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We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
01-28-2009 9:39 AM -- By: Marlene, Critters.com memorial: Sammie Patterson Memorial How do you cope? I'm finding that with each passing day since I had to take our dear Sammie to be put to sleep, the pain just gets worse. It's been 22 days, but I feel like I did on that Wednesday (Jan 7th) when I had to make the most painful decision of my life.
I've been there when both of my parents passed. Both were very painful experiences, but I knew that my Dad was in such agony, I wanted him to be at rest. My Mom passed very suddenly at the end of this October. We weren't ready, but she had been telling us for the last 6 months that she expected to go shortly after her 90th, which would have been this March. The pain and loss were like nothing that I had experienced, but there was also a sense of relief that they were in a much better place.
Sammie was so young. I guess that I thought that we could somehow save her. I feel that there was something that I should or could of done, but didn't. I miss her so very much. It's like an open wound. I know that everyone has told me that the pain, while never really gone, does get softer. At this point, I don't see how.
01-27-2009 1:41 PM -- By: amber, Critters.com memorial: Nvwati and Yukon Jack Memorial THANK YOU to all who took the time to stop by to wish Yukon Jack a very happy birthday yesterday. I am sure he had a great time with all his fur friends.
01-26-2009 10:09 AM -- By: amber, Critters.com memorial: Nvwati and Yukon Jack Memorial please stop by to wish yukon jack a happy birthday. this is our first birthday without my sweet boy. thank you
01-26-2009 6:50 AM -- By: Maria, Critters.com memorial: FedEx Memorial Please visit FedEx memorial she passed away on January 24th 2009 at 1:37 am. I miss her very much. I got her a few months after Gracie and now she is gone. Lossing FedEx feels like loosing Gracie all over again.
01-25-2009 6:47 PM -- By: Suzie, Critters.com memorial: KETO BOY Memorial My pain is still so new at times I feel like Im going to scream if I do not let it out. I hardly visit Keto's grave because if I don't then he isn't there. I asked Keto's Daddy "please tell me how your coping so well. I know all the right words, I know he is not in pain and is with God, but I cannot stop this pain. " I cannot stop the feeling of regret for not doing more or sooner. I cannot stop at a redlight without seeing him sitting by the pole. I see him everywhere. Nights are the worse. When everything is so quiet I can hear him tick, tick, tick down the hall. I hear him breathing. I smell his cancer and all I can do is lay there and sob. I would have taken it from him if I could. I still sleep with the pillow he last layed on when I said goodbye to him. I won't let Daddy wash the pillowcase because I fear it will wash away his smell. Daddy cleaned his bed and toys and I got mad. I was afraid he was taking away a part of Keto. I created a beautiful memorial in the guestroom of Keto's life with astounding photos and memories. My kids think Im crazy and "its just a dog". But he is my best friend, my shadow and the most wonderful gift God ever allowed me to have. I feel so alone with my pain. Im tired of people telling me it will get better. Better than what? Im never going to hold him and feel him again. There is no better just another day and another night without my angel baby. Thank you for listening and I know you too feel this pain. Love in Christ.
01-25-2009 1:31 AM -- By: Stacy Allen, Critters.com memorial: Minnie Memorial In less than 2 weeks it will be my precious girl's One Year Angel Day. I have been working on a page (please visit it) for her memorial and it has been difficult, to say the least. I didn't know it was going to hurt this much! I was doing really well for the longest time, but now... I cry all the time, have guilt over what I didn't do for her, have no idea what to do for her anniversary...in short, I need help. You guys are my family, the only true one that I can turn to, and I love you all.STACY
01-24-2009 4:48 PM -- By: Miss Zoe Ann, Critters.com memorial: Miss Zoe Ann Memorial Today is Miss Zoe Ann's 1 Year Angel Day. Please stop by and give your support to her Mommy Miss Debbie. I find that sometimes words can not express the love that is in our heart, but I know it's everlasting ... what is gone from our sight will never be erased from our hearts ... Luna
01-24-2009 2:53 PM -- By: Christy always Gretas mom, Critters.com memorial: Greta Abigail Memorial I have a wonderful little story that I am reminded of after Tribute passed. Carole Turner and I shared a wonderful moment together in which our babies sent us a sign when we were on the phone together right before Christmas time, it was truly quite amazing as it worked out when Carole and I were both short on time rushing around and it makes me grateful that we took the time and witnessed the love and bond for our babies that will NEVER be broken even through death. It is on Greta's memorial I added it to her signs to me page at the bottom...Christmas 2008
01-24-2009 12:41 PM -- By: Greta always moms girl, Critters.com memorial: Greta Abigail Memorial Gretas sign that she had sent to me, Tribute the runaway Hermit crab that I had found on the roadside after she passed died this morning, I really didn't think it would be a big deal but it bothers me because he was a sign to me from her and its kind of upsetting even though I am not much into things that pinched, haha. Quite a few tears shed because I felt he was a part of her for some reason or another. Thanks for listening as I know its silly. Christy
01-24-2009 2:29 AM -- By: Maria , Critters.com memorial: Gracie Memorial Well my mouse FedEx died today...I am going to create a memorail for her....then when the 14 days comes i am going to switch her to Gracies page.....
