Pet Grief & Honor Corner
Jemo was one in a million. I got Jemo when he was barely two weeks old. He was found abandoned under a bush. I bottle-fed him gave him and gave him a happy home. He became a cherished member of my family. He was one of kind...He was my baby and I am going to miss him so much. R.I.P Jemo.
Mary Ellen H. - Emmaus, PA
On Jan 9th 2002, Apollo our Bichon Frise was bought for our son soon to be 9 on the 13th of January. For health reasons on Jan 10th 2014 I had to put Apollo asleep :'(. He was an puppy when we first picked him born on Halloween 2001 lots of energy very similiar to our son's energy a perfect match! But we soon learn that this tiny dog meant for our son would become my dog loving me unconditionally being at my side during many different surgeries. Apollo was a great Dog, loved my many had a sweet disposition loved to horse play, loved my son and even my tough serviceman husband had a soft spot for Apollo although he doesnt readily admit. Apollo will be missed a lot his daily presence his warmth body his funny positions following me everywhere!!! But I will walk again with you my friend Apollo but till then i will cherish all your good memories. You have touched my heart and it is cracked now but I know you are no longer suffering & I'm thankful that you are at peace.
Michele J. - Iarwill - IN
I bought her for my Dad, who was in a coma. I layed this tiny dog on his chest and his arms immediately went up to her and held her in place. I took her everyday to visit him in the long term care facility. He responded to this little dog. One day a Dr was in while he was holding her, and the Dr, asked Dad what his dog's name was. Dad slurred the word Peanut. We all laughed because this name fit her well. Dad loved her, and she loved him. She became sick, with a heart based tumor, and we kept her comfortable, until her cough and fainting spells forced me to make one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make. Peanut and I went to McDonalds, and shared a hamburger, visited Dad and Mom at the cemetery, and went for a long ride. Her little head out the window smelling all the smells of this world. I held her in my arms and in seconds she was gone. A part of me went with her. A few days later a call from our vet came and, Peanuts ashes were there. Bob picked them up, and when I saw the beautiful bag, and box, I broke down again. There was a piece of her fur, and a beautiful card. What caring people to handle her with such dignity. The picture of Peanut is taken of her sitting in my Dad's chair, wrapped in an afgan that my Mom was making for me, and did not get done before she passed. You are missed Peanut, but not forgotten, thanks to Paws and Remember.
Shirley S - Marion, IN
We adopted Rani (pronounced like "Ronnie", and is Sanskrit for "queen") from the Michiana Humane Society in October of 2000. She had health issues much of her life, but it did not keep her from enjoying her hikes in the Indiana Dunes daily, up until the end. She had a wonderful, gentle disposition. If one of our cats wanted to check out what she was eating, she would back up and let the cat go up to her dinner bowl! She helped sustain me when we lost one of our other rescued dogs in a horrible accident. I miss her so much. I want to thank Paws and Remember for their services yesterday (January 10, 2013) in Fort Wayne.
Jim S - Ft Wayne, IN
This pic was when he was only 13 years old. Sadly he had passed away November 14 2013 and is 16 years old now. I got him when he was six months old. My step mom couldn't handle him pooping in the house and when the neighbors didn't want to deal with him anymore she was going end up having to take him to the pound. I saved him that day 16 years ago. I still remember what my mom said to him when we went to pick him up. "I want you to know dog that I don't like you but I don't want you to go to the pound either." He gave her a look that said "Oh you may not like me right now but you will come to love me as much as my new owner, your daughter does now." He turned out to be right. My whole family and even my online friends who never met him fell in love with him. He had a few problems. Allergies to weeds, smoke, and dust was the biggest. And we took him to the vets a number of times for any injuries he had gotten. He never played with toys but he enjoyed life. He loved to sunbathe in the backyard. And even though he would get my mom mad by sleeping on her glider out back he really showed how much we loved him. And today he passed doing the one thing he loved. Sunbathing in the backyard. I miss you so much my Guinea. Oh and he was named Guinea because when he was born he looked like a guinea pig.
Alice V - Toledo, OH
My Chatty crossed the Rainbow Bridge at the age of 14 years and 3 months of giving us love and companionship I bred and raised her as I had her mother also. She was bred for show but was not happy with the idea. At the same time did become a show champion Raised two litters of puppies. I have her daughter Pearl 10 1/2 years still. She was the third generation of 4 that I have had. She will be sadly missed. Always a smile and giving of her love. Rest with your friends dearest girl will we are all together again. Our love went with you.
