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
Best Soulmutt ever????????
Brenda Boese - Fort Wayne , IN
Oreo was the sweetest cat. Although was such a little handful at times. Unfortunately I had only known him for a year... A few months before he passed we found out that he had cancer. It was a very fast growing tumor by his eye. It spread quickly. We treated everyday like it was his last. Enjoyed every moment with our sweet boy. He was about a month shy of being 19 years old (In human years). He loved to ride on shoulders. He also loved his daddy very much. He adopted Oreo when he was 8 years old. He had found out that Oreo had been returned twice due to his clingyness. It was love at first sight. We love you sweet boy!
Payton Colvin - Smith Center, KS
You were my best friend. You would walk me to elementary school, and it’s like you knew when it was 3:00 because you were waiting to walk me home. You’ve been my best friend through the worst times in my life, and also all of my best. You were there when dad died, when we moved, during my accident and surgery, and also my heart breaks. You would snuggle next to me when I was sick, and would never leave my side. You were a fighter. You survived a house fire, moving twice, and 2 surgeries. I thought you were indestructible, but as you got older began to get weak. The harder life got for me, the more you deteriorated. I dread the day you would pass, and it’s just as hard as I thought. You were my best friend, and you’re the only one that never gave up on me. I miss you so much already. I will never forget you. In my darkest hour I reached for a hand, and found your paw. RIP MY LUCKY BOY. Tell dad I said hi
Kelly Cundiff - Highland, IN
He's the love of my life .. my bestfriend . For 19 years and I'm 24 now he's always been there for me . And now he's gone .. just like that gone and never coming home ... he was old and in pain it was the right thing to do but I cant accept that right now .. he was the worlds best cat anyone could've ever had . It's been 3 days and I miss him more then I've ever missed anything ..... I love you so much nugget 9/19/18
Madison Bartlett - Omaha, NE
Galileo was given to me after I got out of the hospital. I was in a gas explosion and received treatment for second and third degree burns. After a coma and about a dozen surgeries I was extremely depressed. I had no reason to get out of bed. I could not look in the mirror. Every day was worse than the next. One day my mom came home with a furry little baby puppy. I couldn't believe it. I cried and I held him for days. He gave me a reason to get up. He gave me purpose. He became very sick and quickly declined from there. When the meds stopped working I decided it was time for him to go to a better place. He isn't in pain anymore. For 11 years he was with me though every surgery and every sad day. I owe my entire happiness to him. Losing him was like having my heart ripped out from my chest. My heart still aches. The pain is still sharp. I will love him for my entire life and after. RIP my buddy. My rock. My salvation.
Patricia Hill - Roseville, MI
I adopted Dolce a year ago from a friend of a friend. Dolce had a few surgeries to remove an aggressive cancer. Dolce came to me right after I broke off a 6 year reationship/engagement. Dolce took over my house and was Queen of the House. My other dogs looked up to her and watched her every move. Dolce was my protector and made me feel safe in my big house. She was truly my angel. I only had her for a year but she brought my family many laughs and it was a joy to have her be part of our family. I miss her quirky personality so much. RIP pretty girl
Audra Turrin - Fort Wayne , IN
Suzie was always there for me. Whenever I needed her. She was my love and affection. She was a true best friend. She was like a sister to me. I always had her back like she had mine. I love you suzie and always will remember you. Suzie 2009-2016.
Stephanie Games - Amarillo, TX
You were so special to us Brie!! You moved home with Keri and when she moved out you stayed. You will be missed deeply and our home will never be the same with you gone. You will always be in our hearts!!! Go run free and we will see you again some day!
