Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Emmett
5/21/2007 - 8/22/2020On Saturday, August 22nd, we said goodbye to one of our precious fur kids. Emmett passed away after a short bout with cancer. He died, as he lived, on his terms, in the comfort of his backyard, with the shade of the sunflowers swaying in a gentle breeze. Emmett was the co-owner of his own doggie daycare, where he never hesitated to voice his strong opinions. He was a master at getting himself and his brothers a cookie for just looking cute, and he carried all the high notes in their daily howlfests! Em protected his brothers from each other and his moms from every little thing that moved. He loved tenaciously while maintaining his unique independence. Emmett leaves behind his moms who love him deeply, his brothers, Seamus and Herbie who seem just a little lost. He may have been small in stature, but his heart was as big as Texas. Rest in peace our Little Bear!
Emmett Otter Honeycutt Simonton-Kuhns
Cathy SimontonColumbus, OhioSeptember 27, 2020
Derby
2/1/2005 - 9/25/2020My best friend, always happy and appreciative dog! I miss talking to him!He was so friendly and adaptable for starting out as a farm dog! Boating, riding on the quad, Convertable rides, he would go anywhere and be happy he was with us!Cheryl RastetterMcDonald, PennsylvaniaSeptember 27, 2020
Hamilton
3/20/2007 - 9/24/2020Hamilton,

Thank you for being our friend. You are going to be missed and we still haven't vacuumed the fur yet. We realize that will be futile and understand that your plan was to be with us forever in one way or another.

Thank you for doing such a good job of caring for your humans
Thank you for the joy you brought every day
Thank you for allowing us to be your humans
Thank you for your Oooh-oooh and smiles

Thank you for giving Kim a friend to feed, baby, and potty every morning.

Your family
Peter StephensWixom, MichiganSeptember 27, 2020
Lilo
7/21/2008 - 9/22/2020When someone like me joins lives with someone like Lilo, those two lives are so deeply integrated that it's impossible when the time of ending comes to not wonder if I loved him enough, if I did enough to make his life happy, and if I truly appreciated every moment we had together. With the countless chapters in life we experienced together during our dozen years, he truly became the love of my life...always. So many memories on clear display in the museum of my mind, with some in pictures. The many things I can never forget...

