These pet loss quotes talk about the love we have for our animals, whether all dogs really go to heaven, and loss in general.
Losing a pet is a difficult time for any fur parent, and it leaves friends and family wondering what to say to comfort them. A card is always nice, or a Facebook message or response on their post. You could say things like, “You were blessed to have each other.”
Many times, we lose our pets because we make the agonizing decision to put them down, so it is important to recognize that people might also be suffering from guilt. That wondering “if you let them go too soon” can really wreak havoc on people’s emotions.
When I took our first family dog to the vet to be put down, it nearly killed me. My husband and I adopted her when I was 22, and she grew up with our kids. She was about 13 when she developed diabetes. I gave her shots of insulin, but it got to the point where she could barely see, and I had to carry my lab mix outside. I felt selfish and wondered if I did the right thing.
Then I remembered how she would start crying after she ate because she knew the shot was coming. At the vet’s office, she licked my hand until the very end, trying to comfort me, like she always had.
If you’re going through such an emotional time, these pet loss quotes might help comfort you.
Don’t forget to also check out these pet quotes for all animal lovers.
Pet death quotes about love
1. “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
2. “The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief. But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.” ― Hilary Stanton Zunin
3. “Dogs…do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have, and to obtain the objects they have not. There is nothing of value they have to bequeath except their love and their faith.” ― Eugene O’Neill
4. “Nobody can fully understand the meaning of love unless he’s owned a dog. A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of handshakes.” ― Gene Hill
5. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ” ― Anatole France
6. “I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” ― Gilda Radner
7. “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
8. “If not for dogs, how would we know the meaning of unconditional love.” ― M.L. Gerard
9. “Having a pet is a risk – you always have the grief ahead. But that’s the flip side of love.” ― Unknown
10. “If love alone could have kept you here, you would’ve lived forever.” ― Unknown
Pet loss quotes and sayings about Heaven
11. “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.” ― Will Rogers
12. “If there is a heaven, it’s certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.” ― Pam Brown
13. “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” ― Mark Twain
14. “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.” ― Mark Twain
15. “If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very very few people.” ― James Thurber
16. “You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson
17. “No heaven will not ever Heaven be. Unless my cats are there to welcome me.” ― Unknown
18. “You think the final act of love is setting them free to Rainbow Bridge? That is not the final act of love. The final act of love is releasing them from your leash of grief so they can be free in the heaven on the other side of the Bridge.” ― Kate McGahan, JACK McAFGHAN: Reflections on Life with my Master
Pet passing quotes about God, angels, and life without them
19. “The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made his greatest gift the commonest.” ― Martin Luther
20. “Some angels choose fur instead of wings.” ― Unknown
21. “Everyone is taught that angels have wings, but the lucky ones of us find they have 4 paws.” ― Unknown
22. “One day we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” ― Pope Francis
23. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ― Winnie The Pooh
24. “Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them and filling an emptiness we didn’t ever know we had.” ― Thom Jones
25. “Once you have a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” ― Dean Koontz
26. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” ― Jack Lemmon
27. “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” ― Isaac Asimov
28. “Dogs make you somebody in the eyes of the universe.” ― Bob Sullivan
29. “The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be.” ― Konrad Lorenz
30. “The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.” ― Ben Hur Lampman
31. “That one true heart was left behind! What feeling do we ever find, to equal among humankind, a dog’s fidelity!” ― Thomas Hardy
Pet loss quotes about the way dogs and cats impact our lives
32. “A good dog never dies, he always stays, he walks beside you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near, his head within our hand in his old way.”― Unknown
33. “All his sweet and shaggy life, always near me, never troubling me, and asking nothing.”― Pablo Neruda
34. “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ― Roger Caras
35. “Time spent with a cat is never wasted.” ― Sigmund Freud
36. “A home without a cat — and a well-fed, well petted and properly revered cat — may be a home, perhaps, but how can it prove title?” ― Mark Twain
37. “No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.” ― Leo Dworken
38. “I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time? The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me?” ― Sir Walter Scott
39. “The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” ― Samuel Butler
40. “Having a dog will bless you with the happiest days of your life, and one of the worst days.” ― Unknown
41. “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” ― Agnes Sligh Turnbull
Pet loss quotes for when it is time to say goodbye
42. “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
43. “Honor your grief and the pain you feel when you lose a beloved pet. It is the first step toward healing.” ― Karen A Anderson
44. “I rarely have a pet tell me their human ended their life too soon. It’s far more common to hear that their humans waited too long to help them leave their body.” ― Karen A Anderson
45. “Your pets can feel your grief after they pass away but it will not harm them or keep them from continuing on their journey in the afterlife.” ― Karen A Anderson
46. “A pet is the perfect definition of unconditional love…” ― B.J. Shonk, Missing Pieces…Broken Heart: A Recovery Guide for the Grief and Sorrow of Pet Loss
47. “Of course, not all dogs return to their owners. When they do, it is because a special bond exists between that dog and that person, a karmic bond that transcends death. Do you and your dog share this kind of special bond? Probably you do. You are reading this book because you are meant to read it.” ― Gail Graham, Will YOUR Dog Reincarnate?
48. “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.” ― Helen Keller
49. Although my tail its last has waved, from pain and suffering I have been saved. Don’t grieve that it must be you who has to decide this thing to do; We’ve been so close―we two―these years. Don’t let your heart hold any tears.” ― Unknown
50. “Our beloved pets teach us more than we could ever have expected, and they love us more than we could have hoped.” ― Unknown
Which of these pet loss quotes resonated with you best?
My girl taught me so many things about love and life, and in the end, she taught me more about compassion and empathy for suffering. If you are facing the difficult choice of putting your pet to sleep, just know that they love you.
The love of an animal is one of the most unconditional loves on the planet, and I truly believe they reach a point where we owe them to stop the suffering. Only you, your pet, and the vet can really decide when that point is, and if you are there, then try and find some peace in knowing you make this choice out of love.
If you have recently lost a pet, it is fine to grieve, and if anyone doesn’t understand the depth of your sadness, that’s ok. Most of us treat our pets like family members, and they have likely been a source of love and memories and will leave a hole in your heart when they are gone. You can honor their life and experience grief, just like you would with a human loss. I often joke that I like my dogs more than most people anyway…
After putting my dog down, I immediately got a new puppy, which in hindsight was not the best course of action. I cried from the grief of losing my old dog, and puppy frustrations for the first month we had him. I was a wreck. In the end, though, he is my best friend. He is eight now and starting to slow down, and it makes me sad, but I resolve to make every day count.
How have you coped with pet loss? Which of these pet loss quotes and sayings resonated with you best? Share your pet stories with us in the comment section below.
August 10, 2021 7:00 AM EST