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We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
06-17-2009 9:47 PM -- By: Cheri (Coco's mommy), Critters.com memorial: Coco Memorial My deepest love and appreciation to all of my Critters friends who remembered my Coco-girl on her birthday yesterday. It touches me deeply that she is remembered by others. You are all so dear to me. I don't know how I could have coped during this last 1 1/2 years since I lost her without your friendship and support. Words cannot express what it means to me. Please know that I will never forget your kindness and encouragement. Our hearts share the same pain. We are and always will be family. My love to all of you.
06-16-2009 11:47 AM -- By: Lori, Critters.com memorial: Missy Memorial You were gone 2 years yesterday. We have never forgot you. I think of you a lot and I still cry. We are able to laugh about some of the things you did and the good times we had together. I came to visit you the other day, sun was shining bright. I dont think I will ever get over losing you but you are in my heart everyday. Daddy and Precious ( yes she is still here but sickly) miss you too. Daddy talks a lot about you. Will come back later and visit you. love Mom
06-16-2009 12:12 AM -- By: paula, Critters.com memorial: KARLEY Memorial Here is the update from the last Court day. No trial date was given. We will be back in Court on July 23rd...which at this time, Johnson's attorney will ask for a "change of venue." This means, they would like the case removed from Riverside & into another district. Their thinking is...no one out of Riverside knows about Karley's case. And they couldn't be more wrong.
I will let you know what happens on the 23rd.
To all new losses...I am so sorry for your loss. Losing our fur babies is very tough. Hold all of your memories close to your hearts until you see your precious baby again.
06-15-2009 8:10 PM -- By: dawnmarie, Critters.com memorial: Suzie Wong Memorial Dear Richard,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss of your beloved kitty Watson :( My heart goes out to you and you are in my prayers. I know that Watson is with my little Suzie and all the friends at rainbow bridge. I hope you can find some peace and just enjoy the memories you have of Watson. RIP Watson
Dawn-Marie (suzie's mommY)
06-15-2009 9:13 AM -- By: Charles, Critters.com memorial: Sammy Memorial
My dearest Critters Family ... I just wanted to Thank each and every one of you for your kind words on my baby boy Bob M. Cupcake and I are "chugging along" trying to make everything better for both of us. Though Cupcake misses her little brother Bob ... she goes constantly looking for him in the back patio .. whines to call him and he doesn't come .. and she comes in so depressed .. but I have been showering her with lots of love and affection and lots of treats and play time ... she does seem to "forget" .. but only for a short time.
You just don't know how much your kind words have meant to me. I will be stopping by each of your baby's memorial and thanking you personally ... it might take a while ... but I will.
Thank You again ... each and every one of you is very special to me and I want you to know "from the bottom of my heart" ... I consider all of you my family .. as my own immediately family doesn't even care about my feelings.
Hugs to all ..... and a BIG Thank You ...... Charles and Cupcake
06-14-2009 7:47 PM -- By: Joy, Critters.com memorial: Angel Memorial Dear Critters Family ~ I'm sorry I haven't been here as much as I would like but please know you've been in my thoughts and prayers.
Today my dear friend, Richard, lost his beloved kitty, Watson, less than a week after an unexpected battle with unknown liver disease and diabetes . I met Richard in 2003 when I got my first computer and we have been friends since then. His beloved kitties and music make up a huge part of his life, they were adored and pampered. He lost his beloved Mutch and Otius quite close together a while back. I am very worried about him now that Watson has passed. Could you please keep Richard and Watson in your thoughts and prayers, it would mean so much to me. Thank you in advance. xoxo Joy
R.I.P. Watson (Sunrise 5/24/2002 ~ Sunset 6/14/2009)
06-14-2009 8:14 AM -- By: Lauvern, Critters.com memorial: Luke Memorial Hello Everyone. I just wanted to thank all who have visited Luke's memorial as well as all of your email in the last while. I am so sorry i haven't gotten back to you but will be doing so in the next day or two. I have 27 dogs who have been rescued from a puppy mill and i volunteered to take them to the shelter as they were to be PTS. Needless to say i have been quite busy. All is looking good now so i will get caught up with all of you. Thankyou again and know you are always in my thoughts.
