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We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
05-05-2010 3:51 PM -- By: Charles, Critters.com memorial: Sammy Memorial
Just stopping by to wish all the Critters Moms a very HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY. May each of you be blessed with good health and may the sunshine be shinning on you always.
Have a great Mother's Day .. ladies .....
05-04-2010 5:41 PM -- By: Denise, Critters.com memorial: Caliya Keaveny Memorial HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY EVERYONE!
05-03-2010 6:35 PM -- By: Tori, Critters.com memorial: Bungee Memorial Today is Bungee's 6 month Rainbow Bridge anniversary. What happened to me a few hours ago can only give me hope that he is watching over us and other little ones:
It has been six months since we had to say goodbye to little Bungee. Although it's been hard without him, I think that today Bungee tried to reach out and let me know he is okay. I went to a nearby Big Lots over my lunch break to look for a Mother’s Day card (I almost went a handful of other places – Target, WalMart, Hallmark, etc., but for some reason I chose this store). While I was there I kept on hearing this frantic cry from somewhere deep in the greeting card holder – a clerk was crawling on her hands knees calling out for a kitten that had apparently been dumped there a few days ago. While I was there they managed to catch the kitten – it looks to be about 10 weeks old, is feral as can be, and doesn’t appear to have eaten in a few days. The store manager was talking about calling animal control and I quickly volunteered to help find it a home. The clerk who had been crawling around bought a pet carrier and a can of food for it and gave them to me. Since then I’ve been asking around work if someone can take him. A coworker has wanted a cat the whole time I’ve worked at my current job and it looks like she’s going to take him! The kicker: the kitten is a little boy, grey and white, with green eyes...just like Bungee.
05-02-2010 10:10 PM -- By: Janice, Duke & our furbabies family at RB, Critters.com memorial: Duke Memorial Thank you to all my critters family and friends for visiting my dearest Duke on his 2nd Year Angel anniversary and on his 17th Birthday!!! Hugs to all of you!
05-02-2010 10:56 AM -- By: Janet Hebert, Critters.com memorial: uhoh Memorial uhoh you are and will be dearly missed. Even though you were only with u a short time, you were dearly loved by all in our little family. We will always miss
05-01-2010 12:46 PM -- By: Carole Turner, Critters.com memorial: BUSTER TURNER Memorial For anyone who does not know me, I just said goodbye to my dear "son" Buster (peanut) Turner April 24th. I've lost three of my angels "one each year since 2007" and now two this year. I am broken...my heart is shattered...another precious angel has departed "for now."
I am in a place "beyond grief." I don't know that I've been in this plac...this deep before. Or, maybe I have and it's that the grief becomes harder with each "child" we have to say goodbye to. My kids are my everything...my life...my world.
I know everyone has there own beliefs, and some people have even told me to my face that I take my love for my pets too far and their death too hard. I believe most of us here at Critters have experienced this so I am sure I'm not alone.
I have to believe that we will bewill all be reunited or I coiud not bear the losses. None of us really know what awaits us in the "Great Beyond." The only ones who really know are the ones who are there. I pray every day that my hopes, dreams and prayers come true...that they are all in my arms again one day.
I cried myself to sleep last night after I fond the beautiful paragraph below. I had a dream Buster was laying on his heating pad between my feet. He came to me and cralwed under the blankets like he always did and I wrapped my right arm around him. It was not like the other dreams I had about my babies, which were never like our real life would have been. This dream last night...it was exactly like it was before Buster went away...it was so real. He was here with me again. I won't go into all the details, but I woke up in a position like I was holding him. The tears have been pouring sine I woke up. I wanted it to be real so very much...it was just a dream. Or was it?
Then, a few minutes ago I received a call from the place I have all my babies after care performed, and I was told that Buster is ready for me to pick up. My prayer this morning when I woke up was that I wanted to hold him again. I wanted my baby back. Well, I was listened to, and I do get to hold my boy again and bring him back home. They just picked him up from the clinic Tuesday and it usually takes seven to ten working days until they are ready for pick up. I was shocked to hear that he was ready to come home this soon.
I have'nt been on Critters much the past few months because Buster needed a Hospice type care, and since I am his mom, I was his "around the clock nurse." I must close now so I can go pick up my son.
