On September twenty-fourth, the Huyge Family said goodbye to their life-long friend Zoe, who was a playful yellow lab mix. Zoe raised both the Huyge children, Alex and Megan, into adulthood. Alex was in second grade when the family adopted their furry friend. Zoe lived to be sixteen years old, a very long and joyous life with the Huyge’s. Zoe’s will be forever remembered in the happy memories the Huyge’s carry in their hearts.
Smokey was a twelve year old domestic medium hair cat who was loved until her last day by her owner, Lenny, who sent us this memorial:
Smokey was my first pet. I remember her at six weeks old, feeling her breath on my hand, wondering if I would be able to protect that fragile life. And twelve years later the frustration of being helpless with the oral cancer diagnosis. She was sort of a one man horse in that I was the only person she would allow to handle her. She was unique. She was ornery from the day she was born but had a personality I admired. Others will remember her hiss and snarl but I’ll see her joy in finding that perfect patch of sun heated sand to roll in.
Sunday, September fourteenth is National Pet Memorial Day. Founded in 1972 by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories, this holiday allows people to remember their deceased pets in a happy light. Many people tend to remember their pets on the anniversary of their death, which leads to sad memories of the end of the pets life. However, Pet Memorial Day allows people to come together and encourages remembrance of the joyous, playful life they shared with their pet. There are various ways that people may choose to remember their pets.
- Look at old pictures Looking back at old photographs and reflecting on happy times you and your loved ones have shared with a pet is one of the best ways to celebrate this holiday. Taking time to reflect upon the happiest moments you shared with a late pet is guaranteed to lift spirits.
- Visit your pet’s resting place Many people choose to remember their pet by visiting the grave or final resting place of the pet. Bring the pet’s favorite treat or toy to place at the site. This is often a great way for children to remember the pet and the many happy times they shared together.
- Memorialize your pet There are many different ways to memorialize your pet. You can create a living memorial by planting a tree or a plant as a living tribute to your late furry friend. Adding a memorial to an already existing garden makes for a beautiful memorial site. Heaven at Home creates an paw print impression of each pet that passes, an excellent reminder for the family. Another awesome way to memorialize your pet is to create an online memorial. You can share memories of your pet, and even share pictures. Many people can now share their similar experiences and help each other through the difficult time of losing a companion animal. Heaven at Home has an In Memorium section here on the website, and we would love to help you share your happy memories with your pet. If you would like to post a memorial, please email us a firstname.lastname@example.org with your memorial, and please feel free to include pictures!
- Volunteer! Volunteering at a local humane society or animal protection group is a great way to surround yourself with animals! Spending quality time with animals is an amazing way to lift spirits and put a smile on anyone’s face. If you’re unable to donate your time, many organizations accept monetary donations as well!
- Attend a Pet Memorial CeremonyMany counties around Michigan and the country offer memorial services to help us remember our furry friends. A few ceremonies will be held in the Grand Rapids area this year. There will be a 1 o’clock Service of Remembrance at Clock Timeless Pets (located at 1469 Peck St, Muskegon MI 49441) and a 4 o’clock Service of Remembrance at Spring Lake Dog Park (located in Central Park, Spring Lake MI 49456). More information is available here.