Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Smokey
01/01/2002 - 2/8/2017Smokey was a wonderful friend for 5 years who is missed greatly but not forgotten. He was a gentle purring machine with soft gray fur who loved to be petted and brushed and hang around me. I miss him greeting me when I arrived home with a loud meow and him laying on top of my computer keyboard while I tried to work from home or following me around the house especially into the bathroom! Sadly his body had worn out from complications of kidney disease so at 15 years of age it was time to send him on his final journey with the support of Lap of Love. I miss watching him lounge on his cat perch watching birds and squirrels outside and waking me up when he wanted to be petted or fed. I got Smokey when he was 10 years old from the county animal shelter. I hope his previous owners know that I am greatful they gave him up so I could shower him with love and affection, and he did the same for me. Being able to pet him and talk to him as he passed with dignity was an honor.Jennifer SmithFairfax, VirginiaFebruary 13, 2017
Kyra
1/31/2008 - 1/25/2017Several years ago, when I brought my five cats to the vet he asked me “Which one is your favorite?” I said, “That’s easy, I hit the jackpot when I adopted Kyra. She was a true people-lover! She got along well with my other cats but she loved people more than anything else. She treated everyone as though they were her best friend and she became my ‘greeter’ at the front door. Nothing upset her: She was cool and calm and there was never a peep out of her when traveling in the car, going to the vet, meeting strangers, being passed around from person to person and having her picture taken wearing funny hats and sitting on Santa’s lap and on the Easter Bunny’s lap. She didn’t demand food and wasn’t picky about what I fed her. The one thing she did demand was to sit on my lap as much as she possibly could. At night she slept with me under the covers snuggled against my chest. Back in the early 1980's I had a cat that was the light of my life and I thought I’d never find another cat that I loved as much. I finally succeeded with Kyra. Nothing will ever replace the happy days and love my little Kyra gave me.Herndon, VirginiaJanuary 31, 2017
Casper
9/1/2002 - 1/28/2016So long Casper. It was with great pain that I made the decision to let you go. I still feel guilty that you might have turned it around and I didn't give you a chance to fight. Since in the summer when the Doctor told me that the odds were great that you wouldn't pull through. I decided that you could pull through and after the feeding tube -you and I proved them wrong, and you did it. However, the toll it took on your nerves was painful to witness. It became harder to escort you to the Vet because you would know where I was taking you and put up a fuss. I saw your fear and anxiety. When they told me that your liver ailment never fully recovered and the prognosis looked bleak, I couldn't allow you to go through what you did last summer. You are a brave cat, I knew you wanted to live, but I am sorry we had to say goodbye. I miss you terribly. The house is not the same without you. Cloudy goes around looking for you. I always had a home full of people, but after my divorce and since the my sons left home, you made the home still lively. I never knew loosing a pet can be so painful, but I remember the good days. The days when you and I will just relax on the deck. You will always find me when I am busy working and flop on my book or try to get my attention. You were a patient and kind soul and I will have you in my heart forever.DJ JenkinsWoodbridge, VirginiaJanuary 2, 2017
Mr. Coco Puff
5/01/2000 - 12/26/2016I know 2016 has been widely considered an awful year. I have some more bad news. Mr. Coco Puff died last Monday, December 26 at about 7pm, joining the pantheon of great souls we lost in 2016. He was put-to-rest for an eternal nap by a doctor from Lap of Love, an in-home veterinary hospice and euthanasia service. He was 16.5 years old. He passed away very peacefully and gently with lots of loving attention in the presence of Dr. Beth, Manavie, and me. Our doctor patiently spent a long time with us before we put him to sleep (2.5 hours) much of it just petting him and getting to know us. I am very grateful that the process went as well as it possibly could have given the circumstances.

