Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Sammy
2/20/2009 - 6/26/2020Sammy was the most special boy. Everyone who met Sammy loved him and he loved them.Beth BristolWoodinville, WashingtonJune 30, 2020
Coco
4/17/2000 - 6/21/2020My heart is broken. I love you Coco. Thank you for a wonderful 20 years! I tried my best for you.Jean RicciutiQuincy, MassachusettsJune 29, 2020
Zeke
5/1/2010 - 6/20/2020Final Farewell to Zeke:

Zeke, a.k.a. Zeke-a-saur, Sneaky Zeke, Sneakers, Zekers , Baby Monkey, Baby Boy,
When we first got you, I had no idea the impact you would have on our lives and the paw prints you would leave on our hearts.
You have been the best kitty a crazy cat lady, or anyone, could ask for. So sensitive and loving, you followed me around like a dog, meowed your head off when I left just to go for a run, and showed me loving with face rubs, but almost always ONLY on the bed. You were very particular about where you got your lovin!

I’m going to miss our near-daily conversations that often went something like this:
“Meow”
“What?”
“Meoww”
“What’s wrong?”
“Meeeow”
“Oh really?”
“Meow”
“Uh-huh, I know”
“Mew”
“Yep, you’re right!”

And you were so smart! You could open doors to let yourself in or out of a room, you Sneaky Zeke! And you also knew how to dispense food from the feeder before it was time to go off. Apparently you learned that from your sister, who figured it out first, but still....

Like your mama, you were a foodie! You begged for tuna or salmon or chicken until we caved in, and we could not even open a can of beans without you going crazy! I loved the way you stood up on your two hind legs for treats. And sometimes grew impatient, swiping at our hands to give you more treats!

You loved the outdoors, and to show us what a brave hunter you were, you caught several lizards whom we had to rescue from your mouth (though I’m quite sure we weren’t able to rescue them all), as well as salamanders, at least one of which you brought into the house for us! And I remember that time you caught a dove on the back patio. Now that’s a feat of speed, agility, and stealth! Again, I came to the rescue of that little creature. But I can’t blame you for trying! You were a cat after all!

You loved to play...with string, the “red fly”, feather toys, robe ties, furry mice, and most recently, that damn catnip carrot! Oh, and of course with daddy’s hand! That was probably your favorite toy!

Do we need to mention how handsome a boy you were ? Seriously, you had a very majestic face, the longest kitty whiskers, adorable little tufts of fur on the bottom of each paw. Not to mention your gorgeous white markings—little socks on your front paws and boots on your hind legs, your white chest, mouth and nose. And OMG—your belly! I love that you loved your belly rubbed!

I still expect to see you waiting on my bathroom counter by the sink to drink running water from my faucet. Or at the door to greet us when we come home. But your floofy body isn’t there. I’d like to believe that your sweet loving spirit is! You will always be with us in our hearts, you silly boy!

