Anyone who’s ever owned a pet will know that losing them is one of the hardest things they’ve ever had to do. The heartbreak at saying goodbye is mitigated only by the years of joy they’ve shared since first welcoming the new member of the family home. And it’s for this reason that these first and last photo tributes to cats and dogs will make you want to grab a tissue box! First up, the photo above…
Reddit user TheSpiffySpaceman’s cyborg mutt may have had a plastic knee and a metal leg, but he wasn’t loved any less because of that. These photos of the rescue dog are 16 years apart and tell a story all by themselves.
Fourteen years separate these two photos, but Docker the dog still looks just as interested in Curious George. Recreating a photo like this is a great way to ensure that you have a beautiful, permanent, touching memory of a beloved pet.
Cassie looks like the kind of cat who’d rule the roost in her older years. In fact, apparently the only time “Aquacat” lost her regal, calm composure was when she accidentally found herself in a pond or well. At least she earned a cool nickname out of it.
Death is a natural concept, and yet that doesn’t make it any easier to cope with. Many people experience loss for the first time through their pets, and it can be traumatizing. That said, preserving the memory of our furry friends with photos, like the one of Addie here, could just be vital to coping.
This beautiful kitty was named after legendary Arrested Development character Steve Holt. And, just like his namesake, the creature scored big in the hearts of his fans. Unfortunately, however, the little feline star’s life was cut tragically short by autoimmune disease when he was just two-and-a-half years old.
When you have pets from a young age, they’re pretty much a constant in your life while growing up – so losing them can shatter your entire worldview. This little guy was taken to the park and allowed to run free one last time, which must have been truly heartbreaking for his owners.
“The last week or so of her life, she was looking down all the time,” Jennyfur’s owner recalled in a Reddit post. “The second before my mom took this picture, she looked right up at me.” It’s enough to crumble the stoniest of hearts.
This 14-year-old pup may look a little haggard in her final photo, but she was a friend to the end for her owner. It’s amazing to see how much she’s grown; she must have lived quite the life.
Simba was only three years old when his owners had to have him put down. Tragically, the beautiful ginger kitty was blighted by kidney failure early in his life, but it looks like he enjoyed his short time on this Earth.
Not everyone gets to enjoy having their pet around for as long as this dog’s owners did. An entire decade of friendship, memories and love was shared between them before she passed away.
This kitty may have grown into a beautiful adult cat, but to her owner she’ll likely always be remembered as that energetic young creature she no doubt once was. A childhood friend, but a lifetime of memories.
Little Indie may have been deaf, blind and brain damaged from birth, but that didn’t stop her owners from loving her for her entire life – through the good times and the bad. A heartwarming story if ever there was one.
Aww, this cheeky chappie is a little droopy in his final photo; still, who isn’t after a life well lived? At first it can be difficult to even look at photos of a loved one who’s passed away, but in time these photos will be priceless memories.
“From the first ‘hi’ to the final ‘goodbye,’ the best dog I’ve ever had.” A wonderful and fitting testament to the legacy of an animal, companion and friend, no doubt. It almost brings a tear to our eye.
In support of those who have lost pets, some Reddit users turn to humor. When Zwitty posted, “This is my cat’s first and last picture,” one responder said, “Because it’s too sad to consider, I’m going to assume you lost your camera.”
Black cats are traditionally seen as a sign of bad luck, but who cares about that when they’re as beautiful as this fortunate feline? He may have passed on, but he sure was loved while he was here.
Only four years passed between these two photos – before Wally was tragically stolen from his grief-stricken owner by liver and kidney failure. Still, at least his last few moments were spent in the arms of someone who loved him.
A veterinarian once posted a heartwarming – and tear-jerking – story on Reddit about the short lifespan of a dog. A six-year-old child, upon watching his dog get euthanized, reflected, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life… dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
Some cats can live to a ripe old age – like this handsome companion. It was hard to keep this cat to ever hold still for a photo. And in the final days the kitty still had grace and charm at 18 years – a massive 88 in cat years!
Around 20 years separate these photographs, and it’s obvious just how much love was shared between pet and owner during that time. Mopsy may be gone, but like all pets, she brought joy while she was here.