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
Bentley, You spent your whole life loving us, and we will spend the rest of ours missing you.... You may not be with us anymore on this earth, but we know we will see you again someday, for when we are called home, we will meet you at the rainbow bridge , and we will walk through the gates of heaven together , until then have fun running and playing in the beautiful sunshine of such a perfect place. Love your Family
Jason and Shannon Van Buskirk - Fort Wayne , IN
Sophie Cotton Palmer
Sophie was a DADDY"S GIRL. Always right behind me. Sophie was 6 lb. 2 oz. When she passed she was 17 years old. 9-29-2019 at 8:30 pm. Sophie went to sleep in her basket. I miss her very much.......................................Rusty Palmer
Rusty Palmer - Fort Wayne, IN
Baithoven “Bai “
Baithoven was the runt of 2. I didn’t want another after losing one but he stole my heart 13 years ago. He is so missed. He got sick 3 years ago with congestive heart failure and fluid in lungs that medicine kept him with me longer than I expected. I want to thank you for the special way you sent him back to me. He is home now and hopefully I can start the healing process. Thank you so much
Deanna Hatter - Grottoes , VA
Farewell, Sidney. You came to me so you could go. While our time together was brief, I will never forget you and you will always be forever in my heart. Rest In Peace.
Michele Taylor - Sidney, MA
Elmo Fud Baumgart
We adopted Elmo when he was just a year old. He was a stray that was never claimed by his original owner. Elmo was the best dog! He was one in a million and had quite the personality. We do a lot of camping so he had to adapt to that which didn't take him very long at all. He had his own camping chair that he sat in around the campfire because he refused to sit on the ground and I had a basket on the front of my bike that he would ride in when we went bike riding. Elmo loved his bike rides and would be mad if I got on my bike without him. Elmo starting haivng seizures and they just kept getting worse which me brought me to one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. We had him put to sleep on September 6, 2019. A part of me went with him and I will never forget him. I miss him dearly! I got the call from my vet that his ashes were back and my husband went and picked them up for me. When I saw the little black bag, the box with his name on it and the beautiful card with his hair I broke down again. What caring people at Paws and Remember and I want to thank them for handling Elmo with such dignity. The picture was taken of Elmo in his camping chair. He was my buddy and I will miss him dearly but he will never be forgotten. Thank you Paws and Remember!
Melinda Baumgart - Plattsmouth, NE
Ramsey was one of my fur babies. I suffer from PTSD and he would calm me down without any training he just knew. He was a big Labradoodle 135lbs of Black curly hair and teeth. Had him for 13 years. He was just part of my family.
Tim Helmke - Grabill, IN
We rescued Rosie as a kitten in Tacoma, Wa. 18 years ago. She was a shorthair domestic tabby. A sweet girl. She got pretty hefty and she didn't like to be picked up. She wasn't a lap cat, but did love pets, chin scratches and being pampered. Several years later we adopted another girl named Tess. We called her Tessa. They weren't buddies but tolerated each others space. I will get into Tessa's story in a bit because, we lost Rosie and Tessa 2 months apart. At the beginning of the year Rosie was diagnosed with liver failure. There was nothing the vet could do but he suggested giving her sub Q fluids. We did that for a while but Rosie was beginning to dislike it more and we quit because we didn't like putting her through the needle thing. By June she had lost a lot of weight and could barely walk. We made the sad decision to let her go. We are devastated that she is gone. We loved her so much and it hurts to see places she slept and her toys. But we know she is across the RAINBOW BRIDGE and we will be together again someday. This picture shows Tess in the background.
