Pet memorial stones can serve as a loving tribute to a pet that has passed on. When choosing a pet memorial stone, you have a number of different factors to consider:
Shape. Most pet memorial stones feature a stone with engraving, but some stones are crafted into specific shapes, like a heart or a paw print.
Portrait or Image. Consider if you want a basic portrait of your pet on your memorial stone. Alternatively, some choose to use a more generic dog or cat silhouette or a paw print image.
Wording. You can choose to display your pet’s years or a touching sentiment, or you may simply put your pet’s name and nothing else.
Customization. Cost will vary depending on the level of customization you’re looking for. Naturally, pet memorial stones with custom portraits or wording will cost more than general pet memorial stones.
Location. You will want to make sure that you get a stone that lends itself to being displayed in the space you have for it. If you want your memorial stone mounted on a wall inside, for example, look for a lightweight piece that has a keyhole in the back. On the other hand, if you plan to place it in your garden, look for a heftier stone that can withstand all types of weather.
Keeping these things in mind, below are our 12 favorite pet memorial stones listed on Amazon and Etsy.
Description: The Paw Print Pet Memorial Stone is an affordable option for owners on a budget and comes in a unique paw print shape.
It measures 8.75” x 8.75”, weighs about 3 pounds, and is made out of natural-looking, weatherproof polyresin that looks great in the garden.
An inscription on the paw reads, “Our hearts still ache in sadness and secret tears still flow. What it meant to lose you, no one will ever know.” There is also a 2” x 3” frame set into the palm of the paw where you can personalize the memorial with a photo of your beloved pet.
PROS: This memorial stone is one of the most affordable memorial stones that can be customized. In addition, owners felt that it looked particularly nice outside in a garden
CONS: If kept outdoors, the photo can become weatherworn by sun and rain after some time. Some owners noted that laminating the photo helped it last a few years. Others had success adding caulk around the back and front of the picture frame.
Description: This mid-priced Dog Angel Grave Marker by Design Toscano is a small statue of a winged dog, nuzzled up and sleeping peacefully.
It’s hand-cast from crushed stone and resin for a memorial stone that can stand up to the elements. It measures 10” x 5.5” at the base, stands 5 inches tall, and weighs about 2 pounds. It has a stone finish, resulting in a simple and elegantly-styled memorial to your pet.
PROS: Most owners were very satisfied with the craftsmanship of this piece, noting that it would withstand all kinds of weather (especially if you add an additional layer of lacquer before setting it outside). A few owners also felt that this was a unique piece compared to what was available in stores.
CONS: This grave marker cannot be customized. Additionally, some owners felt that it was a little over-priced, especially considering that it was made in China.
Description: This mid-priced pet memorial stone is designed to be placed in your garden as a stepping stone.
It measures 11 inches in diameter and comes in a delicate sand color, making this stone an elegant yet subtle addition to your garden or home. The stone has the image of a dog bone outlined in black etching. Inside the dog bone, you can customize the stone with your dog’s name and dates.
Above and below the dog bone there is an inscription which reads, “Forever Missed / Forever in Our Hearts” (a lovely sentiment, although it cannot be altered). Finally, this stone is also quite sturdy as it is made of concrete and weighs about 10 pounds.
PROS: The vast majority of owners were impressed with the quality and durability of this product, especially for the price. One noted that, even if some of the colors fade, the inscription and customization will remain because it is etched, not simply written, into the memorial stone. The customer service is also excellent; the maker sends an email to confirm the customization that you want.
CONS: The only downside to this product is that the sentiment cannot be changed or deleted, and some owners felt that it made the memorial look too busy.
Description: This affordable memorial stone uses a natural rock design with two paw print indented into it.
Below the paw prints is a sentiment etched in cursive which reads,”If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.”
This stone, made of polystone (a synthetic stone), weighs about 2 pounds and is 12 inches long, 3 inches wide, and half an inch thick. It has been treated to withstand all types of weather. Although this is advertised as a “garden stone,” there is also a keyhole in the back so that it can be mounted if desired.
