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Grieving for the Loss of a Pet: Pet Loss Quotes

After the death of our beloved dachshund, Silke, we were inspired by the kind words and prayers offered by our friends. We’ve compiled many pet loss quotes and prayers for you to use.

Whether you use this page to find the right words of condolences to others or read for your own peace of mind, we hope that it brings you comfort. You are not alone in your journey. At some point, all pet parents face this heartache.

It’s our sincere hope these pet loss quotes will help express those sentiments that can be so hard to put into words.

Pet Loss Quotes

“Heartbreak is life educating us.”

– George Bernard Shaw


“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ” 

– Anatole France


“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. ” 

– Mark Twain


“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. 

– James Herriot


“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.”

– Vicki Harrison


“No heaven will not ever Heaven be. Unless my cats are there to welcome me.” 

– Anonymous


“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” 

– Roger Caras


“If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very very few people.” 

– James Thurber


“…love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” 

– Kabil Gibran


“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. ” 

– Saint Francis of Assisi


“God’s finger touched him, and he slept.” 

– Alfred, Lord Tennyson


“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” 

– Eleanor Roosevelt


“It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch.” 

– Anonymous


“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.” 

– Mark Twain


“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” 

– Isaac Asimov


“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” 

– Jack Lemmon


“A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered. ” 

– Lacie Petitto


“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” 

– Will Rogers


“Don’t cry because it’s over, Smile because it happened.” 

– Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss)


“The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief. But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.”  

– Hilary Stanton Zunin


“Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you..I loved you so- ’twas Heaven here with you.” 

– Isla Paschal Richardson


“Dogs…do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have, and to obtain the objects they have not. There is nothing of value they have to bequeath except their love and their faith. ” 

– Eugene O’Neill, from his Dalmatian, Blemie’s, last will and testament


“I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time? The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me?” 

– Sir Walter Scott


“He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me. ) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me… whenever… wherever – in case I need him. And I expect I will – as I always have. He is just my dog.” 

– Gene Hill

Loss Of A Dog Quotes: 30+ Sayings To Share Your Sympathies And Put Grief Into Words - DodoWell

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It can be hard to describe what losing a dog feels like.

By Olivia Harvey

Published on 7/18/2022 at 1:47 PM

When you or someone you love has experienced the loss of a dog, it can be hard to put the feeling of grief into words. To help with processing the painful loss, we’ve compiled a list of quotes that may help you and others better understand and work through the pain of losing your best friend.

Write one of these quotes in a sympathy card or use it as a journal prompt to work through your personal feelings. Grieving is hard, and there’s no right way to do it. Just remember that the heavy feeling will lighten, and soon you’ll be able to recall the good times before the bad.

Anonymous quotes about loving and losing dogs

These simple yet sweet quotes perfectly describe the relationship between dog parents and their pups and how hard it can be to say goodbye.

  1. “I loved you for your whole life and I’ll miss you for the rest of mine.”
  2. “A companion is gone … but the memory lives on.”
  3. ​​“The most difficult thing about having a dog is the goodbye.”
  4. “Grief is not a sign of weakness, but the price of love.
  5. “If the kindest souls were rewarded with the longest lives, dogs would outlive us all.”
  6. “Happiness is a cold nose and a warm belly.”
  7. “Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.”
  8. “Dogs leave their paw prints on our hearts.”
  9. “Some angels choose fur instead of wings.”
  10. “When you feel me in your heart, look up and I’ll be right there.”

Dog loss and grief quotes from authors

These authors, poets and writers perfectly put the feeling of losing a dog into words like no one else ever could.

  1. “Love is love," I told her, as I tell all of my patients who are ashamed to find themselves shattered by the death of a dog. "Loss is loss.” — Meg Donohue, “Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found”
  2. “Heaven, or the Other Side is all around us. It is not in some far away place. Your loved ones are just a thought away.” — Karen A. Anderson, “The Amazing Afterlife of Animals: Messages and Signs From Our Pets on the Other Side”
  3. “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” ― Rumi
  4. “Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big.” — Erica Jong
  5. “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” — C.S. Lewis, “A Grief Observed”
  6. “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.” ― Leo Tolstoy
  7. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France
  8. “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” ― E.A. Bucchianeri, “Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
  9. “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull
  10. “Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it. ” — Amy Sedaris
  11. “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller
  12. “You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Uplifting quotes about dogs

Losing a dog is terribly sad, but one can’t forget the joy they brought while they were alive and well. These quotes remind us to think of the good times.

