Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Irwin
10/15/2016There aren't enough words to describe what a special boy Irwin was. He came into my life at a time when I really needed him. About 8 months before I adopted him, I had lost another very special dog named Shadow, which put me into a deep depression. I didn't think I would ever get another dog. Then my best friend went on her honeymoon, and I kept her dog Mocha for her. She is an awesome dog, and having her in the house made me realize I needed another dog, because life isn't the same without them. We adopted Irwin from Stray Rescue of St. Louis. I had always wanted a very big dog, and Irwin was that. When his foster mom brought him to meet us I was so excited. He was such a big, handsome boy. We kept him for the weekend to make sure we all got along, but my husband and I knew that night we would never let him go. We rescued Irwin, but I always felt he rescued me. It wasn't until we adopted him that my depression started to get better. There is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog.
Irwin was the calmest, sweetest dog ever. He was the kind of dog you could do anything to. All that mattered to him was being with his people. He was the kind of dog who just loved to cuddle, and was always right by our side. I tripped over him many, many times in the 9 years we had him. :) When our son was born, I was worried about how he would accept him, but before long, Irwin knew he was part of our pack, too, and they became best friends. Our son is 5 now, and he always called him "Best Friend Irwin."
Recently, Irwin had been losing a lot of weight, even though he was still eating. I thought he might be diabetic, although cancer was in the back of my mind, too. I was still shocked to learn he had cancer. Even with surgery, the most he would live was 6 months, and he was already about 12 years old. That is pretty old for a hundred pound dog.
After all he gave us, we knew we couldn't let him suffer any longer. As good of a dog as he was at home, he hated the vet. We knew we couldn't take him there to be euthanized. So we called Dr. Dawnetta, and Irwin passed peacefully at home, in our arms. My husband, son and I were all there to give him love and tell him what a good boy he was. Our other dog Kula was also there. Even though we were devastated to lose him, we knew he would no longer be in pain.
I wish I had a way to really convey his personality and how special he was. I've never met another dog like him. He was so loyal. When they came up with the term "man's best friend", they had to be describing a dog just like Irwin. They are all special in their own way, but Irwin was one of a kind, and we will always miss him. I'll always be grateful for what he did for me.
We love you, handsome boy!
Tricia GarstangImperial, MissouriNovember 1, 2016
Ina
12/13/2002 - 10/30/2016Dear Ina (Little,)
I think I was always meant to have you. When I saw you at the aspca you were not the type of cat I was looking for. But you looked so sad in the cage. Your name was Sushi and the on the cage said you hated being there and had been there three weeks. I just felt that you really needed me. When you came home with me you were scared and hid, but then that night you slowly crawled into my lap, settled in and started purring. My heart just soared because I didn't know if you would be comfortable with me. After that we spent ten wonderful years living together. You were so sweet, very shy of other people but with me you always looked for affection, meowed at me, played with me, and spent every night you could asleep next to me. My parents loved you too and asked to look after you when I went out of town.
I wish I had been home more often and hadn't worked so much. I wish I had played with you every night even when I was tired. But I think I gave you a great life, better than you were facing. And when you got sick I did everything I could, spent every penny, and nursed you at home for as long as I could. When you couldn't keep going and stopped eating I held you in my arms and let you pass without pain. Before the doctor came, we had an hour together, and I spent that time looking at your face, trying to memorize it. When you looked at me I did a slow blink, which means "I love you" for cats. You blinked back. I'm so thankful I had that time to sit with you in the sun, and tell you I love you. I'm so thankful for the ten years of laughter, playing, snuggles and comfort you gave me. The house feels empty and I keep looking for you, but I wouldn't ever give up those ten years. I love you Ina.
Maureen WalshSilver Spring, MarylandNovember 1, 2016
Cookie Dough
9/14/2006 - 8/1/2016Just a few months ago, our angel dog, Cookie Dough, got her angel wings. I know all golden retrievers are lovable and friendly family dogs, and this girl was no exception; however, Cookie Dough truly earned her name. She was SUPER SUPER SUPER SWEET. Everyone she ever met, human, cat, dog, bird, hamster, bearded dragon, bunny, LOVED her and she loved them.

At night, she was like Nana from Peter Pan. She'd roam the house from room to room checking in on all her babies before she'd finally fall asleep at the foot of my bed.

It occurred to me as she aged that I wasn't going to be able to get her in the car when it was time. (I'm a single mom and a widow). I anguished about how to give her a stress free, peaceful passing. Then my vet recommend Lap of Love.

I'm forever grateful for the entire experience.

