ᐅ169+ Pet Loss Quotes and Words of Comfort

"A rose will still be a rose in heaven, but it'll smell ten times sweeter." - Meg Woodson

"Until now I had been able only to grieve, not mourn. Grief was passive. Grief happened. Mourning, the act of dealing with grief, required attention." - Joan Didion

"Even out of unspeakable grief, beautiful things take wing." - A.R. Torres

"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." - Saint Francis of Assisi

"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

"Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good." - Harriet Beacher Stowe

Of all the earthly music, that which reaches farthest into heaven is the beating of a truly loving heart. Henry Ward Beecher

"The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude." - Thornton Wilder

"Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." - Rossiter Worthington Raymond

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss

"One often calms one's grief by recounting it." - Pierre Corneille

"Unlike some people who have experienced the loss of an animal, I did not believe, even for a moment, that I would never get another. I did know full well that there were just too many animals out there in need of homes for me to take what I have always regarded as the self-indulgent road of saying the heartbreak of the loss of an animal was too much ever to want to go through with it again. To me, such an admission brought up the far more powerful admission that all the wonderful times you had with your animal were not worth the unhappiness at the end." - Cleveland Amory

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie

"One lives in the hope of becoming a memory" - Antonio Porchia

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." - Thomas Campbell

"And they all said 'I'm sorry for your loss,' as if you were someone who could ever be taken from me." - Robert Brault

"A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life." - Bob Barker

"Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity." - Terri Guillemets

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." - From an Irish Headstone

"... what we have enjoyed, we can never lose ... all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." - Helen Keller

"Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow."

"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." - Kahlil Gibran

"Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." - Winnie The Pooh

"Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I'll miss you until we meet again!"

"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us." - Robert Louis Stevenson

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in a joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Sunlight streams through the window pane onto a spot on the floor… then I remember, it’s where you used to lie, but now you are no more. Our feet walk down a hall of carpet, and muted echoes sound… then I remember, it’s where your paws would joyously abound. A voice is heard along the road, and up beyond the hill, then I remember, it can’t be yours — your golden voice is still. But I’ll take that vacant spot of floor and empty muted hall, and lay them with the absent voice and unused dish along the wall. I’ll wrap these treasured memories in a blanket of my love, and keep them for my best friend until we meet above.

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

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

It is true I could not pet you It is true you did not smile But no less did I love you Or watch you with joy all the while I loved your bright colors and flashing fast fins I loved the peaceful burble of your tank Endless hours of joy and wonder And it is only you I have to thank.

Once so bright and sweet Beautiful and full of song Silence. Just echoes. Empty quiet house That once was loud and joyous I still feel you here.

“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.

They will not go quietly, the pets who’ve shared our lives. In subtle ways they let us know their spirit still survives. Old habits still can make us think we hear them at the door Or step back when we drop a tasty morsel on the floor. Our feet still go around the place the food dish used to be, And, sometimes, coming home at night, we miss them terribly. And although time may bring new friends and a new food dish to fill, That one place in our hearts belongs to them… and always will.

You are not forgotten, loved one Nor will you ever be As long as life and memory last We will remember thee.

Missing your unconditional love and playful paws, We are now apart. You’re gone from our lives, But never from our hearts.

A good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks beside you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near, his head within our hand in his old way.

“If you don’t own a dog at least once, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you. But there may be something wrong with your life.” – Roger Caras

They will not go quietly, The cats who’ve shared our lives. In subtle ways, they let us know Their spirit still survives.

Oh, what unhappy twist of fate Has brought you homeless to my gate, The gate where once another stood To beg for shelter, warmth, and food? For from that day, I ceased to be The master of my destiny, While she, with purr and velvet paw, Became within my house the law. She scratched the furniture and shed And claimed the middle of my bed. She ruled in arrogance and pride And broke my heart the day she died. So if you really think, oh cat, I’d willingly relive all that, Because you come forlorn and thin, Well, don’t just stand there – come on in!

