Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Daisy
7/30/2000 - 6/30/2016Our Daisy left us on July 1. I keep looking for her little warm eyes and wagging tail. A piece of my heart left with you Tootie. Until we meet again.Margie DenzlerLas Vegas, NevadaJuly 5, 2016
Hugo
5/13/2005 - 6/25/2016Hugo, my best buddy and the World's BEST dog. He was a 165lb St. Bernard, but my family's gentle giant. He had a laid back personality and went with the flow. So sweet. He always leaned his whole body weight on your leg so you can pet him, constantly, under his neck. And then he would lift his paw and hit your leg as a reminder that you stopped scratching and you needed to continue. He also was a lover of marshmallows- which was the only food that made him drool (sometimes the occasional frog made him drool too if he licked them). He was school mascot at many soccer games and extremely popular on dog walks. Everyone would stop and ask his name, ask if they can pet him, how much he weighed, etc. He was considered "famous" among the neighborhood. He left behind two companions, a mini dachaund named Hurley and a yellow lab named Lily-who shared multiple weekends away at the Lake or the family's farm chasing cows. He was loved by all and will greatly be missed. Long Live the King of dogs, HUGO! xoxoxoxChristi JohaningmeyerSt. Louis, MissouriJuly 5, 2016
Ruby
7/15/2003 - 7/1/2016On July 1, 2016, our little angel Ruby Mae passed away. She was the best dog our family could have ever asked for. We will never forget her and all of the happiness she brought into our lives. Though she is just a memory now, her constant love will always remind us how beautiful life can be. It is very difficult to believe she is no longer with us and we wish so much to hold her once more, but we know we will see her again.

"Take delight in the Lord, and he will grant you all of your hearts desires."
Psalm 37:4

"yet not one is forgotten by God"
Luke 12:6
John McGreevyKissimmee, FloridaJuly 4, 2016
Sassy
5/10/2005 - 6/24/2016Sassy was not only a pet, she was a part of our family...she was our friend.George HarperFranklinville, New JerseyJuly 4, 2016
Brutus
12/21/2003 - 7/3/2016Our sweet Brutus......Your Dad begged me for months for a "puppy-uppy".......He found a listing on Petfinder and off we went to a little farm in South Carolina.....I could feel it in my bones, I would be coming home with a puppy that day.....when we arrived, your sisters were nipping and yelping....I wasn't so sure, until I looked over and saw you quietly sitting to the side observing the scene.....I asked to hold you, and fell in love with that tiny 8 week old pup......the owner didn't want us to take notice of you, because you were the last boy and the sweetest of the bunch.....we took you directly to the pet store, spoiled you like crazy, before you hopped right out of the shopping cart onto the counter......you have been our treasured best friend, protector, and let us love on you even when you had enough......you always watched over my three babies almost as if they were your own.....you were there for me when I was sick and at times wasn't sure if I could go on.....Your Uncle Dave adored you and I think he often traveled to visit you more than us!......Your grandparents, our friends, and extended family loved you too.......We'll miss our walks, your slobbery kisses, and the calm sweetness you brought to our house. Until we see you again my boy.....run free, I know those fast legs are working like magic again xo.Andrea BrownLake Worth, FloridaJuly 4, 2016
Candie
12/25/1999 - 4/22/2016it has taken me over 2 months to be able to write this memorial. I lost my yorkie, Candie, in April and it is still incredibly difficult. I'm not going to go on and on about everything Candie was or what we did together, except that she was my first pet as an adult and she was such a joy. We were inseparable , a package deal. I was lucky she was my dog for 16 years. I miss her terribly but I have no regrets because i knew she was ready. Dr. Dawentta Woodruff make this hardest day of my life much easier, She is a genuinely caring person, and she went above and beyond for my family that day. I'm a veterinary technician, and after being there for many families when it's time to say good-bye, I would recommend Dr Dawnetta; I found the experience to be very calm and peaceful because it was done in my own home.Dena WilliamsGranite City, IllinoisJuly 4, 2016
Molly
7/1/2016In loving memory of my sweet, thirteen and a half year old girl Molly. I met Molly when she was just 3.3lbs on a farm outside of Buffalo, NY. I was in college and sure I was ready to take on adopting a puppy, and she was one of eight puppies in her litter. I was so overwhelmed after the hour and a half drive out there to find multiple litters of puppies in a not great situation. I quickly picked Molly for her white chest, and we made our way back to Buffalo. I didn't know what kind of dog she was or anything, I just knew I couldn't leave without getting at least one puppy out of there.

Molly ended up with some respiratory and gastrointestinal issues. She gained weight to be about 7 lbs, and then was so ill she lost half her body weight. After a lot of vet visits and TLC, she grew stronger. While potty training was a nightmare with all of her diarrhea, I quickly realized she was super smart. She learned to sit, shake, lay down, roll over, and spin in a circle with ease. Molly was headstrong as they come though, and really hated walking on a leash.

