Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
10/31/2000 - 1/3/2020I just had to say farewell to my best buddy, Edison, after 19 wonderful years. We actually grew old together; when I adopted him as a kitten, both of us were active, energetic, healthy, and fit. As the years passed we slowed down at about the same rate, eventually becoming a couple of lazy old men together.

He was always with me at my computer, just about every evening and weekend. Way back before flat screen monitors, his favorite spot was camping out on top of my old CRT monitor, so he could keep an eye on my work and correct and advise as necessary. He must have been worried about having me develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, so he made it a point to come and sit on my mouse hand on a regular basis (“Time to take a break, Dad”)! I don’t know how I will be able to get any work done without his wisdom, guidance, and batting at the cursor on the screen.

Edison was good as gold his entire life. Not an hour went by when I didn’t give him four quick kisses on his forehead, and tell him what a good boy he was. Whenever I was sad, upset, or sick, he would be right there by my side to let me know that everything was going to be OK. One of my most cherished memories is how he always greeted me with a silent meow as soon as he saw me. No other kitty, no matter how sweet, could ever take the place of my precious boy, Edison.

You had a profound impact on my life little buddo, and I hope you know how much I will always love you.
Dave GilbertMount Juliet, TennesseeJanuary 4, 2020
1/1/2006 - 1/3/2020We cannot thank Dr. Bates enough for the tender, kind, compassionate way he treated our dear, sweet Daisy. The respect and gentleness he extended to her was equaled only to that shown us as well, during his entire visit.

Our pets bear witness to our lives. They are a family members who love us unconditionally and who we often forget will someday leave us. We and our other pets had the good fortune to be with Daisy as she passed, closing a circle which began with a first hello, pat and kiss 14 years ago. Our hearts are aching but knowing she was ready to let go and is now no longer suffering was a gift Dr. Bates gave us all. The lock of fur and paw imprint plaque keepsakes are a kind gesture added. We chose to help Daisy let go at home and then spend moments with her after Dr. Bates left, so our other pets could come close as desired, and also have closure. We took Daisy for cremation to "Pawprints Forever"pet crematory owned by Pagano Funeral Homes family. Our experience there was exceptional as well. Knowing Daisy is now in her heavenly body, out of all pain, happy and frolicking with carefree abandon comforts us, as we grieve for her. Thank you Dr. Bates very very much.
Ann AshmoreChadds Ford, PennsylvaniaJanuary 4, 2020
6/24/2011 - 12/29/2019I keep hoping that I’m going to wake up from this bad dream and that you’ll be curled up next to me on the bed. After you were diagnosed with lymphoma on September 25, 2019, life has been a bit of a blur for us. I knew something was going on, but didn’t suspect cancer. It’s like you were fine and then all of the sudden, you weren’t. We were told there was a really good chance for remission if we tried chemo and that we might get to keep you around another year or two, so of course we didn’t hesitate. Unfortunately, the universe had other plans. For whatever reason, nothing we did worked and the cancer started taking over your body completely. While I’m extremely grateful for the three months we got to spend with you after learning of the diagnosis, it’s SO not fair that this happened to you or that the treatments didn’t work. You were only 8 years old and WAY too young to leave this world! I knew one day you would leave us, but I was hoping for much more time with you. At least one thing went right though. I was able to make sure that you left this world peacefully, pain free, at home, and surrounded by your family. I hope you licking my tears beforehand was your way of telling me that it’s okay. You loved me unconditionally.

Parker, I miss you so much that it hurts. There is now a Parker sized void in our lives. The house is not the same anymore. You no longer greet me at the door with your wagging tail and so much excitement that you had to bark, telling me all about what I missed, while weaving in and out of my legs. I keep looking for you in your usual spots and hoping I’ll turn around and you’ll be following me again or peering at me from over the back of the couch. We still open the front window for you when we leave so you can continue to look outside. The house feels very empty, even with two young kids. You were not just a pet to us, you were a member of the family and we no longer feel entirely complete without you here. You had to be in the middle of everything, wherever we were and no matter what we were doing. You were here for all the big moments of our lives, including getting married and the birth of our two children. Not only were you in our wedding, but you’ve been in every monthly picture of the kids, up until now. A tradition I’m sad you are no longer here for.

