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03-24-2008 9:50 PM -- By: Richard,    Critters.com memorial:   Sadie Lynn White Memorial
Richard - I want to thank you from the deepest corners of my heart for your words.  Nobody has ever summed up the joy and love and wonder that our pets bring us, all the while reminding us to experience life in the most joyous way, as you have with these words.  I am going to print this and keep it with me so when I need to slow down, to take a breath and look around, and to give thanks for all the joyous wonders there is in this world, I will be able to read it.  Again, thank you so very much.


03-24-2008 8:00 PM -- By: jennifer,    Critters.com memorial:   Fergi Memorial
How very true, and how very beautiful.......thankyou for sharing that with us Richard....


03-24-2008 12:32 PM -- By: Richard,    Critters.com memorial:   Dollie Memorial
When you bring a pet into your life, you begin a journey. A journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet will also test your strength and courage. If you allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about yourself, and most of all, about love. You will come away changed forever, for one soul cannot touch another without leaving its mark.

Along the way, you will learn much about savoring life's simple pleasures -- jumping in leaves, snoozing in the sun, the joys of puddles, and even the satisfaction of a good scratch behind the ears. If you spend much time outside, you will be taught how to truly experience every element, for no rock, leaf, or log will go unexamined, no rustling bush will be overlooked, and even the very air will be inhaled, pondered, and noted as being full of valuable information.

Your pace may be slower, except when heading home to the food dish, but you will become a better naturalist, having been taught by an expert in the field. Too many times we hike on automatic pilot, our goal being to complete the trail rather than enjoy the journey. We miss the details; the colorful mushrooms on the rotting log, the honeycomb in the old maple snag, the hawk feather caught on a twig.

Once we walk as a dog does, we discover a whole new world. We stop; we browse the landscape, we kick over leaves, peek in tree holes, look up, down, all around. And we learn what any dog knows that nature has created a marvelously complex world that is full of surprises, that each cycle of the seasons bring ever changing wonders, each day an essence all its own, each day a gift from God.

Even from indoors you will find yourself more attuned to the world around you. You will find yourself watching summer insects collecting on a screen; how bizarre they are; how many kinds there are or noting the flick and flash of fireflies through the dark. You will stop to observe the swirling dance of windblown leaves, or sniff the air after a rain. It does not matter that there is no objective in this; the point is in the doing, in not letting life's most important details slip by.

You will find yourself doing silly things that your pet-less friends might not understand: spending thirty minutes in the grocery aisle looking for the cat food brand your feline must have, buying dog birthday treats, or driving around the block an extra time because your pet enjoys the ride. You will roll in the snow, wrestle with chewie toys, bounce little rubber balls till your eyes cross, and even run around the house trailing your bathrobe tie with a cat in hot pursuit, all in the name of love.

Your house will become muddier and hairier. You will wear less dark clothing and buy more lint rollers. You may find dog biscuits in your pocket or purse, and feel the need to explain that an old plastic shopping bag adorns your living room rug because your cat loves the crinkly sound. You will learn the true measure of love. The steadfast, undying kind that says, "It doesn't matter where we are or what we do, or how life treats us as long as we are together."

Respect this always. It is the most precious gift any living soul can give another. You will not find it often among the human race. And you will learn humility. The look in my dog's eyes often made me feel ashamed. Such joy and love at my presence. She saw not some flawed human who could be cross and stubborn, moody or rude, but only her wonderful companion. Or, maybe she saw those things and dismissed them as mere human foibles, not worth considering, and so chose to love me anyway.

If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you will be not just a better person, but the person your pet always knew you to be. The one they were proud to call beloved friend.

I must caution you that this journey is not without pain. Like all paths of true love, the pain is part of loving. For as surely as the sun sets, one day your dear animal companion will follow a trail you cannot yet go down. And, you will have to find the strength and love to let them go.

A pet's time on earth is far too short, especially for those that love them. We borrow them, really, just for a while, and during these brief years they are generous enough to give us all their love, every inch of their spirit and heart, until one day there is nothing left. The cat that only yesterday was a kitten is all too soon old and frail and sleeping in the sun. The young pup of boundless energy now wakes up stiff and lame, the muzzle gone to gray.

Deep down we, somehow, always knew that this journey would end. We knew that if we gave our hearts they would be broken. But give them we must, for it is all they ask in return. When the time comes, and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead, young and whole once more. "God speed, good friend," we say, until our journey comes full circle and our paths cross again.