PROS: Many owners have been satisfied with the weight of the stone; it is not too heavy, but heavy enough that it sits securely in the garden. Overall, owners felt that it was an attractive memorial that reflected their feelings about their beloved pet.
CONS: This stone has no customization options. Additionally, a small minority of owners seem to have received a slightly different product that is darker than the stone pictured.
Description: The Grasslands Pet Memorial Stepping Stone is an inexpensive option for owners who want a sweet memory of their pet to either hang on a wall or place in the garden.
The circular stone is 8.4 inches in diameter and .6 inches thick. It weighs about 2.35 pounds and is made of a cement resin mix. It pictures the raised image of a winged dog with a little golden halo. An etched inscription around the circumference reads, “Run free now, Go play with the angels.”
PROS: Most owners were very satisfied with this product, commenting that it was exactly what they expected: a touching and well-made memorial for their dog. One owner also mentioned that Grasslands Road is an exceptionally considerate company, even including a handwritten note of sympathy in the package.
CONS: No personalizations can be made to this product. Also, a couple of customers complained that the stone turned green after being left in the garden for a few months. However, this was an uncommon occurrence and shouldn’t be a dealbreaker for owners who want to mount the stone or keep it inside.
Description: This affordable, heart-shaped memorial stone features a unique paw print with inset beadwork.
The pawprint takes up the upper right-hand side of the heart, while the rest of the heart is covered by an etched inscription which reads, “No longer by my side… but Forever in my Heart.”
The stone is made of resin, but designed to look like sandstone. Weighing about 3 pounds, it’s 9.25 inches long and about one inch thick. It has a keyhole in the back and is built to withstand the weather, so it can be hung or placed in the garden.
PROS: Most of the owners were pleased with their purchase, noting that the beads in the paw gave this memorial stone a nice dab of sparkle without being too over the top. Some mentioned that it could withstand extremely hot and rainy weather. Others recommended that, if placing this product outside, it might be a good idea to spray it with acrylic first to help it last longer.
CONS: This memorial stone cannot be customized. Also, a small minority of customers received stones that had been broken or otherwise damaged in the mail. Given the price of the product, however, this is probably a risk worth taking (unless you have a time constraint).
Etsy Memorial Pet Stones
You’ll find that memorial pet stones from Etsy offer more customization than the selection provided by other online sites. We will be detailing some of the most beautiful, highly-rated memorial stones for pets on Etsy.
Description: If you are looking for a sleek, modern look that is also affordable, this granite dog memorial stone from an Etsy artist could be a good option for you.
This memorial is square in shape; it measures 6 inches along each side and is about half an inch thick. It’s made of a shiny, black granite with white engraving. The stone features your pup’s name in large letters along the top, decorative paw prints in the center, and a dog bone along the bottom with your dog’s dates inside. It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
PROS: This product is customized, yet still ships very promptly, within 2-5 days of your order date. The seller even asks for your “need by” date to make sure that you receive your memorial stone in time if there is a time crunch. In general, this Etsy shop has provided many customized granite products for their customers, all with great satisfaction.
CONS: There are no complaints from owners. The only drawback could be that, if you want a proof of what your memorial stone will look like, that will add an extra day to your order’s processing time.
Description: This is a mid-priced granite photo memorial stone via Etsy that allows you many options for customization.
The polished black granite stone is circular, with a diameter of 6 inches and a thickness of ¼ of an inch. It can be customized with your dog’s name, his dates, an inscription, and/or a photo laser-etched in white.
The artist will work with you individually via Etsy messenger to determine which photo will look best etched onto the granite and to find a design that you are happy with.
PROS: Owners were very happy with both the product and their experience working with this artist. The artist seems to have a very good sense of what will look good on the granite, because all customers were satisfied with how the picture turned out.
