Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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9/22/2004 - 3/11/2017I don't have a clue how we got so lucky to find Rusty, but I thank God every day for the chance to have him in our lives, and some of the best times of our life with him. We adopted him from Martinsville SPCA in Virginia when we were visiting Martinsville for a NASCAR race. I saw him on and when I saw his smile I knew we had to meet him. Sure enough, we left with Rusty - aptly named after my husbands favorite race car driver, Rusty Wallace. And ironically the SPCA was in Henry county, our last name. It was meant to be! Rusty won that weekend, it just wasn't the race car driver who won!Debby HenryManassas, VirginiaApril 24, 2017
7/5/2012 - 4/12/2017You will live on in my heart my little friend forever, and memories of you will fill my mind
until I go to you. My beloved Riley r faithful friend, and your love you shared till the very end.
For 5 years our family was blessed, now it's time for you to rest. You still live on in the hearts and minds,
of the loving family you left behind.
Brian RossWashington, District of Columbia (DC)April 20, 2017
2/9/2003 - 3/22/2017Mackenzie, Mackie, my little doodlebug, mama's baby.... you were the best dog ever. You came into our lives as a rescue and the vet estimated your age between a year and a half to 2 years old. I saw you on the web and just had to have you. I somehow looked into those eyes and knew you were mine. You were so frightened and skiddish as we drove home. you did not interact with us for a few days but warmed up to us slowly and cautiously.You slept at the end of the bed until you no longer could jump up. You sat on the couch with me until you could no longer jump up. Then you could no longer come up the stairs but waited to greet me as I made my way down the stairs in the morning. You were also waiting to greet me everyday when I came home from school. You stood in the kitchen with tail wagging vigorously and doing the Happy Dance. I miss all these good things about you. I think about you everyday . I miss you so.Kathy CimatoOak Hill, VirginiaApril 16, 2017
Lucky Gale
4/4/2000 - 4/4/2017In memory of my sweet angel - Lucky. She gave me so much happiness, love, and laughter that words can't describe the hole she left in my life and in my heart. She was the light of my life and brightened every single day that we had her. I'll forever love her and miss her everyday for the rest of my life. Our time together wasn't enough. Until we meet again!Heather GaleReston, VirginiaApril 7, 2017
Ellie Mae
10/7/2006 - 3/16/2017I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts who offered condolences on our loss of Ellie Mae last Thursday. For those of you who have truly loved a dog, I’m sure that you can appreciate how hard it has been on Laura and me, and has been especially difficult on all of us over the last couple of weeks while she was so frail.

As painful as Thursday was for us, I have to give the highest praise to the folks at Lap of Love Veterinarians in Fairfax. Dr. Beth Meadow came to our house to help Ellie through her transition, and she could not have been more caring, respectful, and sympathetic. She treated Ellie like a good friend, and was so gentle in everything she did. After the doctor left, we found that she had left behind for us a plaster cast of Ellie’s paw, and a small clear container with a bit of Ellie’s fur in it from where she had to shave a small patch on her leg. Ellie’s passing was very peaceful, and, as strange as it may sound, also beautiful.

Another great amount of gratitude goes to the people at Sunset Pet Services in Alexandria who sent a young man named Junior to our house to take Ellie away for cremation. I helped Junior prepare her for her last car ride, and he treated her with a tremendous amount of respect and dignity, as if she were a queen. I stopped by their office the next morning, and brought her home.

Earlier that week, Ellie and I were sitting in the front yard, and a feather from nowhere floated down in between us. I happened to read the next day that a feather floating by is a sign of your guardian angel being present. Friday morning, as Laura was sitting at her dressing table, another feather floated by outside of her window. It gives us great comfort to know that someone is continuing to watch over her, and us.

We have wonderful memories of Ellie, and there are constant reminders of her life with us all around the house, and we still think we hear her on occasion. We all have been living in our walk-out basement to help her on her trips outside, and I bought a warm-mist room humidifier to make the environment more comfortable. I now find myself staring at that wispy whirling mist gently floating in the air just feet away from where she spent her last hours. I find it comforting and somehow reassuring.
Ellie was 10-1/2 years old, which is beyond the average lifespan for bloodhounds, and I can tell you that she had a life full of love and attention. I could go on and on, but I just want to be sure to thank everyone for their kind words.