...how he sat in the same spot all night on our first night together, waiting for me. I opened the door of my office and found him right where he was the night before, sitting on my obsolete flat-bed scanner looking right at me the next morning.
...how in love him him my teenage neighbor was in the fall of 2008 when he first arrived. She was in awe at how soft was his coat!
...how as a kitten, he had this different and funny way of jumping. Most cats jump with their hind legs. As a kitten, when Lilo felt like jumping up he would do so from all 4 legs at the same time...almost like a fast-levitating kitty.
...how patient he was as we began our daily ritual of tooth brushing, a ritual which would result in amazed offers or praise and expressions of delight from countless veterinarians who would later meet him during his lifetime.
...how he bonded so quickly with my then-geriatric cat Neomora who had survived the death of his sister and lived with the daily challenge of a cardio myopathy diagnosis, both of which happened 2 years earlier.
...how noticeable it was when he wagged his small little stubby Manx tail, which he did a lot.
...how easily he bonded with a relationship partner I had already been with when Lilo arrived. That relationship went on for 2 1/2 months, but Lilo and I had almost 12 years together ahead of us.
...how he adored the next relationship partner I met almost a year later...and how much time they got to spend together in my Winston-Salem home while I was away at work. That relationship would go on for 20 months, with Lilo and Neomora right there across our move to southern Kentucky, and later with two of her cats joining us...making a family of 6!
...how Lilo and Neomora both comforted me in the aftermath of the difficult, emotional end to that romantic partnership. Though romantic love was gone from my life, the deep guardian love I felt for these two sweet souls brought me peace and kept out loneliness.
...how he came with me to visit his friend and mentor Neomora during the final days of his life at a veterinary hospital.
...how much of a gentleman Lilo was while staying with friends in Nashville when I had to make the long distance drive back to Farmington to give Neomora a proper burial next to his sister following his death November 12, 2013.
...how patient, welcoming, and generous he was with almost all of the foster cats we cared for following Neomora's death. I can really only think of one who didn't relate well with Lilo; all of the other fosters enjoyed being with him very much.
...how in the cold winter of 2014-2015, he made room in our home for a pair of near-feral sibling cats who lived outside but needed shelter from the brutal cold and ice. They were tough and used to taking care of themselves, but their hearts melted upon taking in the warmth and understanding shown by Lilo.
...how, after I became involved in a dysfunctional personal relationship, Lilo became friends with still more cats who came to stay in our home, from assorted rescued souls to several who had been living with my relationship partner earlier. That relationship finally got the ending it had to have, and Lilo was right there by my side.
...how Lilo embraced the road time we shared on our many journeys, including the one back to Los Angeles in mid 2016 after quickly packing a moving van and fleeing southern Kentucky to flee a relationship which had gone from dysfunctional to dangerous in 10 months. 5 days on the road, my best friend curled up in my lap as we drove...reminding me how lucky I was to have such a brave, loving friend. 4 nights in motel rooms, and Lilo would not let me out of his sight, no matter if I was curled up on a bed, sitting in a chair, or in the bathroom brushing my teeth or showering. He was very concerned while I was in the shower, unseen behind the curtain...he had to stand up, pull it back, and look in to make sure I was still there. Of course, he had plenty to say during those moments, and many others.
...how Lilo took in stride his arrival to a new environment, first staying the night in my brother's busy house with one dog and so many people around celebrating the Sabbath Friday night, June 24th 2016...then settling in with me to my father and step mother's condominium, the place we would call home for the next 40 months.
...how he loved getting outside into the enclosed condominium atrium, rolling around on the thin carpet under the LA sunshine, and trying to nibble the leaves of plants he shouldn't have been touching because he couldn't digest them. It seems like a thousand times I walked down there with him, sometimes with a harness, and relished the life we had together...lucky to be together, safe from harm, and comfortable.
...how he reacted with boundless joy every time I bought back a fresh batch of wheat grass on which for him to nibble and chew. I always felt it so unfortunate that grass stayed fresh for only a week, then faded from usefulness and edibility at which point it had to be discarded. It made for a valuable lesson in how important it is to make the present time matter...every moment.
...how after nearly a year, Lilo finally bonded with my father and stepmother during their LA visits to take care of business and be with family. It was, after all, their 2nd home, with Lilo and I as long term guests. When they came to stay in their home, I went to stay in a motel...but Lilo stayed with them. While I missed him every night I spent away, I am glad he got to spend special time with them. They grew very fond of him.
...how nearly a year ago, it was time yet again for Lilo and I to get on the road to return to the more affordable environment offered by North Carolina. October 21st, 2019...the start of our final long distance trip together. One more time, days on the Interstate...but this time in my car and not a moving truck. One more time, days with my beloved friend curled up in my lap for hours on end. One more time, nights together in different motels, with Lilo taking the arrival of each new room in stride...making sure I was there, and always going to be there with him. I was, and was always going to be.
...how after we settled in to our tiny apartment in Greensboro, Lilo realized again how interesting life was just outside our door...how fascinating the interior hallways of this building...and how curious that several doors simply could not be opened, no matter how many times he asked me to open them so he could see what's inside (they had been sealed shut ages ago).
...how many times I felt so guilty for leaving Lilo in our apartment by himself, with only voices on the radio to keep him company. His greeting was always the same upon my arrival: lots and lots of joyful meowing and purring, calming down when I greeted him, picked him up, and lay him around my neck across my shoulders. He would stay there for 10-15 minutes each time, purring with his arms and head dangling across my chest while I would put things away and get settled in.
...how countless the nights when bed time arrived, and Lilo would be right there behind me, curling up on me with his head close to mine no matter if I lay on my back, on my side, or sometimes on my stomach. The loving warmth I felt each and every time reminded me of just how much I adore this beautiful soul.
...how kind and welcoming Lilo was yet again when we took in Thomas, a local SPCA foster who had lost all of his teeth earlier in life. Yet again, Lilo established friendship and comradery with this latest arrival, opting to see the best in new faces who arrive in his life.
...how Lilo took such good care of Paker, an injured young social stray cat who showed up at the door of my work place in early August. With no support from anyone, I knew I had to help Parker through foster care. He was feisty, and had a dominant personality. It took a few weeks for Lilo and Paker to figure out how to relate, but they did so though the bond Lilo had with Parker and other fosters in the twilight months of his life were not as close as those of 7 years earlier.
...how in the final day of Parker's stay with us before he was brought to his new forever home, I caught a breathtaking moment when Parker, seeing Lilo laying on a pillow atop a dresser looked very worried...stood on his hind legs, stretched up to make eye contact with Lilo, reached his paw up, and touched Lilo's paw. I got the impression Parker knew something was wrong...and that impression turned out to be right.

