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05-12-2008 11:35 PM -- By: Jill, memorial:   Josie Lynn Memorial
Thank you all for visiting Josie's memorial and leaving your kind words.  It's so nice to hear from others who don't ridicule you for grieving so over a pet.  One of the guidance counselors at school was so nice to me today (I'm a teacher) and said, boy, you must have had Josie since before you were married - she was your first baby, wasn't she?  I felt so validated that someone else could love animals as much as I do.

And while I have had many dogs and cats, I've never actually had to put any of them down.  I have fostered several and given them to other homes, and I cried then, but nothing like seeing Josie take her last breath. 

My dog, Gibby, in the family picture, too, and Josie are my most special friends - I swear they were humans reincarnated into animals - they know exactly what I'm feeling, how to comfort me, etc..

Thanks, everyone, for helping time heal my wounds and being there through the stages of grief.  I can't imagine a time when I will be able to wake up and not miss her.  But I know that day will come when I will be reconciled with my decision and I will know she will be better for it.


05-12-2008 5:32 PM -- By: Brenda, memorial:   BUSTER Memorial
Hi to all,

Just popped in to say thank you all for all your kind  and comforting words that have  help me through some really bad times, specially when you are all going through the same pain, THANK YOU,

Iv just added a couple of photo,s of the new little boys Gizzie and Ozzie on Buster site under the title NEW BABIES, they are little sweeties, but a lot of hard work its like having two  naughty little twins,but worth it,

love and hugs to all,

05-12-2008 3:05 PM -- By: Amber, memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
Jill I am so sorry! I visited your Memorial and left a message in Josie Lynn's Guestbook.

05-12-2008 10:45 AM -- By: Lauvern, memorial:   Luke Memorial

Hi Everyone, I hope you all had a  Happy Mothers day.If it was like mine,all i did was think about my Luke,that wasn't with me .When i went outside and looked at my rock garden there was a red rose in full bloom which is very unusual for my part of the country as it is a way to early.I am going to believe it was sent to me from my boy.I had to call my girlfriend over and show her as i knew it is just unbelievable.She was in awe when she saw it.When my hubby came home i showed it to him and the tears flowed for the both of us. We knew where it came from without saying a word.Thankyou" my boy "Luke. I LOVE YOU. I just wanted to share this with you all.     Hugs

05-12-2008 12:17 AM -- By: Jill, memorial:   Josie Lynn Memorial
Hi everyone:

I had to put my best friend and loyal companion of 21 years down yesterday at 3:00.  I am having a hard time of it, even though I had plenty of warnings that it was her time.  You can visit her memorial to see about her.  She's been back with me for about 5 years after living with my sister and her husband and my mom since about 1998, when my son had really bad asthma.  I think her decline began 5 years ago, with the kidney failure just beginning two years ago.  Now I blame myself for not knowing how much pain she was in and how much she needed me.  I'm angry at the vet I went to two years ago who really didn't explain a lot to me - she didn't offer me SubQ fluids or K/D diet or any measure of palliative care.

But I'm grateful that Josie snuck out of the house last week, probably to perform the instinctual ritual, and that I found that the neighbor had taken her to a clinic, who kept her for me, and that was a sign from God that she needed release from her body.  I'm grateful for my wonderful vet, Caroline Gilje, who helped me through this decision.  But I still wonder if I insisted on seeing Caroline two years ago rather than settling for her partner, if we couldn't have made Josie's last two years more comfortable.

I feel guilty, even though her last three days with me were spent peacefully, that I was annoyed with her dementia in this process.  She meowed all the time in the last year, even in the middle of the night, and I should have known what she was trying to say to me.

I hope she's still waiting at the Bridge for me, and I hope she forgives me if I waited too long.  I had such a struggle making this decision, and I wanted her to die peacefully in her sleep, with as little intervention as possible. 

I can't stop looking for her, and I know this, too, shall pass, but I miss her companionship so much - more than I ever realized I would.

This Mothers' Day, while I have human children, has been very sad for me.  Josie was my first baby.  She was there for me during all the bad times, the hard times, the good times, and for everything. 

I hope...I hope...she knows that I loved her dearly, and that my impatience with her aging was, I guess, my ineptness in dealing with her inevitable death.

Thanks for listening to me - I know here, you all probably went through this as well.


05-11-2008 11:37 PM -- By: Angie, memorial:   Tom-Tom Memorial
HI Everyone,   just wanted say "Happy Mothers Day" to all you mothers.                                                              Please visit my Tom-Tom's memorial.

Like Kim - Rusty's mom, I am not a mother of human children, but I have amimal babies.  I lost my baby Tom-Tom on March  7  this year.   I didn't  get acknowledged either, but thats ok... I know that my Tom-Tom was sending me love from heaven, saying   "Happy Mother's Day   mommy, I love you!"

