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When you need to write a sympathy note, think about expressing 3 ideas: Pet sympathy card messages can be a simple line or two about your favorite memory .

Pet Sympathy Messages

What to Write in a Pet Sympathy Card

When a pet dies, it can hurt just as much as when a person dies. The reason for this is that people can form strong relationships with their pets, and the feelings of loss for that relationships create a need to grieve. The loss of a pet is just like the loss of a family member or friend.
Use these examples of pet sympathy messages to show your condolences when someone loses a pet. Make the message as personal as you can and mention some positives about the pet in addition to one of the following.
  • There will never be another _____ like _____. He/she was an awesome pet that I always enjoyed being around when I was hanging out at your place. He/she was one of a kind. I am sorry for your loss.
  • I know how much it can hurt when you lose a pet. Pets can provide you with friendship, fun, and entertainment. I am sorry for your loss.
  • Dogs truly are man’s best friend. I am sincerely sorry for the loss of your best friend.
  • A lot of people may not realize how big of a deal it is when a dog dies. If they have owned a really cool dog like yours, then they would know it is a big deal. I am sorry for your significant loss.
  • I am sorry to hear that your pet has died. If you start to feel lonely and want that sound of barking in your house again, you can take my pain in the butt dog off my hands.
  • I am sorry to hear that the cute and furry member of your family has passed away. He/she will remain in our memories as a good dog/cat and a very loved and missed friend and family member.
  • I am sorry you found your fish floating upside down. I hope his burial at sea in the toilet went smoothly. I also hope he has a nice trip to his next life in the city sewer system.
  • Even though I don’t like snakes/spiders, I can understand that you enjoyed your pet. I am sorry for the loss of enjoyment you must be experiencing. One good thing is that I can come over to your house now without being freaked out.
  • If dogs do go to heaven, I am sure your dog will be waiting there for you. He/she was a good dog.
  • I am sorry that you lost your furry friend. He/she was an adorable sweetheart. My condolences to you and your family!
  • I am sorry you lost your pet. Since I know you will be missing him/her, I will be calling you soon to check on you to see how you are doing. We should get together soon.
  • I know you had a special relationship with ____. I enjoyed hearing all your fun stories too. Sorry for your loss.
  • Pets hold special places in our hearts. I am sorry for the loss of yours.
  • I know how special ____ was to you. I am sorry for the loss of your friend.
  • Please let me extend my condolences for the loss of your beautiful _____.
  • Somehow, pets know how to love us unconditionally even when other people can't. I am sorry that you have lost such a special friend.

Funny Pet Sympathy Messages

Use your discernment when deciding between a serious and a funny message. Some people may not appreciate the humor or they may not have a sense of humor in their time of loss.
  • If you are missing your pet, I want you to know that you can borrow my ___ any time you need some company.
  • It's too bad pets don't outlive their owners more often. They deserve more time on earth. The only problem is that our pets love us too much to cope with our death.
  • I'm sorry your pet died. I think it's time to clone your perfect pet.
  • The very pet that could comfort you right now is the one you are missing. That is a tragic irony.
  • Next time we get together, I'll let you walk me and feed me, and then I'll pee on your floor. That way I can fill in for ___.

Pet Sympathy Messages for Loss of a Dog

These are examples of what to write if someone you know loses a dog:
  • Dogs seem to be made to be human companions, and ___ seemed to be made especially for you. I am sorry for your loss.
  • Sometimes dogs become members and mascots of the family. I am sorry for the loss of your really cool family member and mascot.
  • I know that you have a lot of fun memories with ___. I hope those memories will comfort you.
  • When I think about your dog, I feel sad that he/she is gone. I enjoyed your dog as I know you did also. I am sorry for our loss.
  • No one can understand the relationship someone has with his/her own dog. That's because no one can get between a dog and his/her owner.
  • One example of life not being fair is the fact that most people outlive their dogs.

Tips for Writing a Sympathy Message

These are some specific tips for writing your message:
  • Mention specific things you remember about the person's pet. Keep it positive.

Pet Loss Quotes – Finding the right words when a friend or family member has lost a pet can be difficult. Check out this collection of Sympathy Quotes for a loss .

Pet Loss Quotes

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Often during pet loss support groups, clients mention how deeply they appreciated receiving a condolence card from their veterinary clinic after the loss of their pet. This thoughtful act validates that you care about the special bond your client shared with their beloved pet. Sending a sympathy card brings comfort and builds client loyalty.

