Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
5/14/2005 - 9/9/2017THE LAST BATTLE

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.

You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend.

Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close -- we two -- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

Alexandra HaschRaleigh, North CarolinaSeptember 15, 2017
12/21/2004 - 9/4/2017In memory of our loyal friend and companion, Harley. He was a wonderful Chocolate Lab, who was a great watch dog, sun worshiper and squirrel/deer chaser extraordinaire! Our family will miss you. We are thankful to have had such a great dog for almost 13 years and know you are no longer suffering. Your best buddy Victor, the Dobie, misses you too.

Rest in Peace!
Welch FamilyChapel Hill, North CarolinaSeptember 6, 2017
6/24/2004 - 8/22/2017Connor had a love and adventure filled 13 years. I still remember when I went to select a puppy from his pack, and how he was the one still running around, climbing on me and nibbling my ear while his brothers and sisters were napping. He never lost that energy. I had wanted a lab my entire life, so when I got my first dog-friendly apartment after college it I sought him out immediately. He always loved swimming and fetching balls or decoys from the water. The first time Connor saw the beach he nearly jumped off the second story balcony to get to the ocean. I moved to Paris when Connor was still pretty young and naturally Connor came with me. He endured the TSA taping up his kennel and the long flight from DC, and even Customs questioning if he was meat. As soon as we got into the city he proceeded to chase pigeons and eat the baguette ends left on the sidewalk. It was heaven for him. At one point we even lived together in a tiny 28sqm apartment. He loved the parks big and small and sitting outside at cafes while we ate. Connor even featured in a video game I worked on as everyone was so impressed with his jumping skills. As one friend put it, his favorite feature was Connor's thumpy tail. One time he thumped it so hard against the counter that he started bleeding all over my leg, the couch, it was a war zone! Connor was a happy boy and loved being around people. My fiance Tadhg and I were able to take him to the beach one last time last September. He could barely run in the sand but love it as much as ever. They both have passed away now, but I have many lovely attempts at dog selfies with the three of us from that trip. I know he's chasing an endless supply of tennis balls and enjoying meaty sticks on the other side of the rainbow bridge now. Hopefully they're playing fetch together as I write this.Whitney RoweRaleigh, North CarolinaSeptember 6, 2017
3/15/2003 - 8/28/2017Fourteen and one-half years ago the Lord gave us a precious gift of love in the form of a sweet, little rescue kitty we named Gracie. She was a huge part of our family. She loved her daddy....he was her people....he was smitten with her too. Our sweet Gracie crossed The Rainbow Bridge in the arms of her daddy with the help of Lap of Love of the Triangle. Gracie will never be forgotten....RIP our sweet Gracie....Sawyer and Sue ManlyHolly Springs, North CarolinaAugust 29, 2017
Charles Owen Allcott
6/8/2004 - 8/20/2017We've enjoyed over 14 years with our sweet Charlie, and had a loving goodbye.

Sir Charles Owen our
Grand prix jumper,
Escape artist,
American girl doll,
Couch polisher,
Dish washer,
Alarm clock,
Cotton ball,
Twitchy dreamer,
Guard dog (against those evil golf carts),
Foot warmer,
Fox bait,
Door bell,
Speed Walker,
Flower sniffer,
Food critic,
Bichon Buzzer.

We love you Charlie, and we’ll miss you, entirely.
Mackenzie AllcottCary, North CarolinaAugust 22, 2017
9/6/1998 - 8/18/2017It’s been almost 19 years since we visited North Shore Animal Shelter and you chose us to be your family. At just 6 weeks old, you were a feisty gray fur ball with sparkling green eyes. From Day 1, you were our daughter’s best buddy, and filled all of our hearts with so much joy. You were a Queen - regal, glorious and a little scrappy all in one! We loved you so and know that you loved us too! We will miss you terribly, Iris but know that you are now at peace.

