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05-25-2010 2:41 PM -- By: erica hargett, memorial:   Licorice Hargett Memorial
I am hurting!! I went to Wal-mart today and it was my first time out.  I cried twice and then have to come home and deal with my poor Snickers that is really having a hard time with all this.  I want a sign so bad that she is okay.  My stomach just hurts, my body is numb and I wasnt ready for her to leave.  I cant stand how quiet the house is.  i know she was tired and her body was hurting, but i just want one more day.  I wake up at night trying to help Snickers deal with it and my poor three year old doesnt understand why mommy is crying all the time.  I just dont know if I will survive this.  I feel in my heart that she was my baby girl and I feel as if I lost a child.

05-24-2010 11:02 PM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   

A Bridge Called Love

It takes us back to brighter years,
to happier sunlit days
and to precious moments
that will be with us always.
And these fond recollections
are treasured in the heart
to bring us always close to those
from whom we had to part.

There is a bridge of memories
from earth to Heaven above...
It keeps our dear ones near us

It's the bridge that we call love.

    Author Unknown

05-24-2010 7:31 AM -- By: Denise, memorial:   Caliya Keaveny Memorial
Dear Critter's Family,

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your visit and well wishes on Caliya's 13th birthday celebration. I will thank each of you individually of course as i value all of you.


Denise & Caliya

05-23-2010 8:43 AM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   
With closed eyes, I see you among the flowers,
High above the clouds.

Your presence blows through me with the breeze.
Your smile beams down on through the sun.
The full moon brings the light of your laughter to my mind.

And the Butterfly in all its splendor reminds me
Of your beauty and freedom now.
Leaving your love for me lingering in my world.

- - - - - - - - - -

A butterfly flights beside us like a Sunbeam
And for a brief moment it’s glory and beauty
Belong to our world,
But then it flies on again;
And though we wish it could have stayed,
We feel so lucky to have seen it.

- - - - - - - - - -

The butterfly counts not months,
But in moments, and has time enough.

Author Unknown

05-22-2010 9:21 AM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   

One Day at a Time

You lived your life one day at a time.
The words you shared were always kind.
You loved us all with your whole heart.
It saddens us to be apart, and forever we
hold you in our hearts
Today you stand in God's bright light.
Watching over us day and night.
In our hearts you will remain
Until the day we meet again...
Forever Your love will live on in our hearts
and the hearts of those you touched.
We are so grateful to God for blessing our lives with
the beautiful gift of you.
We miss you sweet angel,
more than you can imagine.

05-22-2010 9:16 AM -- By: Mama, memorial:   Caliya Keaveny Memorial
Dear Caliya,

I can't believe that you would have been 13 years old tommorow.Why are you not here with me now? I tried with all my heart to keep you healthly and for you to stay as long as possible with me. It's not fair sweety be apart. I miss you more than anything and i was pleased to hear the little girls name at the doctor. Please keep showing me that you are still with me. Will i see you again? I need to believe. Happy birthday baby girl.

Mama Loves you Caliya

05-20-2010 6:39 PM -- By: pat,    Pet's name:   fayeroe and tippy
Critters Family, I just went to Fayedy's page and read tons and tons of messages.........way, way back. I want to thank you all for being so caring in the past 15 months. Sometimes it feels like Fayeroe has been gone forever and sometimes it feels like it was yesterday.

You have all helped me so much and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. It doesn't get easier but with the support of friends, it becomes tolerable...

Love, Pat

05-20-2010 9:34 AM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   
 for  all critters

The stars are yours forever

With wings to span the sky

Your blessing you will send us

When snowflakes fall from high

The days that you were with us

We cherish them with love

Remembering your beauty

These joys we all think of

The way you smiled so sweetly

Or held your head just right

The little things you did in life

That give us such delight

All these things forever

Within our hearts they say

Comfort just in knowing

Your're just a star away

Good night our precious angels

We whisper this each night

All of us we love you

Gathered in your light.

05-19-2010 12:40 PM -- By: Kelly, memorial:   Pearl Ann Memorial
My dear Pearl Ann, you've been gone 2 weeks today. I can't even put into words how much I miss you by my side. My Angel, I know you are up at Rainbow Bridge looking down at me, not wanting to see me sad, but my heart still aches to have my permanent companion by my side. The constant sidekick you were, I'm missing beyond belief. I miss you looking at me with your 2 different colored eyes, you putting your head on my lap, or getting in my lap here at work.  My Pearl Ann, you are deeply missed.