Mommy loves you too, Tom... I am not the same without you.  Mommy & Daddy  still talk about you EVERYDAY. We will Never forget you, you will live FOREVER in our hearts. 

05-11-2008 10:14 PM -- By: Kim, memorial:   Rusty Memorial

Hope everyone had a good Mother's Day.  Even though I have no human children, I didn't even get acknowledged by my husband, I never do.  He says it doesn't count because dogs and cats aren't considered "children."  But they're MY children.  I guess his mother is more important. She gets to have him all to herself.  He hasn't even visited Rusty or Cezar's pages I've created here since I made them.   I know that Rusty & Cezar consider themselves "my kids" and are sending their love my way.  Hope all you furmommies had a good day.    Love, Kim


05-11-2008 9:13 PM -- By: claudia, memorial:   Otis Memorial
Happy Mothers day to all. I hope it was a peaceful day to all. All of our babies are looking in on us today hugging us through their eternal love.

05-11-2008 2:13 PM -- By: Very proud mom, Carole, memorial:   Ebony Turner Memorial
Happy Mother's (mom/dad) Day to everyone!

I thank you all for being a part of the "rock" that held me together this past year...and to present. I am not sure how I would have gotten through all the grief, pain and tears without you. Another special thank you to Critters for giving us this wonderful place where we can join together with people around the world who understand how we feel, and what we've gone through, in our losses.

After a year has now passed, my heart is still so broken over the loss of Ebony. She WAS my rock, my mentor, my very special "adopted daughter"...and I was her mom. She gave me some of the most marvelous years I've ever known. As many have stated prior to my post, this day is a reminder that our "pet children" are no longer with us. This first Mother's day without Ebony is extremely tough, and although Ebony couldn't bring me flowers, candy or cards, the love she gave me "honestly" far surpassed anything that any human could have given or done for me. Thank you Ebony!!!

Since my mother has been gone for 27 years, and  I have no human children, I share my Mother's Day celebration with my precious pet children (pups) Tina Turner, Maggie, Krystal, Dezzy, Shabba, Buster, Princess and (kitty) Seville. Their gift of love to me today IS my celebration. ((HUGS)) to you all.

05-11-2008 1:39 PM -- By: Kelly Socks mom, memorial:   SOCKS Memorial
Happy Mother's Day  to everyone

05-11-2008 12:08 PM -- By: June, memorial:   Obsidian Memorial
Happy Mothers Day To All ! This is the first Mothers day without Obsidian so I am very sad. I still thank God I have Stephen, my family, friends and my other Fur-Babies, but I still miss her so much. Hugs and Kisses to all the people on this site you have made my loss bearable

05-11-2008 11:39 AM -- By: Tracie Lil Joe's Mommy, memorial:   Lil Joe Memorial
Thinking of you all. On this Day "Mothers Day" Knowing our babies are watching over us, sending love our way..  You all have  touched my Heart and I want to Thank each and every one of you for Caring and taking time to be there for Me and my Lil Joe, with out your Thoughts and Prayers, I would be Lost...  Your My Special Family, Just as my Lil Joe has a Special Family up in Heaven with him because of each of You.. Thinking of each of you Always... Hugs... Tracie and Lil Joe...

05-11-2008 10:33 AM -- By: Amber, memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
Dearest all

Today as we celebrate Mother's Day let us remember the GIFT we were given to be chosen to be Mommies and Daddies and sometimes Mommy AND Daddy to our beloved fur babies.

With this new grief in my heart I am trying to focus on the GOOD times, the happy times spent with these two precious boys of mine who have since left me. This too is my first Mother's Day without my boys and Mkwaa and I going to the beach shortly to celebrate their lives with a picnic lunch.

Within my sadness I feel peace today. I wish this peace for all of you today, tomorrow and always.

Hugs to you all and to all your precious fur babies here and at Rainbow Bridge.

05-11-2008 6:46 AM -- By: AunteeMz, memorial:   Cinderella and ToTo Memorial
Mother's Day Blessings to each and everyone one of you - and that includes you too Richard!  I do drop in time to time to visit The Girls and read your comments, but most often don't post.   Because like so many, I'm still missing my fur babies.  Like so many, I have days and moments when the tears just come and I  struggle to get through the day or night.  

There are not as many of the bad days now, because when the missing them comes, I remind myself of the love and joy The Girls brought into my life.  Without them,  I would of missed out on the life lessons,  companionship and the many many memories.  

Special thoughts, prayers and hugs to my friend Amber on Yukon Jack's passing.  Carole, (Ebony's Mom) thank you for providing a way for us to help out. 

