Teddy
5/1/2001 - 4/27/2014Teddy was a very special part of our family, coming to us as a surprise in 2001. He was a big fuzzy Lab Chow mix who was gentle with everyone, curious about everything, and was a tenacious fighter, battling cancer and megaesophagus for the last fours years with us. In 2011 he went through 7 months of chemo, which helped him for a while until January 2013 when his cancer returned. We increased his outings and adventures at that time and by July he was going out somewhere every single day (parks, beaches, car rides, restaurants, hotel stays) so he could enjoy every minute of his last days.
So many little things remind us of him every day. We miss him terribly but his passing was the most beautiful thing we experienced with him. On Sunday, April 27, he went for a walk with us in the morning. It was a perfect morning in Florida, cool, blue skies, gentle breeze. He walked along the hill by the waters edge many times in his life, but this time was much slower as he had lost much strength. He stood on the crest of the hill looking out over the water and I put down his bed. He turned and lay down, as if to say "I'm ready". Dr. Katie very gently helped him to get his angel wings as the breeze gently blew in his face (as he always liked). Afterward we returned to our car with our precious Teddy, and across the street, in the dog park on the hill, were all the many people who knew and loved him, standing and watching in reverence and love and tears, and waved goodbye one last time. RIP Teddy, we love you so much.
Rob CarlsonTemple Terrace, FloridaMay 1, 2014
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RIP Teddy you will forever be missed.Treowe Carlson - May 10, 2014
Thank you Teddy for being such a wonderful constant companion in your mom and dad's life.Kirsten Casale - May 9, 2014
We're sorry about Teddy. We know it can't be easy. May he rest in piece.Loki's Family - May 8, 2014
Today Teddy is with his Maker, and with the rest of our loved ones who have joined their Maker. Gunnar liked Teddy, he was a dog-lover, too, having several, which he talked about often. Now they can play together as could never happen here on earth! The Lord made Teddy, and put him in the place to be found by people who would love him as much as He did! Another family could not be found who would be willing to change their lives in order to give so much to a dog who REALLY LOVED THEM! The reminders will be there, the tears will come, but along with the MISSING HIM tears, there will be RELIEF tears for Teddy, and JOYFUL tears for the wonderful times that were had. Rob and Priscilla, he is happy now, not hurting, and your LOVE for Teddy will never disappear! Cry when it feels right, and laugh when you remember the FUN times! (I am now the voice of "experience.")
Love, Mom +
Janet N. Palm - May 8, 2014
Teddy has left a life-time of memories for those who had the pleasure of knowing him. There are many "Teddy" stories to be told. Perhaps some creative person will write a children's book. If not, I am sure people will be talking about Teddy for a long time to come.Walter Beveridge - May 8, 2014
I only recently met Teddy. He was one of the first dogs to welcome me and my dog, Cocoa, to the Temple Terrace dog park. I could sense his strong spirit and knew he was a very special dog. he truly left his mark on this world and his memory will live on!Marie Ferguson - May 8, 2014
I met Teddy a little over a month before his passing when I started bringing my new puppy, Francine, to the park. I wish that I could have met him earlier and seen him in the fullness of his life. In meeting him, it was clear what a good boy he was, how well loved he was, and what an impact he'd made in the lives of everyone he met. Even though he wasn't feeling his best in those last few weeks, Teddy's presence at the park was one of quiet dignity. I am grateful that his passing was a peaceful one in a place that he loved. He was a wonderful dog and he will be missed.Michael Stanfield - May 7, 2014
I only got to know Teddy in the last few months and even though his body was failing him, you could see his sweet spirit shining through and how much joy & happiness he not only brought to his human mom and dad but to everyone including myself that got to know him at the dog park...For all of us who have lossed a furry companion this poem says it all
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...
Katie Wells - May 7, 2014
R.I.P teddy...me and all the neighbor hood kids would see you outside and yell, "look teddys out! but know that your gone, we all miss yelling your name and petting your soft fur. Remember we will miss you! :)Ayla Shuler - May 6, 2014
Love you and miss you!!! Say hi to cha cha for me!Taushi Maultsby - May 6, 2014
I didn't know Teddy very long, but it seemed to me that he loved being outdoors and with his humans, and that his humans loved being with him. Dogs love us no matter what and what more could anyone ask for?Amy Fletcher - May 6, 2014
Teddy was the sweetest puppy at the dog park, day in and day out. We will miss him like he was family and we look forward to seeing you at the park still, Rob. Thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family.Millie's Family - May 5, 2014
May Teddy rest in peace. Had a wonderful life with wonderful loving parents. Miss you Teddy.Ruth Becker - May 5, 2014
I never got to meet you, Teddy but know you were a wonderful dog from all the stories I heard from Priscilla and Rob - I know you made them very happy. I am glad you liked Daytona Beach - I lived there for almost 10 years with my Roxie - she's a blond Cocker Spamiel, so be sure and meet up with her at the Rainbow Bridge and you can both reminisce about life on the beach! Thanks for sharing Teddy's story, he will live forever in your hearts.Cindy Kemp - May 5, 2014
I came to know Teddy in the final stages of his life as he became a regular visitor and member of our dog park family! As he would stroll the park, we all kept a watchful/protective eye out to ensure he didn't get caught up the craziness of puppy play. I think Teddy enjoyed being around the action! I know he loved the quality time he had there with his human, his dad! It was always so sweet to see Teddy wait patiently for the treats he knew daddy had stashed in his pocket.
You left your mark on us all Teddy.....now run free!
Tasha Miller - May 4, 2014
We are so sad to hear Teddy wont be there anymore for our visits. He was our special friend.Hsu Girls - May 3, 2014
First time I see his cute puppy pix. I know Teddy will be in your hearts forever, and he will remember his good parents. RIP Teddy.Naffany Lewis - May 3, 2014
Rest in peace, Teddy. You will be missed.Czarina Torralba - May 3, 2014
May Teddy rest in peace.Peter Young - May 2, 2014
Dana Harding - May 2, 2014
God bless rest in peaceTammy Veague - May 2, 2014
Mario Herrera - May 2, 2014
Teddy was the old man at the park . He was a fighter till the very end. He loved being by his daddy's side. Teddy was very fortunate his mom and dad love him so very much. I am so glad for having crossed Teddy's path. Teddy give Chance a tussle for me. We miss you Teddy.Donna Ratliff - May 2, 2014
Teddy I only got the pleasure of meeting you a handful of times but you were a big sweet and gentle soul. Your parents loved you so much and were so happy to have you for the period they did. Rest in peace big guy! Much love!Kelly Guinn - May 2, 2014
A true fighter. He can rest now. You will be together again.Nancee Kumpfmiller - May 2, 2014
Teddy was a big gentle and adorable bear. He had great parents and had a good life on earth. We will miss him but we also know he is fully restored and in company of many other furry friends at the Rainbow Bridge.Isabelle To - May 2, 2014
I miss you Teddy!Teddy's Mom - May 2, 2014
Teddy is the most gentle and sweet dog I have encountered. I am glad he had you both as his beloved family. I am so sorry for your lost. Please accept my heart felt condolences. Thank you for sharing such intimate moment of his last hours.Wingshan Kwok - May 1, 2014
Love you and miss you Teddy. Say hi to Jack and Xi Yao.Rob Carlson - May 1, 2014

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