Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Sophie
9/25/2013 - 11/30/2013Sophie. My longest sustaining relationship. My dearest and most loyal friend. Her love has always been complete and simple.

During bleak days in my life, Sophie was the only reason I crawled out of bed. There have been days where she was the only reason I smiled, which has always been her sole purpose in life: to make me happy. To make me laugh. She accomplished her mission literally each day of her exuberant existence. For me, Sophie softened the impact of the harshness of life. She was my soldier, pulling me from the trenches of bad moments, bad days, and thoughtless people. She literally kissed away my tears. My four-legged, furry antidepressant.

From the time Soph was a puppy, she was always my little butterfly. Fluttering around in carefree wonder, curiously watching the world, smelling the flowers, and making my day even more beautiful.
However, her bubbly, fluttering days passed and her were replaced with her fight to keep her body moving. Her fight for survival.

During Sophie's debilitating journey, I tried my best to help her fight the good fight. I encouraged her along the way, cheerily telling her how proud I was - how great she was walking, even when she was not. With each cheer she looked at me with a Sophie smile and that little stump tail wagging uncontrollably while she perked up, holding her head proud. Elated by my pride and the happiness in my voice. She felt absolutely victorious...and she was victorious. She still is.

The wagging of that stump tail deteriorated to only a quiver. Her eyes that were once bright, lively and cheerful, were filled with a longing to please me and of shame for thinking she was failing me. Her eyes were discouraged. She was hurting. She was tired.

During Sophie's last days, I rubbed her legs and hips which seemed to give her relief. I warmed
her with a heating pad when she began to chill and tremble. I did everything in my power to comfort her just as she has always comforted me. I wanted her to know that my life was more beautiful simply because of her existence. I wanted her to know it's okay and she was not alone. It is my strongest desire that she hear my voice, smell my skin, and feel the warmth of my touch as she neared her bridge. Dr. Cook and Lap of Love allowed this to happen and Sophie drifted away knowing that not only was she loved, but that she was important.

I have been told that I have given Sophie an extraordinary life. The truth is, Sophie is the one who has given ME the extraordinary life. She has saved me more times imaginable and for that, I am forever grateful. She has changed me. Her love has softened my heart and changed me from cynical to optimistic and hopeful. For that, she will continue to be a part of me. Always. Wherever I go.

Sophie was my source of happiness of insane proportions for ten years. Thank you Dr. Jennifer Cook for a peaceful journey for my beloved Sophie and for reaching out to me during my heart wrenching days without her. I am forever grateful.
Alison GrantKnoxville, TennesseeDecember 23, 2013
Titus
10/8/2001 - 12/21/2013Since the time when Titus was a puppy he was infatuated with a moving light, like a flashlight or the glare off a watch. His greatest joy was trying to "catch" the light. He would chase it, paw at it, and try to bite it. I would frequently joke that when Titus got to heaven he would finally catch the light.

Any household chore that involved a flashlight ensured that Titus would be by my side trying to catch the light following it wherever it went. We would play with him with a flashlight; he'd run to where it was and scratch at the spot, only to have it move again. But as much as he tried he was never able to catch it. As the years went by Titus got slower, and slower, but getting the flashlight from the closet always elicited an enthusiastic response. He would pop up and chase the light where ever I shined it.

One day recently I got the flashlight out of the closet, and Titus perked up, and watched me, but stayed lying on his bed. The recent snow and ice was pretty tough on him. Dogs can communicate things, especially when you've been their companion for 12 years. Sadly, it was time to say good bye.

