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  • 67 Pet Sayings for a Eulogy and/or Funeral

    by LifeSong Milestones September 22, 2022 6 min read

    67 Pet Sayings for a Eulogy and/or Funeral - LifeSong Milestones
    Are you having trouble writing a eulogy or preparing a funeral speech? Talking about death can be an extremely emotional and touchy subject. Having to speak at a funeral can be even more difficult. If you feel the pressure, consider using memorial quotes in your speech. Because sometimes, quotes about love, loss, and life, express exactly what we are feeling or trying to say, but in a more eloquent way than we could manage ourselves.

    Here are several memorial sayings that you can incorporate into your eulogy or discussions to help yourself and others deal with grief. We’ve split them into categories: cute, humorous, religious, inspirational, uplifting, sad, sentimental, sweet and wise.

    Dog in rain coat

    Cute

    • “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras
    • “Dogs’ lives are too short. That’s their only fault, really.” - Agnes Sligh Turnbull
    • “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” - Ben Williams
    • “The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.” - Ambrose Bierce
    • “You left pawprints on the hearts of everyone you nuzzled.” - Unknown
    • “Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?” - Jonathan Safran Foer
    • “Happiness is a warm puppy.” - Charles M. Schulz
    • “People that say “Money can’t buy happiness” have never paid an adoption fee.” - Unknown

     

    FunnyCat up close smiling

    • “Dogs have owners, cats have staff.” - Unknown
    • “Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives.” - Sue Murphy
    • “After scolding one’s cat, one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference.” - Charlotte Gray
    • “The cat is there when you call her – if she doesn’t have something better to do.” - Bill Alder
    • “Some days you’re the dog, some days you’re the hydrant.” - Unknown
    • “Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” - James Herriot
    • “Cats will outsmart dogs every time.” - John Grogan
    • “Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog’s face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window.” - Steve Bluestone

    Man and dog looking at beautiful sky

    Heaven

    • “We know you’d be here with us if heaven wasn’t so far away.” - Unknown
    • “Everyone is taught that angels have wings. The lucky ones of us find that they have four paws.” - Jury Nel
    • “Heaven’s the place where all of the dogs you’ve ever loved come to greet you.” - Unknown
    • “Barking, playing, an endless run; I’m up in heaven having fun.” - Unknown
    • “You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” - Robert Louis Stevenson
    • “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” - Will Rogers

    Beautiful dog in mountain and lake landscape

    Inspirational 

    • “I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” - Gilda Radner
    • “My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am.” - Unknown
    • “Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.” - Jim Davis
    • “A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” - Ernest Hemingway
    • “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” - Helen Keller
    • “Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.” - Alfred A. Montapert
    • “Dogs…do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have, and to obtain the objects they have not. There is nothing of value they have to bequeath except their love and their faith.” - Eugene O’Neill
    • “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” - Washington Irving

     

    Uplifting

    Little girl hugging dog

    • “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” - Winnie the Pooh
    • “Bernard’s love will come back to you in a new form.” - Liam Norfleet
    • “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
    • “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” - Pierre Auguste Renoir
    • “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
    • “There is no death. Only a change of worlds” - Chief Seattle
    • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” - Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

     

    Sad

    Cat with butterfly on its nose

    • 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
    • “I loved you your whole life. I’ll miss you for the rest of mine” - Unknown
    • “There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.” - Aeschylus 
    • “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
    • “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” - From an Irish Headstone
    • “Grief doesn’t have a plot. It isn’t smooth. There is no beginning and middle and end.” - Ann Hood
    • “Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” - Kabil Gibran

    Little boy hugging dog

    Sentimental

    • “Sometimes the smallest beings leave the biggest impression on our hearts.” - Unknown
    • “People leave imprints on our lives, shaping who we become in much the same way that a symbol is pressed into the page of a book to tell you who it comes from. Dogs, however, leave paw prints on our lives and our souls, which are as unique as fingerprints in every way.”- Ashly Lorenzana
    • “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” - M.K. Clinton
    • “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” - Charles Dickens
    • “The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be.” - Konrad Lorenz
    • “I believe all animals were created by God to help keep man Alive.” - Iwao Fujita
    • “In rescuing animals, I lost my mind but found my soul.” - Unknown
    • “Your favorite chair is empty now, where you loved to sleep. But the memory of our happy times is our family’s to keep.” - Unknown

