Critters.com forum is a place to share thoughts and feelings and support each other during such difficult times.
We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
03-18-2008 1:41 PM -- By: April, Pet's name: Dallas You know I volunteer now for Homeless Pets Foundation, it is a place that saves animals from high kill shelters or animals that are injured at shelters and to be honest it just warms my heart. I wish I could bring them all home but just knowing I bring them love the time I spend with them makes me feel better and I know in my heart Dallas is wagging her tail and is proud of me. She LOVED all creatures big and small. If you can not find it in your heart to get another pet yet, volunteer at a local rescue group, some of those animals have never known love. They need it so! Volunteering I have seen some horrid things but I have also seen some animals go to wonderful homes. Bless you all that are trying t o get over your loved ones, I KNOW how hard it is. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of my baby girl. There are many a day I still weep but I know in my heart she is no longer suffering. She was truly my angel and the love of my life. Thanks for always being here yall.
03-18-2008 1:41 AM -- By: Vikki Goedmakers, Pet's name: Shadow-Goedmakers I would like to let everyone know that I have found a wonderful website that is a very comforting way to remember our dear family members. It is called Light a Candle...You can post a messege and light a candle in rememberence of our dear loved ones.
Vikki-Shadow Goedmakers Mom
03-18-2008 1:33 AM -- By: Dana, Critters.com memorial: Sadie Lynn White Memorial Claudia - I want to thank you for sharing your story of "Sweet Boy". I know that had to be a terrible thing for you to go through. I appreciate that you took the time to honor the sweet dog by telling us his story. And, I want to thank you for reminding us about feelings of guilt. We can so easily get wrapped in the what-if's and wishing and hoping we could have, or would have done more. But as you so sweetly reminded us, we have loved our animals with all our hearts and provided them a wonderful life. The thing that bothers me is wishing I could do more for more animals. Maybe some day my circumstances will change and I'll have the opportunity to do that.
Thank you for being so caring, so compassionate and for feeling secure enough to share with us here on critters. Take care, Dana
03-18-2008 1:27 AM -- By: Dana, Critters.com memorial: Sadie Lynn White Memorial Carole - thank you for posting the poem "Lend Me a Pup" - it is so beautiful.
03-17-2008 11:49 PM -- By: claudia, Critters.com memorial: Otis Memorial Hi April, I think what your Father did for the baby opposum taught you so much and led you to love all creation. That is so important in lifes lessons. I've felt it since I was a young girl, a kinship you might say to all living things. If anyone thinks saving a baby possum is silly, they should hear my story about a big black ant I once ran over with my bike by accident when I was about 8. I couldn't stand the thought that I killed it. It was still moving! I put it in a matchbox, and tried for the whole day to doctor it up. (thats probably what actually killed it =\!) But I did try.
I admire peoples compassion for animals so much. I grew up in the country with so called cowboys( including my brothers) all around, it seemed like they had no compassion for critters. I actually thought there was something wrong with me because I couldn't think like they did! I feel priviledged to have found this site, and to have found so many who are so loving towards animals. I know their are many out there, I just never knew the depth of their hearts, as this site reveals. Like yours for instance. I love to hear stories like yours. It warms my heart so. And I can imagine how God smiles at every instance of human compassion towards his critters. I can almost bet you and your Father have been blessed many times over, without realizing why, for such loving actions. Thanks for sharing that story with me. It eases my soul to know there are people like you out there!
