Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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
Scruffs
12/10/2008 - 8/24/2020Only after his passing have I realized how much our beloved friend ran this house, lifted our hearts and provided love, companionship, and a listening ear.

He was bossy, he was in charge, he told us when it was time to go for a walk (in case we forgot, of course), he let us know when it was time to eat. He ran this house.

Scruffs was loved by everyone. News of his passing has affected everyone who met him.

Scruffs loved, unconditionally and unequivocally. I don't think I will meet another dog quite like him.
Jon ArndtChicago, IllinoisAugust 29, 2020
Domi
11/6/2008 - 8/26/2020I've never met another dog like Domi. She came into our life when we needed her most and became the best fur baby a person could ask for. She made our life better and gave us love and purpose. The hole she left in our heart only shows how much we loved her and how much joy she had spread while alive. Words can't express how sad we feel now that she's gone but I know she isn't suffering anymore. That doggie deserves everything good heaven has to offer because she brought everything good to our lives. I love and miss you girl. RIP Domi.Jordan JamesonCrestwood, IllinoisAugust 27, 2020
Stuart
1/1/2007 - 8/23/2020Stuart changed many people's minds about Chihuahuas. He was affectionate with almost everyone he met and always ready to show love. He loved to hide in soft places and we would often see baskets of laundry moving, as he had hidden under the clothes!
Everyone who met him fell in love.
Kirsten BChicago, IllinoisAugust 24, 2020
Wally
11/6/2008 - 8/21/2020Incredibly sad day yesterday (and today), as we had to say goodbye to Wally. No dog can, or will ever, compare. From the too-big-for-his-body ears, his winks, puppy looks even at almost 12, inquisitive eyes and steady demeanor, Walt was certainly one of a kind. He was the most chill, easy-going pup, yet so loyal, attentive and protective. Being a rescue dog, he had a heart of gold and it showed daily. He was also a great running partner, even if he never learned to pace himself over the many years and runs together. I suppose my speed is the better for it!

Walter was so incredibly smart and he had such a personality. He gave us so many laughs and happy moments. I’ll forever miss seeing him watching for me in the window, being greeted with a full body wag and some present in his mouth every time I came home. He never wanted to miss out on a thing we did, so much so that he learned to open our front door...deadbolt included. This also included sleep - no matter how many beds we got him, he was always up with us. How one 50 pound dog was able to take up an entire king bed (all while using the blankets and a pillow like a person) is beyond me.

When the boys came along he assumed his role of big brother and protector, but also made sure to let us all know his status as the oldest “child.” He was so patient and tolerant with the boys...far more than I am! It was a rough last 10 months for Wally with his congestive heart failure and while I’m heartbroken Ander & Augie won’t be able to grow up for a few more years with him or that he wasn’t able to quite make it to our new house and yard, I know he’s back to running, catching (more) squirrels and being his happy, energetic, playful self. We love you so much, will miss you terribly, but will see you again, buddy.
Jamie ReynoldsChicago, IllinoisAugust 24, 2020
Ellie
4/1/2008 - 8/22/2020Ellie was a good dog. She was a gentle dog. She would never hurt a soul. We would like to thank Ellie for being our dog for all these years. She has been through so many important events in our life. She watched us grow up from children to adults with careers. She has watched us move out and become the people that we are now. She watched us grow old and has been through the ups and downs with us. Life is so incredibly busy and time flies by- with a pet, it is sometimes very hard to stop and notice that the pupper is getting old with us. Ellie, you will be missed. Your family loves you very much. We miss your presence, personality, taking you on walks, giving you treats, we miss it all. We love you, and we hope that you Rest in Peace up there in doggy Heaven. We really miss you, and we hope to see you soon one day. We are hurting and our hearts ache for your presence. Rest easy good girl.Chicago, IllinoisAugust 24, 2020