I will always walk with you.
If you live with and rescue a lot of cats, you end up with a fair number of losses. I received sympathy cards from many people, and we all remarked on the lack of animal-themed, especially cat-themed, sympathy cards. For years I’d dreamed of creating my own line of sympathy cards using my art and photos and writing verse and sentiments from my own heart.
Projects like that sit in the background until it’s their time to come to fruition. When I lost my silly, loving cat Namir to feline heart disease, I discovered it was time. As part of my grieving process I sat down with my images and gathered together the first dozen, wrote my text for each of them, designed them and had them printed. I’m a commercial artist by trade so the design and print is something I do every day.
I’ve been offering them since then, and adding images to the set all the time. This design and 15 other animal sympathy cards are available singly or in quantity, and at a 40% discount to animal professionals who purchase them to use in their business or retailers who want to resell them. Read more below.
About the artwork, and the cat who inspired the cards
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.
Because it’s a memory of June, I featured it in my June 2016 Feline Sampler Box.
Purchase the card
If you are an animal professional and want to purchase for your business, or a retailer who would like to resell these cards, visit For Animal Professionals or For Wholesalers, or contact me for the discount for quantity purchase.
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.
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