Celebrate Your Beloved Pet for International Pet Memorial Day at the Doggie Do in Herbert Park, Dublin.
Established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories in the US, International Pet Memorial Day in an annual event held on the second Sunday in September, to honor pets. It’s also a great time to think about and share with others the important role that beloved pets have played and continue to play in our lives. This year the day falls on September 10th
which is the same date as the Doggie Do (www.doggiedo.ie
) pet event that will be held in Herbert Park, Dublin 4.
Loyal to the end, pets bring an abundance of joy and companionship to our lives and they do it without prejudice or judgement. They don’t care what type of mood we are in, what bad things we have done or how we look. These are only a few reasons why it can be so heartbreaking to say good-bye to a four-legged friend. The grieving process can be difficult, but it’s something we must face as pet owners. There is a poem, known internationally by most pet parents who have loved and lost, and it is called "Rainbow Bridge." Through this story it is said that when a beloved pet dies, they cross over Rainbow Bridge where there are meadows and hills for all animals to run and play together.
Rainbow Bridge Memorials
) created by native Dubliner Jennifer Muldowney embodies the Rainbow Bridge story by using an array of vibrant colors in their packaging and in their jewelry designs, which they hope will help grieving families remember that their precious pet is in a safe and happy place now.
When a family pet is lost it is even more important to help small children to grieve. Losing a pet is often their first experience with death and it should be addressed in a safe and caring way. Here are a few ways to honor and celebrate a pet that has crossed over Rainbow Bridge for this year’s International Pet Memorial Day:
Plant a tree or a shrub in your garden as a living memorial for your fur baby.
- Create a keepsake box or make a scrapbook with notes, diary entries, photographs, old leashes or toys that are special. a scrapbook.
Frame a few of your favorite pet pictures to display around your home. Audrey Dalton creates beautiful ‘pawtraits' to hang in your home. (www.pawtrait.ie)
- Put a picture of your fur baby onto a pretty paperweight to place on the mantelpiece or on your dresser. (Paperweight)
Make a donation or volunteer at an animal-based charity or rescue such as Dogs Trust (www.dogstrust.ie) or the DSPCA (www.dspca.ie). Giving back to animals in need may help you in the grieving process.
- Have some of your pets ashes/fur placed into a beautiful piece of jewelry with Rainbow Bridge Memorials. (www.rainbowbridge-memorials.com)
Talk to someone. Sit down with family, friends, or neighbors who knew your pet and share your favorite memories or stories together with them.
However you choose to remember your pet will be a perfect representation of the animal who captured your heart. This year, take a few minutes to sit down and think about the wonderful animals that have enriched your life. For those who are celebrating a pet who is still alive, be sure to give them a big hug and some extra love and attention on this very special occasion.