Sunday, September 8, 2013

National Pet Memorial Day

Today is National Pet Memorial Day. It was started by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories over 40 years ago and is recognized the second Sunday in September.

We all do special things to remember our pets who have passed. For me, Mama planted a garden in my memory.

She even had a friend paint a special rock with my picture and my name on it.

There are many ways to remember a special pet and help ease the heartbreak of losing them, but have you ever considered where it really starts? For many people it is at the pet cemetery where arrangements are made.

At Wayside Waifs, there is a special department just for times like those. Pet Memorial Services is a quiet spot behind the shelter where Mama took me after I went to the Rainbow Bridge. They were very kind and compassionate. While Mama and Dad were there, not only were they cared for by the people who work there, but by another special employee, Miss Ellie.

Miss Ellie had been up for adoption at Wayside Waifs. The folks at Pet Memorial Services looked at her resume and decided she would be a good fit with them. Guess what? They were right! Miss Ellie does a great job of offering comfort to grieving families.

It was so nice for Mama to have a kitty to pet while she was making hard decisions. Miss Ellie didn't even mind the tears. I hope that when the time comes, you have a similar expert to get you through that moment.


  1. We looove Miss Ellie and are so very glad she's there for people who hurt.

  2. Miss Ellie has a very important job! And I can tell she is very good at it - just looking at her pretty face makes my human feel more peaceful.

  3. That was very nice of Miss Ellie to be there for your Mom. She does a great job. Thank you for sharing about her.

  4. Miss Ellie's eyes and body language just exude empathy. What a precious being, and how lucky for all those able to have her with them at their time of sadness.

  5. that is really nice that they have a separate place. Our shelter does some cremations, and they try to be compassionate about it, but all too often discussions like that take place in the hustle and bustle of the shelter..

  6. We read about Wayside Waifs Cemetery at a Tonk's Tail. We think it sounds amazing, and we are glad that Miss Ellie was there to comfort your Mama.

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  8. Oh! So touching. It's hard when we lose our pets because they have been a part of our lives. They have given us unconditional love and affection and the least we could for them is to provide them a decent burial like the ones featured here. Good thing there are pet memorials now where we can peacefully lay our pets to rest.