  1. “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.” ― Milan Kundera
  2. “The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” ― Andy Rooney
  3. “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” ― Will Rogers
  4. “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. ” ― Josh Billings
  5. ​​“If you don't own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.”― Roger Caras
  6. “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” ― Mark Twain
  7. “I guess you don’t really own a dog, you rent them, and you have to be thankful that you had a long lease.” – Joe Garagiola
  8. “A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.” — Bob Barker
  9. “The more boys I meet the more I love my dog.”― Carrie Underwood
  10. “To call him a dog hardly seems to do him justice, though inasmuch as he had four legs, a tail, and barked, I admit he was, to all outward appearances. But to those who knew him well, he was a perfect gentleman.” – Hermione Gingold

Give yourself plenty of time to grieve, and remember that your pup is still with you wherever you go.

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How not to lose a dog on New Year's Eve and protect it from firecrackers

Dog walking / Dog care

Elena Putalova

Hundreds of dogs disappear during the New Year celebrations! New Year's Eve has not yet arrived, and announcements have already been posted everywhere that “a beloved dog has disappeared, frightened by firecrackers, help me find it!” The Most Difficult Time is coming for all dog lovers, you need to try not to lose your dog on New Year's holidays! If your dog still does not have an ADDRESS BOOK WITH A PHONE on its collar, then this indicates your extreme irresponsibility. You should Urgently Buy it and be sure to Attach it! nine0003

Our website Sobaka.com and other specialists strongly recommend that ALL dog owners, regardless of whether your pet is afraid of fireworks and fireworks, be prudent and attentive! And by all means follow the rules that will help you celebrate the New Year serenely and joyfully, and not run around the city in tears, putting up ads in the hope of finding an adored and irreplaceable family member who has become a victim of your own irresponsibility.

1 Here are the simple rules that every owner must follow: nine0003

2 How to take care of your dog on New Year's Eve

Here are the simple rules that every owner must follow:

  1. The best solution is to spend the New Year holidays with the dog OUTSIDE THE CITY, in peace and quiet. The worst thing is to drive off to rest, leaving the dog in the city on a stranger. Having lost the house and the owner, the dog will experience severe stress. And under the thunder of firecrackers, it may even be in shock, in fact, it will go crazy.
  2. FEW DAYS before the party prepare a dog or cat bed in the corridor, bathroom, or other room without windows. Put your pet's favorite toys AND treats in there. Let the animal have a place where to hide from the New Year's cannonade. nine0019
  3. As mentioned above, urgently buy an ADDRESS BOOK for your dog on the collar and write down your phone number. Hang it around your dog's neck! Don't be an irresponsible host!
  4. Fasten the collar sufficiently TIGHT - only one finger should fit between the neck and the collar! In a state of confusion, the dog can easily get out of the collar. And in this case, she will remain without any identifying signs at all. It will be almost impossible to find it. On a walk, use the HARNESS. nine0019
  5. It is best to DO NOT LEAVE your dog a few days before the party and a week later! NEVER let your pet off the leash on December 31st!!! Let the quality of the walk be inferior during this period than to sacrifice the health, and even the life of your dog.
  6. While walking, CAREFULLY steer clear of groups of teenagers and other crowds of people, especially if you see that they are drunk and inadequate in their behavior. Keep your dog away from a possible source of fear. Be prepared, because people can deliberately throw a firecracker right under your animal's paws!!! This happens very often - be on the alert all the time and be extremely careful
  7. If a firecracker exploded nearby and the dog cringed and started looking around in fear, keep silent. You can not calm the dog, especially - to stroke it at the same time. So you encourage her fear. Show her by your own example that there is nothing to be afraid of. Do not pay any attention to the noise, show the dog that it is not worth it. For a dog, you are the leader of the pack, so he not only obeys you, but also imitates your behavior and expects you to encourage his behavior. But how it will be, right or wrong, depends on you personally. nine0019
  8. At home, during the festive cannonade, DO NOT take your dog to the window to show him the fireworks. Do NOT suddenly jump from your favorite chair and do not rush to the window yourself!!! After all, such behavior attracts the animal's interest in sound, makes it anxious and gradually leads to a trained horror of gunshots
  9. sudden onset of fear. nine0019

How to take care of a dog on New Year's Eve

Do everything right on the holiday so that the dog does not get excited! Excited dogs react much more intensely to new sounds and smells. On this day, give the dog the entire morning portion of food, and in the afternoon and evening - only half.

