For our beloved companions, who made the world a better place, just by being in it.
Jay was loving, gentle, and special in every way — truly a “good boy” and our beloved friend. He was a blessing and made us better people; we miss him every day. We hope he is chasing all the squirrels where he is now.
Liliput (aka: Lili) came to us as a team with her brother, Leviathan (aka: Levi). This is her baby picture. As the runt of the litter she was certainly “Liliputian”! She was Daddy’s girl but spared me copious affection. Lili brought such joy to this house and made us laugh. She also made us cry, especially when we lost her at just 7 years old. We and her brother mourn her still.
Mr. B and Quinn
Owners Sally and Doug
Mr. B, our sweet, feisty, first (but not last!) basenji was rescue dog who was found wandering in the woods in Joliet, Illinois. He was a character! He never failed to “sing” to us when Louis Armstrong’s “Black and Blue” was played. Quinn joined our family as a rescued greyhound racetrack dog. He was a sweet, gentle, kind soul who liked nothing better than a soft sofa with a warm human to rest his head on. Both of them were loving guys (they even loved their cats!) and we miss them every single day.
Our Scribbles was truly the heart of our home, and he will be forever missed. His life, like all of his kind, was unmercifully short, and we were so thankful to find out that research is being done that might someday help extend the lives of our precious canines, just as research has extended the lives of humans. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
Arlo was definitely special. He had been in several homes before ours, then returned to various shelters. Arlo had even spent six months in the no-kill shelter where we found him. When we first adopted him he was rather a wild dog but I decided I could out-stubborn him if I trained him as a therapy dog. It turned out that’s what he was born to do. Arlo worked with autistic children, preschoolers with cochlear implants, fifth graders who were non-readers, and seniors in a Memory Care Unit. We miss him so much but feel good that his last nine years were such good ones.
Glacier, Alpine, Tundra
Owners Mark and Monica
Owners Ed and Janice
As a puppy Odie was pretty much self taught, as a grownup he was a true scholar and my very best friend.
Minnie’s life touched many, but in particular Stacy Brodzik, Socorro Medina, Kristen Rasmussen, Cheng Dang, Aaron Hill, Hannah Barnes, Jennifer DeHart, Lynn McMurdie, Bonnie Brown, Angel Adames-Corraliza, Angela Rowe, Joe Zagrodnik.
Chief was a friend and companion. He was my protector, very smart, extremely loyal, calm, sweet and diplomatic. He is greatly missed.
Sweet Sally Brown
Owners Pamela & Michael
Owners David and Marne
Princess and Critter
Dr. Seuss said, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” This is hard to do some days. You are loved, and forever will be Princess.
Owners Beth and Jim
Intense, loving, and a forever-resident in our hearts. His life touched many, but in particular Stacy Brodzik, Socorro Medina, Kristen Rasmussen, Cheng Dang, Aaron Hill, Hannah Barnes, Jennifer DeHart, Lynn McMurdie, Bonnie Brown, Angel Adames-Corraliza, Angela Rowe, Joe Zagrodnik.
Dexter was a rescue from our local San Diego County Animal Shelter. He was a stray. No idea how old he was or where he came from. I was lucky because I was the first person to see him. That was 13 years ago this month. He was clearly a puppy because he more than doubled in size from 50lbs when I took him home to 117lbs in his prime. He was confident, strong, and full of love. He was a rare dog. He learned to fish at a young age. Nearly everyday we would go to Fiesta Island here in San Diego and he would immediate head out and carefully walk in the water hunting for fish. He caught several in his life (one photo is with one in his mouth – at age 12!). So even though I never entered him in any race or competition, he was my champion.
Owners Noelle and FamilyJameson was a really sweet boy! He was always by our sides.
Hershey Kiss (Owner Tammy). This is my sweet baby girl Hershey that turned 11 years old on May 7, 2015. This sweet dog has loved my family and I for the last 11 years unconditionally. Recently she was diagnosed with high liver enzymes and high white blood count. She was prescribed an antibiotic and Denamarin which seemed to help her the next day but as the days passed she was not getting any better. We made the decision to have put to sleep because we did not want to see her suffer any longer. This was the hardest decision in my life I had to make. I did not want to see her suffer any longer. It was so heartbreaking. She was also stubborn towards me. If I called her name when she was out in the front yard or back yard to do her business. She would look at me and keep walking. She never did this to my children or husband just me. I am not sure why. I was the one that fed her, gave her water, took her outside to potty etc. Hershey also like to open the lid of the cooler and get ice out. She thought ice cubes were her treat. LOL. She also loved beer. If you had a beer sitting in your cup holder in your lawn chair she would take her nose and knock it out of the cup holder so she could drink it. She was the light of my life and my family’s. Our lives will never be the same without her. I miss hearing her bark when we pull in the driveway. I miss hearing her drink her water from her bowl. I miss seeing her wag her tail like crazy when we get home from work because she is exciting to see us. I miss letting her outside each morning and hearing her dog tags on her collar rattle when they hit each other. Hershey Kiss I love you from the bottom of my heart and to the moon and back. I hope you know this. Someday we will be together on the other side of the rainbow. XOXO