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01-15-2010 11:59 AM -- By: Sherri,    Critters.com memorial:   MADDIE Memorial
Hi!

Well, now that most of us have recovered from the holidays,(WHY do we call them THAT? I need a 'holiday' to recover from the Holidays!) I think it is time to get down to some serious matters. Unlike many other memorial sites, Critters folks seem to ALSO be involved in raising remaining pets,or have a new pet, or have plans to be a fur-baby parent in the future, OR they are STILL trying to figure out JUST went wrong LAST time. I, personally fit into ALL groups,1.) I am raising maddies best friend, a Cavilier, Lizzie, AND 2.) I have a new pup, Mandy, Cavichon AND 3.) I WILL have OTHER dogs in the future, AND 4.) I am STILL trying to figure ALL that went wrong with Maddie,(and also her lil. bro., Scruffy, also Maltese.) I think there are more than the several who have contacted me on finding SOME way to discuss pet medical issues,(both main stream and hollistic) the right foods, dangerous foods, human foods and substances which  are poison to pets, immunizations and just general info.(traveling safely with pets, etc. is  just one example.)Many pets,(dogs in particular) have not reached the life span which was expected as we can all see each day on this site.

I enjoy writing funny stories about Maddie and the R. B. gang,(and celebrating B-days and comforting on Angel days), but my more serious side has been compiling info.(med.) since Maddie started becoming ill. I STILL want to know how I could have better served her, for one thing, and how to fight eye infections in Caviliers who are susceptable to eye issues due to prominant eyes,(as well as certain OTHER breeds)

NEW puppy info. is something I am finding many Critters folks like myself are sharing...potty training, practical equip., (carriers, crates, leads, beds, etc),disipline, grooming, etc.

I think Critters is as much about LIVING as it is about  honoring a deceased pet. I think this is how the website differs from others. Even people who do NOT intend to adopt again,(or NOT in the NEAR future) are interested in OTHERS remaining , living pets or NEW fur-family members. That is all part of friendship.

Thanks, Sherri Havener,4-ever Maddies mom


01-14-2010 5:23 PM -- By: Maureen,    Critters.com memorial:   sweep Memorial
Thanku very much to my Butterfly friend. much love and many hugs. maureen xx


01-14-2010 4:05 AM -- By: Maureen,    Critters.com memorial:   sweep Memorial
To the lovely person who keeps leaving me messages on Sweeps page. God Bless you and thanku. Much love and hugs to you xx


01-13-2010 12:33 PM -- By: puck llewis and karley ,    Critters.com memorial:   KARLEY Memorial
for any updates - please visit karley and her update page -

the toole family thanks everyone for their continued support and love and messages for them and lil karley


01-13-2010 12:13 AM -- By: paula,    Critters.com memorial:   KARLEY Memorial
Please read the UPDATE page for KARLEY.


01-12-2010 10:50 PM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   
MY FOREVER PET

There's something missing in my home,

I feel it day and night,

I know it will take time and strength

before things feel quite right.

But just for now, I need to mourn,

My heart -- it needs to mend.

Though some may say, "It's just a pet,"

I know I've lost a friend.

You've brought such laughter to my home,

and richness to my days.

A constant friend through joy or loss

with gentle, loving ways.

Companion, friend, and confidante,

A friend I won't forget.

You'll live forever in my heart,

My sweet, forever pet.

 


01-12-2010 3:12 PM -- By: Maureen,    Critters.com memorial:   sweep Memorial
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Stefenie }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} God Bless you dear friend!!! xx


01-11-2010 8:57 PM -- By: caren,    Critters.com memorial:   Gypsy Rose Memorial
It's almost 2 month's since Gypsy's passing. I'm having such a hard time. My other baby Tinker bell just had surgery on her other acl +, she was doing really well for 2 days and is having a hard time now. It's just so quite around here, they were totally oppisites in every way. I love them both so much. Rosey went to early, It is just so hard, i don't work so i have lots of time to think about her. Will it get easier as time goes by? But i do want to thank everyone who has written me and checked on me and about gypsy  rose and tinker bell. I'm  very grateful for this site. Caren


