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10-12-2007 1:40 PM -- By: Judy,    Critters.com memorial:   Junior Jadeja Memorial
On November 11th, It will be Junior Jadeja's Birthday..Lets not forget to send him Birthday wishes in Heaven.

10-11-2007 12:42 AM -- By: Brenda,    Pet's name:   Scooter
I got a message from some one who has a pet called MY BLOSSOM and i cant find there page. If u remember sending a line to scooter and tiger please send me another page fer your blossom. Happy Birthday Blossom if i dont get to talk with your mom and dad.

10-09-2007 11:37 AM -- By: Judy Green,    Critters.com memorial:   Blossom Green Memorial
On October 11th my Blossom would be 8 years old if she was living..Would you visit her Memorial and Guestbook and wish her a Happy Birthday in Heaven for me.

10-09-2007 10:52 AM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
Jeannie congratulations on your new pup! May you enjoy many many years of joy with Mollie!

10-09-2007 1:09 AM -- By: Jeannie,    Critters.com memorial:   Gypsy Rose Memorial
Gypsy Rose, daddy and I adopted a beautiful baby girl from the Humane Society. We saved her, as she is sick with a respiratory infection and at least 15 pounds under weight. We will be nursing her back to health. I feel if we didn't adopt her, she would have been put to sleep as she is so skinny. I asked her when we arrived if she wanted to go home with us and she put her paw in the air. She is wonderful. Daddy really didn't want to get another baby at this time, but I really need a companion in my life to make it through. Please watch over our newest member Mollie, you would be so proud of her. Daddy is coming around also. We though Mollie was a dalmatian/border collie mix, but now we think she is a pointer/whippet mix. She is long and lean. I really miss you my beloved baby, Mollie makes so of the more difficult times a little more bearable. She can never take your place my beloved girl. With Mollie here, I can now start to talk about you, and our beautiful memories together. She has met you, and I talk to her about you and the things we did together. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU. I wish I could have a sign that you are okay, or see you in my dreams. Always remember me and daddy, as you can never be forgotten. Love Mommy.

10-08-2007 4:21 PM -- By: Victoria,    Critters.com memorial:   Poppy Memorial
My beloved Poppy was put to sleep on October 4th and I have never felt pain like it.

Anybody going through the same I totally understand.

God Bless

Love Victoria x

10-08-2007 12:46 PM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
Auntee Mz I so understand. My vet suggested I consider adopting another fur baby for my Mkwaa who was left alone without Nvwati as well......... but Im not there yet. I have been considering fostering fur babies who need that extra bit of care though. NOTHING could ever replace Nvwati as you all are aware of, and for this reason I would hesitate right now to adopt another, but foster........maybe

10-07-2007 11:19 AM -- By: Auntee Mz,    Critters.com memorial:   Cinderella and ToTo Memorial
Losing the Girls has made me introspective. I've done more thinking about life, death and belief systems these last 90 days then I have in the last 10 years. It's exhausting.

I've read several entries, where people like me, don't have any other babies at home. Like me, they comment on the possibility in the far future of having another. Some how we seem to have to justify this is not a replacement for our ones that just passed. Deep down we all know that to be true, but some how there is guilt in the thinking.

My recent AAHHH moment is - the time will be different for each one of us. For some sooner and others later. I read an article that men in good marriages remarried sooner then those in unhappy ones. Those of us posting here had wonderful relationships, memories and experiences with our fur babies.

Why wouldn't we want that companionship and relationship again? I asked The Girls to keep an eye out for a critter that would need me and I them. When the time was right, and I thought that would be well into the future. Well, I think it is happening sooner then later.

I'm doing the introspective thing -I had twenty years with not just good dogs, but great dogs. Maybe its' time to step up to the plate and not go for the great dog, but one that could use what My Girls gave me and taught me.

I'm considering rescuing an abandoned dog from another state. It is in sorry shape. A 10 lb mix breed that is dehydrated, skinny, manged, shy and fearful of people. All fixable with an open heart, attention and care. I see Mz Cindy's paw in this and I think they both would cheer me on.

