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Lux
6/29/2008 - 9/24/2020Lux was a great part of our lives! He will be missed dearly. We are comforted knowing he lived a great life and gave us and our family and friends SOOOOO MUCH joy! I'm sure he is having a ball in dog heaven. Rest up my friend. We all love you so!LaShaun JacksonOrland Park, IllinoisSeptember 25, 2020
Jack
7/25/2006 - 9/22/2020We lost our Jack yesterday. It broke our hearts to let him go but we take comfort in knowing that he led a full life. He was a gentle, loving and often hilarious member of our family for 14+ years. We hope he is running down some beach in heaven chasing other dogs' balls.Jack WolfEvanston, IllinoisSeptember 23, 2020
Milly
12/28/2007 - 9/15/2020Milly brought joy to everyone. She made human and animal friends everywhere she went. She was 'chatty' and goofy, gentle and loving. When she left us she took with her a piece of our hearts--a piece we would gladly give.Christina OchsChicago, IllinoisSeptember 21, 2020
Jessie
5/8/2009 - 9/14/2020It's been almost a week and we are still hurting over the loss of our Jessie. She was the calm in our storm with a house of 3 boys aged 2 years apart. She taught them about unconditional love, respect, kindness, empathy, and responsibility. She was my pretty girl, with her soulful eyes and gentle spirit. Jessie always looked at us like she was made for bigger and better things. In the years that my mom was sick with dementia, she patiently sat with her even if she wanted to lay down. She would look up at her and listen to her songs like it was her favorite and listen to her gibberish like it was the best story she had ever heard. She did this for each of us as we poured our days' worries, frustrations, and stories out to her. Her ninja kisses would make us laugh as we tried unsuccessfully to dodge her affections. For those of you that have loved a dog, you know what we are going through. Her last few days were filled with extra love and really good food. The boys didn’t get the playful “Air Bud” dog they wanted but there was no denying the love they had for her. And poor Lucy! Jessie was a very tolerant big sister. We miss you Jessie and our home is not the same without you. Someone once told me the more it hurts when you lose a loved one means the more they were loved. You were loved my Jessie girl. Run free...and let Grandma feed you as many table scraps as you want!Kathleen McColaughElk Grove Village, IllinoisSeptember 21, 2020
Rocky
1/23/2010 - 9/10/2020Rocky,
It feels as if just yesterday I locked eyes with your tiny bright green eyes and fell in absolute awe. I remember the endless bouts of energy that followed each step, glide, and tumble you took when retrieving balls only to bring it back to me and do the same thing all over again. Those insignificant, yet memorable moments are the ones that made me realize you were meant to be apart of our family. You blessed us with ten amazing years full of love, security, wet kisses, cuddles, and we will cherish every single one of those moments. We had our gloomy days, our sunny days, and plenty of emergency vet scares, but we made it though them all! You were always so friendly, loving, and playful: you touched many hearts, made lots of friends, and for these and many other reasons you will greatly missed. You will forever have a special place in our hearts. We love you. Rest in peace baby boy.
Victor RamosBLUE ISLAND, IllinoisSeptember 11, 2020
Louie
5/5/2006 - 9/6/2020Louie, aka Moopers, Pupcake, The Boy, Boyo, Joe, Little Joe, Floppy Joe, "cado Joe, Rialta Joe, The Blueberry Boyo, The Green Mountain Boyo, Pup, Lil' Pup, Snuggleuppagus, Poots, Little Boots, Poochers, died peacefully with Susanne and Tony by his side, on his comfy bed, with lots of his favorite Sojos treats, petting, and love. Dr. Christie Comm from Lap of Love guided Louie to the Happy Hunting Grounds across the Rainbow Bridge.Susanne McCannonAlgonquin, IllinoisSeptember 9, 2020
Journey
4/23/2007 - 8/8/2020Our dog Journey was a beauty! She had a slim face; expressive, almond-shaped eyes; and perky, pointy ears. Her soft, plush fur was jet black with distinctive white markings. She had an aristocratic bloodline and acted the part. Journey was stately and majestic.

Unlike many pups, who are separated from their mothers very young, Journey spent two full years with her real mom and grandma, learning how to be a proper Belgian sheepdog. She had a human family, also, who took excellent care of her. But at the age of two, she was ready for adoption, and that’s when my life changed for the better.

Everything I learned about Journey convinced me that she was perfect for our family. I drove from Illinois to Ohio to get her. But when she arrived home, there was a little hitch. She had not lived with any men, so she didn’t know what to make of her new, burly, 6’ 4” dad. She barked at him for two weeks straight, all day long, and she thoroughly enjoyed doing it! She would stand beside the bed in the morning, panting with anticipation, just waiting for Dad to get up so she could resume barking at him. Something had to be done, so finally, my husband gathered her in his arms, held her in a bear hug, and did not let go until she stopped bucking and squirming several minutes later. It worked like a charm! She loved him from that moment on and claimed him as her favorite cuddle partner.

