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07-29-2008 5:18 PM -- By: Cheri (Coco's Mommy),    Critters.com memorial:   Coco Memorial
To any of my Critters friends in California that were affected by the earthquake today, please know that you are in my prayers. Please stay safe.


07-29-2008 3:12 PM -- By: Christy Gretas Mom,    Pet's name:   

Hello to everyone, I hope everyone is doing as well as expected. It is especially difficult during the summer months for alot of families as there are camping trips and the children are out of school so the memories of our furbabies from the past seem to surface and create alot of pain. My baby girl will be gone 2 months on the second of August and her 10th birthday would have been on the 4th of August so i have found myself in tears alot as of lately, but I plan to celebrate her birthday and her angel day on the 4th by making it extra special for her new sister Sophia. I am going to purchase 10 balloons and tie milbones to the strings and release them to the heavens for my baby girl. Each and every year I bought a "baby" cake and Greta always got a small piece, this year Sophia will get a small piece of cake for Greta. I really wanted to make this birthday special just one last time for my girl. Anyways, I just wanted to share my plans of celebration with you all, I hope this finds everyone doing okay and having a safe summer. Hugs, Christy


07-28-2008 11:43 PM -- By: Jenny,    Critters.com memorial:   Toby Robinson Memorial
Hello Everyone,

To all who have signed the guestbook on our memorial page for Toby, the Robinsons would like to say thank you! Everyone here has been so friendly, and welcoming, and supportive. I am glad I found this website the night that Toby passed away. He was my mom's dog, and I made the memorial mostly to help her, so that she could go to a spot to mourn him. It seemed like a logical thing to do, although I had never known before that such websites as this one existed.

Thank you to the people who keep this site online,and to the site's creators, as this is a great place, and the idea was excellent!

To everyone who has lost a pet, I wanted to send you comforting thoughts, and let you know that our hearts are with you and we understand what you are going through. Hopefully time will help to hear the pain, though it will not erase the sense of loss that we are all experiencing.

Take care,

Jenny


07-28-2008 4:07 PM -- By: Jeanne,    Critters.com memorial:   Holly Memorial
Thank you to everyone that signed Holly's guestbook on her 1 year anniversary. It means a lot to me! Holly's Mommy Jeanne 


07-28-2008 1:11 PM -- By: kathy,    Critters.com memorial:   daisy Memorial
i just wanted to say thankyou to everyone and their kind words.. today has been one year without my daisy and i will always be forever thankful to everyone here helping me get through each day without her.. i will always love you daisy forever and always my beautiful girl... xoxoxo     


07-27-2008 5:14 PM -- By: Lynn,    Pet's name:   Harry
My 15 year old dog died today.  He was deaf and arthritic but still happy.  I walked him a half mile in the woods yesterday.  This morning he was panting heavily and his legs were week.  I tried to help him stad but his legs were too weak so I laid him on my bed.  He used his shoulders to move himself close to where I was sitting on the bed.

I kept petting his head. It crossed my mind that he was dying. But when he had bloat he went and hid behind the Christmas decorations in the basement. So I kind of expected that when he was dying he would go off by himself.  There was a moment that his body was shaking a little, like a seizure. The heavy panting stopped and there were shallow breaths that were too far apart. So I knew. But he had used his last bit of energy to cuddle up as close to me as he could.

I didn\'t want to have to put this dog down. I didn\'t want him to die alone. He died snuggled up to me, without a whimper. As deaths go, it was a good death. He was 2 and a half months short of 16, which is very old for a large breed dog (leonberger). He had a good, long life and cheated death many times. He came from the dog pound on the south side of Chicago.

It was just me and him.  He was my famiy and I can\'t imagine my life without him.


07-27-2008 2:52 PM -- By: Jeanne,    Critters.com memorial:   Holly Memorial
Today is the anniversary of my Holly's passing.


07-27-2008 10:49 AM -- By: angie,    Critters.com memorial:   Rocky Memorial
My dearest Rocky, You are finally home with us now. Though I can't  touch you or hug you, I know you are with me always.  Tomorrow is the one month marker since you've been gone. I miss you with all my heart and soul.  Love you forever. Mom

  a candle for you,  my  sweet Rocky.


07-27-2008 1:55 AM -- By: Annette (Stimpy's Mama),    Critters.com memorial:   Stimpy Memorial
To All My New Sweet and Caring Friends who were kind enough to wish my little boy, STIMPY, a Happy Birthday,    I just want to thank you all for such beautiful, loving words and well wishing.  It brought a much needed smile on my face and also tears to my eyes knowing I have such a loving, caring and understanding group of friends.  I only wish we all could have met under happier circumstances, but I feel extremely fortunate to have you all as a big part of my life.   It's the highlight of my night after a long, and usually difficult day, to hear from each of you.  I think about you and your babies often, and I always ask God for extra blessings for all of you.  I care about your babies as if they were my own. I hope I am as much of a help to you all, as you continue to be to me.  Thank you again, my good friends!  God Bless You and all of your Sweet Babies!        Love,  your forever friends,  Annette and Stimpy 


07-26-2008 2:02 PM -- By: angie,    Critters.com memorial:   Rocky Memorial
My dearest Rocky, the vet just called this morning, saying you're ready to come home  I'm  glad that you're finally coming home to us but another part of me feel very sad.  I miss hugging you,you big teddy bear.Love you with all my heart and soul.