We are trying to take comfort in the fact that you are no longer in pain and like to picture you in some wonderful place of endless Greenies, walks, and belly rubs. A place where you were greeted and welcomed with open paws by all the fur babies our entire family has loved and lost over the years.

Although you may be gone (except for your hair which we continue to find all over), you will never be forgotten. You will forever live on in our hearts, through our memories, and in the stories that we will pass down. We love and miss you!

Love you always,
Elizabeth ShaftelSaint Johns, FloridaJanuary 4, 2020
3/29/2003 - 1/1/2020George, saying goodbye to you was one of the most difficult things that I have ever had to do. You were such a huge part of our family for over 16-1/2 years. You were one of the sweetest dogs I ever knew. Even though you were "my dog", that never stopped you from making Mom your cuddle buddy. Whether on the couch or bed, you always somehow found a way to snuggle up to her. You were an amazing big brother to Mackenzie and Noah, and even our other fur baby, Dodger. No matter how much they may have tormented you as little kids, you were always there with one of your big kisses. I will miss your cute little round face and always wagging tail. You were such a happy dog and certainly made our lives so much better. You will be forever missed, but we hold our many memories of you now as treasure. I hope that you are now running through heavenly fields, chasing birds like you did here once upon a time. When I leave this life someday, I hope that you run to me and greet me with a big George kiss. Love you forever George.Michael ZmijewskiWinter Springs, FloridaJanuary 4, 2020
3/25/2010 - 1/2/2020My beautiful Nico was part of my life starting 1 week after she was born. Her breeder allowed puppy parents to visit weekly until the pups could go home . Quiet, super friendly, loving people and other pets, Nico readily became a Canine Good Citizen and eventually a Therapy Dog. She traveled with me to Maryland and helped care for her Grand-mom in her later years and enjoyed sporting weekends at my sister’s cabin in West Virginia. Nico loved her “ classes “ and staying engaged learning new things. In July of 2018, she got herself a little sister, Ginger. Now that was a new lesson unlike any others. The more love the merrier, right ? Our hearts are broken but our memories will be with us until we can be together again sweet Nico. I always told you: “Mommy’s heart loves Nico’s heart”. That never ends.Charlotte DorkoYardley, PennsylvaniaJanuary 3, 2020
6/1/2004 - 12/31/2019Kenya,

Thank you for being my best friend for 15 years. You were truly an amazing Weimaraner. Your loyalty and love for me was unmatched. We had a great bond, you and me. I taught you disc, rollerblading, dock-diving, and so many amazing tricks and yet you taught me how to be a better person in a fallen world. You blessed me with so many great times and memories. I am finding it hard to sleep without my faithful old "Beanerz" curled up beside me.

Thank you, Kenya "Beanz". I love you...
Chris LeigeberBeavercreek, OhioJanuary 3, 2020
9/5/2005 - 1/1/2020Hi I sure miss my Sharmie over 14 yrs of life , hers and mine we went thru alot together. We had some great times .We went to the Carolinas every summer . Sharmie loved the mountains , woods also she was quite a great swimmer , I went thru some difficult times , my moms illness and passing was one of the hardest things Ive been thru and sharmie was right with me my mom loved her too . really everyone loved her . she was completely blind the last four years of her life but she was happy just to be with us and be loved .kimberly ransomlargo, FloridaJanuary 3, 2020
2/5/2010 - 12/27/2019Our dearest Nick,

I cannot believe you are truly gone. It has been almost a full week...I wrote this in your memory the day after you gracefully crossed the rainbow bridge with the compassionate care of Dr. Karen Brockman. But posting it terrified me because it made it all so final and solidifies the reality I have to face — entering 2020, a new decade, without you.

