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Willie
10/21/2003 - 7/5/2019Our sweet Willie was one of a kind. We often called him "Wiggle Willie" because his tail was always wagging. He loved to lay outside basking in the sun. Willie loved to play with his fur siblings Trixie and Oreo by running in the yard. Willie also found his courage with his "Crew". He would buddy up next to his brother Oreo and try to bay like no body's business. Only thing was that he couldn't quite get that by right. He sounded more like a walrus! Willie was also fond of his cat siblings Dodger and Taz. He would greet them each morning by giving them beagle kisses even when they didn't want him to. Willie just enjoyed life. He was so grateful to have a loving home that he gave his love back 110%.

You will always be in our hearts little one. Words cannot describe your love of life, nor can they express my love for you. You are deeply missed, and irreplaceable. You fought the good fight, and I fought it along with you until you told me it was "time". I will remember you always my love...

I dedicate this song to you... "Don't Give up on Me" Andy Grammer - I never gave up on you until my heart was black and blue. I'll love you forever my little lamb...
Becky StachLindenhurst, IllinoisJuly 16, 2019
Spencer Kensington
9/5/2005 - 7/5/2019Spencer Kensington touched the heart and soul of every person he met. He was a gorgeous Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Blenheim in color. His beautiful face, large dark round eyes and long ears could express dozens of emotions. But it was Spencer’s gentle spirit and loving demeanor that instantly warmed the hearts of anyone who met him. Children from the neighborhood would visit Spencer, and he loved being the center of attention and having his ears stroked. A young seven-year-old neighborhood boy once said, “Everyone should have a Spencer!” The world would be a better place if that were possible. He was a member of the #cavpack on Twitter and had friends and followers from around the world.

Spencer showered love and affection upon whoever he was with. He had a deeply calming effect and brought smiles to faces just by strolling into a room. He loved to play fetch, do tricks, play hide-and-seek, eat carrots and rice cakes, dress-up for Halloween, take naps and watch cooking shows. He liked to dance and direct music with his paws (mostly with the help of his father). His photo was featured in a children’s’ book of beautiful puppies. He disliked horses, mules and zebras, but loved cats and rabbits. He barked whenever a horse appeared on tv. The only foods that he would not eat were lemons or limes – he found everything else to be delicious and would eat endless quantities if given the opportunity. He never bit, nipped or growled at a soul in his near 14-years of life. He only knew how to show love.

Spencer was born in Wisconsin and had two brothers. His grandparents were show-dogs from England and registered with the United Kingdom Kennel Club. His forever parents drove 300 miles through thunderstorms to adopt him on a cold night in November 2005. It was love at first sight, and Spencer and his new dads quickly developed a deeply intense bond – together they were “the three amigos” and inseparable for the next 13+ years. Given the name “Cole” at birth, his name was changed to “Spencer Kensington” upon adoption to reflect his English heritage.

Spencer’s life was not without struggles. He suffered painful hip and knee congenital conditions and long-battled pancreatitis. In the last six-years, he ate a very low-fat home-cooked diet of chicken breast, potato, pumpkin and chickpea powder. Fortunately, he adored raw vegetables. He lost his ability to hear in the last year of his life, which made conducting music difficult, but not impossible. Spencer made progress during more than two-years of physical therapy, but his physical pains finally got the better of him. In the summer of 2019, Spencer grew tired and could no longer walk without falling multiple times; he got to the point where he could no longer get back up on his feet without help. He suffered dementia and would get lost in his own home. His once ever-present joyful expression disappeared, and his eyes indicated that he did not have much more life to give. Surrounded by his parents and a compassionate veterinarian from Lap of Love, Spencer peacefully left us in the comfort of his home on July 5, 2019. He was 13-years and 10-months old.

