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05-30-2010 11:30 AM -- By: pat,    Pet's name:   fayeroe and tippy
Please remember Dr. Brian Allgood, my nephew, who was shot down, along with 11  other officers, over Iraq, January 20, 2007. He had hitched a ride on a Blackhawk to go to Baghdad to check on a patient. Please  also offer up a thought for the 11 and their families and friends. Thank you, Pat

05-30-2010 8:50 AM -- By: Sharon,    Pet's name:   
  Hi Mychael,

Your memorial doesn't go away, it converts to our free memorial.  We host thousands of free critters memorials.  The sponsorship is for a full featured memorial and those funds help run the site.  As you may imagine servers/ Internet access / backups/ maintenance/ software aren't given to us free, they all cost and it seems to actually cost  more and more each month to keep the site up and going.  The kind words you have received will not be lost your tribute will remain here.  We often extend the trial time for a full sponsored memorial for months at a time due to someones financial situation just email us if you need assistance but in either case your memorial will not go away.   Critters is our passion we are and will continue to do all we can to help, we are all volunteering our time here and hope the site brings some comfort...
warmest wishes
Sharon


05-30-2010 5:18 AM -- By: Mychael Barnette,    Critters.com memorial:   Hunny Memorial
I'm glad that I found this site. Already people on here have helped me a lot with their thoughts and words of comfort. The only thing that I don't like is the people that run this site want you to pay to keep your memorial up. I don;t feel that this is right. In this time, most people just don;t have the money to give them, due to being laid-off from their job or what have you. So in 13 days I'll lose all these kind words and the comfort I have gotten here from all of you wonderful people. Sites like this should be free for everyone to use.


05-29-2010 11:58 PM -- By: Janice Giampaoli,    Critters.com memorial:   Duke Memorial
Wishing all of you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. 


05-29-2010 11:06 PM -- By: Janice Giampaoli,    Critters.com memorial:   Duke Memorial
Hello dear friends,

I am very sorry for not keeping in contact in this past two months or so, but I am working through some emotional crisis, and I have had to shelter myself to feel safe emotionally.  I have not forgotten any of you, and I care for you all very dearly, but I have been doing what I needed to do to stay sane and emotionally together.  I hope you can understand. I am just starting to feel a bit better today and am reaching out like I use to.  Hugs to all of you. 


05-29-2010 6:52 AM -- By: Mychael Barnette,    Critters.com memorial:   Hunny Memorial
I just lost my dog Hunny May 24, 2010. We was together for 8 1/2 years. and this has really hit me hard. She was always there for me when no one else was and right now i feel so lost without her. I haven't been able to sleep hardly at all since she died. I find myself crying all the time and I just can't stop. She was my family and all that I had left to cherish in this world. I feel so alone right now without her.


05-28-2010 12:48 PM -- By: Whisk,    Critters.com memorial:   Whisk Memorial
 

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,
And 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.
 
Whisk
 

05-28-2010 11:24 AM -- By: Richard,    Critters.com memorial:   Dollie Memorial
As the hectic day draws to a close
And the daytime fades to night
I sit down at my computer
And visit my little gurl's site.

And when her page is fully loaded
When she's there and her face appears
Every time and without fail
It's sure to bring the tears.

Sometimes it's tears of happiness
Sometimes it's tears of pain
But the tears, they come with certainty
As sure as the springtime rain.

And after I spend some time with Dot
Quality time, my daughter and I
I always leave her with a little prayer
Before we say goodbye.

Now it's time to visit the new kids
The ones added to Critters today
I desire to get to know each one
In a personal and intimate way.

Every time I think "I'm in control
It won't get to me today
I'll visit each baby and then I'll leave
A little note and be on my way."

So with good intent I'll click on a pic
And enter that little one's site
And if I'm not careful I just might be
Sitting here staring at them all night.

Because it matters not to me if I visit
With a doggie or a kitty or a bird
My heart just breaks so bad sometimes
I'll leave without even a word.

I'll think "here I am a grown man
Battle scared by life on earth
Can I not think of something to say
Some comforting words of worth?"

So most times I'll usually leave a note
To convey sympathy that I've sent
Forgive me if I don't say the right thing
Because I try with good intent.

And then there's times, I must admit
As hard as I may try
The words won't come, I sit and stare
And like a newborn babe I cry.