Hugs to all. Lauvern
06-11-2009 9:07 PM -- By: Skye , Critters.com memorial: Sammy Memorial
Charles (Dad of Sammy, Bob M., & Gabby) would like to extend his deepest gratitude to his Critter "family" for helping him to get through the very sad loss of his little boy, Bob M. Charles asked me to express on his behalf how greatly apreciative he is for all the love and support that his friends (his "family") here at Critters have shown him. He stated that he cherishes you all very much. Right now, Charles understandably needs a little time to himself, and time to spend with sweet, precious little Cupcake, who is grieving also. So, if you don't see Charles around Critters for a little while, I am sure he will be back soon --- once he feels a bit more healed. In the meantime, feel free to stop by Sammy's Memorial if you wish to drop Charles and Cupcake a note (hopefully, I linked it correctly here). Thank you again for all the love, support, kind & comforting words, and of course, for the friendship. It sure does go a long way at helping to heal a broken heart.
P.S.... And little Bob Macaroni thanks all of you too! :)
06-10-2009 12:18 PM -- By: Charles, Critters.com memorial: Sammy Memorial
Dearest Critters Family ... Sadly, yesterday at 4:25 p.m. I had to put my little boy Bob M. to sleep. The last few warm months, Bob M. has been living outside loving his "wild" side being a Manx kitten. Being a little "wild" he never let me get too near him ... and yesterday he just walked up to me so I knew something was not right. I petted him and as I did, I felt his under belly and felt something hard ... so here I go taking him to my vet's office where they took X-rays. To my disbelief, he was so very constipated that his stool had hardened like a rock and his rectum was so over-blown that the vet said it would be better to put him down because surgery would be harsh and extremely costly ($3,500 - $4,500) which I would have gladly paid, but there was no guarantee that he would be back to normal. With this surgery, he would always have diarrhea.
I made that horrible decision to put my boy Bob M. down ... and in my lap ... and he hearing my words that "his daddy loved him for the short time" ... he left me and headed to Rainbow Bridge. I am totally devastated as his sister Cupcake is. Cupcake has been running all around the back patio looking for her "buddy" .. not to be found she comes in with sad eyes. I have to give my baby girl Cupcake lots of love and affection now so that she will not get sick and/or depressed.
Thank you all for letting me tell you what's been going on with me. Every single one of you has been a true friend ... Thank You. Charles
P.S. I will be putting up a simple page on Sammy's memorial entitled "Bob M's Memorial. Though I never took any pictures of my little boy Bob M because he was so "wild" .... I will use the one where he and Cupcake are together as babies.
06-10-2009 8:11 AM -- By: Yvette, Critters.com memorial: Shadow Memorial Today would have been my baby's 15th Birthday! I miss her so much! I used to take a can of tuna and put a candle in it, and she would sit in a chair and eat it! I miss you Shadow...everyday...there isn't one day that goes by where I don't think about you. It's been 8 months and sometimes I still think I can feel you getting on the bed, or laying next to me.
Happy Birthday my love....you live inside of my heart....always..forever!
06-09-2009 5:41 PM -- By: Janice, Duke & Samuel, Critters.com memorial: Duke Memorial To Everyone at Rainbow Bridge, and all their families, we send you our love, hugs, and kisses. Sorry for not being as attentive as we use to, but we have not forgotten any of you. We love all of you, and your fur babies.
06-09-2009 4:18 PM -- By: pat, Critters.com memorial: fayeroe Memorial
Why Dogs Make Better Friends Than Humans
Things dogs will do as friends:
Lapse into Attention Deficit Disorder.
Visit you unannounced.
Take over your bed.
Give unconditional love.
Bark at ghosts.
Carry dingleberries into your home.
Run away when Billy Mays is pitching on TV.
Expose their private parts for all to see.