We moved to North Carolina when she was eight months old. She adapted well to the south and soon was showing her true breed colors trying her hand at hearing me in the yard and zig zagging on the leash while walking. She was very stubborn, and even went through phases where she would show her teeth at me. We battled for who was the alfa dog and I was in way over my head. It took Molly about two and a half years to grow out of her puppy years and mature. We then settled in for some years of good companionship.

We moved around North Carolina, to Colorado, back to North Carolina, Washington, DC, around New York State (including NYC), and then back finally to North Carolina. Even though I know moving was stressful to Molly, she always kept right up with me and was happy to be by my side. We climbed mountains together, and even went to the ocean (which wasn't her favorite). She taught me so much about patience and friendship.

Molly was my best friend right up until the end. Even when her legs gave out under her, she continued to carry on like nothing was wrong. She guarded the house right up until the medication made her too sleepy to keep her eyes open. She was the best dog I could ever have asked for and the best protector anyone could want.

I will miss my Molly girl forever. I know she is running around again without pain, and I look forward to climbing mountains together again one day at the rainbow bridge. I love you Molly
Amanda GilmoreHaw River, North CarolinaJuly 3, 2016
Louie Aka Booky Bear
12/15/2011 - 6/29/2016A couple days ago we had to make a difficult decision to free little louie from his pain, at a very young age he was battling lymphoma. Louie was the most loving pit bull, he never denied a hug, a belly rub, a kiss or a chance to lick your face, a tight embrace (that I just couldn't resist myself from doing to him). His loving eyes would greet me in the morning, when I come home and before I sleep at night, he was my protector.Wendy PerezLong Beach, CaliforniaJuly 1, 2016
Jake Marvel
3/14/2001 - 6/28/2016These are my blog posts remembering my Jake.
Think back to the best relationships you have ever experienced.
They were exciting and fun as you share your time and got to know the each other.
As time passed they became part of your life in short, small steps. It happens with people and with our pets. They become family.
With great sadness this week I say good bye to my Jake. My loyal, trusty, faithful friend. He is not gone yet and the reality and sadness has not set in. But it is time to do the right thing for him. His bones are frail and age has taken it's toll.
At my desk I look behind my chair remembering how many times I sat in this exact spot with Jake napping at arms length. When I turned the light on he would quietly enter the room only asking for a treat or two for his services. I was always comforted to know he was there. A constant eye as I toiled for hours on the computer. Sometimes it was 4 a.m. and others mid-night. It never mattered to my friend, he was there.
How many conversation we shared, his communications always in his eyes and the wagging of his tail.
Even while napping he would lift his head and check to see if I were still there. Once confirmed he would resume his nap until 8:30 when his buddy, his grandma would get up. He would wonder off for a bite of banana only to return sometimes within minutes and take his rightful position beside me.
Those of you whom follow my posts know about Jake and you know how much his companionship has met to me over the fifteen years we have shared. In 2015 we created Bark in the Park and every Sunday we shared stories and lessons. Many of those years with our other buddy, Blanca which passed away April 2014. She has not been forgotten. They were quite a team.
This week will be devoted to Jake, the "Bark in the Park Dog". I hope to share some of the lessons he taught me which makes him so special. Things like unconditional love, consistency and passion. He helped shape the person I am and I could never repay him however hard I tried.
Never underestimate the power of a dogs love and the effects it could have on your life.
Today I share the last edition of "Bark in the Park". (a youtube video blog)
Jake, you are loved.
I pray as one of God's creatures there is a Rainbow Bridge and we will meet again.

6/28/16
It was January 21, 1993, I was on an airplane flying to Las Vegas. A self proclaimed bachelor for life. Little did I know what would happen on that winter day.
While on the two hour ATA Fun Jet Flight I noticed an attractive woman. Ok, she was a little hottie! My thoughts were always short term, have a little fun, no harm, no foul after all we were both adults.
Fast forward a few months to the dating game, and it was a game on both sides. Little did I know I had met the female me. We were attracted to each other, but were both a mess. I did not understand how relationships worked. Having a failed marriage and never grasping the concept of unconditional love, this was a struggle.
At one point out of frustration I announced "I'm getting a dog". I thought if I can take care of a dog then I can figure out a relationship. A dog would be easy! Feed him, give him a place to stay, he could be my buddy.
It did not take long for me to begin to understand responsibility. The dogs were much better than I, and they were constantly teaching me lessons about love.
The truth is without the dog teaching me about unconditional love I would never have the marriage I have today. I noticed the dogs gave me loving attention at every opportunity. The more love and gratitude they showed, the more I wanted to give them. They had me wrapped around their little paws.
The lesson was about the gratitude. The more they gave, the more I gave and thus with relationships. In a marriage the more you give, the more you get. It works the same in business.
Thank you for the gift of unconditional, un-judgmental, gratitude filled love, it makes me a better man everyday.

