Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
2/26/2005 - 2/27/2021Rest peacefully, angel puppy.
We got Diesel when I was ten years old, and when he was eight weeks old. After years and years of begging my parents (pretty relentlessly), they finally agreed to adopt a dog. When we arrived at the puppy room in North Shore Animal League I felt like I was in heaven- so many puppies, and one of them was going to come home with me! We picked up a small black puppy, and he peed on my mom. That’s how he knew he was ours.
Diesel taught me more about dogs than I have learned in any text book, any dog training course, or any of my dog related jobs combined. His reactivity toward other dogs sparked my interest in dog behavior. When our vet said he looks to be part “pit bull”, I started my journey in animal advocacy. Most importantly, Diesel taught me patience, how to love unconditionally, and how to enjoy the little things. No matter who Diesel met, he treated them the same- with a huge smile and pure joy. He loved pausing to the catch the breeze during his walks, and sunbathing in his favorite spot in the living room. He loved swimming, finding the thickest mud to roll in during our hikes, and our trips to the coffee house.
Diesel lived his 16 years surrounded by love, and exuding love. We will always miss him, and we all have something to learn from him.
Sarah BonomoOssining, New YorkMarch 1, 2021
7/15/2004 - 2/27/2021Our loving boy Gizmo, how hard it is losing you. The only solace for us is that you now run free, free of the pain, free of the deafness, free of the blindness. You now can jump with joy, hear that squeaker noise from the toy, and see that ball (or kitty) to chase. We love you with all our heart and miss you deeply. The pain of losing you is almost unbearable, but knowing you are free from pain now, makes it just a little easier to accept. We will miss you, our son. 16 years went by way too fast and if only we could have one more day together, that would be my one and only wish.Dave and Delora SmithYork, PennsylvaniaFebruary 28, 2021
4/14/2009 - 2/24/2021We lost our dear, sweet Lily girl on the morning of February 24, 2021. Lily, who also responded to Lil, Lily Billy, Powder Puff Girl, Lily of the Berkshire Valley, Baby, Cutie Pie, Goofy Girl, and "You hungry?", brought an endless amount of joy, love and laughs into our lives. Maybe a few extra grey hairs in her younger days, but we will always giggle at those stories. Lily was our canine daughter, granddaughter, our ride or die. Always a loyal best friend, wanting to share the experience with her humans at every moment. Lily was a mix of Red Heeler Cattle Dog, Pitbull and Hound. She greeted every person she met, big or small, with a big smile and happy tail wag. She was (and still is, I believe) a gentle, bright soul, who was so incredibly in tune with her people's emotions. On those sad days, Lily would always snuggle up with you and lick your face to show you that you weren't alone. You always had a friend in Lily. After many years of arthritis and hip dysplasia, she would still follow you into the bathroom. We reflect on how blessed we were to have her. She left such a big imprint on our hearts. We love her and miss her so!Michelle EganOak Ridge, New JerseyFebruary 28, 2021
Mia Rose
11/4/2004 - 2/25/2021We will never forget you, we love you so much.
When diagnosed in August with cancer, they doctor told us we would have limited time with you. They told us 6-8 weeks; but our little Mia was always sassy with a fighting spirit, she was not leaving this earth until she was ready. We had her for 24 weeks after her diagnosis, we were so lucky.

We will always love you Mia girl, I cry with sadness thinking of you and how I still wish we had more time with you, but smile because of all the fun, loveable memories embedded in my mind and heart.
Johanna GillenYardly, PennsylvaniaFebruary 28, 2021
Tinker Bell
2/10/2009 - 2/24/2021The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
Jacksonville, FloridaFebruary 28, 2021
11/15/2009 - 2/27/2021Sadie got her angel wings after 11 beautiful years on this earth. She was a sweet dog that loved everyone she met. Every time someone came to the house, she would greet them at the door with her latest favorite toy. She saw her mother, Vickie, through every single deployment her father, Russ, had to go on. She was a great companion during long deployments and made Vickie feel protected. When Russ had health issues two years ago, Sadie would sit up with him on the couch all night long when he was in too much pain to sleep. She cared a great deal for her family and was the most precious girl we could have ever hoped for. Her passing has left a void in our home, but we keep fond memories of her in our hearts that we will carry forever.Vickie and Russ GreatwoodSuffolk, VirginiaFebruary 28, 2021
Vara Vom Heidleberg Schloss
11/4/2004 - 2/27/2021Vara Vom Heidleberg Schloss
11/4/2004- 2/27/2021