CONS: This stone is very thin at only a quarter of an inch, making it much more fragile than other similar products. If you have it outside, make sure it is in a place where it won’t get stepped on (despite advertising, it is not a stepping stone) or, worse, run over by a lawn mower!
Description: If you like the idea of engraved granite, but are looking for a more substantial memorial stone, this engraved granite pet marker from Etsy is an excellent (although somewhat pricier) option.
This polished black granite block is 4” x 8” x 2”, giving it the appearance of a grave marker, rather than just a simple stone. The marker can be customized with a photo and any text of your choice. The artist will work with you by showing you a design proof, which you can either request changes in or approve for engraving.
PROS: Owners were very pleased with this artist’s patience and commitment to creating just the right design for the pet marker. As own reviewer put it, the artist helped her vision “come to life.” Overall, this is a standout piece either indoors or out.
CONS: The cost could be prohibitive for some owners. However, if you are looking for something that is sure to endure the elements, the added expense could be worth it.
Description: If you have a favorite picture of your pup, this pet portrait photo stone (via Etsy) could be the one-of-a-kind memorial you’ve been looking for.
The artist takes your dog’s photo and transfers it onto genuine rock that can stand up straight on its own. You can add wording free of charge and the image is guaranteed to be UV resistant for up to 100 years.
Moreover, there is a memorial stone option for almost any budget. A small 4” x 6” indoor stone is quite affordable. Stones are also available in medium ( 6” x 8”) and large (8” x 10”) at higher premiums. You will also pay a little extra for a weatherproof finish.
PROS: Owners loved the finished product. Moreover, they report that the seller is very easy to work with and dedicated to patiently helping their customers design the perfect pet memorial.
CONS: This seller is quite prompt, but, as with most customized Etsy products, you will still have to wait 2-4 weeks to get your memorial stone. For owners in a rush, Amazon may be the best option.
Description: This Etsy Sand-Carved Memorial Stone is a little more expensive than similar products, but, if you are looking for something handmade from real river stone, the extra cost is worth it.
The artist works mostly with granite stones 12-14 inches in length. The engraving is sand carved deeply into the stone and accentuated with long-lasting lithichrome stone paint in a color of your choice (shadow black, shadow brown, or white).
There are 6 lines of script available of on the stone: one line for the pet’s name, one line for the pet’s dates, 3 lines for a personalized inscription (27 characters on each line), and one line for a design (paw prints, dog bone, or heart prints). The artist offers several font options. The stone is designed to stand up to any weather, but also looks great indoors.
PROS: Owners rated their experience with this artist very positively, commenting that he was a good communicator and that the process of making the memorial stone was very easy. Owners were also very satisfied with the look of the finished product and were excited to place it in their gardens.
CONS: You do not have a choice in regards to the color of the stone and it is unclear what color you might get (the artist simply says it comes in “earthtones”).
Description: This Custom Mosaic Pet Memorial Stone is pricey, but truly one of a kind. With just a photo of your beloved pup, the artist creates a customized mosaic portrait made from pieces of colored glass.
The base stone is a river rock, about 9-12 inches at its longest dimension, and is hand selected by the artist from nature. The glass pieces are surrounded by decorative ball chain and mounted to the stone using weather-proof grout.
This memorial stone can be kept outdoors, although the artist recommends bringing it inside during colder months so as not to crack the glass.
PROS: Owners found this artist’s pieces to be “exquisite,” even more beautiful in-person than in online photos. In addition, the artist is very responsive and easy-to-work with. Owners found that the pieces were received in a timely manner and well-packaged.
CONS: The cost of this product may be prohibitive for many owners. However, if you like the mosaic artistry of this memorial stone, consider other products from this maker that cannot be customized.
We hope you’ve found a fitting tribute for your pet from this list of recommended pet memorial stones.
Dealing with the loss of a pet is difficult. Yet, I know from personal experience, having a well-located memorial stone can often help with the grieving process. We hope that this article is of some comfort or assistance to you.
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