Have good manners.
Stare at you.
Forgive and forget.
Clutter your house with half-eaten chewies.
Live for today.
Bring you dead critters for presents.
Go nuts with elation when you give them a present.
Slurp when they eat.
Follow you everywhere.
Let you know when they don’t trust someone.
Bite their fingernails.
Show appreciation when you do something for them.
Things dogs won’t do as friends:
Stink up your bathroom.
Try to make a point with silly, inappropriate hand gestures.
Talk about you behind your back.
Talk incessantly about trivial nonsense.
Keep repeating themselves even when you tell them you already heard that.
Leave pee on your toilet seat.
Become closet smokers.
Be control freaks.
Give ludicrous excuses for not wanting to do something.
Become obnoxious know-it-alls.
Make money and material things their main reason for living.
Refer to acquaintances as “buddies”.
Let Ladies go first.
Clutter your house with chotzkies.
Give absurd rationalizations for rude behavior.
Live in the past.
Insist their way of doing something is the only way.
Tell strangers your personal business.
Make sarcastic remarks.
Brag about their exploits.
Lie about their exploits.
Take advantage of your friendship.
Complain, complain, complain!
06-09-2009 2:48 PM -- By: Bill, Critters.com memorial: Lucy Memorial Today is the 18th week since Lucy passed and the wound is healing but the lose is still very real. I still can't believe how much she was a part of my life. All of our friends here have been an incredible help in easing the pain and so has working with "Baby" the rescue Boxer. she is still terrified of just about everything but there is some small signs of headway......like I said she is a companion but the companionship is still yet to come...she does help to distract me some from Lucy's absense though. To all who haave recently lost a furbaby my heart and thoughts go out to you....you will find some comfort here at Critters...it tis a very special place! Bill
06-09-2009 12:13 PM -- By: Christy, Critters.com memorial: Dusty Memorial Thank-you everyone that remembered Dustys Angelversary and stopped by with beautiful words and messages. Dusty's story is different as I never even knew him but sponsored him along with other critters moms and dads who felt it important to get his story out there to help stop this kind of animal torture and abuse. I just went through Gretas first Angelversary last week but this was definetely different with Dusty as I consider his Angelversary a blessing because he was released from a life of abuse and pain and now is running free with other beautiful pets and will never suffer at the hands of humans again. Thank-you again for everything...I love you all....Christy, Dusty, and Dusty's adoptive mommy Greta
06-08-2009 1:27 PM -- By: Christy and Greta, Critters.com memorial: Greta Abigail Memorial I wanted to Thank everyone who took the time to wish Greta a Happy 1 year Angelversary. It meant so very much to me as I was dreading the year mark as it approached. I was touched by the many, many messages that was left on her guestbook and espcially the poem that was left by a very special critters mommy! I have not had the time to personnally thank each and every one of you but I wanted to let you know that it made me proud to be part of such a wonderful community of caring individuals...I truly love each and every one of you!!! Greta's mom Furever, Christy
06-07-2009 1:21 PM -- By: pat, Critters.com memorial: Tippy Memorial
How come people love to smell flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another? Where are their priorities?
When we get to Heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it the same old story?
Excuse me, but why are there cars named after the jaguar, the cougar, the mustang, the colt, the stingray, and the rabbit, but not one named for a dog? How often do you see a cougar riding around? We dogs love a nice ride! I know every breed cannot have its own model, but it would be easy to rename the Chrysler Eagle the Chrysler Beagle!
If a dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad dog?
Is it true that in Heaven, dining room tables have on-ramps?
If we come back as humans, is that good, or bad?
More meatballs, less spaghetti, please.
When we get to the Pearly Gates, do we have to shake hands to get in?
We dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand signals, whistles, horns, clickers, beepers, scent IDs, electromagnetic energy fields, and Frisbee flight paths. What do humans understand?
Are there dogs on other planets or are we alone? I have been howling at the moon and stars for a long time, but all I ever hear back is the beagle across the street!
Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have to apologize?
