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03-09-2010 12:30 PM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   
I'll lend you for a little while
My grandest dog he said.
For you to love while he's alive
And mourn for when he's gone.
It may be one or twenty years,
Or days or months, you see.
But, will you, till I take him back
Take care of him for me?
He'll bring charms to gladden you,
And should his stay be brief
You'll have treasured memories
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But, there are lessons taught on earth
I want this dog to learn.
I've looked the wide world over
In my search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes
With trust I have selected you.
Now will you give him your total love?
Nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come
To take him back again?
I know you'll give him tenderness
And love will bloom each day.
And for the happiness you've known
Forever grateful stay.
But should I come and call for him
Much sooner than you'd planned
You'll brave the bitter grief that comes
And someday you'll understand.
Author Unknown
 


03-09-2010 11:11 AM -- By: Charles,    Critters.com memorial:   Sammy Memorial

Critters Family ..... I totally agree with every single word that Skye posted below.  I have been in contact with the Greenville SC Humane Society and, even after these babies were dropped off ... they even got more PBs dropped off on their door step in a box with a loaf of breed.  How could the "human race" be so cruel ... BUT ... frankly, I guess we have to be thankful that they were not euthanized .. and ALL have been adopted or taken to PB Rescue Shelters.

Needless to say ... "THIS PB LOVER IS SO OVERJOYED WITH HAPPINESS."  I have to thank Richard again for bringing this to my and other's attention .. and we got right on it.

Hugs to all my wonderful Critters Family.....    Charles


03-08-2010 11:33 PM -- By: Skye,    Critters.com memorial:   Molly Memorial

Hats off to the Greenville SC Humane Society (animal shelter) who chose to immediately contact the news media when those poor pitbull pups and their parents were dumped on their doorstep (16 pups and 2 parents, I believe), despite being a facility that does not adopt out pitbulls as a rule.  The fact that they had great compassion for these dogs and wanted their plight to be known to public so that these dogs could possibly have a 2nd chance at a new life should be commended -- especially at a time when so many of our shelters (especially in this part of the country) are bursting at the seams and sadly pets are having to be euthanized at alarming rates.  Truth be told, this shelter could have kept this situation quiet and out of the media and simply quietly "handled" the "problem" with euthanasia -- especially considering this is a breed of dog that their facility does not adopt out.  But they didn't.  They immediately contacted the news media and that evening the beautiful faces of those little pups and their parents appeared in the living rooms of anyone who turned on the evening news in that area of SC and the mountains of NC -- (I saw them on my news in NC).  No doubt this media coverage and the shelter's valiant efforts to get these dogs adopted accounted for the long line of people eager to adopt that were waiting outside the shelter the next day.  So, I applaud this shelter and all the shelters who, despite being overworked and overwhelmed, go the extra mile to try and find homes for homeless pets in need.
 
Denise -- I am sure the shelter was thrilled with your very generous donation! -- especially since the pups are only 3 weeks old and will have to stay in the shelter's care for awhile (unless they find suitable foster care).  They will not be able to go to their new families for a few more weeks, and of course they will need shots, worming, and most shelters require all pets to be spayed and neutered before they are turned over to new families (definitely for the pup's parents!) -- so your donation is a wonderful gift that most shelters would be overjoyed to receive!  I am sure Caliya is very proud!  :)

03-08-2010 7:21 PM -- By: Natalie ,    Critters.com memorial:   DaVinci Memorial
 So much love to all of the march, fur babies, Angelversaries and birthdays, I know they are okay, out of pain, and playing happily, i know you mis them, but always remember, a part of them is always with you, in your heart, xoxoxox Love NATALIE and my gang!


03-08-2010 7:16 PM -- By: Natalie ,    Critters.com memorial:   DaVinci Memorial
Here is this house…
I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the
other dogs “out there”.
I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake my world
will not have changed.
I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I’ll
eat.
I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat.
I will feel the sun’s heat, and the rain’s coolness, and be
allowed to smell all that can reach my nose.
My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.

Here in this house…
there will be an effort to communicate with me on my
level.
I will be talked to and even if I don’t understand, I can
enjoy the warmth of words.
I will be given a name so that I may know who I am among
the many.
My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it!

Here in this house…
I will never be a substitute for anything I am not.
I will never be used to improve people’s images of themselves.
I will be loved because of who I am, not someone’s idea of
who I should be.
I will never suffer for someone’s anger, impatience, or stupidity.
I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved by all.
If I do not learn my lessons well, I will be shown patience.

