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Toby was a kind and gentle soul. Definitely a follower… never a leader, yet full of spunk and play. He was a lover, not a fighter. With a heart the size of Texas, he would give unending kisses and love. He would make us laugh at his silly antics. Playing fetch with a simple tennis ball was his favorite thing to do… besides being with me every chance possible. He snored like a sailor…. It’s too quiet now….
We sadly said goodbye to my daughters first love and her very first puppy. I brought her home for Chelsi almost 14 years ago and watched myself my wife and daughter cry tears of joy. She was the cutest thing and Chelsi named her Angel. It’s time to live up to your name sweet girl ❤️ We are all so heart broken now, but we know that we will get to see you again. RIP baby girl 💔😪
My first trip to the Harrisburg Humane Society was to adopt a kitty named Elliott however Elliot came with a sister which led me to another pet search. I met and greeted multiple kitties and settled on Darjeeling however when I got to the front of the adoption line found out that Darjeeling was adopted by the lady standing in front of me. I left without a kitty. Once home and relating my non adoption story my husband said Gala was our cat. We went back and adopted Gala and she really was our kitty. She would not leave our home even if the door was open and we love her with all our hearts. Thank you Gala for all the special treats we received being your adoptive parents. There will always be a small candle lit after dark on the windowsill where you watched everything on the outside of this house safely from your space. Missing you. Mom & Dad.
Here is a picture of our awesome Lizzy. She was a great dog. She lived inside with us, slept with one of our children every night and loved sneaking up on the couch (even though she knew she wasn’t supposed to). We miss her greatly and thank you for your discreet service and pleasant attitude.
Toriann as we called her was our first family dog. The girls loved her. Played dress up and veterinarian with her. She was a sweet dog. Never got angry just went with the flow. She was a rescue and I think she always remembered that. She will really be missed. She was our little rug. When she laid on the floor she always looked like a rug, Rest in Peace little girl. We will meet you at the Rainbow bridge someday. Your brother Benson misses you too.
The Hess family,
Darla, Craig, Chantal, Cheyenne and Benson
It was a sad end to our summer. For some, it’s the last ‘official’ day of summer. For us, it was our final day with Izzy. We like to think this is where wanted to be; at the lake. She spent so much time here. Fishing, swimming, walking, being lazy at the fire, boating, jetsking, paddle-boarding, etc.
We’ll miss the slobber, the barking, the farts, the hugs and kisses too! The welcomes at the door, even the seldom-unwelcome trash on the floor.
Izzy…you will be missed by many and still loved by all. Catch all the fish you want now! It will be extremely difficult without you
My wonderful companion, “Elmo”, died on Monday, August 28. I’ve never felt such sadness and sorrow, and the pain I feel is without words.
“Elmo” came into my life when he was an adult, as dog years go. I first saw him in the Spring of 2007; he was with a man who owned a shabby mobile home (MH) on property near mine, and he shared life with another, much bigger and more aggressive dog. On rare occasions, my wife and I would see Elmo in the man’s yard, but more often than not he was nowhere to be seen, probably keeping his distance from the larger dog.
As the months passed, it became obvious the home-owner was having financial problems; the MH and property were slipping into disrepair, and it wasn’t long before he was evicted from his trailer, the property was foreclosed upon, and all utilities turned off. But he left his two dogs behind, only occasionally showing-up to feed and water them in their small enclosure at the back of his home. Soon, and as time passed, his visits became less and less frequent, and my wife and I took notice.
For months at a time he was absent from the property, and as the seasons passed it became clear he had abandoned his dogs, leaving them to die. My wife and I kept in-touch with the Humane Society about these animals, encouraging them to do whatever they could to rescue the dogs. In the meantime, and as the “wheels of justice” turned ever-so-slowly, we fed and watered the dogs. We had to do this separately, as the larger dog would terribly abuse “Elmo” when food and water were brought to them. One of my most vivid memories of “Elmo” was during one of our Wintertime feeding sessions. While my wife lured the bigger dog to one side of the MH, I was able to slide a window open just enough to reach inside to caress Elmo and feed him some ring baloney. He desperately tried to escape through the window and was clawing frantically, trying to crawl into my open arms. Right then and there I knew we’d made a life-long connection with each other, and he stole my heart in that instant. It broke my heart when I had to push him back into the vacant, freezing room where he lived behind a couch to avoid the bigger dog.
During the winter of 2007/2008 there was a brutally cold period and the temps plummeted and we feared the dogs would soon freeze to death in their unheated room/enclosure. We finally convinced the Humane Society to act in this emergency to seize the dogs for their own welfare, and “Elmo” and the larger dog were finally taken into protective custody.
About a week later, and after the Humane Society had thoroughly checked his physical conditions, I received a call asking me if I wanted to adopt him, since I was his “savior” of sorts. I wasn’t really ready for another dog; we already had a very active Springer Spaniel to raise, but I decided to go see him for the Humane Society’s introductory ‘Meet & Greet’ appointment.
We met on a sunny afternoon at the Humane Society’s offices and I was surprised at his condition: he was very thin and he smelled horribly, but he was full of enthusiasm and an obvious ‘love of life’. The Humane Society’s staff told me he wasn’t all that ‘physically affectionate’, but he was simply a dog who loved everyone. He came to me right away and planted a kiss on my hand. I was hooked, and from that moment until he passed away, we were inseparable.
After the adoption process the first stop on my way home was at PetSmart where he got a ‘free’ bath; a perk PetSmart offers to adopted shelter dogs. Even after the bath, he was still a bit smelly, so my wife nick-named him, Ol’ Stinkin’ Elmo, owing to a hound’s natural aroma.
Elmo’s instinct to smell and investigate was intense, and he could not be trusted to be off-leash; he would run toward any interesting scent. And it was also apparent he was never trained to respond to commands. On one occasion, I left him tied to a tree in my yard while I was doing something in the house. I checked on him an hour or so later only to discover he’d chewed through his rope and ran away. I spent hours driving the countryside looking for him, only to discover he returned to the vacant MH from where he’d been rescued.
I can’t possibly describe the happiness and joy he brought to my home and into my life over the years. His unusual antics and behavior could fill a book, and his distinctive hound bawling drove my wife crazy – but I loved it and encouraged him to bawl as often as he liked. As the years passed he developed a host of illnesses, with tumors being the worst, but he maintained his spirit and his ‘love for everyone’ throughout his entire lifetime. As sick as he was at his passing, he even greeted Dr. Carney with love as she arrived at my home to put him to sleep.
Elmo showered happiness, joy and love to everyone who ever met him, and now the silence and emptiness in my home is like the vast voids of outer space since he’s been gone. He truly was ‘one-of-a-kind’, and he’ll forever occupy a huge place in my and my wife’s heart. The phrase, “Pets Leave Paw Prints In Our Hearts”, is so very true when I think of my wonderful friend, “Elmo”.
Cali Bair passed away on 8/25/17 at 13 years old. A Shepherd mix, we got Cali when she was only 8 weeks old. Cali loved to sing when she heard either Fire truck or Police car sirens, sun bathe, hog most of our bed and also liked to bark at anyone who dared walk down the sidewalk in front of her house. She was also freaked out by thunder and lightning. Cali definitely ruled in our house hold. She will be greatly missed by our family and friends.
Dear sweet Lacy was the light of our lives.. She was our first child and was the most beautiful, loving, fun dog anyone could ever ask for.. She blessed our lives in so many ways and have touched our hearts and souls.. She will NEVER be forgotten and will always be thinking and praying for her.. She will be deeply missed but know she is in a better place with Jesus.. We love you Loo Loo and miss you so very much..
Love Mommy, Daddy and the Boys!!
Reilly Tileston passed on 8/19/17 at 14.5 years. A black lab/sharpei mix, we rescued him when he was 4. Reilly loved to walk in the park, sun bathe, and chase cats and rabbits out of his yard. He did NOT like thunderstorms and lightning. He also liked to bark at anyone who dared walk down the sidewalk in front of his house.
On Monday 8/21/17 we said our final farewells to our “grumpy old man”, Ashe. He came to us as an almost 14 year old forever foster, and he spent the last 2 ½ years of his life being loved and spoiled. We took him in just 3 month after the loss of our other Weimaraner, I knew as soon as I saw his picture he needed to be part of our family; we needed him as much as he needed us. All he asked of us was to be fed on time and space on the sofa (a lot of space) to sleep the day away. He snored like a freight train, his breath was toxic and he couldn’t hear when someone came in the door (our great watch dog), but we loved him completely. He reinforced that seniors aren’t disposable, they deserve a family that loves them to the end. I am so happy he found his way into our lives and he knew what it was like to be truly loved in his final years.
We will miss you so much…
Gordon “Dink” Taylor
I lost my best buddy “Dink” 8/17/2017. He was only 11 years old. I had an incredible bond with this little guy. Not only did I bottle feed him from approx. 2 weeks old but he was also a special needs cat. Despite having a lot of issues he was a very sweet and loving cat. I will never forget his unusually loud purr. All you had to do was look at him or say his name and the motor would start.
Dink had cerebellar hypoplasia, a neurological disorder causing him to be off balance. It was severe at first but as he got older & his legs strengthened he did exceptionally well, even mastered his own special way of running. Reminded me of a rabbit hopping and a cartoon I had seen with the caption ….dink, dink, dink., thus his nickname.
He also had Pica, a condition where animals & even humans crave & eat unusual things. In Dink’s case it was litter. From that point on we had to use a wheat based litter. The third condition IBD is what eventually took his life. The last couple years it had become severe. We tried everything. It would help for a while then we would be back to square one.
I loved him, kept him happy & safe for 11 years. I know he is at peace & whole over the rainbow bridge but I miss him terribly & my heart hurts every time I think of him.
Thank you to all at PPP for what you do.
It’s been a little over a year since I made the call for my “hambone” Shelby. I miss her often and now wait for the wall unveiling she is on.
No one ever wants to say goodbye but I’m thankful that I heard about Peaceful Pet Passage. The compassion and “above and beyond” things you do for all of us are greatly appreciated!
Today I sent a piece of my heart with Jade over the bridge, my loyal companion of 11 wonderful years. She arrived at our house an unwanted stray and immediately became part of the family. We will no longer receive kisses from that purple tongue. No more will she come running to protect me from the snake that made me scream.
I will forever remember her wandering the mountainside at our home, never further than my voice, training with me for every race I ran, “watching” her favorite tv show (the fireplace), chasing her tail, her jumping bean act when she knew we were going for a car ride, and her joy of hiking and wading in the creeks. Later in life she became one of our studio mascots. She was so well behaved there, knowing her boundaries. She shared her love with everyone who walked thru our doors.
Jade, you had such a wonderful, gentle personality that came out to everyone you met. You will be painfully missed my girl. Until we meet again…
Colonel Malcom Anderson
Malcom was a Westie who roared with delight when he was happy. He’d roar when he saw us putting our sneakers on because he knew he was going for a walk. Malcom loved all people and other dogs. On our walks, if his friends were a 4 legged or a 2 legged, he would respond back with roars seeming to answer when people would talk to him. He knew where all dogs lived and he’d give out a little whimper if they were not outside as we passed by. Attached is a picture of him Christmas morning 2013.
Thank you to Dr. Carney and her compassion with helping us say goodbye to our beloved Bella Rose. She was our beautiful 10 year old Saint Bernard. She loved the snow, the cooler weather, and loved her family, especially her daddy! Thank you again…The Kenemore Family in Dover.
Abbi was the first small dog I owned AND a poodle which I didn’t think I would ever own. A friend’s dog had a litter of puppies, and I decided I needed one — our daughter was leaving for college and I hoped that a puppy would help to fill that void. I wanted a lap dog, but Abbi was anything but a lap dog .. she was full of energy and constantly playing with anyone willing to throw her ball over and over and over again! She was a feisty little girl too. Abbi was still a little playful until last July when she became totally blind; she had been deaf for a couple of years. I carried her outside to potty for the past year, and she maneuvered around the yard and in the house quite well. Dr. Carney took care of Abbi when she was a puppy, and Dr. Carney was there when Abbi took her last breath. Thank you so much for your kindness during this very difficult time.
We said a peaceful goodbye to our sweet Sir Calvin. He was in and out of at least three homes before he found his true family with us. We adopted him as an adult and had seven wonderful years with Calvin. He was a quiet and calm dog, but he still loved meeting people and other dogs, played any game that involved treats, loved Rita’s frozen custard, enjoyed cool weather, played in the snow like a puppy, was very fond of walks in the high grass, and had only one favorite toy, a stuffed rabbit. He was stubborn, funny and quirky but never shy about expressing his love and affection. Calvin was very independent until his mobility decreased, but he trusted us to help him; and he trusted us to love him and respect him enough to make the difficult decision to say good bye when he was ready and on his terms. His calm and quiet dignity was with him to the very end, but he offered us a wonderful last day to remember him along with all the other years of many cherished memories. We will love him and miss him forever.
Shy Anne Smith
It has been a week since we said goodbye to you. A week since I saw that blood in your stool and I knew you were telling us it was okay, that you were tired, you were done. You lived much longer than those crazy Great Dane people in New Jersey told us you would live. “Oh, five to eight years, max, for a Dane,” they said, nodding their heads in unison.
You nearly made it to twelve. And you’ve been part of our family since you were 9 months old.
I remember the first time I saw you. The Great Dane Nazis had me browse through photos of prospective adoptions online. I sifted through pic after pic, mesmerized by the giants that I saw, their large jowls dripping with drool, perky ears alert. And then I saw you. “Oh no! NOT THAT ONE. She looks insane,” I mumbled, taking in your bright golden eyes, gleaming black coat, floppy ears, and huge Gene Simmons’ style tongue as it dangled a good six inches from your mouth.
Imagine my surprise when we drove over into south Jersey and there you were, all 148 pounds of you, 100% full of puppy energy and glee, sporting spinning eyes and a lollygagging tongue.
Your official pedigree name was Not So Shy Anna, but we decided it would be awkward to stand at the back door and holler out that long of a name. So we shortened it to Shy Anne. Never was a dog more wrongly named. You were not shy. Not in the least. We discovered your great love of crotch sniffing almost immediately.
You were my first dog. I’ve always had cats (you were obliged to share our domicile with three cats – and you did so admirably) – but I’d never had a dog. Go big or go home must have been the motto lurking about in my psyche.
I remember taking you to obedience school. Our graduation photo showed well-mannered pups all sitting in a row, smiling owners beside their pets . . . and me. Tugging on your leash. Trying to get you to SIT STILL and not drag me into another wall.
I don’t know if I ever told you why we started searching for you, Shy. There were break-ins in our nice neighborhood. Lots of them. I mean, we live near a country club for God’s sake, but I guess the robbery gangs took that into account and decided to go big or go home, and go big they did.
So we sat down as a family and decided that we wanted a dog that was large enough to scare the poo out of strangers but sweet enough to be gentle with Carter and Zak. Zakky wasn’t yet 2 years old and Carter was 6 when we brought you home that day. I was worried how you would react with them. I needn’t have been concerned. You were the Queen of Sugar. I think you fell in love with them that first night. The only Shy damage Zak ever endured was a small welt on his legs, caused by over-wagging of your massive tail. He cried, and said you were a bad dog, and then I think you licked him to death and he forgave you instantly.
See, we got you to be our family dog and to love, but we also brought you into our home for protection. And protection you provided, in spades.
You nipped the nice man that tried to help me start the mower one sunny day. “She doesn’t bite, right?” he asked nervously, giving you a side eyeball. You were barking at him like he was a piece of bacon wielding a sword. You thought he was dangerous, and tasty, all at the same time. As you hadn’t ever bitten anyone, I blew off his concerns and thanked him for giving my mower aid. Two inches of hair hackles raised up on your neck as you circled him at a run . . . and then dive bombed him, and bit him squarely on the ass. “Thank you!” I squeaked out meekly as he ran for his life, one hand firmly on his buttocks.
Then there was the FedEx guy – the newbie in training. Daddy told him to wait, to not come into the yard. He didn’t listen. I’m so thankful we didn’t get sued.
I remember the time that I was in Philly for work, Daddy was in Maryland, and we both got calls from the security company. Our alarm was blaring and cops were at the house. I guess you decided you needed to go outside (understandable, since Daddy forgot to let you out to pee!!) and you halfway opened the back door with your nose and set off the alarm.
“Um, officer?” I said to the cop on the phone, as I flew down I-76 at 80 mph trying to get back to you, “Could you do me a favor and reach your hand in there and open the door all the way so Shy Anne can get out? She really needs to pee.”
“Ma’am!” his voice boomed over the speaker, “No offense, but there is NO WAY IN HELL I am reaching inside the house toward that dog!” He told me you were up on your hind legs, eyes blazing, enormous teeth on display, with murder in your eyes.
“Do you think someone got in?” I asked stupidly. The officer chuckled, then responded. “Trust me. Nothing got past that dog, Ma’am.”
You protected us fiercely – against UPS drivers, FedEx drivers, The Dude (aka The Postman That May Have Had a Bong In His Postal Truck), potential robbers, ne’er do wellers, other neighbors, the wind, swirling leaves, thunder, fireworks, and most importantly, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons.
Job well done, my sweet girl.
And you didn’t want to give up. When the doctor gave you the sedative, she told us it would take five minutes to calm you down . . . but you fought it. You fought it so hard. Your panting finally slowed, and you sank to your belly in the shaded grass underneath the huge tree in the backyard, your long, elegant paws stretched out in front of you.
You were our protector, always.
My favorite part of your body was your ears. We didn’t clip them – they were floppy and velvety soft, warm and utterly glorious. I loved every part of you, but I loved your ears the most. I loved how you would saunter up during Saturday morning breakfast, eyeball level with my plate of bacon, and nudge your nose under my arm, nearly flipping me out of my chair. You would stare at me, eyeball to eyeball, nose to nose, and then lick my nose after I asked, “What do you want?” Every. Saturday.
You went through approximately 24 beds in your 11.75 year life. Like clockwork, every few months I would buy a new human-sized bed for you. My wood floors are deeply scarred from your nails and near rotted from your drool. The drapes are currently at the cleaners but may not be salvageable. I scrubbed the walls clean of your streaks and dirt. It took a full three hours of deep cleaning and a whole bottle of cleaning fluid. Multiple swipes of microfiber and Windex finally freed the windows and back door of your nose imprints and congealed snot balls. And all I could think of as I scrubbed and swiped was, “This means she is gone.”
When I would come home, weary from travel, often in the wee hours of the morning, who would be at the door with a huge smile and a kiss? My husband? My children? NAY. It was YOU, Puppy. Always you. Always first. Always ready to greet me and genuinely happy to see me. Even when your eyes clouded over and you were nearly blind at the end, and it took massive effort to hoist yourself up from bed number 4,382, you were still first in line.
You murdered our grandfather clock. Jumped right over it and it slammed down on the floor so hard I thought a bomb had exploded. That innocent clock is now a mangled jumble of metal and wood.
You used to spring straight up in the air as if you were a marionette on strings and the master puppeteer had yanked you skyward. You totally freaked out that mean lady that lives behind us and threatened to call the cops about your incessant barking. And the mean lady that used to live around the corner who complained that you had busted through the invisible fence. (My response was the International Middle Finger of Love.) And that other mean lady further down on Wetherburn Drive who shook her fist at me from the front seat of her Mercedes when she saw you jump five feet straight up in the air.
We had a lot of mean ladies around here, but you outlasted them all.
We used to walk almost daily, round and round the neighborhood. Then, around age 8, you pulled your hips out and scared me to death. You cried and limped and I wanted nothing other than to save you pain. X rays showed your hip had slipped out of socket. The docs gave us paid meds and shook their heads.
And then, miraculously, you started feeling better. Nearly four years later, you had pain, I’m sure, but we managed it with pills. I remember you pushing yourself up from the floor, front muscles straining, long legs extended, and finally your hindquarters would obey and follow suit.
I asked the vet many times if you were ok. I didn’t want to be selfish and keep you alive just so I wouldn’t be sad. It came down to a quality of life issue, he said. And by all measurable signs, your quality of life was pretty darn fantastic.
So we moved forward as a family.
And then, last Monday, I saw that blood in your stool. And then it doubled, and doubled again, and I knew.
I’d never had to put an animal to sleep. I’ve been lucky, I guess, because I’ve had many cats that lived many decades and they passed away quietly when they were ready.
It was so hard to watch you go. I’m slapping tears from my face as I type this.
I picked up your ashes last night, sweet girl. You’re in a beautiful cedar box and I put you in our living room. All I could think of was how happy you would be to come back home. When we boarded you at the kennel, you always became so anxious on the drive home, whining as we rounded the corner to the driveway, springing from the back of the car with sheer joy, bounding onto the grass, landing on your back and sticking those thoroughbred legs in the air.
Even though you can’t revel in the grass any longer, you’re home, and you’re here to stay.
Everywhere I look, I see a void, because you aren’t here. I still get up thinking, “I need to go feed Shy.” I had to stop myself from buying a ton of hamburger and rice at the grocery store, because you aren’t here to eat it. We took a family trip to Pittsburgh to visit potential colleges for Carter, and I kept thinking we needed to get home so you could go outside, but we didn’t, and you couldn’t.
I want you to know you were loved – purely and thoroughly. You were a big dog with a huge life and a heart that was a bottomless vat of love and loyalty for your family.
You were a good dog. Such a good dog.
Goodbye, my Puppy. I miss you. I love you.
“Tootsie” Spears was the beloved Basenji companion of the Spears family for almost fifteen too-short years. “Tootsie” was a very independent girl, with cat-like athleticism and an indomitable spirit. She definitely didn’t think she was small. As a young dog, her favorite bit of mischief was to jump high behind me to grab my dress shirt and hang on for dear life. “Tootsie” managed to tear at least a half dozen shirts right off my back. She also took delight in unraveling a Berber carpet in my family room with her teeth, one loop at a time. Luckily, she settled down as she got older and became quite a pleasant and mellow companion. The entire family misses her greatly. We are grateful to Dr. Carney and John at Peaceful Pet Passage of York for their timely and compassionate care of “Tootsie” when she needed help the most.
The Spears Family
In loving memory of Onyx MaGilton
You will be missed dearly, Mommy’s Girl. From your goofy smile and head cocks of “did”, “do”, “treat” and all the other words you knew to barking along with me when goal was yelled! I will think of you during every game. Cancer took you too soon, but now you can run free with Blaze. Until we are all together again. Meet me at the Rainbow Bridge. I love you!!
On July 26, we bid farewell to our beloved Sox. She was 19 years young! We were blessed to share our lives with this spunky feline – from her college days to the dog days to her crossing the Rainbow Bridge! Thank you to Peaceful Pet Passage for enabling Sox to transition in a dignified manner. Sox is in our hearts forever and life will not be the same without her❣️
In loving memory of Maggie Mae Wertz – (06/02/06 – 07/12/17)
It seems just like yesterday when you joined our family. At first, I didn’t think you wanted to be there but as time had gone by, you and I began our journey to loving each other. We took long walks together, played ball and frisbee. You slept on the right side of the bed and I on the left. We were inseparable. You always knew when it was time for me to come home from work, you sat by the window looking for my arrival with your doggie smile and big ears. You were such a loyal friend.
Now that you are gone the house is so quiet and my heart is broken in pieces. You were my best friend, you loved me unconditionally, no question asked.
Until we meet again, Maggie, in the next life, I will always love you and never forget how much you loved me.
Baba Booey Ribeiro
Baba Booey was my 5th Great Dane rescue, but he was the first Dane I got as a puppy. I took him home when he was only 7 1/2 weeks old and 8lbs. I knew from day one that he would be broken, as he was from an accidental litter with two rescue parents of obviously sketchy breeding. Predictably he started falling apart at 7 months old when his rapidly growing shoulders started to splinter. By 18 months old, he was officially diagnosed with Wobbler’s Disease, a progressive neurological condition that broke down the communication between his brain and the rest of his body. After several surgeries and a lousy prognosis, it was clear that my mission was to make Booey’s life the best it could be in spite of his daily struggles. I would like to believe that, with the help of my friends and family, we achieved that mission in spades. Booey was an epic pal – he was smart, funny, happy, playful, sweet as pie, and an all around great dog. To me, he was the best dog on earth, the best dog I ever had, and I loved him to pieces. I have no doubt that he knew how much I loved him because you can clearly see the love he had for me in return in his big brown eyes. Booey struggled to get around for most of the short 6 1/2 years we had him, but he didn’t seem to mind as long as I was there to help him out. I was his caretaker, his support, and his best friend, and he was all of those things to me in return. There will never be another Baba Booey – he was a truly special one-of-a-kind. I’m shattered that he’s gone, but I’m glad we got to give him a red-carpet exit from this mortal coil because I cannot think of a more deserving creature to enjoy a peaceful, graceful, struggle-free ending than Booey. Run free, Baba Buddy, Baba Buzz. I miss you. We all do.
In Loving Memory of Jazzminn Kennell
Our hearts are heavy this week as our sweet girl Jazzminn has passed away. She was eight weeks old when we picked her up and she was with us for 12 years and 5 months. She was a very loyal companion and will live forever in our memories.
We Love You Jazz.
Cheyenne is, always was, and always will be our “princess”. I believe she honestly thought she was a member of the royal family, and she sure acted like it. She was a very unique, special girl. She was happy every single day of her life. Nothing kept her down. She was the most energetic, playful, happy, and very verbal dog ever. In her younger days she was very fast. I remember a time we were at a family gathering with 6 other dogs. They all formed a train & ran in a single line through the yard. Of course our Cheyenne ALWAYS had to be first so she led the pack but before long she caught up to the end of the line. When she realized she was at the end she stopped and waited for the others to catch up to her so she could be first again. It was the funniest thing to watch all those dogs in a train. Big and little dogs alike. She was a quick food snatcher too! If you turned your head for a second you came back to an empty plate. Cheyenne loved her food, loved her family, loved her brother, and loved being loved. Most of all she loved being in charge of the other dogs (thus the royal status). Our memories of Cheyenne will forever bring smiles to our faces. We are truly lost and heart broken without her. However, it is comforting knowing that she was the same happy girl right up to the very end. We would not have had it any other way for our special girl.
In loving memory of Blaze MaGilton
You were Kayla’s 11th birthday gift from Nana & PapPap, but never left our house. You were such a sweet boy that was loved by everyone! You had a long wonderful life and will always be missed! Love you “Man”. RIP June 20, 1999-Sept 11, 2015
Here is a picture of Candi before she became blind. Candi was the sweetest dog I ever owned, she was a rescue dog that I took in because her previous owner had a stroke and passed away. My husband and I fell in love with her and she mourned her owner for about two weeks. We loved her and spoiled her every chance we could. She was with us for 11 more years and I will thank God she came into our lives. I will miss her and I know my husband who passed a year ago today, are together. I can’t wait to see them.
Chopper was a loving Basset Hound that came to us as a rescue. He spent the last 3 1/2 years of his life with us and certainly grew on us over time and into our hearts. He is greatly missed and may he rest in peace.
In Memory of Monster Eugene Foster
This has been a difficult time for our family over the last month as we coped with Monster’s diagnosis of cutaneous lymphoma, a very aggressive cancer. How painful to look into his eyes and know there was nothing we could do to help him. It was even harder to see him suffer and to realize we had come to the end of our time together. Simply described, he was a great buddy. Whether he was called Monster, Monty, Buns or when he was being a pistol Monster Eugene, he was family right from the beginning. From the time he figured out how to unlock his cage at the age of 2 months, he was a constant companion day and all night right to the very end. Monty was well known in the neighborhood always telling everyone who walked by who was the boss, but retreating behind his Mema when someone approached. He beagled his way around the yard insisting he could climb with the squirrels he incessantly chased. His appetite knew no bounds and even after his meal was served early he was always hopeful and always vigilant as we moved about the kitchen. Most of all we miss his energetic chastising of us after we arrived home after leaving him to guard the house, knowing full well he was cowering under the bed until our return. As the last few weeks passed, we yearned for the days of old, but realized it was not to be. He needed to rest so he could be at peace. That look at the end told us he is in a happier place and that placce is always in our hearts.
Love you Buns!
Mommy, Daddy, Harry, Jess and Gretchen
Loving Memory of Jasper Hummel
It is with a very heavy heart and great sadness that our sweet boy Jasper passed away and went across the rainbow bridge to meet up with his Brother Buddy and sister Sadie. Our heart is broken. He was such a laid-back, sweet dog. He loved to snuggle and give big kisses! Jasper loved to lick ears too. He would lick his sister Molly’s ears all the time and would go after ours too!!!. Jasper always had a smile on his face and would welcome us home with it. I don’t know how we are going to make it day to day not being able to see his smile. Jasper would sleep at the foot of our bed every single night to be close to us and to protect us. We already miss our loyal and best friend and always will for the rest of our lives.Jasper, we love you with all of our heart and we will meet up with you again when it is our time to cross the bridge.
Love You Jasper,
Mommy and Daddy
Tweek was 16 years old and I had him since he was only 3 weeks old. He was left on my back door by a stray I took care of in florida. He had moved across the country with me and was always so loyal and loving. He was the sweetest cat I’ve ever had. He loved being brushed and would sit in my lap for hours. Even in his last week’s as his health declined, he would be outside my bedroom door waiting to greet me every morning with purrs and love. He will never be forgotten and thanks to your service, he was able to die peacefully at home, surrounded by love.
We brought this sweet boy home when he was 20 pounds of wrinkles and ears. Needless to say, he wasn’t little for very long! Earlee loved his back yard (his kingdom) and would spend many hours on watch. If he wasn’t at his favorite spot on the deck, he was on the picnic table getting a better view. He loved barking at Diesel engine tractor trailers and anyone (animal or human) outside of his kingdom. He also loved long naps on the couch and a good back rug. He was a great traveler and made several trips to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. And though we thought we could handle a little drool, we had no idea that one shake of his head could launch slobber 10 feet across the room. “Earlee towels” were a must in our house and anyone who visited knew where to find them. He holds a special place in our hearts and is deeply missed!
Teenie Girl Watt
We brought our Teenie “girl” in several months after her, her mom and 4 siblings appeared in our back yard. She was very ill when we brought her into our home. We nursed her back to health and she was part of our family for 11 years. She never became an affectionate cat to us, but she truly loved our other cat Buddy. We have several fond memories of Teenie. One of our favorite memories of her was before we brought her in. We put some tuna out for her to eat and her sister sniffed at it and Teenie gave her a look and a paw and her sister walked away. Teenie was half the size of her sister and was ill. We knew then she was a fighter. Another fond memory would be her watching or following Buddy lovingly and she enjoyed laying right beside him or right on top of him. He however didn’t enjoy this so much. Although we could only give her affection on her terms, we are so glad we brought her in and gave her a good life for 11 years. We will certainly miss our Teenie “girl”.
Fado Boy, it’s been about six weeks, 22 May 2017, since you left us and I just finished putting this together. Somebody told me that once I finished this, I would have to admit that you’re gone. Guess there may be some truth to that. You came to me when I was a partner in a private security/investigation firm and we needed a K-9 for protection details. We were going to be team, me as the handler and you as the K-9. When I left the firm, I took you with me; no way would I leave you behind.
And while you transitioned quickly from working dog to family pet/companion animal, you never lost the desire to work. I could never begin to count the numbers of hours that we did bite work, tracking and protection related obedience. And in the numerous demonstrations that we did in this area, you always amazed the crowd. You would do the bite work, and then wind up playing tug with a Boy Scout, Cub Scout or senior citizen. You and I traveled to so many places to train; I spent more time with you than I did with any human. It’s no wonder that we were so close.
You were a wonderful family pet/companion. You filled the house with laughter, loved Frosty Paws, loved working/playing at Brookside Park and tolerated your brother, Snickers, way beyond what I thought was acceptable. You would play tug with anybody who had an arm, so many people stopped by here just to play tug with you. You were a great ambassador for the German Shepherd breed.
When you were diagnosed with DM in 2013, the vet gave you 18 months but lasted just over 4 years. And during that time, you never quit, you still tried to work. And despite the health/medical issues, you never got mean or angry. Not sure I would have done the same.
Letting you go was the hardest thing that I ever had to do. It was the right thing but still the hardest. The vet said that the mass in your abdomen was causing you a whole bunch of pain, and i couldn’t allow that to continue. I tell myself that it was an act of love, but it’s still so hard to accept. There is a hole in my heart that I’m sure will never be filled. You were my last working dog; you were the best I ever worked. You were more than a dog, you were truly my best friend.
You are missed, and loved, more than you’ll ever know.
Daisy will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was loved very much.
He came to us when he was three
His golden eyes looking at us with a plea
He charmed us that very first moment
And our life with him was one long enjoyment
Max had an old soul
All that knew him, their heart he did stole
We will miss his expressive eyes
That reflected so much, the lows and the highs
He would whisper in our ear
A trait we will forever endear
He was playful, loving and smart
And made a home in each of our hearts
Max was a gift, a blessing, a treasure
His love he gave was beyond measure
He’s in God’s kingdom now
Together again, that is a vow
We love you Max!