10-06-2007 2:17 PM -- By: buster mommy,    Critters.com memorial:   BUSTER Memorial
Hello my little busterbaby, Its been seven weeks since we let you go,and the pain still ripes me apart, i can not mention your name with out crying, every thing about you is all round the house,as time goes by i think its getting harder,me and your daddy have nothing to talk about at night when we get home from work,it was you that made our life so full,you where so special and we loved you more than anything,all i keep thinking about that friday when the vet came to the house and totally messed up, and i just pray you did not know or feel what went wrong and you went in peace and not fright and all i can keep saying is im so sorry and i wish i could turn the clock back and done things diffrently,and the memorie of that day will stay with me for ever, and i will never ever forgive our vet,and it easy for people to say to me you have to move on and forget what happened, \\but i can't// you where my little busterbaby and always will be, no one could ever take your place, and if in time we do have another little baby it will not be to replace you it will be in memorie of you, YOU WILL BE A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW,you have left us the greatest memories for us to treasure, and i thank you for 13 years you gave us, so my little mate i will look up and blow you the biggesr kiss, and please look down on me and just give that big smile, You will always be in my heart forever, love you always, please lord take care of him, he's specialxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

10-06-2007 8:23 AM -- By: Auntee Mz,    Critters.com memorial:   Cinderella and ToTo Memorial
This is one of those bench mark dates. My babies passed three months ago today. I sure do miss them. Just wanted you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

For those with recent loss, this is a great place to come and read all the differnt ways people grieve and heal. There are great teachers here. Their memorials and comments are about love, loss and hope. Very inspirational. You all are so special and I thank you for being here.

I made an entry on The Girls Journal Page. Hope you will stop by and visit and read. I love and miss you Mz Cindy and ToTo Girls!

10-06-2007 1:24 AM -- By: Jeannie,    Critters.com memorial:   Gypsy Rose Memorial
Gypsy Rose, I miss you so much it hurts. Daddy is having a hard time with you not being here. He isn't himself right now. He misses your Friday's together and going to garage sales in the tahoe. I think less about the last 4 days of your life, but daddy and I still do not talk about you yet. I can talk a little about you with my co-workers. I am just afraid I will cry, if I talk about you with daddy, I don't want to relive those last 4 days. I sent Olivia 2 pictures of you, she talks about you, she says if she has a picture of you, then you are not with "Our Heavenly Father" because you are alive in the pictures. Daddy and I are going to the Humane Society tomorrow, we will be meeting a new girl to possibly come and live with us. I am excited and a little sad and scared. I hope if she comes home with us, I can raise her well with your guidence. I hope you watch over her. Her name is Molly and she is beautiful just like you. This new baby can never take your place, you will get to meet her when she comes home. You will always be in my heart, I will never forget you, my precious bubbas. I will be saving a life and creating a new forever home. I still haven't seen you in my dreams, but maybe I can start having some peace in my heart, and start living again, as I will have a new life to care for. I will share some of our most precious memories with Molly, your memory will be kept alive through our stories and wonderful times together. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU MY PRECIOUS BOO-BOO.

10-04-2007 8:10 PM -- By: betty,    Critters.com memorial:   Luigi Memorial
lugi ya just left me and your girlfriend Taffy..i miss you so much..love you till i die...you were my rock..miss you so much you were here for me when my sister Sophie died..she just loved you miss you my babycakes. love mama

10-04-2007 1:39 PM -- By: Cindy,    Critters.com memorial:   Cricket Ann Memorial
Cricket was such an amazing girl. I'll never forget the first time I met her as an orphan who was less than a day old. I've never known such a connection as I did with that beautiful tortie girl. We were a team who could read each other in such amazing ways. That's how I knew when it was time for her to leave my sight and wait for me at the Rainbow Bridge. She did not go alone, and I know that God's hand lifted her up. I said a prayer to her sister Tiddy Tat, to meet Cricket at the Bridge and guide her as she explored her new life. I know they're there together as evidenced by the visit I had the night Cricket was pts. I have had a couple of visits from one or both of them and those visits are such a comfort. I think everyone here would agree that it eases the grief somewhat to know our furbabies are whole and well again, even if a bit sad at parting with their moms and dads for a time. I love reading the posts from everyone - I feel so much less alone in my grief. Thank you to all for being there on the good days, the bad days and the inbetween days. Blessings to all. Cindy.