Melissa Long - Casstown,
Thomas J LaMontia
Months after our loss of Emmy, I am ready to post a memorial. Emmy came to our family around 10 years ago. She was loving, caring and sweet dog. I remember as a puppy, she would gaze into your eyes, seemingly to understand your soul. Emmy loved the humans in her family as well as her extended human family, greeting all the came to our home or that we encountered with the famous Wheaten Greetin. She loved to snuggle all the way to her last moments on earth. She laid by in our bedroom each day as I prepared to leave for work. She greeted all of us with such happiness whenever we came home. She loved her car rides, catching wind in her face. She was active loved sitting on the front porch with us while we enjoyed morning coffee. She loved like nothing else walks with us, smelling. barking at other dogs and pulling us toward them, pulling to get where she wanted us to go when something caught her attention. She was known to completely immerse herself in water stations on hot days at outdoor events. At 6 she became ill with IBS, I remember one night, probably the worst of many leading up to this night when an on duty vet said she would not make it though the night. I sat with her, wrapped in a blanket all night. She woke up the next morning with new energy, we slowly got her back to a normal weight and normal energy level where she remained for the last 4 years of her life, healthy and happy. She fell victim to Hemangiosarcoma at age 10. It was so sudden. Within a 24 hour period, she became lethargic, almost unable to move at all, showed signs of being normal and then falling back into a state of listlessness and labored breathing. We went to the emergency vet expecting she would need fluids or other treatments for heat exhaustion or something else treatable as she had no signs of any ill condition leading up to this day. We got the news from the vet, our hearts sunk. We spent as much time as we could with her, I gazed into her eyes as she left for the rainbow bridge on June 10, 2018. We miss her terribly. I feel her presence at times. Thank you being with us for 10 great years Emmy, we miss you, we love you and we know we will be together again one day.
Thomas LaMontia - Omaha, NE
I volunteer at a local shelter. I wasn't looking for a second dog but from the moment I met Duke I knew I wanted to bring him home. He was an adorable 8 year old senior who had still a lot of playful spunk. He loved my two young boys so much. He played with them, laid with them, they were allowed to treat him like their personal pillow, and he loved every second. He was taken from us suddenly after only 7 short months with him in our home and there is a big hole in our hearts. Until we meet again Duke, we love and miss you so much.
Sara Forrey - Parma, OH
Maggie was our "baby" for 10 1/2 years. She was very active and loved to run full speed from one end of our house to the other. Unfortunately, her running and jumping led to a ruptured disc and surgery. It took about 8 weeks for her to walk again, but she did it. She couldn't run or jump anymore, and the surgery caused some nerve damage. We cared for her 24 hours a day for 5 years. Sadly, the nerve issue got so bad, we decided to have her put to sleep. She no longer had quality of life. Hardest decision of our lives. We grieved for weeks, but we know that she is now free from pain and is running and jumping again in her "new life". Thank you Paws and Remember for your care of Maggie, and the package you returned with her. Especially the lock of fur. RIP MAGGIE MAY. 12/12/2007 - 6/23/2018. We still love you.
Lewis and Sandra Hewitt - Goochland, VA
Duke was loved by his mom and dad Don and Terri Archer and went to the Rainbow Bridge on August 7, 2018. He is survived by his siblings, Jebby Joe, Sammie Sue, and Sheldon.
Terri Archer - Churubusco, IN
My Hershey was a big brown Labrador Retriever. My younger son Dennis and I were heading to my older sons baseball game at a nearby town. My son saw an animal shelter and asked if we could stop and look. As we were walking up to the kennels, we saw this big brown dog chained to a large tree. I cautioned my son, asking him to be careful, as we didn't know why he was tied to a tree. My son approached the dog, kneeled down in front of him, and the dog laid his head on my sons shoulder. Needless to say, we adopted Hershey and he was part of our family from that day forward. This was 2005. He was estimated to be 2 years old at that time. My oldest son joined the US Air Force and my younger son left for the Army in the same month in 2013. This meant it was just Hershey and me at home. For the last 5 years, he was my constant companion. We walked every day at least 2 miles and he was always the one to greet me by the door. For the last 8 month, Hershey was getting to where he couldn't hardly walk, had trouble sitting, standing. Before I took him to our appointment at the Vet clinic, we snuggled together, I cried, he understood. We face timed the boys and we said our good byes to this loyal, beautiful friend. He was one of a kind. He gave me such a great life. I will forever be thankful that I had him and miss him every day. Thank you.
