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We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
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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  


01-11-2009 5:11 PM -- By: Ebony & Shabba Lou,    Critters.com memorial:   UNA Memorial
I know several of us received this email from Dan. I believe that anyone who can stop by and visit beautiful Una (and her mom Diana who also had to leave us too soon) will give Dan so much support. For those of you aren't aware, Dan lost both his precious pup Una and his beautiful wife Diana just a few "short" months apart.

Below is the email received from Dan:

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2009, 12:18 PM

My dear friends, Thank you all for your kind words of compassion … Things are not good at all for me now, I 'm like under anesthesia, I can't figure that Diana is really gone, I just wait to see her one day, at the door. I try to go one, what else can I do …. I made a page in UNA Memorial, a surprise for all of you, my way to say "thank you". Please visit Una’s Memorial, that page is made for all of you, from the bottom of my heart. Gratefully, Dan


01-11-2009 1:41 PM -- By: Suzie,    Critters.com memorial:   KETO BOY Memorial
I wrote on the forum "cancer: dogs" and no one has responded. My question is has anyone else had the diagnosis of multiple myeloma?  Im still not sure what happened and if I made the right decision in my babys care. Can anyone relate tho this diagnosis?


01-11-2009 11:18 AM -- By: Michael,    Critters.com memorial:   Miss Mindy Memorial
I need help this morning. Yesterday was Miss Mindy's one year anniversary crossing the Rainbow Bridge. I struggled with it all day. I just went out to play with her brother Porter, and found him dead in his little house. I just dont understand. Am I doing something wrong? I live for my dogs. Someone please explain why this is happening to me....


01-10-2009 6:14 PM -- By: Kelly,    Critters.com memorial:   SOCKS Memorial
I am so sorry I have not signed so many pages, I have visited alot of new pages and most of all the people and fur babies I have met along the way.I just have a hard time reading all these stories it breaks my heart  for all of us to be going through this pain I cry the whole time I am on here. I can not listen to the music on the pages I sob so hard.There were so many people who stop and signed my SOCKS page for the holidays and I am truly sorry I have not had the chance to say Happy Holidays to all here.

I hope everyone had a nice Holiday. Although I might not sign  believe me I am always thinking of all the wonderful people I met along the way. GOD BLESS EVERYONE


01-10-2009 1:41 PM -- By: Maria,    Critters.com memorial:   Gracie Memorial
The past few days I have been having a hard time. I miss my Gracie girl very much. On Monday my dad is giving me Gracies collar it will be really cool having it. I want her back so badly but I know that i will never have her back. She was a good dog. She chased away the dog that was attacking me one time.


01-10-2009 8:33 AM -- By: ,    Critters.com memorial:   Miss Mindy Memorial
It was one year ago today that my precious Miss Mindy decided she would be a brave little girl and cross the Rainbow Bridge by herself.  I cried as she left, but knew she knew best.  This year has gone by so fast and there is still so much that reminds me of her around the house.  I thought the hurt would go away.  She is in my heart and will always be.  Please stop by and let my baby girl know her Pawpaw is ok, and it will get better.


01-09-2009 10:10 PM -- By: Cheri (Coco's Mommy),    Critters.com memorial:   Coco Memorial
I just want to tell my friends at Critters that you are still in my thoughts and prayers. I haven't been visiting lately. I'm just not in the right state of mind to visit all the babies right now. I'm trying to fight off some sadness and it becomes so difficult when I see the faces of all the babies and know what their families are going through. It was difficult during the holidays for many of us. I've tried to stay in touch with some of you by e-mail, but I haven't been visiting the Critters site much. I hope you will understand and please know that I haven't forgotten you or any of your little ones. And for those who are recently bereaved, please know that I am with you in spirit. I understand. You are not alone. We are in this together, and even though I may not be visiting the site much lately, you are always in my heart. It's a long, slow process. I'm sure many of you will understand. I've simply hit a bump in the road, and once I'm over it I will be back. My love and prayers to each of you.


01-09-2009 3:09 PM -- By: Tammy,    Critters.com memorial:   Peanut Memorial
I would love to invite everyone to visit my baby Peanut's page. She was the light of my life and I miss her so much. I can't believe that I have been without her for a year now. It seems like just yesterday that she left me for Rainbow Bridge.  Being Peanut's mom was the best job ever and God I wish she were still here. I love her so much and I miss her more than words can say. So come on by and see my beautiful baby. Thanks, Tammy


01-08-2009 7:29 PM -- By: Suzie,    Critters.com memorial:   KETO BOY Memorial
It will be 1 month tomorrow. I cannot believe its been a month already since I had to say goodbye to my baby boy. I try to dwell on the good memories, but my heart is so broken that even a small moment of time unbusy brings me to tears. I feel as though I will never heal. I know all the right things to say and do and feel but I cannot get past this pain. I dreamed I was with him and we layed downed together and went to sleep. I  know God is taking care of my baby but I need him  so much in my life. He is the best of me. Keto came along after I had lost my Papa and filled a painful void. He gave me everything and I feel like I fell short of returning his attention. I love him very much and will always regret not staying home from work to spend more time with him. I will always question if I let go too soon. I tell him Im sorry every day. I wish for one more hug, one more kiss and most of all one more time to say how much I love him.


