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Wally
8/1/2006 - 7/20/2020Wally P. Hatlen
August 1, 2006 (?) – July 20, 2020

Cuddler, Curmudgeon, Cheese Connoisseur

Nicknames: Walls, Wallace, Walter, Wallington, Nugget, Sweet Boy, Fluffbutt., and more…

It is with broken hearts that we have to share that we said goodbye to our fur baby, Wally. He put up a great fight against his kidney disease but ultimately we had to make the heartbreaking decision to let him go so that he would not suffer. He was diagnosed as Stage 4 (final stage) of his Chronic Kidney Disease in April so we spent his last three months keeping him comfortable and spoiling him. With the quarantine, we were able to be home with him so we take comfort in having had that quality time.
Jess & Meggie HatlenWatertown, MassachusettsAugust 2, 2020
Simba
5/5/2007 - 7/13/2020It is with a heavy heart that I let you all know that Simba has transitioned. (5/5/2007 – 7/13/2020). He transitioned peacefully and beautifully at home. Simba was a faithful friend and family member, and he accompanied me almost everywhere. He loved water. He loved snow. He loved the sun. And he came to work with me every day and was the best road dog. We drove as far north as Montreal, all the way down to Orlando, and as far west as Chicago. We hiked the Appalachian trail and he accompanied me on research trips. Simba made friends easily – including humans, other canines, felines, and equines. He just had an energy about him. And that energy will be missed by many.

There are so many stories I could share about this great hound, but the one I think encapsulates Simba best happened in my classroom about a year after I first adopted him. While sitting in a circle, I was facilitating a discussion on child abuse in a small seminar called Trauma, Culture, & Coping when a student sitting directly across from me started to tremble and began to cry. Simba, who was lying next me on the floor, got up on his own accord, walked over to the student, and nestled his head in her lap. She immediately calmed. He stayed there with his nestled head for the rest of the class.

It was after this that I realized Simba would make a good therapy dog and we started training. Although he briefly worked with autistic adults, hospice care is where he shined. He was patient and kind with those nearing the end of their lives and he always seemed to know when to be silly and when to be subdued.

And while he took great care of others, he took extraordinary care of me. He was an abundant, daily source of both joy and tranquility. And when I had cancer last year he was with me every step of the way, even though he was contending with his own health challenges. And I cannot even articulate how important he was to me during these past socially distant months, as the deadly COVID – 19 pandemic took an exceptional toll on my family.

Simba, I honestly believe you hung on as long as you did to not only ensure my survival, but to help usher me into a renewed state of healing and happiness.

But now it’s time for you to rest, sweet Simba. Thank you for everything. You were such a very good boy.
Shawn McGuffeyDorchester, MassachusettsJuly 31, 2020
Nina
3/28/2006 - 7/24/2020Two days ago we said goodbye to our feisty, sweet, beloved girl, Nina. At 5 pounds she was quite petite but bossed around her much larger buddy Ben. Nina was very active, curious, sociable, and affectionate, and loved being on our laps. Curling up with her while she purred and kneaded was happiness itself. She brought great joy to us and everyone who visited our home. In the past couple of months we began taking her outside with us in the backyard and she greatly enjoyed exploring and lying in the sun on the patio. Our hearts are aching and we will miss her so much. But we’re grateful to have had Nina in our lives for 13+ years. Being at home these past few months has been a gift in that we were all home to take care of her, and to shower her with love. Rest in peace, sweet girl.Lisa PalmerHopkinton, MassachusettsJuly 26, 2020
Sappho A.k.a The Cat A.k.a Midnight
1/1/2004 - 7/16/2020A true party animal, lover of people and sometimes dogs. Though Boston-based in the end, she’s always been a big city girl, born and raised, and loved all the people she met there. She spent her final days roaming around a lush yard filled with swaths of delicious grass, large trees, big beds of flowers, and so many entertaining birds, butterflies, and other critters. She put up a good fight in her battle against lymphoma, flourishing under the care of Dr. Lee and the Oncology staff of MSPCA Boston, who she grew to love, evidenced by her increasing willingness to be brought for her weekly appointments. Though she wasn’t always comfortable these last few weeks, she found one last bout of relief from her medication and strategic (but still indulgent) diet in the last days before she passed. She got plenty of cheek and low back scratches and quality time with her favorite blankets, pillows, sweaters and some of her favorite people. She’ll miss her 2015 family with Allison, our home at 1172 (Chris, Rebecca, Max, and Tyler, plus all the visitors she charmed), our home in Carroll Gardens with Toby, and later with pup Reggie in Boerum Hill, her second home on long island with her great grandma Ellen, and even the little zoo/studio apartment in Chelsea with Aggie and Olga, who apparently still look aloft for her when they hear the word “kitty”. She’ll be missed by her Boston family, though we will always have the comfort of knowing she’s laid to rest outside surrounded by some of the flowers she loved in the yard. She passed peacefully with the help of Dr. Sally, outside on her favorite blanket, after having her fill of salmon and strawberry shortcake popsicle.Newton, MassachusettsJuly 21, 2020
Buddy Love
5/2/2016 - 7/7/2020Our darling Buddy Love was adopted from the Animal Rescue League of Boston when he was 6 months old.