Today Titus caught the light. I hope it was fun.
Todd MattersRoyersford, PennsylvaniaDecember 22, 2013
Simba
11/4/2004 - 12/15/2013To My Beloved Simba - We had a connection that can’t be explained. It was love at first site. We went through some puppy bumps in the beginning, which only made us stronger. We both went out of our way to make each other happy and looked out for one another. You were always SO HAPPY and PLAYFUL. You made me LAUGH and SMILE all the time. You kept me from jumping off a cliff during horrific times. I'm going to miss you SOOOOOO much. I know you are playing with your brother Panther now, PAIN FREE and that makes me relieved and very happy. LOVE YOU SO MUCH my Li’l BoySherri WillsonSilverado, CaliforniaDecember 21, 2013
Duncan
2/23/2008 - 12/17/2013In memory of our boy, Duncan. Feb 2008 - Dec 2013. He was an absolute superstar and the most awesome best friend we could have ever wished for! He loved long walks, chasing squirrels and playing in the snow. Duncan passed quietly in our home yesterday, 17 December 2013, after a brief and difficult battle with canine lymphosarcoma. Our hearts hurt but we know Duncan is no longer hurting. Thank you so very much to Dr. Christine of Lap of Love in the Herndon, Virginia area. You took such great care of Duncan and we sincerely appreciate your kindness, warmth and professionalism. Duncan’s journey has ended but he will never be forgotten.
Christopher and Andy
Christopher HudsonHerndon, VirginiaDecember 18, 2013
Homer
7/1/2000 - 12/10/2013Homer was a blessing to me and Robert. He showed me how to relax and enjoy life. He made difficult times easier. He made us smile and laugh. "I can't get up I have a cat on my lap" was a happy refrain around the house...Richmond, CaliforniaDecember 18, 2013
Sophie
1/9/1997 - 12/18/2013Sophie,
When we looked at your darling puppy face almost 17 years ago, we just knew you wouldn’t be any problem. We were so wrong! You were all Terrier: playful escape artist; willful and feisty canine; food-stealing, garden-digging, bunny-chasing, jumping, yapping whirlwind. But you also loved to cuddle and give kisses. Even in your later years, when you mellowed somewhat, you had more personality than any dog we’ve ever known.

You made us laugh, and now we cry as we mourn your loss. I am so glad that you died at home on your own terms, the way you lived your life. I was proud of your bravery at the end. I hope you had the time of your life with us. We sure did. We will always love you.

Collar off, “Poocha,” collar off.
Kathy Louden MorgavanGurnee, IllinoisDecember 18, 2013
Bella
3/7/2001 - 12/4/2013Bella "Belly" Rein

Good night Sweet Belly Bear. You have been the longest, most reliable constant in my life. I hardly remember what life was like before I had your unconditional love and unwavering companionship - just an arms length away.

We know that you are more full of life now, than ever. The day I brought you home from the shelter, I told you I would take care of you FOREVER! Today we took your ashes, your leash and your stuffed bunny on a final earthly journey to all your favorite places. You are free to run now - wherever, whenever you wish. There is comfort in knowing that one day we will meet again. For now, we will look and find your spirit in the parks, trails, beaches and in the eyes of all the creatures that cross our path. We love you my Bella Rein!
Nichole BroschPonte Vedra Beach, FloridaDecember 16, 2013
Trevor
10/26/1998 - 12/15/2013You are such a wonderfully faithful friend. Thank you for spending your life with me, loving me, comforting me, and filling my days with such joy. Run free, sweet baby boy!Denise ParkerSaint Cloud, FloridaDecember 16, 2013
Shadow
5/1/1998 - 12/2/2013We will always remember shadow as a little black fur ball who has. Grown into a loveable beautiful dog. Shadow grew up with my children and will always be a huge part of our family. She loved to run and fetch the ball in our back yard. Shadow you will always be in our hearts.Amy JeskiLongwood, FloridaDecember 16, 2013
Pepper
3/5/1998 - 12/13/2013Our dearest Pepper was the most loyal and loving dog that a person could ever ask for. From the first time we saw her at the shelter, we were so blessed that she selected our family. She was a tremendous protector of our family but an even better provider of unconditional love to us all. Today, our family is saddened this day had to come but, so at peace that Pepper is no longer suffering and is up in heaven with our other pets and her friend Cynda. We will always love you!!Ed, Gina, Jessica, and Alan GancarTampa, FloridaDecember 15, 2013