Karen B. London
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Brick Memorials
Loving reminders of dogs

The brick says “Remembering Kiwi: 125 Pounds of Love” and it’s part of a wall of bricks outside DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Ore. My brother-in-law and my sister purchased the brick in 2007 to honor their Newfoundland who passed away at age 11½ in April of that year. Kiwi was a great dog and I loved her, so the sight of her brick brought me both joy and sadness.

There are benefits of physical memorials to the dogs who remain in our hearts but no longer walk beside us every day, at least not in the literal sense. The tangible reminder of a loved one has great value, which is why gravestones as well as notices in the paper and even decals on cars mention those who have left us. In the case of Kiwi’s brick and others like it, a charitable contribution to buy the memorial goes to DoveLewis. Though a pet may be gone, honoring them with a contribution is a way to know that the love they inspired continues to give hope and lifesaving help to other pets.

Whether it required a contribution or not, do you have a tangible reminder of your deceased dog?


Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

Photo by Marla London

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Submitted by Anonymous | March 15 2012 |

Josie's collar is around my bedpost. I jingle it every day.

Submitted by Randy @ Odyssey... | March 15 2012 |

This is a great idea. So great, in fact, that I've started a little side business creating pet memorials for people. I work in an emergency animal clinic and saw that there was a need for some sort of memorial for people to remember their pets. I can do memorials in stone, marble, granite, glass or anything that can be scratched. Check out my Facebook page (search for Odyssey Etching) for some of the memorials that I've done. -Randy

Submitted by Lorie | March 15 2012 |

I planted a weeping cherry tree in Lance's favorite place in the garden. There is a light there that shines up the tree. Lancie was the light of my life.

Submitted by Anonymous | March 15 2012 |

I had a stone carved for our first dog. It lies atop her ashes that were buried in our yard in her favorite spot.

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