Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Soco
5/1/2001 - 3/16/2015Soco, although your fur holds more of my tears than I thought I could ever shed, please know that I can be strong like you and I will keep you close in my heart until we meet again. I love you.Cortney BerbenDurham, North CarolinaMarch 17, 2015
Portobello
1/13/2003 - 3/15/2015Poboy (Portobello) was not holding anything down more than a half hour the last three days. He could hardly hold himself up as he did his business.
We had seen it coming for almost six months. I registered with the Lap of Love and uploaded his photo in February, after a very bad patch that I thought was his last, but he seemed to stabilize for a couple of weeks before resuming his decline. In February I spoke with Dr. Jeni Bansel briefly on the phone asking for details of how to call her, how much lead time she would need, when we were ready to make the call. 
Today, in the late afternoon, before Dr. Bansel was called and arrived. I would bring water over to him in the twist-on lid of a jar, and he would take sips.
Today at 5:30pm I called the Lap of Love number to ask Jeni to euthanize Poboy, and Dr. Jeni Bansel said she could, and she came over at 7:30pm.
My wife Dawn, Dr. Bansel, and I sat on the ceramic tile kitchen floor around the weakened PoBoy who had been lying still there for hours on end, eyes barely open.
Jeni has a great bedside manner, very gentle, loving, as she stroked Poboy and cooed loving and comforting phrases to him.
The first attempt giving him the anesthetic was surprising to us all. Poboy opened his eyes, turned his head and snapped.
He did not go gentle into that good night. He raged, raged, raged against the dying of the light. Good boy!
But, we had no doubt that he was not ready to go. He again rested his chin on the floor. A few moments later, I drew him to my lap, and I held his head in the crook of my right elbow, his body pressing against my chest, my right palm curling around to hold the top of his neck, my right cheek on the top of his head, my left arm cradling him. Jeni gave him the anesthetic. We pet him for ten minutes as we treasured his final sleep, a fitting rest for his faithful, busy and loving life. I broke down with sobs, but somehow I was also trying to say 'Good Boy' over and over, in a positive way, not a sad way, into his good left ear. He had to know to the very end that Daddy was very happy with him and proud of him.
Next, Jeni gave him the second dose to end his suffering. As I continued to hold him, Dawn and I watched carefully at his normal breathing in and out, knowing it would soon stop. And in a few seconds, it did stop.
Dawn and I held hands and looked tearfully at him and each other. He did rage against the light and he did go into a better place, into that good night. It was 8:24pm.
Jeni got a basket from her car as we let our other two dogs sniff Poboy, and just a quick sniff was taken by each. They immediately knew.
Jeni returned and we gently moved him into the shallow basket. I picked it up and we three, Dawn, Jeni, and I, went out to Jeni's car.
I put him in the passenger seat and said 'Good Boy!' one last time into his good ear, thinking he might dimly still hear me as his brain was shutting down and he was voyaging onward with that knowledge firmly assuring and encouraging him, and with something of my presence somehow accompanying him. Dawn said her final words to him too.
Good bye, good boy. In many unforgettable ways, you made the world a better place.
Love.
Portobello PhillipsGainesville, FloridaMarch 16, 2015
Chewie
8/3/1998 - 3/13/2015Chewbacca "Chewie" Chiappone (aka Bubba, Hairy Monster and Chewers) came into my life over 16.5 years ago. He was rescued from a shelter in Columbus, OH at 8 weeks old. Since then, he has been with me, and even traveled with me to live abroad in Germany. Chewie was not a perfect dog; he certainly tore up things in his early years and suffered from separation anxiety. But, he was always by your side, offering you his companionship and his love. Although nearly 50 pounds, Chewie often considered himself a lap dog and also slept most of his years in our bed. He had an insatiable love of salmon skin, sweet potatoes, pizza crusts and ice cream. He enjoyed running thru the forest, playing in snow, chasing squirrels, lizards, and ducks and loved going for walks and playing with his Kong. He would tear up/kill any toy up you gave him for Christmas in 2 minutes flat. Chewie was my first pet. I never knew how much you could love an animal until he came into my life. Chewie passed away today at peace, surrounded by his brother, Chico, myself and my ex-husband, Danny. We told him how much we loved him, thanked him for all the love he gave us, and that we would see him again someday. In the meantime, I wish for him to be young again, to have a never ending supply of treats, and all of the forest to run and to play. You will always be forever in our hearts. For those of you who knew Chewie, please raise a glass in his honor and remember your favorite story about him. RIP, Chewie. xoxoKerri CBoca Raton, FloridaMarch 16, 2015
Dahlia Joy
5/23/2006 - 3/12/2015Our sweet guardian Dahlia Joy left us with the help of Dr. Jason last Thursday. She has a gentle giant with the love only a dog her size could hold. She was our silent protector, our emotional sweetheart and part of our hearts. Her love for kids made her wiggle every time one was near. She loved to run and most of her life was unable to do so due to her joint health. I know she is running painlessly in heaven now and will be sun bathing the days away. While our hearts are broken without her here, we know she is peaceful and made our lives a joy while she was with us. She leaves behind a mom and dad who loved her very much and 2 children who grew up with her by their side. Rest in peace Big Strong Beautiful Girl. You will always be in our hearts.Robi JohnstonSeattle, WashingtonMarch 16, 2015
Coal
6/27/1997 - 3/13/2015Unconditional Love, Friendship, Loyalty, Support, Comfort, Companionship... these are just some of the intangible blessings contributed to my life that has made it whole over the past eighteen years. My fuzzy buddy gave these things to me so freely, and I will be forever grateful to him for it. About two thirds of my journey so far has been enriched by the real love of my life, Coal. I will remember him each day to come, and never forget the gift of having him. He is wonderful in every way; he is perfect. He is magnificent, one of a kind, and he will always have his place in my heart. I love you, Coal. Thank you for everything.Ashley ClelandEnola, PennsylvaniaMarch 15, 2015
Peety
3/11/2015I met you after I called the Humane Society of Silicon Valley and asked if they had any obese, middle aged dogs to adopt, because I wanted to have something in common with my pet. I’d never had a pet before. When they brought you in to meet me, you weren’t exactly what I was expecting, but I bet you could also say the same about me.

