Monday, September 14, 2015

Pet Memorial Book, DIY, Paying it Forward

Yesterday, September 13th was National Pet Memorial Day. The passing of a beloved pet is a hard time for any owner of any age. Today I'm sharing with you an amazing book that talks about "doggie heaven," two easy DIY project, and a great way to "pay it forward" after your dog passes. 

Talking to children about the loss of a pet can be a hard and difficult task and sometimes they just don't understand. Dog Heaven is a great book/tool parents can use to help talk to their children during this difficult time.

Dog Heaven is wonderfully illustrated and beautifully written. As most families consider their dog part of the family, this book helps answer questions about "doggie heaven." 

Dog Heaven would make a great gift to help provide comfort to both children and adults. 

"Mom will you stop taking pictures so I can finish this book."

Here are two DIY project you can do either in honor of your pet or make as a gift.

The first project is adding a decal to a candle. This is an easy project anyone can do at any age and makes a wonderful reminder of the pet that was lost.

1. All you need as a candle of any size and as many decals as you want to put on your candle. I got this decal from Stylish Canine's Etsy page. Stylish Canine sells decals of all shapes (paw prints, tennis balls, bones, dog breeds) and sizes. You can also find decals at most craft stores. If you have a Cricut machine you can make you own.
2. Simply place you decal facing up and rub over the top of the plastic with a hard, flat object. I used a credit card.
3. Peel off the back.
4. Place on your candle.
5. Take your flat object and rub over the entire plastic and the decal. 
6. Slowly start removing the last piece of plastic. If the decal doesn't stick to the candle you need to rub over the decal harder.

For this DIY Candle/Collar project all you need is a candle, close to the size of the collar, and a collar.

In the photo above I used Callie the Cat's collar. (No she didn't pass.) I just adjusted the collar to fit around the candle. If the collar is too big for the candle you many need to over lap the collar and tie it into place.

This is easy and a great way to display your beloved pet's collar. 

I was at the dog park a couple of weeks ago and noticed all these tennis balls around the park. At first I thought I was in heaven. But then we saw a bucket on the picnic table.

The bucket had a message on it saying, 
"In Loving Memory of Moshe who has crossed the Rainbow Bride. Please help yourself to a ball for your dog to enjoy today! Love your dog extra today and remember the time we have with them is way too short!"

What a great way for the family to "pay it forward" and share Moshe beloved past time with others. 

Like the message stated our time on this earth is way too short. Remember to cherish each and everyday you have with you pet.

I'm going to end this post with a very fitting quote:
"Dogs leave paw prints on our hearts."


  1. Woof! You scared me there with the cat collar! Love the idea of the tennis balls. Mom's last dog was a tennis ball dog. Mom usually makes a special photo album when she loses a pet.

  2. We're looking at this in the near future. Our Little Bit is sick and we're not looking forward to this.

    I linked you to Awww Mondays too.

    Have a woof woof day Spencer. ☺

  3. what a loving and lovely blog post. Have a wonderful day.

  4. What cool ideas for our furry friends tribute
    Lily & Edward

  5. Love your post! Some really great ways to honor a pet that has crossed the bridge!

  6. Awwww, some lovely ways to honour a past pet here.

  7. This is such a great post, what wonderful ideas and project. Glad I check in with you today Spencer.

  8. Great ideas Spencer! Will be adding these to our post today on healing from pet loss and remembering our pets.

  9. Some wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing. It can be so hard to know what to do to celebrate a beloved pet.

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  11. Hello Spencer! Thank you for sharing your good and very cool ideas. I like the DIY Pet memorial candle and Collar, my pet died 3 days ago and since I'm still grieving and not in the mood I will try this one. I can't move on after his pet cremation .