03-17-2008 8:21 PM -- By: Brenda, Critters.com memorial: BUSTER Memorial Hi
Just popped in to wish you all a happy St Patricks Day and thank you all on critters for always being there for every body with warm words of comfort,
I will be putting some more photo,s of the new babies Ozzie and Gizzie on Busters site soon, I have to say they are a real hand full but so lovly
Love and big hugs to you all x brenda
03-17-2008 4:02 PM -- By: April , Pet's name: Dallas Claudia, I read what you said about the dog you found hit in the road. You are so right. I know that Dallas lived a wonderful, so much better than some, but I still miss my Dally girl. It is kind of funny you brought up oppossums. When I was younger my father passed a oppossum that had been hit in the road, he saw something move on the poor mutilated body and like you he had to stop, if to do nothing more than to move the poor critter off the road. Well once he stopped he realized what he saw was a very tiny baby trying to nurse from its dead mother. My father being the animal lover that he is picked it up and brought it home. We weighed it and took it to the vet and the poor baby weighed in at just shy of 4 ounces. She was tiny. We bottle fed her for severla months, and we got her up to 4 pounds and then we let her free on 400 acres. I will always feel great about that. We never once tried to make her a "pet" or socialize her b/c we knew that is NOT what she was put on this earth for. It was truly a wonderful experience. Oppossums do not carry rabies, they are only scavenger b/c that is what is there. They love raisins and all veggies. She also LOVED her bottle. I went to a local wildlife refuge and did lots of research. Also, we did bury its mother and siblings on the same property we let her go on.
03-17-2008 3:17 PM -- By: wicki, Sheba's mom, Critters.com memorial: Sheba Memorial Happy St. Patrick's Day to all the sweet babies and their loving moms and dads! God bless you all.
03-13-2008 11:57 PM -- By: claudia, Critters.com memorial: Otis Memorial Hey Leigh and Little Bit, I agree with you , I don't know how I would have muttled through this hard time either if it hadn't of been for all you folks here. Including you Leigh. Thank you all for your support and thoughts. For the most part I know you through your tributes to your babies. I see their familiar pictures everyday when I come home and come directly to this site. It's a place of security and warm feelings. Our babies come ALIVE here don't they!!? Even though I've read the memorials, and I've cried while doing so, it's like they are here, alive and well. Through all of you. I admire your love, strength, and most of all compassion to others as they grieve. Even though you all are going through the same feelings. To be honest, I don't think 2 months ago, that I would have had the courage to read through these memorials. I chose rather to live in denial of death until it hit me head on. Thank God I found this site. I would sure be in a deep depression by now. Thanks yall, have sweet dreams tonight of your sweet ones lying right next to you all snuggled up.
03-13-2008 10:51 PM -- By: Leigh and Little Bit, Critters.com memorial: Little Bit Memorial It is now 2 months since I lost the love of my life, My sweet little girl , Little Bit. It seems like forever, and it sure hasnt gotten any easier yet. After 18 + years of being together and so very close to each other, one can't just let it go.
Little Bitty, I miss you so very much, My heart is still broken apart and there is such a huge void in my life now. It is very painful not having you with me anymore. I will love you baby girl forever and ever. And one day we WILL meet up again in Heaven and I cant wait!
To all those on Critters here I have met, corresponded with and those who have been so kind as to sign Little Bits guestbook , ALSO the freinds I have made here that come by every so often to see how we are doing, Hey, I want to Thank each and every one here from the bottom of my heart , I never would of made it through this painful ordeal if it had not been for your kindness and compassion. I only hope that I can help others as much as you have helped me . I love each of your babies also, I have been honored to know you and your babys, and I know also that my Little Bit has some wonderful freinds , big and small to play with and be close to while they are all waiting to be with us again one day.
Once again, Thank you! Most of all, God Bless you all.
03-13-2008 6:15 PM -- By: Kendra, Critters.com memorial: Twister Memorial Just a friendly note: I added a new song to the song page where I write songs for Twister, its called 'Just Listen to the Sweet Sound of My Heart' Please feel free to check it out. Kendra (twisters best pal
03-12-2008 2:51 PM -- By: Cheri (Coco's Mom), Critters.com memorial: Coco Memorial Thank you, Carole, for another comforting poem. These really do help us get through our pain. There are new pictures on Coco's page. Hope everyone will take a look.
03-12-2008 7:47 AM -- By: , Critters.com memorial: daisy Memorial to all my friends here at critters and far away.. i really would like to thank each and everyone of you helping me and my mommy get through today.. i know my mommy heart is still broken because i'm away from her but i just know that today and everyday she has so many wonderful friends that have helped her with her pain.. thank you each and everyone one of you.. now it time to eat some of my birthday cake so gotta run.. and thankyou again... lots of love daisy xoxo
03-12-2008 1:24 AM -- By: Carole, Critters.com memorial: Ebony Turner Memorial This is beautiful!