Sympathy cards can be purchased in catalogs and online, they can be custom created, or sent on your behalf when a donation to a favorite charity is made in the name of the deceased.

When sending a sympathy card it is often difficult to know what to say or how to phrase your thoughts and feelings.

A few tips:

  • It is best to use the pet's name, instead of referring to the pet as "your dog" or "your cat".
  • If you have a specific fond memory or trait that sticks out in your memory, mention it in the card. I have been told that receiving cards with personal notes helped them in their healing journey. It warms their heart to know that your staff holds their pet's memory in their hearts.
  • If you have photos of the pet, include those as well.

Some caring phrases to write in a sympathy card include:

  • May the memories of your precious (name) soften the sadness in your heart.
  • We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet boy/girl, (name). He was a beautiful (species) and clearly a much-loved member of your family; we know he will be missed.  
  • Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Wishing you comfort for the loss of (name).
  • With deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved friend, (name).
  • We are deeply saddened by your loss of (name). We hope your fond memories of (name’s) life will help you through your time of grief.
  • As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of (name). Sent with love and remembrance, our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
  • (Name) will remain in our hearts forever. We send you thoughts of sympathy and comfort.
  • Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about  (name’s) death. We are here to support you in your grieving process. With sincere sympathy, (your names).
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20 Sympathetic Pet Loss Quotes

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Dog Sympathy Cards with Moving Messages

These dog sympathy cards have been designed by us to give comfort and pleasure to those who have had a pet bereavement.  Pet loss can be as significant and profound as the loss of any family member, and I know that when I have lost a pet in the past, a moving pet loss sympathy card has been really touching. Each card has a moving message or quote.  

A purchase of one of these sympathy cards especially for a dog's death not only helps us to keep our site going so that we can help those coping with grief of any kind, but will also provide your recipient with this website address so that they can get help with their loss too.  (It is written on the back of each card - not on the front as you see here!)

A percentage of the proceeds from the cards which depict dogs from Bali, will also go towards the Bali Animal Welfare Association.  Thanks go to many of our friends who have generously allowed photos of their beloved pets to be used for these cards. 

Click on any of the cards to go through to Zazzle to purchase at very competitive prices.

Product Information for the Dog Sympathy Cards:

These cards are printed by Zazzle in the USA.  Don't worry if you are overseas, they ship fast, and you can get express post with tracking too.  They can be customised with your own text or message and sent direct to your recipient.  They are fabulous glossy quality on heavy card and come with a white envelope.  There is no minimum quantity, but there are discounts for bulk buys.  You can also buy them on smaller note card sizes and some are also available giant card size.  Zazzle also has a wide range of customisable products and gifts and any purchases will result in a commission to help us support the grieving. 

"Nobody can fully understand the meaning of love unless he's owned a dog"

"The bond with a dog are as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be"

- Konrad Lorenz

"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 

"Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, the 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

"The greatest love is a mother's, then a dog's, then a sweetheart's".  Polish Proverb

"Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives".  John Galsworthy

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

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.  

With Sympathy on the Loss of Your Dog

Dogs leave Pawprints on our Hearts.  

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It includes a section of messages for pet loss as well as lots of letters expressing sympathy which you can adapt.  

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How to Write a Pet Sympathy Card

Pet Loss Quotations

Best Pet Loss Sympathy Gifts

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Not sure what to write in a pet sympathy card? We put together some quotes and sayings for pet sympathy messages for someone who may have lost their furry.

The Value in Veterinary Sympathy Cards

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Knowing what to say when someone loses a pet can be helpful to provide caring and comfort. Loss of a pet quotes are helpful to have as references for when a friend or family member loses his or her beloved cat, dog or another animal.

What to Say When a Pet Dies

You can choose one of the following to say to your friend at her time of sadness:

  • "I am so sorry your pet died."
  • "I know you will miss your pet."
  • "I know your house will seem empty without your sweet pet."
  • "I'm here for you if you need anything."
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What to Say When Someone's Dog Dies

Dogs have been shown in studies to be sensitive to the emotions of humans, so it's no wonder people form such close bonds to their four-legged friends. Never dismiss the death of a dog with the callous statement, "You should get another one!" Each dog has its own personality and isn't easily replaced. Here are some appropriate things to say to someone who just lost a dog:

  • "I know it's not easy losing a best friend."
  • "Your dog is enjoying an all-you-can-eat treat buffet in the afterlife right now."
  • "I've heard that when you see a butterfly, it's actually a loved one that's passed. The next time you go for a walk, don't be surprised if a butterfly flutters alongside you."
  • "I think dogs are returned to their younger, healthy selves in Heaven; imagine him running around in no pain and just waiting for your arrival someday."