01-11-2010 10:35 AM -- By: Maureen,    Critters.com memorial:   sweep Memorial
Kia thanku for your lovely poem. God Bless you. Love and hugs Maureen xx


01-11-2010 9:48 AM -- By: Maureen,    Critters.com memorial:   sweep Memorial
To the lovely person that left a message from "sweep" God bless you and thanku not a day goes by that i dont think of my darling "son" stay safe love and hugs Maureen aka Sweepsmamma xx


01-11-2010 3:04 AM -- By: Stefanie,    Pet's name:   N/A
 Dear Friends of Critters,

I am not writing because I have lost a pet (yet)...  I love my Sam the Dog, Big MAK the dog, George the Cat and Lucky the Cat more than any words could express.  I am writing to tell everyone here, your kindness to my friends, who have lost pets recently, is beautiful.  

Recently, Nathan the Cat and Sophie the Dog were set free of this world and even though they had lived long, wonderful lives, their deaths have caused enormous grief.  I wanted to thank everyone who gives their love so unconditionally, to the parents of our wonderful animals because the emptiness left behind is almost unbearable.

There is nothing so sweet as having another person help with such tremendous grief.  Your words have comforted my friends and your prayers have given them the ability to see through this grief and know that in time the pain will turn to memories of joy.

I don't know anyone who reads here, writes here or listens here and it seems like we all know each other.  I do know that because of your kind words and loving thoughts, not only am I blessed, I am a better person.  

always,

Stefanie


01-09-2010 5:47 PM -- By: Lisa - Long Island, NY,    Critters.com memorial:   Sheeba Memorial
An ironic thing happened last night when we took Coqui to the vet.  When we walked out of the exam room after Coqui had been put to rest there was a couple in the waiting room with their Rotti and I asked the couple through my tears if the dog was friendly and if we could pet the dog?  There response was "yes" so my son and I pet the dog.  I then asked what the dogs name was.... and there response was "Sheeba"!! I felt it was a sign sent from Sheeba it was such a coincidence!!


01-08-2010 6:01 PM -- By: Lisa & Family,    Critters.com memorial:   Sheeba Memorial
Just to let you all know that we have decided that the time has come for Sheeba & Coqui and all your angels to reunite.  Below is a little note from me written to Sheeba from her friend of 13 years

Dear Sheeba,  It seems the time has come for me to see you again.  I know you and all your new friends at Rainbow Bridge (soon to be our new friends) will be waiting!  I am very excited to see you again after almost 6 long months without you.  Meet me there around 7pm tonight as that is when Mom, Dad, Matt and Danielle will reunite us.  They are very sad but they know that we will once again be together.  I will bring kisses, hugs and some treats for all!!  See you later tonight I know you will be waiting!

Your Pal, Coqui


01-08-2010 10:58 AM -- By: marlene,    Critters.com memorial:   Sammie Patterson Memorial
A very heartfelt and huge THANK YOU to all who have left messages over the holiday season and on Sammie's 1st Angelversary.  Sadly, I have not been a regular vsiitor in many, many months.  It's not that I don't care. It is too heart wrenching and overwhelming.  Please know that I keep all of the critters family in my prayers and am forever thankful for all of you for helping me through some of the darkest days of my life.  Know that you and your fur babies are much loved.


01-07-2010 9:58 PM -- By: Carole and Buster,    Critters.com memorial:   Maggie Mae Memorial
First, thank you all again so much for keeping Buster in your prayers.

He is not doing as well as I'd hoped after his "third hydrate/med combo boost" on Tuesday. He has not vomited and is still knibbling on food and drinking water. He has extremely strong sulfur smelling breath, which the doctor said is associated with his kidney issues. He is not at the stage "today" where I am ready to make a decision. I will not allow him to sufer so I am still taking it day by day.

I asked the doctor if he thought Buster is suffering. He stated that if he is not vomiting and is still eating he is probably not suffering at all. Accute kidney problems cause a low red blood count, which in turn causes anemia. Anemia causes him to be lethargic so he sleeps quite a bit. In my heart, I know I do not have long.

I take him back to the doctor again this Saturday the 9th. He will be hydrated under the skin, which only takes about 20 minutes rather than an IV where he would have to be kept at the clinic all day. The doctor and I both agreed that his quality of life is best at home.