I will lend to you for awhile,
a pup, God said,
For you to love him while he lives
and mourn for him when he's dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
or maybe two or three
But will you, 'till I call him back,
take care of him for me.
He'll bring his charms to gladden you
and (should his stay be brief)
you'll always have his memories
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
since all from earth return
But there are lessons taught below
I want this pup to learn.
I've looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true
And from the folk that crowd's life's land
I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love
Nor think the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come to take my Pup back again.
I fancied that I heard them say
"Dear Lord Thy Will be Done,"
For all the joys this Pup will bring,
the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness
we'll love him while we may
And for the happiness we've known forever grateful stay
But should you call him back
much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
and try to understand.
If, by our love, we've managed,
your wishes to achieve
In memory of him we loved,
to help us while we grieve,
When our faithful bundle departs this world of strife,
We'll have yet another Pup and love him all his life.
03-11-2008 11:22 PM -- By: claudia, Critters.com memorial: Otis Memorial Oh Lord, sorry for that v (down there) I didn't mean to write a book!
03-11-2008 11:19 PM -- By: claudia, Critters.com memorial: Otis Memorial I was driving to work today, and along the way I passed a horrible sight in the road. A animal had been hit by a car. I passed it the morning before as well. It had been ran over more than once. So I could barely tell what kind of animal it was. I got out, yesterday morning to make sure there was nothing I could do, though just from the window I pretty much knew it was not alive. There were several houses around, and I scanned them briefly wondering which one was going to wake up to a broken heart. I managed to move the sweet baby out of the road over to a grassy area. I wondered how long he had laid there suffering before he went to meet God.Though not to be to graphic, it was still apparent something had been killed there. I went to the door of the house directly in front of where he had been hit and they didn't know the dog. So I said a prayer for him and went to work. So this morning I passed him again. Noone had claimed him. Or buried him. Or apparently loved him. He was young, maybe abandoned. I made up my mind if he was there in the evening I was going to get him and bury him. I have a truck and with my heart so heavy from the loss of Otis, I'm more willing to get involved I guess than before. I usually hide my eyes at such sights because it hurts so to see our creatures so mutilated. So I was preparing myself all day for the task. Noone from work seemed willing to help. So I was on my own. So driving home I neared the place I'll never again pass without thinking of this sweet critter, and the city was driving off with a dump truck from where they just finished cleaning up the remains. I mentally named him "sweet boy" and cried as I drove on home.
The point I guess in writing this in the forum, is that..well, how lucky our beautiful critters are here. You can read the love pouring out of peoples souls on these pages for their beloved lost friends. And so many critters will never know even the kindness of anyone or anything in this world much less, the love. Or the home. Or the warmth of a fireplace. Or just the simple caress of their head. Just like the sweet Angel Puppy who we've all been touched by.
Thats just one example. How many times a day do you pass little critters who've been hit by cars or open the paper to mistreatment of animals? Be it squirrels, rabbits, cats, dogs, even opossums. A life is a life. Though I'm not angry at the driver, though he/she couldv'e gotten him out of the road, accidents do happen, animals don't know any better than to run into the streets. There has to be an owner of this sweet boy. There are no signs anywhere saying "missing dog", noone came and got him. It just irritates me that people don't realize how much these little dogs or cats are depending on us to keep them safe. I've had a puppy killed in the road many years ago. It was my fault. I left the door cracked when I was bringing in groceries and before I knew it, I heard the brakes screeching. I've never gotten over the guilt of that, though I know I didn't do it maliciously, guilt even so, is guilt. I made a mistake and it cost my puppy his life. I never got a second chance to right it. To make sure the door was shut. But I did learn from it.
