The loss of a pet is one of the hardest days in a pet owner’s life. As dedicated pet sitters, we share their grief as we treat our furry clients like our own and play an important role in their lives.

A sympathy card or hand-written note is an effective way to show your clients how much you care about them. Depending on your relationship, memorial gifts or special gestures may be extended.

Most pet owners will eventually add another companion animal to the family, so it’s important to stay in touch and be especially present during this difficult time.


The rainbow bridge is a special, mythical bridge between Heaven and Earth. When a pet passes, he or she crosses this magical bridge. If you’re not familiar with this poem, read it below. The common phrase “my pet has crossed the bridge” is in reference to this poetic message.

Many pet owners believe that their beloved pets that have passed are waiting for them at the bridge.

This poem is a heartfelt way to express sympathy to your clients suffering the loss of a beloved pet. Include the poem in a hand-written sympathy card to show how much you care and how much you will miss their pet also.

Poem for pet passing


Another special expression of sympathy is to send a condolence card with a packet of these specific flower seeds as an insert.  This flower is a poignant symbol of remembrance during partings or after death.


You undoubtedly have many photos of the dogs and cats you care for. Printing a photo of them and including it in a sympathy card is another special way to express your compassion. PET PRO TIP: For a professional look, go to Walgreens or CVS for a high-quality print. Walgreens offers 4×6 photo magnets and other inexpensive items you can have imprinted.


  • “I will always remember (dog/cat’s name) and he/she will live in our hearts forever”.
  • “My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I’m shedding tears too!”
  • “Wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead”.
  • “I’m so sorry for the loss of your sweet (dog/cat’s name). He/she was a much-loved member of your family and mine”.

People will remember how much you cared by your gestures of solace and the pet pro you are!


Your Pet Pro Team @ AoPP

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