Silvia Mersch - Rochester, IN
Lewis was a handsome orange cat. He had a bother, Clark, from the same litter. They were very close. Lewis' family grew as his "human mom" adopted several more cats. Lewis loved playing with his "cuz" and his ribbon and would leave them on my bed as a gift. He would even fetch his cuz and bring it to me. He loved to purr and sit under the table, on the coffee table and on the floor with the sun on him. He would growl if he was upset or mad at me, like the time I brought him to Cornell Animal Hospital for treatment. He spent three night there and was happy when he came home, as was all of us! At night he would curl up next to me to "spoon" and loved his tummy rubbed. He was a very sweet and awesome cat! Everyone loved Lewis! He is extremely missed!! He passed on July 28, 2018 at age 9. Mary R.
Mary Rucco - Dunmore, PA
Jessica Zoe Tatreau (Sissy)
Jessica Zoe (Sissy) Tatreau Cat went to the Rainbow Bridge in Heaven on July 26, 2018 after suffering 2 strokes 2 days before. She was 14 years and 2 months old. My husband and I brought Jessica and her brother, Nicholas ( both from the same litter) home on August 13, 2004 when they were 9 weeks old. They are purebred Siberian’s that do not have the genes that produce an allergic response in people, so since both of us and our 2 adult daughters all had allergies this was going to be an answer to prayer for us. We had wanted a pet to fill our empty nest and found a breeder who said he had a brother and sister who were very close and they needed to go to a home together. We knew we were that home! We have loved our fur babies through lots of ups and downs in our family and they in turn, have loved us back with an unconditional love that has been such a blessing. I have several chronic illnesses that have put me in bed-sometimes for days. Our precious Sissy would cuddle up to me and never leave my side. She would often sleep next to Ron, my husband during his naps in the recliner. Nicholas is going through grief, but I know Jessica was able to communicate to her brother that her body was so tired and she was going to Heaven. He is my shadow and wants me to be there for him.....and I WILL. He has never been without his sister, but he is learning how to live without her, like we all must do. I am trying to keep going, but my heart is so broken. I am comforted by the fact that she is no longer in pain and that we will all be together again in Heaven someday. Jessica Zoe will always be our sweet baby girl. We will love her forever and ever??
Donna Tatreau - Omaha, NE
About 7 years ago, I was about one year into my two-year imposed "no adopting" policy for a dog. However, a friend of mine dogged me to come look at one dog at the Humane Society. The dog's name was Jade. My previous weim's name was Jake, so I immediately took that as a sign. When I brought her home, she assumed ownership of my couch, and for about six years, that's where she ruled (in addition to my car, and everywhere else I was). Like most weims, she was a slave to routine. Breakfast, followed by half a graham cracker, followed by half a Twizzler stick. God forbid if I were to drive past the park, I would never hear the end of it in the car if we didn't stop to play a few rounds of catch. My mom dog sat for her. And on especially trying days at work, there was nothing sweeter than having Jade rest her head on my shoulder during my commute home. Almost 15 months ago, she was diagnosed with an undefined mass on her spleen. The vet said she would need a splenectomy. However, given her age (13 years ... 1 year older than Jake when he died), I opted not to do surgery, and just keep her comfortable. 15 months later, it was finally time to say goodbye. I planned on giving her one final send-off, which would have included a grilled ribeye steak, and ice cream. But she died 2 days before I scheduled her euthenization. This photo was from one of those many "last sendoff" days I had last year, when I thought her time was near. It's a perfect reflection of her personality. This song came on my shuffle, and pretty much reduced me to a puddle. It's Bob Dylan's "You're Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go." R.I.P., Jade. Thank you so much for rescuing me. "You're gonna have to leave me now, I know But I'll see you in the sky above In the tall grass, in the ones I love You're gonna make me lonesome when you go"
