Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Max
9/27/2009 - 12/6/2019About 6 years ago we went to adopt a Golden Retriever named Max. Little did we know, he was actually a giant moose, contained in a dog's body. He had been abandoned and then found and saved by Golden Retriever Rescue of Michigan (GRROM), and we were blessed that Max adopted us.

When we got him, they were guessing he was between 3-4. He didn't know how to play and his manners weren't the best. He thought that "sit, stay" meant that if he remained sitting, but scooted along the floor in that same position, it still qualified. But with some patient training, Max was a quick learner and soon was a sit-stay champion. And he did indeed have the retriever gene, it just needed a little nurturing. Socks, shoes, sweatshirts, towels, toys, sticks, rocks, moles, chipmunks, recycling, trash, our paper, the neighbors' paper... everything was fair game to be captured and retrieved.

About 6 months ago, Max started to get a bit wobbly and had a seizure. He was diagnosed with a neurological disorder and we had him on steroids, which worked really well and he returned more or less to normal: he retrieved a skunk, and managed to bless us with the aftermath for weeks.

About 6 days ago, Max was wobbling again and had a much larger seizure. So it was off to the emergency clinic. This time the diagnosis was worse: cancerous tumors.

Yesterday, we had to say goodbye. And once again my heart has been ripped out of my body and shredded.

It's hard to type with tears on a keyboard, but I have to say what a blessing it was to have Max in our lives, and that when it's time to say goodbye, there's no greater gift than sending them over that Rainbow Bridge with your love embedded in their soul and your kind words in their floppy ears.

For those of you that knew him, thank you for letting him steal your food or ram his big head into your pockets looking for treats. Or for letting him play with your dog: he loved all of his special girlfriends in the neighborhood. Especially Darby.
We thank GRROM for letting Max be a part of our family; the veterinarian staff at Animal Medical Clinic of Saline for helping extend Max's good days; the Jackson Road Emergency Animal Hospital for their care and concern during the last week; and the wonderful staff at Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice for their home euthanasia service.

Max will be terribly missed but loved forever, and in closing I need to paraphrase a quote from A.A. Milne, as provided to us by Lap of Love in their care packet:

“How lucky we are to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

Peace. Love. Rescue.
Kristian FoondleSaline, MichiganDecember 7, 2019
Izzy
12/1/2007 - 12/3/2019Izzy was the sweetest and chillest boy, an avid food "enthusiast" and loyal couch snuggler. He'll always have a special place in my heart and to all those who lives he's touched.Theresa PettingillMarietta, GeorgiaDecember 7, 2019
Tank
10/31/2008 - 12/6/2019Tank was truly an amazing dog from the first day i layed eyes on him he had the most piercing blue eyes he was a great protester he had this unique bark that people love to walk past house to hear him my brother in law and tank would of loud talks it be so funny howd he answer him back tank u r truly missed and deeply love so happy u where a part of our family rest easy whooodee whoDawn LorentzCape coral, FloridaDecember 7, 2019
Solow
6/6/2007 - 11/29/2019Today we say good bye to our very best friend Solow. He was the prime example of a man's best friend. Solows unconditional love has gotten this family through some very difficult times. Go little buddy take those angel wings and find your Lilly friend. ♥️ I will remember your cuddles forever. 💔😪😭😭😭 RIP MY ANGELKelly BlancoSalem, OregonDecember 6, 2019
Cassey
1/1/1999 - 12/5/2019Beloved Cassey,

You and your brother Bear came into our lives just 16 months ago via rescue after your owner passed on. Already you were very ill and we worked hard to get you feeling better. You were so brave during all of the vet visits!

The joy and love you have given us has been unconditional and a treasure we will always have in our hearts. We are hearbroken to say goodbye to you. Bear misses giving you his sloppy kisses and sleeping alongside of you. I miss your sweet face looking up at me from the kitchen floor and keeping me company while I cook. Rest in peace my dear friend. the list of ways you are missed is endless. You deserve to be out of pain sweet Cassey. <3
Joan CanningTemperance, MichiganDecember 6, 2019
Archie
4/27/2005 - 12/5/2019Nothing could ever replace the love and laughter you brought to our home for the last 14 years. Your absence is felt deeply. We will miss your goofy and strong personality, endless snuggles, loving face, kind eyes, and even your bark. We love you so much and wish we could've had you forever, but you're in peace and lived a beautiful long life. You're in doggie heaven now, reunited with your brother Harley. Thank you for the lifetime of unconditional love you gave our family. You will be missed forever, Archie.Paula NemethySorrento, FloridaDecember 6, 2019
Luna
11/17/2005 - 12/5/2019RIP My Lovely Luna. Today we said goodbye to our faithful, loving furry friend Luna. From your first snow storm where you so bravely just walked out the door into snow that was over your head to your walk on Fifth Ave. with a model from Lord & Taylor. You travelled the country with us from New York to California and Wisconsin to Florida and every state in between. You loved visiting with seniors in Nursing Homes and loved going to visit with Grandma and Grandpa thinking that you were back at work cheering up seniors. You were always there, always loving and always cheerful we will love you forever to infinity and beyond!

She battled her heart disease bravely and for oh so long! But the time came when she was struggling. Thank you Lap of Love for helping all of us through this process.
Susan GoldbergNashville, TennesseeDecember 6, 2019
Buddy
5/5/2005 - 12/5/2019We lost our little Buddy yesterday. I’m thankful we were able to spare him the pain of a cancer that came on suddenly and aggressively. As a kitten, he purred in my lap on the journey to his new home and at the distinguished age of 15, he purred in my lap until he took his last breath. His was a complete and fulfilled life that brought our family so much joy. I will miss his nighttime crazies. I will miss his 5am wakeup calls. I will miss him greeting me at the door after a long day. But most of all, I will miss him purring in my lap. Rest in peace my friend. Wherever you are, I hope someone’s there to scratch your chin. You will always be my sweet boy.Ben StarnesSeattle, WashingtonDecember 6, 2019
Lila
5/8/2008 - 12/3/2019"Hello Lila" has passed anyones lips that has ever entered my home for the last 12 years. Even the repairman that came often knew her name. She loved strangers and all our friends were her friends.
Today we say goodbye to one of the sweetest and most lovable cats I will ever know. I needed you more than you needed me. You were there for me unconditionally. You made my son a cat lover. You made so many children smile and love on you. Cause you were so easy to love. I love you always always always and forever.
Alison FoxAtlanta, GeorgiaDecember 6, 2019
Lucy Greywind Compingbutra
1/1/2006 - 12/4/2019I miss you so much. Thank you for being a kind friend. You made me introduce myself to neighbors because you wanted to meet their dog or belly flop into their pool. Thanks for being the cutest shoplifter of beef jerky. Thanks for forgetting about the cat, getting swiped from reintroducing yourself and not getting mad. Thanks for the last tail wags; i was worried you forgot who i was. Thank you for telling me it was time. When we buried you, the sun was setting and there were shades or bright orange and purple in the sky. The Canada goose were flying to warmer places in huge formations, and i know they were loud and visible enough that even you would have stopped and looked up like you did last year, as if you thought, "...hmmm. too far. I'll get you next time."April CompingbutraAtlanta, GeorgiaDecember 6, 2019