Daddy and Mommy
Words truly cannot describe this special kitty for what she deserves. She chose me by being the only one from the litter we could not find a home for. I had to keep her. 17+ years just me and her. Been through everything together. My problems and hers. We always got through. Despite the name she was the sweetest thing. I’m about 15K in debt keeping her healthy the last few years but what is money when it comes to your best friend. I would not be the person I am today without her. She was a once in a lifetime friend and will be missed always.
In LOVING memory of my precious baby Ophe. We had 17 wonderful years together!
My sweet Belle. I still find myself looking for you, sometimes even calling out your name. You were always by my side when I was upset, to literally lick the tears away. There’s comfort in knowing you’re not in pain and running around again chasing any and everything. Some day we’ll meet again and you can lick the happy tears. ❤🐶❤
Dixie crossed the rainbow bridge June 16, 2017….she is loved and I was blessed for almost 15 years💗💗!
In loving memory of our Mimi. We rescued Mimi and her sister Meisha when they were very young after their mother was killed by a car( she was a feral). We bottle fed them. Meisha died when she was 15 years old. Our precious Mimi was 22 years old in December. Her health began to decline after she suffered a stroke,and her eyes told her that it was time to say good-bye. On June 12, 2017, Dr. Elizabeth Carney came to our home. She first gained Mimi’s trust by speaking softly, as she petted her gently. Our Mimi crossed over the Rainbow Bridge peacefully, cradled in our arms. I cannot thank the staff of Peaceful Pet Passage enough for giving us this last,precious gift of knowing that our pet did not suffer at the end of her life. Dr. Carney’s professionalism, compassion,and gentleness was so comforting to us.
Hope 2003-June 19, 2017
In loving memory of Hope. Hope was a miniature apricot poodle rescued from a puppy mill. Born with two deformed rear legs, she managed very well, often walking on just her front legs, her “circus dog” act. The exception was getting into/out of vehicles, and up and down stairs, (but that’s why she had ME). Her special place in our home was under the coffee table. Hope showed love to everyone she met, and through the years I’ve often wondered just who rescued who.
Rest well my small friend. Thank you for all the years of love you gave me. Until we meet again…….I’ll be missing you.
In special remembrance of Jackie, Orion, Larkin, Gus, Duncan and all those departed four-legged friends who thought us deserving of their love and who’s loving presence has made us all better humans…….
In loving memory of our Daisy girl or “Big D”. Words cannot even describe the loss we feel for you. You had such a huge personality that could never be forgotten. We have been through a lot together in your 10 1/2 years including the birth of our two kids. You always made the tough times a little better with your gentle kisses. You were as gentle with the kids as anyone could hope for. Always patient and loving as they used you as a jungle gym. We will miss you greatly but we know you are running free again. You will always be in our hearts.
This morning, I made one of the absolute hardest phone calls in my life. We made the heart wrenching decision last night that today, Odin will be passing over the sacred Rainbow Bridge. Peaceful Pet Passage will be here at 2:45.
Thank you for teaching and showing me the true meaning of unconditional love. Your loyalty, stoic stance, fierce protection, intelligence and friendship was always appreciated and will NEVER be forgotten.
Thank you, Robert, for helping him stand, trying to get him to eat, carrying him up the steps outside and loving him like you do.
Please keep Odin in your thoughts and prayers as his tired body will be at rest and peace. #MommasBoy #MyBestFriend
Ugh….we miss him sooooo much!!! Here’s a couple pictures of our dear, sweet Otis (aka Oat) that we miss so very much. A void remains in our lives and hearts, but we appreciate the service and compassion you offered.
So sorry this has taken a bit of time but as you know grieving is a process. Thank you so much for the kind, gentle way you helped our beloved Bella in this final passage. It gives us peace to know how gentle it was for her. I could tell when you came to my home that day you had such a special level of caring.
Enclosed please find some pictures of Bella and I enjoying what she was sent here to do…therapy work. She was always a happy girl but especially when she worked for the “Caring Hearts” organization. She brought so much joy to people and to us. She worked 8 years in therapy work always with a smile on her face and a wiggling butt.
We miss her terribly, our little angel.
Kita loved to play like a kitten with her ‘cat dancer’ and puff ball. She loved “attacking” tissue paper and then laying on it. She loved tuna, cheese, and canned food for treats and to cuddle when the family watched movies. She enjoyed being brushed and petted but never stood still for either – we were expected to follow her around and do it. She was certainly the queen of the house.
Our family rescued her and her sister, Brina when they were kittens and gave them a happy home to live in and be spoiled for almost 14 years. She will forever be in our hearts. Here is a picture of Kita and Brina cuddling, as they are again now.
I am sure it seems an overused statement , but Riley was surely a gentle and loving dog . He loved people especially the children , and he loved his daily walks no matter the weather . I could not have asked for a more loyal friend and companion over these past 15 1/2 years .
Clifford leaves a hole in our lives that will never be filled by another pet. He was strong willed, stubborn, and at times destructive, but made up for that with his unconditional love and loyalty. The stories of his antics will probably outlive both of us. We miss him terribly.
Tabby, my little sweet pea passed away 5/31/2017. She was almost 19 years old.
We got Tabby when she was about 4 weeks old. I was a volunteer at a local No-Kill
Animal Shelter when one day I went in for my shift and a carrier full of kittens had been abandoned on the door step. Most of the kittens ranged from 4-6 months old. She was the smallest. A note on the carrier simply said the little one does not eat food yet. Being a busy Saturday all the kittens were placed in a large double cage with adult dry food awaiting processing at another time. The note clearly said the little one does not eat food yet so I did not know how this little kitten was going to be able to eat. I ended up taking her home and later adopted her.
Tabby although a small cat with short legs always seemed to be able to get where my other cats couldn’t, as you can see from the picture. In one of the houses we had lived in she was able to get on the counter, to the fridge and then up on top of the cupboards that did not go up to the ceiling.
She was very friendly, always on the kitchen counter wanting to help. One of her favorite things was hiding behind the coffee maker. Every time I look at it now I still think I’m going to see her peeking out at me. Her favorite treat was yogurt.
Tabby lived a long, healthy life but started losing weight about 2 years ago. Blood work and tests showed nothing. They just said unexplained weight loss in an elderly cat. Other than than being very skinny, she was fine until a couple days before she died . It does not matter how long you have a pet it just never seems long enough.
Thank you John & Rob for being so kind and understanding.
MAX, our sons first pup and the protector of our home.
You will be forever in our thoughts.
You came to us 6 years ago scared, afraid, and with no trust. How could you trust anyone since the original person tied you to a tree and left you and the next people kept you two days and said we don’t want you. But in June 2011 you came to us as a foster and from the moment you entered our home it became yours. It just took you a few months to work out the anxiety of being left alone. But after your first trip to Florida with us, you relaxed and became ours. We gave you all the love you needed and you gave us laughs, love and protection. Dillon loved summer especially doing laps in the pool. Dillon looked fierce and his bark scared others but we knew you were harmless. Dillon loved to lay in the window and watch the world around him. And Dillon always let us know when someone was on his sidewalk. Dillon, my heart is broken cause you are not here. But since the day they told us you had cancer you tried your best to beat it. But I could not let you suffer. Now my sweet boy I want you run and play at the bridge till we meet again. Life will never be the same without you. You were mine and I loved you so much. Be free!!
Frosty was (and still is) my gorgeous, super intelligent, male American Eskimo who had a beautiful soul and demeanor. Born 1 November 2001, Frosty melted my heart at first glance on 2 February 2002 when we bought him. Frosty and I were more like love sick lovers than pet and pet owner: we would just stare into each other’s eyes losing all track of time. Frosty had the most gorgeous, deep brown eyes with white eyelashes that would just draw you into his soul. As a puppy, Frosty would nibble on my wrists, tug playfully at my pants, and lay on my feet when not held tightly in my arms. Frosty would show us his displeasure at being gone too long from him by meticulously arranging all his toys in a circle for us to find when we
returned home. Frosty and I were inseparable, and he followed me everywhere: I always felt anxious when I was away from him and always hurried home from outings, and Frosty shared my bed until the end. I had very few, week long vacations because Frosty would get such separation anxiety (me too) that he refused to eat until I returned home. Most days, we took several walks: Frosty refused to walk on a leash, but never once strayed from my side or would constantly look back to ensure that I was right behind him if he got ahead of me. Frosty was definitely the neighborhood dog: everyone loved Frosty especially the children. There is no doubt in my mind that God intended HIS name spelled backwards would be dog – the most loyal companion intended for humanity, displaying unconditional love to remind us of God’s love. The days ahead for me will be difficult without my precious, Frosty, and there will forever be a whole in my heart until we are reunited in Paradise.
This is our sweet boy Eager who we had for just three and a half years. When we rescued him we were told he was a mixed breed, but we later figured out that he had the classic looks of a Tibetan Spaniel. No matter what his breeding, he had a sweet and gentle temperament and loved nothing more than to go for walks with his Daddy, and to snuggle with whoever was available! It would be hard to find a dog with better manners or more eager to please his people. (Hence the name)
Mandy DeLizio, 04/15/2001 – 05/19/2017
Always my loving companion.
In Loving Memory of Minnie
6 years ago today you left this world for a better place … I love and miss you so much but I’m grateful for the time we had, even if it was far too short… you were an amazing gift from G-d that will live on forever in my heart!!! Xoxoxo…..
My best friend closed his eyes last night as his head was in my hand. The doctors said that he was in pain and it was hard for him to stand.
The thoughts that scurried through my head as I cradled him in my arms were of his younger, puppy years and oh his many charms.
Today there was no gentle nudge with an intense “I love you gaze”. Only a heart that’s filled with tears remembering our joy full days.
But an angel just appeared to me and he said, “You should cry no more.” God also loves our canine friends. He has installed a doggie door in heaven.
Thanks to Dr.Carney for making a very stressful time into a very beautiful time. I am still crying but I know that Reggie is no longer in pain.
I can’t thank you all and Dr Carney enough for the compassion you showed to me and Nala this afternoon. Although it was the right decision, it was a very difficult one to make. Dr Carney could not have been anymore loving to Nala and compassionate to me. I would recommend peaceful pet passage to anyone facing this tough end of life decision. They were amazing. Here is a photo of her in healthier days. She is missed incredibly by myself, husband, kids and other 2 cats.
In loving memory of Smuckers
I still remember picking out Smuckers from the litter with his brothers and sisters. His owners had knotted socks that they used as toys for puppies. Smuckers was the most lovable and excited little guy and he LOVED those knotted socks. I paid for his with my first “real” paycheck from my first “real” job after college. The day I brought him home was also the first date I had with my now-husband, Wayne. My first photo of Smuckers was of he and Wayne together. From that first night Smuckers had my heart (Wayne, too!) He was there through my first apartment, when we got engaged, bought our house, got married and was super excited to meet his baby sister in 2012. From every snuggle to every time he ate out of the trash we loved every bit of him. We miss him dearly but we knew, and he knew more, that it was his time to go. We are forever grateful for the time that he gave us to love him.
Mr. Gizmo Tracy
In loving memory of Mr. Gizmo ❤️❤️❤️
Mr. Gizmo was our tiny fur baby since 2004. We both fell in love with him from the very first day. He was always such an easy pup to train. He did all sorts of tricks…one of his cutest was when we’d tell him to “be a gentleman” he’d sit straight up for the longest time and then wave. He usually had some sort of outfit on. Some of our friends would say he had more clothes than they did. He loved to go in the car and had his own little car seat for safety. He loved playing games – one of his favorite was playing ‘cover monster’ with his daddy. He’d lie on top of the bedspread and daddy would stick his hand underneath and wiggle it so Mr. Gizmo would pounce on it over and over and over. One thing I could never teach him was to ‘speak’ because he rarely ever barked. He was the most sensitive little guy. When either of was sick or recovering from a surgery, he would lie right beside us in bed 24/7. He was in several publications including being “Mr. February” in the AARP Calendar several years ago. Every time he saw a camera he had to pose. What a little ham. When MySpace first came out he had over 3,400 friends, including a donkey from Russia. He loved everyone he met and was loved in return by all. Overall, he was simply the sweetest, most loving little guy ever.
Thank you so much for being there for my dearest Sasha on Saturday. You treated her with a gentle kindness I will never forget. She was my best friend and saved me everyday and I will never forget her.
From the day we adopted him as a tiny puppy he got himself into trouble with chewing, digging, and stealing food. The digging and stealing food never changed! This is why we nicknamed him Guinea Pig! But he was such a good, happy, and quite friendly dog who loved to give love as much as he enjoyed being loved on. We miss him everyday and keep his paw print you all gave us on our mantle where we see him everyday.
In loving memory of Pepper
Pepper was a scrawny stray with a bloody tail when we brought her home from the SPCA in 2009. With lots of TLC and some training she became the best dog we ever had. She was obsessed with playing fetch & enjoyed swimming and barking at other dogs. She was also obsessed with food, eating everything & anything but lettuce–she would come running when she heard chopping on the cutting board. She loved people and always wanted to be involved in whatever activity was going on. She gave lots of kisses but her wagging tail was like a lethal weapon lol. She was a big snuggle bug-she loved to snuggle on the sofa and especially under the covers in bed.
When she became ill last summer we did everything we could to keep her comfortable until it was time to say goodbye. THANK YOU Peaceful Pet Passage for allowing us to be with her while she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge with peace and dignity.
Mommy & Daddy miss you so much, RIP Pepper
Lennon was truly a member of our family and liked to act like he was “one of us” most days. He was always snuggling with us, especially our son anytime he fell asleep. He loved to be around people. He was very playful through all of his 16.5 years. As with most cats, he could also be very mischievous – from trying to get into the fish tank to knocking down plants even though we’d put them up high so he couldn’t get to them…we loved our sweet Lennon and his personality!
Harley was a one of a kind dog. He was the most loyal good hearted dog we’ve ever owned. He was very smart in his younger years he had to do tricks for his morning bones. On the weekends he got 2 and he knew that He would put his nose up under your arm nudging if you forgot that day. Funny dog like that . If we were outside and he wanted to go in (later in life) he wanted inside he’d open the screen door with his nose.
When the doorbell rang he would have this very ferocious bark scaring people but once Mom or Dad said it was ok he was their best friend.
Also polite good mannered as a dog could be never begged waited for scraps which of course he got but not until we were finished eating. He loved veggies and fruit. This dog would be by my side the moment he heard the potato peeler because he loved carrots and that’s what the potato peeled meant to Harley. He’s the only dog I knew who would eat strawberries, watermelon,apples, core and all. Maybe that’s why he lived to be 16.
Like most big dogs he loved car rides they usually meant he was going for a walk. We logged many miles with this guy until his hips started to bother him. At one point in Harley’s life we lived on a 200 acre farm he loved chasing rabbits ground hogs and deer . Of course he never caught anything.
In going through all our photos of Harley I noticed he loved family and was in a lot of our family photos backwards he just didn’t understand to turn around to the camera when everyone else was looking at him or so he thought.
We truly were blessed by this dog in our lives. We miss him terribly………….
Deuce was our loyal companion for 15 years he was daddy and mommys baby Deuce loved His kisses from mommy he got so excited when we got pizza the day we had to put him down we were so heart broken we love and miss you so much Deucie you will be in our hearts forever i would like to thank peaceful pet passage for helping to make it a little easier you guys are awesome and was so gentle with our baby thank you for all the wonderful things you do.
Dobbie was brought to Central PA from a kill shelter in NC back in 2008. Through a friend, we were put in touch with a rescue firm locally here in Central PA. Saturday, April 4th, 2008, her foster family brought her to our home for us to see her and a have a visit to our home. One look at her and I immediately said, “she’s not going anywhere, we are keeping her”! I fell in love with her and so did Barry. From that day forward, she was her Daddy’s baby girl.
My husband and I had 9 wonderful years with her and will be forever blessed to have had her in our lives.
Maggie was a rescue from Hurricane Katrina 2005. I was blessed to have her by side my since that time. A very gentle soul…miss you so much sweetheart; Love you forever…
Happy was the perfect name for her because she was always smiling. Not only did she always smile but she could make anyone who met her smile as well. She loved going on walks, being outside, and playing with the hose. She was a loyal dog that never left my side.
Dakota Wills, he lived to be 17. Not fond of most people only his Mommy and a handful of others. Loved him very much.
Blazer Wills lived to be 15 and we called him the trash can bandit. Had to cover all the ones in our home & close your purse also because he would eat tissues, money whatever was in your trash receptacles or your pocketbook. One time he stole $20.00 from a purse and ate it. We had to give the person $20.00. He was a large american eskimo.
Brodie was beautiful, intelligent beyond words, wonderful personality, loved life, people, dogs, cats & especially his Mommy. Sorely missed by all but will always have a special spot in his Mommy’s heart forever & ever.
We rescued our sweet Aggie seven years ago. We went to get a young male pup and left with an older chubby beagle instead. When she jumped up on the bench to sit on our laps and snuggled her head against our necks it was over. She was in the pound for a very long time. When we brought her home she sat on the grass all weekend enjoying just being outside. We named our basement bar The Stinky Beagle and she was the hostess. Everyone fed her snacks and she would walk them to their cars when they left, and sometimes get in. She loved car rides to get ice cream. She was loved by so many because she loved every person she met. She was our sweet princess.
Here is a picture of my Mally when he was healthy. He loved to sit on the furniture as if he owned it. He always loved to try n help me do things around the house, even tho he was more in the way.
Tyson was a huge part of our family. He loved playing with the kids and really loved his treats. The more kisses he could give the happier he was. He enjoyed roaming in the yard and looked forward to his ice cream every night . He is greatly missed.
Long ago in Clarksville Tennessee, a special gift was given me.
A sweet little dog of black and of white,
Her name was Jackie, and it t’was love at first sight.
She shared with me my life through times both good and both bad,
and always brought joy…..what a good dog I had!
With her cute laughing face, and her soft gentle way,
pure love she did give to me, each single day.
She knew when I was down or was sick, and always did cheer me with just one soft little lick.
Underfoot she would be when cooking my food, and if I shared with her none, I’d get the look….you know,
Daddy, how rude!
Jackie lives now with the angels above,
lying forever in the sun…..a thing that she loved.
Goodbye my small friend of over nineteen plus years,
I’ll think of you and smile….despite these darn tears.
Thank you for what your presence in my life taught,
True love’s given freely,
With nary a thought….
This house feels so empty, so quiet, so still…..
Your death leaves a void that can never be filled.
I know that you’re happy, you’re healthy…….you can now see!
Jack, can you feel this loving last scratch…(just from me)?
Always know that you’re loved, and that you’ll be sorely missed…
And I wish, just once more, your little black nose I could kiss……
Until the day comes when I see you again,
Farewell…….(Just for now)….My Jackie,
My sweet little friend………
In loving memory of Jackie………1980-Feb 22, 1999……… Gone from my life but not from my heart…
Thank you for easing us through the loss of Lakota. Thank you for being so gentle, caring and kind. She was more than our pet, she was part of the family.
In loving memory of Teddy ❤ Teddy joined our family in August 2001, and was with us for nearly 16 years. Teddy loved to go outside and walk around the back yard, smell the mint, and enjoy the sunshine. He will be greatly missed, but we feel lucky to have been able to spend such a long time with him.
Brownie Girl Brown
Brownie Girl was a part of our family for 13 years. She was a such a sweet pup. She loved the sunshine, rolling in the grass, warm baths and french fries! We miss her every day.
Sadie loved to lay in the sunshine and soak it up. She enjoyed trips to the lake and hikes in the woods.
IN MEMORY OF T-BIRD 3/3/05 – 3/30/07
There is something missing in my home, I feel it day and night.
I know it will take time and strength, before things feel right.
But just for now, I need to mourn, my heart – it needs to mend.
But some say “it’s just a pet”, I know I’ve lost a friend.
You’ve brought such laughter to my home, and richness to my days.
A constant friend for 12 years, in gentle loving ways.
Companion, pal and confidant, a friend I won’t forget.
You’ll always live in my heart, my sweet and loving pet.
Thank you for taking care of our sweet Jenny this week. She’s now with her sister Kelly again. Jenny was such a love bug and would have to be with you all the time. I miss her looking at me just like this, so full of love. 💔
Here are the photos of our beloved fur baby, she was born March 1, 2005 and passed on March 17, 2017.. I am sending a few different pics, we love them all, so whichever one works for the website…
I would just like to say that your establishment is one of the most humane and caring, right from the start of that first dreadful phone call I had to make. I just wanna thank each and everyone of you that is involved in this establishment, you guys were wonderful especially at this hard time, thank you again, Gina Sprague 💕
Last Thursday, we had to say goodbye to our beloved, Zeke (Zekers). For 12 years you were (and still are) our best friend, constant companion and greatest traveling buddy we could have ever asked for. Anybody who ever met you through the years always left you with a smile. Zekers, we and everyone else who knew you will truly love and miss you always. RIP, sweet boy.
Thank you Peaceful Pet Passage for making his transition a little easier for us and our Zekers.
Thank you so much for wonderful care you took of our Kelly Girl last week. Kelly’s one remarkable trait is that she was the best dog. She seemed to know what we wanted before we asked. She was always by the pool when we were in it, from the time the kids were small. She lived her life with quiet dignity and we miss her so much. Kelly Casey ❤️ 3-8-05/3-13-17
Reba was a beautiful Siberian Husky. We were so fortunate to have found her when we were looking to adopt. She became dear to everyone’s heart. From how she’d sing, howl and yip – To performing her “clown” antics. She’d leave me laughing so much that I’d forget to capture it on video. She definitely lived up to the reputation Huskies are known for.
I’m going to cherish many fond memories over 14 years. It’s a comforting thought to think she’s re-united with my spouse who didn’t have the chance to experience all of the years that I did with Reba.
When the day arrived, I wouldn’t have been able to gather my thoughts together, if it wasn’t for Rob. I want to give a special thanks to him for taking the time to talk to me on that day, and for his insightful and compassionate words. I’d also like to thank John for his kind patience and help. And of course, I want to give many thanks to Dr. Carney for putting up with me from having to endure all of my long and pestering emails.
I adopted Sable from the SPCA when she was 6 months old. She was a typical puppy full of endless energy, chewing shoes, rugs, and newspapers. But I would do ANYTHING to re-live those days all over again. Sable gave me and my family 13 wonderful years of love and loyalty. She was one-of-a-kind! Thank you Rob, Dr. Hill, and John for making this experience very comforting and stress free. Sable was able to pass over the rainbow bridge in the comfort of her own home.
RIP sweet Sable. 2004-2017
The true ride or die companion was Angel…always ready to go anywhere you wanted to take her. She loved going for walks and to go for a ride in the car. She would sit in the passenger seat like a human. When we would stop at red lights, people would look over at her and smile. She loved playing with our children and their friends. The master at playing keep away. She could run like a greyhound and could not be caught. If anyone came to the house that was not to fond of dogs, she would try to lick them until they would give in and pet her. She loved to sleep under the covers with you and snuggle. Always there for you when you needed her most. She was our family. Angel will be deeply missed.
Max was our furry friend for 12+ years. In his prime, he was full of energy and would chase everything from a ball to shadows on the ground. He was the perfect “brother” for our two young kids who loved to cuddle with him and play near him. Max was never far away as he couldn’t stand being alone for long. You would often find him curled up in a ball next to you on the couch or laying alongside you in bed. He had to meet everyone around him and was always excited to make new friends. In his later years, he lost his eye sight and was mostly deaf but that only heightened his sense of smell. Any time a door would open or someone would come home, he would perk up and investigate the new smells. His bark was deceiving. He sounded like a large aggressive dog when he barked, but he would become fast friends with anyone who would spend a few moments rubbing his ears or scratching his belly. Since he’s been gone the house has become quieter even with two kids running around. We miss you like crazy buddy! We hope you are enjoying all your favorite activities again now and we can’t wait to see you again someday. Know that you will always be in our hearts and memories! We love you!
January 19, 2004 – March 6, 2017
March 6, 2017 was the saddest day of my life, my heart is so very heavy with sorrow and sadness, it’s overwhelming at times and a part of my heart is forever broken. My beloved Baxter (aka: Baxter boy, The King, Pappy, Gooney, Big dog) has passed on.
His passing was as peaceful and surreal as I would have ever wanted for him; he was in his most favorite spot (at the front door in his bed). Peaceful Pet Passage made this heartbreaking decision peaceful and comforting.
A little bit about Baxter:
January 19, 2004 the sweetest little creature, being, soul was born into this world. Baxter was his name and on April 3, 2004, I had the privilege and honor of having him come into MY world.
I had desperately wanted and needed something in my life to fill the void of my daughter, Lindsey leaving the “nest”. I still needed to nurture, care for and share happiness with someone. So after some searching, I found an ad in The Guide about a litter of Shih Tzu puppies, born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. I went to see the puppies with all intentions of picking one of the females from the litter. As I entered Donnas’ home (she was the owner of Baxter’s mom, Pansy) I walked in the front door, which lead to a long hallway and I was greeted by six little Shih Tzu puppies! Talk about HAPPY! I instantly made eye contact with “the biggest” of the bunch. I picked the puppy up and told Donna, “This is the one I want.” She replied by saying, “No, that’s not a girl, that’s a boy.” I told her I didn’t care; this is the puppy I want. WE instantly made eye contact with each other, and this was indeed my Baxter boy! Since that day, April 3, 2014, Baxter has been part of my soul, heart, and life. He has been the best dog and best friend I could have ever asked for.
Baxter, as so many of our extended family and friends would attest, has always been, “mature for his age.” I often said, even as a puppy he was low key, laid back, and calm. Thirteen years later he is the same dog I picked up that day.
Baxter has always been a good listener, and would turn the worst of any day into a ray of sunshine for me. His unconditional love and appreciation he showed for me from just the simple things I would do for him were always so heartwarming.
His presence in my home was even more powerful than I could have ever imagined or realized. At a whooping 15 pounds, his little soul filled this house. He was vocal in his own sense, he was always there, he would scratch at my leg when he wanted me to give him something to eat OR if we were walking and I would run into someone and he wanted me to pick him up, (because maybe I was talking too much and taking too much time) because he clearly wanted to continue on with his walk. The people and friends who witnessed this just laughed and smiled. He snored, and snorted while he slept, and he would huff to get your attention. And even though he was not high energy, he just filled this house and made it home. Now that he’s gone, the house is quiet, and feels empty.
Ciro (Baxter’s four legged brother) is missing him very much too. He’s so sad and lost without him. Even though Ciro is the “bossy” one, he learned so much from Baxter boy. Baxter would tolerate Ciro’s bossy attitude and overly crazy play time antics. Ciro was just being an out of control “younger brother”. He too is missing Baxter, his teacher, his buddy, and his beloved companion. We are doing what we can to help him through this sad time, but he’s missing Baxter boy’s presence, his fun loving spirit, his calming demeanor, and the happiness he always had and showed for everything. Ciro knows what Baxter meant in his life and like me, he is now lost without him.
We love you Baxter and we will miss you forever.
Our deepest love to you,
Mom, Brian, and Ciro
This is Jimmi. He was our Handsome, Loyal & Stubborn boy for over 14 1/2 years. We will never know another like him, for He was Special. He came to us at 8 weeks old & filled our Home and Hearts with Love & Blue Tongued Kisses. He put up with Cat siblings & a Dog step-brother and our babysitting of our Grandson everyday. We put up with his “mule like” Attitude, which usually made us laugh. You had to make everything you wanted Jimmi to do “seem like His Idea”. I’m also Proud of the fact that Jimmi Flunked Obedience School. He was too smart for that! I will miss the Best Walking Buddy I ever had. It was the only time Jimmi was a Gentleman. He Loved his walks. We will miss him forever.
Rest Sweet Jimmi, wait for me over the Rainbow Bridge, I’ll bring your treats…
It has been one week since we lost our sweet Sadie. Not a day has gone by that we haven’t thought of her or talked about a memory. She was an excellent swimmer/hunter but an even better companion. She spent most of her days running on 14 acres with her four legged sister Ellie with an occasional visit to the neighbors for a bone 😀 Sadie was loved by everyone that she came across. She will be forever loved and missed.
Scrappy Massott 4/8/2005 – 1/25/2017
There is no doubt that Scrap held a special place in my heart. She was the love of my life! I was honored to spend almost 12 years with her, and I couldn’t have asked for a better dog. Loyal for sure! Scrap loved the car and would spend hours in there just because. While I enjoy the warm weather, Scrappy loved the snow. Every year as spring neared, she’d find that last patch of snow to lie on. In the summer, she loved to eat sun sugar tomatoes right off the vine. She even knew which ones were ripe! Our walks were like scavenger hunts for Scrap. Most days we came home with a random can out of a recycle bin or a used tennis ball or my least favorite, a dead squirrel! She surely is missed. My heart aches without her but I know she’s in a better place chasing all the squirrels she wants and eating steak dinners every night! I love you Scrap!!
Jenny was rescued on December 14, 2005 from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue when she was 10 months old. She crossed over Rainbow Bridge on January 1, 2017 at 12 years old. Jenny will forever be in our hearts.
My girl will be greatly missed. She was the most gentle and loving cat I knew.
I rescued Sophie several years ago and gave her the best life I could one she deserved. I know in my heart I saved her life then and continued to provide and care for her for the rest of her life. I can’t say even one bad word about her. She loved my son and my fiance and me and our other cats and dog. A piece of my heart is definitely missing with her gone but she will never be forgotten.
Who rescued who?
Koda came to us from Ohio at the ripe old age of 15 months. He was underweight, un-trained, and unkempt.
We loved him, fattened him up, trained him, and encouraged him to forget his first year of life.
Koda trained and worked hard to become a certified Pet Therapy dog. He started his career with the American Red Cross Animal Assisted Therapy Team. He continued to train to pass his Canine Good Citizenship test and then joined the Caring Hearts Pet Therapy organization.
Koda has been working for “9” years as a pet therapy dog. He has brought joy and love to many people at many different facilities too numerous to mention.
Koda enjoyed chasing squirrels and rabbits in his younger years and as he aged enjoyed just basking in the sun. Overcoming his rough start in life, Koda became the best dog a human could ask for as a companion. He will be missed by many but most of all my Mom & Dad. We love you, until we meet again.
We ask again – who rescued who?
In loving memory of Sir Roscoe Von Patches
Roscoe was a gentleman, when his daddy would give them fresh water, he would allow his sister Rylie to go first. He was so loving! He was a talker, when he wanted his belly rubbed he would bark, you stop rubbing and he’d bark again. If he wanted a treat, he would bark. If he wanted you to go to bed, he would bark. He was simply the love of our lives and we are going to miss him deeply!
It’s been over a year since the best dog and companion that my family and wife have ever had, left this life to go to heaven. Dakota celebrated 13 wonderful years before leaving us. She had the best disposition an animal could ever have. From the day I brought her home, she attached herself to my wife and they became like one. Where my wife went, so did she. It was a very sad and emotional day when we had to say goodbye. She is now with her grandpa in heaven where I know she is in no pain, and is rest.
Thank you Peaceful Pet Passage for taking care of us and Dakota!
Max…..a beloved member of our family, best friend and protector. You are missed so much buddy.
It’s been a week since I had to make that dreaded call but so glad you are no longer suffering. I’m sure you are having fun running around in doggie heaven with your friends. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our family for 13 years. So glad the prior people that you were with gave you up and you ended up at Helen Krouse Foundation. If not, we wouldn’t have known you. We are such a lucky family! RIP our dear Max. Forever you will be in our hearts. We love you……
Thank you to Peaceful Pet Passage for all your kindness to Max and all of us.
Hailey was a very loyal and loving girl. She gave us almost 13 years of life and she brought us such joy. She would greet us when we came home and she absolutely loved the water. She was one for digging holes when she was just a puppy. I have so many fond memories of her that is so hard to just choose one. She adored going hiking and for walks in her younger days. She was definitely one of a kind and she is so very much missed and loved. You all gave her a passing with peace and dignity and I am so grateful for that. Hailey was very special and there will never be another like her.
Here are a few pictures of our sweet girl Clara. She was so smart and sweet. She loved her brother and she always showed him who’s boss! She loved taking hikes and going camping and swimming. She was taken too soon from us but she changed our lives forever. We will always remember her as our sweet girl and we’ll miss her always.
In Loving Memory of Buddy!!
My sweet baby boy…oh how I miss u…as the years pass the amazing memories u left have brought me peace n contentment…they don’t come much more perfect than you n I am eternally grateful to have shared this life with u… until the end of time I will love u and miss u and ur amazing kitty hugs!!! Sleep well my angel!!
“…Good night, sweet prince; and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”
Our Jake (November ? 2001 – February 11, 2017) made a peaceful transition from our family room to a better more restful place. He was a famous dog. He actually got his photo in the local newspaper thanks to the artwork of his faithful guardian angel.
Jake arrived in our home on November 11, 2002. We adopted him from the West Shore Humane Society. The shelter staff thought he might be a year old. For over a decade, Jake loved to go for walks around the neighborhood and beyond. Friends and neighbors warmly greeted our shy dog who appreciated a good head scratch from friendly humans.
Marilyn Magoo and Mason Dixon
In Loving Memory of Marilyn and Mason
On this day, 4 years ago, heaven gained 2 of the dearest angels I’ve ever known… Marilyn Magoo and Mason Dixon… in life u were inseparable and in death it was no different… how perfectly G-d had it planned that you would be ready to cross the bridge at the same time…as hard as that day was I’m grateful neither of u ever had to mourn for the other… I love u and miss u beyond words, my precious babies!!! Forever in my heart!!!