What to Say at the Loss of a Cat

People love cats because of cats' insistence on earned affection; you have to build trust with a cat or they'll let you know with claws and teeth to stay away. After taking the time to earn the trust of a cat, losing that cat can feel devastating.

  • "You made him very happy for the years he was with you."
  • "I know you'll miss his sweet purring. He was such a loving cat."
  • "There will never be a better cat than he was."
  • "I'll bet they have an unlimited supply of catnip in Cat Heaven."

What to Say When Other Pets Die

People don't solely bond with cats and dogs as pets. The death of a fish, small pets like guinea pigs and hamsters, and even horses or birds can leave a person feeling sad and needing condolences.

  • "Do you want to talk? I know you must be hurting."
  • "What can I do to help you during this trying time?"
  • "Can I bring you a meal or some coffee?"
  • "I'm sorry - I know how much you loved him."

What to Say to a Child Grieving the Loss of a Pet

Kids may not fully grasp the concept of death, but they do know they feel pain when a pet dies. Console a grieving child without making empty promises or dismissing their feelings.

  • "How are you feeling about this?"
  • "Do you want to talk about this? I'm here for you if you do."
  • "You sure were a good friend to him."
  • "It's OK to be sad when a pet dies. Even grown-ups feel sad right now."

Sending a Card

Sending a card to your friend to tell her of your sentiments at the death of her pet is appropriate. Choose a blank card and write a few lines. If you knew the pet, insert his or her name within the quotes. You can include one of these "loss of a pet" quotes:

  • "I know you miss your loyal and beautiful companion."
  • "It is hard to say goodbye to such a special companion."
  • "My thoughts are with you at this time of loss."
  • "May fond memories of your beloved pet warm your heart always."
  • "(pet's name) was a great friend to you and we will miss him."
  • "Deepest sympathies for the loss of your beloved (pet name)."
  • "I will miss (pet name's) energy and love for people."
  • "I'm here for you - please take the time you need to grieve."
  • "I know you're sad, and it's OK to be sad. It's hard to say goodbye to such a loved (dog, cat, etc.)."
  • "I've enclosed one of my favorite photos of (pet name) because this is how we'll remember him: happy and vibrant."

How to Console Someone Who Lost a Cat or Dog

Make sure that you are sympathetic when your friend experiences the death of his or her pet. If you are a pet owner, you may find it easy to be sorrowful for your friend's loss. If not, you may not understand the emotions, or even wonder why your friend is so choked up over the death of an animal. This is the time to be kind and considerate. Some people live alone, except for the presence of their pet, so when the pet is gone, they are truly without companionship. Studies show that in the United States, more people have pets than have children. It is not silly or strange for humans to grieve over the loss of a pet. Young children may especially have a difficult time when a pet dies. They will need extra love and attention at this time.

Quotes About Pets

You can also add a quote that has become well-known by a famous person, such as one of the following:

  • "A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered." ~Lacie Petitto
  • "Death ends a life, not a relationship." ~Jack Lemmon
  • "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." ~Roger Caras
  • "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." ~Will Rogers
  • "... what we have enjoyed, we can never lose ... all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." ~Helen Keller
  • "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
  • "Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday." ~Thornton Wilder

Saying Goodbye

Pets are valuable and often considered part of the family. People love their canine or feline family member and take good care of them. Families take their animals on vacation, celebrate their birthdays, schedule checkups for them at the vet, and buy their pets toys. So when a pet dies, the loss is huge and grief is evident.

Comfort Someone Who Lost a Pet

Consider buying a sympathy gift for a friend who has lost a dog or cat. A memorial stone that is engraved with the name of the pet is a lovely gift. A picture frame where the owner can place a photo of his pet is also a nice present that will be appreciated. An online shop such as Find Gift will help you look for something to give your friend in memory of her deceased pet.

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