I got Vara when she was 18 months old. She was trained schutzhund and certified in tracking and trailing. When I first brought Vara home, she had major slick floor issues, and hated anyone who was a man🤣. I initially thought she was sick, and brought her to the vet. Turns out, Vara was pregnant and expecting 11 puppies within 2 weeks. The kennel I got her from was trying to breed her and didn't know she was pregnant. I thought Vara was WAY too young, but here we were..... Talk about panic. I had zero experience with dog birth and thought that I just dropped her off at the vet when she was in labor...... boy was I wrong. Needless to say, you tube and Google were my best friends. Vara birthed 11 puppies, two didn't make it. She was so young and didn't want anything to do with her puppies, luckily my Police K9 Udin helped her out and showed her how to feed all of those hungry pups. The pups all went to really awesome homes (I screened all of the potential doggy families and didn't release pups until 10-12 weeks....I was a bit paranoid and wanted them all to have their shots)

Vara went on to have a great life. I even got her a puppy of her own, Anja about 5 years after her having puppies. Anja is her best friend and cohort in crime. They steal food together, bark together and sometimes even poop inside together..... Anja will miss her "mamma"

In 2013 Vara decided to take my daughter Allisun on a 10k run around Brentwood. She ended up being hit by a car on a very busy road. When Alli tried to help her out of the road, she bit her pretty good. Vara was hit on her left side hind quarter. Her left leg was pretty shattered and we didn't know what her fate was. Dr Scott at Brentwood Family Pet Care was fantastic in putting her back together and keeping her leg.

Unfortunately, that accident didn't bode well for her hips. Over time her left leg began to fail and Vara could not longer jump, although she sure did try. That was ok with us. She was still our mamma dog. Over the last year she has rapidly declined. Her hip had failed and she has fallen quite a few times. First it started on the two stairs of our deck that she had to scale when going out to potty. She was on and off meds, CBD, anti inflammatory meds, pain name it. Facing reality I knew none of the drugs were going to help the problems of her leg and hip dysplasia she was facing. The meds masked her pain at best, but really didn't help her mobility. Lots if advice from well meaning fellow fur families, but nothing really helped.

This last week had been extremely rough. Vara's hips and leg started failing even more than before. She took a very hard fall on Wednesday and never recovered. She has been scooting in a circle on her bottom, attempting to stand but falling every time. She got up this morning and was walking with a huge limp but had to stop and sit, and resorted to scooting again. She looked at me with the saddest of eyes, telling me she was just done.

I made her a breakfast of eggs, sausage and potatoes. We hugged and loved her all day, washed her special blankey and she had a 5 star dinner at 3pm. The doctor came to our home at 5pm to assist her in crossing over the rainbow bridge. I'm glad she's not in pain anymore. I hope she is running and getting treats from my dad up there. Selfishly I wish I could have kept her longer. She was my girl, been through so so much and always by my side.

I didn't deserve her. I hope I gave her the best life. She will be so missed.
Lisa and Brian CAPOCCILexington, South CarolinaFebruary 28, 2021
Bella Tahrir
2/12/2008 - 2/23/2021Thank you Bella
Thank you for being such a gentle friend to Lu.
Thank you for being such a kind friend to me.
Thank you for your big heart.
Thank you for your big appetite.
Thank you for modeling how to seriously rock white hairs.
Thank you for reacquainting me with what unabashed, rolling on your back, joy and delight looks like.
Thank you for your beautiful self and beautiful life.
I am a better human for having known you and loved you. You widened my mind and heart, and continue to live there. I am so grateful for you. So lucky to know you, to have been touched and shaped by your presence.

May Bella rest in peace and power, opening up the vault of mystery for you to take refuge. My love is with you in the journey through the valley/sea of grief.

Bella Tahrir! Bella Tahrir! Bella Tahrir!

What is remembered lives.

"There is nothing more whole than a broken heart.” --Jewish saying

(excerpt from our dear friend Zara's letter)
Charlotte and Beth Saenz and AhlstrandOakland, CaliforniaFebruary 28, 2021
Copper Crafton
11/1/2006 - 2/25/2021Our beloved "fur baby" Copper passed away peacefully on 02/25/2021 surrounded by his "pack". Our hearts are broken. He was definitely a blessing from God to both of our lives. He filled our everyday lives with unconditional love. Our home feels a little empty without him. We loved him to the fullest and we will miss him so much. We hope to see him again at the Rainbow Bridge. Till then, our memories and pictures will comfort us. Love you forever my sweetie .....Copper!!!!!Karyn CraftonDenham Springs, LouisianaFebruary 28, 2021
6/28/2005 - 2/24/2021We love you Curby! You will be forever in our hearts 💕. May your days be filled with wonderment, sunshine, chasing squirrels & steak dinners until we meet again. 😘🐕🐾Rochester, New YorkFebruary 28, 2021