Sammi Little May 1, 2005 to February 15, 2017.
It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. We lost Sammi today. She is on her way to meet Geebee at the Rainbow Bridge. They were best friends for nearly 12 years and were only apart for 12 days. Sammi was heartbroken when her buddy went away and didn’t come back. She always followed Geebee’s lead from the day they met. She was the cutest puppy and maintained a beautiful disposition her entire life. She was everybody’s friend. She loved to hike in the woods, chase squirrels, rabbits and cats. She also loved to lounge anywhere. She never let us forget when it was time for dinner. She will never be forgotten by our neighbors and friends. And of course, we will never be able to replace her in our hearts and mind. R.I.P. our dearest, sweet Sammi.
Bella was so special to everyone she met. She had an attitude all her own. When she didn’t get her way she made it known by pouting or she would just keep tapping our leg with her paw until we gave her what she wanted. Bella’s favorite toys were her balls. She just loved playing ball and would play for hours chasing the ball all around the house. She would tap the ball with her nose and send it your way and we would go back and forth just playing with her ball. When our granddaughters came she always got excited and went to her toy tent to pick out a ball or toy for the girls so they would play. Bella had a little swimming pool and loved to lay in it on hot days. Bella would just get in our granddaughters pool when they were with us and play with her ball & the girls. She loved her backyard. She would sit on the patio and just watch the activity around her but if she saw a bunny in the yard, she would slowly sneak up and chase it from her yard. She would stay with my mother if we had to be away. She just loved being with her and at times she would tuck herself in next to my mother as if to say, “I’m not coming home yet mom!” And Bella stayed another day with grandma. Bella enjoyed riding in the basket on her dad’s bike. She thought she was so special riding down the bike path and looking all around as daddy did the work. As Bella aged and I retired, We had our special times in the morning and the evening when she would wait for me to sit down so I could give her my undivided attention. She knew I loved our special time together and I knew she did also.
Gandalf came into our lives 2003. We adopted him from the Jack Russell Rescue League out of Maryland and we also had another Jack that was in need of a sibling. His life started very rough for him he was beaten and starved and also had massive ear infections which left him partially deaf. He wasn’t the perfect dog he had issues and we were ok with this. We did the best we could for him and he did the best he could for us. he loved being the little escape artist and no matter how many gates we put up and sealed the fences up he always found a way out. He was special and having him for 14 years I know he lived the best life we could offer him. We miss him so looking around the house is a little empty but I know now he is with his other siblings ( Mystic & Bella) playing and having a grand ole time across the bridge. Until we meet again RIP my sweet Gandalfski.
Sophie was my constant companion. We went everywhere together. She ate, slept, walked, and went to church with me. She has made my life complete.
“If there are no dogs in heaven, then I want to go where they go.”
(I want to go where Sophie will be.)
After fourteen years of being a wonderful part of our family we lost little Sadie to cancer. I’m so proud of how hard she fought. I’m so grateful for her devotion and love. She was a cherished family member and she will be profoundly missed.
Peaceful Pet Passage made a difficult time easier with their deep respect and understanding of the last step in Sadie’s life. I will be forever grateful to them.
Sadie was a sweet girl. She never had a harsh word or gesture towards anyone. She loved visiting family and friends. She loved riding in the shopping cart at the hardware and grocery store. Everyone with a dog has nicknames for their dog. Some of the many nicknames Sadie had were, Cookiepuss, Puddle Duck, Groany Bones and Miss Muss. Gives you some idea of her far ranging and wonderful personality. She was a professional gift/package opener. She knew so very many words. Among her favorite words to hear were Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Bob, cheeseburger, ice cream, greeting, hug and of course cookie. We loved her so very, very much. Still do and always will. In a totally effortless way Sadie helped make me a better person. I’m sure many people feel they owe part of their connection to humanity to their canine companion. I know I sure do. Thank you Sadie. I’m so proud of you. We love you. Dan and Jackie Heffner.
I recently had to say so long to my best “non-human” friend….PUNKY. I adopted Punky and her sister, Munchie, when they were only 8 weeks old. Munchie passed 4 years ago and Punky went to the Rainbow Bridge to be with her on February 3, 2017. Punky was a small cat that could jump to great heights and loved being on my lap when I would sit on my recliner. Every night she would share my bed and snuggle close and stay with me until I would feel her soft little paw on my face in the morning. I miss her so much but I know she is with her sister and running and jumping and sleeping and eating treats. Rest In Peace my little friend……I will always love you…. be safe until we meet again…. love, mom!
Lily was born 5-2004 and passed 1-31-2017. We have many fond memories of our beloved Baby. Her presence will be with us forever. She was pretty much the center of our world. We tried to give her a good life. She had a boat she loved and a swimming pool that she really enjoyed. We hope she has found her sister Rosie in doggie heaven and they are frolicking like they used to.
I had adopted her from the Humane Society June 26, 2012. She had Lyme disease, was missing half of her left ear, was most likely abused, and in desperate need of love and care. I took her home without hesitation, and within two months, she was a happy, healthy dog. She LOVED to eat EVERYTHING, sniff out absolutely everything, hated thunder storms, loved getting muddy and rolling in whatever she could to get dirty, had to sleep RIGHT next to me, and would make sure my hands were petting her at all times possible. She was always nudging my hand to pet her, even if I just did so for an hour. She was so lovable. And I miss her terribly. She went with me everywhere she could; it is so hard to leave the house without her, and her into my car to look at an empty passenger’s seat. I haven’t had the heart to remove her blanket from it yet.
I had wanted to visit a friend in Tallahassee, Florida for a few years, but did not want to leave my dog with someone else a full week. (Had done so for a prior vacation, and felt terrible about it). So, that girl saw Florida! She sat in the front seat the whole way. Made a trip down to Cape Canaveral for two days, stopped for a night in Savannah on the way home, and then we slept solidly in the same bed for two days when we returned home. I sadly do not have any pictures of her down there, due to a malfunction in my phone (and back then I wasn’t much of a person to post pictures on any social media). So, all I have is memories. But she made that trip so much more than what it would have been!! Finding decent pet friendly hotels was not the easiest task, but it was so worth it!
Damu Diablo Boone
In sweet loving memory of Damu…
From a fighting ring to a family dog u never ceased to amaze me with ur unbelievable ability to forgive and love with ur huge heart… ur best friends were the kitties … u never missed the chance to slap a big sloppy kiss on someone… u literally loved everyone!!! U were a clown, a consoler, a ray of sunshine, the best snuggler ever, and most of all u were my best friend… I was so blessed to share this life with u.. I miss u so much and my love for u is eternal!
Rest in peace dear one
Samual James Leas
Sam was the best creek buddy I could ever have had, he looked after me and helped explore. A great hunter and retriever, it was the giving it up he had trouble with!!! Always by our side and willing to go for an adventure. I shall miss him tremendously but he’s with his brother entertaining with their antics. My sweet ones!!! RIP
Celebrating the life of GeeBee
3/25/2003 – 2/03/2017
She was born on a farm in Cumberland County north of Carlisle in the shadow of the Blue Mountain ridge just south of Waggoner’s Gap. When she was 10 weeks old Vickie and I brought her to her forever home to live a fantastic, happy, long life with us. She was a shy, quiet and somewhat timid at times absolute sweetheart from the very start. She was a pioneer in how to train her the right way. The first to introduce us to the benefits of crate training she was completely housebroken in less than a week. She loved her new home. Nearly 2 acres partly wooded with never a lack of squirrels and rabbits to chase away. She wasn’t afraid to tell other cats and dogs to get going either. She was leery of strangers, would bark a couple times and keep her distance with the hair on her back raised but never growled, showed teeth or was aggressive. She warmed up in a short time though and would sneak around behind them and get a sniff before she would allow herself to be petted and she never forgot a friend after the initial meet. She would get car sick as a pup if the ride was longer than an hour but grew out of that by the time she was 2. She quickly learned how to love jumping in my truck and going to the mountains for a walk in the woods. We went on many hikes together in the Michaux State Forest on the Appalachian Trail from the Susquehanna River to Blue Ridge Summit. She got a sister, Sammi, when she was 2 and quickly showed her how great her life was about to become. They became friends for life after the first 10 minutes and then proceeded to play, sharing her favorite toy while confirming the pecking order of our pack. She was Daddy’s girl first and also first to put her nose in the drinking bowl after vigorous exercise. She was also first to get the ball, very quick and super fast, eluding Sammi’s attempts to steal it from her and dropping it at my feet. She never needed a leash, always stayed close and would step off the trail and sit beside me so others could pass by. She was extremely smart, easy to train and loved us unconditionally. She loved Vickie too and would sleep in her belly underneath the bed covers. She was good at being a couch potato and if I was home would crawl up on my recliner and lay beside me or on the floor at my feet. She wasn’t a kisser, instead she nuzzled cheek to cheek tickling my ear with her nose. She knew how to brighten the darkest of days with just a look of her soulful big brown eyes. And always left us know how happy she was to see us by being inside the door when we got home and would hop and spin and smile with her beautiful white teeth. She always stayed clean despite never getting a bath and her coal black coat shined like a diamond. We always knew when a storm approached just by her actions long before our human ears heard any rumble of thunder. She left us today in body at the ripe, old age of 13 years and 10 months. Right now her soul is on the way to the Rainbow Bridge where she no longer feels old and sick. We are very sad because we now have to get used to her not being able to give us love but we can somehow smile when we think of how lucky we were to have her in our life. We will NEVER forget her and will feel her presence in our lives until the day we meet her at the Rainbow Bridge and spend eternity in heaven together. I want to finish this now by thanking the friends who knew how much love we have for our “Sweetie GeeBee” for their kind words. Also, special thanks to the staffs at New Oxford Veterinary Clinic and Peaceful Pet Passage who helped her pass at home with dignity and no fear.
RIP my baby girl…
Chouffe was the best cat and loved by all the people and animals she met. She was our beacon of light and will be missed beyond expression. Chouffe loved music, delicious meals and woolen toys full of catnip. Her favorite pastime was watching birds. She also developed a magical relationship with a chipmunk in our backyard and they used to play with each other for hours with a screen door in between them. Chouffe lived in many places including Maryland, DC, Brooklyn, Pennsylvania and she once took a lovely trip to Vermont where she liked to watch the snow fall. Believe it or not, Chouffe liked car trips, so her visits to the vet in her final days were calm and full of classic rock. Once she got sick, she was a wonderful patient and I do believe that she wanted to get better, but her body was failing beyond our control. Chouffe left this world after a day of enjoying her favorite activities – bird-watching and sunbathing. Rest easy sweet kitty. You were a unique cat beyond compare. May you twinkle like a star and feel the eternal peace you so deserve. Love always and forever, Kate, Dave, Beignet and Hermes
A Tribute To Our Bubbah
On January 27th, 2017 my family and I said “see you later” to our irreplaceable dog Bubbah. During his long life of almost 15 years he served more purposes than I think we, as a family ever intended. He filled the shoes of the son my Dad never had. He was there to talk to while never talking back, he could never be kissed too many times, and he was a constant companion after a rough day at work. Their snuggles together on the kitchen floor were a daily occurrence and there was always an unwritten rule that in our house, Bubbah could do no wrong. Bubbah to my Mom was her shadow. He went everywhere she went and enjoyed everything she did. No matter how comfortable he may have been (even while sleeping in his beanbag) if she got up, he got up. He was a master at feeding the birds, doing laundry, and even babysitting his two young nephews with all the patience in the world. Bubbah and my Mom were truly inseparable, even up until his final moments he followed her wherever she went, just like her shadow. My sister found a best friend in Bubbah. He was her happiness when she was sad, and her friend when nobody else would be. They spent hours and hours on the couch snuggling and catching up on their favorite TV shows and they enjoyed many of the same snacks. When her heart was broken only he could heal it and he turned out to be the only boy she ever needed. They shared many kisses together and fittingly he saved his very last kiss for her. The friendship and love between Bubbah and my sister was one that grew and persevered through many of life’s highs and lows and Bubbah was always her constant place of happiness and acceptance. Lastly, I found the little brother I always wanted in Bubbah. Bubbah was always a place of no judgement and to this day holds a lot of my secrets. There was never a time where he wasn’t happy to see me or accepting of rubs behind the ears and kisses on his little lips. He would often times cause trouble during his visits to my house, but with one look of those big brown eyes he was forgiven instantly. We had a special bond and I will be forever thankful of all those days I begged and begged my parents to get us a dog. Truth is to us Bubbah wasn’t just a dog or a pet, he was, and still is a member of our family. We will forever miss the constant clicking of his nails on the floor or the “humming” we would hear when he would be asking for a treat. We now know that he is running free, ears in the wind and finding the biggest pile of something smelly to roll in, all while watching over us until we see him again. He will be forever loved and missed. We love you Bubbah. Love, Mom, Dad, Bekah & Sam
The picture that made me fall in love! (B at about 4 years of age) We adopted B when he was 8 in 2011. It took a few months before he let us hold him and a little bit longer to give him a kiss, but it was worth the wait!! He was a wonderful dog that loved to travel. He was truly our Sputnik! He had the softest fur of any dog I have ever had. He had the name Brown B when he came to us even though he only had a speck of brown on his face. We kept the name and he was fondly spoken to as Beezer, Mr. B, B-man, BB, Baby B, all of which he would respond to. He knew he was the Bee’s knees in this household. He was a wonderful companion and will be missed every day until eternity.
In loving memory of Kiwi
Tribute to Maximus “Maximus Decimus Meridius” 4/18/02 to 1/9/17
Where do I start? I knew I loved you the first time I laid eyes upon you. You were just one in three litters of kittens. You were a gorgeous little chocolate boy. You were shy, but when I picked you up you let me pet you gently on the forehead. The breeder said that because you were so shy you would take extra attention and love and advised I pick out another kitten. I said, “no, I want this boy.” “I have a ton of love to give him.” “I will make him into a wonderful loving boy.” And, boy was I right. The first night was rough but then I offered you some chicken baby food on my finger and it was instant love and bonding from that moment forward. Over the years we continued to bond and bond and bond. I gave you so much love and you gave me so much back.
You were a very kind, gentle loving soul. You didn’t have a mean bone in your little body. You always gave nothing but pure, unconditional love to me and your brothers. You always carried yourself with so much dignity.
I loved everything about you. I loved your smell, I loved your gorgeous almost purple blue eyes and the way you looked at me with sheer adoration, your kind gentle soul, the endearing way you would rub your face against mine with so much love and affection. How you would give me little kisses. How you would get under the covers with me in bed and lay your sweet head on my shoulders and sometimes sleep across my neck. How you would get so excited when I put clean sheets on the bed. How you would roll over for belly rubs. You always gave so much affection even when you were so sick. You were always a good boy and never did anything bad in your lifetime. A perfect cat if ever there was one.
I was rocked the day you were diagnosed. You had always been such a healthy cat, rarely ill. I thought you would live much longer. I remember at your 12 year check up Dr. C saying how you were in such amazing condition for a cat your age. And, then in an instant everything was shattered. You had cancer. I watched as that wretched disease brought you down. It literally broke my heart. But, I held you constantly, slept beside you, lovingly wiped your nose for you, cleaned you up when you got weak. You were always an obsessive groomer and kept yourself immaculately clean and would clean your brothers up too if they didn’t do it to your standards But, the day came when I knew you were suffering and I had to end it. I never wanted you to suffer. So I made that agonizing decision to help you cross over to the other side. To the other side of the bridge. I know I made the right decision in my mind, but my heart was shattered into a million pieces. A huge part of my life for the last 14 years was gone. You passed away in my arms in your favorite spot on the bed on the day you gained your wings and took to flight very peacefully. I know you are are happy and healthy again running and playing with all those who have crossed the bridge before you. But, I so desperately miss you and can’t wait to see you again, my sweet boy. You will live forever in my heart and since you took a piece of my heart with you, we will forever be as one. We will be together again some day and then nothing and no one will be able to separate us. So, till then fly high and free my sweet, precious boy. I love you with all my heart and soul. You were the love of my life and my soulmate.
In memory of our sweet Dreama Pearl: 2000 – 2017
I had a dream about a white kitten biting my hand. Weeks later at a PAWS event, I saw this sweet, little calico girl across the room and said, “That’s my cat; that’s the one I saw in my dream”. That’s how she got her name and she was the dearest, sweetest cat ever. We had to let her go on January 14th and she will never be forgotten. Thank you Peaceful Pet Passage for helping us through this difficult time.
Here is a picture of our Harley. Thank you for the compassionate way that you helped Harley to move on. He will be missed. He was a great Rottweiler, full of life and energy, loved the grandkids and he was my “Buddy”. He was a lap dog until the end. We had him from 7 weeks old, 6 pounds. He was 12 years old when he passed. Again, thank you.
Oh, my sweet Cowboy!!! You stumbled into my life 2 years ago as a broken, abused and terribly neglected mess… they threw you away like trash when you needed them most and so I gave you a name and brought you home to rest until you were ready… never thought I’d fall so deeply in love with you in such a short time but it’s not surprising with how precious you were… whether it had been 10 years or just the 10 short days we were given I loved you with all my heart and was so very grateful you found your way to me in the end… I love you and miss you so much my sweet angel!!!!
Brandy came to us seven years ago, from a family that could no longer care for her. She was an older dog, seven years old when we adopted her, but she had the heart and eyes of a puppy. She went everywhere with the family, although she slept for a lot of it! She loved going camping and sleeping by the fire with Mom, and getting bits of coffee cake in the morning from our family friend Karen. Her favorite past time was sleeping in the sun in her bed or on her favorite blankets. We doted on her left and right, and always made sure she had a spot at the table. Brandy was our Babygirl, our Puppa, our little Nugget, and she will be missed dearly. Rest in peace, little one.
Tara was always so alert and full of energy. All stuffies, frisbees and balls were “balls” to her. Before she could bark or play or herd she had to “get a ball”. The only time she would drop a ball was when food was mentioned, or when someone came in with a bag or package. She was scared of rabbits, horses and cows even though we got her from a dairy farm. Tara was queen of our kingdom. She always had to do a check of the yard before she came in. She always had to do a check of her people before bed. She hated the vacuum cleaner with a passion and would stand glaring at it if it was left in the middle of the room. She had a loud personality even when she was being quiet. We had her for 14 yrs and 9 months and that was not enough time. She will always be our little girl.
Our two children had moved out of the house and we found that we were “empty nesters”. My wife noted that it was so lonely to come home to an empty house and so we decided to get another dog. We did have a Scottish Terrier previously that grew up with our children but she had passed away 5 years earlier. After the five-year break, we decided that we wanted a dog with the personality of a Scottie but bigger so that they could accompany us on longer walks and so, we decided on an Airedale Terrier. After months of looking, we found our Monty.
Monty loved all people and all, cats, dogs, horses and even a bull named Hershey. He truly enjoyed being around people and was especially protective of babies.
Monty loved to play ball. Not catch so much as dribbling a large hard plastic ball around the back yard. He was quite good at controlling the ball as he pushed it from one side of the yard to the other and back again. He would push this ball around any time he could get us to give it to him. Even when there was snow on the ground. As he got older we limited his ball time fearing that he would keep playing too long and have a heart attack.
Monty always loved riding in the car. He also loved going with us in a friend’s pontoon boat. It was like a living room on the water and he could wander around from person to person and could see over the walls in all directions.
Dogs teach us so much. They teach us responsibility, unconditional love, how to forgive and forget faults and lastly that our time on earth is limited so we should embrace ever moment with loved ones and cherish the good memories of those who have passed.
He truly was a part of our family and we looked upon him as our remaining child and friend. He will be truly missed.
Roxy came to us 13 years ago as a rescue. She developed into the most loyal and loving dog that I have ever known. She was a constant companion that never passed up an opportunity to go for a ride, even as she got older and started slowing down a bit. Always tolerant of her “brothers” and the barn cats, she was just an exceptionally great dog. She was an excellent breed ambassador for the pit bull breed that loved people. She left behind a lasting imprint on our lives. She was very loved and greatly missed by us.
It was October 2009 that Charlie joined our family at the age of 6. He had been through some disappointments, and he chose us while we were visiting the York County SPCA. Charlie loved sleeping in the sun-rays, laying in the middle of the kitchen floor during the activity of dinner being prepared, sleeping on the ottoman near a warm fire, and dozing in his cozy bed as he watched the squirrels play from the safety of the back patio. We’re sure Charlie spent time awake, but it was always at night; he was an “up all night, sleep all day” kind of cat. After a few years with us Charlie remembered how to speak and he always reminded us that he needs his wet food. Charlie crossed the Rainbow Bridge in December 2016, having reached the grand age of 13; he had a long and glorious reign with us. Charlie graced us with his presence for 7 years, and he brought us much joy, laughter, and comfort. We miss Charlie and think of him often. Rest In Peace Charlie.
Oliver, Lucy, & Elizabeth Kitner
Blokey never met a box he didn’t like and wouldn’t thoroughly explore, hide or play in.
He also had a habit of jumping up on the kitchen table every time his mom or dad made coffee. The shaking of the half and half “cream” container seemed irresistible and we believed lured him into thinking it might be the V8 juice he craved. We would only give him a teaspoonful of juice on occasion. But in his little mind, he couldn’t resist checking out the cream container -just in case. But we always enjoyed him being a part of mom & dad’s morning routine in any capacity.
Along with V8 juice, Blokey enjoyed a daily teaspoon of spaghetti sauce or apple, pear or strawberry sauce while we ate dinner.
In closing, he was the best cat in the whole wide world and we will never forget or stop loving him for the rest of our lives.
In loving memory of Naty
Mosel was the happiest German Shepherd who guarded our house like her mother guarded the farm where Mosel was born. Despite wearing a cone for multiple months she always had a smile on her face. As a puppy she loved running, getting into trouble, and escaping from her crate. She spent her puppyhood on a college campus, then moved home where we had to erect a six foot fence to keep her from closely surveying the neighborhood. She became queen of the backyard and policed the squirrel population. We would often find her hiding under the porch on summer days or cooling off in her baby pool which she loved. Her active lifestyle took a toll and she required surgery on both knees (at different times). No matter what physical setback she faced she always cheered us up and wagged her tail enthusiastically.
Mosel loved traveling in the car and protecting it. She went on multiple trips to Nova Scotia, and Florida. One of her favorite trips was a road trip to the Rocky Mountains, where she summited Pikes Peak and camped in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Her favorite activities included truck rides, belly rubs, waterboarding herself with the hose, destroying squeaky toys, chasing small animals, alerting us to anything out of the ordinary, barking at the squirrel tree, soaking in muddy puddles, running the perimeter of the fence, being alpha to other family dogs, and being around her people all the time.
Unfortunately, she couldn’t fight off an extremely aggressive form of cancer despite surgery to remove a large tumor and state of the art veterinary care. During her remission we took an extra special trip where she walked on the ocean floor in the Bay of Fundy. She was a beloved member of our family and we will miss her terribly. Thank you Mosel for protecting us all these years, we know you’re still watching over us.
My husband and I were chosen by Shadow, at the Monroe SPCA, prior to its closing. Shadow was about 8 weeks and had come in as a stray kitten. She fit in the palm of my hand. Shadow was a tiny floofball of fun, who brought me great joy and company. She certainly earned her name following me everywhere I went. She loved treats and would love to be outside, chasing butterflies and birds. She was so sweet, she never went far and always came back at dinner time.
After 16 years, it was time to send her to heaven. She was a very good kitty and will be missed by the whole family. Her purring as she sat on top of my head every night was soothing.
Goodbye my baby girl. You are extra special to me…forever.
Mommy and Daddy
In loving memory of Maeve
Bella, Clay, and Angel Hamill
In loving memory of our babies
In loving memory of Kooba
Our sweet Peanut went to the Rainbow Bridge on December 19, 2016. She was a sweet little girl who brought love and joy to our lives. She was a pregnant stray in Carlisle in Fall 2003 and I was blessed to bring her home on October 17, 2003, which became her birthday. For 13 years she was a member of the family, pampered and spoiled. Her brothers Duke (Chocolate Lab) and Rocky (Corgi) will meet her at the bridge. We will see you again one-day sweet girl. Love, Mommy and Daddy
In memory of our dear boy Bentley. You were the only dog that daddy ever picked out and you were his best buddy. The loss of you was just too sudden and we miss you so very much. Run free and pain free and don’t catch too many squirrels and ground hogs. You will always fill our hearts with joy. Love you boy!
Roxy (Summer 1999 – December 10, 2016)
We were very lucky to be able to spend seventeen years with our special girl. Roxy became a member of our family when I was just three. Throughout her lifetime, Roxy had three fur-siblings; Wiskers, Boots, and Gabe. Before the others had passed, Roxy was always the shyer one, usually staying away from the commotion while the others were always where their people were. Once she was an only-pet, the timid cat that she had once been then turned into a more loving and social creature, showing the personality that no one really knew she had. She enjoyed laying in sunbeams – no matter how small, watching the birds outside, and using occasional bursts of energy to play with her catnip toys.
Now for the first time that I can remember, I come home from school and work without her there to greet me, or rather for me to go and greet her. Roxy had always been a constant in my life; while the other pets came and went, she had remained. These past days without her here have been incredibility difficult for all of us, but I am comforted to know that she is no longer in any pain.
I would like to thank Peaceful Pet Passage and Dr. Carney for all that they have done for us. Thank you for being there to help Roxy find her way to the Rainbow Bridge with the respect and dignity that she deserved.
Tina was born from a litter of 6 in Shippensburg, PA. She was a Black Labrador mix (although we never really found out what she was mixed with) who had two sisters, one black and one chocolate. Also, she had three brothers, 2 being black and one chocolate. She was indeed mostly Lab. While we were looking at the litter in a barn in a pen, we were deciding on which one we would get(the Chocolate ones were already taken but looked beautiful), along came this little black girl stepping all over the other dogs to get to my hands and I picked her up and said to the wife, “What about this one?”. She said that it looks like she had already picked who she was going to go home with and indeed that is what happened and we named her Tina! Tina was to replace the loss of another dog and be of comfort for the wife while I was working. As it turned out, I ended up taking her for walks and training her thus she never would leave my side after all that. As for the memories, I can recall a special moment that made me proud of her as well as she made me proud to have such a special dog. We went camping one night at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, PA. After the racing was over and we were sitting around the campfire and talking and we had taken Tina camping for the first time and there were several other dogs at camp too. These other dogs were roaming the camp at will and doing their business where ever they please. I was talking with my one buddy Ed Brenize when Tina who was sitting by me the whole time stood up and nudge my hand as to say that she needed to go to the bathroom. So I asked her if she needed to go and sure enough, she let me know she did. So we walked outside of the camp area and she went about taking care of her business. When we got back to camp and sat down to resume our talking, Ed asked me if she told me she needed to go to the bathroom? I said yes. So he said “You have a smart dog, unlike the other ones here” and began to talk about how these other dogs just pee and poop anywhere and Tina asks to go away from camp and he mentioned how calm and well behaved she was compared to the other dogs. I will miss my Tina but the memories will live long in my mind as well as my heart. Love you Tina! I am most grateful for Peaceful Pet Passage for being available to help with our situation because of Tina’s fear to go to the Vet office, she shook very much and she would drool so much that I had to take a large towel to wipe up all of it. So being able to do this at home where she was very comfortable certainly made me happy that she got the best treatment from beginning to end. Thanks again Rob!
I remember picking our Zeeke out of a litter of jumping puppies all gathered in a small fence…he was the one in the back chillin by the water bowl. Little did I know how much of a calm, loving dog he would turn out to be and how shortly he would become our family’s best friend. He always needed to be with us and was surely very vocal when he wasn’t. Beside us is where he will forever be.
On December 5, 2016 our family made the hardest decision of our lives. The bone cancer was certainly getting the best of our Zeeke….he was tired and ready to rest. Zeeke will always be remembered and loved by many. His almost human personality won the hearts of everyone he met.
Zeeke, I will forever miss you waking us up in the morning by the flopping of your ears and will never look at a plastic bottle the same, as for crunching on that was by far your favorite toy. Although you are no longer with us, there isn’t a day that will go by that you aren’t thought of…and deeply missed. We feel blessed for having you as a part of our family for almost 13 years. Rest easy sweet boy.
This is our beautiful girl Valentine who would have been 14 years old this month (December). She brought much love and joy to our household. Her nickname was “Chops” given to her by her Daddy (Greg). Not a day goes by that we don’t think of our precious girl. Thank you Valentine for being a part of the Harris Family. You enhanced our lives greatly, and your companion Noah misses you very much. We will see you again in heaven. With all our love, Greg, Barb, Greggie and Hillary
December 3, 2016 I had to say goodbye to my sweet boy Pumpkin. You never know if you are making the right decision when the time comes and once again I find myself second guessing my decision. Pumpkin was 7 weeks old when I rescued him from the SPCA and was 18 years old when I said goodbye. When he was younger he had a lot of health problems one of which resulted in him having his eye removed. People used to question me in regard to the money I spent on vet bills. I never thought twice about it. He was my baby and I loved him with all my heart. It was my job as a fur mommy to take care of him in every way. Well, after all his issues were addressed, he lived another 10 years! 10 more years to love each other, cuddle, and watch him cuddle and play with his brother. He had a cute little freckle on his nose and was a funny, talkative boy who was used to getting his way. I learned I had to close the bedroom door when I changed the bedding otherwise he would continue to jump up on the bed and I’d have to make the bed with him in it. He’d crawl out when he was ready. You never had to wonder when he wanted more food because he’d yell and let you know….even if his bowl was still half full. I will miss snuggling with him at bedtime and being lulled to sleep by his purring. He was my little shadow following me around from room to room. My house feels so empty now. I no longer hear him yelling for me. He is no longer there to greet me when I walk in the door. Pumpkin and I had to say goodbye to his biological brother, Fatty, in January. It was very hard on both of us. But now I take comfort knowing that Pumpkin had his brother waiting for him as he crossed the Rainbow Bridge and that Fatty is no longer alone. They can play and cuddle again like they used to.
I want to thank the wonderful people at Peaceful Pet Passage for being so compassionate and understanding especially Dr. Carney. It takes special people to do what they do and make such heart wrenching situations a little less painful.
Rocco was our lovable stubborn boy. He was known to flop down mid-walk, refusing to budge, and we’d have to carry him the rest of the way. He loved kids and put up the adults, knowing them to be the source of noms. He was always good for a snuggle or snack and he truly only wished to be wherever we were. He was loyal with a big heart. We miss him terribly and will always love him.
My little buddy, Buzz. .. 11/28/16…
Thank you for your wonderful service. You make the most heartbreaking decision a little easier knowing your compassion and professionalism.
Harley was a very lovable and protecting dog. He was loved by alot and he loved alot!! Harley was my kid and my best friend. He will be missed by many including his sister Belle.
The Best Little Puppy in the Whole Wide World has crossed the Rainbow Bridge
JESSE ARNOLD (February 14, 2002 – November 18, 2016)
Jesse-Ann Puppetina* Arnold left this world last evening, in the company of her loved ones, including her cat siblings, C. K. Dexter Haven and Atticus Baxter. She lay down to rest in her comfortable home and, as her mother held her, she slipped away in a peaceful sleep. She was 102 dog years old.
To the very end, she did her dog job to the best of her ability. She was patient as her humans struggled to understand her language. She knew her boundaries and didn’t run off. We had no fence but she wouldn’t leave the yard unless invited. She never chased critters, and our backyard has seen many through the years. Bunnies and squirrels could sit beside her and feel perfectly safe. She rarely barked unless she felt it necessary to warn us: when someone first stepped into the house, onto the porch, or across the street. If told, “Inside voice,” she would lower her tone to a whispered “…woof…”
She was good with people, especially small children. On Halloween, she allowed herself to be costumed and taken outside, to help distribute candy and be petted by the tykes. For a terrier mix, she was uniquely calm and quiet, unless it was time for fun. If we showed excitement and said, “Go, Go!” she would become the Turbo Dog and run at top speed in circuits around the yard or inside the house, until we stopped the game or she was played out.
She was extremely photogenic and was featured in the “365 Days” Page-A-Day Desk Calendar, where she starred on February 6, 2013, having been named Mutt of the Month. After several years, she became something of a diva, often refusing to look at the camera. The paparazzi resorted to cunning in order to capture prize candids.
She didn’t give unwanted affection, but if asked, would kiss your nose. Her public displays of affection were fewer as she became more reserved with age. But when her mother recently returned from Italy after two weeks, she gave up all restraint and kissed her entire face. She loved and was loved in return.
Her last day was beautiful and unseasonably warm. She got to spend time outside, seeing and smelling everything in the world around her, as the sun played off of golden November leaves.
*confirmation name, after St. Puppetina
Sol was born in 2005 and had a brief but successful career as a show dog like his parents before him. He figured out that he was much happier following his family around the house from room to room and so he was retired early and allowed to do just that. He was the most loyal loving soul that I have had the pleasure of spending my last 11 years with. We will miss you terribly. You were so loved, and are now so mourned. RIP Sol. 12/10/2005 – 11/19/2016
Rocky was the most special, sweetest dog we have ever known. There wasn’t a “bad bone” in his body! He loved everyone and was truly an important member of the family! He could not survive without people in his life! He loved everyone! And when it snowed… lookout! That was his favorite! He will be surely missed by all the people in his life and his buddy Snickers!!!
