Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Tessa (la Contessa)
5/1/2003 - 4/25/2020One week ago, with the compassionate guidance and help of Dr. Miranda at Lap of Love, Cherubino, her loving companion cat and I had to say goodbye to our dear, sweet Tessa. It has been a heartbreaking experience and our grief is palpable in the apartment, but I am comforted by the fact that Tessa, who had almost made it 17, is no longer in any pain or suffering. As a good friend said to me the day I made the appointment with Lap of Love, our family animal members can’t ask us for mercy. We just have to give it. I am eternally grateful that I had 5 weeks at home due to the CVirus. This allowed Tessa and I to sit right beside each other every day while I worked so I was able to be with her every waking and sleeping second until the end of her life in this realm. She was with me for 16 years and I was her person. She was bonded to me in a way no other pet has ever been and I have had many. She needed to be held. She loved being picked up and for me to just carry her everywhere and the second I sat down, she waited for me to get comfortable and then jumped up in my lap. Tessa needed me with a certain ferocity none of my other cats have. We had an extraordinary bond. Tessa had dementia as she was getting older, along with arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome, so she was beginning to visibly suffer on many levels when not sitting in my lap or sleeping right beside me. She knew me, but seemed to have forgotten her surroundings entirely. It is with profound sadness that I released her from this realm but I know she is in a place of bliss now and the suffering is gone. Tessa, we miss you profoundly.Camille GiffordChicago, IllinoisMay 4, 2020
Dingo
10/26/2009 - 4/19/2020Dingo passed away surrounded by those who loved her most on Sunday, April 19th after being diagnosed with cancer. Dingo was loving, silly, loyal and definitely my shadow... but above all else, and most importantly, she was my best friend. She helped me through the hardest parts of my life; she kept me active and healthy. She loved her walks and hunting squirrels and chasing geese. I miss those walks with you, just spending time with you outdoors, car rides, cuddling in bed, and showering you with love (and treats!) You were the best dog I could have ever asked for and I love you so much and now there is an emptiness in my heart that can never be filled again. My sweet girl, I miss the heck out of you and will never, EVER forget you.Stacey SchwiesowArlington Heights, IllinoisMay 1, 2020
Sweetness
10/14/2006 - 4/23/2020Having to say goodbye to my baby, Sweetness, was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my entire life. All dogs are special but she was my heart dog, my soulmate and truly the first love of my life.

We said our goodbyes in my moms backyard and gave her the most beautiful send off that we possibly could. I smudged and called in the 4 directions to bless and protect the space and to have spirit with us to help guide her home. I was able to hold her in my arms as she passed and her sister Bellaboots was able to be next to us.

I have always told anyone who was willing to listen that Sweetness saved my life. She found me when I was in one of the darkest places and brought me back to life. Among the many things she taught me, the most profound was how to give and receive unconditional love. She truly was my angel.

Throughout the 13.5 years we were together we had some of the best adventures. She always brought something extra special to every experience and I don’t think there was ever a person who she didn’t immediately win over. She would invite herself up on your lap whether you were ready for it or not....It was as if she assumed everyone showed up JUST for her to love them. Her puggle snuggle was the best and absolutely impossible to resist.

The sadness and grief that I’m feeling right now is so intense that I’m physically in pain. I know that it’s not going away anytime soon so I’m just trying to remind myself that she’s not suffering anymore. She went blind a few months ago and shortly after she developed dementia that progressed pretty rapidly. Despite how challenging this quarantine has been, I’m so grateful that I could be with her for every single one of her last minutes to hold her and comfort her when she was so disoriented and stressed.

Sweetness Marie, I will love you forever and will never stop being grateful for your presence in my life. Bellaboots and I will miss you always.
Jennifer KecChicago, IllinoisApril 25, 2020
Murphy
12/18/2008 - 4/8/2020Murphy was our first dog and he will never be forgotten.

When he left us last week, the rain begun to pour. But just as he was at peace the sun reappeared with a beautiful sunset as if he was sending his loving sweet smile once again to say everything would be alright.