I kove you all, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so much support through all my losses the past three years. I still have four doggies at home, and I know there are more goodbyes, but wihtout you all, I could not have muttled through this "wide river of grief."
All Pets Go To Heaven
Can you imagine a heaven without pets?
There is a very special place where beloved pets go after they die. This is only a temporary location. But there are trees and grass and lakes, and everything they love. Here they can play and eat and sleep, even better than they did, before they died. Now, there are no aches or worries or dangers of any kind to trouble or threaten them. The only joy missing is their beloved human companion, you.
All health is restored completely, and all injuries are healed. Dogs and cats play with each other like youngsters, and they do not have time to feel lonely for you. They miss you, and with the special wisdom that animals have, they trust that this condition will get better. And they confidently wait as they frolic.
A wonderful day will come for each of them, when in the middle of playing they will suddenly feel something is different. And all their senses will be at the height of excitement and exuberance. They will sniff the air and look off in the distance where they recognize that dearly loved special presence. Then they will call out in elation, and with eyes shining and tail going wild, tear off at a full gallop, almost flying over the green grass.
Your expected arrival has been sensed, and now there is nothing that can keep the two of you apart, ever again. As you run toward each other the tears flow from your eyes. Your pet leaps into your arms, and you cling together in jubilant reunion. The joyous kisses are all over your face, and you kiss back, just as ecstatically. Your hands so lovingly caress once more the beloved fur, the head and neck and body you knew so well. And you look into each other’s loving eyes, and all those old, wonderful shared feelings are back, again.
And then something will call the both of you on, to a different field of warmth and nurture, where all the love you knew now comes to fruition. With your pet, you leave that special waiting area, walk into the main part of heaven, and begin a new existence there, together.
If you accept that pets can love us as much as we do them, then the logic is clear and cannot be denied. If you believe that there is a heaven for people, then they must be there, waiting for us, when we cross over. Heaven is love, and pets always share that with us.
~ Wallace Sife, Ph.D. The Loss of a Pet (Third Edition, 2005), Chapter 16 ~
04-30-2010 8:40 PM -- By: , Pet's name:
I always knew this time would come
From the very first time our eyes first met
How I loved you then! How I love you now!
I made a promise then and I keep that promise now.
You will not suffer from a pain that will not heal,
You will not know the loss of a life remembered, now gone.
It is for me alone to make this decision.
The price for the bright joy and pure laughter.
You brought me during the time we shared.
I am the only one who can decide when it is time
Just when I need you most, I must let you go.
It is for you alone to tell me when you are ready,
For without your guidance, I will not know
When to lay my grief, my guilt, my anger,
My sorrow and my selfish heart aside
And give you the last gift, the greatest gift.
Your eyes will speak to mine, and I will know.
The pain of this moment is excruciating,
Tears stream down my face in a river of sorrow,
And my heart drowns in a pool of grief.
For you have spoken and I have listened
And unlike other decisions I have made,
This one brings no relief...no comfort...no peace
For if there's one thing I have learned...
Unconditional love has a condition after all.
I must be willing to let you go when you speak to me,
I must accept my pain so you can be free of yours.
Go easily now, go quickly now,
Do not linger here, it is time for you to leave.
Go find the ones who have gone before you.
You are free to leave me now, free to let your spirit soar.
I pray I will find comfort in my memories...
In the dark and lonely days ahead
I cannot say I will not miss you,
I cannot say I will not cry,
For only my tears can heal my broken heart.
But I promise you this...
as long as I live...You will live
Alive in my mind, forever in my heart
And this will be my greatest gift...
Sending you away
It is the measure of my unconditional love...
For only the greatest love can say
“Goodbye, go find the Rainbow Bridge
and yes, we'll meet again.
Loving you has been the greatest gift of all.”
04-30-2010 5:17 PM -- By: Joe, Critters.com memorial: Rocco Diamond Phillips Memorial This Sunday will be my 2 nd year that my Rocco went home to Rainbow's Bridge. Please stop by visit my Rocco's memeorial. And to all our friends thanks for everything and all the beautiful messages.