She was the most loving protector imaginable. She was part of our family for 12 years, though she wasn’t the puppy we initially picked from the litter. The owner called us on the way home informing us we picked up the wrong puppy but it didn’t matter, she already stole our hearts. Some of her favorite things: play ball, chew on bones, eat (cheeseburgers, cheese, eggs), nibble on jewelry, take walks and car rides, cuddle/sleep in bed. She stuck by my side through thick and thin and was the best fur baby I ever could have asked for.
Shiloh Heltebridle and Amber Quinones
Amber and Shiloh were siblings adopted by our family. Shiloh lived with my parents and Amber lived with us. Both were amazing fur babies. Shiloh always had to have a toy in his mouth, no squeaky needed as he squeaked on his own. Amber was a great surrogate to our younger golden, Toby, teaching him everything he needed to know from chewing on bones to going potty outside. She loved her family, never spending too much time in an empty room. She loved laying outside in the shade on a hot summer day but wanted nothing to do with the swimming pool. Kind, gentle and loving, Amber was a true Golden, heart and soul. She will be sadly missed in our family however we are confident she has been reunited with Shiloh on the other side of the rainbow bridge. Thank you Dr. Carney and the staff of PPP. Your kindness and caring concern for our Amber made our loss a little more bearable. God bless you all.
In loving memory of Winnie
Oh, our dear Turbo. What a wonderful buddy and kind loving friend you have been for these 14 plus years. We are so sad that we had to “give you back”, so soon. We miss the joy and fulfillment you gave us with your big playful heart and big personality. Your last few months were tough on you, but you still managed to wag your tail! You are deeply missed. Thank you Dr. Hill for helping him pass peacefully from his last earthful memory of eating sliced turkey from my hand along with a soft ear rub, then going onto the rainbow bridge. He rests in our hearts now.
In memory of Kodi, who loved his family.
Our loving kitty, Brina, also known as “BB” loved to lay under the Christmas tree each year, in fluffy blankets, in front of the fireplace and silly places. She loved tuna, salmon and steak for treats. One of her favorite things to do was sit by the window and chatter at birds, chipmunks, squirrels and the neighborhood ‘boyfriend’ outside cats. She followed her ‘humans’ around and was a constant buddy. Our family rescued her and her sister when they were kittens and gave her a happy home to live in and be spoiled for almost 13 years. She will forever be in our hearts.
Liberty “Libby” was the sweetest dog in the world. She would follow us from room to room and sleep under the table while we were eating. Waiting for scraps…I think. She loved ripping up stuffed animals and carrying them around like they were her babies. She would grab ahold of her tail and run in circles, sometimes trapping the kids inside and they would laugh and laugh. She was extremely gentle and had the softest ears I’ve ever felt. We miss her like crazy and know she is running cancer free in heaven.
In loving memory of Lexi
I will never forget you Ginger! You gave us 11 years full of wonderful memories that I will cherish forever 💕 I hope you are running free and splashing in the water with Riley boy 🐾 Love you pretty girl. Xoxo.
A Time to Remember
They come into our lives for such a short time, a time we wouldn’t trade not even for a dime. Then before you know it the years have flown by and then all of the sudden we’re saying good-bye. It wasn’t that long ago we said our good-byes, we held on to you tight as you closed your eyes. Your spirit has flown home on the wings of a dove, into God’s loving arm’s in heaven above. Over the days we’ve shed many tears, but the memories we have will live on for years. We feel your presence and we know that your near, you’re keeping us safe and calming our fear. We think about memories from years past, when you were young and strong and ran so fast. We remember all the great times that we all had, wow you always made us happy and never made us mad. They were the best and happiest years we had, we’ll always look back on them and never be sad. We look forward to the time we’ll be together again, and we thank the Lord for such a great friend. Now you run and play up in Heaven above, cradled in God’s arms covered with his love. Playing by the Bridge waiting for the day we come down thru the meadow to the bridge to stay. The love that you showed us we’ll never forget because to us you’re one very special pet. You’re like a star in the dark of night, always watching over us with the Lord’s light. So now we take time to remember our best friend who will always be with us, even to the end. We’ll always remember you the way you were, one big lovable huggable pile of fur.
So blessed and so fortunate to have our best friend in our lives for 17 yrs. She loved to travel, visiting the west coast many times but was thrilled to get home. Really tough to say goodbye but peaceful pet passage helped with that burden.
In loving memory of Sadie
In loving memory of Maggie. She was always excited to greet us in the morning and when we came home. Her favorite things were to play hide-n-seek and chew on her squeaker toys. She was not just a dog to me, but my best friend. She was the best dog ever and will be missed everyday.
Dakota and I picking up escaped recyclables from Trash days.
We were lucky enough to have Sammy for 14 great years. My wife told everyone that he was the son she never gave me. He just loved doing anything that involved being with us.
We will miss you buddy. I would like to thank everyone at Peaceful Pet Passage for the sincere sympathy during the whole procedure.
In loving memory of truly remarkable Lucy
Yes, she was a different kind of cat. Never cuddly, became somewhat domestic and less feral over time, a very long time. Truly an individual, I think we came to appreciate each other, within of course the limits of what she could accept. As she aged and lost her edge the accepting and even sweet part of her personality became more evident. A real character her entire life. She is truly missed.
This is our baby boy Ruger! He was laid to rest 10-19-16 He had the kindest heart and a wiggly butt, he was truly man’s best friend! We miss him so much!
Dudley was my first dog as an adult and an early Christmas gift. Turns out, he was the best Christmas gift ever. He was sweet, loyal, loved other dogs and didn’t have a mean bone in his body. Anyone who has a Cavalier knows they are lickers. Couple that with loving lotion and watch out anytime you put lotion on your legs. He would follow you around licking your legs! Anytime we’d take him to the vet, he would get excited and make these noises that would make everyone stop and look – noises you never heard from a dog before! Like a hyena. He loved to swim, stick his head out the window on car rides and go for walks. He developed mitral valve disease (common in Cavaliers) when he was about 9 years old and was put on heart meds. I was so upset that he would be taken soon from us, but he was a fighter. His heart meds prolonged his life for FIVE years! And although he wasn’t able to do all the things he loved (long walks and visits to the park), he was in good spirits and was still a very happy guy. I got a little worried about him after his sister Emily passed away suddenly this past January (she was almost 11). When his kidneys started to fail due to the heart meds in the last weeks of his life, we knew what we had to do. We took him to the park one last time. He hadn’t been there in years, but we sat him down in the open grass area and just let him roam. He didn’t cough once or show any signs of distress. He was in his element; he was HAPPY. While it was an incredibly sad time for us, we were also so grateful and happy that he had such a wonderful time on his final day. Rest in peace now, sweet boy. We will remember you and love you always.
We are grateful to Peaceful Pet Passage for allowing Jezebel, our beloved miniature schnauzer of 14 1/2 years, to pass in the comfort of her home. We will always love her and remember the profound impact she had on our lives. There’s a hole in our hearts, our lives and our home that will never be filled. Rest in peace, sweet girl. No more pain.
Can’t express how much we miss our beloved family member, Bauer Heistand. He was the most wonderful dog always. He Always loved being everywhere we were. He would follow and watch all the neighborhood kids. He especially followed “mommy” everywhere. My husband would say “where’s mommy?” And Bauer would know exactly where I was. He slept beside me every night. I still hear his foot steps coming up the steps and his jingle of his collar. We loved sharing fluffy pancakes and of course any other food he loved. He was a lab that loved people food. He loved playing in the snow with our girls and was always so great with our girls from the time they were born. We are missing him terribly and I cannot stop crying or thinking of him daily. I know God is taking good care of him. Bauer was just shy of 12 years of age. Born on January 8 2005 until being with Jesus on September 26, 2016.
I had to thank everyone who helped me with Bella. From the first tearful phone call with John, to the compassionate Dr. Hill and Tom, the “hearse” driver, all kind and patient and supportive for me and my family and also, especially, to Bella.
As a nurse anesthetist, I knew the process, but as Bella’s mom, I didn’t want to accept it. She was my constant side-kick for 10yrs. She gave the BEST kisses. How nice, if a thing like this can be such, to stay home with her, enjoy the gorgeous day out on the patio and gently fall asleep.
I would recommend this over any vet’s office anywhere!
Thank you again. And be blessed.
Robin and Indiana and Hal
Thanks for helping me through one of the hardest moments of my life. I spent 12 1/2 years with this beautiful girl. She was my soul mate and the best companion a person could ask for. I will miss her terribly. Rest easy baby girl.
Cam was our 10 year old boxer who loved the outdoors and spending long days by the creek or lake. He made every day a joy by giving all his love and showing his happiness thru his boxer wiggle butt! Cam was truly like our “child” traveling everywhere with us, including RV trips around the country. He received his pacemaker in 2014, blessing us with two more great years with him. His stoic, loving, and gentle soul will be a part of us always. <3
Malcolm Tanner Smith
November 12, 2003 – September 20, 2016
Our home is incredibly silent and lonely since you crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Not a day will pass that we wont think of how you impacted our lives. We hope you’re running free chasing all those squirrels and filling your belly with cookies and pizza crust. Mommy, Daddy, Sissy and Tyler miss you so much and so does everyone who knew you. Watch over us Malcy boy, AKA, Skippy, Mr. Puppy Dog, and Puppy Brother.
Our sweet boy, Cooper. Our home seems empty and will never be the same without you, but you will always be in our hearts! We miss you so much and are finding comfort knowing you are no longer suffering. Run free up there, Coop-Coop! Have fun with Cody, frolicking in Heaven…I’m sure he couldn’t wait to see you and show you all the good sniffs and pee spots. We love you, buddy…our Cubby Cub! 09/24/02 – 09/16/16
In memory of our beautiful Annie. Gone, but never forgotten. We love you and miss you. February 6, 2003 – September 16, 2016
In loving memory of Valentine
December 3, 2002 – August 5, 2015
Thirteen months ago I lost my beautiful black lab, Valentine. We were blessed to have over twelve years with a healthy existence. Valentine gave a worthy fight his last four months after we learned he had a lesion occupying 75% of his brain stem and was septic. Valentine was my first dog, and he will always be my perfect pup. He came into my life when he was only eight weeks old and quickly became a faithful companion and a best friend. He taught me many life lessons, and memories of him will always be treasured. Valentine enjoyed life and had a joyful soul. His time was spent retrieving toys, playing soccer, going for a hike, walk or car ride, swimming, stalking momma, playing hide and seek, napping, or chasing squirrels. He was such a happy dog. His love for people was as great as his love for food. He would get so excited to see visitors at our house. Valentine particularly loved grandma and grandpa, human #1, Uncle John, Aunt Nicole, and, of course, momma. He loved to patrol our yard and would be content for hours being outside or looking outside. He was adventurous and willing to try anything. Valentine loved chicken, popcorn, apples – actually anything I ate – as well as cheese crackers from grandma. His vacuum cleaner skills are sadly missed. He loved that he could jump on the bed every morning as soon as I opened my eyes for a spooning session. Until the end he declared his independence and was determined.
Peaceful Pet Passage, thank you for your services. You were patient with me while I was working through the decision to lay Valentine to rest. You were so gentle with him during the process and respectful towards him and my family. Your involvement helped to bring peace to an otherwise unbearable situation.
For so long I could not bring myself to write a tribute. Even now, I struggle; but it’s long overdue to acknowledge and honor the life of a devoted and cherished friend. God bless my sweet boy. I smile knowing he is happy and once again pain free.
Oscar (Loney) was adopted right before 911 and his kitten funny antics were so needed at a time when the world was so scary. He made us smile and laugh in the midst of those days and continued to fill our lives with love and happiness for 15 years. Oscar loved to be on the screen porch where he could watch the world from his own home. He loved to bat lifesavers and twisties around as a kitten and as he matured he loved an occasional catnip cigar. Oscar was a traveler too. He went along with his other fur siblings to Florida and the beach, even staying in hotels where he would find the best place to be out of reach for checkout. He had a good and long life and is missed beyond words. His health got the best of him and on August 1 he let us know his spirit was ready to leave this world. When Dr Carney arrived he laid his head in my hands as if to say I love you but I need to go. He peacefully left this world and went to his sister Emmy where I’m sure she welcomed him with open paws. We were blessed to have Oscar in our lives and his spirit remains with us and in hearts. Till we see you again our main man, Godspeed to you 💙
Charlotte & Bob
Odie came into my life as a foster dog from Furry Friends Network brought here from a shelter in WV. He really had that Southern Charm and it was love at first sight. He loved all the kids in the neighborhood and they loved him. He had quite the personality.
We had so many years together it’s difficult not to call out his name or reach out for him. He’s taken such a big piece of my heart and I know it will be very hard getting over my loss but I also know that his spirit will stay with me forever.
Your best bet for a great pet? Adopt from your local animal shelter or breed rescue group!
The best friend a man could ever have always there to cheer me with a nubber wag and a sparkle in her eyes miss you baby girl!
In loving memory of Smokey
In Loving Memory of Delaney Young
You gave me 16 years of joy, laughter, comfort and so much more. From the moment that we met at the Humane Society, you were my sidekick, my daughter, my roommate, my everything. I quickly discovered how smart you were, when I tried to crate train you, and no matter how many times I made sure the crate was latched, I would come home to find you on my bed or the couch. At that point I considered changing your name to Houdini. Baby gates didn’t work either. After you mastered unlatching the gate that was permanently installed in the wall, I gave up and gave you free roam of the house. You taught yourself to open doors and drawers, and to get into every type of trash can that I bought. You had to get what it was you wanted! Although it frustrated me, it also made me laugh and smile, I could never stay upset at you.
Your facial expressions were priceless. I always told you that you were “people” because of them. Someone once told me they couldn’t look at you because it freaked them out how human you seemed when you made some of your faces. I always knew when you did not approve of something, because of your, “That’s bs Mommy. “face. And let’s not forget all of your sass! You would talk back to me all of the time about everything! All of the silly noises, and barking at me. When you started that, I considered changing your name to Sassy. Instead, I gave you the middle name “Sassafras”.
When you were 12, you were diagnosed with Cancer. But thanks to Dr. Dwight, you survived the removal of the tumor, and gave me 4 more beautiful years. In my heart, I know you did that because you knew that was a time of my life that I couldn’t stand to live without you too. I needed you more than ever. You were always “Strong like bull” to stay by my side.
Thank you for all of the wonderful times that you gave me, there are just too many memories to write about here. You will always be my boo-bah-baby face. I promised that I would never let you suffer, and I know that you would have if I let you stay here with me. I take comfort in knowing that you are at peace, but I miss you so much and I know that I always will. 16 years is a long time; I know that you were tired. You will always be in my heart, good girl. I love you.
Dexter P. Grote
I remember bringing you home as a puppy, so small and with those silly black rings around your eyes, It looked as if you had nerd glass on. I wanted to name you Poindexter but your forever family bother and sister wanted to name you Dexter. I caved, but from there on, you would be Dexter P to me.
As you grew, you just never seemed to quite grow into your body, but definitely made up for it with your heart and your love for me and the kids. I remember you herding your forever family brothers and sister and even nipping your sister in the backside to try to get her to stay where you could keep an eye on her. You knew your youngest brother needed a little extra care and were always just close enough to be there when he needed you and never complained when he would bump in to you or when you would get caught up under his feet.
I lost you for a while when our family went separate ways. You never forgot me though, always bolting outside, running in circles, barking and curling up on my lap every time I would come over to see the kids. You always were my 4 legged buddy.
A few years later, you were part of my family again, only to lose you a second time to a bad circumstance with your care giver while I was out of town. For 6 1/2 weeks (January – February) we looked for you. Day, night, rain, snow, it didn’t matter. I posted hundreds of flyers, followed up on every lead, and even consulted a physic. I borrowed 2 humane traps and moved one of them as calls came in, the other was put in a spot where I had a “feeling” you would be. I can’t count the number of McDonalds cheeseburgers I ate (and baited the traps with) while looking for you.
You came back to me in late February, to that spot where I thought you would be. I joke that I didn’t catch you, but rather you decided it was time to come home, and home is where you stayed, played and loved till I said goodbye to you on Friday, 8/19/16 after 16 years, 2 months and 16 days of truly unconditional love. You were my buddy, an adventurer, protector of my kids and my home, part time plate cleaner and the best Frisbee catcher that any one could ask for.
I will miss giving you your morning biscuit, our “talks”, the bear noises you made when you got a good ear scratching, and those big brown eyes that you always used to your advantage (even though I tried telling you that they didn’t work on me).
I’m missing you Dexter P and know that we’ll see each other again some day. Love you buddy!
We just lost this beautiful boy. His name was Heka (hee-ka). We adopted him when he was 5 years old. He was named after an estate on Long Island in NY, Oheka Castle. He was a very loving boy, scared of his own shadow, and wouldn’t hurt a fly. He wore a bib because he was a Mastiff and drooled, like they do. He was the happiest we ever saw him when we moved to Lancaster County 1.5 years ago. Never one to like a car ride, when his legs gave out, we were relieved to be able to say goodbye to him at home. He left this world peacefully and in his favorite place, his bed. Thank you PPP, for that opportunity.
We saw it in your eyes asking for our help to cross the Rainbow Bridge to be with Cody and Dugan. We didn’t want to prolong anymore suffering and give you the gift of peaceful passing. And now your beautiful heart has stopped beating and our hearts are broke in two, knowing there will never be another like you.
You no longer greet us as we walk through the door. You’re not there to make us smile or make us laugh anymore. Life seems quiet without you. You were far more than a pet. You were a family member, a friend, a loving soul we’ll never forget. It will take time to heal and for the silence to go away. We still listen for you and miss you everyday. You were such a great companion, constant, loyal and true and our hearts will always wear the pawprints that were left by you. You are sitll missed terribly each day and every night. We know it will take time and strength before things feel quite right. But, for now we need to mourn and our hearts need to mend. You’ve brought such laughter to both of us and richness to our days. A constant friend through joy or loss in your gentle Golden ways. Even though you have left our life and are no longer by our side, you will be forever in our hearts.
Skylar “Bird” Spurrier
We Love you and Miss you so much. Our hearts and home are so empty without you. We lost you way too soon. We miss your smile when we come home. We see you teeth…… The way you would raise your lips and smile at us and wiggle your pretzel, twisting body. Always looking for Daddy’s water bottle to carry in . Even on your last evening when Daddy came home you couldn’t get up but, your little nub of a tail was wagging so fast, with love for your Dad. I will forever treasure your last kiss you gave me right before leaving this earth. I miss rubbing your belly, that you loved rolling on your back for. You were such a joy to us and your family and friends. They all loved you. I know we rescued you but, in reality you saved me. I was so sad from losing our other fur kids in a short period of time. That when we met, in that shelter, you gave me the will to live on and love again. Cancer sucks!! May you all R.I.P. our little ferrets, Foo Foo bunny, and our Beautiful Rotties, Sebastian, Mackenzie, and Bailey. And now you Skylar Bird. My sweet Angel from above. Run free and have fun swimming and playing basketball again.
Mommy and Daddy Love you and Miss you all.
Until we meet again in Heaven some day. XOXO
In loving memory of Tucker, missed every day.
Chester Sunshine Simpson
Chester was about 4 months old when his “parents” decided to divorce. A work buddy of my husband’s knew I had lost an orange cat several months before and was heartbroken. He talked to my husband, who talked to me. We decided to just go and look. The moment the guy opened the carrier, and this feisty little orange and white stepped out, looked right at me and meowed, it was a done deal! We brought him home and on the way, I named him Sunshine. At the time, we had 3 black and gray tabbies. So he was my ray of sunshine. But our son, who was staying with us as he recovered from MRSA, took one look and said “:It’s a Chessie cat!” (Our first one had been named Chester Martin) So Chester he became; but was always my peacekeeping, high climbing, wall jumping ninja cat! Two weeks later, the couple changed their minds and wanted all the kittens back. I don’t know how many, if any, they got. But I know one they did not!! Ten years was NOT enough time!! Seven and a half weeks after discovering he had cancer, my world turned dark again.I love you, my sunny boy, and I always will. Thank you, PPP, for helping us through this horrible time. Dr. Carney is an Angel on Wheels.
On October 1, 2004 my wife Joanne, my one daughter Jill and I brought home a nine week old black lab puppy who we named Maggie. She captured our hearts immediately and were very much assured that a black lab was the dog for our family. It was two weeks later that my wife Joanne passed away suddenly. It was an extremely difficult time for my family and myself but this dog by the name of Maggie seemed to have a sense of when we would have down days and she would somehow put a smile on our faces and bring joy and comfort. She was a frisbee dog and was able to catch a frisbee in the air no matter how far you threw it. She loved the beach and would amaze people how she would jump into the waves to chase after a frisbee with no fear. She loved my family and would always get excited when anyone of them would come home for a visit. She was an extremely intelligent dog that learned tricks easily. She even loved to sing along the happy birthday song that always brought laughter. They say that dogs can’t understand your thoughts, but many a times I wondered how she seemed to know what I was thinking and feeling. She had that look when she listened and would turn her head to the side as is she understood each word I was saying. She never ran away, and she always stayed by my side. Yes, she was just a pet but I believe she was a gift from God to help my family and myself during a difficult time in our lives and brought lots of laughter and joy in our family down through the 12 years of her life. My current wife Linda of five years also learned to love her deeply. She was a one of a kind dog that we were blessed to have had in our lives. She is greatly missed.
Our Patrick was a rescue dog. He was abandoned years ago. We got him at an older age and in poor health. But despite his ailments he loved to go for walks and roam the yard. He loved me very much and I him. He was always my protector and followed me everywhere. He hated when I would leave for work but was the 1st to greet me when I got home. He was such a handsome boy. He always was smiling eveyone who met him loved him. There is a giant hole in my heart and life without him! Thank you Peaceful Pet Passage for helping me relieve his pain and suffering in such a kind and loving manner. You’re compassionate ways will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Patrick. Mommy lives you and missed you fiercely!
Affectionate and beautiful cat with the high-pitched squeaky non-stop voice. She was truly one of a kind and such a precious cat. We remember and cherish you, always, sweet Squeaky.
Ruth Lotz and Joe Hudock
Zebe crossed the rainbow bridge with help at the end of June. So beautiful, so bad, a goat disguised as a sheltie, and the love of my life. We had 13 great years together. He was 10 weeks old with baby fuzz when he came home for the first time and 5 months old the first time we went to the beach, which turned out to be his favorite road trip. I can still see him spinning circles in the sand and trying to swim in the ocean. Odd for a sheltie to love water that much.Oher road trips followed, dog shows, visits to western PA, picnics and swimming at the lake, Jade Mist jamborees, and spending evenings at the dog park. Affectionate, stubborn, loyal, maddening, spoiled, and the best dog to snuggle with, I miss him . . .
Blazee came to us about five years ago from a neglectful home. Through lots of love, belly rubs, special treats and fun play times, her fun and loving personality blossomed. She was well known to place a paw on your leg for a nibble of chicken, vegetables, animal crackers and peanut butter. She spent many days laying in front of the window or standing at the window sill warning squirrels, rabbits, and birds to stay away. She welcomed us home with a tail wag that shook her back end and she was soon eager to play with her squeaky balls or animals soon after. The love and laughter she brought to our house will be and is deeply missed. She was an amazing addition to our family and she made us whole. We are honored to have had her in our lives and blessed to have made hers complete.
We love and miss you brown – eyed princess ♡
Mommy, Daddy, Bekah and “your boy” Jo.
Gaia, July 2014-July 2016 (Osteosarcoma)
Gaia and her 3 brothers were found wandering as strays in Kentucky at 3 months old with their momma. A rescue brought them to Michigan and she chose to be my puppy in October of 2014. Gaia was undoubtedly the best puppy anyone could have. She never had an accident inside, was willing to play but settled down when needed, and always looked up at you for guidance and instruction with her golden brown eyes. In her two short years, Gaia brought more energy and loyalty into my life than one can imagine. We went on more adventures together in those two years than I have ever gone on in my entire 30. We hiked many miles together every day, encountering deer, snakes, quail, rabbits, and more. She greeted every stranger and animal we encountered with love and playfulness. Gaia loved to spend time running and playing in my 1/4 acre garden, stealing cucumbers and spaghetti squash to toss and chew on. She also absolutely loved when I planted a row of apple rootstock- an entire rock of bare sticks to tug on that played tug of war back! Once, she caught a rabbit in her mouth but let it go. She also liked to chase and play with the farm cats but would never hurt them. I’ve had many dogs throughout my life, but none quite compare to Gaia. Some people talk of one of their dogs as “the dog,” and Gaia will always be that dog for me. She’s the first dog that I raised from pup on up and she made it so easy yet so rewarding. Gaia had the most beautiful coat that looked like it was gilded in gold in the sun- she truly was a shining star!
Toby was adopted at about two years of age from what can only be described as a hell on earth. It took him a long time to get over the extreme abuse he suffered at the hands (and feet) of his first owner, but he did and in the end he became a wonderful little guy who loved his adopted family without reservation. Even after our kids grew up and moved out they always knew there would be a loving kiss for them from Toby whenever they came by the house to visit. He even put up with multiple dogs and cats we adopted during his lifetime, without complaint they would simply become another part of the household he loved. In the end this little guy that was so badly abused (and unwanted because of his shattered knee that needed surgery), became a beloved member of our household for 14 great years.
And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
God must have smiled when he came up with the idea of creating dogs. Dogs are the closest thing to what God wants for us humans. They unconditionally love us and others. They do their best to learn what is right and wrong. They give us a million chances to get dog parenting right. They are willing to give their lives for us. Darryl and I were blessed to have been given the opportunity to live with our precious Sophie. She gave us everything she was and brought unbridled joy along with it.
We send sympathy cards to others. The cards almost always talk about embracing the memories that were created and in doing that, we never really lose the loved one. A memory is never as good as the real thing but it’s what we have. I think about all the memories Sophie has left us with.
•I remember a little black and white ball of fur that walked out of a horse stall on a Lancaster farm. She was very shy. However, once Darryl picked her up, she didn’t want to leave his arms. On the way home, she had never been in a car before so she was nervous. We took her into That Fish Place to get her a collar, dishes, toys and some food. She drooled all over Darryl’s t-shirt, I mean really drooled. We stopped at McDonalds on the way home and got her a hamburger. I got in the back seat with her and fed her little bites. I think that must have been our bonding moment.
•Once she was home with us, we started teaching her things. The toilet training did not go well for awhile and then one day a light went on. From then on, she learned all kinds of things and quickly. We decided to take her to dog kindergarten at Fieldstone. She was a star from the beginning. She was way ahead of a lot of the other puppies. One thing that she never learned well was walking on a lease. To the day she died, she declared her independence of that kind of control.
•She knew immediately that Darryl was the alpha dog in the family. It took her a while longer to know I was second in charge. I remember walking out to the kitchen one day and she was nipping at my butt the whole way. She had me wrapped around her paw early. We came to a compromise and she skillfully appeared to be listening to me when she really wasn’t.
•She loved traveling with Darryl. He would often take her along to client meetings before he retired. The customers were reluctant until they met her. Once that happened they consistently asked where she was if Darryl didn’t bring her. She made a favorable impression on everybody. She knew how to focus on them so they would focus on her. Border Collies are like that. I think that eventually we became known as Sophie’s parents rather than Sophie was the Kenes’ dog.
•She helped Darryl teach a lesson in church to the little kids on focus. She performed like a seasoned actress.
•She was well known in Mechanicsburg establishments. She was a regular at Ritter’s and they had dog bones ready for her when she visited. We never really needed to leash her as she acted like a perfect lady.
•She was never a licker. Border Collies are particularly about sharing that dog characteristic. SO when she did lick us, it was special.
•She loved Darryl’s dump truck. She was not fond of his little pick up, the new Volvo or my car. Ask her if she wanted to go in the big truck and she was ready to go. She sat up high and could see everything so that’s why we think she liked it. She also sat right in front of the air conditioner so that her chest hair would blow around. She absolutely loved that. She would sometimes lay her head on Darryl’s shoulder as if to say thanks Dad for taking me for a ride.
•A highlight of her day would often be racing down the sewer plant road toward the shop. When she was young, we guessed that she might be hitting 30 miles per hour. She would know when we were headed toward the shop and was quivering with excitement by the time we went past Rutter’s. She continued to want to do the run until she no longer could.
•She patrolled the shop perimeter. Another one of her favorite things to do was bark at the traffic across the creek. It was like she was the Wal Mart greeter for Mulberry Drive.Truckers got to know her presence well and looked for the little black and white dog that barked at them as they went toward their businesses. She also loved to jump in the creek on hot days to cool off. It didn’t have to be hot, sometimes it was actually cool but she loved the feel of that water on her fur. She would often jump in the creek right before we would go home and make a mess of the car or truck. It didn’t matter to us.
•She loved her squeaker toys. She would spend hours gnawing on them. When they were finally wet and slimy, she would bring them to us to throw to her. It was gross but she loved it. We would tell her to go get another toy. Most of the time she did but sometimes refused and kept bringing that wet toy to us. As soon as Darryl would head for the couch at night, she would ecstatically bring one of her toys to him – to be thrown and retrieved hundreds of times.
•She was never one of those dogs that were literally eating the dog food as it fell out of the bag into her bowl. She was very delicate about it. She would pick a few morsels, take them to the kitchen rugs and eat them and then go back. She loved to lick out plates so I guess I am going to have to go back to washing them again now that she is gone.
•She had rules. You had to throw her toys before you could call her to come to you. If you didn’t throw the toy, she didn’t move. If you didn’t throw in an allotted time in her mind, she would give you the wiggy eye and come pick it up and drop it again at your feet. She was disgusted when we didn’t get the message right away. But she was very patient and we finally understood her guidelines.
•She also had this crazy routine when she went out the back door to check the back gate. It wasn’t good enough to just walk out, she had to go out and jump around like some rodeo bucking bronco. She would shake the toy to death that she also HAD to take along and go charging out to the gate.
There are a million stories connected to Soph. She was a character that we were lucky enough to share time with. We will never forget her or stop missing her. Rest in peace, Soph. We love you to pieces.
“I sleep a painless sleep. I dream of great fields of obedient sheep, I dream of catching the spinning dish, of granting my family their every wish, we run and work in all my dreams, and drink sweet water in flowing streams, and in my dreams for them I wait.”
Cleo was a sweet and caring, playful pup.
She loved her family and her dog friends.
She would greet you at the door saying hello like only a husky can, and enjoyed play fighting with her friends Joey and Murphy. She will be greatly missed in our household.
Auggie lived 15 1/2 great years. He was our steady companion and buddy. He was the sweetest dog ever. We miss him terribly. 💔
My little man Baxster. We will always love you. THANK YOU PEACEFUL PET PASSAGE for helping him find his way to the Stars!
Syd never met a being he didn’t love, canine, feline, human, amphibian, bee… Despite some serious health issues his entire life, he maintained a cheerful, bright relationship with the universe as a perpetual puppy, albeit a large and exuberant puppy. Loved nuzzling faces, going for contemplative walks around the yard, chasing and retrieving toys, tug of war, and hugs. He is missed but I’m consoled knowing he must be having loads of fun running around knocking people over and licking their faces on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.
Here is our daughter’s (Taylor Brown) tribute to Willow Brown:
Saturday 06/25/16 I lost my best friend of eleven years. To be honest, I have never had a friend SO meaningful to me for SO long that cared about me day to day and loved me unconditionally. She was the best thing that ever happened to me and it’s very hard to realize that she’s gone. I know she has no more pain and she’s happy with Rocky and Saoirse, but I really miss her. The little things set off the trigger like calling her to go outside, or having a barking battle with her, or putting my hand or foot on her while I lay on the couch. She was more than a pet to me, she was a loyal, loving, caring, trusting, strong and funny best friend. As hard as it was to see this happen, my family has helped me find ways to count my blessings and I’m very grateful for that. They’ve also managed to make me laugh. I know that nothing will be the same without her but no matter how far apart we are now, I’ll always wear the paw print she left on my heart. RIP Willow, you’ll forever be my girl.
This is from me (Melanie):
She was our daughter’s best friend for 11 years. She was her dog through and through. But she was also a nanny to our grandchildren. They loved her so and she loved them in return. She was SO patient with them in so many ways. She watched over them and made sure they wouldn’t get hurt. She stayed right in the thick of all of their adventures no matter how often she was sat on, or fell over. She stayed in the middle of it all to be a part of watching over them. She was content and loved our family well. We miss her daily, I never thought this would be so hard! Love you girl!
Such a happy day when Roxie came to us on January 29, 2004. We had lost our beloved Hoopy May 30, 2003 and decided losing her was too hard and we would not be getting another dog.
Come November when I came home from work my mother started sharing all the dogs she had found searching the web portal. Come January she found several at the Humane Society in Harrisburg. So I said ok let’s go as I knew we were going to find one. My mother said without a dog she had no reason to get up in the morning.
