How to Honor the Memory of Your Dog

This is Dixie.

Dixie

She’s a friend of Luke and Scooby, although they never got to meet her nose-to-nose.

We got to know Dixie, through her mama, my friend Miranda, who lives in Georgia and blogs at WOOF! Tails from St. Simon’s Island.

Dixie didn’t have a great start to life. She was part of an unwanted litter born to a dog who belonged to a family but mostly just roamed the countryside around their home. Miranda tried to get Dixie a home with another member of that family, but he didn’t think the little brindle pup was very pretty.

So, she went home with Miranda instead.

She became a good companion to Miranda’s other dog Brutus, and they all loved each other through good times and bad.

We’ve gotten to know Dixie, Brutus and their pug brother Boney over the past couple of years as Miranda and I reconnected.

Unfortunately, during that time first Brutus and then Dixie have made their way to the rainbow bridge. Dixie’s journey there involved weeks of chemo followed by a blessed – but short – remission.

My heart broke for Miranda and her husband Joe when Dixie’s cancer came back. But they savored every moment with her until she became too sick to enjoy her walks, a good meal or even a good night’s rest anymore. Even then, the decision to say goodbye to our pets isn’t easy, I know.

But as they said goodbye to Dixie, Miranda and Joe made a the decision to honor her memory by helping other dogs.

They did this in two ways.

  1. They adopted another rescue dog.
  2. They encouraged their family to make donations in Dixie’s name to rescue organizations.

 Can you think of a more righteous way to celebrate the memory of a beloved pet?

You might know the dog Miranda and Joe adopted. He’s kind of a blog star – Moby, the most recent foster project from Our Waldo Bungie.

Although she was a Georgia dog, I’m also incredibly appreciative as I report that part of Dixie’s memorial money also came to Kansas City. Miranda’s family made a donation in her name to the organization to which my foster dog belongs, the Wayward Dog Foundation.

How will you honor the memory of your pet? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

About Crystal K. Wiebe

I live with two formerly wayward dogs, and helping other dogs find new homes is my passion. I recently founded the company Beer Paws to help celebrate the relationship between people and pets.

Posted on March 21, 2014, in Dogs, Fostering and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I was so sad to read about Dixie but couldn’t have been happier that they decided to give Moby the forever home he’s been looking for.

    The way I tend to grieve a pet is to make a donation to a cause I support in honor of the pet. And, then when the time is right (you never know when that is until it happens) I adopt a new dog to give them the home that they deserve and to share all the love I have to give.

  2. A wonderful way to honour the memory of a much loved family pet. As sad as the story of Dixie is, it was lovely to read that Moby had found his forever family.

    As a child and young adult we had many pets, but never did anything substantial to honour their memory when they passed away. As an adult I will choose to adopt and/or foster when the time comes and hopefully be able to continue volunteering at our local shelter – honouring all dogs.

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