ADRIENNE MOORE - Saint Paris,
I miss my baby girl more than I will ever be able to express. She was so loyal and comforting. Kia gave me 18 beautiful years, and I couldn't feel more blessed. I feel so broken. May you rest in Heaven Sweetgirl. I miss and love you so much. RIH Mama. XO
Julie Isola - Toledo, OH
Reno came into my life at two days old when I was still doing foster care. His Mom had passed away and needed someone to care for him and I became that someone. Originally the goal was to see him adopted by someone else. But he was just so special I couldn't bare to part with him. In his early years we went through several hurdles. Around 4 months of age we discovered he had an umbilical hernia and he went through emergency surgery. He never did like having his belly touched after that. As he grew older I found out he needed even more special care. He was slow to pick up on things, would get lost because he'd get stuck in a corner and wouldn't know to turn around. Because of these special handicaps it was almost as if he remained a kitten for all 13 years of his life. I am grateful I adopted him. I was always "Mom" to him. He'd run to me when unsure of things, would seek me out when needing reassurance, and would always come for a couple daily snuggles. I have many fond memories of him and I will hold him close to my heart forever. No feline has truly touched me in the ways he has. Its honestly as if I've lost a son. Life has been really hard without him. He passed away on International Tiger Day. He'll always be the little tiger of my heart and home. I greatly miss that awkward derpy sweet little face being my shadow and always looking to me for the answers. Life will never be the same without my sweet precious boy. I'm glad he's home safe with us again. You will be deeply missed.
Jennifer Freeland - Council Bluffs, IA
We had NaLa for 12 amazing years! We found her in a kill shelter with 7 days left to live. Instantly my children and I fell head over heels in love with her. She was my baby and a great sister to my children, who nicknamed her Mamas... We are extremely sad by her passing but thanks to your services we have a beautiful way to commemorate her. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!
Jolene Finch - Philpot, KY
I got my baby ten years ago for my birthday. I wanted nothing more to have a cat so for my 11th birthday my mom took me to the pound. My storm was climbing the door of kennel to get to me and I knew she was mine. Storm was a spoiled princess from the start. As she got older she became a sassy old lady who got what she wanted. She loved having daily lap time with my dad and would pout in the corner of the room if he didn’t give it to her. She knew when her dinner time was and would yell at us for at least an hour leading up to it because she was a little piggy who wanted her food. Then she would sit at the table while we ate dinner because she had her special seat. She loved getting people food but her favorites were corn and chicken. Storm was my princess who loved when I laid on the floor so she could play with my hair. She also loved Christmas as she would sleep under the tree each night and tear apart all of the wrapping paper. She hated storms, spiders, vacuums and plastic bags. She always had to hide when it rained under the bed or in the cabinet with the pots and pans. She was a cuddle bug on her terms and while she didn’t always want to be touched she always wanted to be near all of us in some way at all time. I had to put her down one week before I moved away from my parents across the country and it’s like she knew I needed to say goodbye before I left. Momma loves you always princess.
Shyann Cunduff - Klamath Falls, OR
Bailey Jack was our loving, devoted fur baby who crossed the Rainbow Bridge JULY 15 2020 He has forever imprinted our hearts with an unconditional love that we can never replace! He is missed more than words can express ??
Mike and Marie Stanley - FOREST, VA
We came across Mortimer at our local shelter after losing, what I thought at the time, was the greatest cat ever. We alway used to have our cats declawed, but after hearing how declawing is actually butchering your cats’ paws — we stopped with Mortimer. He fought me tooth-and-nail about touching his paws and clipping his nails, until the final years. The memories of him teaching me, and me fighting with him until I finally learned — are still some of the fondest memories. When he was about five, I noticed he didn’t like just looking outside, but wanted to actually be outdoors. After all, when we got him from the shelter Mortimer was 100% an outdoor cat for the first two years of his life. So, we bought a small dog harness and started letting him go out — on a leash. It was so funny looking at this 20(+) lbs. cat in a dog harness walking around the yard. In the first month, we were outside, Mortimer was doing great, and a trailer hit a pothole that put the fear of god in that cat. He bolted so hard, it not only jerked the leash out of my hand. He pulled me sideways and caused my morning coffee to dump all over me and the ground. If any of our neighbors caught those chain of events — they must’ve laughed their a**es off . However, Mortimer being Mortimer, did not just run in any direction. He was such a smart cat, he ran as fast as he could right back to the door that I was training him to always use. I eventually abandoned the harness and perimeter trained him in our yard. An accomplishment that our vet said was impossible. Mortimer gave us a lifetime of memories and the aforementioned was just the tip of the iceberg. After my dad had a heart attack, Mortimer left my side and would watch Gunsmoke with my Dad all morning as a way to comfort him until he got well again. Mortimer loved chasing the moths and butterflies out in the backyard — even though he could never catch’em. He was the biggest part of our family and now our house feels so empty without his enormous presence. Thank you “Big M” for always making our family feel loved and for being there to be loved. You were our baby boy, our source of joy in this world, and the greatest friend I have ever know in my life — including humans.