10-03-2007 8:40 PM -- By: Linda,    Pet's name:   Bailey
I enjoyed reading the poem Richard, it made me a little sad because I look back and think maybe I could of spent more time with Bailey, taking him to the park etc...but because of our busy lives we sometimes concentrate on things that are not that important and overlook many things that are. I did hug and kiss him alot though, and I know that he knew how much he was loved. Its been over a month now, and sometimes I still break down. I look at his ashes and still cannot believe it. Sometimes I can still hear him snorting near my bedroom door. God I miss him so much!! They say time heals all wounds, I wonder how true this really is???

10-03-2007 1:28 PM -- By: lisa,    Pet's name:   samantha-melissa.critters.com
Hello, Comfort and peace to all of you who have lost a precious part of your heart.I lost my little one just over 3 months ago. My prayers and thoughts are with you as you grieve and remember your furry friends.

Sam was not just a dog,or a pet to me,,she truly was not only just family ,but she was a part of my heart....Even now ,I miss her each day and as life has gone on,,and days have past, the sun rises and sets,and this world revolves as before ,i am still so very sadly affected by the loss of my her....

In the first few months ,,moments ,days i found my self in grief unspeakable,unable to fuction, unable to stop myself from crying upbursts, lost in the emotions and moments without her, My prayer is that as the immediate grief and its heart stopping,life changing intensity will soften...That we can all realizeand give thanks for the gifts we have received in the sweet times and friendship we had with our departed angels....

They loved us,,made us braver, sillier, kinder, more compassionate just by there very presence.. Sam..my sweet thing,,I know you rest in peace,, and play with wild abandon,in a meadow, green and sunny,, I take great comfort in knowing you are well and healthy... You have been for me sunshine ,and joy,,I miss you with a tenderness and care that time will never alter,, no matter how many days pass ,or seasons change...

All of our hearts ,ache and love deeply,those we called our very special and beloved kids in fur...smile.. Please stop by samanthas site and share her life,,and story,,im sure it will make you smile,,, samantha-melissa.critters.com

May god bless and keep you in his peace,,and tender care...Lisa


10-02-2007 9:42 PM -- By: Richard,    Critters.com memorial:   Dollie Memorial
A dear friend sent me this. Some of you may have already read this. I hadn't. I thought it too good not to pass on:

I Am Your Dog...

I am your dog, and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear. I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and running there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life.

Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle. You smile at me; I see love in your eyes. What do you see in mine? Do you see a spirit? A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing for just a simple moment of your time?

That is all I ask. To slow down, if even for a few minutes, to be with me. So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen, of others of my kind, passing. Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly, sometimes so suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat. Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to know until the very end, when we look at you with grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes. Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep, to run free in a distant land.

I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week. Someday you will shed the water from your eyes, that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just "one more day" with me.

Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me. We have NOW, together. So come, sit down here next to me on the floor, and look deep into my eyes. What do you see? If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart. Come to me not as "alpha" or as "trainer" or even "Mom or Dad". Come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep into one another's eyes and talk. I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you something profound about myself, or even life in general. You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with. Someone very different from you, and here I am.

I am a dog, but I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you as a "dog on two feet" - I know what you are and who you are. You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.

Now, come sit with me, on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow down if only for 15 minutes. Look deep into my eyes, and whisper into my ears. Speak with your heart, with your joy, and I will know your true self. We may not have tomorrow, but we do have today, and life is oh so very short. So please . . . come sit with me now and let us share these precious moments we have together.

Love, on behalf of canines everywhere, Your Dog

10-02-2007 12:07 PM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
Billie I can relate to you. ALthough I had bilateral mastectomies a year before my Nvwati was born, he did spend his entire life with me as I struggled with AIDS related illnesses. He was always there for me, when I didnt feel like getting out of bed he would insist that I get up and continue living because HE needed me to. I would gladly go through that pain of mastectomies and every day of aids related illness pains to have my baby back with me. I often told him that he had better let me go first because I couldn't bear the pain of losing him. I guess he knew he couldnt bear the loss of me first and so he gently passed away without us knowing he was ill. I miss him so much it feels like my heart will explode! Nvwatis' memorial can be found at www.nvwati.critters.comn