Here in this house…
I can trust the arms that hold and hands that touch…
knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me.
If I am ill, I will be doctored.
If I am scared I will be comforted.
If I am sad I will be cheered.
No matter what I look like,
I will be considered beautiful and known to be of value.
I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, or too unruly,
or not cute enough.
My life is a responsibility and not an afterthought.
I will learn that my humans can almost, sometimes be as
kind and as fair as dogs.

 

Deb sent this to me and i just loved it, i'm sure you have read it before, but it's worth reading, again and again, love to all

Natalie

Here in this house…
I will belong.
I will be home.


03-08-2010 11:12 AM -- By: Denise,    Critters.com memorial:   Caliya Keaveny Memorial
Sherri,

I must agree with you that at least the babies were taken to the shelter.I think if just one person at a time reads caliya's page "the beginning" and thinks "uh maybe"

it's not the "breed" and that things beyond their control just may be what contributed to the "bad rap" that my beloved caliya did not deserve and that she was a victim. I wish with all my heart that i could do more but at critter's caliya's legacy lives on. I want to take this time to thank all of the parents that i have met here and come to love as we are the critters family.

Love,

Denise


03-08-2010 9:43 AM -- By: Lauvern ,    Critters.com memorial:   Luke Memorial
Hi Everyone. First of all ,I want to personally thankyou Richard for posting about the fur babies needing help in SC. Although i was saddened when i read your post, i knew there has to be people out there offering their help as there are alot of  good hearted people loving the four legged creatures in the world as i personally do. Thankyou.

Charles. What can i say but thankyou, thankyou,thankyou for doing all you do for these fur babies and loving them as you do. I knew you would be on top of things when you read Richard's post. As i wrote to you ,i was ready to do all possible to bring them to Luke's Shelter where i knew they would be safe. BUT HOW???????. Thankyou from the bottom of my heart for keeping me updated on these babies and giving me the GREAT news on them. Thankyou for joining me and others and being a voice for those who can't speak for themselves. THANKYOU.

Denise. Thankyou for sending me the video of these babies and most of all thankyou for being the caring person that you are and donating to these babies in need. Thankyou for also joining me and others and being the voice for those who can't speak for themselves. Thankyou.

Hugs to all.

Lauvern


03-08-2010 8:13 AM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   
I held your paw inside my hand and then you slipped away
And I may never see your face again
So tell me how do to fill the emptiness inside
Without love what is life?

And anyone who knew us both can see
We always were the better part of me
I never wanted to be this free
All this pain, does it go away?

Then every time I turn around
And youre nowhere to be found
I know I got a long, long way to go
Before I can say goodbye to you
Oh, I got a long, long way to go
Before I can say goodbye to all I ever knew
To you Boo, to you

From memory, there is no hiding place
Turn on the tv and I see you there
In every crowd theres always some dog with your face
Everywhere, trying not to care

Then every time I turn around
And youre nowhere to be found
I know I got a long, long way to go
Before I can say goodbye to you
Oh, I got a long, long way to go
Before I can say goodbye to all I ever knew

To you, I wish you peace and everything
And all the best that Heaven can bring
I only hope you think of me sometimes, oh
And even though I feel the pain
I know that I will love again
The time will come, oh, and Ill move on

I got a long, long way to go
Before I can say goodbye to you
Oh, I got a long, long way to go, got a long way to go
Before I can say goodbye, before I say goodbye
To all I ever knew, to all I ever knew was you
Say goodbye, say goodbye
Boo my baby Girl, I wish you the best in your journey to heaven I know,
oh and all of the rest, and peace to you
I got a long, long way to go
Before I can say goodbye to you


03-07-2010 12:10 PM -- By: caren,    Critters.com memorial:   Gypsy Rose Memorial
For any anniversary's or birthdays for January, february and march i missed i would like to thell their familys now. Bless ya'll. For any recently passed on little beloved ones of ours tht I have missed for january, february and march, i would like to say how sorry i am and i know its not easy, bless you all....Gypsy Rose and Caren d don't get on as much because it's just to hard but i don't want to forget all the little other babies either. Bless you all and thanks for understanding if this is not posted on your personal page. Gypsy rose, cc and tiner.


03-06-2010 4:15 PM -- By: Miss Karen Rameses 's Brandy and Garfield 's Mom,    Critters.com memorial:   Rameses Memorial
 I would like to wish all you beautiful March fur Babies a Very Happy Birthday .

Bigs Hugs Karen , Rameses Family

 


03-06-2010 1:53 PM -- By: Linda,    Pet's name:   Mo and Ceese
Thank you to all of you who stopped by to honor Mo and Ceese's birthday.  They were both special cats.  I miss them both!


