Purr Print of the Heart’s 2017 Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day Blog Hop and Giveaway Event

My sincere sympathies and blessings to all participating in Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 2017.

I founded Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day (RBRD) in 2015 in honor of Mr. Jazz, my beautiful Ragdoll cat who I had to help cross to the bridge on August 28, 2013. l already knew losing a pet wasn’t easy. I’ve had to say goodbye countless times in my life – dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, guinea pigs and more – each loss leaving a hole in my heart and a void in my life. But after sharing my experience of losing Jazz and writing his story in the book Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond, I came to a global understanding of just how many people had loved and lost a pet, all going through similar feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness, guilt, denial, depression, etc. that I had.

My muse and soul-mate kitty, Mr. Jazz. May he forever remain at peace.

I also came to the realization that many people needed a positive and nurturing outlet to talk about their loss and that’s why I created the day. I wanted a vehicle for people to honor the memory of their pet(s) in any way that felt most comfortable to them – such as by posting a picture, writing a poem, or sharing a video – and the concept of the Rainbow Bridge seemed to have a nearly universal understanding and draw.

Do I actually know if a Rainbow Bridge exists – that “other worldly” place of a lush green meadow where the pet is freed from illness and injuries upon arriving, happy to play in sun-filled days until they are eventually reunited with their owner when their owner passes, to then enter Heaven together? Of course not. But honestly, that’s not the point to me. What matters is the concept of the Rainbow Bridge. We as people are mired in the need for tradition, symbolism, ritual, and ceremony, for if we don’t have something to grasp onto, letting go would be completely unbearable.

I may not know if there really is a Rainbow Bridge, but in my heart there is…R.I.P. all my sweet babies…

Symbolism and ritual is vital to processing grief and that’s why we do things such as bury the pet in a special spot in the yard, or plant a tree in the memory of the pet, or create a special scrapbook, decorate an urn if the pet was cremated, have a paw print cast into cement, or many other things. These are tangible acts that help us keep the memory of the pet closer to our heart, allowing us to manage the pain and pay respect to the pet.

Another way to memorialize the pet is through keepsake items, such as cards, jewelry, picture frames, key chains, chimes, and more. For RBRD this year, I wanted to do something special so I put together a beautiful collection of giveaway items from several companies that specialize in memorial gifts. Not only are they a special way for someone to forever preserve the memory of the pet, they are also a way for others to express condolences, because pet loss is not only difficult for the person (or people) who lost the pet, it can also be difficult for friends, family members,  and co-workers who are acquainted with the person who lost the pet. Death can be a very delicate and awkward subject to broach, especially when it comes to animals, so often these people are at a loss as to how best convey feelings of sympathy, and a keepsake gift can often be the kindest approach.

First up is My Flowers Forever/Bellabeads. I was introduced to them while visiting Cat Chat with Caren and Cody’s blog and I was instantly drawn to the simple beauty of the pet memorial jewelry pieces she was featuring. Necklaces, bracelets, and rings are individually crafted in honor of the passed pet, incorporating custom-created beads into the design per the input/and or materials of the pet guardian. Beads can be created from fresh or dried flower petals sent by the guardian, and if the pet was cremated, ashes can also be sent to add to the flower petals.

Cat Chat was featuring a giveaway from Bellabeads and I happened to be the winning recipient of a Double Ring Necklace Pendant. I chose to memorialize Jazz, but since he’s been gone for several years and I didn’t have any special flower petals that defined our relationship, nor did I feel comfortable opening his ashes, I sent a picture of him to Cristina Segarra, owner of Bellabeads, asking her to create a bead in his beautiful cream, brown, and chocolate tones. When I received the package a couple weeks later, I cried when I opened the elegantly presented box. Inside was a dainty and exquisite necklace with a bead as every bit as gorgeous as my Jazz.

While you can’t see the necklace in full detail, my custom-created Bellabead for Jazz is gorgeous and I wear it all the time. It helps me feel connected to him and I will always cherish it.

