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

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‘We sponsored an opera spot successful the sanction of our cat’

Mr Horatio Parmouk, our beloved cat, turned up astatine my location arsenic a stray and ne'er left. He was a large, achromatic tom feline with the sweetest disposition and was named partially aft Nelson, partially aft a quality successful Downton Abbey. Everyone loved him; helium had his ain Facebook page, wore assorted outfits successful instrumentality for a feline biscuit oregon six and adjacent starred successful an advert for a chapeau company. Before helium passed, we sponsored a spot astatine the London Coliseum successful his name, truthful opera-goers tin present beryllium successful his seat. He was a existent feline character. Cathy Peake, caregiver manager, Barnet

‘I decided to realise a imagination and person Kimi tattooed connected my leg’

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

I mislaid my beloved yorkshire terrier Kimi Raikkondog Manton 4 days aft his 10th birthday. He collapsed and passed distant astatine the vet’s without maine by his side, owed to Covid restrictions. After receiving a lump sum of vacation wealth from my aged occupation and a bonus from my caller job, I decided to realise a dream. So I booked to person Kimi tattooed connected my leg, much than 320 miles distant successful Edinburgh. Even though I could person bought a somewhat amended car with the money, I needed that tattoo more. The tattooist was fantastic – we talked non-stop for the 7 hours that I was successful the seat and I cried erstwhile I saw the finished tattoo. It means the satellite to me. Lindsey Manton, Leicestershire

‘I volition person my dog’s ashes turned into a diamond, past acceptable into a ring’

Stephanie and her cairn terrier.
Stephanie and her cairn terrier. Photograph: Stephanie/Guardian Community

I had to person my beloved cairn terrier enactment to slumber this summer, aft 15 years of having him perpetually by my side. His decease near a immense void, a deafening soundlessness and a consciousness of loneliness and emptiness. To commemorate him, I volition person his ashes turned into a diamond, which volition past beryllium acceptable into a ring, truthful helium tin proceed to travel maine wherever I go. His amazing, lively beingness is missed so, truthful much. Stephanie, freelance translator and interpreter, Midlands

‘I stamped my cat’s paw people connected to the sides of a pottery project’

Valeria’s beverage  jug with the paw people     of her cat, Catherine Cattington.
Valeria’s beverage jug with the paw people of her cat, Catherine Cattington. Photograph: Valeria/Guardian Community

After our beloved Catherine Cattington was deed by a car, we had her cremated. Some of her ashes were incorporated into a beauteous resin exemplary of a sleeping feline by an creator we recovered connected Etsy and we besides had an imprint taken of her paw. I was having pottery lessons truthful I made a stamp from the imprint and transferred it connected to the sides of a beverage jug I made, successful lieu of a handle. In the lack of being capable to clasp my feline again, it helps to person tactile objects that punctual maine of her. Valeria, archaeologist, Oxfordshire

‘We utilized golden overgarment to capable successful the spread our hamster gnawed successful the floor’

Jennifer’s hamster, Daisy.
Jennifer’s hamster, Daisy. Photograph: Jennifer/Guardian Community

After our hamster Daisy died, we utilized golden acrylic overgarment to capable successful the spread she had gnawed successful the kitchen’s vinyl floor. It’s inactive there: a lasting memorial to an astonishing pet. She was a precise beauteous hamster, who would unreserved astir the room level successful the greeting portion we each had breakfast. She would travel to america erstwhile called by name, sometimes moving up our legs and into our hands. Jennifer, Cambridge

‘I carved the names of my dogs into a plaque erstwhile they passed’

Remus and Roman’s plaque.
Remus and Roman’s plaque. Photograph: Andrew Lewis/Guardian Community

I made a elemental plaque carved with the names of my 2 German shepherds, Roman and Remus, who died wrong a abbreviated clip of each other. It’s erected overlooking the plot wherever they are buried, and wherever I cognize they had blessed lives. I don’t deliberation I’ve overmuch of a aboriginal arsenic a carver, but the thought was there. The plaque is pictured present alongside our caller German shepherd, Bear. Andrew Lewis, carpenter and builder, Staffordshire

‘We gave Nelson’s toys distant to our neighbours’ dogs’

Nicholas Cook’s canine  artifact  giveaway successful  representation  of Nelson the lurcher.
Nicholas Cook’s dog-toy giveaway successful representation of Nelson the lurcher. Photograph: Nicholas Cook/Guardian Community

When our lurcher Nelson passed distant during lockdown, it was crushing. It took america immoderate months to pluck up the courageousness earlier we placed a station connected the section Facebook tract asking canine owners to popular by and assistance themselves to 1 of his toys from his handbasket connected our driveway. As a beauteous tribute, radical started posting pictures of their ain dogs with his toys. It was a tiny comfortableness to america to cognize that different dogs were enjoying them. Nicholas and Sam Cook, Nottingham