--Laura & Allen
Allen McBrideWoodbridge, VirginiaMarch 24, 2017
3/9/2000 - 3/6/2017Dear wise, wonderful Phred - 17 years healthy and happy, until the past two weeks. This poem says it all....

They will not go quietly,
the cats who've shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.
Old habits still make us think
we hear a meow at the door.
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
And, sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts
belongs to them. . . and always will.

by Linda Barnes
Alexandria, VirginiaMarch 14, 2017
8/25/2000 - 3/3/2017Dear Mel -
It was 16 years ago when I brought you home, but I remember it well. You had a big belly caused by worms and you were covered with flea dirt, but you looked so happy with big, bright eyes and a devilish, open-mouthed smile. As we played, you bit at my hands with razor-sharp puppy teeth and scratched me with never-trimmed nails. How loudly you cried whenever I tried to leave the room (I'm coming right back, little Mel!) In those first precious hours, I fell in love for the first and only time in my life. Thank you for loving me. Please forgive me.
Laura EndsleyHerndon, VirginiaMarch 10, 2017
2/13/2007 - 2/17/2017Sweet Jelly Belly, you were such a good dog! Beautiful and full of life. Friendly too all people! I miss so very much taking you on your walks that you enjoyed so much! You are missed by us all!Margaret CrowderGainesville, VirginiaFebruary 27, 2017
10/19/2014 - 2/21/2017We love & miss you so much Ans man. Your big brother Milo kitty loves & misses you too. We know now that the best thing for you was to let you go be with God. Now you can run around & you are at peace. You were here just a short time on earth. You must have been tormented in your mind. You did not mean to bite us. You didn't realize what you were doing. We forgive you. You passed peacefully & looked so beautiful. I know all the children in heaven can hug & kiss you now. You are getting all the love that I wanted to lavish on you. We will miss all the fun times & laughter that you gave us chasing Milo around. You were so good with him & let him roll around in your fur & bite your toes. Milo has been sleeping on the quilt they put over you that day you went to heaven. He misses you so. You are a beautiful fur angel now. You had such a regal look about you when you walked down the street. You walked like grandpa but were a cutie. Everyone who saw you smiled. I will miss the smelling your feet. It smelled like Fritos. You gave us lots of joy. I will miss the galloping feet of you chasing Milo around. Milo was your doll baby. You greeted John, your papa every day he came in. So cute, you would wash his head. We will always lovingly remember you & all the good times. I loved seeing you run. You looked like you were hobbling when you walked so cute. Big ball of fluff you would lay on your back & snore like crazy. I remember hearing you down the hallway at night & making noises to get you to stop as it was so loud. I couldn't sleep. Loved how you laid like a frog with you back legs out behind you.
We miss you & love you but we know it was the best for you to be free of your demons. You are in God's loving arms. Please know that we did the best we could. Never forget you big guy. You were a good boy. The best you knew how to be. I know you are running around chasing squirrels & playing with Mugsy, Sarge, Kadie & Sabrina.
Susi BoudreauxAlexandria, VirginiaFebruary 27, 2017
01/01/2002 - 2/8/2017Smokey was a wonderful friend for 5 years who is missed greatly but not forgotten. He was a gentle purring machine with soft gray fur who loved to be petted and brushed and hang around me. I miss him greeting me when I arrived home with a loud meow and him laying on top of my computer keyboard while I tried to work from home or following me around the house especially into the bathroom! Sadly his body had worn out from complications of kidney disease so at 15 years of age it was time to send him on his final journey with the support of Lap of Love. I miss watching him lounge on his cat perch watching birds and squirrels outside and waking me up when he wanted to be petted or fed. I got Smokey when he was 10 years old from the county animal shelter. I hope his previous owners know that I am greatful they gave him up so I could shower him with love and affection, and he did the same for me. Being able to pet him and talk to him as he passed with dignity was an honor.Jennifer SmithFairfax, VirginiaFebruary 13, 2017
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