Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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
12/20/2000 - 2/5/2014Today a man lost his best friend! Forever he will have him in his heart!
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
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
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
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
Brandy Pugh
10/10/2002 - 2/8/2014You are my baby, like a child to me..there's not enough words to say, how much I will miss you...I LOVE YOU BRANDY...TAKE CARE OF FRANK...FOR ME.....LOVE YA LINDAlinda PUGHZEPHRYHILLS, FloridaFebruary 9, 2014
6/13/2000 - 1/24/2014I miss my beautiful, happy baby every single day. For as much pain as she was in towards the end, she mainly lost interest in other people. She still tried to play with other dogs. So when Dr. Stender came in, I was surprised that Cass got up, barked at her and then put her paw on Dr. Stenders' arm and proceed to give her kisses on the nose. It was like Cassie knew Dr. Stender was there to help. She hasn't been much for giving kisses in a long time. It made me feel better that she wasn't anxious or upset in a vet's office, but on her comfy couch, relaxing and giving kisses and being pet and cuddled.Carisa BClearwater, FloridaFebruary 8, 2014
11/20/2010 - 12/7/2013It's been two months since we said goodbye for now, not a day goes by we don't think of you many times. Every time I shake out a plastic bag I think how you used to come looking to go for a walk. And how when I opened the door of the refrigerator you always thought it was time for a treat. People knock on the door and I expect to hear your bark, Joan misses hearing it still. We miss your walks and car rides that you loved so much and made you so happy. DJ, you were such a sweet dog and too young to leave, but even though you were very sick, you hung in there, wanting to go for walks and car rides, wagging you tail with your big smile and giving all your love until you let us know it was time to leave. We all thank Dr. Amanda and Lap of Love for giving us that special time to let you go peacefully. Even though you did not have a long life that we wanted, we all have so many great memories of you that are etched in our hearts forever. You were such a great dog and friend, so missed and never forgotten, we love you so much. Meet you at the foot of the bridge DJ, Robert Kristie Joan Me.Keith HaagPOMPANO BEACH, FloridaFebruary 8, 2014
Miss Star
Miss Star was wonderful companion for 14 years! She is loved and missed.Gail PasternackDelray Beach, FloridaFebruary 7, 2014