Well we went with three dogs in mind. After speaking with the people we decided to meet with Baby Girl (Roxie). She was so loving and a happy girl to see us. She was an owner surrender as they didn’t have time for her. The issues they had on the sheet sure didn’t apply to Roxie.
We brought her home and she became family. She was such a joy. We did see after being at the shelter for 6 months she didn’t like the cold. We assumed it was from laying on the concrete all those months.
After having her for 2 years we started working as fosters for several rescue groups. We did this for 10 years until my mother’s health started to fail. In that time span we fostered 70 dogs. Roxie welcomed each one of them and became their friend. Nurturing and taking care to make them feel at home.
In April 2007 we had a little Jack Russel mix come to us to foster that had been physically abused. After a visit to the vet we were advised he had been shot. Unfortunately he had to have his rear leg amputated. He decided he was happy with us so Marshall became Roxie’s best bud.
He misses her terribly.
Roxie gave us the best 12.5 years of her life. We still hear her nails on the floor and think we still see her guarding the perimeter of the back yard. There will only ever be one Roxie. We know she is no longer with us but her spirit will always be here.
The people who surrendered her missed out on a great dog. We’ll always love her and are happy she chose us to be her family. It was a sad day when Roxie went to the Rainbow Bridge June 18, 2016 2:30 PM
Your loving family.
I first met Freddie at the West Shore Humane Society just before they closed in September 2007. Freddie was about 3 years old at the time. The first time I saw him, he was peacefully lying in a cage in the lobby. He melted my heart from the start. I remember standing in front of the WSHS on their final adoption day, waiting anxiously so that I could go in and claim him as mine….but really, he claimed me. Freddie was one of the sweetest, kindest, loving, timid cats I have ever known. At night, he would jump up on my bed and rub my face until I hid under the covers. His purr was so loud letting me know how happy he was, which sometimes kept me up at night. He was the first thing I saw when I woke up. He was my buddy, always by my side, and had his own share of troubles throughout the years….but he always pulled through. My sister and I would joke about his tiny little meow. Within the last few weeks of his little life, he wasn’t himself. After taking him to the vets, I knew his time was near. On May 20, 2016, I stood beside him as crossed the “rainbow bridge.” Freddie will always be my baby and I will truly miss him.
Best. Doggie. Ever.
Ferociously affectionate and loyal.
Always by my side.
Loved madly and unconditionally.
Often found burrowing under blankets or in a pile of clothes.
Titan was a great little boy who was rescued from a puppy mill at the age of 7 weeks of age. He spent his life riding in golf carts and lounging on the sun chairs in Myrtle Beach, hanging out on the couch by the windows of hotels looking out over NYC, DC, and Annapolis, hiking trails on weekends, and long daily walks. His favorite place to walk was Lake Marburg. He was so well behaved, he rarely wore a leash. Everyone stopped to talk to Titan. He was such a fun, lovable guy. We were truly blessed to have this angel in our lives for almost eleven years. He will be dearly missed by many.
Sandy Girl and Gus Frechard
First, let me thank you again and again for all you do for people like my family who are facing one of the more difficult times in life. We love our animals like our children and being able to give them a peaceful send off after everything they have done for us, with us, in our lives, is just such a tremendous service.
I have faced 2 difficult times calling John, in crisis – and each time he handled my calls with care, concern, guidance, and support. I am amazed he can stay cool while I sob. The vet that has come out twice (and of course I forget her name) – she is just amazing as well. No judgment, all about peace, calm, and support. So 2015 I lost both my dogs that I’d had for 14 years.
Sandy Girl passed in 2015. It was actually pretty sudden and unexpected. Sandy was a strong girl who aged slowly and quickly all at once. She was very hard headed but a total softie inside. Before my marriage, she (along with 2 other dogs & 2 cats) surrounded me at night and boy could that girl snore! She was demanding and could not be kept off the couch – but she had my heart and she was a buddy to our family for all these years.
Gus was my first dog as an adult – mine all mine. I held him in my arms when a woman who does rescues dogs, brought him to see if he was a good fit. I couldn’t let him go from the moment I held him. He had knee surgery, double hip surgery and 3 tumor removals – the last 3 years he had “rolling dog syndrome” and had lost his balance. Through it all he gazed at me with such love and I just was right back in love with him too. He was my Baby. Others commented on how he looked at me. It’s something I can never, ever replace. I love him.
I thank you for helping me give him and Sandy Girl a peaceful send off. Their declines, after so many (relatively) healthy years just came so fast for each of them. Even though caring for aging animals can be a struggle at times, I guess I never really accepted that they would be gone — yet I also knew they would be of course. I am so grateful for the time I had with them and all my pets.
We have adopted another dog, only one – and 2 cats, and will continue to share the love of our animals with our animals. No animal can ever replace the years I had with Sandy Girl & Gus, but there is always room to share more love with our companion animals and to keep making a happy home for more rescues. I can bear with the end of life issues just a bit better knowing there are people like you who do everything you can to help us maintain the peace our animals always shared with us.
In photos: Gus (Brown) Sandy Girl – big black & gray, Fargo was David’s baby and had the softest head and he loved Sandy. Chip was a crazy pup I found on my front lawn in Baltimore and ended up in instant love and the gray cat is my Mischief who passed in 2011.
Not pictured: Bumper (Mischief’s litter mate/sister) and Darby – David’s rescued crazy dog. We love them all.
Isabella – 18 years old
I snuck her into the house when I was 18 because my dad didn’t want anymore pets. I was able to hide her a few weeks until I went away for a few days and my dad went into my room. All he saw was “a rat running across the room” and then realized it was a beautiful little kitty we nicknamed Izzy.
She would catch mice and leave them as presents. She would sunbathe in any window she could get in. She would sleep with you but only on her terms. She would climb the back of my dad’s chair and lay across his shoulders. She would even race up the stairs to the top just so you would play with her.
She loved us unconditionally by us all.
She went through alot of transition from age 9-12 when she moved with me from Maryland to PA. Then back to my parents because they missed her. Then she and my parents moved in with me and Ken. Again her family was together. We spoiled her with “scritches” and catnip toys, a window to watch the birds and even in the last year’s she would walk outside with me in the back yard sniffing in the fresh air and playing around the trees.
She was a happy kitty who was loved more than words can say. Her broken meow still echoes in my mind. To be able to hold and comfort her in the last hours were precious. She is my furniture baby forever.
Isabella …. I love you always.
Stacie and Kenneth Spahr
Sassy was the runt of a litter from a puppy mill and I know I should not buy from a puppy mill but she was so little and sick I couldn’t leave her there. She grew into a spunky little girl and survived 3 surgeries in her life and would have been 17 years old in Aug. She had a ruptured disc and could no longer use her back legs, was deaf, and was pretty much blind but still was a little fighter. She loved to eat, take rides in her baby buggy and lay on her bed next to me when I worked in the garden. She slept next to me in my bed for almost 17 years and I miss reaching over and petting her at night. Finally lost her battle with chronic lung disease but thanks to Dr. Carney she lived 2 years longer than the specialist I had her to said she would because she had the best medical care right up to the end. I have two more senior dogs with health issues who were deemed unadoptable by the SPCA and I will be calling Dr. Carney when they need end of life care too.
Thank you Dr. Carney and rest in peace my little angel.
In loving memory of Molly
Shelby was born on May 8, 2005 and left us on April 28, 2016, ten days before her eleventh birthday. Shelby was a beautiful Golden Retriever with a sweet face and big beautiful brown eyes who could get away with anything because she knew she was so adorable. Shelby came home with us when she was about eight weeks old and weighing only six pounds. She was so small, she would ride in the car in our cat carrier. As she grew to 100 pounds, we would laugh at those days when she rode in the cat carrier. When Shelby was young, she often tested what she could get away with and we quickly learned that we could do without all of those flip-flops, sneakers and throw rugs around the house. Shelby felt this was okay as if she stopped chewing when we were looking, we could not possibly know it was her who chewed all of these items. This was so adorable, who could possibly be mad at her. Shelby had such a wonderful personality. She was so gentle and loved everyone. We would often call her “Happy Gilmore” because she looked like she was smiling and was just so happy all of time. She loved just being with you getting a belly rub or just lying close to you. Shelby loved to be out in the yard digging holes, rolling in the grass or just lying out in the cool breeze. She would be content with this for hours. At two years of age, we brought home Shelby a little sister puppy, Sheyenne, whom we also, sadly, recently just had to say good-bye to this past March. Shelby was not so accepting of Sheyenne at first, which surprised us as she loved everyone, animal and people, but they soon grew to be best friends. They would play and cuddle all of the time, it was the best thing we could have ever done. They would patrol the backyard barking at anyone or anything, always backing each other up, even if the other hadn’t seen anything at all. Shelby loved to swim and go on walks in the park, always allowing her sister to be the leader and she would casually follow along. Shelby was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, which is what her sister Sheyenne also had been diagnosed with. Shelby had never gotten over her sister’s passing and we wonder if she had given up or if the disease just finally got the best of our girl. Within days we found ourselves in need of the services of Peaceful Pet Passage once again for our beautiful Golden Girl. On Shelby’s final day with us, she was able to enjoy her yard only from the sliding door to the deck, but she was able to feel the breeze on her face through her beautiful golden fur until it was time to meet up once again with her beautiful sister, Sheyenne, to play and cuddle the way they used to. Though we have an extremely large hole in our hearts and our lives without our sweet girls, we take some comfort knowing they are together again. We will see both of you beautiful girls again, until then…. we love you!
In Loving Memory of Milo
From the time he came into our home 12 and 1/2 years ago as a kitten, he stole our hearts. He loved being outside in the sun watching the birds and exploring everything. Jumping into cardboard boxes and plastic bags was his favorite game. Christmas was his favorite time of year, falling asleep under the tree and attacking tissue paper. We miss his sweet face and his purr while we scratched under his chin. I miss him appearing out of nowhere whenever I opened a can that he thought was tuna. There is a hole in our hearts and an empty place in our home. We miss you everyday, Milo.
Born a feral kitten, we adopted him into our family. He was special in many ways, but we loved his wild heart and tough guy attitude. We found joy in his antics and laughter in his “many toes”. He symbolized our young dating and eventually married lives. It was bittersweet saying goodbye as we knew his time with us was coming to an end-yet it also encouraged us to step forward into our next phase in life as forever parents to his human brothers. His memory will live on in the stories we will share for years to come.
Thank you for assisting Theo on his next journey wherever that might be.
He will be missed!
Buffy was a beautiful Blue Heeler with a unique personality.
Baby Girl Walton
Our Baby Girl gave us a great 13 years. She was always so playful and wanting to love everyone she met. We will sure miss snuggling with her on the couch watching movies, her chewing on her bones, stealing our blankets and pillows, going on car rides and walks, and laying in the yard watching the birds and bunny rabbits. She hated people arguing which just goes to show how much of a lover she was. It’s so hard coming home and not seeing her happy face and wanting hugs and kisses. But I know that she’s watching over us all the time. Being young and playful. We miss you Baby Girl and think about you all the time. You will always be in our hearts.You will always be our Baby Girl. You will always be part of the family. LOVE YOU!!
My Remington was definitely my four legged little girl! She loved goose hunting or as we say to Remi birdie hunting! She was such a gentle pup and loved with all of her doggie heart!! She was the perfect pup pup !!! She always had the most happiest tail that brightened any bad day that I had. Remi Rae will forever be in my heart! !!
Ginger loved to go for walks and car rides. She loved to spend hours outside on nice days, her favorite place to be. She loved to have her face scratched. Even though we only had her for just under five years, I am so glad we didn’t leave her at the humane league and adopted her, even though she was eight years old. RIP Ginger. I miss you very much.
We would be honored to have our sweet Olivia honored on your facebook page…one of our best memories was she rang a bell to go potty and not the kind that hangs on the door but an actual ring for service bell…and if we didn’t come fast enough she would throw it across room. She was an extremely loyal,loving,and intuitive dog whom has touched our lives forever and will be greatly missed by our entire family. She loved to play with her ball and would push it under our tv stand and then bat it out with her paws like a giant kitty. Her absolute favorite toy was a faux hickory farms mustard from Target and was very sad when it had to be thrown out and couldn’t find a replacement.She was a spook and sometimes dopey which gave us many good laughs. She was even in our wedding photos as well as along on our honeymoon. She was the most patient dog and was certainly one in million. Thanks again for everything!
How can you describe Shelby?
Funny, playful, bouncy. Kind, loving, sweet. Jumpy, talkative and curious.
She was an explorer of cardboard boxes and a soft-blanket appreciator. While she had refined tastes and dined on Fancy Feast, she couldn’t resist the allure of Arby’s.
But mainly, she was the best little kitty in the world and is sorely missed. Twenty years just wasn’t nearly enough time.
While we’re all saddened by her passing, we are forever grateful for the many wonderful years of friendship and love.
SSACH Mals-About Prime Meridian THDD CGC
05/10/2004 – 04/07/2016
We weren’t ready to say goodbye but you let us know it was time.
You changed our lives forever. You taught us so much you introduced us to the wonderful world called Spinone. We’ve met so many friends because of you. You brought joy and smiles to so many people when doing your therapy visits. A fun partner for agility – even though you preferred to do it your way and at your speed!
You’ve been a true ambassador for your breed introducing new people to Spinone and inviting new spin owners into your yard with their puppies. You were a good teacher and mentor for your brother Monti.
Run Free Sweet Boy — We miss you… Randy & Jolene Newcomer
Lexy was one of a kind. She was the runt of the litter and that’s why I picked her out instantly. She was full of energy and a chubby ball of fun.
She grew up happy, healthy and very loved. She had a deep love for water…jumping off the diving board and swimming for hours. She even participated in Cabela’s Dockdogs for a couple of years.
She was the perfect dog and we will miss her tremendously.
Thank you for honoring her.
The Hevner’s of York, PA
In loving memory of our Max. Sadly missed by all.
In memory of Voltan…
Eight-year-old, German Shepherd, Voltan made an untimely departture from this world on March 7.
Voltan began life in Morristown, New Jersey as a Seeing Eye Puppy, June 17, 2007. He was raised by the Paules family and returned to The Seeing Eye for training at 21 months age.
His time at The Seeing Eye was short. While there may have been “Guide Dog” in his blood, it wasn’t in his head. Voltan returned to the Paules home as a family pet after just 6 weeks at The Seeing Eye.
Voltan’s fondest desire was to watch over his family and home which he did with the intensity and seriousness only a German Shepherd could muster. For most of his life he was the deputy-dog to his older half-brother Drake. When Drake died unexpectedly, also at the age of 8, Voltan assumed senior dog responsibilities. He executed his duties faithfully until the day he succumbed to the same cancer (hemangiosarcoma) that took his older half-brother.
Voltan enjoyed his morning patrol of the property. He faithfully chased any living creature from the yard and carefully vetted all visitors. He was ever-present with his family night and day, in leisure and in business. He was a companion in celebration and sorrow. He loved Wubbas and Frisbees; around 4:30 each day he asked for a few throws in the yard and patiently endured days when the weather did not cooperate. His favorite place to visit was Aunt Doris & Uncle David’s house.
Voltan was discriminating in his preference for people and bonded deeply with a few while being respectful of all ages. If dogs can be introverts, Voltan was one.
Voltan died the way he lived; quietly and with dignity. His presence will be missed by those who loved him. Those who knew him were privileged to have known such a loyal and noble creature.
In addition to his family and friends, Voltan is survived by his foster-brother, Norden, a black Labrador Retriever.
Voltan’s family extends heartfelt appreciation to Dr Julie Schneider and Dr Richard Rill and the staff at Seven Valleys Veterinary Hospital along with Dr. Elizabeth Carney and staff at Peaceful Pet Passage for compassionate care that was above and beyond.
Down and Rest.
In loving memory of Maggie
Are not forever
Are not the end
They simply mean
We’ll miss you
Until we meet again
Kamra 9/04 – 3/16
In loving memory of Shadow
A Tribute to our loving pet Coal 6/11/04 – 3/16/16
Coal was one of a litter of 12 puppies born in the Pigeon Hills of York County. When I was eight weeks old weighing a staggering 9 pounds my human mom and dad took me home to live with them. I really loved to run in my big back yard and chase balls that they would toss to me.
When I was two guess what? As you can see by my picture I got a Pug baby brother. We soon learned to love each other especially after he stopped biting my tail. My favorite food was apples and I was given one every day. My mom and dad never let me run out of apples which they bought at Brown’s Orchard store here in York County.
Our Coal loved to sleep in make shift tents anywhere in the house. He was at his happiest when he could crawl under a table with a blanket over the top of it. He was also famous for his barking all the time as this was his way of speaking to us. While annoying at times it was just his way of expressing himself to us.On his final day before he went to heaven he made sure that he had a long talk with us before he lay down and went to sleep forever. God, how we miss his barking and pleasant nature.
In loving memory from his parents:
Bill and Jane Ream
In loving memory of Sidney
This is one of my favorite pictures of Cheyenne Barneycastle she smiling this is my screen saver on my phone always brightens my day when I look at it. She was a very good dog a special dog very loyal. Loved her mommy as I loved her she is missed very much but I always have pictures like this to keep me thinking good thoughts.
Sheyenne was born March 22, 2007 and left us on March 11, 2016, just eleven days shy of her ninth birthday. She was a Lab/Akita mix with a sweet personality and eyes that felt like they saw right into you. We brought her home when she was roughly twelve weeks old. We were looking for a little sister for our two year old Golden Retriever, Shelby. Once she looked at us with those big brown eyes and little black face, she stole our hearts. She had a hint of a mischievous look, and we knew that she would be able to stand up to her big sister. When we got her home, we learned all about her mischievous side as Sheyenne chewed many household items including the windowsill and the brand new ottoman, but she had an extremely sensitive side as well and would cry all night and my husband and I would take turns sleeping on the floor with her for several weeks. Sheyenne had many nicknames over the years, but two main ones seemed to stick – Tiny Pooch or Little Pooch. These came about as we were told Sheyenne would grow to be roughly 100 pounds. As Sheyenne only grew to just under 70 pounds, these nicknames came about. Sheyenne was so smart and really grew into a wonderful dog and companion. As I said, her eyes were so expressive, she seemed to look right into you. It felt like she really understood what you were telling her. She was extremely loyal and protective, and was always “on duty” as she would sit on the deck watching for anyone who would dare to walk, bike or get anywhere near the property. On the other hand, she was the most gentle dog you ever knew comforting you when you needed it as well as was scared of storms or strong winds beating against the house and she would seek shelter behind you on the couch during those times. She also loved to watch TV with you and if a dog or pretty much any animal, animated or real, would come on she would bark like crazy. If you would even just say “Dog on TV” she would come running from wherever she was and bark at the TV. She enjoyed going for walks in the park with her big sister, Shelby, and even though she was younger, she was definitely the leader. Sheyenne developed primary lung cancer. We received this diagnosis on February 23, 2016. Less than three weeks later, we were in need of the services of Peaceful Pet Passage. I am thankful to them for the services they provide as saying goodbye to our sweet girl was the hardest thing to do, and they made it easier for Sheyenne as well as my husband and myself. Sheyenne was able to take her last breath on a warm sunny day at home on the deck where so many days she was “on duty” surrounded by the love of her family, and we were able to take as much time as we needed saying goodbye to her. While we feel a huge void in our home and in our hearts without Sheyenne’s presence, the only comfort we can take is that it is just goodbye for now – until we meet again sweet girl, we love you…..
Fritz crossed over the rainbow bridge on 3/16/16. He will be forever missed and always in my heart. I will miss seeing his heart shaped nose everyday. Until we meet again….RIP sweet Fritz.
Cookie “Meow Meow” Druck
Our wonderful Cookie or “Meow Meow,” as we lovingly called her, was the best cat we could have ever asked for. We got her from the SPCA when she was 12 weeks old and she was a wonderful part of our family for 12 years. She was always happy and calm, purring up until the very end. She brought so much happiness to our family and will be greatly missed.
My beloved Binkz aka Bubba. …. Loved hanging with his Momma and Poppa… He will be greatly missed….
Nicky “Baby Cat” Kauffman
Last Wed we lost our Baby Cat, Nicky…He was 16 years old, it was quite possibly one of the hardest day of my life.
But God was so good, He provided a lovely day in which I could spend much time outside with Nick in the sun, he loved his outdoor time. And I can not say enough good things about Peaceful Pet Passage. The gentle Dr. Elizabeth Carney came to the house to help Nick in his final moments, a decision I will never regret, he plummeted quickly in his last hours.She was able to come within hours of me contacting PPP.
He is so acutely missed, he was with us all the time and became especially affectionate in recent years. He was all about himself, as cats are, but he was all about us too. He had a way of knowing when you needed to be comforted, or needed some comic relief. He was a truly beautiful cat inside and out.
Luke was 2 years old in June of 2006 when he came to live with me and my daughter. He was a handful! There was never a dull moment after the day we brought him home. My husband met him 2 years later in 2008. We became a family in 2012. His sisters, Sadie and Bailey, both mixed breeds loved playing with him and tormenting him too. What’s funny is he though was twice their size he was scared of them! He was a big baby; definitely a mamma’s boy. My favorite memories are of our trips to the lake. He LOVED to swim and fetch and walk the trails. He was a loyal friend and companion in our family; he was family. He was also a bed hog! I didn’t mind though; I loved him sleeping beside me every night.
In loving memory of Oreo:
Oreo went to Heaven on November 5, 2015. He became a part of my family in July 2001, when he was only 8 weeks old –a tea cup Chihuahua. Oreo became a huge part of my life; he loved going for walks, treats, and especially being around people and felt their love and kindness. Oreo was with me for 14 years through happy and sad times, a faithful companion. He was always waiting for me to come home from work, and I saw how happy it made him just to see me! I miss my Oreo very much, I will remember and treasure the time we had together.
My heart is very heavy and broken. Rest in Peace, my beloved Oreo.
Our little Bentley was the most loving friendliest little boy, He was like the softest teddy bear to pet. Everyone that met him just loved him. He loved to gp for long walks in the woods and swim in the creek, He would chase the chickens ,cats ,dogs and kids for fun. He loved to hunt and find anything that stunk along the trail. He always wanted to be by my side. How we miss that sweet baby. Bentley was just five years old when he passed from cancer. Much too soon. His love deeply touched us and left a imprint on all of our hearts. We love you Bentley my friend. I will be seeing you one day again on the other side of the rainbow bridge.
Newman arrived in our lives in the summer of 2006. He immediately became part of the family, bringing joy to our home, our neighborhood and to all those who came to visit over the years. Named after the very funny character from Seinfeld, Newman provided his own comic relief. He just had a way of making you smile and feel good. He was a beautiful dog who took to training immediately …. so much so that we were able to take him on long walks without the need of a leash. He never much cared for long car rides. Instead, he preferred being at home with his favorite family. There will never be another dog like Newman … he will be missed forever.
Our little Corey man. What a great life he had. His boundless happy feet running through the house are sorely missed but the love he provided will always be remembered.
Sonoma Chardonnay Minnich
Sonoma Chardonnay came to our home as a stray who survived an entire winter in a coworker’s window well. My husband and I gave her a warm home, good food, and lots of love. She was so grateful and became the most lovable kitty in the whole wide world, and I told her that a lot!! She loved to snuggle, and since she went to Kitty Heaven, that is what I miss the most!
Here is a picture of my Kirby who went over the rainbow bridge on February 20, 2016. I rescued Kirby on July 11, 2001 from a parking lot where he was dumped. He was scared, full of ticks and hungry. I took him home and cleaned him up and he eventually learned to trust me. From that day on he was my baby and would be for the next 14 ½ years. The past couple of years he started showing his age and then the vet diagnosed him with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (doggy Alzheimer’s). Then I watched my once spunky, tough little terrier stop doing all the things he loved like jumping, barking and pulling me down the street on the leash. I knew I had to make the toughest decision for him. That’s when I called Peaceful Pet Passages. They helped me go through this most difficult time with a little more peace and understanding. I know now I did the right thing for Kirby but saying goodbye is never something you want to do to a best friend. I hope you are running free and barking all over the place little buddy….I will never forget you!
Rocky was an important part of our family for ten years. He was always there for all of us through good times and bad. He loved just sitting with us out in the yard or by the camp fire. He always greeted us with love, wagging his nub with much excitement. He will forever be in our hearts and is greatly missed.
Bagheera would have been 16 years old in a couple months. He was my first cat that I got when I went out on my own. His name comes from the Disney movie “Jungle Book”, where the black panther is named “Bagheera”. I had gotten another kitty after him and named him “Mowgli”. He was a white manx. In the movie….Bagheera watches over Mowgli….(the white man cub). I am heartbroken, because, today, we had to say goodbye to him. He was the sweetest little boy. Thank you Peaceful Pet Passage for having the compassion to do this for everyone involved. I will never subject my babies to going to the vet for this again. God bless you!
Shadow came into our lives in 2003 while my husband was in treatment for cancer and he found this sweet little girl for me. He named her Shadow and said “this is the one, she’s got the face,” and 10 months later he was gone and it was just me and Shadow. For almost 13 years she was by my side giving comfort and always making me smile. She was the sweetest dog, she never met a person she didn’t like, she loved belly rubs, going for walks, swimming and any amount of snow. Every morning she would race out to get the newspaper for me, she was so smart. It didn’t matter if I was only away for 10 minutes, when I came home she greeted me with such joy and abandon, I miss her so very much. Thank you Peaceful Pet Passage for your care and compassion in giving her a painless passing and also allowing me to hold her sweet face right up to the end.
God Bless you,
Lilli was one of the feistiest creatures to walk the face of the earth. Early in her life she charged out into the yard to chase away a herd of deer. Though she did not succeed, she kept this attitude for the rest of her life. She will be sorely missed.
Our beloved Missy filled our lives with love and joy for over 12 years. She will forever have our hearts.
We lost our beautiful Golden Retriever Maxwell to cancer at only 8 years old. He was still a giant fluffy puppy with the most joy in his heart of any dog we’ve ever known.
Our hearts are shattered and the loss is unbearable but we have confidence that Maxwell is in a better place and is running around with his past buddies chasing butterflies and waiting for the day when we are all reunited in Heaven. God bless our sweet boy forever.
We will always love you Maxwell.
Cindy, Craig and Ben
Chloe and Maggie Sweitzer
Two of the sweetest little girls a Mother could ever have. I called them my matching bedroom slippers. They were best friends and sisters at heart, they will always be in my heart. Over the years they brought lots of smiles to older adult seniors. You will be greatly missed. Love Mom
Boone was a kind, loving and gentle friend. He loved everyone and in turn everyone loved him.
I know that he will be irreplaceable to our family. And he will always be missed.
The Heiss Family
If you were here you would say:
Love each other
Give it your all
Wag your tail more
Take a walk and eat a stick everyday
Be happy with what you have
Enjoy your food
Have a sense of humor
Teach by example
Hand the leash to your Higher Power
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!!
Now everyday in honor of you
I ask myself
What would Topaz do?
Buddy was a great dog for the nearly 12 1/2 years that we had him. He always raced to the door to great us when we came home and loved to patrol our yard every time he was outside. He loved our swimming pool. I think he thought it was HIS pool. It was OK for a person to be swimming in it, but he did not like rafts or toys floating in it. If it wasn’t a person in the pool, it did not belong in there, so he would attempt to retrieve it. Buddy loved ice cream, popcorn and M&Ms. He loved to be at our feet while preparing meals just in case we would drop something. He was always a happy dog. He is missed very badly.
Emily (aka Emmy) was a tough, sweet girl and a protector of her brothers, Dudley and Charlie. She wasn’t a fan of other dogs and would bark her distrust of them being near her brothers (this included animals on television!). Emily was a momma’s girl, who would follow her momma to bed every night even when her brothers and dad were elsewhere. Her favorite sleeping spot was between her mom and dad’s pillows! She loved Greenies, chewing on ropes (only when she could steal them from Dudley and Charlie) and was always willing to give a multitude of kisses upon request. She is dearly missed by her mom, dad and brothers.
Lynn Smolizer & Brian Rhodes
Tally came to us at 3-4 years old as a rescue from an abusive owner. We were told she was Lab and Weimaraner mix. She was a beautiful charcoal color. She was gentle and humble in spirit and took to us easily, as well as our 2 cats. She loved being outside. She loved walks near the woods where she could “huff” the deer scents and chase squirrels. She especially loved summer bath time and the “towel treatment” after baths where she was the bull and I was the matador and she rushed the towel! She was really smart. She could speak, shake, sit, stand and smile on command. Her reward was her favorite snack-cheese. We shared Tally with our friend Susie, who took great care of her when we traveled and her last month here in this world. Peaceful Pet Passage and Dr. Carney did a wonderful job in allowing us to release her from her pain and illness in our home. We miss her very much. She will be in our hearts forever. Pat, Tati, and Kyle McAlister
First off I want to say thank you for your services. Your took such good care of our girl. You also took great care of us. The decision to lay our girl to rest was already a difficult one, but the thought of taking her to a cold vets office was heart wrenching. Your vet said it best….”we should all be as lucky to pass away in such a way”.
Our girl fell asleep in the warmth of the sun surrounded by the people she loved.
Nikki was a sweet caring soul. She was a lover and protector. Our family will miss her greatly but she will forever be in our heart. We were blessed to have her. Nikki, we will never forget you. We love you.
The Winters Family
Last Friday we had to say goodbye to our sweet “Gracie Girl”. She was almost 14 years old and our home now feels so strange without her here. I would like to thank Dr. Carney for her sincerity and compassion. She was so patient and understanding with me through the entire process. I can tell that everyone at the facility genuinely loves animals, and understands our pain. Thank you so much for caring for my Gracie in such a respectful manner. Our family is extremely grateful for your services.
Max was a rescue dog who came to us from NYC. His previous owner was Russian, so Max only knew Russian when he came to live with us. He was such a good boy: I don’t remember him EVER, never once, willfully disobeying us. He lived to please us, and to be loved. Our home is empty with you gone, Max. Miss you!!!
A year ago today, we lost our beautiful roan Brittany, Sweet Adeline. She was 9 years & 9 months old. It has taken us a while to be able to post this tribute. Addie, our happy, active girl went suddenly blind at age 7. Her depression at losing her sight so quickly was obvious, yet she was stoic, brave and mischievous to the end. Addie was so playful, so intelligent and so intuitive. She touched our hearts deeply and in so many ways. Thank you to Peaceful Pet Passages for their compassion at our Addie’s passing. Your moms love you and miss you every day, our Sweet Baby Girl. We’ll meet you at the Rainbow Bridge.
Jackson was an amazing loyal companion. I had him for 10 years as he then watched me get married and have two children. He was a rescue dog who could barely walk. And he was definitely bigger than your average Siberian husky, weighing about 75 pounds and still thought he should lay his entire body on my chest. His intelligence was through the roof. He was also one of the most photogenic dogs I knew. He was the biggest and softest snuggler. Everyone loved him and always talked about how handsome he was! And don’t forget he couldn’t go anywhere without one of his bandanas on!
Chelsey was a sweet, gentle and kind soul. She loved going for hikes and walks around the block. She even slowed down a bit towards the end of our walk because she wanted to sniff a bit longer. They say cats have nine lives, but I believe she had several lives as well. From her jumping out the car window while driving down the street, busting through the screen window to chase a rabbit and a squirrel. Crossing the main road without getting hit and even going out the 3rd floor window onto the roof of the house. We needed to keep an eye on her at dinner time, if your eyes left the plate she was stealing your meal. She even climbed the lazy Susan to help herself to some delicious steak. When it came time to watching movies, she grabbed the noisiest toy and squeaked it for 10 minutes straight. She always kept us on our toes! I will miss our Sunday snuggles on the couch watching TV.
January 7, 2016 I had to say goodbye to my sweet baby, Fatty. I got him and his brother Pumpkin 17 years ago from the SPCA the day their litter was 7 weeks old and able to be dropped off. Pumpkin and I are heart broken and miss him very much. To Pumpkin he was his brother, playmate, wrestling partner and snuggler. To me he was my baby. I watched him grow and took care of him for 17 years. I miss cuddling with him. I miss his purr and his chatter. He was very “talkative”. I miss him coming to the door when I got home to greet me. I even miss him waking me up in the morning before my alarm went off because he wanted breakfast, zig zagging in front of me when I was walking down the hall and swatting my water bottle off the end table when we were watching tv together. Most of all I miss his kisses and his sweet and sensitive soul. He was always a healthy cat until his last year. I did everything I could for him and he put up a good fight, but in the end he let me know he was tired of the struggle. As much as it hurt me and I had to lose a piece of my heart, I had to do what was best for him. I had to show him the love I had for him one more time. As I sit here writing this and the tears are flowing I am reminded of a quote a friend of mine sent me: Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.
We are still working our way through the grieving process. We just finished a 90 page book of Scooby from a puppy through the last two days. He brought so much joy and love to all that were blessed to have known him. Peaceful Pet Passage has made the end time of our beloved son as best it could be. He hated the vet office. They wanted to end his life once we learned on x-ray that he had a tumor eating through his foot. We brought him home with pain medication and a dear friend told us about Peaceful Pet Passage. She highly recommended them. He loved “his car” a Yukon that we named Scukon. We chose to perform the procedure in his car. We really appreciated the sensitivity, sincere compassion and patience as we said goodbye.
