World Pet Memorial Day, June 12, 2011

Having a pet adds joy to a home and the experience of raising one is invaluable. The bond that we develop as they grow up by our side and witness everything that we go through as life unfolds; they are there for us just like a true friend.  But like everything in this place, there will come a time that they have to go.

It is painful to lose a pet and sometimes it is difficult to accept that they are gone. We grieve for them and remember the times when they were around to make things alright and relieve us from life’s difficulties. We all have different bonds with our pets but we all consider them as a friend, a great companion. The memories stay with us.

photoWorld Pet Memorial Day is a time where everyone who lost a pet pays their respects to their departed friends and remembers the memories that was once shared with them. During this day, you can do a memorial in honor of your lost pet. It can be a simple memorial or you can join communities that gather on this day of remembrance and exchange memories and experiences with them.

There are many ways to memorialize our departed pets. I remember holding a small burial for my dog when I was a kid. I had him for almost 5 years. That may not be a long time for some, but when you’re a kid a dog is all you have for company and we were really close. I specifically chose a spot at the back of our house so I could still visit him. I was there every day, lay flowers on his grave and talked to him. I did this until we moved to a different city but I still remember him. I never had a dog again or a pet after him.

If you can’t get a burial ground at your house, there are other ways. Ask if your community has a pet cemetery, this is quite common in some areas. You can also do a living memorial by planting a tree or a flower bed to symbolize him. You can also keep something that will remind you of him like a framed photo or his favorite toy. If you have taken numerous pictures together, you can try making a scrapbook as a reminder of your friendship. When you remember him, try to write a poem about him or write him a letter.

As a way to participate in the World Pet Memorial Day, you can volunteer at your community animal shelter and help out or participate in other memorials and candle-light ceremonies. If you think you are ready to have another pet, try to adopt one and give your new pet a nice home that he deserves.

However, what matters is that we remember them and that we give our respects. Participate in the World Pet Memorial Day and together, let us all take this time to thank them for the friendship and lessons that they gave us.

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