6/29/16
It was January 21, 1993, I was on an airplane flying to Las Vegas. A self proclaimed bachelor for life. Little did I know what would happen on that winter day.
While on the two hour ATA Fun Jet Flight I noticed an attractive woman. Ok, she was a little hottie! My thoughts were always short term, have a little fun, no harm, no foul after all we were both adults.
Fast forward a few months to the dating game, and it was a game on both sides. Little did I know I had met the female me. We were attracted to each other, but were both a mess. I did not understand how relationships worked. Having a failed marriage and never grasping the concept of unconditional love, this was a struggle.
At one point out of frustration I announced "I'm getting a dog". I thought if I can take care of a dog then I can figure out a relationship. A dog would be easy! Feed him, give him a place to stay, he could be my buddy.
It did not take long for me to begin to understand responsibility. The dogs were much better than I, and they were constantly teaching me lessons about love.
The truth is without the dog teaching me about unconditional love I would never have the marriage I have today. I noticed the dogs gave me loving attention at every opportunity. The more love and gratitude they showed, the more I wanted to give them. They had me wrapped around their little paws.
The lesson was about the gratitude. The more they gave, the more I gave and thus with relationships. In a marriage the more you give, the more you get. It works the same in business.
Thank you for the gift of unconditional, un-judgmental, gratitude filled love, it makes me a better man everyday.

6/30/16
The reality of life and death are setting in for me as I labor this morning, typing the words in for this blog post. It is difficult as I search for the silver lining. There seems to not be a one for me. My Jake is really gone. The harshness chews at my heart, the emptiness.
Life, it is short, and passes quickly.
Death, it is short, and passes quickly.
These words sound the same, each one leaving a wake of memories.
There is hope and understanding my friend is no longer in pain, and he understood my motives. They say there is a "Rainbow Bridge" so I may see my lost companions one day. I pray this is true and I look forward to that day.
If it were to have been my way he would be standing behind me wagging his tail begging for his morning treat only to find a nice place for his nap, comforting me with his presence.
I did find Jake was loved by many. That makes me proud of him. There were hundreds of well wishers with a common thread saying "I felt like I knew Jake from his posts, we love him and he will be missed".
What a great tribute for my friend. Thank you all.
The lesson for today is about the passing of time. Jake lived a long life for a Border Collie of more than 15 years. And now as I set in my office chair quietly working through the many emotions I see that 15 years is a blink of an eye.
What is the reality of 15 years? For me, I will be in my seventies.
If I am not happy where I am it is time to make a move towards my dreams. This event will create change in my life, so stay tuned. I am already planning some new chapters.
Again I want to thank each of you for listening as I share my story of Jake. I believe this is helping me cope. Tomorrow I want to write something fun in remembering Jake. So please visit.
He will be missed dearly and be thought of daily.
They say life is not the numbers but the dash in between. If this is true a single dash was not enough.
Love you my friend Jake Marvel 2001---------2016

7/1/16
I have heard it said our habits are direct reflection of the five people we spend most of our time with.
What I believe is Rockie and I are spending our time with some quality people. If you are reading this, it is you.
This week has not been easy for my family, however the interaction from so many people is helping us cope. Every post from the people whom shared "Bark in the Park" and friends who just wanted to share their understanding words to the blog views totaling more than 2,500 and the countless emails, and notes. Everyone counts, thank you.
Nothing can take away the hurt, and grieving following such a great loss. That being said it warms my heart to know the kind of people we associate ourselves with.
There is a link to the memorial page and I would love to see as many posts as we can get remembering my dear companion. Click https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=257006184668136&set=o.192474531449&type=3&theater
Leave a note, have you enjoyed a few of Jake's Bark in the Park videos, many people speak of feeling like they knew Jake, or if you just know us leave us a note we can keep it?
My lesson for today is this, when you live a life of gratitude it comes back three-fold.
I am a glass half-full guy and always try to find the positive. Some find it strange for me to always look to the brighter side of things. This week at my low point I had so many people tying to lift my spirits through texts, emails, calls checking in with encouragement.
I am amazed at the number of people comforting my family.
Last night was quietly painful and about mid-night as I was trying to sleep I got a text, the words eased my mind and helped me move closer to my new normal, closer to closing my eyes on a quiet night.
Jake should be with Blanca romping around the Rainbow Bridge free of pain and looking down on me. Still painful, still raw but moving forward each day.
After all it is the way life works, it is not always easy. But as the old Beatles song "Help, I need somebody" and my friends were there in groves.
Tim MarvelDallas/Richardson, TexasJuly 1, 2016
Nugent
9/15/2004 - 6/30/2016Nugent was a well loved member of our family for 12 years. He got sick, and we tried all we could to no avail...my sweet boy grew weary and we knew it was time to help him let go. Dr Katie was here and helped us...he crossed over peacefully with us by his side. He will be dearly missedcoleen & mark stoikejacksonville, FloridaJune 30, 2016