August 28 is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. For many people, losing a beloved pet can be just as painful and difficult as losing a human loved one. Here, a Bucks County, PA vet lists some ways to memorialize a dear friend who has gone over the rainbow bridge.

Art Projects

Art is a wonderful way to commemorate a cherished friend. One thing you can do is take some of your favorite photos of your pet and then try out different editing effects, such as watercolor, sketch, or sepia filters. Print your favorite and put it in a pretty frame.

Garden Pieces

You don’t need to have a full-sized garden to create a gorgeous keepsake. Paint a stone or statue with your animal friend’s name and their relevant dates, or turn a plant pot into a memorial by adding pawprints and your pet’s nicknames.


There are now many different services that can turn cremains into jewelry or other objects. This is a beautiful way to keep your beloved pet close to your heart, and keep their presence and memory with you.


Painting your own pottery doesn’t have to be very complex or messy. You can use Mod Podge or other products or techniques to transfer the image of your little buddy’s face from a photo to a special piece.


Scrapbooks are another great way to collect your memories. This is also a good way to put all of your favorite pictures in one spot. You can include your pet’s adoption papers or ad, if you kept it; medical records; collars and leashes; and even a few toys.


Consider planting something in honor of your animal buddy. A tiny houseplant is fine. However,  if you have room, you can put a whole tree in.


Writing is a very healthy way to express your emotions, and also to capture your thoughts and memories of your furry pal. Write a poem, short story, obituary, or journal entry.


There are many animals in shelters that need sponsorships for medical procedures, transport, training, or other expenses. Consider making a donation to one in your animal friend’s name.

As your Bucks County, PA animal clinic, we want to offer our sincere condolences to all of you who have ever lost a cherished pet. We understand how hard that loss is.