Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Heru
8/12/2008 - 9/23/2020Heru was a sweet cat, I’ve always been told that tortoise shell cats were a bit more spunky than others but I think that was just her talkativeness. She was never a big fan of crowds, she always preferred it just to be her and I hanging out. Even with my family around she would never venture out of her hiding spot until it was clear they were spending the night. I’m not sure of the reason her previous owner gave her up, but I’m so thankful I was able to adopt her from the shelter when she was eight. Last year I found out she has diabetes which could be treated with insulin twice a day. It was a really hard decision not to treat her with insulin and instead manage her diet. In the beginning I often felt like I had made the wrong choice, but in the end I know it was the right one. I got to spend another whole year with my sweet girl and that was truly a gift.Natalie DunnBaltimore, MarylandSeptember 24, 2020
Shadow
1/5/2005 - 9/23/2020Shadow you passed so peacefully, leaning against me as you slowly went to sleep forever. I thought that my heart would burst with sadness. I couldn’t cry the sadness out fast enough. We were blessed to have you for 15 of your 16 years. What an amazing dog you were! You could open the minivan doors and the sliding glass door and other amazing feats of doggie intelligence. You never needed a leash and went for long walks around the neighborhood and never left our side. Although when we went for walks in the woods, you somehow knew that that you could run wild and free to sniff and dig but never losing track of us and returning to the trail to check in before venturing off again along the way. The absolute happiest days of my life will always include you and your brother, Pepper. Poor Peppy went before you and broke our hearts and now they are broken again with your passing. God blessed me so greatly with two wonderful dogs which only makes losing them so much harder. We adopted you, your brother Pepper, and two cats all at one time from the shelter. We adopted adult animals since the kittens and puppies seem to have a better chance of adoption. That was the best decision we could have made. Now all that is left of the four of you is our old gray kitty Trixie. She amazingly stayed by your side along with your human family while you left on your journey to Heaven. I know Grandma and Grandpa and Pepper dog and Blackie cat were all there to great you! I will always love and miss you. Until we meet again my sweet angel dog, you will always be with me in my heart.Mary Kay PavisMurrysville, PennsylvaniaSeptember 24, 2020
Zooey
2/10/2010 - 9/22/2020Zooey,

I’ll never forget the day we met. One look from that face of yours was all it took, with one ear perked up and the other flopped down, looking up at me from your kennel at the shelter. You were just a 9 month old puppy, but you were so polite and cordial. You simply sat up, looked up at me and said “Hi, I’m here looking for a best friend and I think it’s you.” I said the same thing back. Even though I wasn’t supposed to, I leaned over the gates of your kennel and pet you for the first time. I knew immediately that you were made of holly with a phoenix feather core. We were both right, Zooey. It was you.

The first day I brought you home, you cuddled with me on my shabby floor mattress in my gross, cluttered apartment. I was 22 and could barely take care of myself, and looking around at the state of my bedroom I thought about how irresponsible it was of the shelter to let me adopt you. But as I rubbed your belly for the first time, you burped, and then you tried to lick the air to get your burp back and taste it again. I laughed so hard and knew right then that we were going to be such good pals. From that moment you were always with me, from bad times to good. I’m so glad we got to help each other grow up.

It almost never happened at all. So many people put in an application to take you home, but you had that terrible cough and couldn’t be adopted just yet, remember? So I visited you everyday to walk with you and play with you so you would have some company. After a few weeks the shelter called and said even though they had so many applications for you, they wanted you to go home with someone who clearly loved you. So they bent the rules, signed me up as a volunteer, and taught me how to foster you back to health. Because of that you got to stay with me forever. We were so, so lucky.

In all these years together we really learned how to communicate with each other. You knew how long it took me to turn into human form in the morning, so you wouldn’t even bother getting out of bed until you knew I was ready for the day. Thank you for your patience and for loving me as I am. I knew which look of yours meant that you were out of water, which look meant it was time for a snack, which look meant it was potty time. Which look meant that you were perfectly happy right where you were. Which made it all the more difficult in those final days when you looked at me in new ways I couldn’t interpret. I didn’t know what you needed, or how to help. I don’t think you knew either. So every time you gave me one of those looks, I reminded you that you were loved beyond measure, and I gave you more than enough kisses to remind you that you were safe and home. After all, it was the least I could do to return the favor from all those times I came to you over the years with that same look. You always knew exactly what to do - enough kisses to remind me I was loved beyond measure and safe and home. To you it was simple - what else could anyone possibly need besides love for each other?

What else, indeed.

We got lucky a second time when we found out about your cancer. It was the scary, fast growing kind, so if you hadn’t hurt your leg and needed xrays, we only would have found out about it when it was too late to say goodbye. Instead, we got to have this incredible last week together. All the salmon, steak, chicken, and ice cream a dog could ever want. So much cuddling. I pet you and pet you and pet you until I had all of you memorized. I sang to you all of your favorite songs, especially the one that’s just your name repeated over and over. You love that one, and I love that it always made you smile. We had lots of visitors who came to tell you how much they love you. We went on nice long walks until that was too hard to do. I told you I would carry you wherever you wanted to go. And I meant it.

