Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Jackson
12/25/2008 - 9/19/2018I first encountered Jackson online when he was 8 weeks old. My daughter in Seattle had adopted his sister from a litter of large bred cockapoos. The final 3 puppies were ‘on sale’, so I looked at their adorable photos. Jackson was the curliest, he had a serious expression with large dark eyes. For me it was love at first sight. After some deliberation and at the urging of my husband Ted, I flew to Seattle, picked up my 11 week old puppy and flew home.
My little guy, who was in a bag under the seat in front of me, did not make a sound the entire trip, he was nervous but calm. This was my first indication of his lovely, gentle temperament.
Jackson matured into a tall but petite companion with long fluffy ears, understanding eyes, and a beautiful curly apricot colored coat. Most outstanding was his loving, calm and happy demeanor. He was easily trained, passed his tests without problems and became a therapy dog. We volunteered together mostly in schools. Children adored Jackson and he reciprocated, he was always enthusiastic about going to ‘work’ and reading with the children.
Jackson, my beautiful boy, was the ever affectionate and loyal center of our family. There was no limit to his hugs and kisses for our children and grandchildren, no limit to his understanding and compassion for me and Ted. He stayed by my side during surgical recoveries, he traveled by our side on many camping and car trips, he was always present with love and good humor. No words can adequately express how much he was loved, he will be forever missed.
We are very grateful to Dr. Betsy and Lap of Love for the respectful service they provided.
Diane ZimmermanDurham, North CarolinaNovember 8, 2018
Olive
12/1/2013 - 9/25/2018I can't believe you are gone, sweet girl. I will never understand why you were taken from me at such a young age. You were always so energetic and full of life, and you always knew how to cheer me up. I know you are watching over us, but mommy misses you so much. I miss how eager you were to "sit" and give me "paw" so I would throw your Wubba. I miss how you loved to play fetch with your ball in the back yard, as Momo attempted to keep up with you. I miss how you would nudge your brothers with your nose when you wanted to play. I miss how you knew to lean into the curves when we would go for a ride. I miss my "little spoon." I only got to spend three and a half years with you baby girl, but I know you are no longer in pain. Until we meet again Olive girl...Lauren SalmonSanford, North CarolinaOctober 1, 2018
Lizzie
8/21/2004 - 9/9/2018It broke my heart to let you go my dear Lizzie. You kept me going through my darkest days and gave me a reason to live. You filled my days with joy and I am a better person for having known your love.Kitty KabatCary, North CarolinaSeptember 24, 2018
Patch
4/1/2000 - 9/14/2018Dear Patch,

After over 18 wonderful years you are now gone from our family, but will never be gone from our hearts. You were a true queen and a loyal companion through all of the journeys in life. We were the loyal servants who convinced you to move with us across Virginia and North Carolina, see us get married, and even expand our fur family. For that we are forever grateful.

We were so thankful to have you in our lives. We will miss all the times you would cuddle up in our lap, demand attention, scratch at our door, hiss at Fluffy and Henry, steal food from our plate, take outdoor adventures, and so much more. Most of all, we will miss the joy you would bring us on a daily basis. When we had a bad day, you were always there to comfort us and make us smile with your soft purrs. You will always be our sweet baby kitty. We miss you so much and love you forever!

Wanda & Austin
Wanda MillsApex, North CarolinaSeptember 15, 2018
Tucker
7/15/2015 - 8/27/2018Tuck, our hearts are broken because you aren't with us. You were such a fluffy ball of love. We miss everything about you. When we come home, we are sad that you aren't at the corner, ready for your Corner Cuddle, a routine you created. We will miss you tilting your head up at us, giving us those "Tucker Eyes." We will miss seeing you with Dexter, and we promise to take good care of him. Mostly we miss you just being with us, close, cuddling if we are sitting or looking for crumbs if we are cooking. We are incredibly thankful that you found our family 10 years ago. You were an amazing dog, Tuckie, and you are forever in our hearts.Suzanne GrayDurham, North CarolinaAugust 29, 2018
Salem
3/1/2009 - 8/20/2018Salem. My constant companion, my rock, my furry son, my dearest friend. You saw me through dark times, and you loved me unconditionally when I could not love myself. I promised you that I would love you, protect you, and spare you from pain. Yesterday, I kept that promise -- even though it was the hardest thing I ever had to do. I hope you know I did this -- all of this -- out of deepest love. Until I see you again, my little love. Rest now. Be at peace. And know that Eleanor and I will always love you.Molly BoyleDurham, North CarolinaAugust 21, 2018
Mr. Betty
8/11/2016 - 8/4/2018Mr. Betty was a loving cat, he would be everywhere, following us around the apartment, and letting you know when something was needed. He would play “four corners” in the morning while his mom would make the bed, making the morning routine funnier even if it was just for a couple of minutes. He would use his paw to drink water from our glasses and his paw to try to steal food from our plates. He loved belly rubs and loved “paw pawing” our face at night. He would fall sleep with us in bed, on the top of mommy’s pillow and would accept that eyes closed meant no bothering but if a cell phone was being used it meant a free hand was there for him to be pet. He loved falling sleep touching you, either a paw on our face or laying on top of a hand or an arm, with his head on the pillow. His time with us was all too brief but it was good.