And bless their souls for sharing their lives with us... and adding so much to our very existence.


03-24-2008 9:19 AM -- By: Dana,    Pet's name:   Sadie
Did everyone see the good news this morning about the soldier in San Diego who saved a dog in Iraq?  He found the young boy stabbed with a screwdriver and picked him out of the battlefield and took him in and nursed him back to health.  He named the little guy "Nubs" as the poor thing had lost most of the flaps of his ears.  Anyway, the base wouldn't let the dog stay, so the soldier's friends and family raised money to have him flown to San Diego.  The soldier (not knowing this) arrived home yesterday to find himself being greeted not only by friends and family, but by Nubs!!  You should have seen it - Nubs just ran to him, licked his face, jumped all over him, and then sat obediently in front of the soldier with his paw on his arm.  Now this is a soldier we can all be proud of!  God bless Nubs, and God bless this soldier!  Buddies for life these two are


03-24-2008 1:37 AM -- By: Carole,    Critters.com memorial:   Ebony Turner Memorial

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them.  And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart.  If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they have been to me."


03-24-2008 1:23 AM -- By: Carolyn Davidson,    Critters.com memorial:   Panda Bear Memorial
I wish that the world would stop spinning for even one small moment to allow me to catch my breath and for my broken heart to heal just a little before anyone else I know or love or even care about leaves this life for another one. I dont know just how I did it but I got through the first easter with out my mom and Panda. I miss them both so very much that it seems like my world has come to a screaching halt and now lies in a crumpled tangled mess at my feet. How do we go on when we lose not only one of our "babies" but a parent as well and with in just a few weeks of each other? I have been saying the same thing for days when asked how I am. I tell everyone I am fine but inside my heart is shattered and I feel like I cant breathe. I want to cry but I cant because I have to be strong for my family.  Please someone tell me that its ok to not be strong even for a moment because I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders. To my mom and my little Panda Bear Happy Easter. Christ Is Risen and HE is lord.


03-24-2008 12:22 AM -- By: Leigh,    Critters.com memorial:   Little Bit Memorial
 

I got a note from Little Bitty today, I want to share it with  all of you.

"Mommy,   Happy Easter Mommy, I wuv you so much.  I know you miss me mommy, I miss you too.  But we will see each other again one day mommy.  Jesus told me so. 

Today was a really busy day Mommy.   The angels hid Easter eggs  and lots of Yummie goodies for us to find.    Otis and Ebony found alot of them and they gave me a bunch too.   Blossom also found some and shared.  Wow, we all got really full eating Easter Eggs and goodies.   Then we got to listen to the angels sing beautiful music all day today for Easter.   They are really pretty and all the birds sang along with them.   Even all of us furbabies here got a chance to sing .    I didnt know I could do that but here we can.    We played alot of games too,    Dollie and I watched as Otis and  Ebony chased the angels playing tag and Blossom and others were playing ball.   Then Dollie and I and some more little ones chased butterflys while all the pretty kittys here got to roll around in a big field of catnip and chase and play with little micies.   They dont hurt the micies, they are all good friends and love to play with each other.   The babies here with feathers were flying high with the angels and the nice lizzies here goobled down on buggies that are here just for them.   There is alot of love here and we all feel so  young again.   Its really nice.   I have met so many furbabies , I cant remember all their names but I love them all!    Everyone is like best of friends here.    So don't worry about us,  We just want to wish our family's and all the peoples of the world a very Happy Easter and to remind them that if it wasn't for what Jesus did on Easter,  we would not be able to be together again.   But he did so we can!   WOOHOO!   Praise the Lord!

We all love you,

And I love you mommy and Daddy,
Little Bitty


03-23-2008 8:38 PM -- By: Kelly Socks mom,    Critters.com memorial:   SOCKS Memorial
HELLO EVERYONE HAPPY EASTER....... SORRY I COULD NOT RESPOND TO ANYONE'S PAGES MY LAPTOP IS BROKEN AND I AM USING SOMEONE ELSES

I JUST WANTED EVERYONE TO KNOW I AM THINKING OF ALL OF YOU ON THIS EASTER DAY AND WISHING ALL OF OUR BABIES WERE HERE WITH US.

I WILL BE BACK HAS SOON AS MY LAPTOP IS FIXED SORRY

HAPPY EASTER TO ALL

GOD BLESS


03-23-2008 8:19 PM -- By: Diane,    Critters.com memorial:   Spencer Memorial
On this special day, a day of miracles I justed wanted to say Happy Easter and thank you to all the wonderful kind and compassionate individuals who have helped me to survive.  This may be pushing it, but I prayed to God that there be a special place in heaven set aside for critters.com alumni - I would like to meet everyone and there beloved pets - give hugs and kisses and bellyrubs (for the pets) and thank each and every one of you in person!


