Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Cotton
10/1/2000 - 1/17/2014What can I say about my best friend of 13 years? We grew up together. He was my protector, and he protected me until his last breath. He loved me more than I could have imagined. He was always by my side, always knew what to do to make me happy. He may not have been very friendly to everybody but he loved his momma. I miss him so much and replay that horrible day over in my head way too often. I know he is not in pain and that's what eases my mind. Miss you Cotton and I love you!Magan StoutKnoxville, TennesseeFebruary 13, 2014
Nikki
11/16/2002 - 1/12/2014Having Lap of Love available allowed our Nikki to pass over with her mother, brother, and three adopted sisters by her side. Being at home and not in the sterile environment of an office (no matter how homey they make it) gave peace to the hard decision of having to let our loving Nikki go. Dawnetta in her compassionate and loving way made this otherwise painful and tearful event into, dare I say, a beautiful event in life’s circle. For her service we are eternally grateful.
For those who do not think that dogs understand death or feel remorse (in the extent that dogs can), let me convey Nikki’s final moment. Dawnetta had given Nikki the lethal injection and was listening to her heart beat. As she was doing this Orlando, Nikki litter mate brother, let out a mournful cry, which was the only sound any of the dogs made during the entire process. Dawnetta said that Orlando’s cry came at the exact moment that Nikki’s heart beat for the last time. It was a profound moment.
The mourning for Nikki is of course there and a night does not pass without us telling her good night, but with all the pets that we have had to let go, we are at the most peace with how Nikki was allowed to pass over the bridge.
God bless you Dawnetta for your service and especially your kind and beautiful way.

Tim, Colleen, Sophie, Orlando, Penny, Mini and Sweet Pea O’Sullivan
tim osullivanst. louis, MissouriFebruary 12, 2014
Chino
3/27/2003 - 2/10/2014To Our Lovable Chino - You were so loved by your family as one of the children. You had a wonderful life and I thought you would live forever. We experienced more together in your lifetime than many do. It tears my heart out to be without you physically, but we didn't want you to be in pain. It was an extremely difficult decision, but what you experienced in the last few weeks from a strong big boy to becoming fragile and not yourself it was time for you to get your angel wings. Everyone is saddened and my love for you will be forever - Know that Chino. We all love you and I love you more than any words can express because we were the best of buddies for 11 years. I talk to you each day and will ask your thoughts in decisions i make. LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER, Mom, Jeff and Jeff Jr. And all of our friends and family Words cannot express our love.Suzanne HoufekPlant City, FloridaFebruary 12, 2014
Clarence
2/14/1996 - 2/10/2014Clarence, we miss you so very much. You were such a special cat, wanted to be with all the time. When we were out and drove back in the driveway, you would be sitting at the door waiting for us to come in. You slept with Daddy and I every night. You were never a lap cat, but loved to be pet, told you were a good boy and loved so very much. I miss you Clarence. Mommy Sharon, Daddy Graham and Sam and Ben.Sharon DawsonBerwyn, PennsylvaniaFebruary 12, 2014
Alfonso (a.k.a. "Alfie")
3/13/2009 - 2/10/2014With a heavy heart, we are saddened to announce the very peaceful passing of our beloved "Alfie"-our nearly five year-old, 190 pound brown bundle of love-who fought a very brave, courageous 2 1/2 month battle with a somewhat rare neurological disorder called "incomplete ossification of the atlas."

In layman terms, this disorder is the failure of the number one cervical vertebrae (the "atlas") to fully develop and close ("ossify") most likely in his embryonic/fetal state well before his birth on March 13, 2009; to date, we are unaware if any of his eight siblings were also afflicted with this disorder.

In fact, until just this past November, Alfie hid any and all obvious neurological symptoms from us for a staggering 4 3/4 years-apparently an unheard of time span in veterinary circles! That said, I guess Alfie was simply meant to spend his relatively short but highly satisfying time here on planet earth with the two of us thus maximizing his fun before heading off for his next romp somewhere in the cosmos-most likely wherever cool marble hearths, swimming pools/rivers/oceans and endless supplies of tasty treats await!

We are crushed to let go of Alfie at such a relatively early dog age-even for a giant breed Newfoundland such as he-but bottom line we have always done what was absolutely the right, moral and responsible thing to do for Alfie and likewise Alfie returned the favor to us tenfold!

For those of you who had the great pleasure to meet and greet Alfie, he thanks you for your kindness and loving affection; however, Alfie only wishes you would have considered feeding him a bit more of whatever food you were eating at the time of your visit ;>)

The attached photos are a few of our personal favorites because they best capture Alfie's true spirit, temperament and demeanor.

We'll dearly miss our Alfie.

