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70+ Pet Memorial Quotes & Poems To Honor Your Furry Friends


The memorial quotes in this blog post will help every dog mom dog dad honor their dog or other pet. These memorial sayings, quotes, and poems are perfect to use on memorial stones, the anniversary of a beloved dog’s death, or just because you miss them. We have listed 40 Dog Memorial Quotes and 20 Pet Memorial Poems in this post, so take the time to read through them all!

50 Dog Memorial Quotes & Sayings

Here are some quotes and sayings that may be used on pet memorial tributes, such as memorial stones, grave markers, memory plaques, and memorial gifts. To remember and honor your furry friend who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

  1. “Forever loyal, forever loved.”
  2. “My best friend and a true hero.”
  3. “No longer by my side, but forever in my heart.”
  4. “Until the day we meet again on the Rainbow Bridge.”
  5. “A loyal companion and best friend. May their memories bring you comfort in this time of loss”
  6. “You’ve lost a dog but gained a guardian angel”
  7. “Your pal will always be by your side, watching over you”
  8. “Dogs come into our lives and leave paw prints on our hearts.”
  9. “Barking, playing, an endless run; I’m up in heaven having fun.”
  10. “Heaven’s the place where all of the dogs you’ve ever loved come to greet you.”
  11. “No matter how bad my day was you always made me smile”
  12. “You were my favorite hello and my hardest goodbye”
  13. “You left your paw prints on my heart”
  14. “You left paw prints on the hearts of everyone you nuzzled.”
  15. “You have left paw prints on our hearts that will last a lifetime”
  16. “My heart will always wear the paw prints left by you”
  17. “It’s impossible to forget a dog that gave you so much to remember.”
  18. “Sometimes the smallest beings leave the biggest impression on our hearts.”
  19. “Whisper I love you to a butterfly, and it will deliver your message to heaven.”
  20. “Because someone we loved is in heaven, there’s a little bit of heaven in our home”
  21. “For animals, there is no Geneva Convention and no peace treaty — just our mercy.”- Ingrid Newkirk.
  22. “If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven” – James Thurber
  23. “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
  24. “If there is a heaven, it’s certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.”- Pam Brown
  25. “Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe.We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made” – Roger A. Caras
  26. My pastor once told me, ‘If there are no dogs in heaven I don’t want to go’. I agree” – Glenwood McNabb
  27. “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” – Mark Twain
  28. “It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” – John Grogan
  29. “Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.”- Terri Guillemets
  30. “A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.”- Bob Barker
  31. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell
  32. “One lives in the hope of becoming a memory”- Antonio Porchia
  33. “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
  34. “The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” – Thornton Wilder
  35. “Think not so much of ‘moving on’ but of ‘moving forward.’ And as you move forward, you always do so with your loved one by your side, in your heart, within your very breath. They are part of you now and always. You move forward with them and continue to engage life because of their inspiration.” – Ashley Davis Bush
  36. “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras
  37. “Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”– John Grogan.
  38. “Hear our prayer, Lord, for all animals; May they be well fed and well trained and happy. And, we pray, protect specially, dear Lord.- Russian Prayer.
  39. “I’m a great dog fanatic. My own dog died a little while ago and I take it very personally when things die—it’s a major offence.
  40. “I consider this to be an excellent project, long overdue — so many animals served, suffered and died in the wars and this memorial will be a fitting tribute to them.”- Major General, The Duke Of Westminster.
  41. “Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us. And make our lives a little brighter. And they don’t waste time being afraid of tomorrow.” – Pet memorial quotes of Dan Gemeinhart
  42. “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?” – Sir Walter Scott
  43. “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog” – M K Clinton
  44. “Do dogs understand death? Do they have souls? Do they go to heaven? I have always believed so, but this confirmed that all of God’s creatures, humans and animals, have a soul and that we will all be reunited in heaven.
  45. “One day we will again see our animals in the eternity of Christ” – Pope Paul VI
  46. “When we think of those companions who travelled by our side down life’s road, let us not say with sadness that they left us behind, but rather say with gentle gratitude that they once were with us.” – Unknown
  47. “All his sweet and shaggy life, always near me, never troubling me, and asking nothing.” – Pablo Neruda
  48. “Animals are reliable; many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful, and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.” – Alfred A. Montapert
  49. “His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  50. “With eye upraised his master’s look to scan, the joy, the solace, and the aid of man: The rich man’s guardian and the poor man’s friend, The only creature faithful to the end.” – George Crabbe
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20 Pet Memorial Poems & Poem Quotes

Poetry can transport the spirit where ordinary language cannot. While not highbrow art, these modest pet memorial poems/poem quotes directly and with genuine pathos address the loss of a pet. They are excellent suggestions for you whether you’re selecting what to inscribe on pet frames or headstones, sharing your love for your pet on social media, or trying to express your loss and grief on other keepsakes.