Corey Sessler - Port Charlotte, FL
Coco came into our lives as a playful puppy in 2005. I remember when our parents had brought her from from the animal shelter. She had brought us joy over the years that she was with us. There are so many memories that we have of Coco. Her favorite season had to be winter. At our old house we had a large backyard where coco would jump into the snow and run like the wind. We always had a hard time to get her back into the house. Coco always a protector, watch dog and the best cuddle partner you could ask for. Coco's favorite thing to wear was a bandana or necklaces. She would always get excited when she got a new one and did not want to take it off until she needed a new one. When it was time for bed she would always wait for my dad until he got up and went to bed. When you were not feeling good she would always be by your side. When I went to go see my parents coco would always get excited to see me and would knock you down. I remember calling my parents just to talk to Coco and she always run to the front door to see if I was there and then just wag her tail. Coco was loved by our family ever since the day she came home. Coco we love you so much and we will always miss you. You will always be my coco bean. So rest in peace our sweet girl. January 28th 2005 to August 16th 2019.
Amy Fippinger - Carol Stream ,
Muffy pronounced ( Moo-fi) was my baby boy. I got him in Sept 2007 he was just 3 months old. He was the cutest and sweetest puppy ever my family admittedly feel inlove with him as I did. He was be my side during the toughest times in my life and also the good ones he even took a road trip with me to Las Vegas and California. His last day with me will always be my favorite day he knew I needed him so I brought him with me to my powerlifting meet he made it through the whole event but right as I finished he wasn't feeling so well I took to the vet and got the news I didn't want although I know it was the right choice it breaks my heart I had to let you go R.I.P Muffy 8/11/19 you will forever be in my heart
Dolores Estrada - Omaha, NE
Thor had been my best friend for 15 love-filled years. He was such an intelligent, loyal, and radiant little soul. Curious and energetic, yet exceptional at snuggling and smothering us with kisses. He was my best friend, my baby, my emotional support, and now he’s the best guardian angel I could have asked for. While my loss is great and my heart is broken, I will gain peace each day knowing that my best friend is still beside me in spirit...watching over me and waiting patiently for us to be snuggled up in a blanket together again.
Allyson Barrale - Charlottesville , VA
Kaylee was a wonderful companion who always stood by her owners side to comfort and support her when she was upset. Kaylee passed away on 8/10/2019 of old age, after 4 years of companionship to her owner. You will always be loved, appreciated, and remembered Kaylee. Thank you.
Summer Cayton - Piqua, OH
We lost our beloved family member Bizzel last evening. He was a loving, talkative, playful, companion. He was an indoor boy but, when we sat out on the porch he loved to just lay in the sun and enjoy the weather. You will be missed my love and we never be forgotten. Sleep well my Boy. 28 years old
Judy Svienty - North royalton, OH
There's so much I can say about our baby. Our Tao had just so much love , much more than I have ever seen. He didn't have a mean bone in his body, he was afraid of almost everything except when he thought we needed protecting. He had the biggest heart...and a big waist haha. He was my mommas boy we had an unbreakable bond , my pillow pet I would call him. We found him when he was just a baby in our barn, he was very special. He had an extra toe on each paw, it was like he had little mittens he would just hold our hands and hug them it was the sweetest thing. He was a child to us and when we lost him it broke a part of us that can never be healed. I miss him everyday, I just wish he was back in my arms again, he was only 4 years old when he passed would was the shortest 4 years I have ever had.
Jamie Lingus - Woodford, VA
AMANDA F STONEBANK
I chose "other", because I've been so lucky to have rescued 2 puppies and 2 senior dogs, plus 7 wonderful kittens/cats over the years. They each had such amazing & unique personalities, all different! I wish I had known about Paws & Remember a long time ago! I'm sure it would've made it a little less painful. I'll continue to rescue senior cats & dogs, and special needs cats furrever!
AMANDA STONEBANK - Milford, CT
My cat Cory was truly that one special pet that only comes once in a lifetime. When I went to the pet store back in 2002 she had her paws and face pressed outside the cage begging me to choose her, and I did. What followed was 17 and a half wonderful years of love and companionship that just feels like they ended too soon. Daddy misses you already, baby girl. Fly high with your new wings!
