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
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 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
Reesie was a sweet but sassy little puppy that died suddenly when she was only 9. She will forever be missed by her family and lots of friends.
Zahra Pfeifer - Omaha , NE
What can I say about this little girl. She came into our lives at 6 weeks old. She was our spoiled baby. She would lay at the crook of my neck as a baby and made her way to our feet as she got older. She was protective of her family. She knew me as mama and her daddy as daddy. She was full of life and always smiling when we walked through the door. She blessed our lives for 14 years and she will be missed dearly. I love you Kotabug and you’ll always be my baby.
Bobbie Pedigo - Glasgow, KY
While living in COSBY, TN (BASE OF the SMOKY MOUNTAINS), a neighbor that live 3 trailers over was a fencing contractor. While creating one for a customer, this little PUPPY came up and stayed by him, he came home "WITH" the puppy and for 3-4 days this little PUPPY would stand outside the "small" trailer I was renting with my cousin and her 20 something daughter . When my neighbor was finished his contract, he was about to move and he asked if "I WANT TO KEEP HIM".... I asked since my cousin had a OLDER dog and had RECENTLY purchased another one.."LUCY" which would, as time progressed.. become "PETEY'S'" mate! So in ESSENCE..."PETEY CAME TO ME OUT FROM THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS... that was 2004, "PETEY" WAS APPROXIMATELY 3-4 months at the time (MARCH 2004).... SO 17 YEARS OLD, WITH..."ME"....MY BUDDY. HE has been weak, I HAVE TRIED to use a medicine plastic -type syringe liquid CREAM OF CHICKEN, BROTH... MINCED DOG FOOD , he ate up to 20 teaspoons 3 days prior - but in the end, I RELUCTANTLY had to let PETEY GO,,,"FOR NOW". ...SO "FOR THE MOST INTENSE LOVE.... I LET HIM GO. Till WE are joined I LOVE YOU PETEY!
Tim "OZZY" Czernik - GADSDEN, TN
Tusker & Tussue
Tusker and Tussue were sisters a year apart (same mother, different litters), they passed within three days of one another. Tussue had cancer and was the first to go. Tusker had a variety of health issues and seemed to be on the mend, but I feel watching her sister die in front of her was to much and she had a stroke and had to be let go. They were with me for over half my life and are a very big reason I am still here today. They've been gone for a couple of weeks now and I still find it hard to believe they are gone. I keep expecting to find Tusker on the bed or couch and Tussue in her bed or under the desk. They were both such wonderful cats, ones that can never be replaced. Tusker had this weird habit of mewing with her mouth closed, she rarely ever did open mouthed meows. She also ALWAYS responded to me when I said her name out loud. The now silence I receive when I say her name out loud just seems oppressive and is heart breaking... Tussue loved to be pet with feet. She didn't trust hands and just loved to be scritched with toes no matter how stinky they were. (I swear the smellier the feet the loud she purred). She was also my gaming buddy, show loved laying under my desk while I gamed or worked on the computer. To lose one was painful enough, but two so close together... There are large parts of my day that now feel empty no longer being filled with their special meals, medications, and lovings. My toes are cold at my computer desk and the bed just seems too big. I still have three other kitties with me, all much younger, and I give them love and attention and cuddles and treats, but I don't think there will ever be any cats out there that were like my old biddy kitties..
Natasha Stone - Urbana, IL
I first got preacious when he was about 3-4 yrs old. Over then next 15 yrs he became my one and only love and his health took a bad turn when he passed this past saterday night he to my heart with him. I hear time heals but i cant see it healing anytime soon..