We Both loved and already miss you so much, but I hope and pray that we will see you again. In the meantime, I hope you are playing with all the other kitties at the Rainbow Bridge. You show em how it’s done!
Pam and Steve WarrenMcKinney, TexasJune 29, 2020
Miss Daisy
11/4/2003 - 6/26/2020My sweet, stubborn, smart, tough, beautiful, sassy little girl, Miss Daisy, crossed the rainbow bridge. She can see again, hear again and is forever running free on the endless beaches of heaven. She ruled our world with kindness and love. She loved her tribe, even loving my grandchildren and generously sharing me with them. She loved the beach, the sea breeze blowing in her face. She traveled the world with me. My home is empty, the pillow next to mine on the bed is cold. My heart is broken. RIP my little love; my best girl❤️Jessie O’NeillDelray Beach, FloridaJune 29, 2020
Bubby
2/2/2011 - 6/20/2020I remember the day you chose me to be your mom eight and a half years ago (thank you for choosing me 🧡). You were crawling in fleas not being properly cared for, and you jumped up on my lap and laid your paws on my chest. You were mine from that moment on, my little catdog. You loved to go to the parks on your leash, climb your trees and chase sticks. Everywhere we went people adored you. Everyone who met you loved you, you were the sweetest boy. I joined the Army after college and after your initial HCM diagnosis. The recruiters laughed when I said I wanted to join but didn’t want to deploy because I didn’t want to leave my sick cat. 😹 But luck was on our side and I never had to. I thought I was going to lose you in March 2016 after your heart failure diagnosis. They said you had a few weeks to maybe a few months tops, but you sure proved them wrong. You made it four years and three months more, which is very, very rare. But you are very rare, such a special boy. I always said I would never let you suffer. Sure medicine three times a day was sometimes rough, but you forgave me right after with head bonks and leg rubs and everything was okay. A couple bumps in the road was worth the quality of life you had, no one could ever tell you were sick. We slowly but surely reached the end of the road with all of the medication adjustments and they were no longer helping you. After an emergency procedure to remove fluid around your heart, I promised you I would not continue to put you through that as I could tell you were tired of the doctor visits and being poked and prodded. That would take away from your quality of life that you so deserve. I decided to make the decision out of love to not allow you to be in any discomfort any longer; the hardest decision of my life. I would rather have my heart broken 100 times over by another stupid boy than to have it broken in this way by losing you, my very best friend. You’ve been there for me through many heartaches, many moves, and so many good times as well. Saying that I will miss you is an extreme understatement, I’m really not sure how I will ever be OK—but I can say that I did my absolute best to give you the life you deserved and I know that you know that. I love you forever, my little Bubbybear. 🧡Sierra PetroVirginia Beach, VirginiaJune 29, 2020
Trigger
6/12/2012 - 6/26/2020Trigger Dehn you were the light of my life. You were my best friend and the most loyal kitty. You were by my side for some of the worst times in my life but also some of the best. You were truly something special and you’ll forever be in my heart. 8 years with you just wasn’t enough, we had so much more life to share together. I love you with all my heart!Kelsee DehnNashville, TennesseeJune 29, 2020
Gable (rn: Gable Blue Cash)
1/20/2008 - 6/19/2020In Memoriam

Gable "Huu-Uc-Ang-Phi" Hien. My first dog, my first greyhound. My heart hound. My beautiful boy. There is only one way to describe Gable: A Good Boy. He was obedient, goofy, courteous, friendly, and polite. The vets told me over his 8 years with me how friendly he was when compared to other greyhound patients. Even the Wheeling Downs racetrack folks sent me a note about how much they loved him. Despite turning heads, stopping cars, and dropping jaws no matter where we went, he would always be my dog and mine alone. I could never leave him with another caretaker overnight because the 2-3 times I did, he would cry all night, refuse food and then pretend I didn't exist when I finally did come to pick him up. I always said that if I tried to leave him for a week, he'd probably die of a broken heart. Similarly, I always knew that even if he became exhausted on a hike, he would die before he stopped walking by my side. I miss you a lot, pal. I hope you and Liana are running happy and free together. Until we meet again.

Requiescat in Pace.
Courtney DoCentreville, VirginiaJune 29, 2020
Clementine
5/4/2004 - 6/21/2019My darling Clementine, my best pal, passed away one year ago, at the age of 15. Clem was the sweetest dog, loved by all who were fortunate enough to experience the grace of her presence. She was the epitome of unconditional love; a nurturer and a protector, she was fiercely loyal, sensitive, and always forgiving. She was an athlete who ran endlessly, swam year-round, and hiked many mountain trails. To know Clem was to love Clem.