1. “At last again I see your face,

grieve not, I am in a better place.”

– Carol Walker, ‘Golden Eyes’.

2. “Losing a dog leaves a hole in your heart,

You simply just wait for your life to restart.”

– Glenda Gillis.

3. “So hold me now just one more time

and let me hear you say.”

– Susan A. Jackson, ‘May I Go Now’.

4. “And since God put you here to share

In earthly joy and sorrow…”

– Alice E. Chase, ‘Four Feet In Heaven’.

5. “Friend, please don’t mourn for me

… And within your heart I long to stay.”

– Chelsea Hanson, ‘I’m Still Here’.

6. “Now I must go by some other round,

Which I shall never find.”

– Rudyard Kipling, ‘Four Feet’.

7. “Don’t think of her as gone away –

her journey’s just begun.”

– Ellen Brenneman, ‘Her Journey’s Just Begun’.

8. “There’s something missing in my home,

I feel it day and night.”

– Susanne Taylor, ‘My Forever Pet’.

9. “A silent thought, a secret tear

Keeps your memory ever dear”

10. “Though absent you are very near

Still loved, still missed, and very dear”

11. “There is a link death cannot sever

Love and remembrance last forever”

12. “We know you’d be with us today

If heaven wasn’t so far away”

13. “You still live on in the hearts and minds

Of the loving family you left behind”

14. Memories

Memory is a lovely lane,

Where hearts are ever true,

A lane I so often travel down,

Because it leads to you.

15. A Silent Thought

A silent thought, a secret tear,

Keeps his memory ever dear.

Time eases the edge of grief,

Memory turns back every leaf.

Missing Your Playful Paws

Missing your unconditional love and playful paws,

We are now apart.

You’re gone from our lives,

But never from our heart.

16. Not Forgotten

You are not forgotten, loved one

Nor will you ever be

As long as life and memory last

We will remember thee

17. The Empty Chair

Your favorite chair is empty now,

Where you would lie and sleep.

But the memory of our happy times

Is mine to always keep.

18. My Forever Pet

There’s something missing in my home,

I feel it day and night,

I know it will take time and strength

before things feel quite right.

But just for now, I need to mourn,

My heart… it needs to mend.

Though some may say, “It’s just a pet,”

I know I’ve lost a friend.

You’ve brought such laughter to my home,

and richness to my days.

A constant friend through joy or loss

with gentle, loving ways.

Companion, friend, and confidante,

A friend I won’t forget.

You’ll live forever in my heart,

My sweet, forever pet.

– Susanne Taylor

19. A Bridge Called Love

It takes us back to brighter years,

to happier sunlit days

and to precious moments

that will be with us always.

And these fond recollections

are treasured in the heart

to bring us always close to those

from whom we had to part.

There is a bridge of memories

from Earth to Heaven above…

It keeps our dear ones near us

It’s the bridge that we call love.

20. I Loved You Best

So this is where we part, My Friend,

and you’ll run on, around the bend,

gone from sight, but not from mind,

new pleasures there you’ll surely find.

I will go on, I’ll find the strength,

life measures quality, not its length.

One long embrace before you leave,

share one last look, before I grieve

There are others, that much is true,

but they be they, and they aren’t you.

And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought,

will remember well all you’ve taught.

Your place I’ll hold, you will be missed,

the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.

And as you journey to your final rest,

take with you this… I loved you best.

– Jim Willis


The end of a pet’s life is never easy. Whether you are the one who has to make that decision, or if your friend does, it can be difficult and heartbreaking. To help with this process, we have compiled 70 pet memorial quotes and poems from all over the internet on what they say about our furry friends when they die. We hope these words will find their way into your heart as well so together we can remember and honor those who’ve left us too soon.

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