Christina began Flowers Forever in 1994 and the business flourished into what it is today – a fully-staffed memorial jewelry and flower preservation business. The memorial aspect was inspired after Christina’s sister came to her with the ashes of her dog, Hunter, asking for a piece of jewelry to be designed. Christina has kindly offered to give away one personalized Bianca Heart Pendant. This gorgeous piece of jewelry retails for $79.95 and comes with a 12 mm handmade Bellabead, a sterling silver open heart, and a personalized, hand-stamped charm. As with my necklace, she will custom design the bead to the request of the winner.

The Bianca Heart Pendant – photo courtesy of My Flowers Forever/Bellabeads.

Next up is the beautiful, old-soul, kindred-spirit jewelry and keepsakes from Auntie Angel Designs (Kindred Spirits Gift Shop). I was on Etsy, looking for pet memorial items and was quickly drawn to the charming pieces Auntie Angel was featuring. I especially fell in love with her Rainbow Bridge Pet Sympathy Bracelet, finding the pretty colored beads and filigree elements soothing to the eye. I also loved that each bracelet is custom made and includes a stamped charm with the name of the pet.

The Rainbow Bridge Pet Sympathy Bracelet – photo courtesy of Auntie Angel Designs.

Auntie Angel designs are created by Jean Brudd and were inspired by her beautiful black German Shepherd, Casey, who went to the Rainbow Bridge on September 5, 2013. Casey was with Jean for over 12 years and was her soul mate and guardian dog who “supervised” all her jewelry making. Jean has graciously donated a Rainbow Bridge Pet Sympathy bracelet to one lucky winner and this stunning piece of jewelry includes a beaded bracelet along with an antiqued copper open paw print charm with the pet’s name, a keepsake Rainbow Bridge-themed memorial card, and gift box. The bracelet retails for $42.50 and comes in several sizes.

The last giveaway is so unique I wasn’t able to feature a particular product, but rather a gift-certificate of $125.00 the winner can use any way they chose in her shop. The company, called Nine Lives Twine, was founded by fiber-artist, Theresa Furrer, and she creates hand spun yarn memorials and other items from pet hair. I had the pleasure of meeting Theresa at Camp Cat NYC this past March and quickly felt a spiritual bond with her. Soft-spoken and kind, Theresa is an animal lover of all kinds, and while she has 3 cats – Lupe, Fergus, and Poppy – and the name of her company has a cat connection – she’s a fiber artist of any pet hair, including cat, dog, rabbit and horse.

I met Theresa at Cat Camp where she was exhibiting some of her hand spun items, including heart ornaments, kitty wall-hangings, and stuffed animals.

Theresa spins the hair into yarn and makes things such as blankets, scarves, toys, gloves, hats, cat hair toys, ornaments, stuffed animals, felted wall hangings, decorative pins, and more. It’s an extremely personal way to memorialize your pet, but because most of us probably don’t think in terms of anticipating the day our pet dies, we wouldn’t be collecting pet hair in advance (although, if you are able to find even a small amount of hair, she’s able to create a ball of yarn by blending it with her supply of fiber).

But honestly, as with all the giveaways I’m offering, I don’t think you have to wait for a pet to pass in order to honor them. Maybe these businesses will inspire you to want to have a piece of jewelry or something else created to celebrate the pet(s) living with you right now.

Entering the giveaway is simple – just use the entry form at the end of the post. You will need to leave a comment about your Rainbow Bridge pet(s) and there will be other opportunities to enter by visiting the social media pages of the participating companies. The winners will be randomly drawn by PromoSimple.com and the giveaway is open to anyone, worldwide to win. The winners will be drawn in the order of each item presented: 1. Bianca Necklace; 2. Rainbow Bridge Bracelet; and, 3. Nine Lives Twine Gift Certificate. The contest begins at 12:00 a.m, EST, on Monday, August 28 and will end on Monday, September 4 at 12:00 midnight, EST. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 6. Please be sure to include your email address when filling out the comment form so if you win you can easily be contacted. If the winner does not respond to initial email within a few days, a follow-up attempt will be made. If there is still no response, an alternate winner will be drawn.

