Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Barnie
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
Lady
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.

Lady,
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
Bella
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
Percy
6/30/2007 - 12/12/2020For over 13 years, Percy shared his life with me, the good days and the bad. I am so grateful that I was known and loved by him. My days with him meant so much because he loved me. He was a gift, a blessing, and a miracle. I miss him so much. He was my pretty boy, my buddy, my soul cat. He was the best cat in the world and the kindest, sweetest, gentlest spirit I’ve ever known. Everyone who knew him loved him. I will love him forever and a day, and I often told him that. And I pray that he will be sending me love forever and a day.

Thank you, Percy. Godspeed.
Joan SaliskasChicago, IllinoisDecember 27, 2020
Patrón
5/6/2006 - 9/23/2020It is with the heaviest of hearts to say this...Patrón has moved on from this world & crossed over the Rainbow🌈bridge.
The love we felt for and the pain we currently feel is indescribable. He is/was part of our world & was always included in our happiest places. He was our King of the castle, wake up call, sun dreamer, workout partner, & my little cuddle bug. He gave the best “yawn” kisses, forced morsel-nose kisses on the cheek(with growl included)for those lucky enough to get one. He had a champion physic & stature like no other;standing tall & proud at his best. His style..well...from what others would say😏”over the top” speaking of all his outrageous wardrobe outfits & costumes. Either way with ALL the attention he would receive because of his Halloween🎃costumes or the happiness he would bring to others..Patrón made such an impact on so many young & old. He was top notch & it showed often. Patrón’s personality was one of a kind as it seemed like he always made it known to everyone that he was the ONE the ONLY Patrón!
He loved playing with his motorized pet-mouse named Gerome, sock monkey, & anything really that moved or made annoying sounds. And above all Ducky, his first toy ever! His list of favorite toys can go on forever..almost like he created his own little toy kingdom throughout his lifetime. Patrón truly was royalty...the KING👑
He liked shredded chicken, scrambled eggs, greenies treats, & especially Mimi’s cookies. He also liked going on long walks, being outside, being the center of attention when socializing w friends or family(like he wanted to be a part of all conversations sitting in my arms contently & just listening), hanging out in the garage w Dustin, ripping open his Christmas/Birthday gifts & always finding the perfect spot to soak up the sun beam reflecting in the windows.
He disliked swimming pools, water sprinklers, being in a car that was not moving, making tongue faces at him, cold weather, & the sound of the shower because he thought it was always trying to get me.

💚🌈Patrón passed peacefully in my arms on his own terms;Hearing our voices saying how much we love him & to be at peace, flying high w the angels🕊We know that you are having fun chasing rabbits & ducks w Lucky as your sidekick in doggy heaven. We Love you Always, Forever, & a Day...buddy words can not describe the love that we have for you & we miss you soo so much! It brings us comfort knowing you have your wings..Rest In Peace Patrón.
{May 6, 2006-September 23, 2020}

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“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”
-Anatole France
Dustin & Tara SlivaChicago, IllinoisDecember 25, 2020
Marley Bear Barta
9/9/2008 - 12/18/2020The best of the best. I don’t even know what I could say that would do him justice.Jaimie BartaChicago, IllinoisDecember 20, 2020
Happy
5/21/2002 - 9/18/2020Hi Happy,

It’s been three months and I still can’t write this without crying. 18 years and sounds like a long time but it wasn’t long enough to do everything that I wanted to do. I’m sorry I couldn’t do them with you earlier before you lost your sight and hearing, before your hips got bad. We still have your winter coat hanging on the wall the one that daddy never wanted to get rid of, the one he always put on you to take you out in the winter. Your bed is still next to ours and your dad still turns on the night lights in the living room like he used to for you every night to help you when you wanted water at night. Happy we miss you very very much. I still remember the first day we brought you home from the pet store, when you were walking around with a pig ear hide and couldn’t see cuz it was so big, I thought it was the cutest thing when we saw you. I remember how you wouldn’t stop crying until 4AM the first night because you didn’t want to sleep alone and how small you looked when you stared up the staircase. And I guess after that, we spent many years sleeping on the same bed. You followed me everywhere.. and I mean everywhere. How you waited for me and James to come home from school, I remember seeing your little head poke out through the curtains. Or how I feared the leash burn when we took you out for walks and you ran after the squirrels. Or the times you’d run away and we had to chase you and you’d run even faster. I remember how afraid you were of lightning and when it rained, I could always find you under dads desk if you weren’t with me. I remember how every time I’d cry you would nudge me and try to climb on my lap until I would acknowledge you. I still can’t seem to clean up half your stuff without having a meltdown.. Happy you’ve filled my life with so much joy and happiness. You never left my side when I went through the toughest patches on my life. Happy, we miss you daily. We miss when you would push us away with your head because you were old and crabby, we even miss those sleepless nights when you cried all night because of dementia. Happy, we love you very much, thank you for always being Happy. For always having your tail wag even when you couldn’t see or hear us, even when your hips hurt and you didn’t remember where you were, or even on your last day when we knew we had to let you go.. thank you for always wagging your little tail. You chow hound you. And I’m sorry that I didn’t spend enough time with you, that I didn’t do enough things with you until later in your life. I will always miss you very much and I will always be grateful that I got to spend 18 wonderful years with you. I love you, always. We love you always.
Happy MinaWillow Springs, IllinoisDecember 16, 2020
Jacob
Bootsie "Boo Boo" Diaz
1/18/2008 - 12/13/2020The sweetest and most affectionate cat ever! Boo Boo was so smart. Boo Boo was our baby and she gave us peace and helped relieve our stress. She would wake up every morning around 6:30am to 7am and just wait for me in the kitchen until I got up to get ready for work. She was loved so much by all of us especially my 3 kids Jessica, Marissa & Jose. Boo Boo made an impact with her love and affection to all of those she came in contact with. Boo Boo will truly be missed and never forgotten. May she rest in Kitty Heaven.Marsha DiazChicago, IllinoisDecember 14, 2020