Pet Memorials
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Ellie Mae
10/7/2006 - 3/16/2017I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts who offered condolences on our loss of Ellie Mae last Thursday. For those of you who have truly loved a dog, I’m sure that you can appreciate how hard it has been on Laura and me, and has been especially difficult on all of us over the last couple of weeks while she was so frail.

As painful as Thursday was for us, I have to give the highest praise to the folks at Lap of Love Veterinarians in Fairfax. Dr. Beth Meadow came to our house to help Ellie through her transition, and she could not have been more caring, respectful, and sympathetic. She treated Ellie like a good friend, and was so gentle in everything she did. After the doctor left, we found that she had left behind for us a plaster cast of Ellie’s paw, and a small clear container with a bit of Ellie’s fur in it from where she had to shave a small patch on her leg. Ellie’s passing was very peaceful, and, as strange as it may sound, also beautiful.

Another great amount of gratitude goes to the people at Sunset Pet Services in Alexandria who sent a young man named Junior to our house to take Ellie away for cremation. I helped Junior prepare her for her last car ride, and he treated her with a tremendous amount of respect and dignity, as if she were a queen. I stopped by their office the next morning, and brought her home.

Earlier that week, Ellie and I were sitting in the front yard, and a feather from nowhere floated down in between us. I happened to read the next day that a feather floating by is a sign of your guardian angel being present. Friday morning, as Laura was sitting at her dressing table, another feather floated by outside of her window. It gives us great comfort to know that someone is continuing to watch over her, and us.

We have wonderful memories of Ellie, and there are constant reminders of her life with us all around the house, and we still think we hear her on occasion. We all have been living in our walk-out basement to help her on her trips outside, and I bought a warm-mist room humidifier to make the environment more comfortable. I now find myself staring at that wispy whirling mist gently floating in the air just feet away from where she spent her last hours. I find it comforting and somehow reassuring.
Ellie was 10-1/2 years old, which is beyond the average lifespan for bloodhounds, and I can tell you that she had a life full of love and attention. I could go on and on, but I just want to be sure to thank everyone for their kind words.

--Laura & Allen
Allen McBrideWoodbridge, VirginiaMarch 24, 2017
Phred
3/9/2000 - 3/6/2017Dear wise, wonderful Phred - 17 years healthy and happy, until the past two weeks. This poem says it all....

They will not go quietly,
the cats who've shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.
Old habits still make us think
we hear a meow at the door.
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
And, sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts
belongs to them. . . and always will.

by Linda Barnes
Alexandria, VirginiaMarch 14, 2017
Mel
8/25/2000 - 3/3/2017Dear Mel -
It was 16 years ago when I brought you home, but I remember it well. You had a big belly caused by worms and you were covered with flea dirt, but you looked so happy with big, bright eyes and a devilish, open-mouthed smile. As we played, you bit at my hands with razor-sharp puppy teeth and scratched me with never-trimmed nails. How loudly you cried whenever I tried to leave the room (I'm coming right back, little Mel!) In those first precious hours, I fell in love for the first and only time in my life. Thank you for loving me. Please forgive me.
Laura EndsleyHerndon, VirginiaMarch 10, 2017
Belle
2/13/2007 - 2/17/2017Sweet Jelly Belly, you were such a good dog! Beautiful and full of life. Friendly too all people! I miss so very much taking you on your walks that you enjoyed so much! You are missed by us all!Margaret CrowderGainesville, VirginiaFebruary 27, 2017
Anslie
10/19/2014 - 2/21/2017We love & miss you so much Ans man. Your big brother Milo kitty loves & misses you too. We know now that the best thing for you was to let you go be with God. Now you can run around & you are at peace. You were here just a short time on earth. You must have been tormented in your mind. You did not mean to bite us. You didn't realize what you were doing. We forgive you. You passed peacefully & looked so beautiful. I know all the children in heaven can hug & kiss you now. You are getting all the love that I wanted to lavish on you. We will miss all the fun times & laughter that you gave us chasing Milo around. You were so good with him & let him roll around in your fur & bite your toes. Milo has been sleeping on the quilt they put over you that day you went to heaven. He misses you so. You are a beautiful fur angel now. You had such a regal look about you when you walked down the street. You walked like grandpa but were a cutie. Everyone who saw you smiled. I will miss the smelling your feet. It smelled like Fritos. You gave us lots of joy. I will miss the galloping feet of you chasing Milo around. Milo was your doll baby. You greeted John, your papa every day he came in. So cute, you would wash his head. We will always lovingly remember you & all the good times. I loved seeing you run. You looked like you were hobbling when you walked so cute. Big ball of fluff you would lay on your back & snore like crazy. I remember hearing you down the hallway at night & making noises to get you to stop as it was so loud. I couldn't sleep. Loved how you laid like a frog with you back legs out behind you.
We miss you & love you but we know it was the best for you to be free of your demons. You are in God's loving arms. Please know that we did the best we could. Never forget you big guy. You were a good boy. The best you knew how to be. I know you are running around chasing squirrels & playing with Mugsy, Sarge, Kadie & Sabrina.
Susi BoudreauxAlexandria, VirginiaFebruary 27, 2017
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
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