Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
5/8/2020 - 5/19/2020Our Lester was one-of-a-kind cat. My daughter Lauren and I went to a Strays foster home to adopt our one-of-a-kind kitten......that kitten was Lester. We were asked if we would consider adopting his sister, Lily. We couldn't say no so we came home with Lily also. They grew up together and were never separated for the 11 years to the month that he was with us.

Les (as we frequently called him) was a very curious kitty and was ALWAYS looking for fun and activity. He was very loving, but when he wanted his alone time he let you know by giving a little nip. Some of his favorite human foods were crab legs, sushi, and meatballs. He always made the cutest squeaking noise when it was time to eat.

He loved being around company and really felt comfortable with all who came into our home. He was fondly called "the Mayor" when he would visit some neighbors on a regular basis. So many who met him for the first time were in awe of his tuxedo markings and his beautiful eyes. He and his sister, for the most part, got along well, but on occasion would show his dominance with her by sneaking up on her in a sneak attack.
5/15/2010 - 5/31/2020Nico gave me the best 10 years of my life. He was such a sweet and playful pup even til his last day. He had such a unique personality. Partly because my family is very big and he adopted bits of all our personalities. He loved meeting all my friends and he’d greet strangers like new friends of his. He was the light of my everyday. It’s gonna get harder to keep pushing through but I know he’ll give me light up ahead on the journey.Erika PuentesChicago, IllinoisJune 2, 2020
Obi Wan
7/12/2011 - 5/23/2020Obi was a happy and sweet dog and we loved him very deeply. I hope he knew how grateful we felt that he was our dog and no one else's. We love all of our dogs but Obi was special and can never be replaced. He will always have an Obi-shaped place in our hearts and will never be forgotten.Carolyn AlonzoChicago, IllinoisMay 26, 2020
2/20/2005 - 5/17/2020To my Dime with all my love, we will miss you. We will remember you and honor you always.Rita KurganOak Forest, IllinoisMay 18, 2020
7/22/2007 - 5/5/2020my Ranger Danger, you're the best boy.
when you get going, you are faster and more agile than any cheetah ever recorded. i know you only let all those squirrels and bunnies get away from you not because you were slower than them, but because your kind heart didn't REALLY want to hurt them. your floppy ears are the softest material known to man, and i am the luckiest person to have gotten so much quality time with them.
i look back on our pictures together, and i'm comforted with the knowledge that we had a good run, baby.
i love you, my best friend, my first born, my sunshine. my Ranger Danger, my best boy. i love you and i miss you, and i will keep your memory with me forever. tqm.
7/22/2007 - 5/5/2020
Delia GalindoChicago, IllinoisMay 15, 2020
3/23/2004 - 5/5/2020It was time. A time none of us want to face, but it was time. Snags was my dearest little friend whom my wife, Anne, and I shared many wonderful times. We annoyed the hell out of him for the last two + years as we had to hand feed him twice a day in order to give him his insulin shots. He was a terrible eater, but being the sweetheart that he was, he put up with us. As many of you have probably experienced with diabetic animals, he lost his sight as well as his hearing. Snags never made any of that an issue. As it is said, uncompromising love and affection.
Snags, as you crossover the Rainbow Bridge, make sure you find Shelby, Max and Bear. They know you're coming. Send our love.
DON KAPLANBuffalo Grove, IllinoisMay 7, 2020
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
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
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
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