"I'll always remember the way you looked at me."

Animal Sympathy Cards

Inspired by my own losses, my animal sympathy cards fill a need for those who want to give and those who need to receive pet-appropriate images and sentiments that remember the joy of life with their animal companions.

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As an artist I turn my emotions into creative output. Thus it is with the grief I’ve felt at the losses of my cats through the years. After receiving many sympathy cards I realized that not too many are focused on the loss of an animal companion, and I vowed to create a line of sympathy cards drawn on my own experiences that would feature photos and paintings of my cats and others’ animal companions as well as artwork and photos not focused on any species.

Each of the cats depicted here was or is one of mine and the dogs are ones I’ve come to know through friends and art customers. Most are feline cards because that’s the greatest amount of “material” I have, though I do have one canine card and two that could suit any animal. I take the use of an animal’s image in one of my designs very seriously and while I have many lovely photos and have been offered many more of other cats, of dogs and bunnies and ferrets, I feel I need to know my subjects before I use their image.

My cats have no choice, especially “if they like to eat” as I always tell them when they roll their eyes about being my models.

In the years since I’ve designed these cards I’ve designed several more dedicated to the geriatric and hospice foster cats I’ve had the joy of knowing, even for just a short time. To read more about how these cards came to be and the remarkable cat whose loss inspired me to realize the dream of designing these cards, read “Animal Sympathy Cards” on The Creative Cat.

This line of sympathy cards for pet loss is 5″ x 7″ , printed on 14 pt. card stock and include a matching envelope, packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box. Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

While these were created specifically for pet loss, customers have found that other of my cards serve to express sympathy as well, such as my Feline Fine Art Cards and the smaller sets of note cards.

Purchase the original dozen cards

Purchase a custom dozen of sympathy cards

This will give you the dozen quantity price when purchasing your own selection of cards. Use the box below to list the dozen designs you would like.

You aren’t constrained to only the designs below that are listed as sympathy cards, but you may choose from any of the 5 x 7 greeting cards on my site. If you have any questions, please ask.

Purchase individual cards

I Will Always Walk With You Animal Sympathy Card

Text reads:
I will always walk with you.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

About the artwork

I call this design one of my “non-denominational” sympathy cards that doesn’t feature a cat or any animal at all, only pawprints next to my footprint on my stone path. If you know animal tracks this print is obviously a domestic cat’s print, but pawprints are universal in our language of animals with paws.

I took this photo one June morning in 2009, less than two weeks before I lost Namir, who along with Cookie spent time out in the yard with me every morning in those years. I remember turning around and seeing these prints on that flagstone as the three of us walked along the path, and hurrying to get the photo before the prints began to dry in the sun. The memory was so strong and I immediately began to form the final title of the image even before I knew what I’d do with it. I remembered it daily, knowing that Namir’s heart couldn’t hold out much longer. It was one of the first designs I visualized when I decided I really would go ahead and design the Animal Sympathy Cards.

Ironically, I had always thought it was Namir’s pawprint but just a couple of years ago I looked through the photos from that morning and realized it was probably Cookie’s. That would be more typical because Cookie was my guardian and followed or preceded me everywhere. But she has gone to prowl the big back yard of eternity with Namir and several of my other feline family, and the pawprint represents that wonderful time with the three of us, and by extension all of us.

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Text reads:
Remember the beautiful moments from all those years together.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 12 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

"Unforgettable" sympathy card, for Kennedy.

Text on front: Unforgettable.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 12 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching cream envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

About the artwork, and Kennedy

“Unforgettable”, features Kennedy, a hospice rescue who was only with us for six week but somehow seemed like a brother to the family of four as soon as he came in the door. Those bristly whiskers and gaunt face, copper eyes with a cataract, bent legs, stiff spine, who could forget any of Kennedy’s battle scars? But mostly, who could forget the part that was just him: happy, full of love and friendship, despite his pain and his past as you clearly see in his eyes?

The photo is one of the very last I took of him while he still lived, taken on the morning of the day I had him put to sleep, looking at me with trust and love and understanding and all that experience written all over his face.

Read more about Kennedy on The Creative Cat.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Price includes shipping via first class mail.

By ordering Animal Sympathy Cards, Custom Dozen, you can take advantage of the quantity discount for one, two three or four dozen cards and choose the images you are mostly likely to use. They assort with any 5″ x 7″ greeting card too, not just the designs included in the sympathy set.