He was the light in our eyes. He never disappointed us. He never got mad at us. He never saw anything but good in everyone and since the world needs more of the Buddy Love magic, God has chosen to bring him home to God out.

His unconditional love got his dad through so much. And the way he loved his grandmother will never be matched. And no one else could have ever tolerated sisters like he did. Emma Theresa Ann and JJ Olivia Sophia are as loving and good as they are because they had him to show them the right way.

Mr. Love, Mr. Love, oh Mr. Love touched everyone he ever met and his heart will live on forever with all of us.

Run in the waters Buddy Boy and chase those geese!!!!! Get the ball, get the ball, get the ball.

Forever in our hearts - our lives will never be the same.
Lise Ann Ruggeri-KalilSouth Boston, MassachusettsJuly 15, 2020
Cole
12/11/2010 - 7/2/2020A Poem To Our Beloved Cole 🐕

The best Christmas gift that we ever had,
Arrived one snowy day, our NEW little lab!
You were curled on a blanket, our 12 week old pup,
We all started petting you, and your sweet eyes opened up.

Out in the snow, you jumped and were merry,
There was no doubt in our minds, that YOU were a Perry!
You knew not to go in, without your paws being wiped,
And when we weren't looking, a sock or shoe would be swiped!

The living room window was yours from the start,
But Mama Perry's bed, was where you kept your heart
You stayed very little, you didn't really grow,
Were you a lab? We really needed to know!

You were bow-legged and short, with a lab face and tail,
And when dogs passed you by, you barked loud without fail.
We called you our Coley, you were protective and sweet,
And when Papa Perry wasn't looking, we snuck you food for a treat!

You loved licking our faces, and snuggles in bed,
You were taught a certain bark, for when you wanted to be fed!
We found out you were a lab, and also part Chow,
You had grown all you could, it's all your breed would allow!

Usually at Christmas, getting coal means your bad,
But we got our COLE for Christmas, and he's the best we have ever had.
We will love you forever and always COLE! 🐾
Susan PerryNorwood, MassachusettsJuly 14, 2020
Coco
4/17/2000 - 6/21/2020My heart is broken. I love you Coco. Thank you for a wonderful 20 years! I tried my best for you.Jean RicciutiQuincy, MassachusettsJune 29, 2020
Sallie O'malley
10/9/2007 - 6/12/2020Sallie O'Malley, there is so much I could say, she was my buddy, Sallie took care of me despite her own illness after my husband passed away on May 24th. Sallie did everything to hide the fact that she was suffering, because she knew I was heartbroken, and I knew I had to watch out for her because Sallie was struggling with kidney disease and it's complications. I had to make a very hard decision, and I had to let Sallie go. Sallie was so special to us, her love for us and her sister Mary Katherine Gallagher who had passed two years previously. Sallie was never boring, and she liked her routine. When my husband took his life unexpectedly, both of our routines where broken. I know Sallie ran across that rainbow into my husband's arms with Gallie too. Now my loves are up in heaven, and I just will carry them all in my heart.Darla KilroySalem, MassachusettsJune 28, 2020
Lola Marie Kenny-casinghino
10/15/2005 - 6/25/2020Era: a period identified by some prominent figure or character....
14.8 years. How do we mark our Era of Lola?
How do we measure her life?*
Oh, in long walks + sunsets, nighttimes and car trips;
In laughter + tears, and dinnertimes and kisses.
In a word,
with love.
We were mutual dependents.
Our constant companion, the boss, our girl, our rascal, our love, our darling sweet angel, our adventurer, our enjoyer of life, our reason...to do everything.
Our bottomless gratitude + devotion for and to our wise and generous girl; for all she taught us, and for all she gave us with her unfathomable understanding of our fallible humanity. We reluctantly go on without her, yet we will, for and with her, as she is with us, for all time.
Lori CasinghinoMilton, MassachusettsJune 27, 2020
Deacon
4/24/2006 - 6/23/2020Deacon. My old man. My best friend. His reign as Mayor of Olympic Village Drive ended after 14 years. He was the biggest ray of sunshine in the McManus family. Obedient to only Donna. Leash laws did not apply to him. He walked with whoever he wanted and scoped out neighbors houses on the reg. Leader of all school parades. Expert chipmunk hunter. Dressed up for every holiday. There for every life event. Still played with the same toys he got when he was a puppy. He was truly one of a kind. Forever our good boy. Love you always, RIP<3 🐶🤍🐾❣️Shauna HansenMethuen, MassachusettsJune 24, 2020
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