Dog memorial tattoos: Find the best tattoo ideas
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Dog memorial tattoos: Find the best tattoo ideas

By Justine Seraphin Country Manager

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If you’ve ever loved a pet, then you’ve been there: that feeling of loss when you’re faced with having to say goodbye is absolutely heart-wrenching.

And you are not alone! In a 2019 survey conducted by Wamiz, 89% of respondents agreed that losing a pet was as hard as losing a human loved one. So it comes as no surprise that people choose to memorialise them in various ways. Some people frame photos, make scrapbooks, or preserve keepsakes. 

And others decide to honour the memory of their dog by getting them inked in their skin forever! Memorial tattoos are a perfect way to remember a pet that has passed away ink is everlasting. With it, you are sure to memorialise your pet forever! And if you need some inspiration and ideas, then we’ve got you covered:

Dog Paw Print Tattoo

Paw print tattoo designs are very popular for people wanting to get a pet memorial tattoo. If you have your dog’s paw print in ink, mud, or even pressed into clay, then you can bring this to your tattoo artist who can replicate it exactly. This design goes perfectly well with the famous saying that dogs leave paw prints on our hearts!

Dog Paw in Hand Tattoo

This is a great way to remember your special relationship with your dog. It can be done in a realistic or minimalist style, and could fit pretty much on any body part! The design is simple, yet says a lot about what a special place dogs have in our hearts.

Dog Paw Print With Wings Tattoo

This is another great paw print tattoo idea! The design clearly shows that your beloved pet has passed, but earned his wings. This can be a small and simple design, perfect for those who prefer a discreet tattoo. It goes perfectly with the phrase: “Everyone is taught that angels have wings, but the lucky ones find they have four paws.”

Heartbeat Tattoo

This is a minimalist design for those who want to remember the life of the animal that has passed, and especially that their heart will keep beating with them forever. It can be combined with other designs such as a heart or paw print.

Infinity Sign Tattoo

This minimalist design is perfect for people who want to show that their beloved pet will be loved forever and ever. It is the quintessential sign for everlasting love. It can be combined with other designs such as a heart or paw prints.

Tattoo Add-ons

You can add a touch of uniqueness to your memorial tattoo with various add-ons. The most popular are as follows:

Name tattoo

No-one else will have the same design. Plus, you can choose which type of font you prefer: calligraphy, typewriter, you name it! This is a perfect way to remember your faithful friend!

Date tattoo

You could include the date of birth, date of passing, and/or a meaningful date to you and your best friend, such as the ‘gotcha-day date’!

Meaningful words tattoo

The use of words can amplify the significance of your tattoo. Popular words or phrases used in dog memorial tattoos include:

  • Always
  • Forever
  • Love
  • Best friend 
  • You will never walk alone
  • Once by my side, always in my heart
  • If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever
  • I’ll meet you at the bridge
  • You were my greatest hello and my hardest goodbye
  • A piece of me went with you

Whatever you decide to do, remember to think long and hard before getting a tattoo! It will be with you forever, and you want to be sure it won’t make you sad in the long run. 

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