09-29-2007 12:38 AM -- By: Jeannie,    Critters.com memorial:   Gypsy Rose Memorial
Gypsy, I'm feeling so guilty in how I raised you. Someone brought to my attention, that animals act a certain way based on our emotions, and actions. Maybe I shouldn't have "babied" you, maybe I shouldn't have told you no. I hope I didn't make you nervous or stress you out because I worried over you all the time. I just wanted to protect you, I only wanted to make sure, that if there were any medical problems, that I would find them and get you help to make you better, I wanted to make sure medically that I did everything I could to keep you healthy. In doing so, I'm afraid, I didn't enjoy you to the fullest. I hope you forgive me. I feel so guilty, and I cannot get these thoughts out of my mind. I'm being absorbed by these thoughts. I hope you know, I did the best I could to raise you-and if I thought for one minute that I made you feel anything but confident and loved, I am so very sorry. I can't fathom the thought of you feeling that way. I think the world of you my precious baby. I would have done anything for you to make you better and to keep you here with me...I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU MY BELOVED BOO-BOO.

09-28-2007 11:53 AM -- By: billie,    Critters.com memorial:   Eli Memorial
I was jsut reading Brenda Turners's message and it sounds so much like me. Eli, my baby for 13 years died last Dec.4 2007. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Oct 2007, had surgery in Nov, went through 3 months of chemothapy and 36 radiation treatments, slept on my couch for three months and lost all of my hair but none of this compared to the pain of losing Eli.I wondered why God took Eli when I so needed him but I don't know.I started looking at little rescues in June but couldn't get myself to get one but I kept going back and checking them on the internet.Last week I adopted another little dachshund and gave him a forever home.He has a crippled back leg and he is 8 years old so most people don't want to take on this responsibility but he needed love like I needed it. This little guy does not replace my Eli but he was adopted in Eli's memory. Perhaps you should consider that after a while. I still cry for Eli and nothing will ever take his place but I do know I will see him in Heaven someday.

09-28-2007 4:36 AM -- By: BRENDA TURNER,    Critters.com memorial:   BUSTER Memorial
Good morning my little busterbaby, Its that horrible day again friday, the day we let you go five weeks today, and all our friends keep telling me the pain will get better with time ,i wish it would but it does not feel like that the pain is ripping me apart, im missing you so much i feel as if my hearts been ripped apart, you where my life my sole mate, I would gladly keep all this pain if i know you where free of it know, and running around again like a young Buster, All your four legged play mates miss you, i watch them playing over the golf course where you all use to meet up at Walkie times and i have a little smile and look up at you and wink, and i know you see me because i feel a warm feeling go through me, Buster i miss you so much, and no one will ever replace you, you will always be in our heart for ever, God bless you and take care of you, mommy and daddy x x

09-28-2007 12:37 AM -- By: Jeannie,    Critters.com memorial:   Gypsy Rose Memorial
It has been 4 weeks since we had to let you go. I am so sad. I miss you terribly. Does it get better? I want you to know that you are the most precious thing in my life, I wish things could have been different, and you were still here with me, I would have done things better. I wish I could have spent more time with you, just hanging out and loving each other. I hope you know, I tried to raise you the best way I knew how. I didn't mean to make my stresses part of your life. I hope I didn't cause you any heartache because of my "quirks". I love you no matter what and I know that you gave me unconditinal love through all the years. I love you more than anything in this world, I know you wouldn't want me to be so sad, but I don't know how to get past this unbearable pain. The holidays are going to be awful without you to open your presents-how will I ever cope without your beautiful self, without your wonderful smell, without your beautiful kisses. Please remember me, and come see me in my dreams....I'm still waiting. I MISS YOU. I LOVE YOU MY PRECIOUS GYPSY ROSE. Love Mommy.

09-27-2007 11:42 PM -- By: katie,    Pet's name:   maddie
In april we lost our beautiful chocolate lab to the pet food poisoning. we hear nothing anymore. is anyone in this situation? we don't want anything for ourselves, but wonder if the pet food companies could make some significant donations to our local animal shelters on behalf of all the animals who suffered???