Jeremy Royer - Flint, MI
We rescued Cookie from underneath our barn floor after he was abandoned by his mother. He was 3 weeks old. We loved and cared for him for 5 days after which it was revealed that he had a congential birth defect preventing him from defecating and his stomach became bloated. We took him to the Vet several times over the course of the last 2 days and ultimately he was not responsive to medication or surgery. We had him put to sleep to end his pain. He was an angel and we will miss him so much.
Guillaume Poudrier - Auburn , IN
Hope was an 11 year old German Shepard /pit mix. She was a loving soul who loved all people, especially children. She was a good hunter in her backyard and a fast runner. Cancer took her away too soon. She will be remembered and loved forever.
Donna Jarvis - Glen Allen, VA
Our sweet Aspen was the most beautiful girl we’ve ever known. Her young spirit filled our home for all her days, she loved to talk, boss around her pup siblings, and she cared for our newborn daughter as her own. Our backyard was her place of serenity, always laying down watching the breeze. We loved her so much, our devilish yet sweet girl. We miss you and love you always Aspen!!!
Greg and Jessica Uhler - Perrysburg , OH
Our beloved Roxy was rescued from a shelter at the age of two and we adopted her shortly afterward. She was the sweetest dog we have ever known. She never chewed up a toy, just transported them around the house. She slept with us in our bed every night. We will miss her greatly.
Hugh & Patsy Davies - Glen Allen, VA
Butterscotch was found on the side of a busy road, i was fostering him in hopes to adopt but the little guy was just too sick and underweight he didnt make it. He spent his last days in a loving home with food and medicine.
Cadence Smith - Toledo, OH
I was on my lunch break sitting in my car near the Kankakee River 10 years ago. This little muddy dog was walking along the rivers edge. A woman in the parking lot with her small child call to him. He came up the river bank and looked to each of us. He came to my car and jumped in on my lap. It began a love affair that will last forever. He was so protective of me that he even growled at my husband until the day his heart gave out. He gave us 10 years of love and affection. We miss him every day.
Yvonne Croswell - Charlottesville , VA
We got Kramer from our local humane shelter when he was 5 weeks old. He and his sister had been abandoned on the side of a road. Kramer blesses our lives for 17 years. He was named for Kramer from Seinfield and was just as goofy and crazy like Kramer. Two of my favorite memories of Kramer are he would run under our coffee table from the time we got him. And as he grew, he would continue to do this, even though he would hit his head every single time. The second memory is every time he would get a new squeaky toy, he wouldn’t stop chewing on the toy until he had exposed the squeaker. I miss him everyday and will always miss him!
April Reed - Huntington , IN
When we picked up Diamond from our local vet I knew it was going to be a rollercoaster of a trip. What I wasn't prepared for was the beautiful gifts from Paws & Remember that were to follow. I had only expected to pick up by baby girl's paw print and ashes in an urn. Which were perfect. Inside the gift bag was also the most thoughtful gift ever....a card signed by the staff .. a silver frame perfect for our baby girl...and my most favorite, a lock of her fur. I was so moved by this sentiment. Thank you. I'm contacting a jeweler to have her ashes pressed in to a Diamond so that my husband and I can renew our wedding bands to include our baby forever. Thank you so much for a beautiful memorial fit for our four legged baby.
Kaevin Calvo - Glen Allen, VA
Baci has been a beloved member of our family who brought love, compassion and smiles to all who met him. His heart was full of love for his own people and those he just met. He was beautiful in every way. He was a certified Therapy Dog and Reading Education dog who served many seniors as well as elementary school students. We are extremely sad at his passing but his legacy will be in our hearts forever.
Debra Ross - Charlottesville, VA
Even though your time with us was short you made a impact on everyone you met. We all will miss you dearly Max.
Patrick Justice - , IN
Today I lost my best friend. Cosmo was my confidant, my buddy, my good boy. Was with me through all my ups downs and cross country travels. He was unique with personality galore and loved everyone and everything. If you've ever been to my house I'm sure he shared your lap. It was a great 16 years. I will miss you always and never forget you.