I know our girl met daddy in heaven at the rainbow bridge. There are playing catch and swimming all day long now.
Dawn GoldsteinHollywood, FloridaNovember 1, 2016
Hannah
10/17/2016While Hannah was only in our lives for 2.5 years, she was the heart of our family. Hannah was surrendered to a rescue when she was at least 9 years old, still nursing two puppies. She had been chained out in a backyard, used for breeding and as a guard dog. She came with no vet records. Our family decided to foster her once the puppies were weaned, and she never left. Even though Hannah was dog reactive and had a long list of medical issues (DCM, vWD, arthritis, broken teeth, and later cancer), she lived life to the fullest. She had her Advanced Trick Dog Title and was working on her Senior Barn Hunt title and went on many camping and backpacking trips with us. While she was our first Doberman, she won't be the last.

Hannah was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, and while she was handling treatment very well initially, she got very sick two weeks ago and we made the difficult decision to let her go on 10/17. I will be forever grateful that we had the opportunity to be her family, and that we were able to give her the gift of peace in the comfort of our home.

True love stories have no endings, until we meet again sweet girl.
Susan CorningIssaquah, WashingtonOctober 31, 2016
Kahlua
1/24/2002 - 10/26/2016In Loving Memory of Kahlua a/k/a Louie, Lou Man, Lou Man Chew, Lou Lou, & King Louie. Our Sweet Sweet Boy, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on October 26th, and will be forever missed!! He hung in there for us, and gave us so many loving funny memories and miss him more than I could ever express. He absolutely took a piece of my heart with him. I only find peace in knowing that he is not in pain, and that he can see, hear and play again where we will once meet again. Please know Louie that we will Miss you everyday, and Love you always! Mom, Dad, BJ, Brittany & Briana XOXONancy NicholsTampa, FloridaOctober 31, 2016
Harley
4/18/2003 - 10/28/2016Harley i love you so much . You have been there for me through everything . You are my best friend and I am going to miss you so much ! I'm glad you are not in pain anymore. You lived a long and happy life. I thank god everyday for letting us find each other . You will be forever missed and never forgotten ! You will always be In my heart . I love you so much baby boy !Crystal KemperJeannette, PennsylvaniaOctober 31, 2016
Ricky
1/1/1998 - 10/28/2016We had 11 wonderful years with Ricky before old age finally caught up with him during the course of this year - he entered our lives at the age of 7. He was able to avoid the serious illnesses which claim the lives of so many other dogs, which is how he managed to live to be 18. He was calm, intelligent, and reasonable, especially alongside our other dog, Abby, who was a high-spirited and often impulsive Schnauzer. The two of them complemented each other perfectly - we called them our "yin and yang" dogs. When Abby died 2 years ago, Ricky, suddenly bereft of his soul-mate, stopped eating and we thought we were going to lose him too, but eventually he overcame his depression and gave us two more years of love. As much as we resisted, we knew that the best thing for Ricky would be to let him slip calmly and quietly from this earth before the winter came. We will never stop missing him, and we know he is everywhere. We love you, bud.David OlsonLake Forest, IllinoisOctober 30, 2016
Leo
8/4/2004 - 10/28/2016Dear Leo,
I just want you to know how much you were loved. I loved you more than I can tell you and so did your sister, Marley, and your other daddy, Larry, before he passed. You were such a special boy and life will never be the same without you. You just left us yesterday and I already miss you more than I thought possible. I loved everything about you. It was such a shock when we found out you had a brain tumor along with cancerous lesions in your lungs. But you were a fighter and stayed with us as long as you could and I love so much for that. You were my rock, my life, my big guy. This is so hard. Since you came to live with us when you were 4 we only had you for just under 8 years. It just wasn't enough and it went by so fast. What I wouldn't give for a few more days with you now.

I will love you forever. Thank you for all your love. Thank you for your smiles, your tail wags and big sloppy kisses. You will be greatly missed.

Mike
Mike MurphyCasselberry, FloridaOctober 29, 2016
Mugsy
3/12/2003 - 10/24/2016Our best friend is no longer with us. Mugsy reached the point today where life as he knew it was no longer possible. While he could have gone on longer, we had to take the painful decision to put him to eternal sleep to preclude his further suffering.
Making the arrangements on the phone, with Mugsy as usual by our side, with his always trusting eyes watching us intently, and with his slightly tilted head - as he would do when hearing distress in our voice - as if to say, what's going on? was unbearable.
His always wagging tail, his gyrating body, his overall happiness to greet us (and everyone) every time we walked through the door and his unconditional love that was given unfailingly, will be inconsolably missed.
But at least Mugsy is now comfortable again and will stay with all of us in spirit; and all the so many good memories of him will comfort us for the rest of our days.....

Frank, Caroline, Matt, Kyle DeTurris
Frank DeTurrisEast Setauket, New YorkOctober 29, 2016
Copper Arnold
10/20/2016We said goodbye to our beloved Copper October 21, 2016. He was such a special dog and will be forever in our hearts. We love you Copper!Nancy ArnoldWildwood, MissouriOctober 29, 2016