Today is National Pet Memorial Day
40 years ago the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories http://www.iaopc.com/ members designated the second Sunday in September as National Pet Memorial Day.
Most of us today who own pets feel they are part of the family, not just animals. We spend more money on them then we used to, we pamper them, we take care of their health better and we talk them like a member of the family. We care about who watches them when we have to leave out of town, we spend more time with basic training so they don’t end up with behavioral problems and we even further educate ourselves so we can provide the best care we are able to.
Then the day comes when we have to say good bye to our special pet family member. Time with them is just too short. We tell ourselves that we are prepared because we have been watching the stiffness in their gate, the decrease in their appetite, the loss of their vision and hearing and all that comes with old age. But there is nothing that can really prepare us, is there?
If you have deceased pets today is a good day to take to reflect on their memories. Reflection on how you felt when they were alive, healthy and happy. How they made your home a real home by giving constant unconditional love. How lucky you were to have them in your life.
Some of us have Urns that hold our beloved one’s remains, others have special “memory boxes” that hold their favorite pictures, toys, collars, ID tags and much more. Take them out and look at them. Enjoy looking at their pictures and remember how much they loved their one special toy. Memories are good. Let them flow today. Honor them by donating to your favorite pet charity, or planting a special plant or tree in your yard, or simply reflect on the special time you had with them. Thanks Pet Friends.