Matt Steiger - MIAMISBURG, OH
Rocky came to us from a breeder who had sold him and went back to check on him, which found that he was being mistreated. He asked if we would give him a good home he would give him to us and a good home he did have!! At the time we had a German Shepherd named Bear who was about 10 years old and was just laid back until this "wild" dog came into our house. The two of them reminded me of The Homeward Bound dogs, because Bear would just watch as Rocky would run around. Bear passed away at the age of 13, so then we had Rocky and the grand-dog Sadie would come to visit. Those two would play and run so much that Rocky was glad when she went home ....LOL!! Rocky loved to play ball and would not go outside without something to play with. Sometimes he would go outside and sit and wait for you to bring his toy out. For a few years I worked 3rd shift and he knew what time I should be home because he would be at the window watching. He knew when I said it was time to go to bed, he would go running up the steps and wait for me. If I didn't come right away, he would come back downstairs to see what was going on. He was my shadow because where I was is where he was no matter what!! He was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and our vet gave us choices, to have his leg amputated, to put him down or to let him live comfortably and she knew with him my choice was to let him live comfortably because he was 11 years old and still wanted to chase ball, which he did until a few days prior to the decision that it was time to put him down on April 8th, 2019 at the age of 13 1/2. Rocky was very loved and not a day goes by that he is not thought of.
Suesie Eppard - Ruckersville , VA
Rudey was gifted to me by my mother after a string of bad events. My childhood pet JJ was hit by a car and my newest kitten Biscuit went missing. My mom thought that a new kitten would help me feel better and be a friend for my other kitten, Sassy. Sadly, my mother passed away when I was 16 and from then on, Rudey and Sassy have been entrusted to my care. Over the last seven years we have been through so much... moves, life events and changes, etc., but they have always been there. Rudey was diagnosed with diabetes in 2013, but had thrived and done well. Early this year, I noticed some changes with Rudey but attributed them to older age as he was 14. However, I noticed a decline in appetite and other health problems starting in April. Sadly, Rudey was diagnosed with lymphoma on June 13th and had surgery to remove the tumor on June 18th. The vet was hopeful, but Rudey's body could not fight any longer and I had to say goodbye on June 24th. It was the hardest decision I've ever had to make and my heart has been breaking ever since. He was my best friend and most loyal companion, always a lover and cuddler and one of the friendliest cats you could ever meet. He will be missed for a lifetime!
Jennifer Watkins - Ashland, OH
Tiger came to our family as a rescue. He was 10 yrs old at the time and weren't sure how much time he had left with us. His original owner had died of cancer, and he was placed with one foster with his bonded friend. Then removed and placed with us after people realized the horrible living conditions in which the other foster had them. Tiger was malnourished and extremely thin when he arrived. We made vet appointments for testing, and found out he needed surgery for his teeth. We started him on antibiotics right away to help fight any infection, and nutri cal to help him gain weight for his surgery. Tiger passed away July 6th at ringtown valley veterinary hosp 8 days before his next vet appointment for surgery. Tiger may have only been with our family and his foster family for a couple of months, but the impression he left on our hearts and in our lives will last a life time.
Wendy ENLOE - shenandoah, PA
Miles was our Belgian Malinois, he had energy and personality like I have never seen. 6 weeks ago on our daily hike Miles ran down to the creek and returned with a severely lacerated paw. We tried to carry him but he worked not allow it and he had to walk a mile and a half back to the car. There had been a lot of rain and flooding and Miles got a lot of bacteria in his wound. One bacteria was especially bad and was close to MRSA, it was anti biotic resistance and despite 2 surgeries, 2 weeks of 24 hour care and a lot of medication his wound would not heal and was turning septic. It is 1 month today that we had to put him to sleep and I still cry every day. Miles was only 18 months old. He was the most beautiful dog I ever had. I will miss him forever.
Maria Eicke - Porter, IN
I miss you more than words can say Miles. You are forever in my heart.