When we brought him home as a puppy, we thought we would be the ones doing the training. It turns out, he had other plans. He has trained us quite well. We have learned to get to whatever door he is at to come in as soon as possible, Scooby snack time (one bone a day), a wet nose reminder to pet and cuddle, Scukon time (car rides as much as possible, even on work days with good weather), daily cuddle time before going to sleep for the night on our bed, boat vacations are a must (even if we have to dock the boat near spiders and such so he can go out to do his business on the grass), unconditional love, speaking to each other with eye contact, do not shut any door in the house unless he is in the room with us, make sure we ask for a bone at the drive thru at the bank (he can barely contain himself waiting for the container to come out)…. and so much more!
We were so blessed with his beautiful soul. He has left our lives, but he will always live in our hearts!
Thank you for providing an alternative for our furry loved ones.
Dr Gary and Wendy Harcourt
Malik and Merlin Tawney
Today we had to say goodbye to Merlin (Black) and Malik (Black & White), Merlin was 17 and honestly been going down hill since Jasper passed on almost a year ago and Malik had some health issues, he was 12. I said some prayers for each cat and one for both of them. Peaceful Pet Passage was there once again for us and we are eternally grateful for their service and their warm & caring touch with all they do.
I have loved you from the day you came into my life and now it is tim…e for me to let you go.
I could not watch you suffer and I could not see you in pain
Now you are free
Your body is no longer sick, weak or hurting
Now you can run with others
Playing and hunting as wild things do
Because I loved you, I had to let you go
You will be forever in my heart
Bast we give you back your child
Noble, regal, honorable cat
Watch over him and guide him on his way to the spirit world
May he be blessed in your names
And hunt ever after beside you.
You have crossed over now into the spirit realm.
May you walk with Bast
And I will see you again someday.
Sig was a faithful companion and ever vigilant guardian. He never met a child he did not like, protecting them with all of his love, intelligence and strength.
He was an ambassador for his breed. A loving soul. And even though he destroyed our carpet when he was a puppy he was always able to make us smile.
We often referred to Cash as “an ambassador for the breed”. He was a Rhodesian Ridgeback like no other. A gentle giant, he thought the world was here to pay homage to him. During our frequent walks, he would look at the people we passed as if to say, “Aren’t you going to stop and show me love?”. More often than not, he was obliged. The encounters were always positive, and we introduced many people to the wonderful breed through his pleasant disposition and personality. Always up for an adventure, Cash could frequently be found in any one of the numerous parks around the county, our favorite being Rocky Ridge. We know those trails like the back of our hands (and paws), and Cash had his favorites. From the first snow free spring day to the first snow fall in winter, you would find us on the trails. This last year saw degenerative myelopathy steal this from us, but Cash was a tenacious fighter to the very end.
Cash touched the lives and hearts of many. We learned so much from him: loyalty, friendship, persistence and, most importantly, Unconditional Love. Cashman, Cashie, Prince Cashpian, Sir Prancelot, Mr. Barkerson…there is a hole in our daily routine of life, but you are forever in our hearts. Run free, big guy, chase all those cats and squirrels with abandon. We will see you again in Heaven.
Fifteen years ago, you forever changed our lives. We went to the pet store looking for a cat and there you were. Your litter had been rescued and they were holding an adoption event. All of your brothers and sisters were black and were romping around in the pen. You were the small, tan one cowering in the corner. We saw you and our hearts melted. We pretended to discuss whether or not we should actually get a dog, but there was never a doubt, you had already stolen our hearts. We picked you up a couple of weeks later and you cried the whole way home in the car; you even tried to bury yourself between the door and my arm. Your “daddy” spent the first week sleeping on the floor by your crate so you wouldn’t cry all night. We spent the next few months getting to know you and training you. You were such an intelligent dog and you were the most loving and gentle pet we could ever ask for. Your only flaw was your severe separation anxiety – we finally gave up on your crate after you escaped from it more times than we could count. We worked together as a family and figured it out – we never knew coming home what you might have chewed up but our love for you overshadowed anything material that might have been lost. You lived through everything with us – good times and bad – the birth of our daughter, moving into a new home, arguments, laughs and even a new puppy. You showed us unconditional love and loyalty. We loved every moment we spent with you. Some of our best memories are the trips we took to the beach and the lazy days cuddling on the couch. You loved to run and you were so fast! It is so hard not seeing your beautiful face every day, our hearts ache and the tears flow as we remember all of the wonderful years. You will live in our hearts forever. We can only hope that we gave you as much joy and love as you gave to us. We love you and miss you, Abigail!
Best friend and snuggler that left too soon.
Kita was one of the best dogs I have ever had, she was loyal, loving and my best friend. She was my walking buddy and loved her car rides! She will be greatly missed!!!
Fuzzy was the best friend a person could ask for. We rescued him to be a companion for our other Sheltie Rudy. Fuzzy had mad acrobatic skills and loved to play companion fetch with Rudy. ‘Fuzzy lived a good long life of 15 years, and he is sorely missed.
I heard a saying recently that “bad dogs are sometimes the best dogs;” Murphy was a bad dog from his first day in our house to his last. As a puppy, our family had to tether him to a closet door during meals to keep him from attacking our feet under the table. He somehow got into the garage one Christmas Eve and ate the majority of a 28 pound turkey, causing my Dad to be out at 8 PM frantically searching for a replacement. As a “mature” 12 year old, he destroyed a french door that my Dad had lovingly restored for my Mom.
But, we loved him through all these antics. His infamous “baby harp seal” eyes could get him out of any situation, and his love for us was without question. He was our protector when we needed protection and our friend when we needed friendship. Although he is physically gone, his memory will live on in hundreds (if not thousands) of “do you remember when Murphy…” stories, and the occasional yellow hair on our clothing. Murph, thank you for being the best buddy we could have had. We love you and miss you.
Koda was my girl for 7 years. She was sweet, smart, beautiful and my very best friend. She was beside me through all of my rough times. I needed her as much as she needed me and letting her go was the worst day of my life. She loved everyone – kids, other people and dogs. She loved playing with her ball or any toy but playing fetch was her favorite thing to do. I have so many good memories of her. No dog will ever replace her and I will never forget her. I did not know how sick she really was and she did a good job hiding it from me for a long time. Even in the end when I am sure she was not feeling good she was the one comforting me – kissing my tears away and barking to let me know if she heard something outside. I feel lost without her but I know I did the right thing for her and Peaceful Pet Passages made what was an awful thing to have to do much easier on me and Koda. It was what we both needed in the end. I thank them and especially Dr. Elizabeth Carney for her caring and kindness. – Wendy Etter
Sammy “Young Samuel” loved by all who knew him-dogs,cats,people. He always welcomed less fortunate creatures into his home. Our precious little fellow forever in our hearts and forever young.
Molly and Jasper Keeney
Our hearts are broken and our home will never be the same. We lost both of our faithful, loving companions this year eight months apart. Molly (our sweet girl-Yellow Lab) on April 7, 2015 and Jasper (our energetic little buddy-Manchester Terrier) on December 8, 2015. The pain we are experiencing is fresh and yet I felt the need to express the sincere appreciation we carry in our hearts for Peaceful Pet Passage. The compassion and professionalism that you offered to our family in both times of need, will be forever weaved in our minds. We are grateful that you handled our pups as the loving members of our family they were. The hole in our hearts will take a lifetime to mend, however knowing that we now have a beautiful place outdoors on the side of a mountain to walk in remembrance of them will help to ease the pain. Seeing their names on the Memorial Wall, will allow us to reflect on the joy they brought to our lives. Our family was very fortunate that these pups choose us to love.
Hooch the most lovable dog anyone could hope to have. He’s gone now but he will never be forgotten. His spirit will always be with us in our hearts. Hooch rest in peace because we will always love you.
Carol, Kolton, and Kevin ♡
A piece of my heart died when I had to say goodbye to my sweet little lamb, Travis. I have not experienced pain like this for many, many years and it feels like the wound may never heal. For the past 16 1/2 years I have known true, unconditional love in one of its purest forms. My Good Boy came into my life when I needed him the most and filled a void with love that I never knew was possible. I don’t want to know this life without him, but here I stand without him and with a broken heart.
Travis was a sweetheart, who loved everyone he met. It seemed his goal in life was to win the hearts of everyone he encountered. His silly personality made him so lovable and he provided us with hours of hilarious entertainment. His affectionate side made him the best cuddler his family ever knew. We will miss him more than words can express and the place he holds in our hearts will remain his forever.
Travis “Good Boy” Ward-Anderson, 5/6/1999-12/1/2015.
My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. Author Unknown
Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.
-Agnes Sligh Turnbull
“I wrote this while watching the sun set last night knowing it was Tess’ last car ride.
Energy is One
In the low light of that late November day
Seeds on stems swaying in the wind
A sun setting adventure with a close friend of mine
Deep reds in a fading purple sky
A chill air floats the feeling of the evening
Passing cars rock the vessel of our escape
Do not miss me energetic one
Our energy is one
Our energy is one”
Bo Cat Frey
Here is a picture of our kitty Bo. He had a very unique personality. He tried to eat everything in site and we could not let anything sit out. One time he even knocked the lid from the butter dish and ate the butter! He would chew through bags of chips, candy and absolutely anything that was left unattended. We really miss him! Thank you Dr. Carney for helping our boy pass over and end his suffering from sinus cancer. You could not have been any nicer and more understanding!
Steph and Todd Frey
We were heartbroken to lose our faithful companion, our best friend, BB. He gave us almost 14 years of unconditional love. He showed us loyalty, kindness, and was a huge part of our family. We miss him every day, but we find we can smile at his memory and are so glad we still have him here with us, thanks to Dr. Carney. BB, I hope you are in heaven chasing tennis balls and chewing rawhide to your beautiful heart’s content. We will always love you. -Tom and Ria Booker
Maggie became part of our family as an eight week old puppy. She was full of puppy energy for at least six years before she began to settle down! Maggie loved catching and chasing tennis balls, enjoyed many visits to the dog park and running with other dogs, loved swimming in the Yellow Breeches Creek and in our friends’ pool, and loved children. Most of all, Maggie dearly loved us unconditionally, and we reciprocated her love.
Maggie was also a show dog and won many ribbons and awards along the way to achieving her championship. She was cooperative with her handlers, but we think Maggie would rather have been running and playing. Maggie had two litters and delivered a total of 22 pups to the German Shorthair Pointer breed. She was an excellent mother to both of her litters, and one of her sons came to live with us for nearly eight years before Maggie’s passing.
We and our children and grandchildren have many memories of happy times with Maggie, as she loved us all. She was a great, great dog and is sorely missed. Unfortunately, she became very uncomfortable prior to her passing, but we are comforted knowing she is now at peace. We love you, Maggie, and are grateful for all the joy you brought into our lives!
Mitts was a very sweet, easygoing cat who didn’t mind it when anyone picked him up and carried him around. Because he was big and fluffy and had extra toes, everyone, including visitors, loved to pick him up for a big squeeze, and he always put up with it gracefully. We were so lucky to have him as part of our family after he was abandoned by his previous owners seven years ago. He was a big napper, a cuddler, and a very good boy who is missed very much by his 5 humans, 2 cat brothers and, yes, even the dog.
Thank you for helping us say goodbye to him in the comfort of our home.
This is once again a hard thing to write about but I hope that I can express what joy Oscar brought me in the 10 years he was with us. From day one when he was found outside where I work -he was a stinker, but you just couldn’t be or stay unhappy with him. He was too stinking cute. Over time as he and his brother grew I would spend hours watching them play. Alex was the live wire and Oscar would sit back and wait for Alex to get in trouble and when it was all clear then he’d start trouble too. He was my scooter pie, boopie doll, Sir Oscar longinthtooth, and kneader boy. Always my babies. When he wanted out he’d climb the kitchen door and give us the “bat signal “. He is one of the most extraordinary pets I have ever had. He and my others taught me more about love, acceptance, compassion and how to be unapologetically goofy than I could have ever imagined. So now that he is over the rainbow bridge-with Alex- I’m sure he is more happy. He mourned his best friend for a long time. Here we are at the end and it just wasn’t long enough. I will always always love him. My boy. I’m a better person because of him. Thankful for him. Also for Peaceful Pet and their compassion and caring. Thank you for helping us.
In loving memory of Cinnamon
Jan 01, 2003 – Oct 30, 2015
In her younger years she ran fast and played hard.
Cinnamon was loved by all and Cinnamon loved all in return from babies to seniors.
Cinnamon you are truly missed!
We will meet again Cinnamon, so have your tennis balls ready.
Sending you love and kisses my friend.
Linda and family and the Furry Friends Network family.
Samuel “Sammy” Hake was a sweet, people-loving, laid back chocolate lab. Sam enjoyed belly rubs and going to work everyday. Sammy loved greeting customers at the shop, and was very popular among regulars.
Champion was an amazing dog. His personality was like no other. Champ loved going to the park and chasing balls. He would sit up so high with his chest out because he knew he was the king. He loved everyone and would make you smile even on a bad day. He has left an emptiness in our home and hearts. He was loved by so many. Saying goodbye to such a loyal, loving and amazing friend was very hard to do. He is missed so much 🐾
Emma Lou Estep
Emma was our baby girl. She kept me company while spending my evenings alone. She started “talking” when she was very young. Every evening when Daddy walked in the door from work, she would throw her head back and give a long howl while her little stub would shake her whole back end! The grand kids loved getting her to talk by saying “I Love Youuuu” and she would respond to them over and over again. She layed waiting at the bathroom door every morning while I showered. She left a huge hole in our home and an even bigger one in our hearts! We love you Emma (punkin, as Daddy would call you)! We will see you again!! Give a big shout out to your brother, Norman and your sisters, Lady, Heidi, and Tori!! Run and play, pain free and without Mommy worrying that you will hurt one of your legs!!!
In our hearts forever,
Bev and Dave Estep
Fonzie “Bugaboo” Sauers lived happily to the old age of 14 and a half. He loved his family, yard, going for walks, cuddling while making “Fonzie noises”…really there wasn’t much he didn’t like (except for thunderstorms). He was a curious puppy and that sometimes got him into trouble, but who can resist a full trash can? He will be missed dearly by all of his friends and family but especially his sister, Gracie.
Rest in peace my beautiful Fade.
Moose King, a beloved rescued boxer, passed peacefully at his home on Saturday. He loved his home, his family and his many friends. He vigorously enjoy all food, toys, belly rubs, and his favorite cat Oliver. He will be sadly missed but always fondly remembered.
In Loving Memory of our sweet Schatten (March 24, 2005 –October 22, 2015)
We met Schatten for the first time when we picked her up from the breeder in Slippery Rock, PA. She was so little and so sweet and quickly became our constant companion. As a puppy we did a training class with Pet Smart. We had so much fun we eventually did all the classes they offered. Schatten loved her yard, especially chasing squirrels and doing the “rocket dog” run around the trees and across the deck. She loved walking and playing with her doggie friends in the neighborhood as well as with the other family dogs. She also loved playing with the grandchildren and visiting with children we would meet on our walks. I remember taking her swimming the first time. She was very hesitant to go in the pool until she accidentally chased her ball into deeper water and discovered she could swim! Then she loved it. It was so much fun to watch her run and leap into the water. And of course she loved to lie in the sun on the deck.
Schatten, you brought so much love and joy to our family. We miss you terribly and we will always love you. You were the best dog ever.
We would also like to thank Dr. Hill, Tom, and John for helping her and us through such a difficult time. Your kindness and understanding will be long remembered.
Jack came to live with us 7 short years ago. He was easy to love and provided great companionship and entertainment for all.
We quickly discovered that Jack was a runner, it’s a good thing we live in a quiet neighborhood! He loved food, especially breads, chocolate, and anything else which was thought to be unreachable on the countertops or behind pantry doors. Jack was a good dog who did bad things.
He loved to watch birds and chase bumble bees.
Jack was my most loyal and loving buddy. He was my shadow but loved others easily. It didn’t matter how long or short he’d known you, he was a “personal space invader”.
He is and will always be greatly missed.
Rebecca & Family (Alex, Bryn, Eleri, Peeka, Mooch, Izzy, and Billy)
While video taping for LVC Field Hockey, Abbeygayle was standing on the scaffolding where I normally tape from, another coach had brought her two Rottweilers to the game also, Abbeygayle started barking and teasing the Rottweilers who became irritated but couldn’t reach her. She wasn’t backing down. The Rottweilers were giving there owners a hard time pulling and yanking their chains. I just laughed.
Maddie Louise Wisniewski
In loving memory of Maddie Louise Wisniewski 06/01/01 – 10/16/15
When Maddie was a puppy, we couldn’t find a collar small enough. She loved going for walks and would stand on her rock in our yard so she could see better. Maddie loved all holidays and loved getting dressed up. She loved Christmas and Santa. She loved going camping and the water, and we took her swimming in the Susquehanna River. Maddie loved car rides in her own car, and she would watch out the window as she waited on me to get home.
We’ll see u in heaven, your pictures are all over the house you will never be forgotten.
Emilia, Samuel and Snowball (the cat)
I remember how much we loved watching you and Snowball (the cat) sitting side by side.
We want to thank all of you for helping Lady go with dignity.
In Loving Memory of Zoda
August 2, 1999 – October 8, 2015
How do I put into words everything Zoda means to me? I recently found this definition of a “heart dog” which describes a canine soulmate as “One of those special animals in your life that you couldn’t have lived without…Who taught you more about living and loving than any other wordly creature…Once-in-a-lifetime treasures that nest in our hearts and stay forever.” Zoda is my heart dog.
Zoda came into my life as the second of three puppies I raised for The Seeing Eye (TSE). To explain his rather unique name, The Seeing Eye names their litters alphabetically, and in 1999 he was a member of their “Z” Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever cross litter. From October 1999 to November 2000 he went almost everywhere I went as part of his puppy training. At fourteen months of age, he returned to TSE to begin his formal training. One of the first things they do at TSE with dogs coming back out of the puppy program is an intensive medical exam. This is where Zoda “flunked”, as he had a “potentially pre-cancerous cyst on a sweat gland” that caused them to release him from the program before he even started any formal training. As his puppy raiser, I had “first dibs” on Zoda, and he came back to be my forever dog a few days before Christmas 2000. Apparently God’s plan for Zoda was not to guide a blind person, but rather to guide me through life for the next 15 years.
Zoda walked beside me through many changes, and a lot of growing up. Soon after I graduated from college, I moved out of the home I grew up in, and was somehow able to convince the landlord of my first apartment to allow me to move in with Zoda, even though the listing said “no pets”. For two years we muddled through “living on our own” which included grad school and a first “real job”. Then, for the next three years, Zoda was a silent witness to some of the lowest times in my life as I found myself in an abusive marriage. We eventually were able to run from the nightmare we were living, and for several months after Zoda was literally the only reason I got out of bed some days. Sunshine soon pushed the gray clouds away, however, when Bryan and his blue heeler, Timber, walked into our lives and changed them forever for the better. Soon Pippy, a cattle dog mix, joined us as well. A lot of memories were soon made together swimming at Union Canal, playing Frisbee, and occasionally hiking.
In March 2012, looking very dapper in his brown and white polka-dot tie, Zoda, with a “Here Comes the Bride” sign around his neck, escorted our niece down the aisle right before my dad walked me down the aisle to Bryan. For the last three-and-a-half-years Zoda loved laying in our yard, just soaking up the sunshine whenever he could be outside (aka “playing reptile”), as long as he wasn’t chasing down a Frisbee or a ball. In the house, he was my constant shadow, often getting up to follow me even if I was only momentarily moving to retrieve something from another room. When we bought our home, there was one room that “pets weren’t allowed” in, but I often allowed Zoda to break that rule so we could be together.
To celebrate Zoda’s 16th birthday on August 2, 2015, we had a birthday party complete with party hats, dog cake and dog ice cream at home. Then, Zoda, Bryan, and I drove two-and-a-half hours one way to a beach in New Jersey that allows dogs for the first and last few hours of daylight during peak season. The next two hours were a beautiful gift, although probably more for me than for my best boy. A few weeks ago, after peak season ended, we spent a gorgeous day back at the same beach, although this time Timber and Pippy accompanied us.
I cannot adequately describe how much Zoda’s unconditional love meant (and will always mean) to me. The look in his big brown eyes and the wag of his tail when he would see me when I got home is a sight I pray I never forget. There is a huge yellow dog-shaped hole in our home, in my arms, and in my heart that will never again be filled.
Thank you for loving me, Zoda. Although the raw pain of losing you is so overwhelming, it is worth it to have had you beside me for half of my lifetime. I love you.
From the moment we laid eyes on him it was love at first sight. Ceazer was spoiled rotten from day one. He went everywhere with us, including work with mommy everyday. He was the most lovable, loyal friend. He enjoyed car rides, going to the beach, running in the sand, running at the park chasing his rope, and most of all just being a best friend. He is deeply missed every second of the day and nothing will ever replace that special bond yhat we shared. We love you “June bug”!!!!
Love Mommy, Daddy, Braydon and Reed
Gabby even though it was time for you to go, I miss that you are not here and want you to know how much you were loved. You will always be in my thoughts and in my heart and I’m comfortable in knowing that you are now back with your sister Xena.
In loving memory of Harley
Pawley and Sophie Morris
In memory of Pawley and Sophie
In memory of Ava
Chauncy Sanders & Chaquita Pote
I have been meaning to write this for a long time however; I did not know where to start. Finally God has given me the answer. My baby girl Chaquita crossed the rainbow bridge on May 15th, 2015 and her buddy Chauncy (owned by my friend Darlene Sanders) crossed the rainbow bridge on September 29th, 2015. These two characters were a friendship made in heaven. They shared the same birthday July 11th, both had names beginning with CHA, and they shared a love of the swimming and the inedible.
For Chauncy the Bloodhound his favorite inedible food was chewing on wood. It did not matter if it was a stick in the yard or mom’s molding around her door. Chow Hound? Maybe he was but in our hearts he will always be the busy little woodworker.
For Chaquita she was the typical non picky Labrador Mix. Here philosophy was “If it smelled good eat it”. She ate anywhere from paste car wax to chocolate in wrapper. No counter, trashcan or cupboard was safe as she knew how to access them all.
No matter what your day was like coming home to either of the characters would brighten your day. As they both were very comical and would find a way to make you laugh. Chauncy in his senior years took his comedy on the road as Certified Therapy Dog through Caring Hearts Pet Therapy.
Thank you with all our hearts Peaceful Pet Passage for taking care of our fur babies. We find comfort in knowing the compassion, professionalism and utmost respect you give to each of your clients as if they were your own. We will never go anywhere else as you are the cream of the crop.
In memory of CHLOE WIGGINS 9-20-2001 – 9-30-2015
Chloe was discovered under the Christmas tree on December 24th 2001. She loved to steal socks and proudly carry them around in her mouth and greet guests by presenting a sock as a welcome gift. She always had just a few socks stashed under a bed or behind a chair just in case she needed to welcome someone. She brought such joy to our entire family and we feel so blessed to have had her for 14 years. I know God used Chloe many times to reflect His love for us and she reflected His love very well. Thank you Chloe for your faithful friendship, love and trust. You will be forever missed. We love you.
In memory of Dolly 9/15/01-9/30/15
Here is our sweet 14 year old beagle, our Dolly girl. Our hearts still ache with our loss, but the memories we have will remain forever.
Our favorite thing about Dolly was her kind soul, she never met a person she didn’t instantly love.
Thank you, Peaceful Pet Passage for helping us bring peace to our sweet Dolly. Our experience with your service was better than we could have imagined. Dr. Carney’s tender care with Dolly and our family really touched us and helped us through this difficult time.
The Myers Family
Oh boy.. he was our baby. Barked at every little sound. Hid his head under the bed if it rained. Hid behind the couch each time I cooked in case the smoke detectors went off.. he was a gentle giant that my daughter adored.
He would go crazy over peanut butter and loved his cookies.
We are completely heartbroken and want him back so bad … It’s funny you don’t know how much you miss that loud bark you always yelled about until it is no longer there.
Anything that came out of aluminum foil he thought was for him to eat.
He had his own chair an expensive recliner that he took over and at 100 plus lbs we weren’t saying no to him. No one sits in his chair. It’s still his… and it sits empty. I’m sorry to go on. Just very sad still.
In loving memory of Paisley Ort-Patrick (02/14/01 to 09/26/15). We were blessed to have our faithful companion for 14 ½ years. She brought many years of happiness to us and the love we shared will never be forgotten. It’s never easy saying goodbye but we know she is free from pain. She had 3 brothers that preceded her in death and now are all reunited. Rest in peace Miss Paisley we will always keep you in our hearts.
The Patrick Family
In memory of our beloved Nelson 4/8/2005 – 8/26/2015. You were an old soul with the joy and energy of a puppy up until the day you left us. We were blessed to have been your family for over 10 years. Thank you for years of love and loyalty. Thank you for the comfort and happiness you gave to those you met. We hope we gave you the best life possible. You will forever be missed.
Joey and Sunny Stevens
In memory of Joey and Sunny Stevens, sadly missed by Karen.
Tank was a yellow Labrador Retriever who was with us for 11 1/2 years. He loved swimming from the time he was a puppy until he was aging and ailing. My son’s favorite memory of him was when he jumped into his ornamental garden gold fish pond as a puppy. He was kind and gentle up to the end. He had a mischievous side as well. He was a food thief! He would empty an entire cupboard full of snacks if he was left unattended. We solved that problem by installing a childproof (dogproof) lock on the cupboard. Early this summer, he devoured an entire meal that had been prepared for a whole roofing crew before they could climb down the ladders to eat! He was a great dog! We loved him dearly and have tons of fun and happy memories that include him. He will be greatly missed.
Thank you for making his passing a peaceful one.
Mary Lou Moore
3/30/1999 – 8/2/2015
We adopted Nikko from rescue on his 3rd birthday. He was a part of our family for 13 wonderful years. We were lucky to have him in our lives and miss him so much. Many thanks to Peaceful Pet Passage – Dr. Hill, Amy, and John – for being available on a Sunday to help our sweet boy leave us peacefully at home.
We adopted Riley a day before his 1st birthday. He was so loving and fun to be around. His favorite place was “the lake” to run and swim. He would dive for rocks and we could never get him out of the water. He got sick right after his 6th birthday. When his organs started to fail. He crossed over The Rainbow Bridge on Dec 6. The house has never been the same since. Not a day passes that we don’t shed a tear for him. Gone but never forgotten. Until we meet again my bestest buddy. I love you.
Daisy & Tex Swift
On February 27th we had to say goodbye to Daisy our English Mastiff due to bone cancer. She lived a short 6 years but what joy she brought into our lives and anyone’s life who met her. She was a one of a kind gentle giant, she loved to play with anything she could get a hold of (soccer balls, basketballs and even tires). She was such a great dog, she loved to cuddle and you could use her as a giant pillow. We would take her along camping with us and how she loved it, it could have been because everyone that would see her would have to come and pet her and how she loved all the attention. She also loved swimming and loved the snow in the winter, she would spend all day outside if we would have let her. The time had come to where she had difficulty getting up and walking and we knew that she was suffering and in pain. We called Peaceful Pet Passage and made the arrangements, I cannot say enough about the service that they provided. Daisy was able to lay on her bed in the living room and be calm and peaceful and we were able to lay right with her and hold her.
Then on September 3rd we had to say goodbye to our other dog Tex our Cocker Spaniel also due to cancer. He had only been with us for a short 8 years but he also brought such joy into our lives. He was what I called him my little shadow, everywhere that I went Tex had to follow. If I went to the bathroom he was right there, downstairs to do laundry, outside he never left my side. It is so hard not to have him by my side and I am constantly looking for him. Don’t let size fool you even though he weighed only 25 lbs. and Daisy was 200 lbs. he was the boss in the house and Daisy would allow him to be. We only had a short 3 weeks from the time that he was diagnosed and we knew that we would call Peaceful Pet Passage once again. I was able to hold him through the entire procedure and it brought me such comfort and he was so peaceful just lying in my arms.
We would like to thank Dr. Carney for her compassion, understanding and professionalism and wisdom in our difficult days. We would also like to thank everyone at Peaceful Pet Passage for your professionalism and service that you all provided to both of our beloved pets.
Daisy and Tex, there isn’t a day that goes by that we both don’t think about you!
Melissa and Keith Swift
In loving memory of Ginger Marie Calaman ~ 10/08/06 to 09/04/15. Our faithful companion, loyal, and beloved friend. A beautiful gentle giant loved by all who met her. The happiness and love we shared will never be forgotten. We were blessed having her in our family for almost nine years. Though it broke our hearts to say goodbye, we take comfort knowing she is free from pain and suffering. She was one in a million and we miss her terribly. Until we meet again, sleep peacefully, sweet Ginger. The Calaman Family
In memory of Maggie Olsen, 11/22/99 – 8/27/15
jasmine was one of a kind helping two disabled people since we got her at 6 weeks old. 15 and 3/4 years we had to say good bye… you’ll be missed…
thank you peaceful pet passage.
Thank you for providing such a wonderful service.
I had to make the very difficult decision to put my dog, Cole, at peace. You provided services for Cole, on Saturday, September 5, 2015.
I am truly grateful for the caring and professional services provided by Dr. Hill and Tom. They were both great! The services that they provided were excellent, and they were very personable.
Cole was able to be on the front porch of his home; it was a place that he enjoyed and was able to take in the fresh air and watch vehicles, people, and animals pass by. He was able to relax in an environment in which he was familiar and did not have to experience any additional stress to have this procedure performed.
Cole was a gentle dog that brought joy to many people. He spent a large amount of time visiting with retired individuals in his neighborhood as well as making many nursing home visits. He brought out the best character in the many people he encountered. And, he was huge! People couldn’t get over how big he was. He recently visited a senior living center where a resident had just celebrated her 100th birthday! She was able to walk with a walker! I led Cole to her for a visit and she absolutely squealed with delight at the sight of him. The visit brought joy to her, to Cole, and to me. As she petted Cole, she kept saying that he is so big!
Thank you for making this difficult time so peaceful and loving!
In memory of Emma Keller, Feb 9th, 2009 – Sept 5th, 2015…… No words can describe how much love and joy you brought to our lives in your short stay on earth. Your blood brother Sammy and Sophie are lost without you here to play with them and mommy and daddy miss you terribly. I know your happy now in heaven running around playing with Charlie (our kitty that passed last Oct) your brother Cartman, and your dad Chiller, and running free in the wild flowers.. Until we meet again my sweet lady, love you always and forever!
She knew that day she walked to our house a month or so before her 14th birthday and claimed “HER” loveseat that she was the Princess…….and we were here to serve and worship her. It was to soon to say goodbye but we were lucky enough to have her for 1 1/2 years. We will always love you Princess Katie Cupcake.
December 30, 2007 – September 19, 2014
Emma Hoffner, age six, beloved canine companion of Kimberly and Richard Hoffner of Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania entered into peaceful eternal rest on Friday, September 19, 2014 after a brief battle with Canine Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia. Emma, a Labradoodle, was rescued from the Kentucky Labrador Retriever Rescue located in Winchester, Kentucky on July 17, 2010 and made an immediate impact on all whom she met. After the completion of several obedience classes at the Obedience Training Class of Harrisburg, and the completion of the Sit and Stay Protocol with the Kaye Ames School for Dogs, it was apparent that she would excel in the competition sport of Rally Obedience. In the spring of 2012, Emma began participating in Rally Obedience classes at OTCH instructed by Daisy Kramer and Joan Klingler. By late summer 2012 Emma competed and qualified in her first Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Rally trial hosted by Bella Vista Dog Training Center in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. In the following months, and up until a few weeks before becoming ill, Emma received several titles in World Cynosport Rally Limited, formally APDT Rally, which include, RL1, RL1AOE, RL1X, RL1X2, RL2, RL2AOE, RL2X, ARCH and ARCHX. Emma’s most notable achievement was her national ranking of eighth place in RL1X for 2013.
Emma is survived by her Goldendoodle brother, Smeraglia’s Rigby of Mountain View of Shermans Dale. Final arrangements were handled by Companion Animal Cremation Service located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Hey Beagle Boy,
I am so grateful you came into our lives. We love you so much, and you will be forever loved and in our hearts, you were one of a kind, and there will never be another like you.
I remember when your boy and I went to get you, he was 11 years old, and he insisted on coming with me, which I was happy to oblige. Your dad and your little girl, who was 4, stayed at home anxiously awaiting your arrival. The breeder brought in all these adorable little beagle puppies who were 7-8 weeks old, they were all so busy sniffing and not paying much attention to us, but you, you came and sniffed my leg and then crawled right up in my lap and had a seat, like “ok mom, let’s go home” and we immediately knew it had to be you. You chose us, and I am forever thankful. Of course we had no experience raising a beagle puppy, so we were not exactly sure what we were getting ourselves into LOL. You sure showed us the “have scent, will follow”. and that the recall method doesn’t quite work with a beagle, but we caught on quickly. And STUBBORN oh my goodness, you were so stubborn, even in your old age, but so smart, your daddy always told people, my dog is “freakishly smart”. Even your daddy’s dad, told people that, “my grandbeagle is the smartest dog I have ever seen, I would trade one of my children for him, I love that dog”. Of course he was joking….maybe. The Grandparents did love the hell out of you though. You never had to stay at a kennel thanks to them. And the Grandma that lives with us, how she loves you too. She watched you often, cooking you scrambled eggs and hotdogs when your parents were not there to tell her not to, and every time she was in the kitchen, there you were. She knew your little moods and ways, and how you liked things as well as anyone. Not that you were ever afraid to tell folks exactly how you wanted things, and let us know immediately if you were not satisfied with the going ons. You basically ran our household, and you absolutely knew that.