The Cook Family
Durham, North CarolinaAugust 20, 2017
7/1/2017 - 7/19/2017After 10 years together, including three years of neurological and cardiac deterioration, beloved schnoodle Bella passed away in our home. She was my best friend--I called her my "familiar," a sort of spiritual mini-me that helped me do the hard work of living--and my husband and I feel her absence keenly. As we readied ourselves to say goodbye, we talked to Bella about the happy hunting ground that awaits her, where she'll be able to walk, run and jump again, enjoy the sun and grass, and eat whatever food in whatever amount makes her happy. I talked to her everyday about the sort of house she would build for us to live in for when I join her one day--she prefers ranch style with an unfenced yard, though she's humoring me with a small rock garden--and all of the things we'll be able to do together now that her body is young and healthy again. That is how I choose to remember Bella: as the spry and sweet creature that she always was, even when that carefree nature was somewhat bounded by her limitations, and how that vigor is returned to her now that her soul has passed on.Danielle ChristmasChapel Hill, North CarolinaJuly 21, 2017
Forever in Our hearts🐾🌈🐾❤️🐾❤️Linda PittiHillsborough NC, North CarolinaJuly 17, 2017
12/25/2004 - 6/29/2017Boomer you are forever our sweet beloved “Cattle-Lab!” We miss you so often throughout each day. We miss seeing you as we wake, taking our morning walks, at dinner, evenings & the many, many hugs & kisses we gave you. It was Kismet the day we met you!! Mike found you on the Paw Prints website & requested to see you at the Garner Petsmart adoption day. After many weeks, we were about to give up our search, & I remember that day in January so well. I got down on my knees & asked you if you liked me. You answered by putting your paws on my shoulder & giving me a kiss.
You were such a loving, happy dog, greeting everyone we encountered with your soft sweet whimper. It was your way of saying, “Hi, I’m Boomer, welcome to my world!” More people in our neighborhood know you more than they know Mike or me. Your affectionate personality is why you have so many friends, (two & four legged)! Maggie, Toby, Cooper, Tiger, Stanley, Daisy, Alice, Chas, Watson, Jessie, Jet, Cinnamon, Bear & Mia to name a few. With a quick sharp bark you calmed Cooper when he was anxious, & with a short yelp you stopped Jet from running away from his mom. If Maggie saw you, she would make her mom & dad stop walking so that she could say hello. You loved Ms. Kingsley & if we walked by her house, you would stop & stare at it, wanting her to come outside, which she was happy to oblige! Ms. Janet who was afraid of dogs, was never afraid of you & looked forward to petting you. You were thrilled to see Ms. Mei, Mr. Chin & Mr. Kelly, who would periodically come to check on you when Mike & I were away for a few hours. You enjoyed entertaining guests, showing off how you could throw your rope in the air & catch it. Mr. Miles & Ms. Kitty were frequent visitors, & you were Mr. Miles’ “Roly Poly!”
You were such a good boy. Where ever we took you, you were at home & could be trusted. We loved taking you with us to the beach & on family visits to PA & MD. You liked to shop at the many stores where you were allowed. Your smile & face would light up at the sight of the beach; running near the waves, through the tide pools & chasing the birds was so much fun! You were so happy on your daily walks, getting love from the kids at the bus stops. You especially enjoyed the walks at the many local parks & greenways. If not for you we would not have seen so many beautiful areas. We will always remember your happy little trot with your tail up.
You also loved your at home time with us. You would curl up on the couch with me or lay beside Mike during evening tv time. You never begged at the table & would wait patiently for Mike to finish his plate & put his leftovers in your bowl. Even if we went to a restaurant, Mike would always bring something for you. At bed time, you had the cutest little wiggle going up the steps. You took your half of the bed out of the middle & we loved sharing it with you. If someone slept in late some mornings, you would join them in bed until they were ready to rise. Your grandma looked forward to letting you curl up & get back in bed.
You were so good at checkups, taking your shots & letting Dr. Riddle do what she needed to do. We were so fortunate to have found her. Her knowledge, caring and extra training on nutrition, vitamins and herbs made all the difference in helping you stay healthy, especially when we found out you had nasal cancer. It was a tough treatment program for you at NC State but you persevered & we were blessed with some terrific Dr.’s. The radiation shrank the tumor down to nothing for over a year, & thanks to Dr. Riddle, Melanie’s massages & your strong spirit, you were able to champion on for nearly two more years in spite of the tumor’s return in the recent months. You made a lasting impression with so many people who have sent us cards & remembrances for you. Boomer you are such a treasure to us. When God made you, he threw away the mold. We think of you each day and will always remember the love you gave us.