Seeing you leave us was one of the biggest losses I have endured. I could see that as you sensed our pain and sadness, you were struggling with all of your might to hold onto life for us because you would do anything to make your momma and daddy happy. In our sorrow, we seek comfort in knowing that you are somewhere with a bottomless supply of treats (your VERY favorite thing in life!!), long hikes in the woods, and endless belly rubs. I know you are now pain free with bountiful energy again to chase squirrels and play with your brother Supa (who has been our angel watching over us this most challenging decade). Yes, I feel the warmth of your sweet soul peering down and wishing you could soothe my aching heart with your kisses and perfectly soft cuddles—know that they will be irreplaceable. The house feels profoundly empty, and we are left with a gaping hole in our lives for this shocking close to what was otherwise a very good year.

As I pore over the near decade of memories with you in our lives by going over (...and over again...) the hundreds and hundreds of pictures of you nestled and woven so comfortably and completely into the fabric of our lives, I remember back to October 9, 2010—the day we met. We picked you up from your foster home in Whitehall, PA, and the moment we laid eyes on you, we were an instant family. We took a walk with your faster parents and siblings in the park and you threw yourself into the foulest smelling animal poop you could find! You were so adorable though, even amidst all that gross stink, we could not help but open our hearts to your sweetness as you raced around the yard with your brothers and sisters and then eagerly jumped into the back of our car as soon as we said “It is time to go home now Nick!” You knew right away we were your fur-ever family.

That night when we allowed you to jump onto the bed with us as we went to sleep, your eyes got unforgettably wide and excited as you couldn’t believe you actually found a family who was willing to snuggle with you ALL night long! You hated being alone and not being touched, and a ‘Velcro’ dog was just what we had ordered. We were the perfect match!

Indeed, unbeknownst to us all, you came into our lives at a time when we needed you most, bringing a beautiful furry ball of love, energy, and life into our home. You gave us 9 years of joy through arguably the most challenging and stressful decade of our lives. You easily adapted to whatever was happening, and you faithfully and loyally saw us through illness, loss, and everything life threw our way with your steadfast and unconditional love, companionship, and ability to soothe pain and heartache. You were our sweet baby boy and living without you this week has reinforced the enormous and central role you held in our lives as a true member of our little family.

May your gentle soul Rest In Peace as we mourn your passing sweet Nicky.

Love always and fur-ever,
Your momma and daddy
Janell MensingerPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJanuary 2, 2020
6/1/2004 - 12/25/2019Mini was an endearing, engaging, exasperating and irrepressible character. A terrier-dachsund mix, she was a little minx and my creative muse. I will always have a hole in my heart that cannot be filled. Her rough coat covered a warm heart, and her warrior spirit lives on in our memories. I will miss our daily walks where she had to stop and smell everything. She always took time to smell the moldy leaves (so much better than roses) and anything dead!suzanne bracharlington, VirginiaJanuary 2, 2020
10/1/2005 - 12/23/2019Duke was a big sweet, silly, furry boy, He rescued us just as much as we rescued him. He came into our lives shortly after we lost another beloved Golden named Soldier. Duke had big shoes to fill and he more than did so in his own wonderful way. When we first adopted him he was wild, un-neutered, flea-infested and pretty sick overall. He came through that like a champ. And we should have known then that he had the heart and perseverance of a champion. He lost a leg around the age of 10 from a freak accident. We knew he would never give up on us, so, we never gave up on him. He survived and continued to do things that amazed even us! tackling flights of stairs and chasing the other dogs. When we welcomed other dogs into our home, he would patiently teach them manners and who was boss! He loved treats and belly rubs and being loved. Duke filled our home with a love and presence that will never be replaced. As difficult as it was, we knew his body was failing him and it was time for him to go. We wanted to grace his passing with the love and dignity that he deserved. We are forever grateful to Dr. Chris for helping us give Duke a peaceful and loving transition. His presence is missed, but, we are so grateful that he is free.Candace FlynnKirkwood, MissouriJanuary 2, 2020