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.” - Dean Koontz
Pat PataneNorthport, New YorkJune 29, 2020
Raja
2/13/2020 - 6/22/2020A Love Letter to My Soul Dog,
I know, Raja, you’re already rolling your eyes. But as much as every part of me doesn’t want to be writing this, I need to. So, humor me. Do you know how much I miss you? 15 years, my heart. I knew one day I would have to pay for how much I love you, yet knowing it’d be worth it. And it so was…
We had a bit of a rocky start. I chose the most driven of the litter… I didn’t quite know what I was in for but I am so very grateful I got you! When they put you in my arms on the day I would be taking you home, I felt a shift in my world. I instantly knew you and I had a great love story ahead of us. Again, that first year was a bit rough with your independent, alpha nature. You stared boldly with those intelligent puppy eyes that said, “I am NOT a cute puppy, just wait”. But once you decided I was your person… we were inseparable. I am sorry for the trips I took without you. The ridiculous lengths I would go to try and sneak out; you always knew. I think you learned how to pull the big guns towards the end.
Our start also included a stop at Cardiology for heart surgery where they told us you would likely have a shortened life span. That makes me laugh… we didn’t yet know what a boss you were. Been holding my breath since you turned 10 and had a weeklong celebration for you at age 12, thinking every day after would be a precious gift. And all 1,225 of them were!!!
You got me through vet school. Thank you for your patience and also dropping toys on my studies, saying “Break time!”. This is where we pick up our little amigo, Shep, an adorable foster pup that is terrified of the world. You took him in immediately and knew exactly what his tender, timid heart needed. You saved him and we proceed as a trio.
Next stop – Vegas ‘09. I entered into the world of vet med and learned about the heartache my career choice can bring, but you were there to catch every tear. And force me to play… like all the time. Your toy drive was next level, love. We had hiking right in our backyard. Also got the Jeep that would take us on many road ventures with you up front, gaze fixed on the horizon.
We move to Colorado in 2011. You loved the snow immediately. Yeah, sorry about the 2 year desert stint. Started at Gma and Gpa’s house. So many great memories there with the extended family pack. You loved and got to spend a lot of time at that family haven. Yet always ready to leave with me. Unlike Shep who still thinks of it as Disneyland and wants to go back and stay forever. You were always one eye/ear open to make sure I wasn’t leaving without you. My ride or die. My loyal shepherd. I would never truly leave you… you are forever in this heart of mine because you are my heart, remember?
We find a place in Denver and I need you for more vet med lows. Life changes bring us to the cute little house in Louisville – And then almost immediately you escape the front door and get arrested. I come home from work to Shep hiding in the bedroom and can’t find you anywhere. I call local shelters and go bail you out. I learn they maced and catchpoled you because you were running off the porch and barking at people passing. Scary as heck but your true nature showed. Like it did so many times. You had every opportunity to bite or attack, but you never did. Still, they banned you from the town for being a loose scary looking shepherd. I spent the next couple months building a case for you – lawyer, two behavioral assessments, new fence and 3 court dates later you came home. You had to have a special collar and signs put up, but I think it all adds to your legacy.
Next we move to California ‘15. After 3 weeks in an at times sketchy hotel set up (always felt safe with you) we move into our new home. I have the emergency job that allows you to come to work with me. It was so awesome that for 2 years you were in the next room while I was challenged with some of my hardest days. You start needing help up the stairs. Your hind end decline was thankfully so very gradual that we were able to adapt over the years. At first with some minor support, later with loving arms carrying you up and down. I know it was because of your immense strength and spirit that you forged on for so long without complaint.
This is where you start pulling out the big guns, letting me know I can’t leave you. You let me have my 2016 Thailand trip (barely) and then put your foot, or literally your whole body down, on my 2017 attempted Africa venture. I fly home immediately and promise that I will not take a trip without you anymore. That was 3 years ago, and I kept it.
We had our campervan trip with “Wings” to take us to 6 national parks including the Grand Canyon. You were in your element. On an adventure and on guard, watching out for me. You are the best camping buddy. Your head in my lap or forehead to forehead is my version of heaven on earth.