James Levendahl - Rantoul, IL
Orton "My Kitty"
Orton was born under my bed August 27th 2002. My youngest son couldn't really pronounce his name or over time he was just know as " My Kitty" then just Kitty for short. He was amazing at lifting my spirits, always seemed to know when I was upset and quick to kiss my nose and snuggle. He lived for rain storms so he could splash in the puddles, bat at the water coming down the gutter spouts..sometimes even jumping in the shower with me. No animal or person was a stranger. The longer you rubbed him the more he would drool all over you. His birthday always consisted of a piece of bacon and a mini powdered doughnut..those were his favorites. He was my best friend for almost 18 years. I'm lost without him but I know he had a wonderful long happy life and he is forever in our hearts. Thank you Paws and Remember for taking such good care of My Kitty. He is back home with us now and you did such a touching beautiful job.
Jessica Cooper - Front royal, VA
In spring of 2011 my dad and I were volunteering at our local spca. While we were there we met Bear. A lovable German Shepard mix. Day after day we would go and visit him, take him out, and play with him. He seemed to grow fond of us and was excited to see us when we came in. One day we came in and he was gone. He was adopted. While we were happy for him, we were also disappointed because we were considering taking him home ourselves. We continued to volunteer there and after a few week, to our surprise, he was back. Something didn't work out at his new home and now was our chance to scoop him up. So we did. He was the best boy. He was funny, energetic, loved the water. He was my best friend and we grew up together. As the year went by he started to wear down, as expected, but out of nowhere he got sick. Really sick, a type of cancer. It was so unexpected and he suffered a lot even in such a short time. He was very weak. He had to be put down at our emergency vet's office. I miss him every day.
Desirea Carpenter - Waynesboro , VA
My cat, Penny, had a difficult beginning in life, but blossomed over the 15+ years we had her. She grew to trust us and she particularly liked walking around the house with me. She was part of my morning and nighttime routines, many of which were started by her, and I miss her very much now that she's gone. There is a lot I could say about her, but I'll leave it with this: she was a unique and beautiful cat and she left her presence on our hearts and in every room in the house. Her favorite was the window seat in our bedroom where she could look out on her kingdom, while resting happily on her heated pad. She was 16 1/2 years old when we said, "goodbye," to her. She will continue to live in our hearts and memories.
ESTHER ONEGA - CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
We got buck as a Christmas present for our kids two years ago. He brought our family joy after our other dog had passed. He was definitely special and everyone connected to him very quick. He got epilepsy when he was one we had him for a year after that dealing with seizures but he was still the happiest dog we have ever met he was here for us and he was just amazing. When we had put him down we had lost a part of our family he was a huge part of our family despite being a small dog. We will love him always!!
Gizette Brockman - Bellevue, NE
Cooper was rescued by my best friend's husband's co-worker while out on a run. He had been dumped in the woods left to die and was very close to death. I was "convinced" that I needed this little boy who the Vet estimated to be between four and six years old. Southland Vet gave Cooper his shots, checked his chip, and had him groomed. For the next nine years, Cooper was my best friend and was full of love and happiness every single day. Always happy to be hugged and kissed and to sit in my lap. With my daughter grown and with a family of her own, Cooper was my boy. So grateful to have had him in my life. This photo is so typical of him with his favorite toy and turning to look at me when he knew I was taking a photo.
Sandra Bazinet - Doral, FL
Ginny was such a sweet, loving girl, and I miss her so much. I'm so glad I found her through a co-worker about 18 years ago. She had been pulled off the streets, and by all appearances, had lived a very hard life. So hard, in fact, that when she was taken to the vet they had to remove her left eye. When I adopted her, she was a scrawny thing with a dull coat - but she filled out so beautifully over time. And she had a beautiful spirit as well. Whenever we got into a heated discussion, or I was reprimanding my young kids, she would immediately come and rub around our legs while meowing, saying "Quiet down everyone, it's going to be okay." She had been through so much in the past couple of years: hyperthyroidism, repeated skin allergies, steroid shots, and then seizures. It was so hard to let her go, but I know she's now at peace, and I can see her sleeping in the sun and enjoying her rest. She will always be a part of my heart.
Colleen Tieman - Omaha, NE
Sir Thomas Jefferson the gato has left our family today for a better place. He was more of a cat dog then an actual cat. His presence is missed beyond words even tho it's been a few hours. He was my companion for 9 years and a true Mama's boy . I will miss every meow and every sneak attack to steal the ham. Beyond loyal always at the window waiting to greet me with a meow . Your siblings will miss you so much . Your forever loved my sweet angel . Look after us . Mom loves you my hummus. RIP Thomas xoxoxo
Krystel Bermejo - Miami, FL
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