On the day before he left this world, a celebration of Spencer’s life was had in the park. Ribbons adorned trees and Spencer was given steak to eat. He smelled the flowers in the garden at home, which he loved to do, was awarded a “medal of honor,” which was affixed to his collar, sat on his front porch to people watch, visited neighbors, danced cheek-to-cheek with his dad and he watched his favorite movie, “The Sound of Music,” one last time. For the first time in his life, he did not bark at the horse-drawn carriage in the movie, but only smiled. Spencer’s physical departure from this earthly world was very painful for those who loved him. He is deeply missed, and the world seems less joyful without him. In time, joy will return, and tears will be replaced by smiles. His dads will one day be reunited with Spencer; but until then, they are blessed with many fond memories … and thousands of photographs and videos of the world’s most photographed dog. One photograph of Spencer dressed as the Pope for Halloween was featured on the evening news. Loving Spencer for nearly 14-years was the honor of a lifetime for his dads. Spencer brought joy, comfort and companionship to everyone, and life was made brighter because of his existence. He left his mark on the hearts of many; he will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. A stone fountain was made by Spencer’s father and placed in the home flower garden in Spencer’s honor and a candle is lit nightly at dinner time in his memory. Donations in honor of Spencer can be made to the Greater Chicago Cavalier Rescue.
Dan and Jim IngramChicago, IllinoisJuly 9, 2019
Bella
6/26/2017 - 6/15/2019Bella came into our lives at a special time. She was a special girl with a huge heart and showed us that she loved us every single day. She was smart, resilient, awesome, and absolutely adorable. I miss her kisses and hugs. I miss her cuddles and her little cute nose. I miss her huge smile whenever we’d come through the door and her wagging tail. I miss everything about her. Every time I cried she’d be there and comfort me and lick my tears away. She was the greatest best friend I’ve ever had and I will always cherish that. But I know she’s in a better place and I know she’s looking after us and making sure we’re okay. We all miss her terribly but it’s hitting me super hard. I know she wouldn’t want us to be sad and I know she wouldn’t want us to be mad. She would want us to spread love and help others. One day this will get easier but at least for now we’re all grieving and we all terribly miss her. Every morning she would come to me and just lick my face and say good morning. I’m going to miss that now. I cried all day and night yesterday and barely slept. And before I fell asleep I wrapped her collar around my hand and I slept. I felt like she was there comforting me. One day me and her will reunite until then I love you Bella and I miss you.Ashley PadillaElgin, IllinoisJune 16, 2019
Skye
1/17/2004 - 6/14/2019In loving memory of our beloved Skye Girl
2004-June 14, 2019

Where do I start... you came into our life damaged and sad, we worked hard to give you a wonderful life, the life you should have always had. You were my first doggy and you made life so much better. You came out of your shell after realizing you were with a loving family, you jumped on everyone and pulled on that leash! You stole daddy's sandwich off of the table, and made us laugh so hard when you were a silly girl. A natural born herder, you would herd everyone that came into the house with your big fluffy butt! You loved your car rides and even took a girls trip to Door County. You were the most amazing girl in the world! You taught us so much throughout your long life. When we brought Norman home you were not happy, you bit his little nose so hard I thought you killed him, but you grew to love him and he loves you so much. I have taken special care of you for two years as age got the better of you, I don't know what to do now. I helped you up and down the stairs to go potty, took you for special treatments, gave you your oil and pills every day, and it taught me even more. I feel blessed to have been able to do that for you. Your daddy and I struggled with letting you go, but you needed to be free of your failing body. We will always think of you and talk about you, you will always be with us and now you can walk on your own, run, play and enjoy your new life in heaven.

