How to Write a Dog Obituary from the Heart: 6 Steps


French Poet Anatole France once said, "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." If you have ever had the opportunity to love a dog, then you know that this sentiment is certainly true. 

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The bond between a dog and their person is unlike any other, and when it comes time for our furry friend to cross the rainbow bridge, it's only natural to want to do something to honor them. 

An obituary is a perfect way to do just that. It allows you the opportunity to talk about your dog in the way of remembrance and may even help you work through the loss a little bit. 

Pet obituaries are becoming more and more popular among the dog-loving crowd. People work through grief in their own way, and sometimes, that means honoring their beloved pup by writing an obituary. Here are a few tips to help you get started. 

Step 1: State Important Facts 

To begin a proper dog obituary, you should start by stating the general facts about your pup's death and any memorial service information such as a funeral.

You may want to include brief information about the demise, such as an illness or sudden accident. You may also include information about the time and location of death if it is something you feel comfortable sharing. 

Step 2: Discuss How Your Dog Came into Your Life

In the beginning, it’s natural to have the obituary focus on the early days with your animal. Perhaps you rescued them from a shelter, or they wandered up to you as a stray.

No matter how your dog entered your life, it's important to share that story so you can express exactly what that initial bond felt like for you. It also allows people to understand the point at which our pet became such a critical member of your family. 

Step 3: Acknowledge Other Relationships 

Just as you would for a human's obituary, you should also include meaningful relationships in your dog's life. This may include family members or other dog friends.

You may also want to include short snippets about how much that person or other animal meant to your dog and some of the memories that they shared. Other people may have stories that they want to include in this section if you choose to do so. 

Step 4: Talk About Your Dog's Individuality 

Every dog has its own quirks and special characteristics. Don't forget to talk about what made your dog so unique and special.

Perhaps they had a favorite toy or a funny way to let you know that they wanted to go on a walk. In short, write about the things that you will miss dearly about your beloved four-legged friend. 

Step 5: Share Memories 

Take a moment to share a few of your most favorite memories of your pup. Maybe you have a funny story or a time that your dog helped you in some way.

Sharing memories of your dog can also be a beneficial step in the healing process. It allows you the opportunity to express just how much your dog changed your life for the better and let other people know just how special your animal was. 

Step 6: Wrap it Up 

Wrapping up your dog's obituary should include thanking people for being a part of your dog's life and acknowledging their support for your pet throughout the years.

This may also be a great time for you to ask people to donate to a cause in your pet's name as a way to honor your pup and help other dogs. End with final thoughts that will summarize your feelings. 

Dog Obituary Examples

Writing a dog obituary may feel a bit overwhelming at first, but it is actually one of the most creative obituaries you may ever have the chance to create. There is truly no right or wrong way to do it, but seeing a few examples may help you hone in on what you should include in honoring your pet. 

Example one:

Our beloved Golden Retriever, George, passed away December 31, 2019, in the comfort of our home wrapped in his favorite blanket, and surrounded by the entire family. 

After weeks of battling an illness, George was finally given the relief he needed to step across the rainbow bridge. We will miss him dearly, but we know he will no longer be suffering and can finally rest. 

We had George for the past two years of his senior life. We found him at a Golden Retriever rescue in our area, and it was truly love at first sight. We wanted to give George a place to rest in his final time on earth, and we take comfort in knowing that we provided him that.

Everybody said taking on a senior dog would be something we would regret. We can't disagree more. George was a calming soul that loved kittens and children but would turn his nose up at any delivery man that came to our door. 

He loved to be at our feet, and you could always count on him to lay his head on your foot after a particularly hard day at the office. His love was gentle and quiet, but it was most certainly felt. 

We want to thank each and every friend, both two-legged and four, that came to visit George in his final days. Although he was incredibly ill, he couldn't help but wag his tail to greet each of you. We know that those visits meant a lot to him—as they certainly did to us. Rest easy George, all of us will miss you every day. 

Example two: 

Luna, our favorite four-legged girl, departed from us on July 27, 2018. 

Luna was a once in a lifetime dog that we came to love by sheer happenstance. If she had not wandered up to our front door all those years ago, it is likely we would have never met her. I guess what they say is true—our dogs choose us. 

Throughout the years, Luna was there with us as we bought our first home, had our first child, and ventured to every dog park within a 20-mile radius. Luna's place in our family was in the heart of each one of us. She always seemed to know how to comfort all of us, even in our darkest moments. From the body wiggles to the tennis ball collection hidden under the couch—we will miss everything about our precious Luna. 

We will be holding a short memorial service at our home under her favorite pine tree to celebrate her life the only way Luna would have wanted—ice cream, cake, and sharing stories about our sweet girl. We hope you can make it! 

Example three:

On May 14, 2019, my oldest friend, Buddy, passed away. He is to be buried in our backyard, and final respects will be given by any and all who wish to attend.

I'll never forget the moment I met Buddy on my 5th birthday. When my mother handed him to me for the first time, it was instant love. From that moment forward, Buddy was my shadow, my partner and crime, and my little bit of comfort when I felt alone or sad. 

Over the years, Buddy and I created a lot of memories together. He was the one who helped me explore the 20 acres on my grandparent's land, flushed out ducks during the season, and he was the shoulder I cried on when my first girlfriend dumped me. 

We went through it all him and me—and he's the best friend I've ever had. I'll miss you old Buddy--and I hope wherever you are, there's plenty of ducks to chase and bacon to eat. 

If you'd like to honor Buddy's life, please consider donating to your local animal shelter. I can't think of a better way to celebrate his life than helping another dog find a second chance. 

Write Your Dog’s Obituary From the Heart 

Writing an obituary for your dog is certainly a personal experience that is unique for each person. This process itself can be somewhat therapeutic in the sense that it allows you to think back on the best memories with your pet.

The main tip to keep in mind is that you know the best words to say to honor your dog. Speak from your heart, and the rest will fall into place. 

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