While I did not yet know it, after nearly 12 years together, Lilo and I were down to our last 12 days together...
Scott GursteinGreensboro, North CarolinaSeptember 27, 2020
Maggie
10/26/2007 - 9/25/2020Maggie was the light of our lives. She came to us at eight weeks old and became the center of our world. It seems weird to say that about a golden retriever, but it’s true. Everyone who met her fell in love.

She went for a swim on her last day. Slowly and gently walked down into the river and floated around for a while. I think she knew it was her last. ❤️

No more words. Just tears.
Susan Stewart-KelleyHampton, VirginiaSeptember 27, 2020
Hamilton
3/19/2020 - 9/24/2020Hamilton,

Thank you for being our friend. You are going to be missed and we still haven't vacuumed the fur yet. We realize that will be futile and understand that your plan was to be with us forever in one way or another.

Thank you for doing such a good job of caring for your humans
Thank you for the joy you brought every day
Thank you for allowing us to be your humans
Thank you for your Oooh-oooh and smiles

Thank you for giving Kim a friend to feed, baby, and potty every morning.

Your family
Peter StephensWixom, MichiganSeptember 26, 2020
Daisy
9/8/2009 - 9/17/2020Our little Daisy went over the rainbow bridge to be with her other friends who have passed on: Misty, Stella, Bubba, Abigail, Sophie, Arthur, Kipi, Cleo, and so many more that touched her lives and ours. It was very sad. We had Lap of Love come to the house and administered the drugs needed to make it painless for her (not for us). Hopefully, she won't drink much scotch in heaven (she loved to drink out of Tom's cup) And if I go to heaven, she better be there, or me and God will have some words.Barbara & Tom LasserCharlotte, North CarolinaSeptember 26, 2020
Sweet Pea
My boy. I'm hurting so much, with you gone. You are what made our house a home. Such a big personality, you've filled every room and all our hearts with your presence and now we have a hole in our family. I pray that you are with God, at peace, and that someday I'll get to lovingly cuddle with you again. All your unconditional love is tremendously missed. And I hope you know how very much I love you, and will miss you forever.Janice CarterFranklin, TennesseeSeptember 26, 2020
Abby
7/6/2005 - 9/24/2020From mom:
Had to say goodbye yesterday to my best kitty friend in the whole wide world, Abby.

I remember our first night in my Stockton apartment together as a kitten, you were cuddled up next to me in my bed, I told you “the only person you have to love is me, no one else” and you did just that for 15 great years girl. You eventually let Nick into your life as well-after some heavy hazing of going to the bathroom on his clean laundry, suitcases, and work papers...(glad you always spared my stuff-thank you for that)

You were with me through so many big things in my life, always there for me, just wanting to be loved and pet. I’ll never forget you laying on my chest, taking a nap, nick walked by and said “I’ve never seen a cat love someone so much, she’s your best friend”. It was so true, and reciprocal.

I’m going to miss our almost daily naps together, you waiting by the laundry room door for me to get home from work, and my 6 am alarm clock (sometimes your timing was off and it was 4 am) waking me up for what I like to tell myself was waking me up bc you didn’t want me to sleep in for work—but mostly because you wanted to be fed.

Thanks for the great 15 years-you were such a strong kitty-thanks for being perfect and being my best friend—love you little girl! You were strong as hell with all odds against you! Love you! 💛

From dad:

So with all these thoughts of Abby in my head I want get them down so they don’t keep cycling over and over. At least I hope.

You were not my cat. You were Katie’s partner in crime but you did let me in after a year. Lol. And lot of pee on my stuff.

You were there when I spent late nights writing all the versions of American Muscle, when I woke up at 4am and came up with the outline I looked up to see you.When I was writing papers for my MFA I would look over and you be there.
When my job turned its back on me and I had to pull myself together it was the pets to you that calmed me down and let me push forward.

And all you ever wanted in return was to be left alone. Lol. And some pets.

But like I said you were your mama’s cat and you always had her back and were always there for her.

You can rest now baby girl, I got mom from here.
Katie HutchingsSan Jose, CaliforniaSeptember 26, 2020
Lux
6/29/2008 - 9/24/2020Lux was a great part of our lives! He will be missed dearly. We are comforted knowing he lived a great life and gave us and our family and friends SOOOOO MUCH joy! I'm sure he is having a ball in dog heaven. Rest up my friend. We all love you so!LaShaun JacksonOrland Park, IllinoisSeptember 25, 2020