01-08-2009 12:03 PM -- By: Marla Marie,    Critters.com memorial:   Marla Marie Memorial
She sure is a cutie!!!


01-08-2009 9:18 AM -- By: Stacy, Minn-Minn,    Critters.com memorial:   Minnie Memorial
Good morning, everyone!  Could you stop by Marla Marie's memorial today and leave a nice note for her mommy, Donna, it is her 1 Year Angel Day and I am sure it will make her smile to know that her baby has not been forgotten! Love to you all!


01-08-2009 2:20 AM -- By: Rose,    Critters.com memorial:   Odie Memorial
Thank you to all the kind people that have sent me messages of support. I hope all our beloved pets are playing together and we will see them again some day. I'm sorry for everybody's losses and we're all in this together. I'm glad to be able to communicate with others that understand what I'm going through. God bless you all. Sincerely, Rose(Odie's mom)

01-07-2009 7:01 AM -- By: Rose,    Critters.com memorial:   Odie Memorial
Odie left us just before Christmas and we are so heartbroken. I especially miss my "little cat" . This was the first cat I ever had and I'm the one who found him, actually we found each other. I picked him up from the parking lot at work. Nothing's the same without Odie.  He will always be in our heart. I feel bad that it was such a busy time that I hardly got to spend any time with him the last couple of days of his life with all the running around I was doing. I still expect to see him running around the house. Like I said "Nothing's the same without him".


01-06-2009 8:04 AM -- By: Tracie Lil Joe's Mommy,    Critters.com memorial:   Lil Joe Memorial
Today two years ago, my Lil Joe slipped away in my arms, how I can remember everything about that, holding him and telling him it's ok Sweetie, Mommy and Daddy Love you.  I miss my baby everyday, he was the joy to me and made me smile. I know he is safe now and healed, living with all of his amazing friends at the Rainbow Bridge and someday I will see him again, but for now my Lil Joe I Love You.. Mommy


01-05-2009 12:17 AM -- By: Paula,    Critters.com memorial:   KARLEY Memorial
Happy New Year to everyone here. I tried to post a link for a song that was written for Karley but I can't post it here in the forum. So I have posted it on Karley's page. It is a lovely song & I hope that everyone enjoys it. Thank you, Paula


01-03-2009 11:58 PM -- By: Suzie Bragan,    Critters.com memorial:   KETO BOY Memorial
It has been another long week and longer nights. I visit Keto's memorial under his favorite tree in the backyard often. Although it breaks my heart, it also helps and makes me feel nearer to him somehow. I feel so empty and know that life will never be the same witout my shadow. Keto got me. He was and is everything good in me. He knew when I was sad or angry or happy and shared every emotion with me.  He can never be replaced. I have 2 other babies but Keto and I were inseperable. I feel like my heart is breaking and I feel so alone in my thoughts. I pray for this horrible pain to leave me. It is as if I am scared to face another day now. It is effecting my work, sleep and my marriage but I do not know how to feel "better". I put on a face to go to work but on the drive home I begin to feel anxious waiting to see Keto only to get home and he is not there. I dream. I smell him. I hear him. I miss him so much it hurts.


01-03-2009 2:31 PM -- By: ,    Critters.com memorial:   Gracie Memorial
I have added some videos of Gracie on to her page


01-02-2009 1:14 PM -- By: Janice Giampaoli,    Critters.com memorial:   Duke Memorial
A Very Happy New Year to all the Critter's Family members, and their most precious beloved fur angels!  Kisses and Hugs to all those many precious fur children that have gone to heaven. You are remembered and loved.


01-02-2009 1:04 PM -- By: Janice Giampaoli,    Critters.com memorial:   Dusty Memorial
I ask that you please visit this precious dog's site.  Except for myself, and my sister Gina, he has never been visited by anyone, including his former family and friends.  It makes my heart feel so sad for him.  I can't imagine what has happened.  This poor dog has nothing on his site.  No picture, details, nothing.  Please give him TLC!  Let him know that he is remembered.  Thank you.

Janice


01-01-2009 5:54 PM -- By: ,    Critters.com memorial:   Gracie Memorial
Tommarow , Janurary 2nd will be two months since Gracie had gotten her wings. We all miss her very much. She will be remember and always in our hearts.


01-01-2009 3:34 PM -- By: Brenda,    Critters.com memorial:   BUSTER Memorial
To all the special friends iv made on critters, i wish you all the love and happiness for 2009, and for us all to be there for each other in our low times. You have all been a great comfort to me and i will always hold that friendship close to me,

Happy New Year to all, and a special thank you to MARC AND SHARON,


01-01-2009 3:09 PM -- By: Scott and Cathy DeBlois,    Critters.com memorial:   Doogie Memorial
To all of those who lost friends this past year...may 2009 bring you peace and comfort.

It has been a little over a year since we lost our dear friend Doogie. We still miss him terribly however we now refect on the good times and remember mostly  his quirky nature and things he did to amuse us. We have put the all the bad memories aside and they only sneak back in occassionally.

For those of you who have had a recent loss, I promise you it gets better with time. It is never easy but it does get better. At first it is a crushing pain and feels you may never get over it, but you will...Over time the good memories start to dominate the recent bad ones and begin to squeeze them out of your everyday thoughts.  They will always be in your thoughts, but try and remember all the love and good times they gave to you. Doogies Mom, Dad, and "sister Maxiluna".


 

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