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Sophie
3/20/2006 - 9/2/2019Sophie was our Loving friend who always met us after we got home with her big puppy smile. Sophie was gentle and won the hearts of all she met. Sophie, Mommy and Daddy Love You Very Much and will Never Forget You!Larry & Ginni KentJacksonville, FloridaOctober 9, 2019
Ginger Sweetie Nicklus
12/24/2008 - 10/5/2019You were my constant for the past 10 1/2 years and my life is so empty with you gone. You were truly my best friend and I miss you more than words could ever express. The days since you got your angel wings have been filled with guilt, sadness, heartache and so many tears. I hope that soon I can remember you with a smile instead of breaking down. Letting you go was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, I love you my sweet girl and will miss you forever.

Furever Ginger’s Mom,
Becky
Becky NicklusJacksonville, FloridaOctober 9, 2019
Brutus
2/14/2010 - 9/23/2019Brutus has been the best friend I could have ever asked for. My heart is so broken - I miss him every day. He's my world...always has been. I knew with all the love I had for him and him for me, as much as I cried, I knew emailing Lap of Love was the right decision. Everyone from Mary who responded to my email with her compassionate way of speaking to me to Dr. Jessica who was an absolute God send for me and my fur baby. From the moment she arrived her focus was on Brutus, making sure he was comfortable...he gave her so many kisses...it was like he knew she was there to help him. She explained everything she did and was going to do and she helped him cross the Rainbow Bridge and get his angel wings with incredible loving care. It was the most precious moment for me to be holding him and singing to him as he took his last breath. I love you Brutus...always...you will be forever in my heart and soul. 🌈🐕❤Lisa CrotsleyJacksonville, FloridaOctober 1, 2019
Murphy
8/15/2010 - 8/6/2019Murphy was my buddy. He was bossy and demanding, but at the same time the sweetest and most loving dog. He loved to give kisses. Murphy was obsessed with chasing tennis balls and he kept wanting to play even when he could hardly walk. I don't think I will ever stop crying about losing you Murph.Kinna CostelloJacksonville, FloridaAugust 25, 2019
Dingo
11/11/2004 - 8/23/2019Dingo saved my life, and he was stoic until the very end. He never let me know how very sick he was, because he never wanted to leave my side. He was a Velcro dog. You know I couldn't do anything without him under foot, and he would pine horribly. He wouldn't eat or drink until I could be next to him. I don't know why he did that, it used to upset me that he would not move until I returned home from work. He was the strongest dog, and he saved my life from my alcoholism. He was the only thing that I cared about for a very long time, and I don't know if I could have gotten any dog better a fit for me. He, my Dingo was the best dog that ever lived. He was gorgeous, and conceited if you can believe it. He loved me, and I loved him and he knew it.Martha Kennyjacksonville, FloridaAugust 24, 2019
Harry
7/21/2007 - 8/14/2019Harry Callaway Nicholson "Where's my little baby?" Harry would always answer me with the most beautiful feline gallop and proudly trot right to me. I told you the angels were coming. I'm so grateful for the 12 years that we shared together. I'll miss your insistence of being near me, or at least one paw having to touch me when you couldn't sit on me:) I'll miss you sleeping on my back, stomach, head:))) I'll miss that you always looked at me with the same adornment that I held in my heart for you from the moment I saw your baby photo.Chris NicholsonJacksonville, FloridaAugust 22, 2019
Hoover
1/16/2007 - 6/24/2019Baby Boy, you've been the love of our lives since the minute we met! Our hearts are broken in a million pieces!
Sweetest of dreams #1 Puppy! Run and play, splash in the biggest puddles to your hearts content....ALL of the cookies have your name on them.
Until we see you again, you will forever be treasured in our hearts!
Pamela ZaninYulee, FloridaJune 26, 2019
Johnny
2/14/2005 - 6/13/2019I lost my best friend and constant companion of 14 years - Johnny. There was no pup like this boy. Johnny boy came to me on Valentines Day 2005 from my brothers farm in Virginia. Essentially I rescued him from a life of hunting rabbits and living outdoors. He set up residence with me in Neptune Beach and became a beach bum. My brother says he hit the jackpot moving to Florida. Johnny loved the beach, but did NOT love the water and never saw a rabbit here 😊. He spent his first two years trying to figure out who “Good Boy” was (although he was pretty sure it wasn’t him). Johnny had many friends and got out a lot. But no one will miss him as much as his mama. My life is richer because of his presence in it. He was a well loved pup and an old soul. He is survived by his sister Suzi, sweet girl. I want to thank all of those friends who came to visit, call and write. You should know that we appreciated your love and attention. Those were his best days in the end 💔. Please give your furry friend an extra floppy ear rub and treat today for Johnny.Terri DerkumNeptune Beach, FloridaJune 21, 2019
Dick Dastardly
9/22/2010 - 6/11/2019If asked, what am I most proud of in my life, I would have an answer without hesitation. It would how I was able to nurture Dick Dastardly back to life. I rescued Dick Dastardly from OCAS where he was brought in with his sister, he was hit by a car and unable to stand/walk. He was going to be euthanized within 48 hours if he did not leave with a rescue/foster.
When I saw the picture of this poor dog, emaciated, bony, beaten down, with cuts and missing fur, it broke my heart. He had the saddest look on his face and I just knew I would do everything I could to change that dog's life. I have not one regret.

