6/24/2011 - 12/29/2019I keep hoping that I’m going to wake up from this bad dream and that you’ll be curled up next to me on the bed. After you were diagnosed with lymphoma on September 25, 2019, life has been a bit of a blur for us. I knew something was going on, but didn’t suspect cancer. It’s like you were fine and then all of the sudden, you weren’t. We were told there was a really good chance for remission if we tried chemo and that we might get to keep you around another year or two, so of course we didn’t hesitate. Unfortunately, the universe had other plans. For whatever reason, nothing we did worked and the cancer started taking over your body completely. While I’m extremely grateful for the three months we got to spend with you after learning of the diagnosis, it’s SO not fair that this happened to you or that the treatments didn’t work. You were only 8 years old and WAY too young to leave this world! I knew one day you would leave us, but I was hoping for much more time with you. At least one thing went right though. I was able to make sure that you left this world peacefully, pain free, at home, and surrounded by your family. I hope you licking my tears beforehand was your way of telling me that it’s okay. You loved me unconditionally.

Parker, I miss you so much that it hurts. There is now a Parker sized void in our lives. The house is not the same anymore. You no longer greet me at the door with your wagging tail and so much excitement that you had to bark, telling me all about what I missed, while weaving in and out of my legs. I keep looking for you in your usual spots and hoping I’ll turn around and you’ll be following me again or peering at me from over the back of the couch. We still open the front window for you when we leave so you can continue to look outside. The house feels very empty, even with two young kids. You were not just a pet to us, you were a member of the family and we no longer feel entirely complete without you here. You had to be in the middle of everything, wherever we were and no matter what we were doing. You were here for all the big moments of our lives, including getting married and the birth of our two children. Not only were you in our wedding, but you’ve been in every monthly picture of the kids, up until now. A tradition I’m sad you are no longer here for.

We are trying to take comfort in the fact that you are no longer in pain and like to picture you in some wonderful place of endless Greenies, walks, and belly rubs. A place where you were greeted and welcomed with open paws by all the fur babies our entire family has loved and lost over the years.

Although you may be gone (except for your hair which we continue to find all over), you will never be forgotten. You will forever live on in our hearts, through our memories, and in the stories that we will pass down. We love and miss you!

Love you always,
Elizabeth ShaftelSaint Johns, FloridaJanuary 4, 2020
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Rest in peace sweet Parker. I am so honored that I was able to meet you. I just know you are regally laying atop the Rainbow Bridge now, watching over your family. 💜Kali Jimenez - January 23, 2020
Thinking of you guys and hope y'all can soon find some comfort and peace. Hugs!!Jillian Bell - January 4, 2020
I will miss so many things Parker, but mostly all our walks with you and Brodie, and how patient you were with all the kids who wanted to pet you. I will miss how gentle you were.Michelle Tandy - January 4, 2020
Parker, I knew you only briefly but it was easy to see what a love you were. I’m sure you are in heaven and enjoying eternity in a new healthy body. Bless your sweet soul.Tamara Lane - January 4, 2020
I will always remember your joy when I came to visit. Going for walks and endless petting was always fun.Amber Bacon - January 4, 2020
I'm so terribly sorry for your loss - I hope your hearts can heal safe in the knowledge that he took care of you right until you were able to show such love and mercy for him. ♡Emily Griffin - January 4, 2020
My deepest condolences:(Celsa Rodriguez-Story - January 4, 2020

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