05-18-2010 9:43 PM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   

LEASH: A strap that attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your owner where you want him or her to go. Make sure that you are waiting patiently with leash in mouth when your owner comes home from work. This immediately makes your owner feel guilty and the walk is lengthened by a good 10 minutes.

DOG BED: Any soft, clean surface, such as a white bedspread, newly upholstered couch or the dry cleaning that was just picked up.

DROOL: What you do when your owners have food and you don't. To do this properly, sit as close as you can, look sad and let the drool fall to the floor or better yet on their laps.

SNIFF: A social custom to use when you greet other dogs or those people that sometimes smell like dogs.

GARBAGE CAN: A container your neighbors put out weekly to test your ingenuity. Stand on your hind legs and push the lid off with your nose. If you do it right, you are rewarded with food wrappers to shred, beef bones to consume, moldy crusts of bread and sometimes even an old Nike.

BICYCLES: Two-wheeled exercise machines, invented for dogs to control body fat. To get maximum aerobic benefit, you must hide behind a bush and dash out, bark loudly and run alongside for a few yards. The rider swerves and falls into the bushes, and you prance away.

THUNDER: A signal the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling, panting, rolling your eyes wildly and following at their heels.

WASTEBASKET: A dog toy filled with paper, envelopes and old candy wrappers. When you get bored, turn over the basket and strew the papers all over the house. This is particularly fun to do when there are guests for dinner and you prance around with the contents of that very special bathroom wastepaper basket!

SOFAS: Are to dogs like napkins are to people. After eating it is polite to run up and down the front of the sofa and wipe your whiskers clean. If there are people sitting on the couch just include them as a handy wipe.

BATH: A process owners use to clean you, drench the floor, walls and themselves. You can help by shaking vigorously and frequently.

LEAN: Every good dog's response to the command "sit," especially if your owner is dressed for an evening out. Incredibly effective before black-tie events.

LOVE: A feeling of intense affection, given freely and without restriction, shared by you and your owner. Show it by wagging your tail

05-18-2010 9:17 AM -- By: Charles, memorial:   Sammy Memorial

Dearest Critters Family ... well .. here I am in San Pedro, Belize.  It is windy and rainy .. but otherwise very nice.  I hope that the sun will come out one of these days so I could get my tan going ... hahaha

To New-Comers and Angelversaries and Birthday kids ... I might not be able to post directly to your baby's memorial until I return as I have sporadic internet connection .. BUT .. want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

Thank you for always being "there" for me .. and I want to do the same for each of you.


05-17-2010 7:09 PM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   

The Last Journey


I’m going on a journey that I must take alone.
It pains me so to leave you and this warm and loving home.
But first I want to thank you for making life so sweet,
For all the love and toys, clean water, food and treats.
Life wasn’t always good for me. In fact, it was the worst.
Till you saved me from the puppy mill and soothed the years of hurts.
You gave me such a happy life, more than I could have dreamed.
I thought I’d always live here. At least that’s how it seemed.
But the years flew by and I grew old. And now it’s time to leave.
So I give you all my love to hold and beg you not to grieve.
I’ll not stray far away from you. I’ll be just over the golden ridge.
On that day you come to join me, I’ll be waiting at The Bridge.
~ Sandie Levine

05-17-2010 6:59 PM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   


Have we ever stopped to wonder
Throughout our life long trip
Why we meet certain pets
Just once and then.......

Then they're gone as if in to Heaven
No more do they grace our door
Yet an inspiration lingers
It's there forevermore.

These pets were such blessings
They're here and then they're gone
They embraced our lives immensely
For short periods, not for long.

It hurts to see them gone
But there's beauty all the more
We shared a moment of glory
And the memories will long endure.

But the effect is forever
They've helped us on our way
Could they be our guiding angels
That God gave to us one day

05-17-2010 4:33 PM -- By: Lauvern, memorial:   Luke Memorial
Hi Everyone. I just wanted you all to know i will be away for a few days [depending on weather} and will not have internet access. I  will  visit all  and personally thankyou for remembering Luke's Birthday as i celebrate his life with me. I will always  be his mom and keep his memory alive as i will  with all  of my Fur Babies at Rainbow Bridge.

Thankyou Denise for the post below. Vicky is the one that deserves the praise as her pictures are just beautiful. I can only hope to one day be able to do the beautiful work  that she does .

I  also want to wish you all a safe and happy summer as i know many will be starting their vacations soon.



05-17-2010 9:40 AM -- By: Patt, memorial:   Gretel Memorial
thank you all for your kind thoughts and words.  I miss my girl so much.  She was always there for me, as I was, I hope, for her.  