04-30-2010 4:49 PM -- By: Jasmin, Critters.com memorial: Tiger Memorial It is unbelievable. I found this site a few days before putting Tiger to sleep and knew that I wanted to use it as a resource for relief. I did not expect to have responses posted. I did not even notice a place to leave responses! Everyone has been great and the feedback has been so encouraging. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to offer a sign that Tiger's passing did not go unnoticed. It is 3 days later. I miss her so much. Thank God for work on my desk. Enjoy a beautiful weekend.
04-29-2010 10:53 PM -- By: , Pet's name: for critter friends.There always is a place to go
Where furry friends all meet
Running in the fields of green
With love beyond belief
Imagine all the beauty
You can see in just one day
Each one interacting
Every one at play
Feeling warmth and beauty In every blade of grass God is smiling on them
The sunshine always lasts
Telling them how proud He is
To have them gathered there
In his place of every dream
Where love is so aware
Little fields of gracious ones Receiving every blessing Happy in this joyful bliss
Each day His Love carressing
Joy in life now gathered
In every running stream
Shades of special rainbows
Reflecting all their dreams
Time in life is over
But love has just begun
For God created all this joy
For every precious one
We think of our tomorrows
Remember yesterdays But always life's reflections Brings warmth in every way
04-28-2010 7:35 PM -- By: LISA , Critters.com memorial: Puck Llewis Memorial thank thank you to each and everyone one of you for the poems - the stories - the visits!
puck and i have the best family ever...
from a broken heart in which everyone here eases the pain just a bit....
thank you...and as puck would say...
you are PAWS-ome and WOOF-erful.
04-27-2010 2:49 PM -- By: Sally , Pet's name: Chance My sweet dog has been gone one week today and it is getting easier, though he did leave a very large void in our lives. As a dear pet ages we prepare ourselves for the day when we must say goodbye. When that day arrives, all of our preparations seem to fall apart along with our emotions. I know he was a happy dog and he had a wonderful life with lots of attention. That knowledge is what makes it tolerable. In my mind I can still see him running in the back yard. He chose us, must have known we would be good to him. He captured our hearts the night he showed up on our door step and for that we are grateful. Rest good.
04-26-2010 6:49 PM -- By: pat and fayeroe and tippy, Pet's name: This is a heartfelt thanks to the lovely person who posts the poems on the memorial pages and here. There are days when I wouldn't get through it without the poetry.....xoxox Pat
04-26-2010 9:34 AM -- By: , Pet's name:
Our Special Angel
God chose a special Angel
when he took your paw in his…
He ended all your suffering
with sorrows own sweet kiss…
You worried about our welfare,
so you lingered a few nights more…
Assuring yourself that we would be fine
before you entered Heaven’s door…
The angels said, “We will be waiting here”,
“Just lets us know when you are ready”…
Your soul whispered back, “I cannot leave yet”,
“I am not sure their hearts are steady”…
On the shores of both heave and earth,
stood loved ones from past and present…
Your heart was literally torn in half
having to choose between your deeper sentiment…
Seeing the conflict in your eyes,
we knew what must be done…
In all of our agony, we failed to realize,
that we were being the selfish ones…
So, in one final selfless act,
we told you to take God’s paw…
So that together, you and he
could cross over to the promise land…
In one final breath filled with
your passion so deep and true…
You took God’s hand and left behind
all of those who truly adored you…
Our only solace is knowing,
that now you are free of pain…
And when God comes to take our hands
that he will lead us back to you again…
04-25-2010 11:44 PM -- By: pat and fayeroe and tippy, Pet's name: After I looked at "puppy" for awhile and watched her........she is younger than i thought. i think she is probably no more than 8-9 weeks.
how could anyone discard a baby like her? if anyone has suggestions for home made puppy food, let me know. i did mashed potatoes, peas, bits of chicken today.......
04-24-2010 6:36 PM -- By: pat and fayeroe and tippy, Pet's name: Well........we have a visitor today. Someone dropped a pitbull puppy at my house today. A little girl. I went to every house in the neighbor hood hoping and praying that she belonged to someone but she didn't..so she is under my feet asleep as I type this. She obviously had not had water for a long time because she was very dehydrated. She drank 1/4 cup of water and that is a lot for a puppy. She is probably about 12 weeks old.
Wish me luck. I ran a "puppy" ad in Craigslist. I don't want her to go to the shelter here.......
