Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
12/12/2014R.I.P. Our Sweet Willow. You were a miracle. You managed to overcome such an unfair and tragic past while keeping your ability to still love and trust when the best of us would have given up. Those that looked passed your initial uncertainty, found and learned what true strength, bravery and forgiveness truly means. Your staring eyes were the windows to our own souls which were touched deeply by you, There are no real words to describe how much you touched us all and how much we love and adored you. You loved the simplest of things. Really, what pup would get excited when hearing the word radicchio and answered to it as a self given name instead of the name the rescue gave you? Hide and seek you never tired of playing along with pizza tug of war with Grandma. We know you let her even win at times. My Little Girl, it is now time to run free forever.....Trish HalickChicago, IllinoisDecember 16, 2014
8/16/2003 - 12/16/2014Sheba was the best dog ever. She came to our family when our kids were 5 and 3. She grew up with them and always kept a watchful eye on them. We love you and miss you!!!Debbie KesterAston, PennsylvaniaDecember 16, 2014
1/21/2003 - 12/13/2014We love them so much that we do not allow them to suffer even though it hurts us.David VincentJacksonville, FloridaDecember 16, 2014
12/13/2014I'm sure you are familiar with the philosophy of the "God shaped hole". Today, I think that Pascal may have meant "Dog shaped hole". In the face of losing one of my best friends, that quote (bastardized though it was) kept running through my head. I think there is a dog shaped hole (or holes) in us all. They worm their way into our hearts amidst a pile of fur and slobber and fill a paw print impression deep in our souls, that when vacated, cannot be filled by anything else. And there it remains, a paw print hole only filled by the love of that dog.

I have never experienced the loss of a pet like this one. I feel like my heart is broken into a thousand tiny shards of glass and they are continuously piercing that place in my soul that Nanook forged. He was the sweetest soul and my whole family was in love with him. He is missed so, so much.

RIP Nanny Nanook, we will love you and miss you forever.
Andrea HarstonOviedo, FloridaDecember 15, 2014
Abbey cash
12/12/2014Abbey Cash, the most beautiful and stubborn basset in the history of hounds, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 12, 2014. She was deeply loved and adored by her parents, Bill and Jacqui, and younger brother, Cooper, and tolerated and at times feared by her older brother and sister, Mercury and Macy. Abbey enjoyed smelling every blade of grass, sleeping deeply, using her deep voice to make her presence known, nudging arms for attention, guarding her property, eating pizza crust and any form of meat, laying in the dirt under old trucks, riding in the truck, and rolling on her back. She disliked most fruits and vegetables, clothes, Pepto Bismol, and pedicures.

While her birthdate is unknown, she was suspected to be at least 14 years old. When she was likely a little under two years old, her mother found her wandering the campus of Saint Leo University in the middle of an alumni reunion on March 16, 2002. Pleas from her mother to bring the most beautiful hound home were quickly quashed by her father and grandparents . But when Abbey ran into the dining hall during the reunion’s dinner with more than 200 guests, her mother scooped her into her arms and used a printer cable as a leash to bring her home. Thanks to a few beers, Abbey’s father saw her true beauty and at that moment Abbey was now in their hearts and home. Although she and her family are not Catholic, her father named her Abbey in honor of her old stomping grounds around campus and the Saint Leo Abbey Church.

After a thorough scrubbing and a hearty meal, Abbey met her Aunt Lynn, Uncle Carlos, and her best friend, Minnie Darling Nieves. Abbey and Minnie enjoyed nightly walks around the neighborhood and playtime together before welcoming Mickey Nieves into the group. The three hounds played, barked, slept, and ate together with a watchful eye on Abbey’s older feline brother and sister, Mercury and Macy. When Abbey was nine years old and confident of her position as head of the household, her parents brought home her little brother, Cooper, an 11-week-old ball of slobber, ears, and annoyance. The handsome yet dimwitted little boy wanted nothing but to play with his big sister, following her until she gave him a gentle yet firm “back off or I’ll rip off your cute little ears” snap and bark. Cooper quickly learned Abbey was in charge of the house and he adored her as she knew all the secrets of the universe.