We did the Sequoias in 2018. That was such a spiritual trip. Sitting with you by the creek, observing Venus snuggle up to the crescent moon. You were struggling pretty bad with that hind end by now. Needing support to walk around, but you still did everything with such dignity and resolve. Taking it all in. I knew I needed to see those giant trees with you. Fitting to have such a giant spirit among them. I loved that trip.
Our last big venture was to Idyllwild in September 2019. The wild part drew me as a place for us. At this point you needed full support but we had some lovely porch sitting, fresh air and forest bathing. And I decided I needed to get you a home where we could do more of that. I knew it would be soon... Everything I was doing at this point was for you. The love you generated in me was something I didn’t know I was capable of and I am so grateful.
The next month, I find “Raja’s” house in my favorite little town. A place where I could open the door for you to look out at the people passing. A grassy park right out front that we sat in every morning and night for 9 months where you would come alive, smell the breeze and be on watch duty. We took a long, quiet cart ride on Christmas Eve night, looking at the lights. You turned 15 in February!!! Oh, my love. So many cuddle movie nights. A ton of cart and car rides. And then the gift of being able to be home all day to really care for you when you needed me most. To spend the last 3 months of your precious life right by your side cherishing every toy catch, cart ride, lawn lounge, kiss, cuddle and memory made. What a gift…. that your whole life has been to me.
The last couple months, although your spirit remained so crazy strong, your body continued to visibly decline. I hated that for you and questioned if I should be letting you go. I thought as long as I saw that light in your eyes and could keep you comfortable, I would. I would do anything for you. You still had that fire and drive. Still wanted to be outside and have me throw the toy, now directly at your face. I had to trust that I knew you, that I would know and that you would tell me. And my beautiful girl… you did. You decided you were ready with your typical grace and bravery. Thank you for making it so clear for me. Saying goodbye to you was the hardest thing I have ever had to do… but it was a beautiful day to hold you and tell you in a million ways how much I love you and am thankful for our life, our love story. It was dignified – everything you deserved.
I keep trying to find the right words to capture your spirit. You lived full throttle, loved with ferocity. You were a force, fearless, bold, adventurous. A boss. You loved new experiences. Getting in the car – Shotgun! Face forward “Where are we going… doesn’t matter, Let’s Go!” You would have made a hell of a police dog but I am so glad it was us instead. Your boldness throughout your entire life has been an inspiration for me and will continue to be. If I can take on even an ounce of your ferocious spirit… then I might just be ok.
You had the sweetest soft side too. When you accepted someone, and for those that recognized your true gentle nature, you welcomed them with the most thorough, genuine kisses. Ugh, I loved those kisses. The look on your face, how it softened, before giving your signature face wash… pure love.
You were breathtaking. You had an effect on people. They had to stop and there was a pause, an admiration. Almost like you made them think deeper or search within themselves for what reaction you were stirring. You radiated true beauty, power and intelligence. You had an intensity to you that was impossible to miss. “Dad, did you see that wolf?” The day before your last, we were sitting outside and a woman paused and commented on your spirit “She’s beautiful….majestic” Yeah.. that’s a good word.
Thank you for teaching me strength, loyalty, being an example of living full tilt, sharing a passion for life, adventure and showing me what selfless love is about. Thank you for plopping your massive body into my lap and showering me with aggressive kisses until I stopped crying. Or just being the absolute best shoulder to cry into. Thank you for always keeping me safe - All those camping adventures, new homes, hotel stays. I knew no one would dare mess with you.
I do not want to be writing this… mourning you is like being hit by a freight train repeatedly. Fitting as that is how you approached everything in life. I have called you “my whole heart”, “my world”, “Mama’s heart”. What do I do without my whole heart? I don’t want to do anything without you. You’ve been my ride or die, partner in crime, Soul Dog for 15 years. It’s impossible to imagine a future that doesn’t include you. I need you shotgun. I will try to focus on how lucky I am to have been your person. You have had me in awe and in love since day one. I will cherish every single moment shared with you and honor your entire life for the rest of mine. I will love you forever. I LOVE YOU.
Heather MatthewSeal Beach, CaliforniaJune 29, 2020
Beauregard
2/14/2006 - 6/19/2020Beauregard, you were such a beautiful pup and we had so much fun together. I'll always remember your jaunty little walk and your big brown eyes looking into mine and the sweet smell of the top of your head. I miss you, sweet boy.Brenda NelsonWest Palm Beach, FloridaJune 29, 2020