Here's what happened:
This all came about very suddenly and unexpectedly. I had only noticed anything unusual since around the Monday before Christmas when Mr. Puff began being difficult about eating, which progressed to not eating at all. I took him to Friendship Animal Hospital that Friday. They did blood work, urine analysis, and an ultrasound and found a large mass of cancer in his upper intestines blocking his stomach, causing him to stop eating. They think the cancer had already spread to his liver, lymph nodes, and spleen. They also saw disease processes in his kidneys and bowels. His little body was shutting down. The doctor said that GI cancers tend to sneak up on owners like this, not presenting any clinical symptoms until it's already very advanced, and that cats are notoriously good at hiding their pain. I was extremely fortunate to be able to take him home that evening and cancel plans in order to spend all of Christmas Eve and Day with him. I doted on and hovered over him; I could only get him to take water and chicken broth. We used the time to do some of our favorite activities together -- stroking, brushing, and talking to him, photographing him sleeping in the sun, watching his favorite cat dvd, and one brief trip outside in his pet stroller to sit on my lap on the bench for fresh air, bird watching, and sunshine on Christmas Day. I was so lucky that I was able to use the quiet time afforded by the holiday to just be with him uninterrupted and to have a lot of patient support and empathy from the Lap of Lap person who was answering my phone calls during this time. Having these days with him and using the in-home euthanasia service turned out to be best choices for us. My other cat, Manavie, was also present for the whole process. He really watched and sniffed everything that was happening. He seemed to understand in his own way, though he currently seems a bit disoriented and low energy as Coco Puff was such an integral part of our daily routine. I had brought Coco home from the hospital on Friday at 7:30pm, and coincidentally, the doctor left with his body on Monday at 7:30pm for his remains to be cremated. As keepsakes, she left us with a paw print, a lock of fur, and a death certificate/booklet on pet bereavement. I'm very thankful and take solace in that I don't have any regrets about any of the difficult decisions that I had to make in that short period of time.
Amanda MosherWashington, District of Columbia (DC)January 2, 2017
Belle
11/28/2016Goodbye my sweet Belle, my best friend, constant companion, my precious little baby. You have given me over 16 years of laughter, fun and luscious wet kisses. We have walked miles and traveled many journeys, my fellow gypsy. No matter where we were it was home as long as we were together. You got me up and out of the house everyday, you comforted me during sad times and brought me true happiness by allowing me to love you with all my heart. There aren't enough words to describe how much I will miss you and the hole you leave in my heart. I hope you are now free to run, chase cats, loll around on fluffy pillows, eat as many treats as you like and just be you're scruffy, sassy self. God bless you my love...mommy misses you with all her heart.Gaby HakmanAlexandria, VirginiaNovember 30, 2016
Mollie
1/15/2002 - 11/25/2016Mollie - Your body is away from me
But there is a window open
from my heart to yours.
From this window, like the moon
I keep sending news secretly ~ Rumi

The brightest star in the night sky is Sirius...the "dog star." Mollie taught me many things in 15 years - mostly about love. She will never be forgotten and leaves a big void in our home. However, we have her in our hearts for eternity. I look forward to the day that we are reunited.
Tim DayAlexandria, VirginiaNovember 27, 2016
Forrest
05/15/2004 - 11/20/201620 Nov 2016, we said our final goodbye to Forrest, our 13-year-old black lab, a very sad day, he was ill and needed to find comfort without pain. He came into our lives a small bundle and takes with him our whole heart. We know he is only a pet, but he has the deepest brown eyes, pools of wisdom. He experienced many of our family milestones, and will forever be remembered as part of our family; the Lab that ate the pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving and the pound of Sees Chocolate at Christmas. Forrest had the personality of a fierce lion, he protected us and scared the hell out of every vet & vet tech he ever met. Today he joins Sadie, his little sister. May you forever rest in peace. Thank you for being our daily companion, my nightly sentinel and the forever best friend. We love you.Vera BogleHaymarket, VirginiaNovember 25, 2016
Harold ("Harry")
03/01/2004 - 11/14/2016Harry passed away a week ago at the age of 12 1/2, surrounded by those who loved him. Cancer took him away from me too soon, but he will be remembered by so many for his big heart and huge spirit. He was such a happy boy, and his absence is felt everyday in so many ways. I am comforted knowing I will see you again someday my little man.Karen ElsburyAlexandria, VirginiaNovember 21, 2016
Jesse
7/16/2001 - 11/17/2016In loving memory of Jesse, chaser of leaves, ocean waves, and flying snow; lover of visitors, streams, walks at the dog park, popcorn, games, and me, his Daddy, who loved him to the moon and back.

You made the fifteen years I shared with you sweet and happy and bright, my little punkin, and if the tears of those you leave behind are a measure of your value, then you are more precious than rubies, and worth more than much fine gold.

I will love and miss you, Jessedoodle, until the day I hold you close to me again and feel your loving kisses on my face.
Jeff LeachFairfax, VirginiaNovember 20, 2016
Annie
09/15/2004 - 11/12/2016We love you Annie and miss you so much. --Norra, Jerry, Emily and OwenNorra MurphyAshburn, VirginiaNovember 17, 2016
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