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Pet Grave Stones/Markers

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  • Pet Grave Stones/Markers

    My once of a lifetime Dog recently expectantly died, 1 week away from being 1 year old.


    Anyways, today its been 3 weeks. My heart is still completely broken.

    I want to get a marker of some sort for her grave. I don't have a lot of money to spend, I have a bunch of vet bills to pay and school and a horse....

    Does this type (laser cute picture and lettering) turn out looking nice?
    They don't seem to cost much more then ones without pictures...
    I'd like to hang it on the fence post she's buried at, at the farm I was a working student at when this all happened.

    Does anyone know of any company's they've used and liked that does good work?
    I'm trying to spend under $100 if I can.
    "Hell yes I can ride. I was riding when I fell off!"

  • #2
    I know what it's like to lose a pet so young and so unexpectedly. It sucks.

    The one you posted looks lovely. If you want a really low-budget one, Smartpak offers one without the personalized photo that gets good reviews.


    • #3
      SmartPak one looks nice, not expensive.

      If you are crafty, they sell stepping stone kits in Michaels, Hobby Lobby type places that you could do up yourself. You buy the mold, mix up the cement and decorate stone yourself. There are cement dyes to color the cement added while mixing, color contrasts more around the decorations. A tip for stepping stones is to use a plastic wrap in the mold, then do the decorative items on the bottom. A layer of that clear shelf paper will hold colored stones, glass, in place during the pouring. I used a piece of chicken wire for adding strength about halfway deep. So pour a layer, put down chicken wire, then pour in the rest of cement mix to fill. Tap mold and get air bubbles out while still liquid. You can inscribe the back as cement dries if you want. Let dry about 24 hours, and take off the mold and plastic. We used wet rags, sponges, rubbed to smooth off the face of stone, keep the decorations exposed if cement had covered them. Then let the cement dry over several days, rewetting well, once a day. Cement cures better if drying takes longer and not in the sunshine.

      Just an idea for more personalizing, but may be too painful for you now. Sorry about your puppy. We lost our 17yr old cat in June, still expecting her to come out to check on things as I walk thru or help us watch TV.


      • #4
        I bought two of the Smartpak ones and they are really nice for the price. I would highly recommend them.
        RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
        May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
        RIP San Lena Peppy
        May 3, 1991 - March 11, 2010


        • #5
          I used this company - http://www.imagesonmarble.com/

          They did an amazing job with the picture and engraving.


          • #6
            No advice, but I'm sorry for the loss of your puppy.


            • #7
              Sorry for your loss. I too have made two of the stepping stones for dogs who passed. It was easy, decorated in colors I chose. Spelled out one dogs name in the stone with dates, the other with letter stamps. Not that I want any others to die but I thought of making some with names and no dates, but with paw prints of my other dogs in them.
              \"I never play horseshoes \'cause Mother taught us not to throw our clothes around,\" ~ Mr. Ed


              • #8
                There is a guy named David Bowen who does remarkable work with granite for pet markers. Cost with 3 lines of text is just $12 plus shipping (about $6). You can email him at salvagedgranit@yahoo.com

                Photo below of the latest one he did for me. They are very thick, heavy granit about 5" x 8". Color on photo is a bit off (took it with phone cam). The granite is black with gray speckles. Etching is gray.
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                Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


                • #9
                  MizzouDad has a hangup about markers with names on them for some reason. We're fortunate to have a garden sculpture place that sells statuary and fountains nearby, and when we lose a pet I've gone, crying like a moron, and always found a little statue of some kind that, when I looked at it, reminded me of my pet. None have cost me more than $50.

                  We've lived in our house a long time and have small acreage, so there are little markers out in the yard that each tell a story to me when I look at them. I put them on a cement square block with a piece of marble tile (from Home Depot or somewhere like that) that suggests the color of the pet.

                  Don't know if that works for you as well as something with a picture and name on it, but I'm comforted by having a place to visit and think about that special friend that was with us for a while.


                  • #10
                    I'll second what Sonesta said. I have three of his grave markers and they are lovely, and very reasonably priced.

                    He's also on Ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Granite-pet-grav...item231333ef3f
                    "Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them."
                    -Richard S. Bach


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Unfforgettable View Post
                      I'll second what Sonesta said. I have three of his grave markers and they are lovely, and very reasonably priced.

                      He's also on Ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Granite-pet-grav...item231333ef3f
                      Thank you!

                      I just bought one for Conny's grave. I've been wanting a grave marker since he died, but they're just so darned expensive.

                      I almost bought the one from SmartPak yesterday, but I'm glad now I didn't.
                      Homeopathy claims water can cure you since it once held medicine. That's like saying you can get sustenance from an empty plate because it once held food.