Dog Headstones & Grave Markers for Your Canine Family Member
Man’s best friend has come a long way and our pet dogs are now regarded as one of the family. They have moved into our homes and have their own special bed. Heck, some even share our bed with us! Being one of the family certainly has its benefits too. Better food, nicer toys, a healthcare plan and even birthday celebrations. It only make sense that when our beloved canine friend pass on we memorialize them as a family member and mark their grave with a dog grave marker or headstone.
Types of Dog Headstones
Dog headstones are available in an assortment of styles, shapes, sizes and materials. The type of memorial you select is largely dependent on your personal preference. Here are some dog headstone types to consider when selecting one for your dog.
Granite dog headstones – As the name implies, these are made from a solid piece of granite and usually personalized by sandblasting the design and lettering onto the surface. Granite is by far the most popular material and can be seen in just about every pet cemetery in the country. The main types of dog granite headstones you'll see are flat dog grave markers, slant markers and upright monuments. They are available in the same granite colors that you will see in cemeteries where people are buried.
Natural rock grave markers – For a natural look, large river stones and rough shaped natural stone pieces make great dog grave markers. Their natural shapes coupled with earthy colors make an excellent addition to your garden as they will blend in seamlessly. Personalization is engraved also by means of sandblasting.
Laser engraved dog headstones – These magnificent pet headstones consist of a jet black piece of polished granite which is personalized with a laser engraving machine. The laser can engrave pictures and detailed artwork for photograph like quality. Laser engraved headstones are relatively new, but have had a rapid rise in popularity as they give people unlimited options in personalization.
Bronze dog grave markers – Made from two of the most durable materials in the memorialization industry, bronze dog grave markers consist of a bronze plaque attached to a solid granite base. The personalization is cast onto the bronze plaque along with an emblem of your dog’s breed. They are designed to lay as a flat marker and are accepted in most pet cemeteries.
Cremation grave markers – This unique memorial is a grave marker with a receptacle for storing the dog's cremated ashes. The ashes are sealed in a compartment within the granite base and some are covered with a granite or bronze plaque. These are very popular with pet parents who choose to have their dog cremated and want an urn and dog grave marker.
Where Can I Place My Dog's Grave Marker?
Typically, pet parents place a marker in a cemetery if that is where they had their dog buried. Some have their dog interred on private property and choose to set the dog grave marker on its resting place there. For those who had their pet cremated and purchased a dog headstone as a memorial, they may place it in the backyard, under a tree, among an established garden or in some cases even create a special garden just to memorialize their beloved pooch.