     

    Sweet

    • “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” - Leonardo da VinciGolden retriever dog holding flower in mouth
    • “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” - Roger Caras
    • “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” - Jean Cocteau
    • “Cats choose us; we don’t own them.” - Kristin Cast
    • “Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” - George Eliot
    • “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.” - Milan Kundera
    • “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you feel rich.” - Louis Sabin

    Gray cat

    Wise

    • “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” - Anatole France
    • “Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” - James Cromwell
    • “A dog is the only thing on earth that will love you more than you love yourself.” - Josh Billings
    • “Annie and her four paws taught me to love more than I thought I ever could. Despite my grief, or rather, because of it, I choose to keep my heart open and soft to welcome in even more love.” - Stephanie Stevens
    • “It is amazing how much love and laughter animals bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” - Unknown
    • “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in times of sorrow.” - Robert Louis Stevenson
    • “Those who’ll play with cats must expect to be scratched.” - Miguel de Cervantes
    • “All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.” - Samuel Butler

    6 Responses

    LM Staff Member - Stephanie
    LM Staff Member - Stephanie

    June 27, 2024

    Stephen, I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved Kenji. Your words reflect the profound bond and immense love you shared with him. The pain of saying goodbye is unimaginable, and the echoes of such a moment are haunting. You are not alone in feeling this. Kenji was clearly much more than just a pet; he was family, a guardian, and a source of comfort. It’s evident that he brought immeasurable joy and security to your life. Though his final moments were painful, please find solace in the incredible life and love you gave each other. Your wish for one more day with him to say goodbye is so deeply understood. Please know that Kenji’s spirit will always be with you and his legacy of loyalty and love will remain in your heart forever. May Kenji rest in peace, and may you find comfort in knowing that he knew how deeply he was loved.
    If I may, I’d like to recommend an article that could help with your grieving process – https://www.lifesongmilestones.com/blogs/blogs/7-stages-of-grief-after-losing-your-pet Peace be with you my friend.

    Stephen
    Stephen

    June 27, 2024

    Yesterday my protector, guardian and son passed away aged 12 and 8 months. The pain left in our hearts is colossal and I see no filling that. Our wonderful boy looked over us through out his life making sure no harm ever came to us. The pain watching him suffer up to his passing is something I can never go through again. His passing albeit was much needed just one more day with him just to say our goodbyes would have been all I would have asked for. I re live the moment over and over again when I found him and it haunts me as I held him and cried for him to wake. Ive lost many dogs over the years but he was the one and only. We miss him so so much but selfishly wish he was here with me now. God bless you Kenji you have no idea of the love we had for you. Goodbye my son.

    LM Staff Member - Stephanie
    LM Staff Member - Stephanie

    January 15, 2024

    John, we are truly sorry to hear about the difficult decision you have to make for your furry friend. Losing a beloved companion of 15 years is undoubtedly heart-wrenching, and we empathize with the pain you’re going through. Your decision to prevent your little companion from suffering is a compassionate and selfless act.

    We’re glad that the quotes provided some solace during this challenging time. Remember that you’re not alone, and there are people who understand and share in your grief. Cherish the memories of the wonderful 15 years you’ve spent together, and may your furry friend find peace. We wish you strength and comfort as you navigate through this emotional journey.

    John Mitchell
    John Mitchell

    January 15, 2024

    I have to euthanize my friend fur buddy tomorrow. I feel torn in half and tossed in a wind storm. I try to find reason but there is none other than preventing suffering of my little companion of 15 years. I took it for granted we had many years left but it is only hours. Thank you so much for these quotes, I think now I can make it through the night without crying continuously. Hope you all a beautiful new Year. John Mitchell, tossed in a wind storm.

    LM Staff Member - Stephanie
    LM Staff Member - Stephanie

    September 28, 2023

    Thank you Shelly for your contribution. What a cute, funny, and true comment!

    Shelly Tatum
    Shelly Tatum

    September 19, 2023

    What a wonderful page. Thank you. My contribution: Dogs believe their humans are flawless. Or, at least, they have the decency not to point out their human’s flaws.

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