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

‘We sponsored an opera seat in the name of our cat’

Mr Horatio Parmouk, our beloved cat, turned up at my house as a stray and never left. He was a large, black tom cat with the sweetest disposition and was named partly after Nelson, partly after a character in Downton Abbey. Everyone loved him; he had his own Facebook page, wore various outfits in return for a cat biscuit or six and even starred in an advert for a hat company. Before he passed, we sponsored a seat at the London Coliseum in his name, so opera-goers can now sit in his seat. He was a real feline character. Cathy Peake, nurse manager, Barnet

‘I decided to realise a dream and have Kimi tattooed on 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 lost my beloved yorkshire terrier Kimi Raikkondog Manton four days after his 10th birthday. He collapsed and passed away at the vet’s without me by his side, due to Covid restrictions. After receiving a lump sum of holiday money from my old job and a bonus from my new job, I decided to realise a dream. So I booked to have Kimi tattooed on my leg, more than 320 miles away in Edinburgh. Even though I could have bought a slightly better car with the money, I needed that tattoo more. The tattooist was fantastic – we talked non-stop for the seven hours that I was in the chair and I cried when I saw the finished tattoo. It means the world to me. Lindsey Manton, Leicestershire

Make Some Simple Frozen Dog Treats. Looking for an easy way to keep your dog busy? Make them some frozen dog treats. Freeze some broth in ice trays to give your dog a nice little treat on those hot summer days.

‘I will have my dog’s ashes turned into a diamond, then set into a ring’

Stephanie and her cairn terrier.Stephanie and her cairn terrier. Photograph: Stephanie/Guardian Community
I had to have my beloved cairn terrier put to sleep this summer, after 15 years of having him constantly by my side. His death left a huge void, a deafening silence and a sense of loneliness and emptiness. To commemorate him, I will have his ashes turned into a diamond, which will then be set into a ring, so he can continue to accompany me wherever I go. His amazing, lively presence is missed so, so much. Stephanie, freelance translator and interpreter, Midlands

‘I stamped my cat’s paw print on to the sides of a pottery project’

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 Community
After our beloved Catherine Cattington was hit by a car, we had her cremated. Some of her ashes were incorporated into a beautiful resin model of a sleeping cat by an artist we found on Etsy and we also had an imprint taken of her paw. I was having pottery lessons so I made a stamp from the imprint and transferred it on to the sides of a milk jug I made, in lieu of a handle. In the absence of being able to hold my cat again, it helps to have tactile objects that remind me of her. Valeria, archaeologist, Oxfordshire

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Scientists believe that the world’s first known dog lived 31,700 years ago. This prehistoric dog resembled a large Siberian Husky.

‘We used gold paint to fill in the hole our hamster gnawed in the floor’

Jennifer’s hamster, Daisy.Jennifer’s hamster, Daisy. Photograph: Jennifer/Guardian Community
After our hamster Daisy died, we used gold acrylic paint to fill in the hole she had gnawed in the kitchen’s vinyl floor. It’s still there: a lasting memorial to an amazing pet. She was a very lovely hamster, who would rush around the kitchen floor in the morning while we all had breakfast. She would come to us when called by name, sometimes running up our legs and into our hands. Jennifer, Cambridge

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

Remus and Roman’s plaque.Remus and Roman’s plaque. Photograph: Andrew Lewis/Guardian Community
I made a simple plaque carved with the names of my two German shepherds, Roman and Remus, who died within a short time of each other. It’s erected overlooking the garden where they are buried, and where I know they had happy lives. I don’t think I’ve much of a future as a carver, but the thought was there. The plaque is pictured here alongside our new German shepherd, Bear. Andrew Lewis, carpenter and builder, Staffordshire

Play a Nice Interactive Game of Tug With Your Dog. A 5 minute game of tug works wonders for tiring out your dog & letting him get rid of some of that pent up energy. (and no – it won’t make your dog aggressive despite the old myth)

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

Nicholas Cook’s dog toy giveaway in memory of Nelson the lurcher.Nicholas Cook’s dog-toy giveaway in memory of Nelson the lurcher. Photograph: Nicholas Cook/Guardian Community
When our lurcher Nelson passed away during lockdown, it was crushing. It took us some months to pluck up the courage before we placed a post on the local Facebook site asking dog owners to pop by and help themselves to one of his toys from his basket on our driveway. As a beautiful tribute, people started posting pictures of their own dogs with his toys. It was a small comfort to us to know that other dogs were enjoying them. Nicholas and Sam Cook, Nottingham