Pat and Crew
04-24-2010 6:04 PM -- By: , Pet's name:
and think of all of our happy years.
When I was sick, you were at my side
Your tears and fears, you tried to hide..
I know you did your best for me,
but God above was calling me.
The tears with time, will go away,
but the love we shared will always stay.
Now the Lord has set me free,
that is how I want you to remember me...
One day in the future, just over the ridge,
I’ll be waiting for you, standing on Rainbow Bridge.
That gentle breeze that made the wind chimes sing?
That was me, I was there with you.
The gentle snow falling upon your tears?
And that little beam of sunlight that danced on the
otherwise shaded deck that day?
Until we’re together, never more to be apart.
Remember me with love, I left my paw prints on your heart.
Wherever you are going and whatever you may do,
Just look down right beside you, I will be there next to you.
Remember and Believe
04-24-2010 5:58 PM -- By: Richard, Critters.com memorial: Dollie Memorial Carole Turner, Ebony, Shabba, Maggie, and Seville's mama will be saying goodbye to her little boy, Buster, this afternoon at or about 5:15pm pacific time. How much can one lady endure? Buster's been in steady decline since Dec. 24, 09. Please pray for my wonderful, kind, caring friend. I love her. Thank you, ricky
04-24-2010 8:20 AM -- By: June, Critters.com memorial: Obsidian Memorial I just wanted to thank every one who stopped by to wish Obsidian a Happy Birthday. Also to thank all of you for your condolenses for Thumper. She was 9 years old and from what I can understand that's a pretty good life span for a Bunny. As soon asI finish Ambers page I will add one for Thumper. Hugs to all.
04-23-2010 9:12 AM -- By: , Pet's name: When I am gone release me, let me be
I have so many things I need to see
You must not tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love; you can only guess,
How much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you have each shown.
But now it is time I traveled alone.
So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust,
It is only for a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart,
I will not be far away, for life goes on,
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you cannot see or touch me, I will be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you will hear
All my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I will greet you with a smile and "Welcome you Home
04-22-2010 9:09 AM -- By: , Pet's name: No Goodbyes
I am standing right beside you
And I wonder why you cry,
I see such pain and sorrow
I see the hurt that's in your eyes.
Do not wish me back for one last kiss
Please don't wait for me to wake,
Just know how much I love you
I wish no longer your heart to ache.
You need not ever let go of me
Your friend forever I will be,
I'll be always by your side
The tough times together we'll see.
So to my friends I bid you
An oh so great farewell,
Time stands still but for no one
Go and live your lives and tell.
Tell all those that you meet
The old friends and those new,
Although you lost a friend today
You'll get chance to see him soon.
The world knows that I've gone today
But do not mourn for me,
I am happy here just watching
All the world I can now see.
To my family sitting here
And those so far away,
How proud I am of all you do
In each and every way.
I will watch you as you sleep tonight
Be with you all the days,
I’ll be there through the good and bad
My love shall never fade.
Live your life without regrets
And be happy everyday,
For knowing you has made my life
So special in every way.
My time has come to go now
But this is no goodbye,
If you ever need to talk to me
I am always by your side.
04-21-2010 11:12 PM -- By: , Pet's name: pat, fayeroe and tippy Critters Family, I opened a Facebook account years ago. I forgot I had it. I was on another site (nothing to do with animals..more personal) and the owner of the site did something and linked ALL of our posts to Facebook and Twitter! Without asking us. There is a membership of several thousand but only 200+ post and we've told one another some pretty personal stuff about marriages, relationships, family stuff and etc.
We raised such a fuss that he said we could "opt out" and of course almost everyone there did. In fact I think there are two people who didn't.
The ASPCA has a deal going with Walmart to donate $1 every time we click on a link on Facebook. I reactivated my account and clicked on it. Right in my face was a message from the website that I'm talking about.........I almost fainted. I mean..upset...pass out.Every poster who had commented in that thread could have their post clicked on and it would lead anyone back to the site and their personal info could be read. My account at FB has been deactivated since 2009. This message came in January, 2010.
I've now confronted the owner of the site and have heard nothing from him. I quit the site last year over the FB and Twitter fiasco.
The lesson in this is that we need to be extra careful about social networks. I finally found out how to delete my FB acct and did so. I don't twitter so that is no problem.