We love you, Murphy. You were the bestest boy. There's only sunshine now over the Rainbow Bridge.
Kristin GraceChicago, IllinoisApril 17, 2020
Mika
9/16/2006 - 4/11/2020Mika was a big part of our family, she gave us a lot of good memories and laughs through out the years. She will be missed, but she is now watching down on us with our other dog Balto. We are glad that the two of them are reunited, but sad that it was time for Mika to leave us. The last few days have been very empty without her, and we will always miss her. Until we meet again Mika 💙Gina Guzzielmwood park, IllinoisApril 13, 2020
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Rudy
12/2/2005 - 4/4/2020Rudy, you were the perfect dog. You were very smart and very easy to train. You learned very quickly to listen and follow you older brother, Sparky. I always looked forward to taking you outside and watch you do your zoomies around the yard and just when I thought you were done, I would make a move and you would start round two. Then at night, we would lay down for cuddles and you would let me scratch you "bear nose" for hours. I am going to miss those cuddles and your kisses. Run free Rudy Bear. Now you can chase your tennis balls and frisbees with Sparky all day, every day. I love you.Ron AllainRolling Meadows, IllinoisApril 8, 2020
Bailey
9/25/2005 - 4/5/2020In loving memory of our “Best Boy Bailey Boopers”. Bailey was born on a farm in Fairview, North Carolina to his parents Jack and Gizmo in September of 2005. He came into our home and our lives when he was just 7 weeks old. It was Love at first sight for all of us and Victoria and I became his “Mommas” for the next 14 1/2 years. Bailey went on some exciting adventures hiking in the mountains of NC, strolling in Central Park in NYC, playing endlessly with his beloved doggie girlfriend Ginny and most of all, running and playing on the beaches of Charleston, SC! Oh how he loved the beach and the ocean! Bailey Boopers moved with us to Chicago in 2017 and became a city dog for the rest of his life. We were able to take him back to his beloved beach and ocean last summer and he also was able to visit his Ginny girl on that vacation!
Bailey was serious, stubborn and spunky throughout his life. He always knew what he wanted and liked and would sneeze to tell us so. He was loving and gentle and fiercely loyal to his Mommas. Spending time together at home as a family was one of his greatest joys. We loved him with all of our hearts and he will never leave us. Our hearts are broken and our lives and home feel empty without him. We look forward to the day when he will run to meet us again and we will be together forever. Until then, sweet boy, run free! Your Mommas Linda and Victoria
Linda StirkChicago, IllinoisApril 8, 2020
Bella
8/31/2006 - 4/2/2020Bella was my first dog. I picked her up in Indiana when she was 10 weeks old. As we were driving back to Chicago, I realized I had no crate. No collar. Not even a leash. I was not prepared. I did not realize what I was getting myself into. I quickly fell in love with the little creature and spent all of my free time with her. She was with me when I got married, had 2 babies and moved 3 times. She was a city dog most her life and loved the lake and festivals. She was the center of attention. As she grew older and slowed down, she spent a lot of time sleeping and became a sort of fixture in my home. We would all stop and pet her and love on her. I will miss her everyday for the rest of my life. My sweet Bella girl.Jessica NunziataPark Ridge, IllinoisApril 3, 2020
Sonny
2/17/2008 - 3/30/2020My sweet Sonny boy crossed the rainbow 🌈 bridge. Heartbroken is an understatement. He was my very best friend and I’m not sure how life will be without him, but he is not in pain anymore. Sonny definitely rescued ME- he brought more love to my life than I ever knew possible. He was there for every up and down I had with his sweet little face and all the snuggles. Sonny was not your typical dog- he was an angel. He never barked, jumped, chewed anything up - he was perfect! It truly amazed me - he just wanted to be loved and I loved him so hard for the past 8 years I had him. I’ll have a hole in my heart forever, but I’m so grateful for all the memories I had with you baby boy - RIP my sweet Sonny bunz 💔😢Chelsea ArthursAddison, IllinoisApril 2, 2020