You had been in two shelters, first as a puppy, and then when your family abandoned you at about 8 years old. I took you home for a try out, and we decided to keep each other. We began walking together for a half hour each day, and over the next year, I lost 120 pounds and you lost about 25. We became best friends, and did everything together.

As our friendship grew, it became obvious that what you cared about most in life was protecting me. On our walks, you were on patrol to vanquish evil-doers from our neighborhood. At home, I didn't understand why you insisted on sleeping in the doorway of my bedroom at night, until I realized that your mission was to protect me by guarding the entrance to the cave.

I was unconscious until you came into my life. I never knew what love was until you showed me the true meaning of unconditional love. I never knew what friendship was or really cared about anyone other than myself until you showed me the true meaning of selflessness. And I never knew what responsibility was until you became responsible for me. I became dedicated to becoming the person that you thought I was, and I am now a better man in every aspect of my life because of what you taught me.

Dogs get old before their people, and as you began to slow down and turn gray, I knew the day would come when we would part, I just hoped we would have longer than five years together. But this past week when I had to go out of town on business, I received word that your body was shutting down and you had stopped eating and drinking. I flew back home to be with you, and last night I slept on the floor next to you, pressing a wet washcloth against your lips all night so you could get moisture. You began breathing heavily, and this morning I knew you were at the end, so I called a pet hospice service for help. But before the hospice vet arrived, when I was holding you and we were looking at each other, you shuddered softly and I felt the life leave your body. And then your pain was gone and you lay at peace.

I love you so much and I will remember you every day of my life. Wait for me at the bridge on the riverbank, be a good boy and play in the grass and flowers, and when you see me next we will cross that bridge together into the next life.
Eric O'GreySeattle, WashingtonMarch 14, 2015
Nala
10/1/2002 - 3/9/2015Nala - you will no longer greet me, as I or others walk through the door. You won’t be there to make me or others smile or make me laugh anymore.

Life seems quiet without you as you were far more than a pet.
You were a family member, a friend . . . a loving soul I'll never forget.

It will take time to heal, for the silence to go away. I still listen for you and miss you every day. You were such a great companion, constant, loyal, funny and true.

You have left now and I won’t be sad for long as I got all the love you had for me and those that you touched.

Your memories are wonderful and we will always keep them present
and cherish all the times we spent together.
Debbie SkipperRiverside, CaliforniaMarch 14, 2015
Lincoln
3/12/2015I love you my baby boy Lincoln, my old man, my boo boos, and my Lincoln Pops.
Rest in peace. Until we meet again my baby boy..
Mama loves you
Megan McculloughPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaMarch 14, 2015
Mackie Compton
4/1/2004 - 3/6/2015Mackie (doodle) Compton was born April 1st 2004 with parvovirus that he survived as a baby. Mackie was put up for adoption 8 weeks later. He had been in a foster home until he picked his forever family, on a wonderful Friday night they came to find him and it was love at first site. He was finally home with his mom, Christy. Mackie was so happy to be in a loving home he had a huge yard to play ball and sunbathe. When he was sunbathing he would flip over to show his white belly and mommy would call him her shark baby because his lips would fall back and show his teeth. Then Mackie was very excited that mommy was going to have a little sister (Madeline). Mackie enjoyed snuggling and giving kisses getting Scooby snacks when his sissy dropped food on the floor for him. He loved to run and chase squirrels, going for rides in the car, camping, and playing tug of war. Mackie loved all kids/adults he showed it even if they were scared of dogs. He always got them to fall totally in love with him. Or just anyone he met that’s just how he was. Mackie had such a sense about everything/everyone he met.

Mackie (doodle) Compton passed on March 6th 2015.
He is survived by His Mommy Christy, Sissy Madeline, Meme Cheryl, Poppie Dave, Aunt Tanya, her crew, His dad Jamie, and his parents. His Step dad Justin, Step Brother Luke, his Furry Brother Jimmy, Kitty Taylor and hamster Boggy all loved him dearly. There are wonderful friends that he has made along his beautiful journey in life that miss him dearly.

Mackie’s presents in our home and hearts have been such a wonderful part of our lives. I never wanted it to end but when I saw that he was uncomfortable and in pain I couldn’t do that to my boy. He has gotten Madeline and me, through some very tough times and some of the happiest. We know that his life had been a wonderful one and we have been truly blessed by having this wonderful family member in our lives. Our hearts will always hurt and mourn the loss of him in the physical world but he will never be forgotten. Mackie is now with Jazzy his furry Aunt and all of my family pets and family that has preceded us in this life.
To my baby boy…..you have taught us to love unconditionally for a love of a furry child is selfless and pure. Never a day have I been mad at you never a moment I haven’t thought of you. Your soul and love has touched my heart and life so deeply. I will rejoice that you are my forever home and I can’t wait until we are united once again at the Rainbow Bridge and I will be with my young healthy baby boy once again I’ll bring the rope and ball.
Christy ComptonBurke, VirginiaMarch 13, 2015
Humphrey
5/29/2005 - 3/6/2015Humphrey was as much sweet and family-focused as he was beautiful. He is so terribly missed by his lifelong partner, Bella, and his human mom (me) and sister.Kathryn AndrewsHollywood, FloridaMarch 12, 2015