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4 Ways to Cope with the Death of Your Chihuahua

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Enjoy this guest post on something we all have to deal with eventually.

Having a chihuahua as a member of your family is a very special experience. They bring a great deal of joy into your home, and their personalities always find their way into your heart.

3 tone chihuahua with toy


The memories you build together are likely to be as impactful and important as any you create with your human friends and family. Which is why, when they pass away, it can be a traumatic event. They may be small in size, but their death tends to leave a big hole in your life.

So what are the best ways to handle the grief of your chihuahua’s sad passing? Are there areas of focus that can help you transition to the key stages of grief? Let’s take a closer look at some activities that can help you cope at this difficult time.

1. Maintain an Open Dialogue

At any challenging time of our lives, one of the worst things we can do is stay silent. The death of a pet is no different. Keeping your emotions, thoughts, and fears bottled up can have a destructive influence on your mental health.

Unfortunately, there is a tendency in our society to minimize the loss when it comes to pets, but the truth is the loss of such a loved and constant companion can be devastating. 

In the days following the death of your chihuahua, take time to talk first about how you are feeling. This can be especially useful if you join together as a family to do so. Create a forum through which everyone feels able to talk about their pain. However, it’s equally important to also talk about your positive experiences with your chihuahua — discuss those happy memories, and share funny stories too.

Remember, grief can continue long after the initial shock of death. Therefore it’s important to keep talking and share your pain whenever the need arises.

2. Celebrate Their Life

Your chihuahua was a special and unique animal. Their passing deserves to be marked in a way that befits their place as a part of your family. By arranging a ceremony that celebrates their life, you can not only make a milestone that signals a moment for you to move beyond, but it also directs the energy of your grief in a way that is practical and positive.

One of the best things about designing a funeral for your chihuahua is there are fewer constraints and traditions than you’d find with the human variety. This means that you are free to make the program as personal and creative as you’d like.

Get your children involved too; have them write poetry, recall memories, and choose music. Make a digital slideshow with photographs of your family and your chihuahua. Choose a pleasant spot for burial, or take a trip together to the perfect location to scatter their ashes. This may be a sad and difficult time in your life, but by celebrating your chihuahua you all get to take a moment to appreciate just how much joy they brought in their short time on the planet.

scared white long hair chihuahua

3. Keep Their Memory Alive 

Just because your chihuahua has passed away, it doesn’t mean that they won’t continue to have an influence on your life. There will be times that you or your family will want to take a moment to recall favorite stories, or simply smile at the thought of your pet’s various antics.

Finding ways to keep your chihuahua’s memory alive can be a useful tool to help you cope in the long term. Creating a formalized memorial is a good start. Take time to check out pet urns , and select the one which can function as the centerpiece of the small space in your home that you keep dedicated to your doggy companion. Surround it with pictures that your children draw of their pet, of photographs depicting their personality, even rest it on top of a favorite cushion. This gives you and your family a specific place they can visit and spend a little time just sitting with their memories.

Don’t be afraid to keep your chihuahua’s birthday on the calendar, too. This can give you all a specific day in which you can revisit your fond thoughts of your little furry family member. Perhaps take a trip to their favorite spot to walk and explore.

4. Make a Difference

When a pet passes, we can often feel powerless to do anything. Especially when they die from a long illness. One of the ways to combat this is by getting involved in causes that improve the lives of chihuahuas and other breeds.

You can put together a small fundraising event that helps to support research and treatment into the illness that your companion experienced. Alternatively, you can commit time to volunteer at an animal shelter — helping those dogs who haven’t yet been lucky enough to find the type of loving home your chihuahua enjoyed.

There’s no better tribute to the loss of a loved pet than directing your grief toward making the lives of other animals better.

