorite spot.

It's a fashionable, cute, and wonderful way to honor your dog's memories.

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3. Grow a tree in memory of your pet.

You can plant a tree over your dog's grave. 

Organizations like Trees for a Change will let you plant a tree in a burned forest area to pay tribute to someone you love.

What a sustainable way to honor your pet.

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4. Have a custom plush toy.

There are stores that create a custom plush toy that looks like or reminds you of your dog. 

Some pet owners print their dog's photo on a pillowcase or shirt too. 

No one and nothing can replace your favorite snuggle buddy pet but a plush toy that looks like them comes close.

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5. Foster or adopt a shelter dog.

It is heartbreaking to lose a pet. You feel like you don't want another one after they left.

But you shouldn't close your doors as there are many dogs who need shelter and are ready to give you love in return.

Adopt or foster another animal in distress in memory of your pet.

Love will heal your heartache.

When an 85-pound mammal licks your tears away and then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad. - Kristan Higgins

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6. Store your pet's memories in a box.

Keep your pet's memories in a box. 

Their toys, leash, clothes, his favorite blanket, a stick they picked up on one of your walks.

Even when they're gone, our pets will always have a special place in our hearts. 

And their things will have a special place in our homes.

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7. Frame your dog's paw print, artwork, or photo.

While they're still around, you can get an imprint of your dog's paw. Here's a simple DIY you can follow from Crafty Morning:


  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
  • Parchment paper or aluminum foil
  • Straw/pen for punching a hole

  • Mix the salt, flour, and water in a bowl until it becomes firm. 
  • Knead the dough for 30 seconds.
  • Cut individual circles with a cup.
  • Press your dog's paw into the salt dough and use a straw/pen cap to make a small hole at the top.
  • Bake at 200 degrees in the oven for 2-3 hours or until completely dry. 

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Heavenly Images can help you memorialize your pet with their artworks. 

They have pictures of standard breeds like black Labs and Golden Retrievers. 

They also create complete custom memorials using your pet's photos.

As of this writing, they have 100% positive feedback and hundreds of testimonials from satisfied clients.

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Barry Barnes, owner of Heavenly Images (Pet Portraits and Memorials for Pets) wrote the book My Pet Letter from Heaven.

He also recorded Only with Love CD back in 2007.

Here's an excerpt of a touching poem Barry wrote entitled Poem from My Pet in Heaven

Today I played with my favorite toy, the one I left behind
All I did was think of it and there it was for me to find.
And guess what else I found in Heaven? Guess who I play with all the time
Yes, you are here in Heaven with me. You helped me write this rhyme.

Do dogs go to heaven?

Whether dogs go to heaven or not is an ongoing debate.

Here’s a verse from Psalm 36:6:

Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.

Will we see pets in heaven?

In the book Heaven is for Real, Colton, the boy who went to heaven said there are animals in heaven.

So my answer to this age-old question, do dogs go to heaven is...


Heaven is a place where all the dogs you've ever loved come to greet you. -Oliver Gaspirtz, American cartoonist

Do Dogs Go To Heaven
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Whether we lost them from an illness or from old age, goodbye will always be painful.

We want to keep our pet's memories alive with animal keepsake memorials.

The void of their absence will never be filled by another pet. They have marked their territories in our hearts, leaving paw prints that no amount of tears will ever wash away.

For their unmatched loyalty and unconditional love, it is only right to honor our pet's memory. 

How about you? 

Do you believe that dogs go to heaven? What pet memorial ideas do you have to honor your dog? 

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  1. Excellent article! Keep on writing. You hit all the important points. Thank you.