Glendalee Gibbons - Aurora, CO
Peyton was a birthday present from my husband in 2004. He was a Norwegian Forest cat. He was one of a kind my little side kick. When my husband passed away in 2007 Peyton and his kitty brothers and sisters were my rocks. In May of 2008 we move by my Mom. Peyton loved Grandma. In Oct of the same year, druggies broke into my apartment and let out. He was missing for a month,when a woman saw the photo i had in the newspaper window. Exactly one month later we brought home. I had Peyton for 15 1\2 years. Aug. 19 2019 we found out he had cancer. We let him go to his heavenly home, a year after Grandma passed away. He will always be my forever baby. Bobbie Hixson
Bobbie Hixson - Bristol, FL
Zeus was so very special to me and I had only rescued him a month ago at animal care and control. He was diagnosed with pneumonia 4 weeks after getting him...he couldn't recover i did everything...on the way to put him down he used all his strength he had left got in the car and fell down and died within seconds. So sad and tragic...he was a one in a million kind of soul he just wanted to love me and be loved in return. I just wish I had more time with him, but I cherish the time I did.
Shandy Cherneski - Columbia City, IN
My best friend. I miss you every day my baby, Harley, Toms lost in this house with without his bed partner. and i know you miss mom and dad, tell we meet again you will forever be in my heart,
Karin Thomas - Paulding, OH
Junior was rescued from my stepdad’s engine after hearing meows coming from the front of his car. From that day on he was a member of our family for 14 years. He was with me through everything and slept with me every single night for 12 years until I moved out. We are heartbroken and there’s a constant ache because we miss him so much. He was the most adventurous and loving boy. He will live on forever in our hearts. We love you sweet boy.
Cara Sanders - Marion, IN
We rescued Bella from a shelter when she was 2. We didn’t pick her, she picked us. We had her for 2 and 1/2 years. She was hit by a car going way too fast. She was my baby! She loved to go for car rides (especially with the window down), be outside, run from our other dog, sleep under the blankets, cuddle and go for boat rides (but hated the water). She also loved to dance with me! She helped me in more ways than she knows! She was my protector and best friend! She was my baby and taken way too early! I am not sure what I will do without her! I will miss her deeply!! Rip Bella
Sarah Kalp - Cromwell, IN
Best companion ever. May have been a Chihuahua but carried himself like a Pit...
Gyen Ruiz - Toledo, OH
We walked into this sweet boy's life 14 1/2 years ago at the animal shelter. Me, my son and my daughter fell in love with him immediately and I think him with us. He had the most loving personality and always wanted to be where we were. It’s like he had a special moment with each of us every day. Rest well sweet Maximus. You will forever hold a special place in our hearts. We all miss you so much!
The Fisette Family Fisette - Trenton , OH
Yesterday I did what without a doubt is the most difficult thing I have ever had to do in my entire life. Luna saved me in so many ways, she was with me through some of the most difficult moments of my life and helped me overcome my anxiety. Yesterday she passed away in my arms, surrounded by all of my love and warmth. I had to put her down. She came to me when I least expected it, I never even thought I liked cats.. she was running around campus and my roommate found her, she couldn't keep Luna, I didn’t want her (and ironically now I feel like I can’t breath without her) so we looked for her owners, no one, we took her to the vet, no microchip, we look in shelters, no availability. She would knock on my door, not my roommate’s, I would get annoyed and ask why do you want to come in here!? I didn’t know she chose me. And so I decided I’d respond and would keep her. Since then getting home from school and later in life from work would be amazing because I knew she was there. I am alone in this country, so she was my family here. I hope I made her happy and I hope I gave her a good life, at least I always tried. She was diagnosed with Feline Leukemia Virus and her pcv was 8 when the normal is above 50. The doctors convinced me it was the best. I told her yesterday we were going to get through this and that I wasn’t going to give up on her. I hope she knows this doesn’t mean that I did, because I am still not sure. I love her with my entire life and wish she is always with me and I hope I get to see her again because she wasn’t just my cat, she was my best friend, my family during christmas, my cuddle bug at night, my happiness getting home from work. I love you Luna and even though I know this pain is never going to go away, I hope I get to understand that it was the best for you.
Dafnne Wejebe Iberri - New York, NY
Lost my sweet boy Oct 23, 2019. He was my heart dog, my best friend. ???
Michelle Krimm - Troy, OH
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