Is it true that dogs are not allowed in restaurants because we can't make up our minds what NOT to order? Or is it the carpets thing, again?
May I have my testicles back?
06-07-2009 12:08 PM -- By: DEB, Critters.com memorial: ~ Kia~ Kuvasz ~Murphy Memorial A big Thank you from the bottom of my heart to every one who has helped me get thru the first 6 months with out KIA.......Special Thanks to Gina, Kim. Laura, Laurven.Bettyann. Rachel. Corrie. Carole...Natile, and Miss Dawn,your extra kindness has helped me thru some bad days,,,,,
06-05-2009 4:56 PM -- By: Ebony & Shabba Lou's mom, Carole, Pet's name: my broken...aching heart My heart is shattered far beyond any words I could ever write.
Please keep my older brother Gene and his angel (Sheppard/Rottie mix) Cara in your thoughts and prayers. His beautiful dauther, and Cara's birth-sister Simba was diagnosed with liver cancer last week via a biopsy. She seemed to be doing okay until yesterday. She was not eating very well, and then by last evening she would not drink water, and was not acting like herself.
He took her to an emergency clinic last night and they took xrays, blood samples and gave her some meds so she'd be comfortable at home during the night. He took her to her regular doctor this morning at 8:00, and they had him leave her there to take and review further tests. A few hours later he received a call with the results....the call we dread. The cancer had spread into her lungs. They had to say goodbye just after noon.
Cara and Simba are siblings from birth. He got them both when they were babies. He enjoyed a wonderful 15 1/2 years with Simba, and will be thankful for the time left he has with Cara. This hit me very hard, as it opened up my emotions again. After recently going through Ebony's second year gone, and Shabba Lou's one year anniversay just around the corner, this is devastating.
Thank you. A loving and very proud mother of six precious dogs and a cat, Carole.
06-03-2009 6:46 PM -- By: Linda, Critters.com memorial: Bailey Memorial Hello everyone,
Just want to take a minute to say hello to all the old friends and also to the new friends on here. Whoever sent the message from Bailey from heaven (you know who you are) thank you so much. His anniversary date is coming up in August and I can't believe that it is almost two years! God, it goes by so fast. I have been so busy that I don't come on here alot anymore. My wound has healed, but he will never be forgotten and definetly I will miss him till my time comes. I hope he is up in heaven waiting for me. Anyway, for those of you who recently lost a beloved pet, my sincere condolences. It is very difficult in the beginning but this site really helps! It is like a large support group. As time passes on, the pain does lessen and you are left with all the wonderful memories. A big hug to all of you. Take Care.
06-03-2009 9:54 AM -- By: Bettyann, Critters.com memorial: Bonnie Kraft Memorial Thinking of all who have lost their beloved babies this month of June. May their memories bring you peace and comfort .
06-02-2009 5:48 PM -- By: Lauvern, Critters.com memorial: Luke Memorial
Hi Everyone. I would like to thank all who have took the time to visit Luke's tribute today being his Second Angelversary. Thankyou for the caring thoughts and comforting words. Thankyou for all the emails and phone calls as well. I will personally thank each and everyone of you in the next day or two. I just wanted you to know you all have made my day brighter by just being here for me and remembering Luke's Angel Day. Thankyou from the bottom of my heart. I truely do appreciate all the support given to me in the past two years. Hugs to you all. Lauvern
06-02-2009 12:30 PM -- By: Janice, Duke & Samuel, Critters.com memorial: Samuel Memorial A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL THE "JUNE" BIRTHDAY FUR KIDS AT RB! LOVE YOU ALL, AND HAVE A REALLY GREAT, FUN DAY CELEBRATING YOUR BIRTHDAYS. WE LOVE YOU.
06-02-2009 12:22 PM -- By: Janice, Duke & Samuel, Critters.com memorial: Duke Memorial To all of you who have lost your beloved pets this past May, and at the beginning of June, I send you all my warmest thoughts and prayers. Hugs and kisses to your beloved angels at RB!