On our last day together you worked up the strength to ride around in the car. It was always our favorite thing to do together, and I’m so glad we got to do it one last time. I had to help prop your head up so you could take in all the smells and see all the sights without straining. I watched you through the side mirror as the wind flapped your ears around. I thought about all the ways we’ve taken care of each other over the years, how there were times in my life where you were the only good in it. I wonder where I’d be now if we had never met. Or if I would be here at all. I’m so glad you got to see me get my life together and be proud of myself., because it was an honor watching you become a wise old lady. I’ve always loved imagining how you interpret the world, your eyes always so curious, so thoughtful, so pleased to be wherever you were. I’m going to try harder to be more like you, Zooey.

And thank you, baby girl. I learned so many things from you. Patience. Responsibility. Consistency and follow-through. How to love someone other than myself. How to be loved by someone else. You were my radar detector, letting me know if people were good or not so good. I know how to spot the good ones now, so thank you for teaching me, and sorry for ever doubting you. You were always right.

You’re gone now. And I know I was really sad when I said goodbye, but my heart is so big now because you’re in it. You’ll be with me always and forever, and that makes me so happy to know. Just like I was so happy to know you. Rest in peace, you sweet, sweet girl.

With all my love. All of it.
Dad
Nathan DvorakDenver, ColoradoSeptember 24, 2020
Frostin
12/21/2003 - 9/11/2020In loving memory of our beloved Frostin- Frostin was so much more than a pet to our family. He was a true family member and with his passing has left us with a huge hole in our hearts. Frostin was as human as could be! He was smartest, most loving, silly dog I have ever met. He was truly the BEST dog and friend ever. Telling him goodbye, was the hardest day of my life.Melissa YakovichColumbus, OhioSeptember 24, 2020
Monty
9/24/2002 - 6/10/2020Today would have been Monty’s 18th birthday. His sister Julia is here to celebrate but she misses her brother as we do. She looked for Monty in all his usual places for a couple of months after he was gone. She was not herself because she must have been grieving too. The two of them were together all their lives, eating together, wrestling, grooming each other, often sleeping together, and the occasional scuffle when Julia had had enough. I didn’t know that Julia was deaf until after Monty was gone. I didn’t realize it because I think that he was acting as her hearing aid. She would watch him and follow whatever he did. We were a family, Monty, Julia, Jack, and me. Now we have a hole in our family that we will never be able to fill. I hope someday I can think about Monty and smile and laugh about his many antics instead of feeling the deep sadness and heartache that I still feel every time I think about him. I think it’s because he had such a big personality. He was sweet and so loving and had a touch of goofiness that made us all laugh. I am rooting for an afterlife where we can meet again.Diane WalshBoston, MassachusettsSeptember 24, 2020
Millie
8/25/2017 - 9/19/2020Erin and I said goodbye to our sweet Millie last night. We only had 3 years with her and we tried to give her the best life we could. 3 wonderful years.
Millie had the sweetest soul. We will miss her. Til the next time we meet Millie Monster.❤️
Todd ClarkLexington, KentuckySeptember 24, 2020
Sophie
11/12/2008 - 9/19/2020Sophie you taught me the true meaning of unconditional Love. I miss you so much.Marie CiminoRochester, New YorkSeptember 24, 2020
Tj
3/17/2009 - 9/21/2020TJ came into my life when he was 11 weeks old. Since then he has been nothing but a joy to me, my family, my friends and people who have never even met him. His sweet face was nothing short of his personality. Always happy, vocal, he could say I Love You, and he just loved cookies and walks. TJ was soo happy when he played in the water, frisbee, and none the less with his tennis ball. He is playing in heaven with his brother Toby, and will miss his brother Bishop till they meet again. He was 11 1/2 when he passed. His mommy and daddy miss him soo much already, but know we will all be together again one day.Autumn JacksonReading, PennsylvaniaSeptember 24, 2020
Dorian(dori) Grey
9/1/2010 - 9/10/2020Dori.....you were such a pretty girl. Such a good girl. I still find myself looking or listening for you. It's painful to talk about you, but feels wrong not to share what a good girl you were. We only had you for a short time, but how lucky were we to find you at the Shelter. Such a Pretty Girl. I knew when I saw your face I couldn't leave you there.

We love you forever,
We like you for always.
As long as we're living, Our Dori you'll be
Jennifer, Jonn, Drew FloresIndependence, OregonSeptember 24, 2020
Meggie
3/29/2005 - 9/22/2020Meggie joined our family after the passing of my parents. My mom couldn't leave this little pup after seeing her at the breeder. Her name was Dorothy, and several of us wanted to name the pup Toto. Mom wouldn't hear of it! Meghan it was, Meggie for short. Mom passed when Meggie was 4, so she was Pops' companion until 2012 when he went on to heaven to join Mom. He knew our daughter, Cenia, had a special bond with Meggie, so she settled in with us. She was a sassy, strong-willed, playful, fun, demanding, smart, entertaining, energetic pup! She growled (truly a happy, purring kind of growl) when you petted her or gave her a scratch on the bum. She really was such a fun pet. We will miss her big personality around our house!Kathleen GoldsteinCharlotte, North CarolinaSeptember 23, 2020