01-23-2009 10:14 PM -- By: Paula, Critters.com memorial: KARLEY Memorial To Christy...I want to thank you for visiting Karley & signing her petition. We are hoping to get many things changed with this petition. We really want to get the word PROPERTY changed to COMPANION. We just don't feel that our animals are property.
To Stacy...I am sorry for your loss. I know how you feel when you read stories like Karley's. These stories are very hard on the heart. And I will never understand how anyone could ever abuse an animal. Don't feel badly that you can't sign her guest book. She understands...so do I.
To everyone at this forum & this site...I can't thank you enough for visiting Karley & showing her how much she is loved. And I want to thank each & every person here who took the time to sign her petition.
To Puck Llewis...I know you are having so much fun with all of your friends. Make sure you send your mommie lots of smooches so she knows you are doing OK. She misses you so very much but she's holding all of her memories close to her heart until she sees you again.
To everyone here...I am sorry for your loss. It's just so hard letting our babies leave us but we do because we love them so very much. Their body may be at the bridge, but their spirit will ALWAYS be with you.
01-23-2009 2:19 PM -- By: pucks mom , Critters.com memorial: Puck Llewis Memorial Its Pucks 5 month Angel Day today...or rather 150 days. I thank God everyday I found you all here. I really dont know how I would have managed the last 150 days with out some therapy. Thank you for making my days a bit brighter and my nights not so long. I am so glad I met all of you even though we have not YET 'met'. Thank you for making Puck Llewis feel welcome and not alone. THANK YOU
01-23-2009 12:42 AM -- By: Paula, Critters.com memorial: KARLEY Memorial To Stacy...I know how hard it is to read about Karley. It was hard for me to write her story. There is a petition link on her page. You don't have to write anything in her guestbook but if you would sign the petition, that would be great. Karley is in a wonderful place now...the Rainbow Bridge, where she is playing with all of her new friends. She's looking down on us right now. She is the one giving her humans the strength to carry on with this fight. She's loved by so many.
To Christy...thank you so very much for signing her petition & passing it along. With this petition, if we can get ONE thing changed, I will be happy. We DO want Johnson charged & prosecuted for what he did to Karley. We won't back down on that one.
KARLEY...WE LOVE YOU TO THE MOON & BACK!!! xoxoxo
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read Karley's story & sign her petition. It shows me that people out there DO care & want to see abuse STOPPED.
01-22-2009 12:33 AM -- By: Debbie, Critters.com memorial: Miss Zoe Ann Memorial Soon, it will be one year since my baby, Zoe has left this earth. I have tried to remember the good times, I've talked about her, told stories, even laughed some, but mostly I've cried deep in my heart. I still miss her and think about her everyday. Thankfully, the people on this site have made the hurt a little more barable. You people are the best. We meet in times of sorrow, and collectively raise each other up. I can honestly say that without Critters, I would not have made it to the place I am today. Thank you to each one of you brave, loving and careing animal loving wonderful people. I hope you join me on Zoe's first year angel day. Humbly and with deep gratitude, Debbie
01-21-2009 7:45 AM -- By: dawnmarie, Critters.com memorial: Suzie Wong Memorial Well, today is Suzie's 3 month angel day. Yesterday was a bad night for me, I just miss her so much! Happy Angel day my little Suzie Wong! I love you so much and I just miss you every second of every day. Love, mommy
01-18-2009 5:32 PM -- By: Samantha, Critters.com memorial: Bingi Memorial My pet is visting her parents in the Rainbow Bridge right now!