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All prices include shipping.

The 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount, including individual cards from other collections.

Feline Fine Art Cards

Feline Photos Greeting Cards

Compositions in Black and Green, Set

Victoriana Cats, Set

Feline Seasonal and Holiday Greeting Cards

And even non-feline cards:

“Inspired by Flowers” Greeting Cards

“In the Garden” Fine Art Cards

Seasonal and Holiday Cards

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

 

Price includes shipping via first class mail.

In the years since I’ve designed these cards I’ve designed several more. Some are new messages and images I want to share, some are dedicated to the geriatric and hospice foster cats I’ve had the joy of knowing, even for just a short time. To read more about how these cards came to be and the remarkable cat whose loss inspired me to realize the dream of designing these cards, read “Animal Sympathy Cards” on The Creative Cat.

Text reads:
No other eyes will look at you in quite the same way again.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Text reads:
The sweetest memories often come in quiet moments.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Text reads:
Remember the best moments with love and joy.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Text reads:
always in your heart

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Text reads:
They find a comfortable spot in your heart to live in forever and ever.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Text reads:
They find a comfortable spot in your heart to live in forever and ever.

 This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Text reads:
Remember the beautiful moments from all those years together.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Text reads:
No other eyes will look at you in quite the same way again.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Text reads:
They leave their mark on us, don’t they?

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Text reads:
No other eyes will look at you in quite the same way again.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

"I'll always remember the way you looked at me."

Text reads:
I’ll always remember the way you looked at me.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching blue envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Sophie Keeps an Eye on things

No text on the front.

  • Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.
  • Feline Fine Art Cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.
  • Individual cards are shipped by first class mail.
  • Sets of six and twelve are packed in a clear-top stationery box. Price includes shipping via Priority Mail.

About the artwork

Sophie was always in one of the windows when I left and when I returned, and she always managed to use the curtains to dramatic advantage. This is one of my fondest memories of her, nestled in the creamy lace with the spring-blooming forget-me-nots in the windowbox.

The forget-me-nots are beginning to bloom as they grow taller more quickly, an inch or two each day, in the pots in the windowbox under my dining room window. Each year when I transplant them from the yard and put the pots in place I remember Sophie and this particular beautiful moment in 2005—May 4, 2005 to be exact. It was Sophie’s year to pose in forget-me-nots and I have so many from the first two weeks of May, but of all of them, this is my favorite.

And it’s not just a favorite of that series of Sophie in the forget-me-nots, but of all my photos to date, and a treasured memory.

Sophie always watched me leave the house, and in the evenings I closed my curtains before I left. She also like to play around with the curtain—often I had to inspect the lace to see her white fur through the mesh, or she dramatically appeared from between the panels, around the edge or underneath, but she was always there with her big round eyes.

On this day, in the late afternoon, the warm spring sun angled into the window imparting a creamy tone to the lace, and the forget-me-nots I’d planted in pots in the windowbox were in full flower. Before I left I closed the curtains because I’d be gone after dark, and Sophie began her little game while I was still indoors, so I stopped and captured a few images of her silhouetted and peering through the curtain at me.

No text on the front.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching cream envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Text on front:
I will never forget you.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching cream envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Text on front:
Never enough time, but time enough to love.

This line of 5″ x 7″ sympathy cards for pet loss is:

  • printed on 14 pt. card stock
  • includes a matching cream envelope
  • packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box

Sympathy cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.

Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

Ironically, I have also found that people use these cards for human sympathy or even for “thank you”, “thinking of you” and even romance, especially for those who share a love for animals. Loss is about love, and when I designed these I focused on that love instead of the pain of loss.

WHOLESALE PURCHASE OF GREETING AND NOTE CARDS

Please ask about wholesale prices if you are interested in reselling my cards in your shop or you are an animal professional or other business and would like to make a bulk purchase for business correspondence.

The galleries below link to the original set of sympathy cards, the newer cards I’ve designed and the other sets of cards others have chosen from for sympathy (please understand some areas and galleries are still “under construction).

To now all but the fully handmade cards have been commercially printed, but with the introduction of this website I am offering custom printed cards—if one of my many cards isn’t quite what you’re looking for you can choose from a gallery of other likely images and have a custom single or quantity of cards printed just for you. One of the ways I’ve chosen which cards to have printed as greeting card is to see if an image is popular, and I’ll have them printed so they are always available.