Your favorite chair is vacant now. No eager purrs to greet me. No softly padded paws to run Ecstatically to meet me. No coaxing rubs, no plaintive cry Will say it’s time for feeding. I’ve put away your bowl and all The things you won’t be needing, But I will miss you, little friend, For I could never measure The happiness you brought me, The comfort, and the pleasure. And since God put you here to share In earthly joy and sorrow; I’m sure there’ll be a place for you In Heaven’s bright tomorrow, — Alice E. Chase

Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. - Khalil Gibran

Every morning, I wake up and forget just for a second that it happened. But once my eyes open, it buries me like a landslide of sharp, sad rocks. Once my eyes open, I'm heavy, like there's too much gravity on my heart. - Sarah Ockler

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers

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

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

You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly - that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp. - Anne Lamott

Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. - Mark Twain

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms. - George Eliot

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

“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

“You think the final act of love is setting them free to Rainbow Bridge? That is not the final act of love. The final act of love is releasing them from your leash of grief so they can be free in the heaven on the other side of the Bridge. Until you resolve your grief, you bind them to you in the land between Heaven and Earth while they wait, suspended between the worlds, for you to heal. When you are free of your grief, they are free of your grief.” ― Kate McGahan

“Honor your grief and the pain you feel when you lose a beloved pet. It is the first step toward healing.” ― Karen A Anderson

“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

“When the frail black cat who had lived through abuse and abandonment entered her equally arduous life, she smiled at her and said, "What a journey you took to find your way to me." And when the frail black cat who had offered nothing but comfort and companionship died in her arms just a few years later, she smiled at her through hurtful tears and said, "only a journey like that could lead to a love as pure and enduring as this..." She then leaned down and bestowed upon her the breadth of her grace.” ― Donna Lynn Hope

“Your pets can feel your grief after they pass away but it will not harm them or keep them from continuing on their journey in the afterlife.” ― Karen A Anderson

“Grief is not meant to be the soul's final destination; rather a resting place for the heart as we emerge onto the path of healing.” ― Karen A Anderson

“Your pets will never judge you for helping them leave a body that has failed them. To them it is the ultimate gift of love.” ― Karen A Anderson

“Learning how to communicate with animals is just like learning any other language. The more you practice, the better you become.” ― Karen A. Anderson

“A pet is the perfect definition of unconditional love...” ― B.J. Shonk

“I rarely have a pet tell me their human ended their life too soon. It's far more common to hear that their humans waited too long to help them leave their body.” ― Karen A Anderson

“Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching,” says Eckhart Tolle. “They may awaken because they can’t stand the suffering anymore.” Yet I’m no mystic. I’m not even particularly spiritual. I’ve never thought of myself in those terms, and I still don’t. I’m more comfortable with the crystal radio analogy. Somehow, I’ve tuned in. The channels are open and the message is coming through. My terrible grief plus the solitude imposed by this long, monotonous journey have combined to create ... what? A mystical experience? Or a psychotic break?” ― Gail Graham

“I plod sadly through the hours, preparing meals I don’t want, rinsing the dishes and putting them in the dishwasher, collecting the mail and paying the bills. Bao’s psychic presence still remains strong, as does my certainty that he is coming back to me. But as strange as it may sound, it doesn’t matter. Nothing matters. I am surrounded by pain, suffocated by pain, breathless with pain. I can’t imagine how it once felt, not to be in this constant, unrelenting pain.” ― Gail Graham

“When his dog Buster died, English writer, broadcaster and former Labour deputy leader Lord Hattersley wrote. “I sat in the first floor room in which I work, watching my neighbors go about their lives, amazed and furious that they were behaving as if it was a normal day. Stop all the clocks. Buster was dead.” That’s how I feel. Stop all the clocks. Bao is dead. There are people who say the death of an animal is less traumatic than the death of a human being. But love is love, and when you lose what you love more than anything else in the world, that loss is devastating. Many of us love animals more than we love people.” ― Gail Graham

“Of course, not all dogs return to their owners. When they do, it is because a special bond exists between that dog and that person, a karmic bond that transcends death. Do you and your dog share this kind of special bond? Probably you do. You are reading this book because you are meant to read it.” ― Gail Graham