My significant other understood and we went to meet him. He was starting to walk more but had issues due to being so frail and thin. It did not stop him from having us give him lots of love and pets and of course, showing his personality even when in such a terrible situation.

We knew he would be a hospice foster as no one had high hopes for him, he was in that bad of shape. I did not care. I could not let that poor soul stay to die in that animal shelter. We brought him and his sister home to give them the best life we could. His sister, Penelope Pitstop, passed in 8 days due to cancer that did not have an options for intervention.

We continued to focus on healing Dick Dastardly, the first time he wagged his tail, our hearts melted. The first time he played with his toys, we felt like winners. The first time he started to prance and almost run in the backyard happily, it felt like a miracle. We even felt thrilled when he was strong enough to dig holes in the yard- though no one wanted that, it still felt like we won the lottery. His progress and milestones meant that much to us.

Dick Dastardly ended up growing very found of and connect to us, causing some separation anxiety, though we completely changed our work schedules, personal schedules, and outings to be sure he was not alone and always cared for the highest extent of our abilities. He meant so much to us so quickly, we would rather accommodate him, especially given all he went through.

He truly transformed before our eyes with a safe home, food, medication, and love from us. We had the most beautiful, loving, stubborn, and sassy GSD but we were so happy and lucky to have him. His quirks, howls, and barking demands for roast turkey and chicken were just some of things we loved and laughed about.

He was a lover and thrived with attention. He was great with kids, adults, other dogs, and did not show issues with cats. He loved our evening walks, pets from my significant other, hugs from the kids on my dad's soccer team, and loved watching soccer at the field while in the sunshine. He was easily one of the best dogs either of ever had and we still today, dont know how we got so lucky to have him in our lives.

His genuine excitement when my significant other game home. His care towards me during panic attacks. His ability to learn commands and new tricks with us though he was 8-9 years old. He just continued to thrive and show us he was going to keep improving. Even when we brought in another foster for a week, he slept by her side and tried to bond with her. Even let her slept on his bed, which will always make us smile thinking about.

Unfortunately, with most GSD, the worst started to come due to genetics and possibly due to incident of being hit by a car. Dick had hip displagia and spondylosis. While he was being maintained on his medication, eventually it was not working well enough and he was in pain. New medications, exams, tests, and treatments later, we realized the new symptoms and pain were happening due to DM. It was the worst as in his case, it was a rapid and sudden onset. While maintained on steroids and showed a great response to CBD oil, eventually it would only get worse as is the case with DM.

Though our hearts broke during the decision, we knew giving Dick Dastardly the most dignified and peaceful end of life was an absolutely must. Even when he was scared or confused, not able to fully do dog things, he still showed love, joy, and appreciation. We will treasure the time we got with him. We will forever cherish how we were changed while saving his life. I hope every dog lovers is lucky enough to have a connection like or a dog like Dick Dastardly. He was our good boy, our monster man, our best friend. We will miss him terribly but we will never, ever forgot our darling. We love you Dick, so much.
Christina MeierJacksonville, FloridaJune 17, 2019
Abel
5/1/2013 - 6/5/2019I lost my best friend on June 5, 2019. His name was Abel and boy was he able to do anything. For 13 years he was my companion, confidante, shoulder to cry, source of laughter...my everything. He was always there for me no matter if my day was bad or good. If I felt fat or skinny. If I got a terrible haircut or forgot the milk. The only thing I will never be certain of is if he forgave me for all the brothers and sisters he had after seven years of being an only child. A tenacious, stubborn, curious, strong willed, wild only child for so long. Everywhere I went, he would go. He met big people, little people, furry people...and almost all of them loved him. He was always complimented on his manners and gentle nature. Even people who hated bully breeds found a spot in their heart because of him. He was my hero. He was the best big brother my two dogs could ask for and for the other fosters, he was a great role model. He was not perfect, but he was perfect for me. Sampson and Lana Kane miss you almost as much as I do.

I can't thank lap of love and Dr. Katie enough for helping me through this time. The decision was made for me by father time but being in my home made the longest day of my life a bit easier. The doctor made sure everyone, including my two other pups were comfortable and had enough time with my angel. Without their help, I don't know and don't want to think of the 'what ifs' - they are endless. I am forever grateful for what Lap of Love did for my my oldest.

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” —Winnie-the-Pooh
Alexis CartagenaJacksonville, FloridaJune 7, 2019
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