Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
10/5/2006 - 1/20/2021Jasper, when I realized what I had to do to make you not suffer anymore, my heart broke. I still get stick to my stomach thinking of our last moments together. You didn't know what would come next in those moments and what happened next was because of the decision I had to make. A day after you were gone I gathered the strength to look at old pictures of you. I quickly realized that in your last weeks on Earth were not a reflection of the beautiful cat you once were. Seeing how sick you truly were I made my decision a little less painful, but the pain is still there. While the past few years haven't been as filled with cuddles like our first few years together, I still loved you so much. I hope that you had a good life here with me, I hope you were happy, and felt the love we all had for you. I am sorry I had to make this decision for you and I hope you know I made it out of love. If love could have healed you you would be running, catching mice, stretching out on your favorite spot on the couch, and scratching at your scratching post. But love could not do everything I wanted it to do for you. I will miss you dearly, sweet, beautiful boy. You were always so handsome and regal. That is how I will always remember you.Anna StidhamNorthbrook, IllinoisJanuary 25, 2021
10/31/2006 - 1/13/2021Our sweet Hunter boy , we miss you more than anything in this world. Things sure aren’t the same without you by our sides , but we know in our hearts you are with us always . You had the most gentle soul and were the best boy . We were truly so lucky and blessed to have you in our lives , and we know one day we will meet again . You are always in our hearts . We love you ❤️
Love Mom , Dad , Eric , Hailey and Maddie
Chicago, IllinoisJanuary 25, 2021
8/25/2000 - 1/20/2021Miranda - our sweet fur babe of 20+ years. You were a lover from the day we brought you home. Always looking for a lap with a cozy blanket to snuggle. You were the most kind, loving, and gentle creature. If we all can live and love like you did - the world would be a better place - I know our lives were greatly touched by you. Also thank you for being a wonderful big sis to our human kiddo. The day we brought her home you showered her with kisses (and cat fur). And have been her best friend ever since. I am comforted that we could all be by your side til the very end. Enjoy all the water fountains, tuna juice, treats, and cozy spots to lay. We miss your squeaking, your kind eyes, cleaning up after the mess you made every time you ate kibble, and the need to have the door open despite it being 90+ degrees out in the summer. We miss you but know you are in a happy place!Katie O'ConnorChicago, IllinoisJanuary 21, 2021
5/10/2005 - 1/17/2021You were my hero. My Zen Master. The rock tied to my foot, keeping me on the ground, keeping me out of trouble. You were also the biggest pain in the rear. You were an outlaw, a misfit, a genuine punk. I thought I was losing my patience with you all of those times, but I see now you were in fact teaching me what patience was. Teaching me to slow down. Teaching me what real love is like--the instantaneous forgiving, the honesty that needs no mutual language.
You held your own in this world, and I am proud of you. Your strength and resilience and, towards the end, your beautiful clarity. Thank you, thank you; you were the perfect angel for me.

Tonight I went on a walk. There was fresh powder on the ground but the air was not cold. On my way back home, it began to snow the softest, warmest, wettest little flakes I've ever felt, and just for now I'm going to imagine that those little flakes were billions of kisses from my Sammy, and all the billions of kisses I had given her over the years. And it fills me with joy.

God bless everyone that is reading this. I feel your pain if you have just lost a loved one.
Alexandra KulikChicago, IllinoisJanuary 20, 2021
1/1/2002 - 1/16/2021Thank you for being my kitty Brooklyn. You were my best friend, guardian angel and soulmate. I love you.Collette McLaffertyWestchester, IllinoisJanuary 19, 2021
9/6/2010 - 1/12/2021On Tuesday, January 12, our sweetest girl transitioned peacefully in my arms, knowing until her last breath that she was loved to the moon and back. Shortly before the vet arrived, she ate a little whipped cream and licked the tears off my face. The past year of difficult medical procedures and deteriorating health could not extinguish her unassailable zest for life; the weekend before her body shut down because the cancer had spread to her kidneys and lungs, Lucy ran for a literal mile through the snow next to the lake, stopping occasionally to carefully sniff at clumps of grass and rabbit pellets. Mat and I finally made her get back into the stroller, but I'm pretty sure she would have gone for another mile if we'd let her. For the five years before she got sick, I would walk her for an hour and then make the move to turn back toward the house and she would plant herself on the ground as firmly as she could, trying to continue to pull me forward. Lucy never wanted to turn back. Those five years were full of marathon walks, endless couch cuddles, the occasionally tragic (for me)/thrilling (for her) rodent death, and fun hiking trips with our best friends Stefanie and Charlotte. Despite Lulu's extreme leash reactivity, Charlotte showed us that with the right dog and extremely slow intros, Lucy could get along with--and even live with and be very timidly bossed around by--another dog. I'm so glad that she got to experience that friendship, which made her so happy. Thank you to everyone near and far who sent us harnesses, toys, pet and human food, plants, and love over the past year. Goodbye, our Lucy Goose, Lulu, Bubbies, Luciana Dogarotti, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. You made every moment more joyous, and I'm so glad we had each other.Brooke SpragueEvanston, IllinoisJanuary 13, 2021
10/11/2007 - 12/29/2020Bernard "Barnie Milton" Fife was a helluva guy. From the day he stepped into my family's life he wreaked havoc, in both his great and terrible Barnie ways. He was emotional, had an attitude, and was stubborn... but that's what we loved about him, and will always love him for. I can't tell you how many things he's left his mark on... and I mean literally! He sank his teeth into everything, such as phones, remotes, and expensive anime figures from Japan... but no matter how much damage this guy caused us, we still loved him!!