When you were about 8 months old, your dad got into a motorcycle accident, he and your Paw-Paw decided it was a good idea for him to try out your Paw-Paws V-rod, he didn’t hurt himself very badly, he didn’t get very far, but on his release from the ER he was on pretty powerful meds, and I put up the doggie gate at the bottom of the stairs so you wouldn’t jump on the bed and hurt him. You knew there was something amiss, you stood in front of that baby gate and cried and bayed and cried and bayed, your daddy yells down stairs (high on pain meds) “Deb, don’t you hear Pete, he NEEDS me, he’s crying, he NEEDS me.” I tried to assure him that you were fine, but he insisted I let you upstairs, I was afraid to, but you didn’t jump like a wild beagle pup at all, you gently got on the bed, and crawled ever so gently and laid right beside him, there you stayed for several days, getting up only when I made you, to eat or go potty. You did the same thing anytime anyone was sick. One time when your baby niece, Taylor as sick, you didn’t leave that room until her fever broke, and wouldn’t let anyone but me or your Uncle Kevin near her. And all I told you was, “Bub, go take care of that baby”, and you sure did, your uncle and I were just talking about that last night, he reminded me that he went in to check on her once and it was dark, and you were growling that deep, deep growl that you hardly ever did, he had to turn on the light and announce himself before you would let him near her. Well, you were just following instructions, you were taking care of the baby.
After the puppy years, you had settled down quite a bit, it was a good thing too, because we were about to put you on a plane and move you to Germany, I remember fussing at the airport person, because I thought he was handling your crate to rough, he just tossed you up on that cart like a suitcase, I was a little angry, but your dad made sure I didn’t yell too much LOL That’s when you discovered the life of an Army dog, and forever hated boxes and suitcases after that, we had to hide the suitcases for the rest of your life, because you would become angry when you saw them, they are safely stored out of sight, like I said, you ran the household. And you had to be put up whenever movers came to pack us out, you urinated on one of them one time. Yea dude, what was that about?
You loved it in Germany, you went everywhere with us, even to restaurants. I will always have the fond memories of taking you hiking in the Austrian Alps, we took you every chance we got, oh, how you loved that. One particular time, your daddy had your leash and was walking beside you and your boy, and me and your little girl were several yards back, I saw your daddy scoop you up very quickly and take off running with you in his arms, I ran up trying to figure out what was going on, there were 3 geese with wings raised and they were hissing like crazy, your daddy said “those geese wanted to eat Pete up, but I saved him”. I don’t even think you noticed them at all, the scents on the ground were much too interesting, your daddy kept telling you to “find the bears” silly daddy, he did that to scare mommy, there were no bears. The snow was just melting on that hike, and you kept trying to drink the stagnant water, and your daddy was not having that, he was afraid you would get some awful bacteria, I wouldn’t have let you anyway, but we found a stream but you were too scared of the moving water to drink from it. Thank God we brought your water, the ever prepared pet parents. LOL silly beagle
You were always a momma’s boy, especially in your old age. I would take you upstairs, or into the basement to hang out with daddy if I needed to do something, (like pack a suitcase) and I would get texts saying “are you almost done, he wont stop crying for you”. I acted like it irritated me, but between you and I, I was secretly tickled by it, you loved your momma. I do think you hurt his feelings a little, but that’s ok. You knew who took care of you, didn’t you bub? I am also the one that had to stay up with you all night if there was a thunderstorm, I dreaded storms so bad, now I wish I had those sleepless nights back. I got a Tango message from your daddy from Afghanistan once, he said “how are you doing babe” I said “I am so tired, I am going to take Katelyn to school, and then have a nap, I didn’t sleep all night” his response “thunderstorm?” he knew already LOL Don’t worry Bubbers, I doubt they have thunderstorms on that Rainbow Bridge.
You were not “just a dog”, you were Pete, our treasured family member, you gave us almost 11 years of happiness, loyalty, love, and so much laughter. We miss you, but are grateful you are no longer sick or in pain. We love you Bubbers, you will forever be missed, and never forgotten, wait for us, we will be together again, introduce yourself to Hercules, he is the Doberman I grew up with, he’ll look out for you until we get there, he will know who you are, but in the meantime, chase as many squirrels and bunnies as you can, maybe you’ll finally catch one.
Pistol “Pete” Graves
Feb 19, 2005-Aug 26, 2015
Love you Beagle Boy,
Momma. Daddy, Aaron and Katelyn
Flash Nickelby –
October 18, 1999 -August 25, 2015
We had to lay to rest one of our most beloved family members. Flashy our Bassett Hound, was so loved by his family. We are forever grateful for the happiness that you brought our family for almost 16yrs. With heavy hearts, you will be missed dearly. We Love you and may God watch over you until we see you again in Heaven.
A Special Thank you to Peaceful Pet Passage for being so caring with our Flashy. The whole staff was so kind and respectful to my family’s needs in this time of sorrow. He was truly at rest in his own home when he passed.
Malachai was a very loving cat, who always needed affection. As soon as one of the family walked into the door, he would start meowing and telling them about his exciting day of laying by the back door or eating the plants in the house. Even strangers got affection, he forced those he had never met to rub his head or scratch his chin. Tuna was his favorite food, and he never left the kitchen when he smelled us making chicken for dinner. He never liked anything being on the floor – if laundry was being folded or someone was laying on the floor, he had to sit right in the middle of the action and tell everyone about how that’s not where it belongs. The 15 years of love from him was the best love anyone could ever get, and he will be more than missed.
In memory of Max Fake
6-28-01 to 8-24-15
Where do i start about the perfect yellow lab there ever was in my eyes? Max had so many nicknames from “velvet ears” to “old boy” to “Stimey” and so on!
Kevin brought Max home as a puppy at a couple weeks old and swiftly became Kevin’s best buddy! I think his favorite thing was waiting for Kevin to come home everyday from work to wrestle with him! He went through training with Kevin. We called it “camp Kevin”! Max lived the life a lab should! He went everywhere with Kevin when he was younger! He rode in the back of the pick up truck and went to work with Kevin and swam in the creek all the time and boy did he love the snow! He hung out with Kevin’s friends on the weekends and even went on trips to NY cabin all the time. He loved to play ball! If that dog could do anything all day, it would be to play catch! When I met Kevin, when Max was 4, Max became the first animal I ever had to take care of. He was my first baby. Max was more a human than a dog. He understood us perfectly and was very well mannered. He loved to go “bye byes” for car rides and always yearned for someone to just pet him. His life was very full of love. He also had a sweet spot for our sons. He was like a shadow to me and would follow me everywhere! Very protective to all of us! All in all we loved to share our steak and ice cream with him and just loved rides to the bus stop in the Gator and going for walks and making memories with our old boy! We faced a hard decision this year and had to put him to sleep because Max’s back legs gave out all the time and he was becoming weaker! We will always miss his spunk and happy spirit!
Peaceful Pet Passage was the best decision for us because Max hated the vet office! We could not have asked for a more comforting and peaceful experience!
We will miss Max terribly and it will take forever for the heart break to go away, but we are glad to know he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge to a better place and is running free and playing ball!
We love you always, Max and you will NEVER be forgotten and always in our hearts!! ??
Love, the Fake Family
We will always remember Charlotte watching our every move from her favorite spot on the sofa. From here she could see what was going on in the kitchen and also keep between us where we usually sat in the living room. She was most content just being on the sofa and part of the conversation we had with her constantly. We miss her sweet, dignified but always open-hearted personality.
Riley was my birthday present in 2000 I had gone 3 months since the passing of my last dog and I just couldn’t stand it anymore so my daughter and I went to the Humane Society to pick out a new dog. He was her pic she said he had a white light shining down upon him and he certainly was a great white light in my heart . He was my faithful companion for 15 years He came to me from being found on the streets of Mechanicsburg to the Humane society to me. We named him on the car ride on the way home he was named from a character from the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also had many other names some of them being Pookie or pook. Moogalicious and moopie dog. He never met food he didn’t like and when we went to camp he refused dog food and would only eat people food. He had his own couch at camp and enjoyed his walkabouts. In his day no one snuck up on him and in his later years he was the best at racking out cold. I always told him… it’s you and me, pook we will grow old together. Funny how you get to the end and it seems like there was not enough time, but he lived a great life. On an added note, I’m grateful for the service you offer. It was the best choice for he and I. Thank you…….
In memory of Brie – my little black lab…
She was a discharged service dog and we adopted her at 20 months. She was the best dog I ever had – adorable, funny, gentle, and full of romp! All she ever wanted to do was cuddle. She LOVED people and knew she was cute. This picture of her was in her early years but it shows what a character she was! I will miss her the rest of my life…
12 years ago I found the most adorable, chubby little puppy living under a pile of lumber on a farm. I knew as soon as I found her that I would be taking her home with me. That decision proved to be more life changing than just adding a new member to our family. I named her Lucy and she became my heart and soul. She was there for me through some of the hardest times of my life and she kept me strong when nothing else could. She was always so strong and so feisty. When I got her cancer diagnosis on June 16th, I was in denial that I would be saying goodbye to such a huge piece of me. She fought hard for those last few weeks and she kept her strength and feistiness until the very end. I lost her around midnight on July 31st. She went on her own, laying beside me on the couch at home. I lost my heart in that moment. She will always carry it with her. There will never be a day or even a moment that I don’t think of her. I miss her and love her so very much.
I want to thank you all at Peaceful Pet Passage for all that you do. I have her box sitting under my favorite picture of her and it’s a gift that I will be forever grateful for.
Rocky John Oster
In memory of Rocky John Oster, Born October 2004, Adopted April 2005, Crossed over February 28, 2015…
Rocky the day he came home with us from Castaway Critters (top photo). He was six months old and was born in a feral colony. Castaway Critters rescued the litter of five. Rocky’s remaining brother was adopted by another family who returned Rocky because he was too timid. We later learned that family eventually had the brother put to sleep. We were very sad and angry because we would gladly have taken both to keep them together.
Then, in June of the next year, we rescued two small kittens only 2 days old. Minnie was the only one of her litter of 5 to survive. Rocky became her big brother / protector over the rest of his life. She still waits patiently for him to come in from outside. Rocky is one of the three cats that we allow outside. Our backyard is fenced in and the other 2, Benny and Gracie are the only ones who weigh over 12 pounds. We have wet lands behind us and we are visited by hawks and barn owls. Rocky was able to leap over our 6 ft high fence and escape the yard. He always stayed near our home and was often waiting by our front door to be let into the house. We always worried that he would get hit by a car or attacked by a larger animal but he always made his way back home by 11 pm. Whenever we adopted another pair of kittens, Rocky always made sure they were welcome in his colony. Rocky never ate until all the younger ones had finished. He was Minnie’s sole protector, in the event one of her brothers played a little too rough with her. It took us years to gain Rocky’s confidence and overcome his fears with our love. In April 2014, we noticed Rocky was losing weight so we found a Mobile Vet to come to the house. She did a multitude of blood tests but all came back normal. As the months passed, Rocky continued to lose more weight. He had a nervous habit of pulling out his hair whenever he was stressed. This habit got worse as the months passed. In January, it became apparent that he was still losing weight. He always asked to go Wow-woot (Out) but this became less frequent. On February 28, 2015, Peaceful Pet Passage came to our home and helped Rocky find peace.
Cruiser Lehr, my 11 year old Golden Retriever, died on August 12 at home surrounded by love. His family, including his fur brother Charlie, was by his side.
Being the typical Golden, Cruz was affectionate, alert, loyal, and an incredible traveling companion. Whether on daily errands or our 6 hour rides to our “beach”, he was always in the car before me. He was my best friend and a great big brother to Charlie, welcoming him into our home and teaching him plenty of tricks.
I want to thank Peaceful Pet Passage for their compassion and professionalism. From John handling my numerous phone calls, Dr. Elizabeth Carney for the final home visit, and Tom for seeing that Cruiser was returned to me, Peaceful Pet Passage respected and comforted us during an incredibly difficult time. I can not praise this service enough and am forever grateful to them.
Rachael Lynn Hyser
She was my best friend my companion my protector, all my clients loved her and she greeted them when they arrived at our home, walked them to the porch and then inside. She’ll be missed by many and she is loved by many.
Sandy Girl Frechard
Sandy Girl Frechard– she was a handful. She had her followers including Fargo who passed about six weeks before her, and patches the cat who loved to lick her paws. Sandy used to lounge on the sofa am with her mom (me) until I got married and she had to stake out her place on dog beds and blankets. She is already missed and will be missed. She made quite a dent in the hearts of those who knew her best.
Memories of Maggie:
When we went to the SPCA to pick out a dog to adopt over 14 years ago, Maggie was the only one not barking. She just sat there, in the corner of her little “cage”, looking at us with such sad yet loving eyes. We couldn’t resist but to pick her. She always had such a calm presence about her. She was so very sweet and loving even when she was sick. She loved her treats, her grandma (who gave out lots of treats), naps, and always being where the activity was in the house. My sweet baby girl will be missed!
Beaumont Felizzi…. My big, loving Saint Bernard.
There are no words strong enough to emphasize the type of companion Beaumont was. He became a part of our family when he was 7 weeks old and went to join his big brother “Tank” in heaven when he was 14 years old. From the beginning until his last day he showed nothing but unconditional love and loyalty to our family. Beaumont was my shadow and followed me everywhere. He loved his belly being rubbed, sleeping on his own love seat and licking his favorite peanut butter bones. I never knew I could love a dog as much as I loved Beau. He will live in my memories and my heart until I take my last breath on this earth. I love you Beaumont!!!!
12 years ago a puppy named Ginger came into the Rufo home and stole our hearts. She was the most loving, smart and loyal dog one could ever ask for. She was there every day to greet us as we walked through the door. She loved car rides and visiting her grandparents beach house. We will miss her every day until we meet again. I could not have asked for a better dog or best friend. We love you Ginger always.
You helped me let my buddy Zeke go in April. I still miss him everyday but thank you for making the inevitable painless for him.
We thank you for making this sad time a little more tolerable for us. For as much as we miss our little puppy girl and the heart warming greeting upon our return home, we knew she was ready to be pain free in heaven. Here is one of her photos to share with others. Roxie was a Steelers fan and always enjoyed her warm jacket during the winter as well as her Steelers toys and special blanket.
Thanks again for all you have done.
Hailey was the best pup we have ever had. She was always ready for a car ride, a swim, a ball, or just to be loved and love us. She will forever be missed but always in our hearts.
Thank you for all you did to make her last day peaceful.
I had Lucky for 14 and 1/2 years. He was a great dog with a very feisty personality.
We had Lexi for 20 years. She was very independent, but could be a love, when she wanted to. She loved giving head butts and would give a little “love” bite if you quit petting her. She will be missed so much!
Daisy Mae Hamilton
Thank you so much for honoring my Daisy. She was & is my best little friend. I loved to walk in a room and just see the sparkle in her eyes as she was always so happy and always happy to see us!! Daisy was very vocal about everything. She would howl or bark to eat or go outside. She would often howl at me for attention. I really miss that and her so much!! My heart is so broken without her. Peaceful Pet Passage helped my husband and myself so much with everything. We appreciate all your help and understanding. I will recommend Peaceful Pet Passage to anyone. Again thank you for helping us with our sweet Daisy Mae. We miss her and love her so much!!
In loving memory of Rocky Savidge. Mommy and Daddy will love you forever.
In memory of Shannon Hammond. We love and miss you!!
We miss our old girl terribly, but have peaceful hearts knowing that, when she left us, she was surrounded by our love and the comfort of her home. She certainly deserved no less than that from us.
First and foremost I would like to give a big “Thank you to Peaceful Pet Passage.” You made this experience a truly peaceful passage for Boscoe and for this I am forever grateful.
Boscoe alias (The Boss) was 8 wks old when we got him and he gave us 11 & 1/2 yrs of his unconditional love. Boss loved rocks, digging, the snow and bubbles. Cocker Spaniels pick their human…he was mine for awhile then my husband retired he became Boss’s human…then my husband passed away in 2011 so it was back to me. Boss and I did grow a great bond between us. I loved him so much he was my buddy giving me all his unconditional love to me. And he knew me well if I was sad he would do something to make me laugh or just come up laying beside me to comfort me. When he got sick in Dec. of last year I knew that I didn’t have much more time with him. His last day he got his favorite meal canned dog food…and I took him outside and did bubbles with him. Though now my house is quiet he will always remain in my heart. My buddy, my friend…my little “babycakes.”
Griffen had a handful of health problems throughout his life, but that didn’t stop him from being one of the more charming, friendly cats you would meet. He loved showing affection and wouldn’t leave your side if you were sick. Somehow he always knew when to turn on the charm to cheer up your day. He was the calmest of our cats, but that didn’t stop him from going crazy running up and down his cat tower. After another health problem cropped up, we decided the treatment was too risky and the pain too much for him to go on. He lived a good 13 years, but will be deeply missed.
Though Penny sadly only had a short time with us, she certainly made the most of it. She was diagnosed with inoperable bone tumor on her skull at the age of two and given 2-3 months to live. She ended up making it another 18 months, but as we knew it would, the time came when the risk of a sudden medical catastrophe was too great to keep squeezing a few more weeks out of her. She was happy until the very end, enjoying her home-made food and spending time laying on her two sisters. We’ve always loved dogs, but never did we think we would get so much enjoyment out of the company of a Chihuahua. In her short time here, Penny changed that.
The day Aspin picked us as her forever family we fell in love. As a little puppy she would try to howl but couldn’t. She was so playful and sweet. Aspin could count to five and knew words even if we would spell them. Aspin loved to play tag and play with her laser dot. One of her favorite things to do was run and jump on my sons bed and mine spin circles and destroy the beds we love and miss her everyday.
Thank you for being so patient and respectful at a really tough time for my family and I. He was my best friend and he went peacefully and painlessly just like we wanted. Love you Lucky!
Thank you so much for making my little girls journey to the next life so peaceful. You made heartbreak bearable…I love you Reeses…
Patches was a part of a feral colony that we TNR. We had a custom cathouse built right out on our back porch, where they lived happily until we got hit with a blizzard. A few hours into the storm I opened up the back door to clear some snow when they all single file flew into our house. That was their last night outside. Patches got to live the remaining 8yrs of her life inside with her experiencing indoor living at its finest. R.I.P. Sweet Patches!
Jen & Dona Keim
The only thing this lovely boy wanted was to please us and be our best friend. He was much more.
I would like to thank everyone there for the utmost respect and kindness through this whole process of putting my cat to sleep.
From the first call all the way through to picking up her ashes, everyone was just terrific.
I am now just getting around to emailing you a picture of Pud for your remembrance page. She could be a difficult cat – but she was my buddy and I loved her dearly for 18 yrs. I now say good morning and goodnight to her ashes!
I have enclosed a picture of her in her youthful days. Note that we did not let our cats outside – they are indoor cats – but in her younger days Pud used to “walk the mulch” with me while I weeded. We would circle the house together. That is the picture of her outside.
I have also sent you a picture that everyone there might think is amazing. We put Pud’s ashes on her pillow under her light (which is where she always slept). During the time that the pillow was empty (had not picked up her ashes yet) – not one of our other cats went to the pillow. But, soon after placing her ashes there, we snapped a picture of Willow laying on the box with Pud’s ashes (you can just see the box under her). It looks like she misses her!! We were amazed.
Thank you again for everything.
Hubbie showed up at my front door in NC on a wet cold day in March. He was so small he fit in one hand and I thought he wasn’t more than 4 weeks old because he was struggling to eat so I took him to the Vet who informed me that he was every bit 6 month old just very malnourished.Over the next 13 yrs he grew into a large 19 lb king until he became ill, He left us far to soon and is missed everyday….
Gentle eyes that see so much,
paws that have the quiet touch,
Purrs to signal “all is well”
and show more love than words could tell.
Graceful movements touched with pride,
a calming presence by our side
A friendship that takes time to grow
Small wonder why we love them so.
Bubba and Stewey McKinley
In Loving Memory of Bubba McKinley And Stewey McKinley
Bubba (on the left) passed on October 24, 2010 and Stewey (on the right) passed on May 23, 2015. Bubba and Stewey were about 2 years apart in age and both had been strays that we had taken in and made a part of our loving family. We miss them both so very much! Bubba was laid back and let you do just about anything with him and was always by our sides. He also liked to go in stroller rides in the house. And he LOVED strawberries. Stewey was more on the conservative side but was always by our side when we were sick or down. He LOVED it when we would turn the bathtub water on to a drip so he could drink the water. He also liked to lay in the bay window and talk to you if you were outside. Both Bubba and Stewey provided us with lots of happiness and unconditional love. They are sadly missed and will be in our hearts forever! Thank you to Dr. Carney with Peaceful Pet Passage for the compassion you showed us with both Bubba and Stewey and for the chance for them to pass peacefully in their own home surrounded by their loving family.
We love you Bubba and Stewey! You will forever be remembered and missed!
Your Loving Family,
Steve, Lorie, and Kate
In Memory of Tink
Our first baby! And the best dog ever!
Bo and Apollo Hake
A huge Thank you to Dr. Carney for coming out and helping my 2 boys cross over. Bo (border collie) and Apollo (doberman) are now together forever just as they were in Life. I knew Apollo’s time was nearing. But Bo’s sudden illness came as a shock. They were 2 of the sweetest souls you could ever meet. Apollo was a big goof ball too. Although my heart hurts I know they are free from pain and doing it here where they were comfortable means a lot. Thank you. Cathy Hake
In 2001, my next door neighbor didn’t want her cat any longer. This one year old beautiful boy was not going to a shelter if i had anything to do with it. And so our life together began!!! He always slept on the top of my pillow, head bonking me every time he got in and out of bed throughout the night. Then he would settle in and just purr away until I fell back to sleep. He loved to torment his 2 sisters. When that stopped, I knew something was wrong.
Cancer is a terrible thing for humans and animals. It sucked the life out of him! I miss him so much but I love knowing he is pain-free and running with his brothers and sisters who have gone on before him. I cry because I miss you. I smile because I remember your love and affection. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories!!!
Meet Javier the Goldendoodle! Mom loves to call him Debonair Javier & Dad loves to call him Mister Whiskers. He was 9 years old when we decided it was his time; The sickies was overtaking his body. Everybody loved Jav, some even had treat bowls just for him in their homes! Jav is so friendly & thinks everyone & every dog are his friends whether they like him or not. His best friend in the whole world outs our ancient cat, Abby. We’d find them cuddling in the front yard all the time. Abby would even spray his face to let all the animals know that he belonged to her, so silly and stinky! Jav absolutely loves going on walks! “Walk” was the magic word in our house! I could probably go on forever about our Doodle so I’ll just leave it at that.
In memory of Sadie, sadly missed by the Hummel family…
Our Sweet Sadie,
Sadie was a Mother’s Day surprise. Cute as a button and tiny enough to hold in one hand. We fell in love with her instantly. She soon became a constant companion to Buddy, our Yorkie. As we added 3 more dogs to our family, Sadie became the dominant one. She ruled the roost. She also loved to be kissed on her cheeks all the time. if you would kiss her she would put her face back to your lips to be kissed again. We loved her so much and miss her and Buddy ,who passed away in March of this year. We are convinced that Sadie died of a broken heart because when Buddy left her side she cried every day for him. Now she is with him on the other side of the Rainbow bridge. “Sadie we will always love you. You and Buddy will always have a special place in Mommy and Daddy’s heart”.
Love you lots
From Mommy and Daddy
and Jasper, Molly, and Harley too.
Sheeba was six years old, we also had her sister Sasha. We lost Sasha in September of 2014 due to bone cancer in the same leg. Sheeba was a very loving dog, my little baby.
Sadie, you seemed to love to make us laugh. We love the way you always had to have the last word, “woof!”, when you were told to stop barking. We miss you and your fat little paws . We miss your “Princess attitude”. We miss the fact that you had to pick one thing out of our laundry baskets and throw it on the floor. We miss you waking us up in the morning by panting and bumping the bed. We will remember this Christmas how much you loved everyone opening presents. We are better humans for having known you, thank you for sharing your life with us.
We will always love you,
Mom, Dad , Bosco, Kristy, Mandy, Mike, Cole, Mikey, and Snapper
Daisy was a terrific friend and companion for 12 1/2 years. We will miss her.
Barbara and Harry Brown
Here is a picture of our beloved Einstein. We rescued him from the SPCA on March 25 2002. He was a faithful companion and brought a lot of love and joy into our family for 13 years. Thank you for your kindness during this time.
Mike and Deb Lombardo
Bear Howard 11 years old left us with a lifetime full of memories. He was the best dog/friend anyone could ever dream of. We will never forget how smart he was, how many smiles and good laughs he warmed our hearts with. He left behind many who miss him dearly but have made it a promise never to let his spirit leave us. He can never be replaced.
Sammy and her two brothers were rescued as kittens from a farm stand in 2001. They were in a rusted old cage, no food or water, covered in fleas in the intense heat of July. A “free” sign hung on the cage. I could not get them out of my mind and went back for them the next day. They were in horrible shape, one brother passed away five days after I got them. Samantha & Chandler survived & we ended up keeping them.
Sammy was a loving cat, a little on the shy & scared side. We called her “Needy Sammy” as she liked to sit on laps & knead. She was also the “Paper Girl” and loved sitting on the table while we read the paper. Her all time favorite thing was eating crabs. As soon as she smelled the Old Bay seasoning she would go nuts. She and her brother Chandler were inseparable. He misses her. We miss her. Sammy passed away on 5/27/2015 in her favorite room, peacefully in my arms with Dr. Carney’s help. Sammy had cancer. This is especially hard as we lost another cat Mariah last month also to cancer. Even though we have other cats there is such a silence & emptiness. My heart aches every time I think of them.
Thank you again to Dr. Carney & John.
Murphy was rescued, or should I say he rescued me, from the Harrisburg Humane Society on July 21, 2002. He was about 1 year old so we decided his birthday would be 7/21/2001. The name on his kennel read “Omar” and he was very sweet and loving. And that he was for 12 years and 10 months right by my side. He and his best golden retriever buddy ever, Christy, were by my side through some incredibly dark times in my life. Murphy and Christy pulled me through and I will always be grateful they were the biggest part of my life.
One thing that most people remember about Murphy is how he played dead. Just say the word Bang, and he got real dramatic, fell over and paws straight up. People always asked him to do his special trick.
What I remember most is how he was my shadow and always by my side. He could read my soul and always knew when I needed some extra TLC. I look forward to the day when Murphy and all my fur kids greet me at Rainbow Bridge. I will truly be in heaven.
Thank you Dr. Carney, John & Tom for your compassion, grace and love for our animals. You are truly angels.
My Molly is the sweetest dog on earth. Once you met her you fell in love with her. Molly and her sister Diamond were precious gifts that I was lucky enough to have in my life. I will always cherish the time that God gave me with both of these amazing dogs. Molly fought a hard battle, but in the end, she lost the fight to what we think was a brain tumor. I hope Molly is at peace now and romping in green pastures with her doggie Mom named Baby. Another beautiful and sweet dog that came into my life. Molly has enriched my life like nothing else ever could. There are not enough words to express my love of her or all of my other dogs that have passed on. Molly you mean the world to me. Please look for me at the Rainbow Bridge. The same heartfelt sentiments for Shasta, Bailey, Cocoa, Pounds, Rudy, Chloe, Baby, and Diamond. Molly and her sisters and brothers were more than pets. They were my family, my children, and my best friends. I will always love you and never, never forget you. All my love, your human Mommy, Cheri
In memory of Syyko.
In loving memory of our beloved Sebastian 8/24/2003 – 3/ 07/2015. He loved to hunt, chew pillows, steal food, guard his people 24/7, the best dog we could ever ask for. Thank you peaceful pet passage, John and Dr. Carney, for giving him dignity and a “peaceful passage”.
Dedicated to Sassy, an incredibly clever girl who enjoyed playing practical jokes on my family. She is also famous for making NFL predictions and winning an office pool (she won $160).
Above all else, she was a loving cat, who was by my side for nearly half my life. In a final act of devotion, she moved to the spot next to me on the couch, to comfort me while I cried waiting for Dr. Carney. That spot is where she took her last breath.
Now that her physical body is gone, her spirit is fully free. Clouds never die. When they physically disappear, they have merely changed their form: To kiss us in the form of rain or dazzle us in the form of snow. So, too, the soul never dies. It merely changes form.
I took Lisa in as a foster Labor Day weekend of 2013, and soon realized I needed to adopt her. I adopted her in November of 2013. It took her a few months longer to decide she wanted to adopt me! When she finally did, she was full of love. She loved ear rubs, neck rubs, and I loved feeling her little body relax into me every time I picked her up. A year after having her, she went completely blind, and became my permanent sidekick. Where I went, she went. Lisa let me know on Friday, May 1st, that our time was coming to an end. I held her, kissed her, rubbed her ears, and loved her during her final moments. She was 18. I’m missing her so much!! While emergent circumstances didn’t allow me to use Peaceful Pet Passage to help Lisa on her final journey, I was so relieved to be able to use them for her cremation… thank you to John for being the first comforting voice I heard when Lisa passed. I immediately knew she would be in good hands, and this provided great comfort to me!
In memory of Squirt
On April 10th around 3:30 pm our hearts were broken by the passing of our beloved bud Blue. Even to this very day when anyone speaks of him we start to feel a pain that none of us can describe and never will. He was the glue that binded us together at all times, always there when you needed him during the good and difficult times, with his loving look, kisses and even howl.
We would like to thank Dr. Elizabeth Carney for her compassion, understanding and professionalism through our dark day. We were comforted by her understanding nature and ability to recognize how hard it was for us during this time. We would like to thank Peaceful Pet Passage for your professionalism and quick response to our pets suffering .We will never forget him “Our best friend Blue”.
In loving memory of Samson.
It took me some time to put together the right words and find the best pictures to honor Buster, he was such a good dog and a part of our family for more than 13 years. Some could say had started out rough by marking his territory immediately upon his arrival in our home and was quite proud of some of the destruction he caused but he was one of the best friends man and dog could have. Buster had one thing on his mind all the time, “How can I be pet all day long?”, he usually accomplished this by finding a lap to lay on or a person to lay against. He also enjoyed walks and rides in the car since it meant he was with the family.
We said goodbye to Buster on April 3 and still have not stopped referring to him, we haven’t changed our vocabulary to be singular, we still talk about the “dogs”. Buster was happiest when he was with the family. He is missed by the entire family, especially Taffy, she is finding her new normal without him to keep her company and torment her.
Buster we miss you and love you, you may be gone but not forgotten!
Thanks for all you do at Peaceful Pet Passage, it makes a difficult time just a bit easier for the entire family.
Lilly came to live with us in March 2012. We adopted her from the SPCA shelter; she had been abandoned by her first family. Lilly was a big girl, and full of life. She loved to play. She was smart. She was mischievous. And she was beautiful. At first, she wasn’t much of a “lap cat”, but she was very social. She loved to hang out with her humans, always curious about what we were doing. She loved to meet new people, too. Eventually, she became more inclined to spend time on a lap, which we enjoyed. Unfortunately, we noticed a sudden change in her health in April of this year. Our vet diagnosed a terminal form of cancer, and the end came quickly after that. We were devastated and heartbroken. On April 28, 2015, with the caring help of Elizabeth Carney from Peaceful Pet Passage, Lilly died. She was just 5 years old. We miss her very much.
Eric and Julie Miller
Memory of Toby
The moment that you died my heart was torn in two.
One side filled with heartache the other died with you.
I often lie awake at night when the world is fast asleep,
and take a walk down memory lane, with tears upon my cheeks.
Remembering you is easy, I do it everyday,
but missing you is heartache that never goes away.
We named him Willy Lundie and brought him home when he was 9 weeks old. He had big ears and fit in the palm of my hand. He was funny, smart, independent, loving, and stubborn. As the years went on, he grew into a beautiful and happy pet companion. He lifted our spirits and made us laugh. He charmed anyone who met him – human or canine – and was an agility champion winning a multitude of ribbons. He graced us with his presence until he reached the age of 15 years 2 1/2 months old. Willy lived a full life, but I will miss my big-eared champion very much. Thank you Peaceful Pet Passage, Dr. Allan Hill, and Rob Lauver for your care and sensitivity.
Morgan brought many smiles and love to so many people. Morgan was a certified pet therapy dog and visited at Ronald McDonald House, Holy Spirit Hospital, Bethany Village, Country Meadows, The united Methodist Home for Children, Emmeritus, Golden Living just to name a few.
Morgan was part of our family and will be very missed.
Thank you for your compassion. and caring to help her reach the Rainbow Bridge.
Kathy and Frank Bobak
In memory of Maggie – you will live forever in our hearts.