Your prayers are appreciated! I have to close now so I can get back to cuddling with my dear little son. Love to all, Carole


01-05-2010 9:13 PM -- By: Laura,    Critters.com memorial:   Dale Memorial
Today I took Carley to the vet after getting up every hour on the hour to let her out last night . . . not much sleep.  Dr. Heinen and I were talking about Dale and he told me that Dale was the main topic of conversation at a recent conference in Houston, I think, for veterinarians regarding prostate cancer.  Prostate cancer is very, very rare in neutered dogs so Dale's case was reviewed at the conference - it brought a smile to my face because my first thought was maybe Dale helped in his own way . . . even if in just a very small way!  And btw, as it turns out, Carley had a bladder infection.

Please continue to keep our friend, Carole, and her little guy in your prayers . . .


01-05-2010 8:58 PM -- By: Dorothy,    Critters.com memorial:   Baci Memorial
I wanted to thank all the wonderful people I've had the pleasure of meeting on this wonderful site by their messages on Baci's page.  It's amazing how you can become friends with people you've never met.  Thank you for your support on days when I was feeling down.  Thank you for being thoughtful,compassionate kind and wonderful friends this past year.  Baci will be having his 10th month angel day on the 20th, God knows where all these months went.   May you all have a Happy Healthy New Year.  Dorothy, Baci's Mom.......


01-05-2010 2:48 PM -- By: Bev B,    Critters.com memorial:   Klaus Memorial
I would like to thank everyone who left birthday wishes for my Klaus. I can't tell you how thoughtful and sweet everyone is here. Critters.com was a life saver for me when Klaus passed away 2.5 years ago and I still miss him as much as ever. 

Also, I want to extend my prayers to Carole and Buster.  I know how difficult this is for you Carole, but just know that I am praying that God gives you the strength and courage that is needed to get through this tough time.  I wish I could give you a hug right now.  Peace be with you my friend....


01-04-2010 10:55 PM -- By: Sandi,    Critters.com memorial:   Dawson Memorial
Many many many thanx to all of you who have spoken such kind & supportive words.  It has meant so very much.  As pain slowly fades we replace those tears with joys we all shared with our furry children.  May they truely rest in God's arms until we meet again.  For all of you who hear my pain, I know too you have felt much the same and we are far better people for having their precious love as part of our lives.  God bless you all & thank you again.          SANDI C FROM PA

 


01-04-2010 9:51 PM -- By: Carole Turner,    Critters.com memorial:   Shabba Lou Turner Memorial
You are some AMAZING people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are really not enough words to describe just how amazing. Sharon and Marc, thank you again for providing this place for us where we gather with some of the most wonderful people in the world and walk through our grief together.

After losing my third angel Maggie Mae this past August, I was thinking I could "begin" to repair my broken heart before I had to think about saying goodbye to another one of my angels. Well, Doctor Guajardo called me at work today about Buster...not good news. He was at the clinic on IV's all day again and is not doing any better. I pick him up tonight at 7:15 to come home and rest with us.

I will take him back tomorrow morning for one more "boost" and, if he does not improve by tomorrow night I will have  my answer. I need to know in my heart that I did every single thing I could do for my precious little boy.

Dear God in heaven, please carry me. I am weak....so weak.

I love you all! A very proud mom, Carole


01-04-2010 2:34 PM -- By: Maureen,    Critters.com memorial:   sweep Memorial

I wanted to share this Native American prayer: I give you this one thought to keep--
I am with you still, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not think of me as gone-- I am with you still, in each new dawn

 

01-04-2010 2:29 PM -- By: Maureen,    Critters.com memorial:   sweep Memorial
Dearest {{{{{{{{{{{{ Carole and Buster }}}}}}}}}}}} i am praying for you. I read your post with tears in my eyes. What can i say, only i am thinking of you and i am praying. God Bless you  Maureen xxxx


01-03-2010 11:03 PM -- By: pat,    Pet's name:   fayeroe and tippy
This note is to the person who left me the poem today on Fayeroe's page. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You've helped me and Fayeroe's spirit far more than you will ever know. Thank you so much, Pat


01-03-2010 9:49 PM -- By: Lauvern,    Critters.com memorial:   Luke Memorial
Hi again Critters family. I forgot to add in my post below. Buster is Maggie Mae's little brother.He is also a brother to Ebony and Shabba Lou.