Because I know that mommy or daddy
Or whoever it might be
Is walking the path that I walked
When Dollie was taken from me.

And if I could write a message
That would be a literary masterpiece
It still would just be scribble
Not causing their pain to cease.

So I want each and every one of you
Who may read this jumbled mess
To know my heart is with you all
As your faith's put to the test.

Although I'm grieving just like you are
I want you each to clearly see
I'll always be here for you all
For you've got a friend in me..;)

 

  


05-28-2010 8:56 AM -- By: Lauvern,    Critters.com memorial:   Luke Memorial
 

I just want to wish all my Critters Friends a Safe and Happy Memorial Day weekend.

Stay safe and sending hugs to all.

Lauvern

 


05-28-2010 8:37 AM -- By: Laura,    Critters.com memorial:   Dale Memorial
As our angels continue to shine for us, I wish everyone a truly restful Memorial Day weekend, knowing that you will remember those who have sacrificed that we may enjoy the freedoms we are blessed with -

Excerpt from "Peace" . . . Amanda Bradley

"Peace will come when love and trust
And kindness know rebirth,
And on that day all people
Will rejoice in peace on earth."


05-27-2010 1:05 AM -- By: Rebecca,    Critters.com memorial:   Whisk Memorial
I am having a very hard time with my loss.  It has been a little over two weeks now and the pain is still so strong.  I knew she needed to go, but I was not ready.  She was though.  She left me broken.  Even though I still have several Kitties at home, her absence is felt among us all.  I posted a poem, i found by chance, on her memorial.  it fits perfectly.  I cannot read it without crying.  Will the pain ever subside??


05-26-2010 6:34 PM -- By: Patt,    Critters.com memorial:   Gretel Memorial
 My Critters Family Friends:

I want to thank you all from the bottom of my broken heart for all of the lovely things you have contributed to Gretel's memorial.  I brought her ashes home yesterday and am having such a hard time.  I know that when I bury her this weekend, some closure will happen but the depth of my grief is so great right now.  I continue to write on her memorial, as it seems so cathartic.  It's starting to rain out right now, and that is nothing compared to the tears I continue to shed.

Thank you all so much.  Your notes and poems are helping to sustain me.

Patt


05-26-2010 12:53 PM -- By: erica,    Critters.com memorial:   Licorice Hargett Memorial
I have three books in my hand that I ordered yesterday and thank you for the comforting words they help.  I talked to the priest at my church who said Dogs dont go to heaven they dont have souls.  I hung up on him!! dogs go to heaven because they are not dogs they are family and God wouldnt give me the joy and love of my girls and not promise eternal life to me without them. I called the church and told them I do not want this man marring me.  I have my own beliefs and my belief is my LICORICE is in heaven looking down at me telling me, mommy you must go on you must take care of my sister and brother and daddy. and you must get through this.  Every night hurts the most, and then daylight comes and it hurts even more, but I feel her, I can smell her and I have to find away out of this tunnel and the only way I will survive is taking care of my family.  I miss my daughter.


05-25-2010 7:45 PM -- By: caren,    Critters.com memorial:   Gypsy Rose Memorial
I posted a letter to my rosey on my site. If you want to visit please do, it was her birthday on may 8 and 6months since she died on the 16th, i know shes in a better place but i i'm having such a hard time, i know we all grieve in our own ways and time and since i'm getter a little brother for her sister and me as an addition and company for tinker i feel happy but so sad. I am having a very hard time, i go thru spurts, i try to  get on the site as much as possible, as i feel guilty if i do not  ackowdle (spell)   the special ones that have past on      and the birthdays and anniversarys, everyone has helped me so much on this site.


05-25-2010 2:41 PM -- By: erica hargett,    Critters.com 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,    Critters.com 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.

Love,

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.
Unknown

05-22-2010 9:16 AM -- By: Mama,    Critters.com 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 pie....to 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,    Critters.com 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:   
A DOG’s DICTIONARY

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,    Critters.com 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.

Charles


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:   
WHO SAYS THERE ARE NO ANGELS?

 

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,    Critters.com 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.

Hugs

Lauvern


05-17-2010 9:40 AM -- By: Patt,    Critters.com 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,    Critters.com 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


 

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