What's remarkable about December 29th is it not only the day we adopted him in 2007, but the day he got to peacefully pass away in his home 13 years later, in 2020. It's like it comes full circle. I'm glad he got to leave us in the comfort of his own home peacefully, with every member of his family surrounding him. In the 13 years he blessed my family on this earth, he was a light in our life even when things got grim. Our memory of him will always remain a light that will continue to shine as bright as ever.

When things started to slow down for him, we began to worry. But then again, we thought he would be around forever, so we were afraid of the truth. Eventually, it became clear that Barnie didn't have much time left and so we chose to do what we believe is the most respectful thing for him, which was allowing him to pass in his home, surrounded by family. It was incredibly difficult, and still is!

You're probably here because you lost a pet, too. I know it's hard. It's so, so hard!! Please remember that by helping our pet leave this earth in the most peaceful way will hurt no matter what because you loved them. This way you can take the pain your pet is feeling and transfer it over to yourself, which is probably one of the most selfless and loving things you could ever do.

We love you, Barnie. Please never forget that.
Michael HartmannChicago, IllinoisJanuary 13, 2021
9/17/2017 - 1/7/2021Lady was the light of our lives. She was such sweet, loving soul who always made sure you knew she felt that way. We were so lucky to have such an incredible cat that made a huge impact on us. Lady was full of sass and personality, which made her feel more human than cat. She was our serendipity.

You were a source of happiness and love every time we came home. Our greatest memories of you were when time slowed down and we could all cuddle on the couch as a family. We love and miss you sweet Lady girl. There is a void in our hearts and in our home that won't ever be full again. We take solace in the fact that you are now at peace and no longer in pain. We hope that you are up there on the Rainbow Bridge playing and running around like the Lady we were used to.

Until we meet again.

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard"
Angela PuliceChicago, IllinoisJanuary 10, 2021
4/15/2021 - 1/31/2021Dr Tyler
You provided such an incredibly important service during our greatest time of need!  We are forever grateful!!
When you knelt down next to our Bella for the first time, she was so thankful you were here, raising her head quickly then laying her head back down closing her eyes, knowing instantly you were here to help her say goodbye and that she could stop fighting for us!  You brought instant peace to Bella even before the process began which made me feel so good.  She was tired, ready and that moment reinforced we were making the right decision for Bella.
Thank you for what you do everyday.  I cannot imagine how we would have helped Bella during COVID without you coming to our house. Placing Bella in the purple velvet blanket was such a beautiful touch.
While we miss her dearly and our hearts still hurt, we know this one final act of love has allowed her to revisit her former glory and enjoy a healthy life with friends and family across the rainbow bridge!!!
Forever ThankfulCraig and Jen
Craig WhiteChicago, IllinoisJanuary 2, 2021
Leo Costa
6/9/2009 - 12/5/2020Leo was the cat that broke all the rules.

She was the cat that could turn the most staunch cat-hater into her best friend. She was the life of the party, and the nurse of everyone's hungover corpses the next morning. Our love was something I never thought I could experience, especially after being away from my childhood Calico, Lupe, as I went to college and she entered her senior years. In some weird way, it almost felt like Lupe handpicked Leo to take care of me. That time was extremely lonely, and months before Lupe's passing, my life brought my across this runty little Brown/Grey Mackerel Tabby with a broken tail and a biting problem with kids.

I wasn't sure I was ready for her, but I was 1000% sure she wasn't going to the pound. She came home with me that day, 9 months old, uncertain, hiding behind a mattress for the weekend...but it was the beginning of a love I never thought I'd know or deserve. Leo was equal parts my furdaughter and my guardian - she was always there to watch over me while I struggled a constant battle with mental health. Sometimes, when things were the bleakest, the only thought that kept me going is "well I can't do that to Leo".

The hole she left in my life and in my heart is immense. She was always there to greet me at the door, waiting to get picked up and held like a child greeting their parent when they return home for the day. I was fortunate enough to have spent the better part of every night for the last 10 and half years going to bed with her in my arms, stretched across as my little spoon. I couldn't even shower or sit on the toilet without a guest, because she just decided that the best place to be was wherever I was at that exact time. Whether it was sitting on my lap, or the printer, or the desk, it didn't matter. Wherever I was, that was the place she most wanted to be.

And even when the pain of her absence, not getting to hold her every night, not getting greeted everytime I enter the house, and not having her purring by my side, helping drown out the negative thoughts...when all of that gets too much, I try and remind myself that it only hurts so bad because she was an incredible soul. When I think about it, I try and focus on how lucky I am to have been her dad. Of all the cats, in all the world, in every dimension or parallel universe, I was the fortunate soul that got to be her dad for 10 years.

11 years of your beautiful soul on this earth wasn't enough. But 50 or 100 wouldn't have been either. I miss you more than I could ever express. I miss you sitting on the toilet seat while I brush my teeth and I miss you laying next to me while I sleep. My Stinky Girl. My Queen of Hearts. How lucky I was to have been your everything and for you to have been mine. For all the miles we've traveled together with you riding shotgun as my co-pilot. For all the times we have had. For all the people that were lucky enough to meet you. For all of the hearts on different continents who are a little more empty than they were before, knowing that you won't be there to wake them up by being weird next time they stay over.

The only thing that makes this okay is knowing that I was lucky enough to be your dad <3 Rest easy my sweet girl, and say hi to Mom, and Lupe, and Hogan and Kate.
Joe CostaChicago, IllinoisDecember 31, 2020