This Mother's Day, the first after The Girls passing, is going to be difficult because it is a reminder that my babies are gone.... what is to celebrate in that.  

05-10-2008 9:57 PM -- By: Richard Cothran, memorial:   Dollie Memorial
I'd just like to take the time to wish each and every mother that reads this the happiest of Mother's Days. I lost my mother when I was fourteen years old, thirty seven years ago. I can honestly say that there's seldom a day that passes that I don't reflect on the memories that I have of her and the impact that she made on my life in such a short period of time. Each of you ladies that has a baby memorialized on this site has to know the joy of motherhood first hand and I can say without reservation that you each one made an equally indelible mark on your precious child. I would about stake my life to the fact that each little kitty cat, each little puppy dog, each little birdie, each little bunny rabbit, each little ferrit, each little colt, pony, or horse, or whatever species your "child" was, each one of there lives were richer and more full because of there "mothers." I raised my little Dollie gurl without a mother for the most part of her life. I tried to be both "the daddy" and "the mommy." I did the very best I could for her in each and every way and it's my prayer that she left this world with that calm assurance. Since last June, more of you ladies that I could name have "mothered" her and left tender and sweet comments to and for her that only a loving and caring mother could pen. For that, and SO MUCH more, I'll be eternally grateful to each and every one of you. I know that I'm not, by any means, the only daddy out there that's grieving but I've hung in there mainly because of the genuine heartfelt compassion and the acts of love and tenderness supplied by the mothers. I wish that there was something that I could think to say besides "thank you" for all that you've done for my little angel and me but I suppose that "thank you" will have to suffice for now. Please know that I'll always be here for each and every one of you to lend a hand, a hug, an ear or a shoulder if I can ever return the blessing. Once again, all of you mothers, happy mother's day and may God's very best be upon you and yours. I love you all in Jesus Christ and because of Him. Sincerely, richard (and Dollie Bug..;)

05-10-2008 8:07 PM -- By: Anjelica,    Pet's name:   Bryce & Ramona
Bryce just celebrated the day of his passing today, while Ramona's was in March.


Smoochy the cat went missing in early April 2008. He is grey tabby, male, neutered and has no collar. He was probably kidnapped by a cart person collecting bottles. Please visit:

Please help find our dear Smoochy before it is too late!

05-10-2008 12:25 PM -- By: Sheba, memorial:   Sheba Memorial
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms: human, furry, feathered, scaled, etc. We all love you!

05-10-2008 8:12 AM -- By: , memorial:   Max Memorial
I want to say thank you to everyone who stopped by and had signed both Max's and Hawkeys guestbook and thank you for all the kind words.

05-10-2008 1:46 AM -- By: Bev B., memorial:   Klaus Memorial
As I read with a heavy heart about Yukon Jack's passing, it brings back the pain of having lost my Klaus to cancer last summer.  It also reminds me of how wonderful and special everyone here at critters has been to me when I needed it the most.  Amber is one of those special ladies who has been so comforting in her spiritual offerings. I can only hope that I can provide her as much love and compassion she has shared with all of us. 

I'd also like to take the time to send out a heartfelt "thank you" that goes out to everyone here who still check in on Klaus and I to share their love and support. Although I don't get as much time to stop in with everyone, please know that I share in your grief and say a prayer for you.  Take care and God bless...

05-09-2008 6:43 PM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   Max
Amber, I made a photo thing for you sweet boy Yukon Jack. it is in Max's Memorial and there is a page called For Amber and there is the photo for you.

05-09-2008 2:02 PM -- By: Amber, memorial:   Yukon Jack Memorial
I am one of the newest members of Rainbow Bridge. Please stop by and visit my Memorial Site if you have time. My mom and sister are very sad today and could use some words of encouragement. Thank you.

05-09-2008 11:02 AM -- By: wicki, Sheba's mom, memorial:   Sheba Memorial
Carole, thank you so much for providing this info.

05-09-2008 10:23 AM -- By: Ebony, memorial:   Ebony Turner Memorial
Amber, I am so sorry Yukon Jack lost his fight...he tried so hard for you...what a strong boy you had. My heart is aching for you my friend. We know that Nvwati will take good care of him for you. My prayers and hugs sent your way.


This post is on behalf of Amber who also just lost her other boy Nvwati September, 28 2007. Yukon Jack was a trooper and fought to live for his mommy for nine days (since April 30th.) Yukon was so brave, and Amber was by his side every waking hour she could be there, which were many. Amber and I have spoken on the phone and emailed quite often this past few months. She is a soft-hearted, brilliant and very giving woman.

I am reaching out with my personal plea, to everyone who reads this post.