Pam & Mike
Pam & Mike Craig & BowerApex, North CarolinaJuly 14, 2017
8/14/2002 - 5/20/2017When It's Time to Say Good-bye
Last week we heard the news that we had been dreading, “that it might be time to do the kinder thing and let Lucy go”. Today we say good-bye to our beautiful girl.
She still has moments that she is herself, but the confusion, the fear, the anxiety are becoming more frequent. The inability of her hind legs to support her and thus the falls occur more often. With our wonderful veterinarians we have done everything we can to increase and support the quality of her life and we are grateful for the extra time we have had with her.
Lucy, who came to live with us when she was about 16 months old, is the daughter of Suzy (Lola) and Roki, both brought to the States from Hungary and the dogs of James’ mother Iris. She is the last of their first litter and with her passing we lose another piece of Iris yet again. Lucy will be 15 in August and that is old for a Vizsla. Her father and mother were both younger when they passed and her brother, our sweet Boris, was only fourteen months old when he died of cancer. Lucy came into our lives after the death of her brother Boris who was our first dog. When he tragically died in October after his first birthday we were devastated, especially Charlie. Iris was so sad for Charlie she sent Lucy to help heal his heart. She was such a different dog from Boris. She was tentative where he had been exuberant. Fearful where he never met a stranger. She had moved from the country to the city and it was a big adjustment for all of us. It took a while but Lucy eventually grew to find her place as a city dog and won her place in our hearts. She went from being the member of a dog pack to being the alpha dog in a family. Big shoes to fill but she found her way. She became the waker of the teenager each morning, with a simple, “Lucy get Charlie out of bed”. She has always been a vocal member of our family. Doing her job to announce when someone is walking by the house, when someone is at the door, if the neighbors are in the backyard and as her vision became more compromised her announcements have become more frequent.
I have never lived in this house without Lucy, and it will be emptier and lonelier. I will miss your joy whenever I walk through the door whether I have been gone 5 minutes or 5 hours. She has always been my constant including her role as my constant companion throughout the house. If I tarried too long upstairs she would seek me out. If I was under the weather and laid down on the bed she would come and lay beside of me offering me the comfort, warmth and the weight of her body. We always sat beside each other in the evenings on the sofa. I have often been reminded by my family of my famous words, “no dog will be allowed on my furniture” as she cuddled beside me in the evening. She needed me but I never realized how much I needed her until we almost lost Lucy four 1/2 years ago. Then it set in. That the day would come when we had to say goodbye.
We are grateful for our wonderful vets at Westside Animal Hospital who have helped and supported us in our care of Lucy and for the courage to have the honest conversation that they had with us. When they talked to us almost two weeks ago they also gave us time. The time to spend with you. To take one last trip to the coast and walk along the cool quiet paths through the trees. Time for you friends, from many different places to say good-bye to you. Time for Charlie to be back in the States and time for us to feel like we are making the best decision for you, our sweet Lucy.
We had one last walk through the neighborhood this morning and Dad went to get you your favorite egg and cheese biscuit from Biscuitville, which you prefer over the ones at Bojangles. This afternoon the good folks from Lap of Love will come to the house so that we can say good-bye surrounding you with our love.
Grandma Iris loved the book “The Incredible Journey” by Sheila Burnford and so I leave you my sweet Lulu, Lulabelle, Lucy Lu with these words;
“The late afternoon sun slanted through the branches overhead, and it looked invitingly snug and secure. The old dog stood for a minute, his heavy head hanging, and his tired body swaying slightly, then lay down in the hollow. The cat, after a good deal of wary observation, made a little hollow among the spruce needles and curled around in it, purring softly. The young dog disappeared into the undergrowth and reappeared presently, his smooth coat dripping water, to lie down a little away apart from the others.
The old dog continued to pant exhaustedly for a long time, one hind leg shaking badly, until his eyes closed at last, the labored breaths came further and further apart, and he was sleeping-still, save for and occasional long shudder.
Later on, when darkness fell, the young dog moved over and stretched out closely at his side and the cat stalked over to lie between his paws: and so warmed and comforted by their closeness, the old dog slept, momentarily unconscious of his aching tired body or his hunger.”
May you in your long sleep be comforted with the presence of those that went before you.
Deborah DobbinsDurham, North CarolinaJuly 11, 2017