Also Read:

How to Prepare for Your Dog’s Passing


There’s no escaping the fact that the death of your beloved chihuahua is going to be painful. However, by ensuring that you keep talking about your feelings and finding moments to appreciate their impact on your life, you can find a way through the most difficult of the days

Michael Angel Rodriguez

Wednesday 24th of August 2022

Our rescued chihuahua from Tijuana Mexico just passed away this Saturday. His name was Iceberg Slim, or "Icey boy" my wife's nickname to him, or Slimmy from my end, he responded to either or variations as well. He was a super-intelligent boy, warm, beautiful,jumpy-jumpy, and now that my wife became pregnant. Slim became my wife's entourage/security and anywhere in the house she went, he went and followed suit. We created many fond memories and road trips to Baja California, Cabos, Loreto, Mulege, and much more. He was with me for 3 years and 8 months (He passed away on Aug. 20, 2022). I have so many pictures of him cuddling in bed with me, or videos of me asking him in both Spanish and English to "speak", "lay down" etc. I am really missing him in my heart and I look at the couch or my balcony on sunny days where he would lounge and sunbathe the day away. I loved him very much, and I know in my heart that he loved me just as much, and he adored and loved my wife even more.

His cremated remains are stored in a beautiful urn sitting in my living room. Never would I think that his departure would shatter my heart as I have felt in these past several days.

Rest in peace Slimmy boy! Wait for Mami and Papi on the Rainbow Bridge.

Michael Angel Rodriguez

Wednesday 24th of August 2022

@Cathy, Thank you very much. This was a beautiful article and felt I should share my experience with my own chihuahua boy. He was an absolute treasure and his memories will live on forever in our hearts.


Wednesday 24th of August 2022

I'm so sorry Michael! He sounds like he was a special little guy.

Marie Berthe Aycardo

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

Good day ... i just lost my 7years old Haley/ female chihuahua last Thursday.😢 She’s been with me during the downside and happy times of my life... she cheered me up especially when i’m coping up the lost of my husband too... we ride motorcycle together while i hid her inside my jacket, greeted me after duty hours, jumping so i could pick her up, stay with me in my bed and other funny, loving moments i missed.😢 My heart cries... i pray for healing.🙏


Friday 29th of April 2022

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it can be.

sarah barber

Saturday 14th of November 2020

When my chihuahua dies her name was pebbles i was broken heart i had her for 16 years it was hard for us to put her down i missed her everyday.


Saturday 14th of November 2020

I'm sorry you lost Pebbles. It's so hard losing them.


Thursday 5th of November 2020

I also lost my lil chi last year we had to lay him down to rest he had just turned 16yrs old had him that long, and 4months later we had to put him down i cried so hard at the place we had to take him to they all felt so bad. He just kept holding on sick and all and slowly going blind arthritis stepped in and he had loose bladder and bowels. But still today i cry as though he was my youngest son. He was my joy and the most loving animal and very protective. I miss my lil buddy my family want to get me another one but after him i said no more. To hard and painful for both animal and owner. I loved my baby and very hard to forget him. My family had him cremated for me and i have him home with us all. We all have our own special moments with him. Thank you for this page for chi’s and thank u all for listening. 😥 i pray for all animals of health and especially through all what the world going through right now no animal deserves to be treated badly period. God bless. Maria A Chi owner


Thursday 5th of November 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss Maria. I hope eventually you will get to a point of getting another one. Even though it's so hard when it's time to say goodbye, they bring us so much joy and love.

Maria Larracuente

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Thank you for this article,my fur baby passed away a month ago and I blame myself because he slipped out of the gate. My depression went out of control. I was able to adopt his little brother, i know that he won't replace him, but I feel a little better. I purchased a pillow with his picture that I can see him everyday. Plus,with your encouragement words I am doing much better.


Tuesday 6th of October 2020

I'm so sorry Maria. I know how hard it is. 30 years ago, I lost 2 of my fur babies accidentally and I went into a horrible depression and blamed myself so I know what you are going through. I try to think it would not honor them to think of them with guilt and sorrow and just think of the wonderful dogs they were and how much we loved each other. It helps.