My heart is so broken right now.  I know what I did was right for her but that doesn't make the loss any easier.  Oh how I'm hurting right now. 

05-17-2010 8:56 AM -- By: Kelly, memorial:   Pearl Ann Memorial
It's now been 12 days since my Pearl Ann has been gone to God. I swear I still hear her walking in the house, or jumping up on the window to want in. My heart still aches for her tremendously. I love you Pearl Ann..I just want you to come to me in my dreams to let me know you are ok. Love You Bunches, MaMa

05-17-2010 8:38 AM -- By: Laura,    Pet's name:   Rex
It's been day 3 since making that ultimate decision of Love.  The tears have come and gone everyday.  I know time heals all..........I wish the time would fly right now.  I feel lost and lonely without Rex.  My mind runs down Memory Lane swiftly, grasping at any and all memories with her.  I go to her grave daily and talk to her.  Telling her how much I miss her and that I'm okay.  I've gotten mad at her for leaving Me behind.  My companion, my friend, my nanny........oh, how I miss you.

05-17-2010 12:25 AM -- By: Lauvern and Luke, memorial:   Luke Memorial
I want to take this time to thank all who have visited and left Birthday wishes  and  beautiful  poems for Luke. Your thoughtfulness and kind words were greatly appreciated. Thankyou to all who sent ecards and made the beautiful Birthday pictures. Thankyou Denise  and Sherri for the beautiful recaps of Luke's special day. Thankyou Vicki for the beautiful Birthday picture of Luke and friends on his Birthday.

THANKYOU  ALL from the bottom of my heart. This has been a special day for me as i remembered Birthdays past with Luke.


Lauvern and Luke




05-16-2010 6:17 PM -- By: Patt Konopka, memorial:   Gretel Memorial
 As I sit here reading all of the lovely tributes, tears are streaming down my face for the loss of my Gretel yesterday.  I had to make that ultimate decision.  And though I know it was the right one, I miss her face so much.  Her velvet ears and white muzzle.  Her barking at me to get my attention.  She showed me so much love and was always there for me.

I know that the hurt will eventually fade and the love of her will always be with me but until then, that hole in my heart seems like it's the size of the ocean of tears that I cry.

Rest well dearest Gretzky.  Know we loved you so much and that Dad and I miss you something fierce!

05-16-2010 3:09 PM -- By: Charles, memorial:   Sammy Memorial

Denise .. I totally agree with your posting below. 

Wish you all a wonderful week as I travel to Belize.  Please know that each of you has a special place within my heart .. my Critters Family.

I will try to post message on the "Forum Section" if I get internet access from San Pedro.

Hugs to all ....

05-16-2010 12:38 PM -- By: Sally, memorial:   Chance Memorial
There seems to be an order to everything in the doggie world.  In our house, Chance was the Alpha dog with the little ones.  Oh, they would sneak into his food dish or crowd him out of his sunny spot, but they knew he was boss dog.  Now that Chance is gone, the older of the two little guys seems to have taken over.  Judo (older) must enter the house ahead of Jigzee (younger).  He must exit the house ahead of Jigzee.  He must be the first to receive the treat, and so on.  Jigzee has assigned himself as director of fun and games.  Mamma mustn't be sad -  so he will go to any lengths to see Mamma smile.  These two little keepers of my heart are on a mission to get me through the process of losing Chance.  Good job boys, Mamma loves you for all you do. 

I hope all of the "Critters family" have a great summer.  Wake up each morning aware of the blessings you have in life.  Share your love with those around you and do not hold back when given the chance to bring another pet into your life.  All animals should have the kind of love that you folks can offer, and they return it many times over.


05-16-2010 12:13 PM -- By: John ,    Pet's name:   
Thought i share this dog qoutes with the Critter's 

05-16-2010 12:05 PM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   

May I Go?

May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
May I say goodbye to pain filled days
and endless lonely nights?
I've lived my life and done my best,
an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?
I didn't want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and living light.
I want to go
I really do.
It's difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day.
To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you're sad and afraid,
because I see your tears.
I'll not be far,
I promise that, and hope you'll always know
that my spirit will be close to you
wherever you may go.
Thank you so for loving me.
You know I love you too,
that's why it's hard to say goodbye
and end this life with you.
So hold me now just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you'll let me go today.