09-27-2007 8:31 PM -- By: Jeanne,    Critters.com memorial:   Holly Memorial
I'm also not looking forward to the Holidays without Holly. They were always about her. I know when I start decorating I'll find her paw stocking with her name on it. I'm already teary eyed thinking about it. She use to open her own gifts. It was the best!

Mommy loves you Holly!!!!!!!!

09-26-2007 12:42 AM -- By: Jeannie,    Critters.com memorial:   Gypsy Rose Memorial
Gypsy Rose-I'm having such a hard time this week. I miss you so much, I haven't seen you in my dreams-I'm waiting for a sign so I know you are okay. I really wish I could hold you one more time, smell you one more time. I don't know how I'm going to make it without you. I wish I could meet you on the Rainbow Bridge so I can see you and be with you forever. Sometimes, I can't even visit your memorial, the pain is so umbearable. I saw a beautiful dalmatian at the humane society named Ranger-he is handsome, i want to bring him home. I don't know if I'm ready for another, but I don't want to go through the holidays without a companion at my side. The holidays were always about you. I'm so lonely without you by my side. I MISS YOU, AND LOVE YOU my beautiful "bubbas". Love mommy.

09-25-2007 10:06 PM -- By: AunteeMz,    Critters.com memorial:   Cinderella and ToTo Memorial
Thinking of all of you and you are in my thoughts and prayers. My two girls passed after 20 years. I have been so thankful for those of you that reached out in my darkest days. Know that there is a special place for you. Doing better. I asked if I would ever be able to get beyond the raw feelings and deep wound of loss. There is not a day that goes by that My Girls are not with me. But its no longer just about their death. My tomorrows include their memories and the times we had together. I bring them along with me now.

Oh Sweethearts - the unconditional love you have given me makes me a much more generous human being. Thank you for the love and the lessons. For those with recent losses, I ache for your pain, know you will be able to breath again. For the longest time I thought I couldn't. k


09-25-2007 9:19 PM -- By: gladys,    Critters.com memorial:   Kasper Memorial
Kasper was my first dog (Bichon Frise) he was with us for 13 years, he was by my side for the best times in my life, he loved my 2 daughters so much, and they do not know life without him, we got Kasper 1 year before our oldest daughter was born. I miss him so very much, everything about him, he used to sleep right next to me every night since we got him, I miss him so very much.

09-25-2007 9:03 PM -- By: BRENDA TURNER,    Critters.com memorial:   BUSTER Memorial
Helo my busterbaby, Its tue's night and iv just popped to look at you even though it will ripe my heart apart before i go to bed, i just want to tell you how much i love and miss you, And gizzy mommy as had a portrate done of you its so beautiful, its a Andy Warhol canvas, it the same picture of you done four times, but each one with diffrent colour fur, its funny in the nices way,and you look lovely, and it is hanging with pride on the bedroom wall faceing the bed, so when im lying in bed at night i blow you a kiss each night, i know you catch them, Oh buster while you are up there will you keep a look out for another little boy called tobey who as had a bad time down here and hurt really badly by some youths and he's had to leave the love of his family, so when you do see him give him lots of hugs, like im sending you know, I know i will never get over lossing you, i just pray you are out of pain know and running again like a puppy, you are in our hearts for ever, so good night sweetheart, x x mommy and daddy

09-25-2007 5:47 PM -- By: Richard,    Critters.com memorial:   Dollie Memorial
I thought that some of you might be interested in this:

Here is Tobey's Rainbow Bridge site. Tobey was a 5-month old Pomeranian mix puppy, who was brutally and fatally tortured by three juvenile teens in Texas.

www.rainbowsbridge.com/Guest_Book_View.aspx?DN=TOBY065

Have A Blessed Day And Visit dollie.critters.com ;)

09-25-2007 7:37 AM -- By: Jan,    Pet's name:   Mac
My dear sweet boxer of 13 years passed 11 weeks ago today. I miss him so much. I can barely go on with my life. I miss him every minute of the day. I hope he is waiting at the bridge for me. I want to hold him and tell him how much I love him.

My poor baby I love you

09-24-2007 9:58 PM -- By: Melissa,    Critters.com memorial:   Nicky Memorial
Sorry to everyone that has lost a friend. I cant live without mine :'(

 

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