Paw Prints Along The Sand~Inspirational Pet Memorial Necklace

by Sarah Barnes.
(United States)

Much of my inspiration and design  for my jewelry pieces  comes from my  love for animals, especially  for dogs. I love dogs so much because  of their loyalty, friendship and most of all  their unconditional love for their owners.

Paw Prints Along The Sand

Paw Prints Along The Sand

During my youth  my family and I  along with our Golden Retriever Kasey  would spend our summers at the beach on Cape Cod . Looking back, my favorite memory of that time was walking  the beach at sunrise or at sunset with Kasey right by my side or chasing after her favorite ball while imprinting her paws into the sand along the shore.

 I can remember it being  so quiet and peaceful even though you could hear the crashing of the waves into  the shore and the faint  sound of seagulls flying above in the sky.The  beauty of the sun reflecting on the water was absolutely breathtaking. Most of all this was a place where I could be alone with my dog Kasey,  talk to her about my dreams and inspirations or trust her with my thoughts even through difficult times and know she would never tell anyone.

She was my friend and my true inspiration for many of the decisions I have made with my life and she is behind a great deal of my creativity.There is not one day that goes by that I do not miss her. I truly treasure those moments.

Even though Kasey is not with me anymore there are  many times now as an adult I think back to that  time and smile when I think about the joy that  she  brought to me . Even now whenever I go to the beach and see  paw prints embedded in the sand I think of my times with her.

For this reason,  I  derided to create a necklace reflecting this  memory and my love for my dog, thus Paw Prints Along The Sand was born . I  wanted to make this as a  simple necklace and use  shells and charms to reflect the meaning behind this piece. To  do this I used a sterling silver  paw print  and flip flop charm as  a pendant , accented  it with a rose shell and freshwater pearl and strung it on a sterling silver chain. Simple yet elegant.

I wanted to  give  true meaning to this piece for  all the dog lovers out there who miss their special FURiend by letting them  know that no matter how difficult times may seem  and for all the times we may lose faith in humanity  this necklace and  every paw  print you might see  in the sand  will be a reminder that  your loyal  Furiend will always be by you side with  love, gratitude and devotion.

Sarah Barnes

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