Pet Memorials
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Journey
4/23/2007 - 8/8/2020Our dog Journey was a beauty! She had a slim face; expressive, almond-shaped eyes; and perky, pointy ears. Her soft, plush fur was jet black with distinctive white markings. She had an aristocratic bloodline and acted the part. Journey was stately and majestic.

Unlike many pups, who are separated from their mothers very young, Journey spent two full years with her real mom and grandma, learning how to be a proper Belgian sheepdog. She had a human family, also, who took excellent care of her. But at the age of two, she was ready for adoption, and that’s when my life changed for the better.

Everything I learned about Journey convinced me that she was perfect for our family. I drove from Illinois to Ohio to get her. But when she arrived home, there was a little hitch. She had not lived with any men, so she didn’t know what to make of her new, burly, 6’ 4” dad. She barked at him for two weeks straight, all day long, and she thoroughly enjoyed doing it! She would stand beside the bed in the morning, panting with anticipation, just waiting for Dad to get up so she could resume barking at him. Something had to be done, so finally, my husband gathered her in his arms, held her in a bear hug, and did not let go until she stopped bucking and squirming several minutes later. It worked like a charm! She loved him from that moment on and claimed him as her favorite cuddle partner.

Although Journey was aloof to strangers, she was exceptionally affectionate to us. She stuck to us like Velcro, always following us or lying right beside, making frequent eye contact. She gave us long sponge baths every day with her warm, pink tongue. We teased her that she couldn’t hold her “licker.” But she expected rubs in return and would twist and contort herself to show us each part she wanted scratched or petted, whether her belly or her armpit.

I guess we all acknowledged Journey as the boss of the house. When the kids were little, she used her shepherding instincts to herd them in the back yard, tripping them or nipping their ankles if necessary. They accepted it cheerfully. To me, she was a personal trainer, pulling me through long walks (4 ½ miles a day, in her prime). People would often laugh that she was taking ME for a walk, but I didn’t care—the walks were for her enjoyment, not mine. We went to great lengths to keep Journey happy. When she developed an appetite for socks and underwear, we didn’t scold her much but just made sure to “Journey-proof” the house and keep the doors and hampers closed.

Journey had her quirks, for sure. She was terrified of our waffle iron, which was especially strange, since she was Belgian. She disapproved of dancing and the kids’ piano practice. She hated car rides and wearing sweaters. Unlike most dogs, she had no interest in squirrels. She chased skunks exclusively—and endured several baking-soda-and-peroxide baths as a result.

Journey had a great sense of humor. She enjoyed sneaking up and flipping our forearms with her nose. (It wasn’t so funny when I was holding a cup of tea!) She got very excited opening presents, sticking her whole head in the gift bag and rooting around under the tissue paper to find her treasure. She loved crunching apple slices and licking ice cream. Journey was a character, through and through.

Unfortunately, at age 13, lymphoma got the better of her. On August 8, 2020, Journey left behind a grieving family, a still-beloved early-puppyhood family, several caring veterinarians, a devoted dogsitter, a fond groomer, and a neighborhood of people who still ask where she is. That girl was truly unforgettable. She lives forever in our hearts.
Mary BonatzSchaumburg, IllinoisSeptember 8, 2020
Rocky
8/1/1999 - 9/3/2020Rocky,

I will cherish all of the years I had with you. You were truly one of a kind and there will never be another cat like you. You were such an important part of the family and filled my home with your unconditional love. I miss your calm, sweet personality and your soft fur that always brought comfort to me and everyone who knew you. We had such a unique bond that I will always cherish. I will always remember the last cuddle that you initiated. I think you purred louder than any time I can remember. A rainbow was present, shortly after you passed that gave me comfort to know you are in peace. Goodbye, my precious friend. Your memory will live on in my heart.
Julia KraftChesterfield, MichiganSeptember 8, 2020
Toby
3/26/2010 - 9/1/2020Toby made our lives richer for the 3 years he lived with us. We will miss him dearly.Werner BrandtSalem, OregonSeptember 8, 2020
Lucky
8/8/2005 - 9/4/2020Lucky was my best friend for 15 years. He was also best friends to his kitty, Toby, whom he slept next to for 14 years. He traveled with me from his home in Texas to DC where he loved the people on the streets, then Kentucky where there was horses and snow and kids to play with. Florida was next..20,000 balls were chased. We swam in the ocean, the bay. We camped on our secret beach and saw sunsets like we never saw before. We met his other mama there when he was 4, and he loved her for his next 11 years. We all came back to Texas for his last years. They were rough because he was already old and tired..but his spirit was still with us. I couldn’t give up on him.

In 2017 he got a new lease in life when we brought us brother Chase, a Catahoula pup, home. He had never liked dogs much but this one was different. They played and loved each other until literally minutes before he was gone. He taught Chase how to be a good boy. How to fetch and play and love. Thank you good boy..for helping us with our next good boy.

Lucky had hip issues from all those runs on the beach. I couldn’t watch him struggle anymore. He was ready but we weren’t.

He fought so hard until his last breath, with me and his mama telling him over and over how much we loved him.

He passed peacefully in our living room, surrounded by calm and love.

Thank you Lap of Love.
Kelly RameyPflugerville, TexasSeptember 8, 2020
Oreo
1/21/2007 - 9/7/2020Oreo will forever be missed but never forgotten!Brandi ReinertLas Vegas, NevadaSeptember 8, 2020
Anne
11/11/2003 - 9/3/2020My dear, sweet Anne, I miss you so much. "My mind still talks to you and my heart still looks for you. But my Soul knows you're at peace." I found this quote on Pinterest, and posted it on the fridge. It reminds me that no matter how much pain I feel from your loss, you are in a better place. Rest in peace, Sweetie. I'll love and remember you always.Jane JohnsPrairie Village, KansasSeptember 8, 2020
Sam
7/23/2008To our beautiful Sam, you are deeply missed and we think about you all the time. Thank you for being such a great family member. Rest In Peace sweet girl. We Love you

-mom and dad.
Tally RamosMoreno Valley, CaliforniaSeptember 8, 2020
Sadie Jae
9/30/2004 - 9/7/2020dearest Sadie. 15 years isn't nearly enough time for the bond that we shared, the love for one another. I know that you've been in some pain/discomfort over the year or so, and it makes me feel better that you are no longer suffering. You also did a great job to keep pushing through the pain and you always ALWAYS got up when you fell.

You are an amazing companion and friend, and I'm already missing the hell out of you. I heard your whine this morning when I was getting up and it absolutely crushed me. I know it was time, and I'm incredibly thankful for the time we had.

Your favorite past time as of late was napping, and you did it while looking majestic AF. Of course, my favorite thing to do while you were napping was take all the pictures of you I could.

I miss you so much already and it's definitely not the same without you around. I cannot wait to get your cremains back so that I can keep you close forever.
Matt ShiringAtlanta, GeorgiaSeptember 8, 2020
Hailey
10/2/2005 - 8/27/2020You gave us all unconditional love ❤️ and we will never forget you Hailey baby!
It was a heartbreaking decision we had to make but we had to do what was best for you.
Love you to the moon & back, infinity and beyond ... give those chipmunks h*ll!
Melissa AganCovington, WashingtonSeptember 8, 2020
Tomi
12/19/2019 - 9/3/2020You’re just too good to be true. I love you baby. Now you can get your lambo.Kat LagunaVentura, CaliforniaSeptember 8, 2020