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9 Death of Pet Quotes That Honor & Respect The Loss of Your Furry Friend

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There are times in life that we need a boost, a shot in the arm, a reassurance that someone else has felt the way we are feeling. Nothing provides comfort in a time of need better than a perfectly fitting quote.  

Quotes have always been of interest to me. In fact, I have multiple notebooks filled with quotes, all organized by topic, for use in just about any situation that life can throw my way. 

I even have a section in one of my notebooks for “death of a pet” quotes. This isn’t because I’m morbid, but because I’ve been heartbroken after pet loss, in search of comfort or understanding too many times.

I love how Cheryl Strayed summarizes the power of quotes in her book “Brave Enough”: 

“The best quotes don’t speak to one particular truth, but rather to universal truths that resonate – across time, culture, gender, generation, and situation-in our own hearts and minds. They guide, motivate, validate, challenge, and comfort us in our own lives.”

I have to agree with Cheyrl wholeheartedly. A good quote can touch our hearts in a way that nothing else can. And most importantly of all, these gems of wisdom assure us that we are not alone.  

In 2020, when my cat Bertie suddenly died one morning, I found comfort in these quotes that perfectly captured the myriad ways that he had imprinted his love on my heart:

“There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat.”
– Tay Hohoff

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”

–Sigmund Freud

“Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.”
– Anonymous

And then just a short time later, also in 2020, my senior dog, Desi, needed to be euthanized. He had the doggy equivalent of Alzheimers. It was a terrible, slow decline that I witnessed in him, and deciding when to say goodbye was one of the hardest decisions I had to make with my husband.  

On a warm May day, we said goodbye to him at home, with the assistance of our trusted at-home veterinarian. It was after that loss that I found immense comfort in these words:

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” 

-Ben Williams

“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling the emptiness we didn’t even know we had.” 

-Thom Jones

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

Maybe you yourself are dealing with the aftermath of pet loss. 

Or perhaps you are trying to find a way to tell a friend that you understand what they are going through.  

Either way, I hope you find solace in these words that remind us that the love of a pet is indeed sacred:

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

-Winnie the Pooh

“Pet’s have more love and compassion in them than most humans.”

-Robert Wagner

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ”

 – Anatole France

These 9 loss of a pet quotes are fitting for any type of pet loss, to inspire and comfort anyone who is mourning their beloved fur friend. My hope is that they offer support and encouragement you on your journey of healing.

If you know someone who is suffering the painful loss of a pet, the Biscuit & Bertie Comfort Box is the perfect gift to show you truly care.


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Annie Ballantine

Dog and cat mom, Comfort Box creator, heart-led entrepreneur, and friend.

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