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August 08, 2019 1st Anniversary Wishes No comments

Losing a pet really sucks. And we're here to help with a few pet sympathy card message “Thinking of you after the loss of your sweet cat.

If you think that the love of pets is something new, it isn't. I used to live in Nottinghamshire, England, and at Newstead Abbey (which is located there) is an epitaph written by the poet Lord Byron (1788–1824) for his dog Boatswain. His dog was a Newfoundland dog, and the quote below can be seen on the dog's tomb. Newstead Abbey was Lord Byron's ancestral home.

Near this Spot
are deposited the Remains of one
who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
and all the virtues of Man without his Vices.

This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
if inscribed over human Ashes,
is but a just tribute to the Memory of
Boatswain, a Dog
who was born in Newfoundland May 1803
and died at Newstead Nov. 18th, 1808

When some proud Son of Man returns to Earth,
Unknown to Glory, but upheld by Birth,
The sculptor’s art exhausts the pomp of woe,
And storied urns record who rests below.
When all is done, upon the Tomb is seen,
Not what he was, but what he should have been.
But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his Master’s own,
Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,
Unhonoured falls, unnoticed all his worth,
Denied in heaven the Soul he held on earth –
While man, vain insect! hopes to be forgiven,
And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.

Oh man! thou feeble tenant of an hour,
Debased by slavery, or corrupt by power –
Who knows thee well, must quit thee with disgust,
Degraded mass of animated dust!
Thy love is lust, thy friendship all a cheat,
Thy tongue hypocrisy, thy heart deceit!
By nature vile, ennobled but by name,
Each kindred brute might bid thee blush for shame.
Ye, who behold perchance this simple urn,
Pass on – it honours none you wish to mourn.
To mark a friend’s remains these stones arise;
I never knew but one – and here he lies.

These comforting words will help you to write a pet sympathy card. We have written sample pet sympathy messages for the loss of a beloved cat, dog or horse .

What to Say to Someone Whose Pet has Died

loss of pet sympathy message

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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Condolence / Sympathy Messages for Loss of Pet

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Tips on Writing a Pet Loss Condolence Note

by Joan DaileyJuly 16, 2016

We each experience grieving in our own way... there is no right or wrong way. And while you may want to comfort someone who has lost a pet, you might not be sure about what to say in a condolence note.

Included with our Pet Remembrance Frame Gift Package we offer to add a personal message on the accompanying gift card. When asked, some customers tell me, "I just don't know what to say".  

When you need to write a sympathy note, think about expressing 3 ideas:

Acknowledge their loss:
"I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Trooper was such an amazing dog and I know how much he meant to you."

Include a memory you had with the pet (if possible):

"I will always remember our trips to the beach and how happy he was playing in the surf."

Extend your sympathy:

"I'm thinking of you at this very difficult time and send my sincere sympathy."

Here are some other ideas from Simple Sympathy.

Your message should be brief.  Pet sympathy card messages can be a simple line or two about your favorite memory of the pet.  You might say something like "I remember when you first brought Maggie home, she was such a cute puppy."

You can also mention one of the animal’s positive or lovable traits, for example:
“Toby was a great friend.”
Some other pet attributes you might want to use are:

  • a joy to be around
  • a loyal companion
  • a comforting presence
  • a faithful friend
  • a cheerful presence

Favorite Pet Sympathy Sentiments

Losing a pet is like losing a part of the family.
Please accept our sympathy.
To lose a true friend is never easy.
Know that you’re in my thoughts.
Best friends come in all breeds.
May you be comforted by the memories you have of Max.
At first they need us, and then we need them.
Wishing you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
So many steps you took together…
I am so sad for your loss.
Dogs come into our lives, leave paw prints on our hearts, and we are forever changed.
With Sympathy, Jane
It’s hard to say goodbye to such a special companion.
My thoughts are with you.
May fond memories of your beloved pet warm your heart always.
No greater companion, no better friend. 
Really sorry for your loss.

Dog Sympathy Card Messages

You can find our dog sympathy cards here .
It also is fine to use a general sympathy card or one that is blank inside. Here are some ideas to inspire you in writing your own sympathy message.

  • There is a special bond between a dog and his owner. That relationship can be difficult to lose. I am sorry for your loss.
  • I am so sorry you lost your friend.
  • There will never be another one like him. With sincere sympathy.
  • Life is too short for dogs. We get to watch them as puppies all the way through old age.
  • It takes somebody special to make us care so deeply.
  • Best friends come in all breeds. I’m sorry for your loss.
  • A dog’s life is far too short. We get to watch them as puppies all the way through old age.
  • I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad she lived a beautiful life with a wonderful owner.

Cat Sympathy Card Messages

You can find our cat sympathy cards here .
You can also just use a card that is blank inside and include your own condolence message. Here are some ideas:

  • It is amazing how much you can miss a cat. I’m really sorry for your loss.
  • Dogs may be man’s best friend, but cats are members of the family. Sorry for the loss of your family member.
  • I pray your grieving and reflection eventually bring you solace and fond memories of your beloved cat.
  • There will never be another cat like him. My condolences.
  • I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad he lived a beautiful life with a wonderful owner.
  • It takes a special cat to make us care so deeply and miss him so greatly.

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Knowing someone that had just recently lost a pet can leave you with a loss of words to tell them. Finding a way to empathize with the individual and understand .

Pet Sympathy Messages

loss of pet sympathy message

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

"Such a simple thing as knowing what to say in a sympathy note, and then actually of Spouse; Loss of Child / Miscarriage / Stillbirth; Loss of Pet; Loss of Friend.

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