06-02-2009 6:17 AM -- By: Arttica, Critters.com memorial: Princess Stevens Memorial Please be careful using Hartz products. Our Princess's untimely death may have indeed due to the flea and tick shampoo! It was our first time ver purchasing this particular product. Afterward bathing she became sluggish and the next morning she passed. She did suffer from seizures, however, we do not believe this was the cause of her death. Please be careful when using any type of product. Our babies are so fragil....this pain is TRULY like no other ever felt.
06-01-2009 6:21 PM -- By: Callie, Pet's name: I grieve with all of you in this great loss. It is always unbearable to lose a family member and you documenting your memories will help easy the void. She really was a beauty and will live long in your hearts.
Be blessed, Callie
05-31-2009 8:58 PM -- By: Hank, Critters.com memorial: Brandy Memorial We started out yesterday morning celebrating the fifth birthday of our son and ending it late Satruday evening by saying a tearful goodbye to our beloved cocker spaniel, Brandy.
Although she was about to turn 14, Brandy was in reasonably good health. And then last night after eating her dinner, we knew there was something wrong. She was panting and walking along the perimeter of our backyard, attempting to bring up her dinner without success. As we got closer, we saw that her abdomen had expanded and was very firm. After calling our brother-in-law who is a vet in California, we immediately left for the local emergency vet.
We walked in knowing something was wrong, but were wholly unprepared for what the vet came in and told us. She said that Brandy was suffering from a "twisted stomach", where usually because of gasps of air, the stomach had twisted on itself. The implications of this was that it was cutting off the blood supply not only to her stomach, but also to all of her organs from there to her tail. Because of this, the vet stated we had to make an immediate decision to either attempt a surgery where she had a 50% chance of just surviving the night plus all of the risks of other complications or we could make the decision that no one wants to make for a loved and cherished family member.
I am 41 years old and have lived a life that has been relatively free of grief associated with the death of close friends and family. In those infrequent cases, it involved an extended illness that allowed for mentally preparing for the day.
Maybe I was living in denial. Maybe I was falsely hoping there would be some sign that would allow us to approach this gradually. But to start the day off celebrating our son's birthday and end it being confronted with having to make the ultimate decision about your pet was surreal.
After the vet told us, I stood there for a moment frozen. I knew it was serious and I was attempting to think of a third option. The surgery didn't sound promising and the other option was at that time unthinkable. But yet there was no third option, our beautiful girl was in great pain and potentially dying and there was no time to carefully think about the options.
Thank God Lisa was there. We both knew what was going to happen, but initially neither of us wanted to verbalize it to the other, fearing the pain. She had the courage to gently state that she would not want our Brandy to die alone or go through the extreme pain which would have part of the process even under the most optimistic assumptions.
When I realized Brandy was going to die, I broke down. I am 6'3" and 250 lbs and I broke down in uncontrollable sobbing. The vet knew what our decision was, but of course officially needed the directive. She then went to prepare Brandy, who had been taken to the back room for x-rays, and would be back with her in a few minutes.
These few minutes were the worst part. Our beautiful girl was going to die. We had walked into the vet thinking we would get some drugs and have her back home that night laying with us in our bed as usual. I had no idea when we walked with her out the door of our house that it would be the last time she would be in our home.
A lab tech carried Brandy in. She was sedated, but awake and lying on her side. She moved her legs and had a little movement in her eyes. The vet stated she was not in too much pain and to take as much time as we wanted. We both hugged her and told her how much we loved her. I was still crying and my wife said that let's not make Brandy worried in her final moments. She was right of course, but there were still desperate tears poring down my cheeks as I stroked her face. Although the length of time is now murky, within a few minutes she started shaking a little. It was not fair to her, we had to do it now.
Lisa alerted the vet who came in. She calmly and with sympathy explained the process. First shot was a painkiller I believe. Second shot was to clear the IV line. Third shot was a massive overdose of the same or a different painkiller that would end it. She stated she would monitor Brandy's heart and let us know when the moment she had passed.