Author: Susan A. Jackson

05-15-2010 8:07 PM -- By: pat and fayeroe and tippy,    Pet's name:   fayeroe and tippy

When a doting person gets down on all fours and plays with the dog's rubber mouse, it only confuses the puppy and gives him a sense of insecurity. He gets the impression that the world is unstable and wonders whether he is supposed to walk on his hind legs and smoke cigars.

Corey Ford

05-15-2010 12:18 PM -- By: Denise, memorial:   Caliya Keaveny Memorial
I just want to thank Vicki Sullivan & Lauvern Pawlette who have made so many beautiful pictures to share with their critters family members that really help show how much love and affection that we have at critters for each other and our ANGELS


05-14-2010 9:13 AM -- By: Charles, memorial:   Sammy Memorial

My Dearest and Cherished Critters Family ... I will be away on vacation next week.  Should I be able to get internet connection where I am .. I will be sure to visit the new-comers and birthdays and angelversaries .. BUT .. should I not be able to visit ... please know that you and your babies will be in my thoughts.

Everyone of you has been "there" for me when I needed a "family" .. so I thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

May each of you have a great week next week.         Charles

P.S.  Though I tossed-n-turned about leaving my baby girl Cupcake and baby boy Xander ... Aunt Judy is flying in from Rapid City, South Dakota to take good care of them  This will be Aunt Judy's first time with Xander .. and I know they will get along great.

05-13-2010 10:56 PM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   
like the way that the world is made,
(Tickle me, please, behind the ears)
With part in the sun and part in the shade
(Tickle me, please, behind the ears).
This comfortable spot beneath a tree
Was probably planned for you and me;
Why do you suppose God made a flea?
Tickle me more behind the ears.

I hear a cricket or some such bug
(Tickle me, please, behind the ears)
And there is a hole some creature dug
(Tickle me, please, behind the ears).
I can't quite smell it from where we sit,
But I think a rabbit would hardly fit;
Tomorrow, perhaps, I'll look into it:
Tickle me more behind the ears.

A troublesome fly is near my nose,
(Tickle me, please, behind the ears);
He thinks I'll snap at him, I suppose,
(Tickle me, please, behind the ears).
If I lay on my back with my legs in air
Would you scratch my stomach, just here and there?
It's a puppy trick and I don't much care,
But tickle me more behind the ears.

Heaven, I guess, is all like this
(Tickle me, please, behind the ears);
It's my idea of eternal bliss
(Tickle me, please, behind the ears).
With angel cats for a dog to chase,
And a very extensive barking space,
And big bones buried all over the place, --
And you, to tickle me behind my ears.

05-13-2010 6:30 PM -- By: caren, memorial:   Gypsy Rose Memorial
Again, i would like to thank everyone who sends me those wonderful poems - I would also like to thank all the furr buddies that check in on us, even though i don't visit everyday i try to get back to each and everyone of you special babies. Love Gypsy Rose and cc.

05-13-2010 1:37 PM -- By: Sally Majors, memorial:   Chance Memorial
Hello Chance, I miss you so much.  I know you are in a better place and I know you are busy making friends. I miss you so much in the mornings when I read the paper, without you nudging my arm.  I miss you at meal time when you would watch every move I made in the kitchen with your nose in the air enjoying the aroma.  I miss our evening time watching TV with you kicking my chair during one of your dreams.  I always thought you must have been having a great dream of running and chasing rabbits.  Dad thought it looked more like you were having a nightmare, with your low barking and feet kicking.  I miss your golden eyes that looked like you had eye liner and mascara on.  We haven't had any thunderstorms since you left.  I know I will think of you and how you hated storms.  How you tried to get on my lap, were you looking for protection or trying to shield mom from the lightening?  I hope there are no thunder storms at the Bridge.  Judo and Jigzee are taking good care of us, I know you loved them.  Thank you for being so kind and good to them.  Most of all, thank you for being the best boy we could have ever wanted and for being in our lives.  We will love you forever.

05-13-2010 9:55 AM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   
Your face has left a memory
Of kindness, warmth, and safety.
Although I know they're gone now
Your love will always be with me.

When a quiet tear streams down my face
I think of your love's  embrace.
When a day I'm down and blue
I will always think of you.

Of all these emotions empowering me.
I know that you are always here
Whispering "I love you" in my ear.

I wish so much
You didn't go
But I guess you had to
For reasons I do not know.
I miss your face
Wiping a tear.
I miss  always
Holding me near.

I can't wait til the day
I see you once more
But I know until then
My heart will be sore.

Now each of my days
I will live for you
Sometimes it'll be hard,
But I can pull through.

I know you'll be watching
And smiling above



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