03-06-2010 12:03 PM -- By: Sherri,    Critters.com memorial:   MADDIE Memorial
Denise,

It was a wonderful thing, making a donation in Caliyas name to the shelter that helped with all the poor,innocent, little creatures(PB pups.) All I can say that is SOMEWHAT GOOD about this ignorant breeder is that at least the pups were brought to a shelter, unlike another story I heard about in our area where the pups did NOT meet 'BREED STANDARD' and all were drowned!

Richard,

it was great that you realized right away that this forum at critters, with all it's caring people, would bring action. Thanks to you, from us all-I am sure.

Charles,

Your involvement in this situation more than likely saved these little pups from a very short life or even a fate WORSE than death! Keep up your great work.

Many thanks from ALLof us to ALL mentioned above.

Maddie's mom, Sherri


03-03-2010 10:09 PM -- By: FREDERICK JONES,    Critters.com memorial:   RAMPAGE MORRIS JONES Memorial
ALL PET'S ARE SPECIAL NO MATTER WHAT KIND THEY MAY BE, AND GOD MADE THEM FOR US TO ENJOY. DO ALL YOU CAN TO PROTECT THEM FROM HARM AND YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT FRIEND. FREDERICK JONES , RAMPAGE WAS A GREAT DOG READ HIS STORY OF SAVING A LIFE A PITT BULL WHO OFTEN GET'S A BAD RAP. THE MOST DECORATED DOG OF WW1 WAS A PITT BULL NAME SGT. STUBBY. PITT BULL'S HAVE A GREAT HISTORY THAT IS OFTEN NEVER WRITTEN ABOUT.


03-03-2010 8:57 PM -- By: Denise,    Critters.com memorial:   Caliya Keaveny Memorial
Dear Richard,

We made a $100.00 donation to your greenville county animal shelter to care for the puppies in caliya's memory. Thank you with all my heart for caring for these beautiful pit bull babies.charles padilla wrote to the division manager on their behalf.

Denise


03-03-2010 4:09 PM -- By: Charles,    Critters.com memorial:   Sammy Memorial

Dearest Critters Family:  Good news .. I was contacted by the Greenville County Animal Care Services and all those baby Pitbulls are now in foster homes and/or in Pitbull Rescues.  Needless to say ... I HAVE SMILES FROM EAR TO EAR ...

I was advised when they opened up at 12:00 Noon local time .. there was 20 families ready to adopt some of these babies.

I am so happy .... Thank You Richard for letting me know via the Forum Section.

Charles


03-03-2010 3:41 PM -- By: Charles,    Critters.com memorial:   Sammy Memorial

Dearest Critters Family:  Good news .. I was contacted by the Greenville County Animal Care Services and all those baby Pitbulls are now in foster homes and/or in Pitbull Rescues.  Needless to say ... I HAVE SMILES FROM EAR TO EAR ...

I was advised when they opened up at 12:00 Noon local time .. there was 20 families ready to adopt some of these babies.

I am so happy .... Thank You Richard for letting me know via the Forum Section.

Charles


03-03-2010 2:26 PM -- By: Aunt Stacy,    Critters.com memorial:   Buddy Memorial
This cutie pie is my neighbor's cat.  Last night we created his memorial, but it hasn't showed up yet.  Please visit him!


03-03-2010 9:06 AM -- By: Charles,    Critters.com memorial:   Sammy Memorial

In Response to Richard's Posting Below:

Richard .. thank you for sharing and be assured I am going to read and respond, if possible, to the local authorities where this occurred. 

When are these SICK, SICK individuals going to stop breeding pitbull puppies for "their" own desire, i.e., color, etc.  My gosh, the human race disgusts me to the point that I am embarrassed to even say I am a human being.

I will try to do what I can to see if we can get these defenseless Pitbull babies flown to some Pitbull Rescues around the U.S. that do adopt out.

Again, thank you for letting "me" know .. as I will start working on this right now.  I ask any other Pitbull lover out there to please, please try to find some organization that would take these babies in.

Thank You so much.


03-03-2010 7:03 AM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   

 Soar Like An Eagle



Spread your mystical wings
and take your flight.
Soar like an eagle
To the great heavens above.



No need to feel
any sense of fright,
For you shall enter
Into a place of love.


It breaks my heart knowing
that you're forever gone.
Yet the beautiful memories
shall remain here within me.


I realize that I must
carry on and be strong.
Until the day that we
do once again meet. 