Welcome home, my boy. and mom  -hugs and kisses.

 


07-25-2008 3:26 PM -- By: Annie,    Critters.com memorial:   Haley Angelic Von Miller Memorial
I miss you both. My heart still aches. I still cry for both of you. You both brought so much joy to our home. Your little paw prints will stay in our hearts forever.

I praise God for the years we had together. You both are together now romping in the green grass. Sleeping together again snuggled up just the way you both like to do.

Thank you Haley and Hannah for all the love and wet kisses. Mommy and daddy miss them so.


07-24-2008 6:40 PM -- By: nadine,    Critters.com memorial:   Luna Memorial
Hello Richard,  and all the wonderful people who have been a tremendous help here at critters. I know you feel sad and alone, daily activities are a burden, me too... I find it hard to get up in the morning but slowly I do, it takes me 4 xs longer to complete any task, the first 3 months all I could do was show up, I was an emotional wreck, but what should we expect?  

... after caring for such a lovely lil' gurl for so many wonderful years you miss her, and all that she was, the way she would walk, or bark, the tiny things she would do that would put a smile on your face and make you feel so proud ... that she’s your lil' gurl and you are her daddy. Your still her daddy, that will never change. The joy this little angel gave you, how she filled your heart with so much love, all these things are because all dogs are pure in heart, that's what binds us to them, they are not as individual as we are, they have a combined soul, made of all the wonderful things puppies are; but what they have that is different is their spirit, their temperament, their drive and the way they carry themselves, their personalities … all these things are uniquely their own. They do not keep track of rights and wrongs, when you were late, if dinner was on time; they are just happy when they are with you, they light up when you walk through the door, they are focused on you and only you, true love in the purest form ... is there any wonder how we can forget or even think of living without it once it has touched out lives ... you are one of the fortunate that has been blessed with the honor to love and be loved by one very special lil' gurl, the love you share is uniquely your own ... we all have our loves individual as we are, but yet they are the same, the feelings we have are  the same … we love them whole heartily. Their bodies are no longer with us, we can not touch their hair, look in to their eyes, but we can with our heart. Yes I want my baby girl right next to me where she belongs and I would do anything I could if that were possible, but it’s not. Lil’ Dollie will never forget you, she loves you more than you could ever love her, (even if you think that’s impossible), its true!  You are ingrained in her heart; together you are one, complete & satisfied.  So when we feel blue it’s just because we miss them so, is there any wonder why after such a love. Some people go through their lives never experiencing such a bond, they have no idea what it’s all about … they are the ones being cheated because they were not able to give of themselves completely and unselfishly. Your lil’ Dollie and all her terrific friends smile down from the heavens, they watch you, you’re the buzz of the town over there, your Dollie still makes you proud … hold your head high Richard, you are one of the few and I’m proud to call you my friend. Nadine (Luna’s mom).  

Please know I feel sad and I miss my little girl too, but I would have never changed a moment of my grief for a lifetime of never knowing her.  You have many wonderful years full of special memories the two of you shared, you were blessed Richard and your lil’ Dollie too. MY little girl meant the world to me as did you sweet Dollie bug, and I would do anything to be right by her side and it didn’t matter what … but that’s not reality … I just have to till it’s my time. I remember when I was feeling sad someone wrote me, “You have a friend me”. I’m proud to call you my friend. Love you Dollie bug, I love you Luna angel. I love you Richard and my entire friend that have helped me with the loss of my little angel. Nadine (Luna’s mom)

 

 


07-24-2008 3:36 PM -- By: brian,    Critters.com memorial:   Roxy Girl Memorial
To answer your question about greif counselling. Our local Hospice and Humane Societies both have support groups for pet loss. You may want to check in your area. We are actually thinking of starting an end of life support group for people who have sick pets that are thinking of euthanasia.  I own a Pet Funeral Home-Cremation Service in S.W. Florida but there should be many resources right in your back yard. After losing Roxy Girl 2 months ago relating to my customers and their feelings usually brings on some water filled eyes and a lot of memory filled conversation. I never thought after being in the Funeral Profession for 15 years that when I lost my own pet that I would have such difficulty dealing with my feelings. I still think about her every day. When I close my eyes, I still see her. When I sign on to Critters.com I know that I will be sad for a while but the fact that I can relate to so many pet lovers tand that they are feeling the same way is very comforting. When my website is finished I plan on putting a link to Critters.com for my families. This really is a great place. bl


07-24-2008 2:53 PM -- By: angie,    Critters.com memorial:   Rocky Memorial
My dearest Rocky, I miss you so much. Life has not been the same without you by my side. Mylo misses you too,he's always sititng by the gate, thinking you went for a walk with daddy and will be back soon. Seeing him sitting by himself,  breaks my heart. He misses your company and all the kisses he gave you, first thing in the morning . My heart is broken.You are the light of my life.