“My family was gone and Bao was all I had left. We were inseparable, and we’d been through so much together. Friends worried. If anything happened to Bao, how would I handle it? Bao was my whole life.” ― Gail Graham

“He loved traveling. The night before his surgery, I gave him a special dinner, with bones. Right up to the moment they sedated him, he was enjoying his life.” ― Gail Graham

“I undress and creep back into bed. After I turn out the light I just lie there, staring into the darkness, still dazed. That’s when it happens. That’s when I know Bao is coming back to me. He is dead, yes. But he will be reborn, his loving soul in a new, healthy body. He is coming back to me. He is already on his way.” ― Gail graham

“It’s the very last thing we expected. The first 24 hours after surgery are always critical, but he seemed to be doing well. We thought he was going to make it. We are just all so very, very sorry.” There is a moment of silence. Everyone looks so sad. “He’s coming back to me. He’ll reincarnate,” They stare at me. “And he’ll be a Shih Tzu again. I don’t know if he’ll be a boy or a girl. I don’t know what he’ll look like, either. But I know he’s coming back to me.” I’m as astonished as they are. I can’t believe I’ve said such a thing out loud. Their expressions don’t change. They don’t disagree, or even argue. Of course, I think, they’re professionals. This is a veterinary hospital. They’re having to deal with this all the time. Animals come here because they’re hurt or sick, and some of them don’t make it. Most likely, they think I’m in denial. That’s the first stage of the grief process – denial.” ― Gail Graham

“He is already on his way back to me. I know it. I can feel it. Yet I’m not comforted by this knowledge, not at all. I can’t imagine how I am going to manage without Bao. I don’t want to manage without him. I don’t want to live without him.” ― Gail Graham

“I always thought we’d die together. My friends hated it when I said that. But they had husbands and children and grandchildren, and all I had was Bao. And now he is gone. I can’t imagine a life without him. I don’t want to imagine it. I think about how easy it would be to put an end to it, here on this deserted, winding mountain road. A sudden twist of the steering wheel, that’s all it needs. I have no unfinished business. My affairs are in order. Nobody will miss me. There’s nobody left to miss me. Yet here’s Bao, curled up in his usual place on the passenger seat. It doesn’t make sense, that he can be dead and also be here. I want to die, I want this awful pain to stop. But I can’t, not with Bao sitting here beside me.” ― Gail Graham

“I sit on the bed, staring sightlessly out the window at nothing. I want to die, and I can’t even do that because Bao is already on his way back to me and I have to be here for him. At this point I have no idea about how he’ll look, no picture in my mind, nothing like that. I just know he is coming back.” ― Gail Graham

“several days earlier, I had not questioned my intuition. I’d listened – not with my ears, but with every cell of my being – and accepted what came to me. Yielding to the universe, I became part of the universe. But now that I am out of the hermetically sealed silence of my car and back in what we call the real world, those moments of clarity are becoming more difficult to sustain. It is almost like waking up from a dream. I have to go out and buy food. I have to pay the bills. I have to wash the dishes, and my clothes. I have to get the car serviced. I have to answer the telephone. It feels as if I’m losing the ability to listen. I am beginning to question my feelings, and worse, to doubt them.” ― Gail Graham

“On the other hand, when an individual’s karma – good or bad – is very strong, the entire process can take place in a split second. I think that’s how it was with Bao. I think he went straight to his mother’s womb. That was why they’d been unable to revive him, when his heart stopped. They couldn’t bring him back because he was already someplace else. I lie awake for hours that Friday night, envisioning Bao as a tiny embryo in his mother’s womb, snuggled with his brothers and sisters. I can actually see them, in my mind’s eye. They look like tiny lima beans. But when I open my eyes the next morning, all I feel is the searing sorrow of loss.” ― Gail Graham

“Maybe you’re thinking that my knowing Bao is already on his way back to me should be comforting me. It isn’t. Although I know it, I don’t believe it. How can I believe it? Other people don’t believe it. Other people think I’ve totally lost it. Maybe they’re right. I’m a mess.” ― Gail Graham

“A good dog never dies.” -Mary Carolyn Davies

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” -Orhan Pamuk

“My sunshine doesn't come from the skies, it comes from the love in my dog's eyes."

