Top 3 Free Memorial Websites For Pets

A pet parent does not have to grieve in silence, when his or her beloved companion dies. Besides family and friends, organizations and businesses are eager to help a pet parent cope with the loss and pay tribute. There are many options online. For example, a pet parent can create a virtual tribute to share stories and pictures with family and friends. Here are the top three free memorial websites for pets (in random order):

DoggyHeaven.com is a memorial website for dogs only. According to the terms of use on the website, “DoggyHeaven.com is a cyber-cemetery (website) for sharing your dog memories and photos with other dog lovers.” In addition to memories and photos, a registered pet parent may share his or her dog’s favorite toy, treat, game and pastime, as well as special skills. To create a memorial page, he or she needs to complete only one page. Visitors who wish to pay tribute may leave messages and “Tokens of Affection,” which include steak, heart, daisy, bone, donut, and bacon strip. Finally, a memorial page may be e-mailed to family and friends.

PerfectTribute.com is a memorial website where a pet parent can create a public or private tribute to a cat, dog, or even a person, in three simple steps. Before confirmation, the pet parent provides tribute details and select tribute settings. Family and friends may share photos, sign guest book, and share the tribute with others. First, they must sign up and request access to contribute. A cool feature on PerfectTribute.com is the “caring visitors” counter. A pet parent can track how many people visited the tribute to his or her beloved companion.

GoneTooSoon.org is more inclusive than DoggyHeaven.com and PerfectTribute.com. A memorial page can be created for any pet, from ant to zebra, or even a person in four simple steps. Once a pet parent signs up, he or she provides details about a pet, provides a eulogy (or obituary), and adds photos and music. Registered visitors may add a gift, tribute, and photo, as well as light a candle. Unlike the other features on GoneTooSoon.org, gifts are not free. However, they are ideal for celebrating special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. Earnings from gifts cover administrative costs, along with sponsors, to help keep memorial pages free of charge. Sponsors are given more features, in exchange for their financial support. It is also worth mentioning that a memorial page may be shared on social networking and bookmarking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.

In conclusion, the memorial websites mentioned above are excellent for pet tributes. The fact that they are free is a big bonus. Now, a pet parent can share the memories of his or her beloved companion with lots of people who truly care.

“My Shadow” Pet Tribute Scrapbooking Layout

Create a fun poem tribute for your favorite pet. Here’s what you need to get started:

Solid-colored cardstock for background

White paper for captions

Glue

Paper cutter or scissors

Eyelet accessories

Computer/color printer

First I have to tell you how I came up with this pet scrapbook layout idea. My favorite pet is my little long-haired chihuahua, Shadow. I wasn’t the one who named him Shadow, but he couldn’t be more true to his name. Everywhere I go, there he is…my little shadow.

After taking a couple of pictures of Shadow I was trying to decide how to do a scrapbook layout for him. Whenever I think about Shadow I am reminded of the poem “My Shadow”, by Robert Louis Stevenson. It begins, “I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me…” I thought this poem would be a great accent to my scrapbook page, and a perfect tribute to my Shadow.

First I had to find the poem. I went to Google.com and typed in “My Shadow poem”. I couldn’t even remember the author’s name. After two or three tries I had the poem I was looking for. I copied the text and pasted it into my word processing program.

I wanted a different font to print the poem with, and I couldn’t find anything I liked on my computer. So I went back to Google and typed in “free fonts.” It took no time at all to find a bunch of fonts I liked, but I spent the next hour installing them all on my computer. Now I have about 50 new great scrapbooking fonts to choose from. I chose a font and printed out the poem. I then typed Shadow’s name vertically and printed it on a separate sheet of paper. Next I used my paper cutter to cut Shadow’s name into a long, narrow strip, and I trimmed the poem leaving about 1/2 inch around the edges (see photo).

With my two sheets of paper ready to glue to the cardstock, I saw I really only had room for two photographs. I decided to leave the photos as they were and not use mats this time.

Next I glued the two sheets with the text onto the black cardstock. I then inserted the eyelets to accent the corners of the poem (see photo). Last but not least, I glued the photos to the bottom of the page.

Of course you’ll want to use another poem for your pet, or maybe write your own! Anything that will evoke fond memories of your favorite pet.

Photo of finished project:
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