Sean McCarthy - Omaha, NE
mariah was a special cat in my life iii got her and her sister shakira when they was like 4 weeks old,mariah had her own temperment she never sounded like she meowed she meww i miss her so much my apartment is not the same without her coming in the kitchen mewing!!she would sleep in the closet i still have not been able to move her blanket she slept on or she slept on my bed with her sister shakira!!shakira misses her i hope in time she gets better!!it broke my heart when the vet dr emily called me and told me what was wrong and i needed to make the decision it was a very hard decision to make!!for awhile when i had her ashes on dresser her sister would smell them!i still wake up and see her on the dresser ir feel her scratching on the bed,till we meet again my mariah you will always be in momma heart.love momma and shakira
deborah hannigan - van wert, OH
We got Milo in October of 2017 and we had to put him down due to having heart disease in July 2018, only 9 days before his first birthday. We didn’t have a long time with each other, but that does not change the love I have for him. He was the sweetest kitty. Always wanting to play, annoy his feline sister, and snuggle in bed with me when it was nap time. He always laid on his back which I thought was the cutest thing. My most cherished memory I’ll have of him is when he would jump on the top bunk and peek his head down the side of the bed when I was underneath playing piano. He would meow and purr as he listened to me. I am missing a piece of my heart now that he is gone. Our home feels empty without him. Rest in heaven Milo, I love you. ??
Emily Heffner - Toledo, OH
If you’re lucky sometimes you find the one that touches your soul, that you have such a deep connection to, knows you as well as you know them. Zeus wasn’t the obvious choice. I remember when we went to meet the two remaining beagles of the litter and he was the rounder calmer of the two. I almost went with the crazy one but dan picked him. He was so stubborn that it took 6 months to potty train him. But he always made it up to you. He knew when you just needed to cuddle, were sick or sad, and was always in for a good nap. He was mischievous and was always looking for a way to get into trouble (for him trouble meant finding something he can eat). He looked at you like you were his world because that’s what you were to him. He was a patient foster brother for a handful of pups. He had the softest most velvet like ears. I know he loved me and I just hope he knew how very much I loved him. He was my soul dog. He was the one who loved me as unconditionally as I loved him. I told him he would make it to 24 but he just made it to his 11th birthday. I will always have a hole in my heart from him. He was my big guy, my monkey, my dude, my buddy. Yesterday we were told he had an arrhythmia and we set up an appointment to see a cardiologist next week but he didn’t make it that far. This morning i got up early to cuddle him because i was worried but he did not wake up. We rushed him to the vet but i knew we were already too late. He was gone. I cradled him the whole way there and told him what a good boy he is and how much i love him. I told him that i wasn’t ready for this but that admittedly i probably will never be. I told him i loved him most days of his life, holding him close while we snuggled up together. I don’t want to ever forget the velvet feel of his ears, the sound of his bay when we had visitors, the feel of his body heat while we cuddled and the way he would look at me each and every day we were together.
Eva Kelley - Seattle, WA
I found Blue in a garbage pile in 1997 and I immediately knew he belonged in my life. He has been with me ever since. Blue was the most loving pet I've ever known. When our other cat Dutchess passed away, Blue didn't leave her side. When my dog Samson passed again, Blue seemed to know....and kept a constant vigil until Sam passed over. He always seemed to know when someone was in distress, and was always there to help them. So when it was him who was in distress....I knew I had to step up. It was my turn to keep a vigil on him this time. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, but he was tired. So I kept my promise. I had many Years with Blue but now even 2 decades passed....it wasnt nearly enough. I love you my Blue....you will always be in my heart.
