‘We sponsored an opera seat for our cat’: readers on commemorating their beloved pets | Pets

‘We sponsored an opera seat within the title of our cat’

Mr Horatio Parmouk, our beloved cat, turned up at my home as a stray and by no means left. He was a big, black feline with the sweetest disposition and was named partly after Nelson, partly after a personality in Downton Abbey. Everybody liked him; he had his personal Fb web page, wore numerous outfits in return for a cat biscuit or six and even starred in an advert for a hat firm. Earlier than he handed, we sponsored a seat on the London Coliseum in his title, so opera-goers can now sit in his seat. He was an actual feline character. Cathy Peake, nurse supervisor, Barnet

‘I made a decision to understand a dream and have Kimi tattooed on my leg’

Lindsey Manton’s tattoo of her yorkshire terrier, Kimi. {Photograph}: Lindsey Manton/Guardian Neighborhood

I misplaced my beloved yorkshire terrier Kimi Raikkondog Manton 4 days after his tenth birthday. He collapsed and handed away on the vet’s with out me by his facet, attributable to Covid restrictions. After receiving a lump sum of vacation cash from my previous job and a bonus from my new job, I made a decision to understand a dream. So I booked to have Kimi tattooed on my leg, greater than 320 miles away in Edinburgh. Despite the fact that I might have purchased a barely higher automobile with the cash, I wanted that tattoo extra. The tattooist was improbable – we talked continuous for the seven hours that I used to be within the chair and I cried after I noticed the completed tattoo. It means the world to me. Lindsey Manton, Leicestershire

‘I’ll have my canine’s ashes changed into a diamond, then set into a hoop’

Stephanie and her cairn terrier.
Stephanie and her cairn terrier. {Photograph}: Stephanie/Guardian Neighborhood

I needed to have my beloved cairn terrier put to sleep this summer season, after 15 years of getting him consistently by my facet. His loss of life left an enormous void, a deafening silence and a way of loneliness and vacancy. To commemorate him, I’ll have his ashes changed into a diamond, which is able to then be set into a hoop, so he can proceed to accompany me wherever I’m going. His wonderful, full of life presence is missed so, a lot. Stephanie, freelance translator and interpreter, Midlands

‘I stamped my cat’s paw print on to the perimeters of a pottery challenge’

Valeria’s milk jug with the paw print of her cat, Catherine Cattington.
Valeria’s milk jug with the paw print of her cat, Catherine Cattington. {Photograph}: Valeria/Guardian Neighborhood

After our beloved Catherine Cattington was hit by a automobile, we had her cremated. A few of her ashes have been integrated into a gorgeous resin mannequin of a sleeping cat by an artist we discovered on Etsy and we additionally had an imprint taken of her paw. I used to be having pottery classes so I made a stamp from the imprint and transferred it on to the perimeters of a milk jug I made, in lieu of a deal with. Within the absence of with the ability to maintain my cat once more, it helps to have tactile objects that remind me of her. Valeria, archaeologist, Oxfordshire

‘We used gold paint to fill within the gap our hamster gnawed within the flooring’

Jennifer’s hamster, Daisy.
Jennifer’s hamster, Daisy. {Photograph}: Jennifer/Guardian Neighborhood

After our hamster Daisy died, we used gold acrylic paint to fill within the gap she had gnawed within the kitchen’s vinyl flooring. It’s nonetheless there: an enduring memorial to an incredible pet. She was a really pretty hamster, who would rush across the kitchen flooring within the morning whereas all of us had breakfast. She would come to us when known as by title, generally working up our legs and into our palms. Jennifer, Cambridge

‘I carved the names of my canine right into a plaque after they handed’

Remus and Roman’s plaque.
Remus and Roman’s plaque. {Photograph}: Andrew Lewis/Guardian Neighborhood

I made a easy plaque carved with the names of my two German shepherds, Roman and Remus, who died inside a short while of one another. It’s erected overlooking the backyard the place they’re buried, and the place I do know that they had comfortable lives. I don’t assume I’ve a lot of a future as a carver, however the thought was there. The plaque is pictured right here alongside our new German shepherd, Bear. Andrew Lewis, carpenter and builder, Staffordshire

‘We gave Nelson’s toys away to our neighbours’ canine’

Nicholas Cook’s dog toy giveaway in memory of Nelson the lurcher.
Nicholas Prepare dinner’s dog-toy giveaway in reminiscence of Nelson the lurcher. {Photograph}: Nicholas Prepare dinner/Guardian Neighborhood

When our lurcher Nelson handed away throughout lockdown, it was crushing. It took us some months to pluck up the braveness earlier than we positioned a put up on the native Fb web site asking canine homeowners to pop by and assist themselves to considered one of his toys from his basket on our driveway. As a gorgeous tribute, individuals began posting footage of their very own canine along with his toys. It was a small consolation to us to know that different canine have been having fun with them. Nicholas and Sam Prepare dinner, Nottingham

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