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Memorial created 07-4-2008 by CAROLE TURNER
June 6 1994 - June 30 2008
San Diego Pet Memorial Park Entrance 10:38am
This day was in honor of you my precious Shabba Lou...my little teddy-bear. Three beautiful hours were spent remembering the wonderful 13 years we shared. There were hundreds of angels lying in their eternal resting places that I paid honor to as well. It is truly amazing to see the love poeple have for their pets. After I spent some time together with Shabba, we walked around the Cemetery and visited some precious angels. It's just a shame the whole world is not the same.
My dear Shabba Lou, What a day! I was worn out from the past week and this week. I haven't had much sleep...I just could get a full night sleep. I woke up this morning at 6:30am and let all your brothers and sisters outside. I laid back down after they were all taken care of, and woke up at 10:01am. You were supposed to be at the doctor this morning at 10:00 for your follow-up visit. Last week when you were picked up by the crematorium, I was hoping you be back to me by today so I could have your memorial service. My prayers came true...you arrived at the clinic last night. I didn't have the emotional strength to pick you up last night, so I planned on picking you up this morning and going straight to the San Diego Pet Memorial Park cemetery. Itís amazing how everything fell into place. I met two wonderful women today who helped ease my sadness a bit...what a breath of fresh air they were. I love you dear boy...I miss you more than ever.
I cried until I couldn't cry anymore, but I'm sure the tears will return soon. You see Shabba, today you were supposed to go to the doctor for your two-month recheck. Little did I know when I set up the appointnemnt back on May 10th, and took the day off work today because I was anticipating bad news...that I'd be spending it picking up your remains and having a memorial service for you.
There are not many words left for me to say today. I said them all at your service. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Your remains will stay with me forever, and right beside your beautiful sister Ebony's remains.
Farewell my son...you were a very special part of my life. Rest peacefully.
Sign above Chapel door
Shabba's Memorial Service inside Chapel
Shabba's Memorial Service - 2nd view
Shabba on Bench by Chapel
Shabba on Bench by Chapel - 2nd view
Looking up from the bench
Beautiful little Almond
Almond - 2nd view - gorgeous memorium
Darling Schilbert Komori
Precious little Foxy
Shabba's Treasured Paw Print
Leaving the cemetery at 1:30pm
This is a front view of the "Memorial Park". The Chapel sits under the 100-year old maple tree in this picture. The cemetery is approximately a quarter mile drive down a winding road into a canyon. At the bottom of the canyon it opens up into a beautiful "Eternal Garden" full of resting angels.
This was a day I will never forget. I felt like I lost Shabba all over again when I picked up his remains this morning. I am thankful I had the day off work, and was able to honor Shabba like I did. Rest In Peace "Pappa Lou".
The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintery winds blow and snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
JUST A DOG
Don't ever call him, "just a dog."
Who haven't the eyes to see
That I belong to him as much
As he belongs to me
God must have had His reasons
For making the likes of him
And I humbly hope with all my heart
...that I was one of them
The years have dulled his russet color
And his vision is getting dim
And he walks with a limp when the days are cold
Cause the dampness gets to him
He's not as young as he used to be
And his whiskers are frosted white
But he wags his tail as if to say
"You see, I'm still alright."
I cut his food in bite size chunks
And he gives me a toothless grin
Trusting in my love for him
Whatever shape he's in
He has accepted growing old
The way men cannot do
And I'm not ashamed to say he's taught
Me more than a thing or two
So, don't ever call him "just a dog"
Unless you are prepared
To match his steadfast loyalty
To care the way he's cared
For many the sad offenses
Committed in love's name
And how many times it takes a dog
...to put a man to shame!!!!
It took one moment to love you...
I will never let you go.
People tell me to get over you...
but I don't know how.
I donít even want to try.
I love you too much....
getting over you is the last thing on my mind.
I want to hold you.
I miss you fiercely little man.
I think about you all the time.
Not a day passes that you are not on my mind.
I love you and miss you so very much...
...my little teddy bear...my super-trooper Shabba Lou...
08/30/08 11:56am Hello my sweet little teddy bear. I am stopping by this morning on our second month apart, to leave this rose especially for you. I miss you so much Shabba Lou. Thirteen years...gone just like that. One day you were here...the next you were gone. I guess that's just the way life goes. It has no mercy, in the end.
I've cried so many tears, and I ache over the loss of both you and Ebony. My heart has two huge empty places now where I hold on to the only things I have left of you...our love, and some of the most wonderful years of beautiful memories I could ever hope for. You will be carried with me each step of the way...until my path comes to its end.
Please take good care of your sister until we meet again. I love you sweet boy. You were the best my little teddy bear! With undying love, big hugs, kisses and many tears...I will never forget to remember you, mommy.
Some say love, it is a river, that drowns the tender reed,
Some say love, it is a razor, that leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need,
I say love, it is a flower, and you, its only seed.
Its the heart afraid of breaking, that never learns to dance.
Its the dream afraid of waking, that never takes the chance.
Its the one who won't be taken, the one who cant seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dying, that never learns to live.
When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong.
Just remember that in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow,
Lies the seed, that with the suns love in the spring becomes the rose.
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