Hugs and kisses mom


07-24-2008 1:11 PM -- By: Linda (Ceeses's mom),    Critters.com memorial:   Ceese Memorial
Richard, I completely understand how broken one can feel when they lose a fur baby.  This 55 yr old woman feels broken losing Ceese, knowing the end is near for Mo and with two dogs with health problems.  I often ponder what is it about these critters that steals our heart and bonds us to them.  I suspect it is their loyalty and unconditional love.  We have our people friends, but really where else can we find that unconditional love?  I will be thinking of you today and tonight I will light a candle in honor of Dollie.  I am so sorry you are still feeling so much grief.  BIG HUGS!  LInda


07-24-2008 9:28 AM -- By: wicki, Sheba's mom,    Critters.com memorial:   Sheba Memorial
I wonder if anyone who has grief counseling services for pets in their community has tried it, and if it's helped at all.


07-23-2008 8:49 PM -- By: Michelle Kristinson,    Critters.com memorial:   Buddy Memorial
Today marks the one year anniversary of the passing of our beloved Buddy. I cannot believe that an entire year has gone by and I managed to live without my baby. I did not think it would be possible. My heart ached and I thought I would never recover. I am now able to talk about Buddy, most days, without crying. Today I have been looking through photos and admiring the plants that are living because Buddy is not peeing on them. I am sad and feel that familiar pang of grief in my chest but mostly I am so happy that I was able to have such an amazing experience with such a wonderful dog.

I will never forget you sweet Buddy Boy. Every day I look at your picture and I say "thank you for being such an important being in my life". I love you Buddy and I miss you each and every single day.

Love, Mommy


07-23-2008 8:00 PM -- By: Dollie's daddy,    Critters.com memorial:   Dollie Memorial
It's now been thirteen months since my little Dollie left my side. Sometimes I feel as if I'm losing it. I guess I get to thinking how it looks that a three and a half pound dinky little baby doll could bring a fifty one year old man to his knees, daily! (often, hourly) My broken heart just won't heal. I feel as if the life has been sucked out of my body. Routine activities are now a burden. My world is different now. It's dark. Dollie was my light. And I miss that light so, so much..;(   

PS: God bless you little Mo..;)

07-23-2008 12:21 PM -- By: Linda (Ceese's mom),    Critters.com memorial:   Ceese Memorial
Hey critter friends--I took Mo to the vet this morning and his numbers are bad but not so bad that he has to cross the bridge in the next few days.  My husband is out of town until the 7th of August and really wants to see him again.  The vet is thinking that might be possible.  Things could go sideways at anytime, but as of today we are hoping and praying that he can make it until the 8th.  He is still eating well, so we will increase fluids and pepcid and see how his comfort level is.  The end is near, but it may not be quite as soon as I thought.  The vet said no guarantees and if he seems more miserable at any time I will intervene immediately; otherwise his dad his hoping to see him before he goes to hang out  with Ceese.  He did actually hang out with me for a little while last night and had a good meal this morning.  Pray for us!  I am so grateful to all of you,  Linda


07-22-2008 9:45 PM -- By: wicki, Sheba's mom,    Critters.com memorial:   Sheba Memorial
Linda, I'm so sorry to hear this. I'll continue praying for precious Mo, and for you.


07-22-2008 7:32 PM -- By: Linda (Ceeses's mom),    Critters.com memorial:   Ceese Memorial
Although Mo is still eating and drinking, he is now hiding.  He does not seem able to find any comfort in being around me and to me that is his way of telling me it is the end.  I would prefer not to have to make the choice, but CRF is not a pleasant death.  I have been trying to make the call to the vet's office all day to schedule the appointment, but it is near closing time and I have not yet been able to do it.  Linda


07-22-2008 12:21 AM -- By: Michele-Ginger's Mommy,    Critters.com memorial:   Ginger Memorial
 

It is 3 months today since we said good-bye to our precious Ginger, and I just wanted to say "Thank You" to everyone who has visited us, and left words of encouragement.  It seems as though just when I need a little encouragement, someone stops by and leaves a message for us.  It has been a tough 3 months, and you all have helped me make it through these difficult times.  I miss her so much, and  I don't believe that the empty feeling in my heart will ever go away...we always thought that she would be here with us forever.

I keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers, and hope that I have comforted you all just as you all have comforted me.   We are all very blessed to have experienced the unconditional love of our precious little angels. 

Love, Michele


07-21-2008 3:11 PM -- By: Lauvern,    Critters.com memorial:   Luke Memorial
 

Hello Alyce and Kylie, I want to thankyou ever so much for remembering my boy Luke.It really helps knowing others have not forgotten him as i know i will NEVER forget him.It means so much to me when he is remembered and spoke about.Although he is not with me in body ,he will always be in my heart and memory.Thankyou again.   Hugs.


07-21-2008 1:29 PM -- By: Christy Gretas Mom,    Critters.com memorial:   Greta Abigail Memorial
Thank-you Alyce for remembering Greta and all the others, it means so much to me and I am sure to all of us. You never know, maybe they had their chance to be reborn again and make someone else as happy as they have made us in the little bit that we got to spent with our furbabies! Much Love to everyone. Christy.


07-21-2008 1:12 PM -- By: Nadine,    Critters.com memorial:   Luna Memorial
Oh baby girl ... Puppies are so special because  they live in the moment, they don't focus on yesterday (except to gain experience), they don't look for tomorrow, (beacuse they can not concieve of the thought), they do not look upon disapointment as anything more than hope, all their dreams are in the here and now, their pleasures are in the moment, making the most of every single day ... thank you for sharing your life with me.  I will be forever changed....I just hope my heart can bear the loss I feel over losing you. Forever, Mom


07-20-2008 10:41 PM -- By: wicki, Sheba's mom,    Critters.com memorial:   Sheba Memorial
Thank you, Alyce, for telling us about that. I sure wish we had that in our paper; it sounds so cute! Those babies in the paper are so blessed if they look like the kids that you named. God bless you and Kylie!


07-20-2008 7:17 PM -- By: Alyce,    Critters.com memorial:   Bobo Memorial
Hi Everyone, I just wanted to let you all know that where I live, every Monday they have what's called a pet's parade in our local  newspaper. People send in pictures of their adorable pets for all to see. My grand daughter Kylie and I have just had a ball looking at all the photos....over the past few weeks we've noticed alot of  look a likes on the page.....There was Luke (the beautiful boxer) Ebony and Greta (the black and yellow labs) Yukon Jack (the gorgeous Siberian husky) Dollie (the unmistakable "beauty bug" that she is!) Little Fergi, Little Joe, Queen Sheba, Mayor Ted, Blossom, ....every week we have a ball pointing out your babies...see they're not forgotten at all, they will always live on in our hearts. Hugs to all!

Alyce and Kylie


07-20-2008 6:37 PM -- By: Robin,    Critters.com memorial:   PACOS Memorial
  I JUST WANT TO TELL ALL THAT PUTTING UP MY PET PACOS AND HIS  STORY HAS HELPED ME SO MUCH.... OUR OTHER PETS MORNED ALSO WHEN PACOS WENT HOME........THEY CHECK ON THE GARVES OF EISABOW OUR SHEAPARED, AND SONOMA, OUR BABY GOAT. AND PACOS....TJ OUR OLDER RETRIVER CHOOSES TO GO LAY DOWN THERE. BY THEM,   I  OFTEN WONDER WHAT HE IS THINKING................HE IS THE ELDER STILL, AND I KNOW HE MUST BE SAYING  I GOT IT COVERED MY BUDDIES,,,.........I WANT TO THANK ALL THAT HAVE STOPED BY PACOS WEB SITE AND LEFT  NOTES,  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH..............7/19/08

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


07-17-2008 9:17 PM -- By: jean ted,    Critters.com memorial:   TED Memorial
to all who came by to say happy birthday to my boy, i thank you from the bottom of my heart, as i am sure my boy thanks all of you! especially all of his friends here at the barkery! i still miss my boy unbelieveably, but thanks to good friends here it is better! it's like i leave all kinds of pieces to my heart here at critters and if i am to have my heart in pieces this is the perfect place to leave them, here with you and your hearts....


07-17-2008 8:18 AM -- By: Brenda,    Critters.com memorial:   BUSTER Memorial
Hi,

Its coming close to my Buster one year since we said good bye its a month to day 17th Aug, and i really do not know how to cope, iv read Dollies, Ebony, Coco, Blossom and many others which already breaks my heart reading the pain there mommy and daddys are going through, and how it brings back that day they had to let go, i still can not  come to terms with making that discusion to let him go, even tho our vet said it would be the kindest thing to do,  ARE THEY ALWAYS RIGHT, i really thought i be stronger as time passes, but i seem to be getting weaker as the weeks go by,

To you all on critters thank you so much for being there for me and all of us going through the loss of our babbies


 

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