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

“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

“A dog wags his tail with his heart." -Martin Buxbaum

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains un-awakened.”- Anatole France

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.- Helen Keller

“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

“The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be.”- Konrad Lorenz

“Dogs lives are too short...their only fault, really." -Agnes Sligh Turnbull

“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.”

“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

“No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." -Louis Sabin

Nobody can fully understand the meaning of love unless he's owned a dog. A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of handshakes." -Gene Hill

“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

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." -Roger Caras

“The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.”- Ben Hur Lampman

“The dog of your boyhood teaches you a great deal about friendship, and love, and death: Old Skip dog was my brother. They had buried him under our elm tree, they said - yet this wasn't totally true. For he really lay buried in my heart.” -Willie Morris

“Dogs Leave Pawprints on our Hearts”

Cats will outsmart dogs every time. – John Grogan

One day all the cats we’ve ever loved will all come running towards us and that day will be a good day.

Cats choose us; we don’t own them. – Kristin Cast

May memories of love, and friendship maintain and comfort you in the loss of your beloved cat.

Cats rule the world. – Jim Davis

What greater gift than the love of a cat.

Time spent with cats is never wasted. – Sigmund Freud

The memories and paw print of a beloved cat remains in our heart and soul forever.

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. – Albert Schweitzer

Cats leave paw prints in your heart, forever and always.

The loss of a cat is immeasurable. But so is the love left behind

Heaven will never be Paradise unless my cats are there waiting for me.

When people say “It’s Just a Cat” they just don’t understand.

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not. – Ernest Hemingway

I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats. – Eckhart Tolle

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. – Albert Schweitzer

When the cat you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.

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

If cats could talk, they wouldn’t. – Nan Porter

In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.

Cats regard people as warm-blooded furniture. – Jacquelyn Mitchard

Time spent with a cat is never wasted. – Sigmund Freud

As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. – Ellen Perry Berkeley

You can’t look at a sleeping cat and be tense. – Jane Pauley

No home is complete without the pitter-patter of kitty feet.

When people say “It’s Just a Cat” they just don’t understand.

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. – Andy Rooney

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive. – Gilda Radner

No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does. – Christopher Morley

Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really. – Agnes Sligh Turnbull

A good dog lives forever in the heart. – Donald McCaig

Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling an emptiness we didn’t ever know we had. – Thom Jones

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

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

A dog can’t think that much about what he’s doing, he just does what feels right. – Barbara Kingsolver

The dog is a gentleman. I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s. – Mark Twain

The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants. – Johnny Depp

The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog. – M.K. Clinton

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. – Will Rogers

The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest. – Martin Luther

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

The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be. – Konrad Lorenz

Dogs are always good and full of selfless love. They are undiluted vessels of joy who never, ever deserve anything bad that happens to them. – Steven Rowley

He wasn’t just a dog – He was your best friend.

You walked the earthly way together for many years, but never long enough.

Your favorite HELLO and your hardest Good-BYE.

For nothing loved is ever lost – And she was loved so much.

They will not go quietly, the pets who’ve shared our lives.

Still loved, still missed and forever dear.

[Pet’s Name] will be in your heart forever and you will be with him again at the Rainbow Bridge.

Walk with the spirit of [Pet’s Name] by your side.

May the memories of [Pet’s Name] keep your heart warm.

We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. – Immanuel Kant

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. – Anatole France

Though its hard to say goodbye, your pet was a beautiful part of your life and memories. And always will be.

The friendship of a pet is one of the greatest gifts we could ever have.

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. – Joe Grogan

Say not in grief he is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was.

One day we will again see our animals in the eternity of Christ. – Pope Paul VI

I believe all animals were created by God to help keep man alive. – Iwao Fujita

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal. – Irish Blessing

At first they need us, and then we need them.

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered. – Lacie Petitt

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