I do love you enough
to set you free.
To allow you to spread
your wings and soar.



For you shall enter into
a kingdom,
that's filled with peace.
Where your pain & suffering
shall be no more.


So spread your wings
and take your flight.
For your work on earth
Is now over and done.



Fear not as you enter into
the brillant light.
Just spread your wings
and soar high like an eagle.
Soar towards the big blue sky,


 


03-02-2010 12:31 PM -- By: Richard ,    Critters.com memorial:   Dollie Memorial
An "amateur" breeder pulled up to our local animal shelter in a U-Haul and proceeded to unload 22 pit bull puppies, some as young as 3 weeks old. He had no use for them because they were not born the "right color." Their precious little souls were of no use because they were born black, brown, tan, and combinations of all. Because they weren't born "blue," the preferred color. The animal shelter doesn't adopt out pit bulls and all of the local rescue shelters are full. Please, please pray for these sweet little babies. You can read the full story here: wyff4.com Blessings, richard (and Dollie..;)

03-01-2010 6:24 PM -- By: Craig,    Critters.com memorial:   Zach Memorial
A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS.........

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful

 

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.


5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.


6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it..


7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.


8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.


9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.


10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone.. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.


~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them.


Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters.


02-27-2010 4:38 PM -- By: Stacy,    Critters.com memorial:   Minnie "Minn-Minn" Allen Memorial
My friend and neighbor, Ann, had to send her precious furbaby, Musket, to RB yesterday.  Please take a moment to stop by and visit her beautiful kitty.


02-23-2010 9:30 AM -- By: Jeff Bray,    Critters.com memorial:   Ms. Bee Memorial
Such a loss and emptyness feeling even though I know she is in a better place it still is difficult not to have her with me.  I will forever remember the good times we shared and truly and deepy miss her beautiful face and pretty blue eyes.


02-23-2010 12:57 AM -- By: Michelle,    Critters.com memorial:   Gizmo "Mosey" Jarels Memorial
Thanks so much to everyone who remembered my Mosey's first year Angelversary ! You have all been a comfort and a blessing to me this year!

Thanks so much !

Michelle & Mosey

 


02-21-2010 8:12 PM -- By: glenise,    Critters.com memorial:   Daisy Mae Memorial
To whoever left the "Grieving Silently"  poem, I plan on using it on one of my memorial pages.  Hope you don't mind.  Athough it is sad, it is very true for my heart.  Thank you.


02-21-2010 10:14 AM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   
Soar Like An Eagle



Spread your mystical wings
and take your flight.
Soar like an eagle
To the great heavens above.



No need to feel
any sense of fright,
For you shall enter
Into a place of love.


It breaks my heart knowing
that you're forever gone.
Yet the beautiful memories
shall remain here within me.


I realize that I must
carry on and be strong.
Until the day that we
do once again meet. 


I do love you enough
to set you free.
To allow you to spread
your wings and soar.



For you shall enter into
a kingdom,
that's filled with peace.
Where your pain & suffering
shall be no more.


So spread our wings
and take your flight.
For your work on earth
Is now over and done.



Fear not as you enter into
the brillant light.
Just spread your wings
and soar high like an eagle.
Soar towards the big blue sky,
 


02-20-2010 10:57 PM -- By: Carole,    Critters.com memorial:   Maggie Mae Memorial

I still believe that miracles can happen every day,

I still think angels sometimes come to wipe our tears away.

When night seems darkest, I believe we'll see a light shine clear,

and when the storm is gone, I'm sure a rainbow will appear.

author ~ Amanda Bradley


02-20-2010 10:55 PM -- By: Carole & Shabba Lou.,    Critters.com memorial:   Shabba Lou Turner Memorial
There is a time for tears. When your heart is too full of sorrow they begin to flow as free and naturally as rain from heaven.

There is a beauty in tears, a rightness about them. They should be shed proudly, for they show how much you have lived and loved and lost.

Tears honor our loved ones. There is a sacredness about them. Each one is a prayer that only God can hear. The soul could have no rainbows if our eyes could have no tears. @Hallmark Cards, Inc.


02-18-2010 5:55 PM -- By: Margo,    Critters.com memorial:   Lucy Memorial
I'd like to thank everyone for there kind words and thoughts in this difficult time, I know that Lu is in a better place...


02-18-2010 5:53 PM -- By: Margo,    Critters.com memorial:   Lucy Memorial
I'd like to thank everyone for there kind words and thoughts in this difficult time, I know that Lu is in a better place...


 

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