I'm not sure if you are aware, but Amber is involved in, and donates her time to groups that support people with mental and physical issues. She has given from her heart so much, while at the same time she is physically challenged. It is no secret, as Amber has also posted that she has AIDS, which has caused many other illnesses that she's dealt with, and she still gives even though there are many times she doesn't feel well herself.

I am personally asking anyone who can spare just a few dollars toward the care of her dear boy Yukon Jack...please contribute. Anything at this point would help her tremendously. I just donated $100.00. If there is anyone who reads this that can contribute any amount, Amber is facing an expense for her boy that is in the thousands. The boarding alone is $80.00 per day. He was taken to the clinic's emergency room on APRIL 30, 2008, and has been there ever since. Just for the boarding expense alone "to date" is $800.00. Amber is not able to work, and I am sure she would appreciate anything we can do to help out.

Below is the information for donations ("Master Card, Visa, Debit Cards, and of course Cashier Checks are accepted).

Banks Animal Hospital, 230 Coxwell Ave., Toronto, ON, M4L 382

(416) 461-7575

Please vist "Yukon Jack's" page, and communicate to Amber that you are able to contribute. I am sure she would provide you with her personal email, and would want to track any donations toward his care.

Thank you, in advance, from the bottom of my heart. Ebony's mom forever, Carole Turner.

05-09-2008 9:47 AM -- By: Amber, memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
The Miracle was not to be. Sadly my sweet boy Yukon Jack passed away this morning.

I will update his page later.
Thank you to all who sent prayers, well wishes and who helped out financially during this troubling time.

My boy passed away gently and peacefully in his sleep after a 9 day battle. He fought his hardest. I told him last night when we said goodnight that if he couldn't fight this as hard as it would be to say goodbye to him, I would understand. I told him if he had it in him to fight this I would fight alongside him. I begged him not to make me make a decision to end his life.


He answered me. He took his last breathe sometime around 4:30 AM today.

Yukon Jack I will miss you sweet boy. I Love you soooo much.


05-09-2008 12:01 AM -- By: Amber, memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
"Anyways, with medicine there's a time and a place for everything. It only comes around once. You have to get it at the right time."
---- Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK
The old ones say two things must be present for a miracle to take place. One, the right time. Two, the right place. This is why we need to honor our ceremonies. Ceremonies are done in an order. This order is applied to open a "door" to the right time and place of the medicine. This door opens to the Spiritual World. The Spiritual World is available to us at the right time and the right place.


My Creator, let me be patient today so the timing is right.

I hope this is helpful to some today. I Know I need it today as we continue to struggle with Yukon Jacks illness. I am not ready to say goodbye to my boy yet. It's too soon after saying goodbye to my other boy Nvwati. Nvwati, if you are listening please help your brother get strong and better so we can bring him home.

05-08-2008 6:42 AM -- By: Max's Family , memorial:   Max Memorial
Please visit my sweet boy Max memorial I have been having a hard time with his passing.

05-07-2008 10:50 PM -- By: Denise,    Pet's name:   Wallace
Hello I am new to this. I lost my beloved Wallace on Saturday, 5/3. He had faught Cancer for 18 months. He was a lover of life and my best friend. I don't know how to wake up and go through my day without him. My days are long and filled with a painful heavy heart. Wallace touched so many lives, in so many places. I just pray that I will see him again. Before he went to sleep I promised him that I would be OK and that I would see him again, before he knew it. I thanked God for the gift. The gift of time that he had given to Wallace and I. I thanked Wallace for the joy that he has given to me in the 7 short years that we had each other... I will never forget him....ever.  I Love you my "tuppy".

05-07-2008 9:50 PM -- By: Bobby Foster, memorial:   Oscar Memorial
I am missing  my Oscar really  bad today.Can not  stop  thinking about him. The why's, the what if's and the how comes  all haunt me today. There is an empty feeling that  I am having and a difficult time getting over. I miss you Oscar , my little buddy ...Oh do I miss you......I look for you but don't see you, I think I hear you but you are no where to be found.   I cry a little but nothing  makes me feel better. It's you I miss so really bad and I find myself still hurting and  wishing for time to go back to when you was alive and full of life. Im ok but just  very sad since you left. I never stop thinking about you my little buddy!

Your daddy

05-07-2008 2:38 PM -- By: Vi,    Pet's name:   Tasha
My cat Tasha was hit by a car this moring. She went out with me and stayed out . when I went to call her she was across the street and must have ran in front of a car.She was 14 years old and I a'm really having a hard time with it!!Iam blaming my self now. I should have brought her in sooner! Vi

05-07-2008 11:30 AM -- By: wicki, Sheba's mom, memorial:   Sheba Memorial
Tomorrow will be the one year anniversary of Blossom's Angel Day. Please pray for her mom Judy. She's having a very rough time and needs a lot of support.


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