Love,
Mommy, Daddy and Norman
And everyone that met you and fell in love with you.
Becky SlagleHomewood, IllinoisJune 15, 2019
Royce
5/1/2008 - 6/6/2019Royce was the ultimate best friend. From the day he met my mother, Liz, they were completely inseparable. He was the constant for her in this world that can feel like a ship listing from side to side in massive swells. Royce would never leave her side. For anything, including when she would attempt to use to the bathroom. Royce was there. He was always there. For her. For everyone he met. Everyone says their dog was the greatest, which for certain they were. Royce, however, was different. He was not only the beacon of light for our family, but he was truly my mother's best friend. For a son to one day spring a dog on his mother, there was nothing greater you could possibly ask for, than Royce. We truly were lucky just to have known a spirit as pure as Royce's.Royce StamerWinnetka, IllinoisJune 9, 2019
Mouse
10/1/1999 - 5/10/2019Mouse was rescued from animal control at about a year old. She had been on the streets a couple months and was very sick. A worker at animal control brought her home and nursed her back to health. She lived 19 years in her new home, where she flourished until succumbing to complications of CRF at age 20. She will be deeply missed.Tory CChicago, IllinoisMay 12, 2019
Penny Frances
10/1/2012 - 5/3/2019We rescued Penny Frances on 6/8/13.....but within a very short time, it was clear she rescued us. In spite of the fact that she wasn't a Pharaoh Hound, ( not even close) and that she grew from 24lbs to 70, she was loved and was loving everyday of her very short life. I always described myself as having not an ounce of " Magical thinking" in me, but when Penny was diagnosed with a terminal illness, I prayed so hard for that one in a million miracle.
When we realized her quality of life was deteriorating quickly, we called " Lap of Love". Words alone cannot describe how patient and compassionate Dr. Kristina was with us. She explained everything, assured us we were doing the right thing at the right time, and helped Penny transition with dignity and comfort. I was able to hold her through the entire process, and took comfort in my heart beating with hers. I am so grateful we chose to keep her home, in her own environment to keep her anxiety level down.
She ate an entire package of cheese as Dr, Kristina gave her the first injection telling me she was in control of her destiny to the very end. My heart is broken. Our loss is palpable, but Lap of Love , and specifically Dr. Kristina let us be a part of Penny's passing.
In our religion, when a loved one dies, we say " May her memory be for a blessing". Penny Frances was all that and more.
Thank you Dr, Kristina. You were amazing !!!!!
Rhoda NoelWILMETTE, IllinoisMay 4, 2019
Casper
9/2/2004 - 5/2/2019Thank you so much Casper!
You reminded me each and every day what living is supposed to be about.
I love, I miss you, and I hope to see you later buddy!
Oh, and thanks for letting me sleep in "your" bed all these years.
Mike KChicago, IllinoisMay 4, 2019
Sid
10/4/2005 - 5/2/2019I had been trying to prepare myself for this day for a while, but it is still so difficult and emotional.

Last night I had to say goodbye to my sweet baby boy, Sid. He had been doing well on his chemotherapy treatment after an emergency surgery back in February, but yesterday he took a turn for the worse and spent the day at the hospital. He was not improving and there were signs that the cancer had returned and had irreparably affected his intestines. He crossed the rainbow bridge peacefully at home in his cozy bed with Robin and I holding him, giving him abundant belly rubs and kisses.

He was such a dear companion and was with me through every up and down. He was a pug of the world having traveled by car, plane, boat, bus, and train, and having lived in Los Angeles, New York, and finally Chicago. He loved treats (blueberries and baby carrots were his favorites), going for walks around the neighborhood, playing catch with his stuffed potato toys, visiting with friends, and getting belly and chest rubs (especially while laying flopped on his back). He loved belly rubs so much that he would purr with contentment while receiving them.

I miss him so deeply and will never forget my little pal.

I wish to express my deep gratitude to all the wonderful and compassionate caregivers at MedVet - Chicago and Lap of Love (Dr. Liz) for allowing my little guy to move on peacefully without any pain or discomfort. Thank you to Robin for being by my side physically and emotionally through all this. Thank you to all my wonderful family and friends for your support and love. ❤️

I love you so much and truly hope to see you again one day, my dear Siddy. 😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️
Brian DemskiChicago, IllinoisMay 3, 2019
Coffee
4/13/2019 - 4/8/2019To my best friend.
To most loyal and loving buddy you will be forever missed.
I love you eternally!💌
Frank RChicago, IllinoisApril 9, 2019
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