As the vet started the process, the attempts to provide Brandy with a final moment of smiles were betrayed by the overwhelming sadness of spending the final seconds of a life with whom you had shared the previous 14 years, who had loved you unconditionally, who had provided so many moments of joy. I watched out of the corner of my eye the first and second shots. Here comes the third. Goodbye Brandy. I loved you so much.
I spent the next who-knows-how-long hugging her lifeless body. Lisa, who again was demonstrating the strength that I did not and who I don't think had ever seen me like this, left the room to sign the necessary forms. Meanwhile, I felt if I stayed with Brandy, we wouldn't be leaving her, that her body was still a sign of our lives together.
I cut off some locks of her golden hair that had gone grayish with time. I still could not leave and buried my face in her as I continued to tell her that I would love her and miss her. I also kept stating that I was sorry to have fed her the dinner that ultimately led to her demise. I know on an objective level that it was not my fault, but I don't feel very objective right now.
At some point, we removed her rainbow-colored collar and I thought that either I need to leave now or I will never leave. So I gave a few final strokes to her face, kissed her on her cheek and said goodbye to a soul that was as inextricably linked to mine as that of any person.
I'm sorry for the length of this post. It is now just about 24 hours to the moment that I fed Brandy her last meal.
I really do hope there is a rainbow bridge and that she is heaven and will be there waiting for us in the window when we get there.
05-31-2009 7:38 PM -- By: Michelle, Critters.com memorial: Phatgirl Memorial Thank you to everyone for coming to see Phatgirl On her 2nd angel-versary. I am so glad that I found Cxritters.com. It is a wonderful place to make new friends and to be able to share our joy and pain. Higs and kisse to everyone.
05-31-2009 11:39 AM -- By: dawnmarie, Critters.com memorial: Suzie Wong Memorial Hello everyone!! Please help me celebrate tomorrow Suzie Wong's first birthday without us. She would have been 15 years old. I had her since she was 6 weeks old, so tomorrow is not a good day. We bought balloons and are letting them go up to Heaven for Suzie to see. I miss her so much!! Please say a prayer for us to make it through the day without her. Please take a minute to visit her memorial. Thanks to all of you here at critters. you are just great and I made it through some tough times with you all and your support. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LITTLE SUZIE!!!!!!
05-30-2009 1:10 AM -- By: Kevin and Arttica, Pet's name: Princess Stevens May 29, 2009 7:39a.m. the worst day of my life. We lost our sweet 7 year old American Cocker Spaniel Princess or as we so playfully called her "Princi" Kevin and I retrieved Princess 7 years ago as a 6 week old baby. Kevin and I have not lived in the same household for over 2 years. Princess was our glue for our continued friendship. We shared custody of her! : ) For Kevin, Princess was all that he had. She was there through all of our obstacles, her sweet sweet spirit made the world seem like something worth living for. This may sound strange to some, but she truly taught me how to love unconditionally without fault. Our hearts are broken, a piece of us most definitely went along with her today. We pray that we will see her again. She suffered with seizures, which became a bit more often. However, I don't believe that was the cause of her passing. We are really uncertain. Just yesterday she was happy, not quite herself a little down. She passed in the arms of Kevin this morning. When I received the phone call, I was literally escorted to my car. We were crushed! To all of you that have lost your babies, have no worries. I believe that they are God's little miracles sent to love on us, and comfort us the way no human can. They are indeed in a MUCH better place now. Any advice on how to cope would be helpful....
05-28-2009 7:34 AM -- By: Bill, Critters.com memorial: Lucy Memorial Once again just want to thank all of our "Critter" friends and thier kind words and thoughts for Lucy myself and my little rescue boxer "Baby". left on Lucy's site. It really helps and Baby has a long way to go...including the treatment for +_heartworm. I really don't want to put her through that after all she has been through. She isn't anywhere near ready for that right now anyway. The lose of Lucy is still very real and painful.... I still miss her every day...and it really helps when folks stop by to say hey! Thanks to all, Bill
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