I would also like to share another site I’ve become familiar with called Grief and Sympathy. I had the pleasure of working with the founder, Lesley Postle, writing an article for her on how to help young children deal with the loss of a pet cat. Her website offers lots of insight, articles, and resources for those needing help with the grieving process and she also carries a wide variety of pet sympathy cards and links to beautiful keepsake items, such as handmade jewelry and picture frames.

Lastly, for those of you either looking for a personal way to help someone through the grieving process, or if you need help yourself with grieving, please consider reading the book that started it all for me: Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond. While clinical, self-help books on grieving serve a great purpose, sometimes a true-life experience that someone can directly relate to is the best way to help a person process their feelings, so they don’t feel so alone in the complex range of emotions they are experiencing. Purr Prints is a warm, spirited, and poignant tale written in the meow voice of Mr. Jazz that has touched the hearts of those who have read it. Please visit our books page for information on how to order the book, including options for personalization for those who would like the book autographed in tribute to a lost pet.

Thank you everyone who has participated today. While the day is sad, I do hope it also provided a moment of some joyful and happy memories. Each pet holds a precious spot in our heart and that can never be taken from us. Prayers and blessings to one and all…

Editor’s note – we were not compensated for any of the products featured in this post. All opinions expressed are those of Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles with the sole intention of providing our readers with information on what we consider beautiful keepsake items. We are grateful to those that donated giveaway pieces and thank them for their participation on this very special day. If you care to share socially, we have a special event page set up on Facebook here and recommend you use the hashtag #rainbowbridgeremembranceday when posting.


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  1. Amy Palmer says:

    What beautiful ways to memorialize a beloved pet! I love how simple the jewelry is. I’m thinking a lot today about Sebastian and all my other pets who have passed on.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss; Angel Mr. Jazz was greatly loved while on Earth!

  3. Stephanie says:

    I have lost several beloved cat companions and a couple of beloved dogs, as well, over the years. I love that you created a remembrance day and my sweet Spacey and her one of a kind son, Big Eric, will always hold a very special place in my heart. They were the inspirations for many, many cartoons over the years so will live on in my artwork as well as my heart.

  4. jmuhj says:

    In my family, our beloved cats aren’t “pets” — they are FAMILY and there are so many waiting at the Bridge! One whose 5th anniversary of passing I will soon mark is our beloved Samuda, who left us on 30 August 2012. It seems that so many days mark anniversaries of passing — and each one is beloved of us.

  5. SUSAN YARNELL says:

    I lost my beautiful 13-year-old baby calico Annabelle last Monday. She had gotten sick with pancreatitis and her kidneys were shutting down and she eventually over the course of a week got too weak to fight anymore and I had to let her cross the Rainbow Bridge. I will miss her terribly forever. She was my constant companion and buddy.

  6. Barbara Mayes says:

    We lost our beautiful girl, Chloe, a week ago yesterday. She died in my arms on the way to the animal emergency clinic. My husband and I are devastated. She was such a good girl. She would have been 13 years old this Halloween. We cry everyday and miss her so much. Have you ever been so heartbroken that you weren’t sure if you would ever be the same again? Our emotions are raw, but we feel so blessed to have had her in our lives.

  7. Meg Long says:

    It is better to have loved and loss than to never have loved. While a piece of me dies with every beloved pet I lose, I’d have it no other way.

  8. Jen says:

    My 20-year-old cat passed away a few years ago, actually while I was an animal control officer. I was lucky because I not only got to be there for her up until the very end, but I got to allow my mother to be there. Thanks to my dear friend at 1000 words portraits, I have a gorgeous painting of her on my wall but it’s right beside her ashes.

  9. Carol Roe says:

    Today I remembered the many pets Hubby and I have at the Rainbow Bridge. We loved them all so much. Many tears were shed while remembering them but we really enjoyed the memories.

