Pet Memorials
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Rio
11/18/2011 - 5/10/2020My dearest Rio,
You came to me when I needed you most, and you were with me in the hardest times of my life. When we first met, I had no idea you would impact my life in the way you did. I had no idea the sheer depth of the love I would have for you, or the extent of the joy and happiness you would bring to my life. And I could not possibly have anticipated the extent of the grief I would experience upon losing you, my sweet baby boy.

Having to make the decision to relieve you of your pain and suffering was the hardest thing I have ever gone through. I wanted so desperately for something, anything, to be able to fix what was causing you pain, and to be able to continue to have you here, with us, as a family. You were always so loving, so kind, so full of life and energy, that you didn't show us how much you were hurting until the final weeks we had with you. Even then, as we tried to help ease your pain and pray for you to get better, you never stopped trying to go everywhere we went, never stopped following us throughout the house, never stopped protecting us from sounds that you felt were a threat. You were a little warrior to the very end, and it made our decision all the harder to make, because you never stopped being YOU.

Rio, there are no words for me to express how very much I miss and love you. There is not a place in this house that doesn't remind me of you. You were so ingrained into our lives, such an integral part of all we did as a family together. You were our empty nest baby, and the three of us went EVERYWHERE together. We didn't want to go anywhere that you couldn't go, because we felt guilty leaving you out of anything, knowing how much you loved to be with us and go on adventures. We are devastated at losing you, far too soon, and wish so desperately that we could have saved you.

I hope and pray that you know how much we both loved you, and still do. You changed both of our lives and made us better people, and left a hole in our hearts that can never be filled. As much as it hurts to miss you the way we do, we take comfort in knowing you aren't in pain anymore, and that we will see you again in heaven. We know that God must have a special place for such a loving and selfless companion, and we will smile and cry happy tears to see you again when that day comes.

I want you to know, as much as it hurts to have lost you, if I had known you would have been taken too soon, I still would not have changed a thing. I wouldn't give up the wonderful memories I have for anything in the world. So Rio, my sweet and precious boy...RUN, play, chase birds and rabbits and jump in the water the way you love to do. Have fun and enjoy being free of the pain, until we meet again.

Love your Mom,
Carolynn

My dearest Rio, it is with a heavy heart that I write this to you. It should come as no secret to you that in the beginning of our relationship I wasn't as caring and loving to you as your mother was. You realized very early on that you had your mom wrapped around your little finger, but I wasn't that easy to win over. Please forgive me for not telling you while you were on this earth, but I feel you have a right to know my true feelings for you.

You see your mother felt the yearn for a dog, but I was apprehensive. Apprehensive not because of you, but because of previous experiences your mother and I had with previous pets. Not bad experiences, but at the time our lives and family were very busy. Please understand that as a husband and father you want what's best for your family and I knew that adopting a dog was a huge responsibility. Anyway after steady perseverance from your mother and finally understanding how much it meant to her, I conceded and soon after you came home to us. Early on I felt as if you sensed I was the alpha-male. In the beginning, you never asked me for more than I was willing to give and all you wanted from me was my acceptance and validation. But as time went on, the years went by and because of your perseverance you found not only my acceptance and validation, but you found a way into my heart. I didn't know it at first, although your mother always said that you had wiggled a way into my heart. Rio you somehow managed to change me. I realize now that YOU had become the alpha-male in the house. You practically ran the house. You even told us when it was time to go to bed at night because you were tired and wanted to go to sleep.

I want you to know that you have made an everlasting impression in my life and have made me into a better person. You always showed me unconditional love even when I didn't show you the same in return. It was an honor and privilege to have been your dad. I couldn't have been prouder of you for giving your mother so much happiness throughout the years and for that I am eternally grateful.

Please know that your mother and I did our best for you to get better, but sadly it was apparent that God was calling you home. Your mother and I were heartbroken to see you suffer and saying good-bye to you has been the hardest thing we have ever had to do. It was a heartbreaking, yet humbling and beautifully tragic experience to have you pass and go to Heaven, but your mother and I know that you are no longer suffering with pain.

So run and play my dearest Rio! Run on the open fields and be kind to those bunnies and birds you liked to chase free of all pain. And know that someday we will all be reunited in Heaven. Till we meet again my sweet little boy!

Love your Dad,
Ozzy.
Carolynn GamezFort Myers, FloridaMay 17, 2020
Willy
5/1/2007 - 5/16/2020Willy will be so missed. He was my “fat” boy and in his prime weighed a whopping 24lbs. Willy was always the center of attention and when we would host gatherings or birthday parties he always made sure to be right in the middle of it. Everyone always got a kick at how he would just lay right on his back in the middle of a crowd. I sure am going to miss him. He was more than a pet, he was family and was there to comfort me during some difficult times. I love you sweet boy and miss you tremendously.Morgan GlassMurfreesboro, TennesseeMay 17, 2020
Buddy
4/2/2013 - 5/16/2020Buddy was the funniest most beautiful dog to me. We had so much fun together, and he was a sweet soul. I will love him for eternity and beyond and even though his time here was short, I am glad for what we had.Birdsboro, PennsylvaniaMay 17, 2020
Lizzie
10/20/2004 - 5/12/2020To my Bug, the most loyal and accepting little girl. You saw me through the majority of my adult life, through countless life changes. Never doubting or judging, just content to be the constant by my side. The definition of unconditional love, of which I deserved a fraction of. I’ll forever cherish our years, just us two.