03-23-2008 6:35 PM -- By: Brenda,    Critters.com memorial:   BUSTER Memorial
Hello,

Iv just popped in to tell you my mommy as put on a couple of photo,s of  my new little brothers Gizzie and Ozzie  i never meet them but i now they are makeing my mommy  smile again since i left and im really happy for her,but i now i will always be her special love because i was her first dog she ever had and of cause i was  a GOOD BOY AND A ONE OFF i was

\\ special// my mommy always told me that, so if you can please have a look at these two little brothers,they are on my site i thinks she names it NEW BABIES, she will have her hands full with these two, but i am watching over them and my mommy, i loveyou mommy x x from buster in heaven


03-23-2008 4:21 PM -- By: Jeannie/Gypsy Rose mommy,    Critters.com memorial:   Gypsy Rose Memorial
Just wishing all of the wonderful people at Critters a very Happy Easter.  I will also be thinking of everyone who has touched my heart and made my life more bearable.  I will also be thinking of all of our precious babies in Heaven who will be sharing this special day with the Angels.


03-23-2008 4:06 PM -- By: KC Bear's Mom,    Critters.com memorial:   KC Bear Memorial
Just wanted to drop in and wish you all a Happy Easter!

Like everyone else - holidays are still difficult...and on the 28th, it'll be 1 year without my heart....

I miss her so....


03-23-2008 1:03 PM -- By: Kendra ( twisters best pal),    Critters.com memorial:   Twister Memorial
Just wishing everyone and all the furbabys a Hoppy Easter!


03-23-2008 9:46 AM -- By: Alyce,    Critters.com memorial:   Bobo Memorial
Wishing all the wonderful people here a Happy Easter. This site has brought together the most wonderful, caring, loving, thoughtful,and  comforting people that anyone could imagine, and it's all due to our beloved pets that have past over the Bridge. It is so comforting to know that there's always someone here that feels the same sadness that  we all feel and that within minutes of a posting you've got a friend that reaches out to you with a kind word, kind of like a soothing hand patting you on the back saying "It's okay, I know exactly how you feel, it's going to be alright, we'll get through this together." I am so proud and happy to call each and everyone of you my friends. I also want to thank everyone here for the smiles they have given me when I needed it the most, Richard,Wicki,Kathy,Judy,Fergi's mom,Boedy's Mom,Klaus's mom,Lil Joe's Mom,Spenser's Mom,Noops's mom, you are all part of the joy you bring to my life. God bless you all and have a wonderful Easter. Know that all are pets are in the best place  they could possibly be with all the love they deserve. Love and comforting thoughts to each and everyone of you. Alyce


03-22-2008 6:39 PM -- By: Dollie & Daddy,    Critters.com memorial:   Dollie Memorial
Dollie and I would like to wish everyone a happy Easter. We'd also like to thank everyone that has visited Dollie's site and/or signed her guestbook. My little gurl left my side nine months ago today and since that time I've tried to sign every tribute on Critters. I know that there's many that I've missed but I've tried. Here lately I've fallen behind. For that I'd like to say that I'm sorry. I feel a kinship with each and every one of you here, sorta like a family thing. I sit here and actually weep for you and your babies. My heart just breaks because I know that yours is broken. The last week or so I've mostly stayed away thinking that maybe that's what I should do. I just don't know. I want every one that reads this to know that I love you in Jesus Christ and because of Him. Once again, happy Easter. richard..;)


03-22-2008 4:48 PM -- By: Linda,    Critters.com memorial:   Bailey Memorial
I just want to wish everyone on Critters a very Happy Easter. I hope that with each day, every one of us acquires more hope and strength to carry on without our beloved "furbabies". A big hug to those who have recently lost a beloved pet. Hang in there, I promise the pain does lessen. Anyway, have a great day tomorrow.


03-22-2008 2:38 PM -- By: Blossom,    Critters.com memorial:   Blossom Green Memorial
Boy i can tell that Daisy, Dollie and mr will be busy the rest of the Month in the Barkery..I'm sure glad Dollie Makes the Icing...