  10. Melinda says:

    We’ve lost several over the years both bc (before kids) and ac (after kids). As for ac, three cats and a dog. Cats:
    Blackie was only a few years old and as a black cat did not have much luck himself. He fell a short distance out of a window and ended up with a broken leg; he also kept getting urinary blockages. We lost J.J. at the age of 18. He was such a good cat that when he passed we replaced him with three kittens. We lost Rainbow at the age of 20! I was told we could not get three more cats to replace her since we still had the first three replacements. Before we switched over to cats, we had a dog, a basenji, named Summit. He ended up being a rent a pet and went to live with other family members. Seems he did not fancy the idea of us having children and no longer being “top dog”. He did not care for the children so my sister-in-law adopted him. He has since passed since this was decades ago. All were loved as family members. Currently we still have the three replacements – Purrdell, Diva and Pooh. My parents have cats, my in-laws had cats, my son has a cat, my daughter has cats and my sister-in-law has both cats and a dog.

  11. Marvelous says:

    In previous years I have celebrated all the pets who have gone before, but this year, I am only honoring Penelope (the Cat From Hell). Her new protege, Marvelous, is celebrating her on his blog. Thanks for doing this Deb. You have such a huge and loving heart
    Many Purrs
    Barb and Marvelous

  12. So lovely to see how this holiday has grown, Deb! I only wish it wasn’t so close to National Pet Memorial Day but did honor Merlin today. I’ve been out of the loop with my book launch and hospital stay. I haven’t even reached out to CWA members yet, sigh. Purrs to you as you remember Jazz, Harley and all your beloveds.

  13. susan meyer says:

    Beautiful items. This would be in memory of Ernie, who passed away suddenly in 2012. We miss him everyday.

  14. Thank you for creating this special day for everyone to come together in remembrance, and for these lovely giveaways. I’m always looking for new ways to honor my babies in heaven, especially Truffles.

  15. What a wonderful thing to do to create this special day to remember our beloved family members,

  16. Lillian says:

    Thank you for remembering all the furbabies that have enriched our lives & left their paw prints on our hearts & became one with our souls. For all my babies. From my youth to just recently (a little rescue 8wk old kitten) I know they’re forever in my heart in a special place now & always.

  17. Allison Cassel says:

    I learned of this day just today, from my Google feed, and found it very appropriate that it fell on a Monday when I learned of it, as Monday night is the night I participate in a candle lighting ceremony for my own soul-mate kitty Dante. He’d been with me since his birth, when he was so tiny he and both his brothers could fit in my hands at the same time, and he outlived both of them in the end. It’s been over a year since he went to the bridge, and nearly every Monday night since I’ve lit a candle in his memory, and for other pets who have gone ahead as well.

  18. Kim Brooks says:


    I finally got my post up a bit ago – had too many interruptions during the day – besides my 2 dogs 🙂 . I have a few furangels waiting for me at the Bridge – the most recent two, Angel Shiloh and Angel Oreo – I wrote about in my post. Shiloh was my first Beagle and I realized shortly after his leaving that he was indeed my heart dog. He left me back in March of 2016. The other one I included in my post was Angel Oreo, a YorkiPoo. Even though he left me for the Bridge back in 2007, Shiloh grew up with Oreo and they had a tight connection – Best Buds. I also provided a link to my Remembrance post from last year where I also included my horses I had many years ago and my sister’s Westies.

    Thank you for hosting this blog hop – I hope to join in next year.
    Kim, Lady Shasta’n Miss Maizie

  19. Nikki Carter says:

    I knew it would come some day. But never in a million years did I think I’d leave my dear, sweet Missy at a boarding facility and never see her (alive) again. My mother & I went on vacation and left our healthy 9 year old Yorkie at a boarding facility. On the second day of our vacation, we got the dreaded call that our girl “got out” of their fences and got hit by a car. We protected her from such dangers all her life. We gave her a wonderful life…only for it to be cut so short because someone wasn’t paying attention. Our hearts are bleeding. This just happened last week, so we are still in and out of tears. I miss my sweet little girl so much. This has been such a nightmare. I pray Missy is resting well. She will forever be in my heart.