Maria Eicke - Porter, IN
It's once in a lifetime that you get to have a dog like Rico. Those who knew Rico knew that he was much more than "just a dog" to us. Rico was a huge part of our life. Rico was our friend. Rico was our family. Rico made our home feel like a home. Rico was our emotional companion and he helped us through many battles. Rico loved with his whole being. Rico's love for his parents and Bella always reminded me of the closest thing to God's love for us. As heartbroken as I am I keep reminding myself that Rico can now run as fast as he can. We are so thankful I got to be your parents. Thank you for adding beauty to our lives. Thank you for being you. No amount of time would have ever been enough with you, Rico. We will see you again someday. We love you.
Amanda Shobe - Wapakoneta, OH
LaBowski was originally my daughter's cat. She was just a kitten when she came to be a part of my family. My daughter had allergies to long haired cats and asked me to take her to the local humane society. She couldn't do it. Well needless to say it was right around Christmas time. This little girl never left my side. She was my nurse when I didn't feel well. She loved to play with my hair. All the time she was giving me dreadlocks from pawing at it. She would greet me at the door every day. I love you Bow with all my heart. You are truly missed everyday. Thank you Paws and Remember for all you did for this family. LaBowski 06/02/2010 -06/10/2019
Trina Stewart - Tolono, IL
Colson was the runt of his litter and when he was born nobody wanted him except me. I nurtured him up until he had to be put down because he was so sick. Watching his eyes close for the last time hurt so bad because I was there when they first opened. Colson was my baby and always will be. Love and miss you Colson ??
Danielle Pyle - Fort Wayne , IN
I adopted Sadie and her best friend, Lou, as a senior bonded pair from a shelter in 2017. From the moment they met me, they never had to get used to me. I got kisses and love right away from both of them. It's like they knew I was coming for them. Right after I adopted them we went to the vet and Lou was diagnosed with Grade/Stage II mast cell tumors with fair prognosis. Sadie was diagnosed with severe arthritis. Sadie has always been fiercely protective of Lou, and even more so when he was sick. Lou really didn't bother much with her until she started to really get sick. He started to cuddle her, and sleep really close. Sadie loved walks, to chew on toys and nibble on her blanket. She loved to follow me around, and twirl and prance. She loved to run when she could. She loved car rides, and snuggling all the time. She loved to be covered up with a blanket and had a favourite hedgehog toy that she would take around with her. In the fall and summer she loved to roll in the dead grass (like hay). Lou had her for all 12 years of his life, and I only had her for two....but losing her has been very difficult on both of us. We just aren't sure what to do with ourselves. Sadie made it to her 14th birthday, and I'm so glad that we were able to celebrate another year with her. She was a magnificent girl, my favorite girl.
Kaci Res - Buena Vista, VA
Frank (the tank) Wozniakowski passed away with the help of his extraordinary medical staff at Smith Animal Clinic on June 7, 2019. Believed to be at least 11 years old, Frank was adopted from the Calumet Area Humane Society in 2010. He spent the last 20 months fighting congestive heart failure and finally succumbed to the disease. A true fighter, Frank had a great quality of life until the end. He was a stubborn pug/beagle mix with an expressive face, pronounced underbite, zest for life, and a curly tail. Frank knew most of his toys by name. He savored baby carrots, cucumbers, cheerios, and chicken nuggets. He enjoyed walks at the fairgrounds, trips to the dog park, and occasional rides with the windows down. In his youth, he would go to work with his person, Lisa, daily. He had a strong attitude and did not like to be looked at or touched by people he did not know. His favorite pastime was watching the world from his window and stalking the pizza delivery guy. A graduate of Landheim Obedience School, Frank knew many commands and chose which ones to follow upon his mood. Frank is survived by his girlfriend, Molly; cousins Maggie, Blue and Peanut. He is predeceased by his best friend, Vida, and many extended family members, including Tracy, Kelly, Gene, Sara, Isabel, Mom, Dad, and Uncle Rick. Finally, his people, Lisa and Neil, will always hold him in their hearts forever and miss him dearly.
Lisa Wozniakowski - Crown Point, IN
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