My point, (then I'll stop this long 18 trillion page rant.).=), is that anyone on this page who feels guilty over not giving their sweet friend who as left to meet God , one more doggie biscuit, or not being there as much, or for not going to the vet sooner, or for having to put your sweet one out of his/her suffering. STOP! Because your best friend I guarantee had 1 million times more hugs than Angel puppy or Sweet boy. Or 5000 more treats, 15,000 more nights in your bed snuggled close,3000 more lap naps, (Otis was to big for those =) though he did keep my feet warm.), or 500 more nights in front of the fireplace. And Lord knows how many more balls thrown for them. All of our babies couldv'e wound up in either of these situations. But instead, you used your wonderful hearts and souls to devote your love to these babies. I've witnessed so many people who have gotten pets only to change their minds a month down the road, or a year even. And just throw them away. I can't help but think if only they'd had the patience, years down the road they would not imagine how that animal would touch their very core. And 10 years down the road they wouldn't want them out of their sight. And 15 years down, they can't imagine how they'll live without them. God, the LOVE they miss out on!! Both of thehuman and the animal unfortunately.
Anyway, I'm done. I guess that was letting off some steam to the heartless and irresponsible people of this world. I know God will show them their mistakes one day. I mean look at that Vick character. And God is letting us witness that! His wrath I mean. Can you imagine what Vick is thinking??!! I mean as little as he thought of animals, how he put himself so above them, he has to live with the fact that he is in Jail because of them!! He is in jail for the very creature he could care less if it lived or died! Thank you God! For letting the world witness his fall. Goodnight everyone , sweet dreams of meadows of critters running everywhere, giving kisses, licking your hand, and feeling the love of Heaven we Can only dream of. (Our babies are actually living it!)
03-11-2008 12:23 PM -- By: , Critters.com memorial: Angel Puppy Memorial i emailed Nancy Grace to find out why you don't hear anythint more about the Puppy the so called Marine Killed...But aas Usuall, Women ,Children and Animals have no rights.
03-11-2008 10:08 AM -- By: Joyce, Pet's name: Six weeks later and I still cry every day for my beloved kitty. As I read the memorials I know the pain and grief losing a pet brings into your life. March is known as Tabby Cat Month. Kisses and hugs to all the tabbies who are no longer with us. And if you have one, give him/her a special hug and say how much they are loved.
03-10-2008 5:12 PM -- By: Linda (Ceeses's mom), Critters.com memorial: Ceese Memorial Carolyn, what you are experiencing is something most of us go through. I've questioned and blamed myself with every animal. I have no doubt that you gave your precious baby a good life. Time does help you heal, but those first months are agony. I'd tell you not to beat up on yourself, but I think most of do. It will get better. Thinking of you and sending virtual hugs your way. Linda
03-10-2008 4:57 PM -- By: Linda (Ceese's mom), Critters.com memorial: Ceese Memorial I still really miss Ceese and Mo is on another downward spiral. The rollercoaster ride isn't much fun. However, today I feel blessed. My life has been filled with wonderful critters who have brought me so much joy. I am lucky to have had a life filled with the love that only a pet can give. When Mo is gone, I will rescue more kitties. They deserve the love I have to give them and they give me far more than I give to them. It isn't about replacing them, they can't be replaced. It is about knowing that I can give them love and they need a home. I feel sorry for those who don't like pets. They are missing out big time!
03-09-2008 9:53 AM -- By: Annie, Critters.com memorial: Haley Angelic Von Miller Memorial HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SWEET HALEY ANGEL. TODAY IS YOUR SPECIAL DAY. WE ARE SO SAD WITHOUT YOU. YOU WERE OUR PRECIOUS BABY GIRL. DADDY AND MOMMY WILL FOREVER PRAISE GOD THAT YOU WERE A PART OF OUR LIVES.
OUR HEARTS ARE SO LONELY WITHOUT YOU. WE KNOW THAT GOD WILL BRING US TOGETHER ONE DAY. PLAY AND HAVE FUN TILL WE MEET AGAIN. HANNAH MISS YOU TOO. SHE HAS BEEN SAD SINCE YOU LEFT US.
REST IN PEACE LITTLE BABY GIRL.
LOVE MOMMY AND DADDY
03-08-2008 7:53 PM -- By: LIZ MALEC, Pet's name: SUSU Susu, you were a gift from God. It's been only 4 days since you've been gone and my heart is very heavy.