We miss you Mr. Betty, have fun with other fur friends on the other side of the rainbow bridge.
Matt and Judit ZimoCarrboro, North CarolinaAugust 5, 2018
Socks
3/2/1997 - 7/31/2018Socks, our beloved kitty went to Cat Heaven on July 31, 2018. He will be missed dearly by his family Andy, Robert, Johnathan, and especially by his "mom" Laura. Today our house feels so empty without our sweet little man in it. We cherish the 21 years that we were able to spend with you. RIP now our sweet baby.Laura and Andy LeeSouthern Pines, North CarolinaAugust 2, 2018
Bailey
5/1/2018 - 7/25/2018Bailey, you were the best dog. We will miss you so much!Leacey BachhuberEfland, North CarolinaJuly 27, 2018
Tinkerbelle Simmons Fox
12/6/2003 - 7/14/2018Written 7.14.18

Yesterday.
Yesterday you hadn't eaten for 5 days.
Yesterday you had refused water for 4 days.
Yesterday you couldn't stand without falling.
Yesterday you wouldn't lift your head off the floor, and you barely had the strength to open your eyes to look at me.
Yesterday I realized I couldn't remember the last time you played with one of your toys. Or climbed up into bed with me. Or actually enjoyed a long walk.
Yesterday I came to terms with the fact that this would be the time you wouldn't recover.
Yesterday I selfishly wanted you to continue to be here with me, as if you could live forever.
Yesterday I thought about the ways I could get you to take food, fluids, antibiotics to help you live.. And realized that wouldn't be helping, because that wouldn't be living at all.
Yesterday I could finally see it in your eyes. You were tired, your fight was over, you were ready.
Yesterday I thought about how you've been slowly declining over the past several years. So slowly that I didn't see it. I hadn't stepped back and thought about how miserable you may have been for a while.
Yesterday I thought about how extremely thankful I am to have had you in my life for this long. Over half of my life.
Yesterday I thought about all the major events and dramatic changes in my life that you have been there for.
Yesterday I prayed that after this week had been so very hard on you, that your last day would be a good one.

Today.
Today my prayers were answered. Your last day was a good day.
Today you got up and walked.
Today you spent a little time outside.
Today you drank some water when you got up.
Today you ate some food and didn't get sick.
Today you were able to eat a cheeseburger, after years of being on a limited diet.
Today you roamed around the house, taking a moment to rest or nap in most of your favorite spots.
Today the people who love you most surrounded you, cuddled you, loved on you.
Today you got lots of belly rubs and kisses.
Today Lap of Love came to our home to help you. First they gave you a medication to help take your pain away & relax.
Today you were pain free for the first time in years. I will cherish those moments forever.
Today you laid down and were truly comfortable. Next they gave you a medicine that helped you peacefully make your transition from this world to the next.
Today you peacefully slept. You snored. The kind of snores I used to hear from you, back when you could sleep comfortably.
Today I held your head, told you how much I love you & how thankful I am for you; I listened to those sweet snores, and then they stopped. Peacefully. In the comfort of our home.

Now.
Now you've left your pain behind.
Now you can run and play.
Now you can eat the things you want.
Now I miss you like crazy.
Now I feel like our home is empty.
Now I will grieve and try to heal.
Now I think about your good times; Long walks. Running with your hair blowing in the wind. Camping. The beach. The lake. Swimming (with your little nub sticking out of the water, waging back and forth). Riding in the car, but insisting on sitting with the driver. Barking at animals on TV. Putting up with all the Halloween costumes I put you in over the years, and looking super cute doing it. Ringing your little bell to go outside. Shocking mom and I by Grandma Moore allowing you in her house for the weekend when we would visit (you know you're stinking precious when that happened). Pawing me on the shoulder to let you under the covers at night. Sleeping curled up in the bend of my body while I slept. Even trying to share the pillow by laying on my head. Waiting to get the scraps after a meal (or the milk after my cereal). Chowing down on those big green treats Brandon and I would give you some nights. Rooting around all the living room furniture when we would get home because you were so excited. We had so many good times together, I can't possibly list them all.
Now my heart aches terribly, but I am thankful that we were able to give you a good death.
Now I understand how a “good” death is even possible. I'm thankful you did not have to suffer any longer.
Now I will try not to focus on the sadness I feel, but focus on the love we shared, and how lucky I was to have found you.

And to think, I had a choice for my 13th birthday. A big dance party or you. No question, I'd choose you every time.

Have fun in paradise, sweet girl, you deserve it. You've served your purpose well. I know I'm going to heaven one day. And I know in heaven there is no sorrow, only joy. So I know I will be seeing you again. Until then. I love you.
Abigail FoxRoxboro, North CarolinaJuly 18, 2018