A word to the wise.........Pat
04-21-2010 11:10 PM -- By: , Pet's name: The Presence of You
In momentary times of calm
I hear you call my name,
And turn to catch a glimpse of you …
Through weary eyes I strain.
Dimension lost to timeless realm,
Through trickery of mind or light,
I see your presence near.
Though lost to life, not memory,
I feel you manifest,
And bring to mind the love I knew
Too often long repressed.
You rise to meet me on this path,
The one I walk alone,
Not ghostly, nor ethereal …
No trepidation known.
You bring to me, tranquility,
A peacefulness sets in …
I linger in the twilight found
From low the depths within.
In parallel, we saunter down
Our lane of memories,
Conversing on the life we shared
Before these boundaries.
I greet you as if yesterday
We strolled in tandem here …
Though in the score of truth and time,
‘Twas long ago my dear.
04-21-2010 10:12 PM -- By: caren, Critters.com memorial: Gypsy Rose Memorial To all those who have lost their loved ones so far in april bless you all and your babies. I do not get on the computer as much, it's just to hard looking at so many loved ones that have past on, but i did not want to forget about anyone, they are all so special to us. You will have them in your hearts and memories forever. I know how hard it is. Bless you all. Caren and Gypsy rose.
04-21-2010 9:28 PM -- By: pat and fayeroe and tippy, Pet's name: A PRAYER FOR ANIMALS
Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our
friends the animals,
especially for animals who are suffering;
for any that are hunted or lost or
deserted or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put to death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them we ask a
heart of compassion and gentle hands and
kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true
friends to animals and so to share the blessings
of the merciful.
--- Albert Schweitzer ---
04-21-2010 8:36 AM -- By: dawnmarie, Critters.com memorial: Suzie Wong Memorial Today is Suzie's angelversary she has been at rainbow bridge for 1 year and 6 months now. Remembering my little Suzie today and always! I love you! Mommy,Daddy and christina
04-20-2010 2:24 PM -- By: Judy Green, Critters.com memorial: Big Mary the Elephant Memorial Big Mary is not my Pet..She died in 1916 from A Horrible Death...I pass by her Grave everytime I go to town..
04-20-2010 12:09 PM -- By: pat and fayeroe and tippy, Critters.com memorial: fayeroe Memorial Animal rights has taken a blow today by The Supreme Court. They ruled for the man who sells videos of dog fights.The vote was 8-1. An overwhelming majority said it would stifle his right to free speech.
A case somewhat like this has been tried before and it virtually destroyed the market for the "crush videos". Now this man in Virginia has all of the convictions that he had thrown out. This happened today. To read the article and express your disgust google Huffington Post. You will find the article there.
This man has made his living selling videos of dog fights. This makes me sick. He will now be allowed to once more film and sell the videos.
04-20-2010 9:08 AM -- By: Lauvern , Critters.com memorial: Luke Memorial I want to thank all my friends at Critters who have expressed their sympathy and all of your kind words on the recent loss of my KC. Kc's passing was very sudden and not expected. I did not create his own memorial as Luke and KC were inseperatable when they were both with me. I could not seperate them now either.Thankyou all again ,as it gives me much comfort knowing others understand.
Thankyou Charles "Sammy's" Dad for posting about my loss of precious KC. Your thoughtfullness and kindness is and will always be appreciated by me. Thankyou.
Hugs to All.
04-20-2010 7:40 AM -- By: , Pet's name: To Soar With Angels
Oh gentle wings of angels fair,
Enfold me with your warmth and care;
Take hold and raise my spirits high,
To fly with you amidst the sky.
Surround me with your wondrous glow,
And carry me, that I might know,
The visions that you see each night,
Upon the trails of heaven’s light.
Lift up my soul to soar above,
And gaze upon the wonders of
The world untainted from your eyes,
That I might see beyond this guise.
To drift upon the twilight haze,
And view the sights from angel’s gaze;
To glide upon the twilight sun,
And see the good in everyone.
Enrich my heart with heaven’s peace,
And grace me with your sweet release,
While flying high above the clouds,
That I might make my Father proud.
Beneath the heaven’s sparkling lights,
Enraptured with the glow of night,
Bring forth the calm and soothing feel,
Of tender love, this soul to heal.
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