We miss you terribly but we know you are not suffering anymore. We love you so much and you will
always be in our hearts.
03-08-2008 6:26 PM -- By: Chantelle, Critters.com memorial: Kenya Memorial Monday will be two months since you left us. We still miss you terribly. Tahoe wasn't the same without you. Oh how you would have loved the snow and warm spring like weather. We love you little woofs.
03-08-2008 5:55 PM -- By: Maria , Critters.com memorial: Stacey Memorial Stacey tomorrow is going to be 3 months without you. My heart is without you. Even though it has been three months. I still feel like it is my fault that you are gone. Only if I payed attention to you Stacey you would still be here with me today. Every day seams to drag on without you. There still hasn't been a day that I haven't for you to come back home. You where my buddy. you protected me from other dogs. I wish that I could give you one last hug and on last kiss on the head.
hope that you are having a good time over at Rainbow Bridge. Here is a for you Stacey.
03-08-2008 3:13 PM -- By: Kelly, Critters.com memorial: SOCKS Memorial If any would like to see my new portrait of my baby please check out her "SOCKS NEW PORTRAIT PAGE"
Let me know what you think
03-08-2008 11:03 AM -- By: , Critters.com memorial: Angel Puppy Memorial Please Remember Angel Baby.
Its so hard to believe that a US Marine could harm a Little 4 or 5 week Puppy.
03-07-2008 7:02 PM -- By: Tracie, Critters.com memorial: Lil Joe Memorial Dana Thank you for sharing the Poem with us.. I hope that you are doing as well as you can always remember that your Sadie Lynn is watching over you..
Claudia I LOVE what you wrote, if only we could do that. but I to look so forward to the amazing day we all rejoin our babies.. What a amazing day that is going to be to feel so much Joy..
To all my WONDERFUL FRIENDS here on critters, I want to Thank you all for CARING you get me through... I Pray everyday that we each find comfort for that day in someway to make it through another day... Sending each and everyone of you Hugs...
03-07-2008 6:47 PM -- By: Dana, Critters.com memorial: Sadie Lynn White Memorial Leigh - you are very welcome. It made me cry rivers too, but it does make a lot of sense. (I noticed last night that somebody had already posted it in the Poems forum, so it's there too.) Many blessings to you.
Claudia - AMEN, AMEN to what you said. Until then, we will all have to keep our faith, believe, and trust that God will take care of ALL of us someday.
03-07-2008 6:00 PM -- By: Bug..;), Critters.com memorial: Dollie Memorial Amen, Miss Claudia. Amen. Bug..;)
03-07-2008 2:21 PM -- By: claudia, Critters.com memorial: Otis Memorial I think what we should all do, is gather all the wonderful critters on earth, pack them into another ARk, put all the sweet loving caring people(that would be you folks here) into that ark as well, and go to a HUGE island with plenty of lakes, streams and rivers, and leave the evil doers here. We can start over, grow our own crops, tend to all the critters, everyone would love everyone and every critter. Well, I guess we can't do that, because it would be like creating our own heaven. Then you have to think about..we don't have the power God has to make sure all the critters and people have total love for one another. You'd have lions chasing deer, and so on, so that wouldn't quite work. YET. But won't it be a lovely day when we do all enter the Kingdom of Heaven with our sweet babies, AND each other, and we feel total love. No more abuse, of animals or children, or even humanity. No more grief, no more pain. EVER. But until then, we do have each other. and this site is amazing. We can all hold hands, even virtually and help one another through the sorrow of death, abuse of sweet puppies, and life in general. I love you all. Though it's sad to say, I have family and friends who have done less to help me through my loss, as much as so many of you have.When I started Otis' memorial, I did it, thinking I could just visit the page every now and again and write to him and think of him. Instead, I woke up the next morning after opening his page here, and found all these guest book entries from people I didn't know. And the healing process began. And everyday there are more entries. And everyday my heart feels more love and less grief. More love for Otis, and more love for all of you and your sweet precious little babies. Thank you.
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