Melissa Helmecki - Glen lyon, PA
I found you at the pet rescue. You just laid there, no concern for the other dogs barking and jumping up and down. You laid still, your big brown eyes fixed on me as I walked past. I came back twice, you still lay quiet. I asked to see you and they led you and me to a side play yard where I assumed you'd come to life. You didn't, you walked up to me and nuzzled your head in my lap. So long, so quiet...so full of quiet love wanting acceptance. That was the start of our long journey together. You became my "nanna" dog - something like the St Bernard in peter pan except you were a black flat coated retriever. If I cried, you'd nuzzle your head close in complete understanding. Then slowly you bloomed and then your personality came out in blazing glory. I remember how you would try to get my horse to play and one time you just ran up and grabbed ahold of her tail and the race was on and how you'd cross your front legs when you were laying at the door waiting to see my grandson walking home from the bus stop. I never knew a dog could get so many treats their mouths like you. And how you entertained us when Josh fell back in the 4 inches of snow to make a snow angle, but you had other plans, and you pounced on him throwing snow in his face. When you had a on again off again cough and we went to the vet, they drew blood, but I had forgotten about the test, because you only seemed to have a slight cough. How could I have missed it. Cancer. I spent a days looking for answer's. Yet, even as you struggled, you never missed a beat peeking your head around the bathroom door and having to be right beside me at bedtime even when you could no longer jump on the bed, the floor suited you fine, you were next to me. On that faithful day, you laid your head onto my lap, you didn't want to go, you fought so hard for so long and your body was so tired. So like the first day of our journey so the last day ended the same. You and I alone in the quietness as you struggled now to lay down, you surrendered to the pain medication and I fought so hard with the tears. You head heavy on my lap while I told you that I loved you my nanna dog. Sleep and rest now my baby girl. 2006-2018
Shirley Stevens - Springfield, OH
We love & miss you so much! You will always be with us...
The Blamers - Oscoda,
My baby is at Paws & Remember at this moment. She died Monday at Miami County Vet, Peru, IN. I got Stella a year ago from Texas. She was rescued from a kill shelter and fostered until she came to me. She was such an adorable girl. She was deaf so she never got to hear my voice. She was very old. She had cataracts but could still see. From all appearances, she had a stroke. I might have been able to have tests, etc. but it was so very obvious to me that she was ready to go. My heart is broken. I only had her for one year but she made a spot in my home and in my heart. Just looking at her picture just breaks my heart. Only time and faith in my Jesus will heal this wound.
Carol Wilcox - Peru, IN
16 years. I had 16 years with my best friend. She saw the birth of 2 children, a marriage, a divorce and a move. She comforted me through every hard time. She rejoiced with me in every good time. I was selfish to think I could keep her forever. I was blessed with many bonus years from her but dammit it hurts without her. There isn’t a moment that’s passed that I haven’t looked for her, called her, or expected her to meet me at the door. I miss her knocking the trash over, I miss her waking me up at 3am to go outside, I miss the wet trail of water from the bathroom to the dining room. I miss her snuggles and I miss her comfort. Paws and Rememeber did an amazing job in caring for her and making sure she came home shortly after passing. The box is amazing and I have no doubt that she was treated with respect while in their company. Thank you.
Amanda Shuherk - Bryan , OH
Lucy “Goose” French of Eaton, Ohio died in her sleep June 4, 2018 marking the end of a long and full life. While her birthday was not known, she was believed to be 14 years old. She was adopted by her Dad when she was 2 years old. She was known for being loyal and sweet and made friends with virtually everyone she met. A girl with a healthy appetite, her favorite foods were green beans and any kind of meat. She was always willing to eat anything you didn’t want and sometimes, things you did want. While she would sometimes drink from her water bowl, she greatly preferred toilet water. In her free time she loved chasing squirrels and cats, barking at nothing and crowding her parents in bed or on the couch. She never fully grasped the rules of personal space. She leaves behind her parents, Daniel & Brandi French; sister Billie French; grandparents Sharon & Bob Benzing, Dale French, Jan & Dan Graham and Mark & Michelle Kingery; and numerous other family, friends and neighbors who will miss her greatly. She was cremated and her remains will be spread on the family farm.
Daniel French - Eaton , OH
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