True to her basset breeding, Abbey could easily sniff out food and trouble. In her younger years, she was known for several food-related indiscretions, including pulling a frozen turkey off the kitchen counter to chew on the wing, climbing on the dining room table to eat a stick of butter, stealing a loaf of bread out of the Nieves pantry, eating a bag of Hershey Kisses, and numerous trash can raids resulting in a trail of debris across the house. When Abbey was 11, she and her family moved to Exuma, Bahamas, where she spent her days walking and napping on the beach and her nights hunting ghost crabs. She was restless unless she killed at least one crab, leaving a trail of legs and salty guts for unsuspecting tourists.

Even as her body aged, her feisty spirit kept fighting for snacks, car rides, trips to the park, and the best spot on the couch. She faithfully followed her father to the bathroom, waiting patiently on the bathroom rug for him to emerge from the shower. Abbey will always be remembered for her fearless nature, adventurous spirit, and never failing love and devotion to her friends and family. She will always have a special place in the hearts of those who loved her.
Bill & Jacqui CashDunedin, FloridaDecember 15, 2014
12/28/2000 - 12/8/2014I remember the first time I saw you, a tiny ball of black fur with big brown eyes. I held you in my arms and you gave me puppy kisses. You became a member of our family that day. From the time you were a puppy, you had a zest for life, you loved basking in the sun, watching the girls swim and chewing the stuffing and squeakers out of your toys. You guarded our home and were the protector of all who lived inside. All your life you were plagued with health issues beginning with your first surgery at three months of age through epilepsy, diabetes and blindness. We almost lost you numerous times but your will to live kept you with us. The lord needed another lab and called you to his service. We love and miss you more than you will ever know. , Malachai you will forever hold a special place in each of our hearts. Hope you, Sasha and Dakota are together just like you were when you were all here. Love all of you!!Rose FitzpatrickJacksonville, FloridaDecember 15, 2014
1/15/2002 - 8/17/2014We kept asking..."How did he go from the puppy of the house, to the old man"? It just seemed to happen overnight. Where did all the years go? He was a great dog, scared of thunderstorms and fireworks, but with a huge, brave heart. He loved all, and we loved him.Jim, Margo, Alexa TimonWindermere, FloridaDecember 14, 2014
Bad Madison
2/22/1991 - 12/12/2014My Bad Madison,

I do you an injustice by trying to describe the everything you were. To me - to strangers and to those who you engaged to love as your own. It wasn't the odd person you decided was worthy of your attention - everyone had something to add to your existence.

I hope you're keeping my pillow warm and ruining my couch cushions in heaven, love. I count every moment until I see you again.
Denise KaylorRock Hill, South CarolinaDecember 14, 2014
1/31/2003 - 12/11/2014Last night we said goodbye to our precious Mia. For almost 12 years, she was truly the light of our lives. I can't begin to describe how amazing she was, or how she brought out the best in all of us. Even in the end, as she was in pain, she did what she could to make it easier for us. We were so blessed to have Mia in our lives, for she was part of our family. She was a sweet girl who gave everyone she met what they needed, and I'd like to think anyone that met her fell in love. Mia was a silly girl, who loved to smile and play. She brought so much joy to our lives, and she will be greatly missed. We will always love our sweet baby girl and her kisses, her snuggles, and the amount of love she gave us, can never be replaced.Dale, Marilyn, Angela & Brian StorceChicago, IllinoisDecember 13, 2014
10/31/2001 - 12/7/2014Dutch, I miss you and will never forget you. You were our protector and friend for 13 years. We see you again in Rainbow Ridge.Bea TaylorTemple, GeorgiaDecember 12, 2014