01-18-2009 3:21 PM -- By: Little Bit, Critters.com memorial: Little Bit Memorial Little Bit's Angel Day was 1/14/09 and although she is watching her mommy and daddy and having fun with all her friends, please stop by and give Leigh your support, you know how we will always miss them. Hugs
01-18-2009 2:18 PM -- By: Maria, Critters.com memorial: Gracie Memorial If you go to Gracies page there is a Page called Aspens Memorial Page. it is dedecated to our poddle Aspen who passed away a year ago today.
01-17-2009 7:38 PM -- By: Marlene, Critters.com memorial: Sammie Patterson Memorial We picked up our little girl's ashes this morning. I'm so glad to have her back home with us. I miss you every day my sweet Sammie.
01-16-2009 11:16 PM -- By: Maria, Critters.com memorial: Gracie Memorial If you go on Gracies page to the journal you can see my new little pet mouse named Fedex......he is really cute.
01-16-2009 7:57 PM -- By: Suzie, Critters.com memorial: KETO BOY Memorial I sit at the computer crying as I look at your beautiful face. I hurt to hold you in my arms and tell you how much I miss you and need you. The children are coming over tomorrow to celebrate my birthday. I will put on a smile but my heart will be with you. Every morning and every evening as I drive to work I see you at every redlight sitting on the curb waiting for me. I hang my arm over the bed at night in case you walk by and need to feel my touch. I sleep with the pillow that you last layed on when I had to look into your eyes telling you how much I love you and saying goodby. I know you are gone but in my heart you will forever be with me. No one understands why I hurt so deeply and cannot accept your absence. But then,no one loved you like I do. I miss you so terribly and fear I will never be the same again. I laugh at work and take care of my patients but the moment I get into my car to come home the emptiness is there. The fear of never having you by my side, never kissing your little face. Never thanking you enough for always being there for me. I love you Keto Boy, my pride and joy. I will see you again soon. I pray this pain will go away and I can remember our happy times.
01-15-2009 7:08 PM -- By: The Rogers-Lent Family, Critters.com memorial: Guido Memorial Dear Friends, Thank you, everyone, for your kindness! Guido's urn now has a jester's cap all its own, and is in the beautiful wooden display box the family made. It's only been a little over a week, and our hearts are still raw, but we have been so touched by how many people have loved and cared for our sisters and brothers, sons and daughters who just happen to be animals, Bless you all, and know that now you are family. Love, The R-Ls
01-15-2009 10:13 AM -- By: Maria , Critters.com memorial: Gracie Memorial I am missing my Gracie alot today. I got her callor back the other day. Yesterday I carried it in my hand and in my packet during school yesterday. Right now its up at the dorm, at my school, sitting on my desk. I am going to be keeping it there for now once because i am scared i am going to lose it. I want my Gracie back but now i know that she is in a better place and is now pain free. She was a good dog. I miss her i want to back so badly
01-15-2009 12:42 AM -- By: Christy always Gretas mom, Critters.com memorial: Greta Abigail Memorial Stacy, that was a wonderful message that you posted below! Although it is extremely concerning and depressing to read of the stories of horrendous abuse of these beautiful angels, it also renews in me the strength and perseverance to continue working towards changing what I can even if it is just for one animal. Change can not only be through adoption or volunteer work but also in educating communities or just feeding strays, fortunately through Karleys website there is a petition that can be signed to help change the laws and try and help convict " humans" who do these terrible cowardful acts. I know that Many parents from this site came together and signed this to try and convict this monster, hopefully for Karleys sake and the sake of others things will chage in the future..Much Love, Christy
01-14-2009 5:26 PM -- By: Jennifer, Critters.com memorial: Spawn Memorial I just wanted to stop by and say Hello to everyone & thank Gavin for stopping by Spawn's page, I was suprised someone came by to leave a message. Our cat Spawn passed away two days ago in my arms from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy & cancer after a months worth of fighting. I will miss him so much and the pain I am feeling is still so fresh. He was by far my bestfriend.