03-22-2008 1:25 PM -- By: Diane,    Critters.com memorial:   Spencer Memorial
I would like to thank all the kind individuals who have stopped by to wish me and my Spencer well.  It has been so hard without him - yet I know it's for the best.  It's been 5 months and I still miss him each and every day.  All of your words of comfort have helped me immensely - it's nice to know that kindness and compassion still exist.  I pray for all of us that we can come to terms with our grief and rejoice in our memories - we were so lucky to have such great love in our lives and it's just the beginning - we will be reunited in eternity.


03-22-2008 11:25 AM -- By: jean ted's mom,    Critters.com memorial:   TED Memorial
HELLO EVERYONE!

i just wanted to say that i wish everyone a happy easter and that no matter what all of us will have thoughts of each other on sunday and we will never be alone in our grief because we all  have each other! and that our babies are all together and our thoughts are always with them!!


03-22-2008 9:19 AM -- By: Joyce,    Pet's name:   
For some of us, this will be our first holiday without our pets.  How different it will be, not having that furry body around to celebrate with.  Houses will be a little less joyful and tears will be shed.  Let us pause for a moment and remember, as Christ is Risen, so too are the loved pets who have gone before us and rejoice in the promise that we will be together again someday.  And to everyone on this site, I extend warm wishes for a Happy Easter.   


03-22-2008 12:08 AM -- By: Mary,    Critters.com memorial:   Sparky Memorial
Thank you so much for the encouraging words. This is the second Golden that I have lost in the last 10 years....but I would do it all again just to have them in my life.

I consider it to be a good day if I don't cry for an hour....when I am home....at work it is easier because there is so much else going on...I still cry....but I push it back better so I can function...but here....well...I am just getting to the point where I can start to vacuum up hair he left me....his legacy. I still put fresh water in his bowl....and I expect to see him on the bed we shared...or in one of his boxes....on his couch...I still trip over his toys....hearing the hedgehogs grunt at me....well...I miss that sound...I guess I am like the mourning pet...who needs to ease out of the companionship in order to move forward.

Hard as it always is to lose them, I wil become a forever dogmom again soon. I am at my best when I have a dog to remind me that it's not all about me.....got to.

Mary


03-21-2008 11:00 PM -- By: Cheri (Coco's Mom),    Critters.com memorial:   Coco Memorial
Wishing everyone a beautiful Easter and my prayers for those who are suffering......that they may find peace and comfort in the promise of God's love.


03-21-2008 3:33 PM -- By: Tracie Lil Joe's Mommy,    Critters.com memorial:   Lil Joe Memorial
To All My Amazing Friends:

I want to send out a Special Easter Wish to all of you.. Since I will be gone on Easter Day...

Hugs to you All...


03-21-2008 10:18 AM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   
Depression is a terrible thing..;(


03-21-2008 9:12 AM -- By: wicki, Sheba's mom,    Critters.com memorial:   Sheba Memorial
Sheba and I would like to wish all the babies and their loving families a happy and blessed Easter. We love you all!


03-20-2008 11:22 PM -- By: Dana,    Critters.com memorial:   Sadie Lynn White Memorial

Who among us here has the power to say that the spark of a soul is any less significant because it resides in the body of a pet?   - Author Unknown.

 

Just wanted to share this....


03-20-2008 11:19 PM -- By: Dana,    Critters.com memorial:   Sadie Lynn White Memorial
Wishing everyone here and their beloved pets - both still with us and those waiting for us at Rainbow Bridge - a beautiful, peaceful and joyful Easter.  Thank you to everyone here at Critters.  This site has been such a blessing to me.  Love and peace to all of you.


03-20-2008 4:20 PM -- By: April,    Critters.com memorial:   Dallas Memorial
I found Dallas memorial ID!!!  I am so proud!!


03-20-2008 4:18 PM -- By: April,    Pet's name:   Dallas
Happy Easter to all that have lost their fur babies.  May you find comfort in your wonderful memories.    There is not a day does by that I do not think of my Dallas (and cry) but I know she is thinking of all the love and the wonderful life I gave her and I am sure your pets are doing the same.  May you all find peace in your memories.


03-20-2008 12:47 PM -- By: buster mommy,    Critters.com memorial:   BUSTER Memorial
Hello to all on Critters ,

Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Easter and to thank  you all for being there for us all,and to wish all our babies up over rainbow bridge a Happy Easter with a lot of fun on the Easter Egg Hunt, and a Happy Easter to all there mommies and Daddies down here on Critters,

LOVE AND HUGS TO YOU ALL X X

And a special candle for Easter Sunday in memoryof  all loved ones, .


 

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