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6/29/2008 - 9/24/ were an awesome dog and a beloved family member. You will forever be in our hearts and thoughts. I dreamed about you a couple nights ago...and it brought me so much peace. You were running around like the young Lux that I will always remember...full of life. You were with my first dog and your first playmate, Misty. It’s hard not hearing the pitter patter of your feet on the hardwood’s hard not waking up to let you out in the’s hard to not see your excitement when we come home and you waiting on us at the door, wagging your’s hard not hearing you chase the kids around the house and hearing their playful’s hard not seeing you lay on my side of the bed before I go to sleep and make noise all’s hard not having anyone to give a few leftovers to who will also take it’s hard not having you to lay around with and’s hard not seeing you by my side of the closet in the’s hard not seeing you on the stairs and tripping over you in the dark... But what’s not no longer seeing you in pain. It killed me to see you like that the last month. I’m at peace knowing you are back to being full of life! I love you buddy. No dog will ever take your place. You will always be my first baby and hold a special place in my heart. Keep protecting us from doggy heaven.

Love always ❤️
A. JacksonChicago, IllinoisOctober 2, 2020
Rogue Chlebowicz
1/4/2013 - 9/28/2020Rogue will forever be missed. The block will miss that bark, pulling up to the garage will be silent, opening the door without Rogue pushing her way out will be tough. She was a great fur sister and the best fur baby girl. Even when she was sick she NEVER, ever let us know she was in pain. She was always so good to us. She was low maintenance, chill, and beautiful. Unfortunately her skin condition didn't allow her to live a good and healthy full life. It was the hardest decision to let her go. But she will be forever missed and loved. I don't consider myself an animal person, but I will forever be a Rogue person. She won my heart. She was the best dog a momma could have. Hands down the best girl.Sandra ChlebowiczChicago, IllinoisSeptember 29, 2020
4/12/2009 - 9/24/2020Bella gave me the best years of my life. She saved me at a time I needed to be responsible for something...She was my little girl, my love and my whole heart. She was our little flower girl at our wedding and she made our homes feel complete and happy with her personality and love. She knew how to make anyone a dog person. She gave the best kisses and always knew how to take my tears away, I know that Bella made me be the best version of me when I needed it, and I spent the rest of my life trying to thank her for all her unconditional love she gave me from the first day we laid eyes on eachother.Kim ElkChicago, IllinoisSeptember 29, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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