01-14-2009 2:48 PM -- By: Stacy Allen, Critters.com memorial: Minnie Memorial I am so very sad today. I usually try to visit all of the new arrivals to critters.com. Lately, the very first thing that I read is how long the precious furbaby lived before going to Heaven. Although all of the stories are sad, the ones of abuse, torture, etc. are so much more heartwrenching! How can any human do such unspeakable things to helpless, defenseless, lovable creatures? As I am typing this now, the tears are just streaming down my face as I imagine what it was like for doggies such as Dusty, Lonely Angel, and Karley. I have wanted to write in Karley's Guestbook for some time now, but I can't read past the first few sentences of this beautiful girl's tragic story. I am so very sorry, Karley, for not giving you my condolences! Your story (what I read of it) just breaks my heart! I work in the legal community and know how bad the system fails the victims, more often than not. I truly wish the laws were stronger to protect the innocent babies like you! I can't make sense of the things some people do. What possesses them to do such horrible things? I wish I could take in every stray animal that I come across, to ensure they live a healthy, happy, and safe life. I often joke with my boyfriend that I am going to grow old being one of those ladies who live with 100 animals in my house, and no humans in sight! For anyone who still has furbabies with them, please hug and kiss them for me! I love and care about each and every one of them! I also want to apologize to everyone whose memorial I have visited and not left a note. I am thinking of you at your time of grief, even if you don't know that I was there. I truly wish that all humans were as kind as the ones I have met here at critters! Take care! Stacy, Minnie, Willow, and Sunshine (as well as all of my furbabies that are still with me)!
01-14-2009 1:06 PM -- By: Paula, Critters.com memorial: KARLEY Memorial I have placed an update on Karley's page about the day in Court on 1.13.2009. If you are interested in seeing what took place, please pay her page a visit.
We are still working on getting her song up & running. When it is, I hope you all enjoy it. Sincerely, Paula
01-13-2009 4:24 PM -- By: Michele, Critters.com memorial: Emmy Memorial Well...we picked up Emmy's ashes last night. I thought I would be balling but I wasn't. I was just happy to have her back in my arms. When Emmy was little she would sit in the crook of my arm next to the drivers door so that is how I drove home with her ashes last night. We are designating a special place in our family room for her but it's not quite ready yet. So last night we kept her in our bedroom on my nightstand next to the bed. I still can't believe she is gone and I would give anything to have her back but I feel calm inside. Everyone's comments on her memorial have been really helpful. I especially appreciate the people who said their pet would look after Emmy. I do have a funny story about a sign from Emmy. On Saturday, my family was heading out on a road trip. Before we got on the road, we stopped at McDonalds. I noticed on the board that the Happy Meal toy was one of many little stuffed dogs from the new movie Hotel for Dogs. My husband joked that we were going to get a white poodle with pink bows. Keep in mind my husband hasn't even seen previews for this movie. Neither of us had any idea what kinds of dogs were in the movie. We paid and got our food. I was curious as to which dog my son got and was I surprised. In the plastic bag was a white poodle with a pink collar! The actual picture of the poodle on the tag looks so much like her! My husband and I just looked at each other and knew it was a way for her to tell us she is okay and waiting for us. Again thanks to everyone who have given support and advise. I'm glad to know there are still nice, caring people in this crazy world of ours.
God Bless everyone and our pets waiting for us at Rainbow Bridge.
01-12-2009 11:08 AM -- By: Michele, Critters.com memorial: Emmy Memorial It has been a week since we lost Emmy. Tonight we are going to pick up her ashes. I never dreamed I'd be saying that now as opposed to later. I feel very alone today. My husband has been off work for 8 months and started his new job today. So there are several things changing at one time....Emmy is gone and I only see my hubby for a little while in the morning and a few hours in the evening. We do have 3 kids...a 7 year old son and 8 month old twin daughters. Sorry I'm just running at the mouth but it is so much to get used to all at once. Thanks for "listening" to whoever is out there.
01-11-2009 8:42 PM -- By: Jeanne, Critters.com memorial: Holly Memorial Hi Everyone, Not a day has gone by without my thoughts on my holly. It's been 18 months now. I still get teary eyed missing her. I did get another baby. Her name is Nora, she is a 2 year old Black Lab. Such a sweetie too. I put a couple of pictures on Holly's page. Check her out if you'd like! My love and prayers to you all. Love, Jeanne
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