Losing a pet that’s been with you for years is like losing a part of yourself. The moment they set their tiny little paws (or fins) in the house, you know they’re going to be an important part of the family. You spoil them with endless snuggles and treats. And they shower you with unconditional love. But when a pet crosses the rainbow bridge, it can get hard to come to terms with the loss.
If you are grieving the loss of your beloved pet or want to extend condolences to a friend who’s going through it, you’ve come to the right place. We understand that it’s not easy to find comfort after the loss of an innocent soul but knowing that you’re not alone in this pain can make a difference. We hope these thoughtful pet loss quotes will bring you some solace.
You may also use these pet loss quotes on a memorial of your pet or to support a mourning friend.
Comforting quotes about life after
There is no doubt that all our pets are going to heaven or at least a place where they’ll be happy. You can find peace in the fact that you made their life beautiful and now they are jumping with joy somewhere else. No pain, no suffering. Only love and an endless supply of tasty treats.
Here are some comforting quotes about life after your pet has crossed the rainbow bridge.
- Heaven is a place where all the dogs you’ve ever loved come to greet you. ― Oliver Gaspirtz, Pet Humor!
- Your pet may have gone up to heaven, but their love will stay with you forever. All the memories of cuddling with you, running alongside you, and playing with you every so innocently are carved in their heart as well. Know that they are smiling at their favorite human from up there and waiting for you to smile back.
- There are meadows and valleys of lush green grass at the other end of the rainbow bridge. Your beloved pet is fed, loved, and happy.
- You made your pet’s life feel like heaven but now they’re in the real heaven cherishing every moment they spent with you.
- “Love is love,” I told her, as I tell all of my patients who are ashamed to find themselves shattered by the death of a dog. “Loss is loss.” ― Meg Donohue, Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found
- Don’t cry because your pet has left your side. Smile because now they’re no longer in pain. Their frail body is young again. They play all day and sleep at night dreaming about reuniting with you one day.
- God turns clouds inside out to make fluffy beds for the dogs in Dog Heaven, and when they are tired from running and barking and eating ham-sandwich biscuits, the dogs find a cloud bed for sleeping. God watches over each one of them. And there are no bad dreams. — Cynthia Rylant
- The gates of the Dog Heaven opened for the goodest boy today. The angels welcomed with open arms and all the other dogs wagged their tails with the excitement of having a new friend. Your fur baby is happy, healthy, and having the best time.
- Your pain of losing your furry friends is immense but the pain his feeble body was suffering from was immeasurable. Now there’s no more suffering but only happiness until the end of time.
- Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. ― Mark Twain
Quotes about grieving a loved pet
The grief of losing a beloved pet is devastating. But we want you to know that this hard time will pass. Accept it. Feel it. Let it wash over you and slowly it will settle down. Here are some quotes about grieving a loved pet that might help you in some way.
- Grief is an emotional rollercoaster.
You will have your ups and downs
and moments of terror
and brief moments of peace.
You can only go as fast
as the ride will take you.
It will end and you will be okay.
― Kate McGahan, Jack McAfghan: Return from Rainbow Bridge
- Let the fond memories ease the pain. Look at your pet’s photos and reminisce those magical moments. Think about how happy they were and know they lived surrounded with love.
- When you bring a pet into your life, you know that you’ve already signed an invisible deal with grief. But you still go ahead and let them make a home in your heart. Because love is bigger than grief. Love never dies. It lives on and on.
- Grief is the flip side of love. Your sadness stemming from the absence of your furry friend is also a reminder that you experienced unconditional love. Cherish that. Carry the memories in your heart. You will relive them all again one day.
- Some people leave this world without the gift of unconditional love and unwavering trust that a pet gives. You are so lucky to be blessed with that. Smile because that love will never be forgotten.
- Replace the grief with gratitude. Gratitude for the love, loyalty, affection, and all the smiles your pet gave you.
- Our beloved pets never go away. They walk beside us every day. They watch over us every night and accompany us every moment. Unseen and unheard but always so loved, so cherished, and so missed.
- Your grief is real but so was the unlimited love and unbreakable bond you had with your pet. May you find comfort in knowing that you’ll reconnect with them again for an eternity.
- Sorrow is how we learn to love. Your heart isn’t breaking. It hurts because it’s getting larger. The larger it gets, the more love it holds. ― Rita Mae Brown
- The sadness you feel today means that you were loved yesterday. Remember your pet, share their stories with your family, and talk about them as if they were beside you.
Quotes about celebrating your pet’s life
Even if they’ve gone, you should not stop celebrating their life. Your little pet had a big personality, a kind soul, and an ocean full of love to give. Why should all that go away? Here are some quotes about celebrating your pet’s life.
- Your pet may have gone quietly but the celebration of their life should echo in the world. Hold a memorial, get their photos framed for everyone to see, rescue a soul in need, or plant a tree that’d spread love just like your pet did.
- Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. ― Roger Caras
- The legacy of your pet is kindness, compassion, and selflessness. Pass that on to the people in your life. Be the love your pet gave you.
- Our pets teach us to preserve and nurture. To forgive and sympathize. To cherish little things and love without expectations. Carrying on all these qualities is celebrating your pet’s life.
- The energy that your pet brings into your home is the energy this world needs. Unfiltered, unblemished, unwavering love. Be the source of that energy to honor the life of your pet.
- The most meaningful way to remember your dog is by donating your time to an animal shelter. Sponsor a pet or volunteer to care for the animals that need some love.
- We realize the worth of something only after we’ve lost it. Don’t let that happen to anyone in your life. Celebrate your pets, your family, your friends while you still can.
- Pets awaken a part of our soul that wouldn’t have seen light otherwise. Keep it burning in the honor of your little companion. You never know who might benefit from it.
- Your dog will live on in the kindness, warmth, and selfless love you pay forward.
- I have never met a pet that didn’t radiate warm energy. We can celebrate our pet’s life even after they’ve moved on by radiating the same energy everywhere we go.
Quotes about the loss of your dog
Sometimes, the only way to overcome the sadness of losing a dog is by letting it consume you first. Slowly, the sadness starts overlapping with the fond memories and you’re finally able to move on. These pet loss quotes might relieve some of that sadness.
- You will never know loneliness when you have a dog, when you lose that dog it will be loneliness like you’ve never known. ― Michael P. Naughton
- Your beloved pet has not stopped existing. They’ve only moved on to a new place where there is no such thing as sadness, pain, and nightmares.
- Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us. And make our lives a little brighter. And they don’t waste time being afraid of tomorrow. ― Dan Gemeinhart
- Through the memories, your little buddy will always find a way to spark joy in your heart and brighten up the dark days even after they’ve flown away to heaven.
- The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master. ― Ben Hur Lampman
- You may have lost your dog but you’d never lose the friendship you had with them.
- A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered. ― Lacie Petitt
- Losing your best little friend teaches you patience, strength, and rebuilding yourself.
- Your dog’s tail-wagging, face-licking, butterfly-chasing, happy-bouncing personality is still alive somewhere. They’re still being their quirky self with angels providing them their favorite treats.
- 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
Quotes about the loss of your cat
Cats purr their way into our hearts. Losing these sweet creatures leaves a hole in your home and your heart. These quotes about losing your cat might be able to ease some of the pain.
- A cat lost is irreplaceable but the sweet memories it left behind can never be forgotten.
- What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us. — Helen Keller
- Those tiny toe beans have left lasting prints on your heart and the lives of everyone around. May you find peace in the memories and the ligering gentle pur of your departed cat.
- Your sweet fur baby’s larger-than-life personality still echoes through the stories of their surprise cuddles, bug chases, and the love they filled your home with.
- May the love you felt when you first looked at those little whiskers and tiny paws survive and strengthen you in this time of sorrow. Don’t forget that you cat is waiting on the other side of the rainbow bridge for your hearts to be connected again.
- Your cat’s memories are the treasure that no one can steal from you.
- Your cat just entered heaven through the kitty door turning it into paradise. And there she will patiently wait to be with you forever.
- Your little zen master is now brightening up her surrounding somewhere else. But no amount of distance can erase the way it once brightened up your life.
- Don’t give in to the sorrow you feel right now. Because the funny little munchkin your cat was would have never wanted to see you sad. Smile for she has bequeathed to you all the love and warm memories.
- Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends. ― Richard Bach
Sympathy messages for a friend who lost a dear pet
It’s not easy to find the right words to console a friend who has recently lost a dear pet. Here are some pet loss quotes and sympathy messages you can share with them to bring them some solace.
- Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it. ― Amy Sedaris
- Picture this ― Lush green grounds the size of a billion backyards. An all-you-eat buffet of treats. Piles of entertaining toys. And a sea of other furry friends to play with the whole day. That’s where your dog is.
- May the sorrow in your heart gets replaced with the warmth that your dear pet always extended to you.
- The unbreakable bond and unspeakable love between you and your pet will live on forever.
- 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 spirit of your sweet pet is still here. Their warmth still emanates from everything they touched and everywhere they went. The chair they curled up in. The bedside they sneaked in. The backyard they played in. They’re in every corner of your home. Unseen. But always there.
- Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big. ― Erica Jong
- The beauty of your bond with your pet is that there are no expectations, no pretending, and no resentments. It’s the purest kind of bond. The kind that never fades away.
- Farewell is hard but it’s not forever. When the right time comes, you will reunite with your pet. They will greet you with a wagging tail and exciting energy just like they greeted you the first time.
- The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to. ― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
We hope that these comforting pet loss quotes are able to bring you a sense of comfort in these hard times.