National Pet Memorial Day always falls on the second Sunday of September. Take this day to remember your beloved pets that passed away too soon. I will begin by sharing with you my pets that have passed away – and you can do the same in the comments section at the bottom of this article if you wish. Then I will give you some ideas for commemorating your deceased pets.
Remembering My Pets on National Pet Memorial Day
(Names in bold are pets that have passed away.)
My family got our first dog – a Black Lab – when I was about ten years old. Someone had dropped her off at my grandparents’ farm when she was just a puppy and we took her home to rescue her from being ‘put down’. We named her Barney because of the strong smell of manure – or barn – when we got her.
Some time after Barney disappeared and never returned, we brought Smokey home. I don’t remember where this German Shepherd mix came from, but he passed away several years later on a really hot summer day. Smokey was an outside dog, but it was just too hot for him that day. I was the one who found him after the heat took his life.
We took Queen the Pointer in when my aunt and uncle moved out of the state. She was a funny dog; every time a car pulled into the driveway, you would see her little head popping up to look out the window of our garage. Queen was another runner, though – she ran away one day and never came back.
Besides dogs, our family had a parakeet that passed away when I was young, as well as some goldfish and a whole bunch of guppies. There is still a purebred German Shepherd dog named Max and a Black Lab / Husky mix dog named Sky living with my family.
Those two decided to breed one time and had eleven offspring. My brother kept one puppy named Sonny – we found good homes for the rest. Dan and I wanted to give one of the other puppies to his sister; we took care of Freya for a week before sending her to her new home. Sadly, Freya was recently hit by a car and has passed on.
Finally, Dan and I currently have two little critters living with us: Mila, a tiny Morkie puppy, and Loki the Siamese kitten. We hope they will be around for a very long time yet.
Tips for Celebrating National Pet Memorial Day
Reflect on your pet’s life – Think about your pets that have passed away and share your memories with family members. Why were these pets so special? You just might dig up old memories that have been long forgotten.
Look up old photographs – Do you have pictures of your deceased pets? Look through old photo albums and, if you have enough pictures, put them together in a memory scrapbook of your pet. If you even have one picture, frame it and keep the memory where it will be viewed often.
Donate to a local charity – Your town probably has a shelter or animal rescue; donate money to your favorite local charity in your pet’s memory or volunteer your time there. Every little bit makes a difference. Or if you are ready for a new pet, perhaps you will consider adopting one of these homeless animals and providing hope with a new life.
National Pet Memorial Day is a time to remember your beloved pets that have passed too soon – and even the ones that enjoyed a long life. This second Sunday in September, take a little time to commemorate your deceased pets, whether you choose to reflect upon their lives here on Earth or to give another homeless animal a chance at a long, happy life.