Although Journey was aloof to strangers, she was exceptionally affectionate to us. She stuck to us like Velcro, always following us or lying right beside, making frequent eye contact. She gave us long sponge baths every day with her warm, pink tongue. We teased her that she couldn’t hold her “licker.” But she expected rubs in return and would twist and contort herself to show us each part she wanted scratched or petted, whether her belly or her armpit.

I guess we all acknowledged Journey as the boss of the house. When the kids were little, she used her shepherding instincts to herd them in the back yard, tripping them or nipping their ankles if necessary. They accepted it cheerfully. To me, she was a personal trainer, pulling me through long walks (4 ½ miles a day, in her prime). People would often laugh that she was taking ME for a walk, but I didn’t care—the walks were for her enjoyment, not mine. We went to great lengths to keep Journey happy. When she developed an appetite for socks and underwear, we didn’t scold her much but just made sure to “Journey-proof” the house and keep the doors and hampers closed.

Journey had her quirks, for sure. She was terrified of our waffle iron, which was especially strange, since she was Belgian. She disapproved of dancing and the kids’ piano practice. She hated car rides and wearing sweaters. Unlike most dogs, she had no interest in squirrels. She chased skunks exclusively—and endured several baking-soda-and-peroxide baths as a result.

Journey had a great sense of humor. She enjoyed sneaking up and flipping our forearms with her nose. (It wasn’t so funny when I was holding a cup of tea!) She got very excited opening presents, sticking her whole head in the gift bag and rooting around under the tissue paper to find her treasure. She loved crunching apple slices and licking ice cream. Journey was a character, through and through.

Unfortunately, at age 13, lymphoma got the better of her. On August 8, 2020, Journey left behind a grieving family, a still-beloved early-puppyhood family, several caring veterinarians, a devoted dogsitter, a fond groomer, and a neighborhood of people who still ask where she is. That girl was truly unforgettable. She lives forever in our hearts.
Mary BonatzSchaumburg, IllinoisSeptember 8, 2020
Nori
4/15/2013 - 9/4/2020To our beloved Nori, Nor-Nor, Scoonch, Princess Fluffy Buns, Norita, Scoonchina, Georgie Porgie Pudding & Pie, Princess Peach, Ooncinie Scay, Crumb; our dusty-ass garbage cat, I hope we gave you the life you deserved, because you deserved nothing less than extraordinary.We love and miss you so much already.Angela CimarustiChicago, IllinoisSeptember 7, 2020
Hainie
10/31/2006 - 8/30/2020Hainie. mama love you and miss you so much. We are so heartbroken to have made a final decision. You came a long way my girl- the most resilient cat ever. You survived having diabetes, and even welcoming your new cat sister Sadie last year. You gave us lots of scares along the way with your health but I always did my best to make you as comfortable as possible. Even with welcoming a new kitten in our home. You both had a rough relationship but you definitely depended on each other. She really relied on you and your schedule. She's been thoughtful and quiet, we are very sad. Before we took you to the cemetery she smelled you one last time and she was so hesitant about us taking you. You were the alpha here and definitely called the shots around here! She is really feeling it right now, and she's a little confused about her routine now. She has to get used to having her own schedule without you but she will adjust and be okay. You were definitely a huge part of this house and our everyday routine and we feel empty without you. Your vocal presence is missed, your cuddles, and your sassy attitude of course. You had a good run and even though I went back and forth with myself to make this choice I knew it was the right one to make. When I was making calls and really struggling to make this choice you got some strength to get up and you came and sat in front of me, you gave me this look and almost felt like you were giving me the confirmation. It was tough. You made yourself known for sure. You left an impression on everyone you ever met, even with your sassy attitude people still warmed up to you and respected you. You were so loved by everyone even those you weren't so nice to. You were special my love. You were always faithful to me, and mindful of those around me. You were very protective and were very discerning. You weren't always the easiest and your anxiety got the best of you, but I did the best I could to make every transition smooth. I will miss our cuddles on the couch and I will miss you coming to bed with your kicker toy. I will miss you sleeping above my head every night- it was soothing and it was something new you started doing. On your last days you started isolating yourself but you still made sure to give me a little cuddle every now and then. You had many nicknames and surprisingly responded to every single one. I will miss greeting you at the door at the end of the day and singing my mama song I made up for you and Sadie. We love you. We miss you always my baby.isaly rivaschicago, IllinoisAugust 31, 2020
Blitz
6/2/2010 - 8/28/2020This is Blitzy. He was an incredible dude & touched many lives, even if he was just hanging his big dumb head out of the car window making strangers smile. He was always so excited to meet a new friend, human or furry, the gentlest soul you’d ever want to meet. He was adored by everyone who ever met him (except my mother’s asshole dog). Blitz was my baby, we are so honored to have been his people.Ali MartinChicago, IllinoisAugust 29, 2020
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