We love you little Buster.

 


01-03-2010 9:18 PM -- By: Lauvern and Luke,    Critters.com memorial:   Maggie Mae Memorial
Hi Critters Family. I would like to ask you all to please keep Carole's little boy, Buster in your thoughts and prayers as he is not doing too well. Carole has lost three of her babies in just over 2 years.  I know she would appreciate all of our support and prayers. Please join me in keeping Carole and precious Buster in our prayers.......Thankyou so much..........Hugs

Lauvern


01-03-2010 1:54 PM -- By: Maureen,    Critters.com memorial:   sweep Memorial
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Rocky and Heidi}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} sending prayers and love xx


01-03-2010 1:00 PM -- By: Maureen,    Critters.com memorial:   sweep Memorial
Dare i ask if anybody knows how Caroles dear Buster is? Love Maureen and Sweep xxxx I am praying xxxx


01-03-2010 12:56 PM -- By: Carole Turner,    Critters.com memorial:   Maggie Mae Memorial
I am writing this on Sunday, January 3rd at 9:28am.  Since it can take sometimes days until these entries are posted I wanted to provide real-time date.

Richard, thank you for taking the time to post this for our Critter's family “yesterday morning”. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your support and prayers.
Buster came home last night because I didn't want him to stay in the cage at the vets alone until Monday. They send a technician in to check on the pets frequently, but I don't want him afraid or traumatized right now.
 
The prognoses are not good, unless a miracle happens.
 
I am an emotional mess my friends. My little boy Buster was at the vet all day Saturday, January 2nd, on IV's. They gave him fluids containing electrolytes, vitamin B12 and antibiotics. He's also taking Ampho-Gel, Azodyl, Epakitin, Metoclopramide and a special diet. I have to take him back again Monday morning before work and they are going do it all over again all day. He is comfortable right now and sleeping in his bed right here beside me.
 
Doctor Guajardo told me last night that he doesn't think we have much longer. It is now pretty much day by day. He said that if Buster goes back downhill next week, after his 'second boost" Monday, we will have to discuss what our next step will be. I know what that discussion will be about, and I am sick over it. All I can do is pray for a miracle. I know you all understand, I cried all the way home from the vets, and then broke down again after I got home. I woke up crying in the middle of the night, and woke up and cried again this morning....I am crying now as I write this.
 
My heart is weak and broken...I am broken. I can't eat...can't sleep...I just don't know sometimes how we make it through this gut-wrenching grief. It amazes me...the power we have within us! Like many other people, I chose to live my life and be dedicated to rescuing and loving neglected, unwanted and abused pets. I've been blessed with so many pets in my life, and for that I will be thankful forever. My grief is insignificant compared to the love I’ve receive from all of them.
 
The grief we bear...it's worth every ache, every tear for the joy our angels give us while they are here. I am still not over my recent loss of MaggieMae in August, so this is a very challenging.

I love you all, and thank you for understanding and still visiting my angels and me while I haven't been able to be on critters like I want to. Bless you all! I could not do this without you. With much gratitude, Carole.


01-03-2010 12:47 PM -- By: Maureen,    Critters.com memorial:   sweep Memorial
Dearest Critters Family  I was just reflecting on our friendship and wanted to let you know how much it means to me. Your thoughtfulness always makes my days a little brighter, and problems seem a whole lot smaller. You have a knack for always saying the right things. I'm so lucky to have found all of you. What would I ever do without you?God Bless you all each and every one of you for being my Rock.                              Praying that the New Year brings you Health and Happiness. Love always Maureen aka Sweepsmamma

I only hope I can be half as good a friend to you. It's people like you who make a difference in this world!

Much love,


01-02-2010 12:46 PM -- By: Ricky ,    Critters.com memorial:   Dollie Memorial
I once again ask for the prayers of the Critters Family for our dear friend, Carole Turner, and her precious little boy, Buster. They're on their way to the vet right now and things look dim. Thank you in advance. Love, ricky and Dollie.

 

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