I know we’ll be together again someday. Sharing bananas and ice cream, playing fetch with Lamb Chop, taking walks and snuggling on the couch. Until then, I’ll be reminded of you on the prettiest of sunny days. Run and play like the energetic pup I brought home fifteen years ago. Be happy and carefree.

I’ll tell you as I have each time we’ve parted ways, “Love you. I’ll be back.”

In my heart every day.

Love,

Mom
Faith CashIndianapolis, IndianaMay 17, 2020
Jake
4/14/2004 - 5/16/2020Jake was an adventurous spirit. When he was young, he played fetch and ran through the house making whooping brroowowows when he was excited. Usually this was when there was a group of girls over (he loved showing off for ladies) or when he realized both of his parents were home for the night. Whenever he was in a celebratory mood. He always greeted guests at the door and he always stayed with the overnight guests to make sure they had adequate snuggles and a loving alarm. Jake was quite the traveler. His grandma once asked the airline if he could get frequent flyer miles as his tickets were often just as pricey as the human ones. In addition to planes, he traveled on Amtrak, the Chicago El, the bus, many road trips and even spent some time on a boat. He grew up in Chicago and was at home at both grandparents' houses in Peoria, IL and Montgomery, AL. He even called New Orleans 'home' for a bit before his maternal grandparents moved. He spent his last year and a quarter in Nashville and finally got a yard of his own to traipse around in. He spent his last moments in that yard in the sunshine and his last days with his quarantined parents, getting pretty much whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted it.Meredith & Dean Lyons/BeeverNashville, TennesseeMay 17, 2020
Teka
3/3/2020 - 5/15/2020My baby girl, you came into our lives unexpectedly but we couldn’t have asked for a better companion. You were as close to perfect as perfect can be when it comes to dogs. You very rarely barked, you were an excellent jogging partner, a love bug,, and you were loyal and devoted to us. You were my girl and I was your person. We miss you so much but we keep reminding ourselves that you are in a better place now. You will NEVER be forgotten or replaced. We love you Teka Beka, phatty girl, pretty girl!! I hope you are running free with your friends. I promise to give Sebastian and Sheldon extra love since their sister is no longer with them.Dawn WilsonLutz, FloridaMay 16, 2020
Ceez
2/20/2009 - 5/15/2020Ceez loved camping with us in the mountains, laying so close to the campfire LOL! He also enjoyed going to the beach. He went on just about every road trip we've been on in the past 11 years visiting different states. He was definitely a major part of the family! It feels so empty in the house without him.AJ SmithCharlotte, North CarolinaMay 16, 2020
Ivan
11/16/2006 - 5/5/2020From the first night I brought you home to our last days together, you were the best cat I could have hoped for. Thank you for loving me so well.

You were the cutest little kitten. We went looking for a girl, but after a day full of searching every pet store and hugging every kitten in town, I knew there was only one that I could bring home.

Your kitten days were wild. You’d hide in the pots and pans cabinet and not come clattering out until I had treats. You’d climb my legs to sit on my shoulder while I got ready in the morning, whether or not I was wearing pants, and you’d faithfully unravel the yarn balls I wound back up for you every day.

You put up with so much from me as we grew up. I was only a teenager when I got you and when I had to leave home you loved me like I’d never left. And when I came back for you, you adjusted… and showed me just how much a heart could grow when I adopted another cat. Little did we know when I took her in that she was pregnant… but you loved those kittens until I found them homes and Scribbles became your friend.

When you were sick and I nearly lost you my heart broke, but thankfully the surgery and diet change worked. That gave us five more healthy and happy years together, and I’m so grateful for that second lease on life together.

I’d joke that you were my grumpy old man, but you were always the quickest to adjust, and the favorite of anyone who ever came over. Maybe it was the big fluffy tummy that you’d always show off for rubs, maybe it was the way you’d chirp to anyone you saw, but no one could resist your charm.

You were the sweetest and silliest boy. I know your final days were difficult, but I hope you were able to feel how loved and cared for you were. Sitting on the patio with you and listening to the birds helped bring us some peace in those hard days, and I’ll always think of you when they sing.

You are missed and loved, always.
Danielle DTampa, FloridaMay 16, 2020
Fonzi
9/13/2005 - 5/9/2020To our sweet little boy Fonzi you were a loving loyal friend for15 years. It's only been a week since your passing and we are still crying everyday. We miss you so much. I doubt that we will ever get over losing you. We named you Fonzi because you acted like a little tough guy until you got scared then you ran to Mama. You loved being funny & making us laugh. We had 15 years of joy & laughter having our baby as a member of the family. Mama spoiled you so much because you deserved it. You had every different type of treat that money could buy. We miss you terribly. Every where we look you are there & in our hearts forever.Denise BonomoCommack, NY, New YorkMay 16, 2020
Sassy
8/8/2020 - 5/12/2020Sassy you are greatly missed you have left a hole in are hearts a piece of me passed that day also with you. Sammy is definitely lost with out you he walks around looking for you same as I do. You were such a great dog and will always be on our minds. Love you Sassy RIP we’ll see you again.Rick CravenCallahan, FloridaMay 16, 2020