Take your dog for a good walk in the morning. Then go out with her again in the afternoon at 14.00. The last time in the evening you need to go for a walk no later than 19.00. It will already be noisy on the street, it will be completely impossible to hide from firecrackers, however, there will be much less danger that someone will throw a firecracker at your dog. nine0003

If your pet is still a puppy, let him make a puddle at home once. Don't take him for a walk late at night! It is much easier to cultivate neatness than self-confidence and courage.

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Elena Putalova

I just love dogs. I have two of them - the lap dog Zosya and the noblewoman Cinnamon (Cory). Over 10 years of experience living with dogs. nine0003

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Why losing a dog is sometimes harder than losing a friend or relative…: 7dogs — LiveJournal

Source: MiFormat - choose your mood dog, Murphy. I met Murphy's eyes just before she died - she looked at me as if she did not understand what was happening, as if she was sure that everything was fine, because we were close.

When people who have never had a dog see their friends grieving over the loss of a pet, they probably think it's too much; after all, it's "just a dog".

However, those who have had a dog know the truth: a pet is not “just a dog” .

Many times I have heard friends say apologetically that they grieved more about the loss of a pet than they did after the death of friends or relatives.
Research has confirmed that for most, the loss of a dog is comparable to the loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, for those who have lost a pet in our society, there are very few rituals to help get through the difficulties - no obituaries in the local newspaper, no religious services. Instead, we just feel embarrassed when we don't hold back and show our grief over our lost dog in public. nine0003

Perhaps if people realized how strong and strong the bond between people and their dogs is, mourning pets would not be condemned. This would greatly help dog owners integrate their death into their social lives and move on.

Unique interspecies bond

What is it about dogs that makes people so attached to them?

First, dogs have lived alongside humans for the last 10,000 years. And they showed themselves perfectly: the only animals that have adapted to man enough to be his companions and friends. Anthropologist Brian Hare developed the Domestication Hypothesis, which explains how these animals evolved from gray ravenous wolves into pets with such highly developed social skills that we interact with them in much the same way as with members of our own species. nine0003

Secondly, for some, getting a pet is much more convenient than establishing strong relationships with people. The dog gives constant and disinterested feedback (it’s not for nothing that they say - “I wish I could become the person my dog ​​sees me”).

Over the course of evolution, dogs have been trained to pay attention to people, and MRI scans show that a dog's brain responds to praise from the owner in the same way as if they were fed (for some animals, praise is a stimulus more effective than food). Dogs recognize people and can learn to interpret a person's emotional state from facial expressions alone. Scientific research also shows that dogs can recognize a person's intentions, try to help them, and even avoid people who do not want to positively interact with the owner or treat him badly. nine0003

Human reaction to such behavior - sincere joy, help, loyalty - is absolutely natural. People smile just by looking at a dog.
has a higher level of well-being in dog owners, she is happier - on average - than people with cats or no pets at all.

As a member of the family

Our strong attachment to dogs was recently mentioned in a study of “naming confusion,” misnaming. Misnaming is when we call someone by the wrong name. Like parents who constantly mix up the names of their children. nine0008 It turned out that the dog's name is also confused with the names of relatives; this means that pet names are "stored" and "pushed out" from the same cognitive department as the names of family members (curiously, this rarely happens to cat owners).

It's no surprise that dog lovers miss dead pets so much.

Psychologist Julie Axelrod explained that the loss of a dog is so painful not only because it is the death of a pet. It's also a loss0076 source of boundless and unconditional love , a companion who cares about the protection and comfort of the owner, even a protégé, whom the owner watches over like a child.

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