Bryan & Sharon
Bryan MyersSewell, New JerseyFebruary 12, 2014
Maximus
12/20/2000 - 2/5/2014Today a man lost his best friend! Forever he will have him in his heart!
AND EVER HAS IT BEEN THAT LOVE KNOWS NOT ITS OWN DEPTH UNTIL THE HOUR OF SEPARATION -Khalil Gibran
It was with a heavy heart I had to lay my boy to rest. He gave all of what he was to everything he did, and that was fight the good fight. We wished him farewell and sent him to his maker so that he could be at peace and run again without question.
Though Max gave me so much in his 13 years, it wasn't until he went on to Heaven that he taught me the most important thing......BE DELIBERATE! Be deliberate in everything you want to be, accomplish, live, etc. I only wish I had loved on him more often, run on the beach with him more often, wrestled with him more often. But the truth was other things kept me busy and distracted from the very things that made me feel JOY. So today go and be deliberate and love on someone, something, regardless of everything else in your life and remember to do it everyday. Because you never know when you wont be able to again. I know that I wish I could, and thus will remember to be real with my priorities regardless. This goes for people too!
Tim CabreraLighthouse Point, FloridaFebruary 11, 2014
Tyson
9/9/2000 - 2/10/2014There are no words for how much we will miss him every day. He brought love and joy to anyone he met. He was extremely bright & served as a training dog for 8 years. Being a whippet/ Border Collie he excelled at playing ball & frisbee. He also was a sweet natured cuddler for me & my kids. 13 years was not nearly long enough. He was one of a kind and we will miss & love him forever.Tracy DealAlpharetta, GeorgiaFebruary 11, 2014
Dexter
5/1/1997 - 2/4/2014Our sweet boy has gone to be with the other puppy angels after 17 years of his love and loyalty here. I will miss you every day until we meet again and thank God every day for how long I was blessed to have you with me.Ashley EndemanoMission Viejo, CaliforniaFebruary 10, 2014
Max
9/20/2001 - 2/6/2014To our 4 legged fury son that didn't speak so clearly. You brought us so much joy and always loved us unconditionally. We grieve the loss of our family member and long to see you again. Love you Max!!!Rose RuizGreenacres, FloridaFebruary 9, 2014
Preston ("Peep")
1/23/2014I first met Preston in the summer of 2004. He was an abused, underweight dog who was surrendered to the SPCA. But despite his first home experience being less than satisfactory, there he was: a spirited, little white dog with a tail wagging deliberately as my mom and I approached his cage. He was noble, an adjective I've used to describe him many times since. He was led from the cage, jumped onto my lap, kissed my face, and I was in love. We left together that day, he with the new name Preston — a strong name I felt he deserved as it conveyed his presence and importance. Although, due to the little whimper sound he would make when he was anxious, he quickly acquired the nickname Peep that stuck with him just as strongly as his actual name. It would sound like the peeping of a baby chick when he would cry.

Our 10 years together took us to PA, NY, NJ, and finally back to PA again. Preston made friends — both two-legged and four-legged — everywhere we went. From his first friend, his college girlfriend Kelly (a dachshund chow mix) to all of my human friends who consider Preston a part of their own stories through life. Preston loved the dog park, felt free on the beach, rode shotgun (and on my lap) with his face in the wind, and found comfort from his favorite toy Blue the Pig. He "got his face in" on the couch after meals, always barked after doing his business outside, required two tennis balls if you wanted to play fetch, and I'm pretty sure he understood English.

Preston was a kind dog. The epitome of a good boy. The gentle leader of our pack. He tolerated the cat, Lewis. Protected his little sister, Bella. Had "fancy time" with my mom's dog, Honey, during play dates. He was loyal, eager to please, and never without a stuffed "baby" in his mouth to greet familiar faces and strangers alike at the door. Some of my favorite moments were waking up to him. Especially in his later years, he would wait patiently for me to open my eyes and then snuggle up as close as he could to say good morning before heading outside. Sometimes, he would even paw at me until I held his hand. He was most at peace when everyone he loved was together.

I always thought I saved Preston's life, but really, he made mine. Preston was my best friend, my silent therapist, my absolute joy in this world. I am so grateful to Vanessa Olenick, DVM from Lap of Love for helping him find peace at the end of his life. Vanessa, you were lovely and I appreciated everything about your demeanor, thoughtfulness, and care for my boy. I am so grateful to have met you even if it was just for one night.

There will be a big void in Preston's absence, but I find solace in knowing that I was lucky enough to find my soul's counterpart in another being in this lifetime. Nothing is more fulfilling than that. Miss you, Peep.
Meredith GardnerFort Washington, PennsylvaniaFebruary 9, 2014