You came into our lives when you were four and tickled us with your reactions to things within our home because you had never lived in one before. After you realized that inside was to be yours forever, you made your duty trips as quickly as possible – never completely squatting but constantly moving to get back inside as quickly as possible. You never had to be called in. We laughed at how you would tippy toe in the wet grass because you didn’t like to get your feet wet, how you would nudge our elbow when you wanted to be petted, cuddle with your full body on top of Mom on the couch, and how you kept us on schedule with your demand for breakfast immediately on waking and dinner at 5 o’clock promptly.
You loved going with us in the car, even if it was just for groceries. You camped with us, vacationed with us at the beach, and were always within reach of one or the other of us in case you were needed or we felt the urge to pet you, hug you, talk to you, or rub your belly. When we had to leave you at home, you were always right there to welcome us home with a wagging tail that rarely stopped. We were blessed to have you for over nine years and wish it could have been forever. You were the best dog anyone could ask for.
Have a safe journey, Maggie, and wait for us if you can…
Mom and Dad
Puppy Ra True
Younger and a little older photos of Puppy Ra.
He was our world and we lived in his house.
-Jane and Leo True
You came into our lives tired and scared.
You knew nothing of family life
You learned, you learned
What makes a nice life
And what you could do without
No room for small spaces
No need for fast runs
You’d done those before
I’ll take the couch
Thank you very much
Mind bringing it to me
For all that
For her wagging tail
and greyhound smile
We will love her forever
So no pain may ever stop
Her wagging tail
Good bye sweet dog
Thank you to the staff at peaceful pet passage and especially Dr. Carney for your patience and kindness and for helping us to see our Chiller boy to the other side of the rainbow, Chiller boy put up a good fight these last few years after being diagnosed with cancer, and he was the most loyal loving dog anyone could ever ask for. Mommy and Daddy love you always and forever baby boy and it will never be the same without you!!
I took my best friend of 15 years, Cody to peaceful pet passage today. He has had bad arthritis in his hips for a few years now, but the last 3 days he could barely move and stopped eating. I could just see in his eyes he was in severe pain, and I couldn’t stand to see him that way any more.
They couldn’t have been kinder. It’s a beautiful place, and they have a living room area setup where you can be with your pet in a homey environment (if home euthinasia is not a good option). When they gave him the shot to make him sleepy, it also has pain meds in it. About 2 minutes after the shot he let out this big sigh, and all the tension in his muscles disappeared. I hadn’t seen him so relaxed in a long time. Every night when we went to bed, he would let out a sigh after laying down next to me, and he hasn’t done that in a long time.
I knew at that moment I made the right decision. It was very hard, but to see him so pain free at the end was a true gift from God. Thank you Rob and Dr. Carney for your kindness and concern.
I wanted to thank Dr. Allan Hill. He was most caring and respectful in putting our Murphy to rest. This is a wonderful service you provide. Thank you. Jannette
In memory of Harley, who is greatly missed by the Teague family…
Harley was the first dog we got through a rescue. We were blessed to have her in our lives for almost 15 years. She was a submissive soul who only wanted to please us. Gentle, easy going and protective are all words that would accurately describe her. She could light up a room with her smile. During all those years she interacted with babies, toddlers, kids in general along with many kittens, cats, and our foster dogs. With all of them her interactions were sweet and kind. Thank you Peaceful Pet Passage and Dr. Hill for helping us help her during this difficult time.
Furry Friend Network Volunteer and Foster
Mariah was a sweetheart. She came into our lives in 1999 at 2 weeks of age. She & her brother were the first kittens I had bottle fed. She was a very loving, gentle cat that liked sleeping on the bed, drips from the sink & dipping her paws in the tub. This was her favorite daily routine. She passed peacefully in my arms on 4/8/2015. I miss her terribly.
Thank you Dr. Carney for your kindness, caring & compassion. Also thanks to John for being so kind at the cremation. PPP provides a wonderful service for people who love their pets. I would recommend them to anyone.
Puff always greeted us at the door with a wagging tail, excited bark, and enchanting smile. Her eyes sparkled with happiness and love for her “Mom and Dad.” She was a rescue but honestly she rescued us. We miss her terribly. Rest in peace, my baby girl Puff.
We said Goodbye to our family dog Logan on 3/27. A day we’d been dreading…made much easier with Peaceful Pet Passage and Dr. Hill. Thank you.
The Truett Family
Reggie we miss you and love you always!
xoxo Mommy and Daddy
Thank you so much for the wonderful services you provided in our time of sadness. We could not have asked for more compassion from Dr Carney. She was so kind and patient remarkable in her care with Calvin and my husband and I. Your services were top notch!
Calvin was a wonderful dog. He was gentle and loving and had a love for squeaky toys and FOOD. ALL food! I always laughed at how we could stomp around the house and he’d barely stir but the moment you pulled a bag of deli cheese from the fridge, he’d come running! And he was always smiling! We’d laugh at how every picture we took of him, he was smiling. Like the one I have attached from a Halloween a few years ago. It’s one of my personal favorites.
Again, thank you so much for your wonderful services! They truly helped us in our time of need.
Sincerely, Tina and Doug Sherman
My Wife and I would just like to express our sincere thanks, gratitude, and respect for your services. We had been using a drive to emergency animal hospital in Maryland before you for our three other dogs. It was rough to get them into the truck comfortably, and deal with traffic while you are upset and emotional. The dogs could sense it too. One of the three did not even make it for the whole trip, she passed on the way. When Moses our American Staffordshire Bull Terrier was ready to go home due to cancer, and we could tell he was just in to much pain for a long truck ride. I had heard a commercial one time a last week on radio station 96.1 fm. I remembered the name until I got home and looked you up on the computer. There was our answer. Moses was more of Jody my Wife’s dog (her little man) and slept in our bed since the day I brought him home as a rescue. We were able to let him leave in his spot in our warm bed peacefully. Your Vet Elizabeth and her van Driver arrived on time. She entered with me quietly and Moses licked her hand some how knowing she was there to help ease his pain and help him return to our Creator in peace. She took his paw print for my wife. As I kneeled down petting him and praying, she helped him go home. Once I finished saying goodbye to our little boy, her helper and her gently wrapped him in clean white cloth and placed him on a little stretcher. This was so much different and comfortable than before. We cannot fully express how thankful and impressed by their professionalism with sincerity! Thank you again for helping one of our family members rest in peace.
Sincerely, Chaplain Verne Marks & Jody Marks
Paris was a person in a poodle costume! He was the most loving & wonderful toy poodle, with a gigantic heart. He was so smart and had so much love to give. He loved walks, chasing after his toy kitty, playing ball with his little brother, snuggling, tummy rubs & scooby snacks. He will forever be our first baby; our little pookey-dookey. We love him and miss him very much. Home is not the same without you, Paris ?
In loving memory of Zeus
R.I.P…. Riley aka Rileyboy! Riley you were the sweetest, most gentle and fun loving dog! You were with us before the kids, but you loved them so much when they arrived. You gave us all such joy and love for the past 13-1/2 years and this house is just not the same without you! We miss you! Hopefully you’ve found your old friends from Ellie, Zoe, Jack, Titania, Bandit and Guiness from all our different neighborhoods and you’re running around and jumping for joy! You really did live the “Life of Riley.” Goodbye sweet boy!
In loving memory of Chisberto “Chizzy” Edsall.
For 15 years, our family was blessed to have the companionship, friendship and joy of sharing our day to day lives with Chizzy. He was the coolest, most laid back and friendly cat imaginable. He loved everyone and brought us so much joy. There will never be a cat that can replace him, but we are blessed to have so many wonderful memories of him. Thank you to Dr. Carney for giving him a safe and peaceful passage. Rest in peace, Chizzy, we’ll be together again some day. We love you and miss you.
Buddy was the best behaved dog that we ever had as a family member. He always was by our side no matter what we were doing. Buddy never ever growled or shown aggression towards anyone or any other dog or animal. He was the kindest, most loving dog we have ever known.We were thankful to have had Buddy in our lives. When we first got Buddy we had him a few days and were trying to decide what to name him. We were having a difficult time trying to decide. The entire time we were trying to figure out a name we were calling to him ” come here Bud” or “Come on Buddy”. After a few days and we couldnt decide or agree on a name we realized that we already DID name Buddy….We were calling him BUDDY from day one!!!
We miss you so much Buddy and wish you were still here with us. He was almost 18 years old when he passed and we wish he could be here with us for another 18 years.
We love you Buddy…
Cosmo Mills (12/16/99 – 2/23/15) Jack Russell Terrier: Cosmo was our cheery, faithful friend and companion for our family. Full of energy, he loved to run, dig for vermin and entertain us with his tricks. He greeted everyone with a smile and wagging tail. He was bred from champions of the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America, but because he was too tall and did not meet the JRTCA breed standard, the breeders sold him to be a pet. Despite being unable to compete like the other JRTs in his bloodlines, he will always be a champion to us!
Abby will forever be with us in our hearts. She was a loving dog with a great personality. She was a better “mouser” than the cats! See you later Abbygator! Love you always!
Today was an extremely hard day….Miss Nala, you are not in pain any longer. We will miss you so much, but you are chasing those darn bunnies again!! Thank you so much for the caring and compassion you showed us in this very emotional time, Peaceful Pet Passage.
“When the soul gives what it came to give, it goes.” Although his life was cut short (due to brain damage from a dental cleaning), his years were filled with happiness. He enjoyed rolling in cat nip, basking in the sun, and cuddling with his dog. We will always remember him for his playful personality and free spirit.
Josey Girl Ritzmann
My girl Josey! Miss you sweetie so much!
In loving memory of Misty.
Dillon…… Been there through it all for 13+ years. The recent years he jumped in the truck and went EVERYWHERE I did. He loved camping. Now he gets to visit every campfire he chooses while the sun fades in sky. Rest easy buddy. Hilsgrove and raystown won’t be the same without you. We love you.
Best friend, constant companion and confidante. She loved her walks, food and treats, but most of all she loved to snuggle, give kisses and play peek-a-boo. She is forever in my heart. In August of 2006, I walked into a local shelter and said, “I’m here to adopt whatever dog is in the worst need of getting out of her and into a forever home. One of the staff brought Diamond to me. She told me that Diamond had been there for one whole year and that people passed her by because she was blind in one eye. I knew immediately that I was taking her home with me. I want to say to all of those people who passed her up – you missed out on a SWEETHEART of a dog. She was PERFECT in every way. It saddens me to think that people can be so shallow and not be able to see what is beyond the blind eye. I had this beautiful girl for 9 glorious years. She made my life complete. I am lost without her, but I will continue to rescue dogs in honor of each and everyone of them that passes away and I will try my best to give them the life that God meant for them to have. I will love you always and forever. Cheri your Mommy.
You helped us say goodbye to our sweet Carolina. This picture captures her completely. She loved her kids so much and we loved her right back. Rest easy, Carolina. We miss you so much.
Cinnamon II Ketterman
I miss her every day. She was my constant companion. Really missed her this weekend while I was outside shoveling snow with all the neighbors. She loved being out in the snow with the neighbors.
With broken hearts, we had to say goodbye to dear, sweet Abigail. She passed peacefully in her mama’s arms on her couch with her favorite blanket. She was a super sweet little girl who loved everyone. She loved snuggling with her sister, Maggie, on the big dog bed, exploring the property outside and occasionally rolling in the most rancid thing she could find. As a true diva does, she loved going to the groomers for a nice bath and haircut but not some silly poodle cut, she preferred a more natural look. She loved ear rubs and chest rubs to the point where she would slowly melt and doze off in your lap. If you would stop, the paw would tap you reminding you that you need to continue. Pappy Ken’s deer bologna was her favorite treat but she would settle for a milk bone if she had to. She always got excited when Aunt Cathy and Uncle Mike came to see her. Because you know they came to see her and no one else but the princess! I miss her like crazy. She was such a joy in my life and my little snuggle buddy. I will miss how she would wrap her paws around my neck and put her head on my shoulder when I would pick her up. She was truly one of a kind and can never be replaced in my heart. Rest in peace baby girl.
Nike was our best friend, he was the rock for our family. Nike’s passion for life served as a constant source of inspiration to us. He was a smart, funny, loyal, incredibly strong, yet equally sensitive dog…all wrapped into one, he was the perfect little package. I’ve been told several times “how lucky Nike was to have us.” Only we feel very lucky to have had him share his life with us, in so many ways. Nike was only 6 years old, and we are saddened that he had to leave us so soon. We will always share fond memories of him playing hide and seek, playing ball, walks, and our many travel excursions together. Christmas was his favorite holiday, he loved opening his gifts and having lots of treats. Nike has taken a piece of our hearts with him, and we are forever grateful to him! We love and miss you Nike Boy!
A special thanks to Dr. Carney, Tom and Amy for their kind, compassionate service.
The Himes Family
my girl kiya i miss you every day. until me meet once more run free.
Pepper would eat just about anything I would eat; fruits, veggies, and especially meats.
I never thought that when I picked Jasper out of the litter that she would have been my closest friend. I met her 14 1/2 years ago and she was born on a farm and her colorings and they way that she acted like she wanted to be left alone drew me into her and it was at that moment that I fell in love with her. She has been with me thru the good times and bad and she truly was my cat. At night when I would come home from work she would lay by my head and lick my eyes, funny right? And how she knew when I was upset and just not in good spirits, she knew I didn’t have to call for her she was always right there and when I started to pet her she would purr and it calmed me. Then I noticed the relationship that she had with my other cat Merlin who is a year older than her, it was truly amazing. They both were my guides, friends and my true loves. The day that I had to decide that it was time for her to move on it broke my heart knowing that I had to say goodbye to my girl. And thinking how is Merlin going to react? The day came and I knew that she was ready and I am holding her and then my husband brought Merlin to us so he could say goodbye to her and to maybe in a way calm her and to tell her that its ok we all need to do this and we will see each other again. While I am holding her on my lap he (Merlin) is sitting with us and he started to rub her head with his head and I know that he helped her along. It was truly hard to say goodbye to her and I know that she is better now and she is able to truly be the way she used to be. Knowing that at the other end of the bridge I will see my girl again and that’s when my heart will be whole once again.
We were well cared for today by your team. Thank you so much for your calm and sweet attitude. Mickey was a playful and wonderful companion. He loved people andwould come running to the door when we had visitors. He was so handsome he even got his picture in a magazine! His last moments were at home and we can’t thank you enough.
Thank you for offering to pay tribute to my beloved Shekota. Shekota was my only devoted companion and friend for 9 years. She was fortunate enough to be with me for almost 14 years. She loved rides in my truck, running for hours and rough housing. When I went to the ASPCA to get her they said that she may not be appropriate for a domestic pet as she was at least half wolf. Her and I proved them wrong. She was a gentle and affectionate girl, and now she can be free to run as long and as far as she wants. But she is greatly missed. There will never be another Shekota. RIP Shekota.
Our dog Rocky was a great dog and friend. He loved people and enjoyed playing and running outside, laying in the shade under a tree in the summer but most of all he loved being with his family and being petted. Rocky always made a lasting impression on everyone he met. Every time we would take Rocky for a walk at City Island in Harrisburg people would always comment about what a sweet, playful and handsome dog he was. Rocky was part of our family and will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace Rocky.
We love you,
Ryan, Shannon, Madison & Cooper
Myla 9/99 – 1/23/15
Thank you for honoring our dog Myla’s memory. She was an important member of our family for a very long time.
She was a very sweet, friendly, playful, loyal and most of all loving pet. She has been with me since Nov 1999 when I adopted her from the Erie Humane Society. We have been through a lot together. Her favorite times were swimming in Lake Erie and playing in the snow. She also enjoyed swimming in our pool in Harrisburg and loved playing with our 6 year old daughter. We will truly miss her forever. She took a piece of my heart with her…
We are so grateful for Peaceful Pet Passage for making her transition and our good bye more peaceful. Thank you for that!
Dakota and Nikita Blood
Dakota and his sister Nikita were born in the wild and we were lucky enough to raise them since July of 2001. The dog control officer in our township found 5 puppies born under a shed and we adopted two of them. These two dogs were never apart until Nikita passed away in May of 2012. Dakota howled and cried the first night without his sister. Some of our greatest memories were of the closeness these two dogs shared and watching them run free in the fields chasing each other. Since Nikita’s death Dakota adopted me as his “sister” and was always on my heels. I could not go anywhere without him by my side. I really miss hearing his collar jingle every time he would raise is head to make sure I was still near by. I could not sneak away! He would lay near the bottom of the treadmill while I was running. Every day at lunch I would come home to find him snoozing and once he heard me his head would pop up and he was on his way to greet me. We really miss that old boy, but find joy in know that he is with Nikita again! We dearly love and miss the both of them. We would like to thank John, Dr. Hill and Rob for their kindness and understanding during this difficult decision. Their prompt response and care for Dakota was greatly appreciated.
4/18/2003 – 1/31/2015
Rest in peace sweet girl. You came into our lives as a ball of black puppy fuzz and grew into our big beautiful girl. You were always a good girl and so happy…and always Daddy’s girl. We’re sure Daddy was waiting for you when you crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Play ball with Daddy pain free sweet girl. We will miss you terribly and love you forever….goodbye our sunshine…
“Our Big Boned Girl”
We’ve attached a picture of our dear Porkchop. We have a lot of wonderful memories of him. He was the most loving, kind hearted soul. Porkchop enjoyed family life. He took many trips to the beach, camping, and anywhere his family went. Porkchop loved eating, and was always attached to his mom. Sleeping and eating were Porkchop’s #1 priority. Porkchop also liked hanging out with his buddy Punky, who he taught how to be nice. Porkchop also had many nicknames: Chopper, Chopps, Porky, and Pork. He had the life of love and luxury and we feel blessed to have known him and had 13 wonderful years together.
Thank you again to Dr. Carney and Tom of Peaceful Pet Passage for your services. Instead of being upset in the vet’s office, he was napping on our couch before the administration of the medications.
Kathi, Sarah, Brad, Chris, & Punky
Taffy Too Karper
She was our soul mate. Miss you!!!
Apollo loved to swipe things from purses, coat pockets, coffee tables, even Dr. Carney’s vet bag.
He was loved by many and will be missed so very much.
Chance has been an awesome dog- maybe the best. He was a quick learner as a puppy and he was SO great when the kids came along. He loved attention- even from the smallest of children. He would allow them to do anything to him- with no concern of them getting hurt. Our children have climbed over him, poked at him, and pulled his hair, all out of love. Chance never batted an eye. He was a giant, gentle soul- standing 6 inches above average height for a Shepherd! Chance has always been very well behaved, very happy, wanted to please and was such a lover. It was easy for anyone to become attached to him. We will miss taking him on hikes, having him bring us a ball to play fetch, snuggling with him, and his greeting us at the door everyday. But, most of all, we will miss watching the companionship he provided for our 6 year old son, Jackson. It will be hard for any dog to fill his shoes, or in this case, paws.
Peep was our perfect pet. He greeted us at the door when we arrived home, sat on our laps at every opportunity and even flipped over to get his belly rubbed. He slept with us every night, either on us or next to us. He would even remind us when it was 10:00 and time to go to bed. Peep fought hard to beat his kidney disease, living six and a half years beyond his devastating diagnosis. He tolerated ongoing trips to the vet for fluids knowing that we desperately wanted him to stay in our lives. He finally asked us to let him go by not eating and losing half of his weight. He passed in his favorite place in the whole world, his “mommy’s” lap next to his grieving “daddy.” We miss him every day as he has left us with 13 years of treasured memories and footprints on our hearts that will last forever. Farewell Peep. We love you.
Mommy and Daddy
Max St. Ledger
I would like to thank John, Dr. Hill and Tom for the kindness they showed us during such a difficult time. The following is a brief tribute for our Max. Thank you for allowing us to honor him this way.
Max brought so much joy to our family from the moment we first met him 11 years ago. He touched our hearts with his quirky ways – his soulful glances, Chewbacca-like whines, boxer wiggle greetings, shameless begging and snuggle times. Max comforted with his constant presence and unconditional love. What a blessing to have loved and to have been loved by such a good pup. We are heartbroken with the loss of our best friend.
Thank you all so much for your kindness in helping my little Tootsie cross the Rainbow Bridge in comfort and with dignity. Attached is a picture of her for your tribute page. I rescued Tootsie almost 6 years ago from a foster home after she was abandoned, with 4 puppies, from a heartless breeder. I was her saving grace and she was my precious little princess. All the years I had her I strived to make her life happy and full of kindness and love, in hopes of making the 4 years of hell she had, at the breeders, vanish from her memory. That is why it was so important to me that she leave this world without fear and with a sense of security, and dignity … in the comfort of my loving arms.
I lost a treasured friend today
A little pet that use to lay
Her gentle head upon my knee
And share her silent thoughts with me.
Although my eyes are filled with tears
I thank HIM for the happy years
HE let her spend down here with me
And for her love and loyalty.
Rest in Peace my sweet “Tootsie” ???
Madison was known as “Madison Sunshine” and “Sweet Pea” and especially enjoyed being called, “Pretty Girl.” Madison loved to cuddle and talk and liked to keep an eye on her furry brothers. Whenever we said, “Maddie says,” she would “talk” all about her day and what was on her mind. We loved Madison and will miss her sweet voice and companionship every day.
Our dearest Jake passed over the rainbow bridge after almost 12 amazing years as a loyal member of our family! We couldn’t have asked for a better dog to grow up with! You will be missed so much big buddy. We are so glad you were there by our side for many, many important milestones! We will never forget your immense amounts of drool while staring at the dinner table and how no matter what, you’d bring your favorite toy as a gift to whomever came to the door! You were an amazing dog and more importantly an integral part of our family. We all miss your basketball sized head bumping into us because you wanted to be pet, or the way you always laid next to Dad in the office as he worked on the computer. We know your in heaven, pain free, looking down on all of us,and eating as many napkins as possible! We love you so much and not a day will go by that we won’t be thinking about you! Rest Easy Jacob, until we meet again!
-Jodie and Frank Pyryt and Kady Luke
Attached is a pic of my chocolate buddy in his younger years and below is a little tribute I wrote for him…
So… this old dog goes to Heaven and St. Peter greets him at the gate clipboard in hand…
SP: Well Tucker, I see you also go by Tuck, Tuckey, and Meathead… it’s looks like you have quite a record here. What do you have to say to these?
Tuck: Life’s way too short to ever be too proud to beg for more pettin’ n lovin’
SP: Destruction of Blinds
Tuck: Well, I can’t exactly find more to bark at if they’re closed, can I??
SP: Sneaking food?
Tuck: Wait, what?? Okay, maybe once or twice, but Mimi should have never put leftover Thanksgiving turkey wrapped in only tinfoil outside my back door
Tuck: Hehehehe… GUILTY as charged on every count and if I could have chuckled, I would have… Every. Single. Time.
SP: Tracking mud in the house and wiping your butt on the carpet??
Tuck: You saw that, did ya??
SP: Dog slobber on car windows?
Tuck: yeah, did that too, but I blame all the stores that don’t allow pets
SP: Excessive shedding…
Tuck: Even though they took my man parts, I could’ve made 7 more dogs with the hair I shed – Guilty
SP: Freaking out on hard surface floors
Tuck: Yeah, I hated those floors… oh snap… tell me they aren’t up here too?!
SP: uh, no none of those here. Whizzing and poopin in the house.
Tuck: Guilty – but just in the last few months. Just wasn’t able to hold it like I used to.
SP: Oh my… Indecent exposure???
Tuck: Oye… that doesn’t sound good, but Y’all made the red rocket to have a mind of its own, not guilty
So, what do you see as your redeeming qualities?
Tuck: Just one…
You gave me people, and I loved them.
For over 10 years I’ve loved them… unconditionally.
The big people took me in when I needed a home, and I loved them for it. If they were happy, I loved them. If they were sad, I loved them. If they were upset or frustrated, I loved them. If they needed snuggling, I was there for that.
And then they got a little person. I love that one just the same as them.
I got the funny feeling they weren’t done… because the big lady got even bigger… so big in the belly, some even called her “structurally unstable”. But I knew something was up, more were coming, and so I stayed close to her, laid by her side of the bed to keep a close eye on her. And sure enough, out pops another little person. I love her too.
Oh brother, and then they kept making more! 2 more little people. Yup, I loved them crazy boys too.
They all pulled my tail, but I love them. They tried to ride me and I was patient, and still I loved them. They used me as a pillow and a back rest, fine by me. They stuck their dirty little hands in my food and water, still I loved them. Some even ATE my food, but I loved them enough to share. They laid on me, fell over me, played their toys on me. I loved it all and tried to kiss their dirty little faces. If those little people cried I went to their side. When they laid down at night, I laid there with them… always watching over them. I preferred their floor over my dog bed just to be near them.
They had other people visited too. Yup, loved them too. And boy that Pop-Pop must have had a Keebler cookie elf in his pocket cause there were always more treats. And oh, I loved the treats. But not as much as all my people. I just wanted to be around them all day, every day, as much as I could. In the freezing cold or 100 degree heat, it mattered not to me.
But more and more I just couldn’t… my body just couldn’t keep up any more.
SP: Oh, Tucker… If only more people would realize we give them dogs not so much pets but as teachers. Unconditional love is kind of what we value in these parts. Your years, your service and your spirit will never be forgotten. And now, now you may rest buddy knowing you will be missed and that you have made your people’s lives so much better.
Well done good and faithful servant…
We wanted to thank Peaceful Pet Passage for being so caring and compassionate during such a very difficult time. We have attached a picture of our beloved Luke. He has been greatly missed since he passed away on Dec. 16th. Although we have other dachshunds, he was my working dog. He would go outside when I was doing work just to be with me. He would sit on the tractor or in the car just to be close while I worked. He was a smart, loyal dog who was everyone’s favorite. We were truly blessed to have had such a wonderful, loving four legged member of our family!
Theo became a member of the family in December of 1998. Adopted with his brother Vinnie, both were black cats named for Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo. They joined (at that time) a senior cat, a Labrador and two house rabbits. Sadly, kidney disease took Vinnie at only seven years of age. Theo continued on and, while dealing with some health issues of his own, eventually evolved into the top cat, a king who was ruling over three other cats at the time of his passing.
He would answer to “Theo” or “Handsome Man” but seemed most comfortable with “Your Majesty” and would never pass up a sunny spot to nap (the sun came up just for him, he was led to believe). While maintaining his composure around the other cats, he would almost fling himself onto a bed for some goofball behavior and private one-on-one attention. Theo didn’t really like to be held, but if you were trying to sleep or had a blanket on your lap in the winter months he would stand or your shins or knees and stare at you until you made a comfortable position for him. Yes, your majesty.
When it started to become apparent he was closer to the end than the beginning, we would say “tell us when you don’t want to do this anymore”. Believe it or not, a faint rainbow appeared in the sky the evening before he was gone. An actual rainbow bridge waiting for him to cross. The next afternoon he transitioned from this world on a spot of his choosing, the ottoman of a comfy chair. The king is dead, but long live the king in heart and memory. We miss you very much.
Celia was a beautiful, loving dog that was truly a blessing to our family. I mean, yeah, she was a sandwich stealer, but mostly a blessing. One of her favorite pastimes was sitting under this tree. She watched traffic and dog-walkers go by for hours at a time.
If you can see in the photograph, she had an enormous scar on her left side. When she was about 7 years old, she was attacked by a much larger dog when we were out walking. A testament to how strong and healthy she was, she ended up with a 10 x 12 inch open wound and survived. She lived with us for nine more years after that and was walking and running right up to the day before she died. I am so happy to have been able to give her this gift of a peaceful passing. She SO deserved this.
She was a loving and gentle dog. Good with children and other pets. Molly enjoyed daily walks and riding in the car. Balls were her favorite toy. She hated thunder storms and fireworks. Molly was a loyal companion we love and miss.
Donna and Larry Yoder
Maxwell (Max) was 11 1/2 years old when he passed away several days ago. He joined my family at 7 weeks old. As a young puppy he was naughty, curious about everything around him, and so very lovable to me and my grandchildren. He loved everyone he met and that is when I decided to enroll him in obedience school. He graduated from many classes and eventually earned his Canine Good Citizenship Award. Since I am a volunteer at our local nursing home this award allowed him to visit the nursing home with me. The residents thoroughly enjoyed his visits and he enjoyed showing off the many tricks he knew. He also looked forward to the treats the residents would feed him. In his senior years he became blind, deaf, and suffered with diabetes. Several days ago it became obvious he was in pain and was suffering. I called Peaceful Pet Passage for help because I didn’t want to upset him or hurt him further by taking him in the car to a place he didn’t like. With his health problems I knew he would be more comfortable staying in his home where he lived all his life. I can’t say enough about the professionalism, compassion, and caring Max and I received from the Peaceful Pet Passage staff. Dr. Hill and John came to our house and allowed me all the time I needed to say my final goodbye. Max is gone but he will always have a special place in my heart and I know I will be able to visit the Memorial Wall anytime I want to be near his burial site.
Thank you Peaceful Pet Passage!
Sincerely, Anita Alleman
A beautiful Australian Cattle Dog was in the Humane Society in Harrisburg for a year and a half and no one showed any interest in him. The signs on his cage said he was unfriendly and didn’t like kids. When my son and I saw him at a home builders show, he was wearing a jacket that said “Please Adopt Me.” My son reached to pet him and he grabbed hold of my son’s wrist and didn’t let go. It was love at first sight for the both of them. Since we live in Lititz my friend Beth picked him up and took him to Canine Rescue where my son adopted him. Not only was he great with kids, he was totally devoted to my son, Randy. For the next 6 years he shared his life with us and on birthdays and Christmas my son would load him in his Jeep to go to Petsmart to pick out his gifts. The day before Thanksgiving he became very sick with kidney disease and had to cross the Rainbow Bridge. I still wait for him to come and check on us at bedtime like he always did, then he would sleep right outside my door. We miss you Rocky, and we will always love you.
Dusty and Oreo Klesser
Our girls were loving and loyal members of our family for a long time and we will miss them. Thank you for the compassion and care you have given them as they cross over to their next journey.
The Klesser Family: Larry, Patrick, Brandon, Larry, III and Michelle
Pacey and Raven Dillman
Pacey and Raven were my “baby angels”. I was blessed to be their mommy for 16 years. Arthritis, a heart murmur, abscessed teeth and blindness were taking its toll on my sweet doxie, Pacey. Every day became more and more of a struggle and we made the heartbreaking decision to assist him over the Rainbow Bridge. But just three days prior to the day that was chosen, my sweet baby Raven began to have difficulty breathing. Cancer had taken over my beautiful baby girl. So on November 22, 2014, as I held both of my babies, Dr. Carney assisted both of them over the Rainbow Bridge, peacefully and most importantly, together..just as they lived their lives. Best Friends!!
Before old age and sickness had taken over my babies, they loved playing together, looking out of the front door together (before Pacey’s blindness) and “Scootching”.. Our word for cuddling together.
Pacey loved his Dingo treats (his brand), running in his yard in his sandbox and laying by his heater..
Raven loved opening up the cabinet under the kitchen sink to get to her food dish, playing with her Santa toy and jumping up to drink water from the shower, sometimes enjoying getting totally drenched, but enjoying every minute of it.
I will forever love and miss these two precious babies! “Scootch” together with Grammy until we see each other again! Mommy, Daddy and your baby brother “Oscar Littlebutt” love and miss you! xxoo
On Sunday November 30, 2014, I had to make the heartbreaking decision to say farewell to Chloe. She was my tower of strength and protector through most of my adult life. She wasn’t thrilled when I brought my twins home from the hospital, but they all became best of friends once the twins were old enough to sneak her treats when I wasn’t looking.
She was always the first to the door to checkout who entered and to share whatever she picked up on her way (could be a bone, shoe or toy). She spent countless hours saving the yard from bunnies and wishing the bird feeder was just a bit lower. She was a counter surfer extraordinaire, a bed hog, and we loved her completely. I was allowed to care for and love this smart beautiful soul for 15 1/2 years.
Throughout her life, Chloe was selfish with her kisses, much preferring to nibble when asked for a kiss. On Saturday night, between seizures, she gave me several kisses; I think to let me know she was ready to stop fighting. Sunday morning, Dr. Hill helped Chloe let go. I am forever grateful for the caring doctors that allow us to stay at home to say goodbye to our furry children.
We miss you sweet girl! I know you fully enjoyed your “only dog” status for the past year. Now you are with Sadie, enjoy those long walks (mine will never be the same).
Gia, Jordyn and Ariana Prediger
Mocha was born October 2000 – Passed November of 2014 – ten years with me after 4 years in an abusive home. I rescued her and together we enjoyed a full life together. A lifetime of health and love – received and given. My first indication of not all was well was when months ago her beautiful, deep, reflective brown eyes were turning blue gradually, one then two. Eventually she could not see dark areas and would run into dark objects unless I placed at least six motion lights along her usual path to sunlight shining through her doggie door. Three or four months ago she passed out for some time during a seizure and coupled with other behavior I knew our time together was limited. She didn’t want to be touched, she wanted to be alone in a back bedroom. Often she would be near in the same room with me, but still not wanting to be touched. I believe her alone time in a back room was a separation time…animals know these things…and I too knew time was nearing for separation. I hoped it would happen at home – but it didn’t and I knew it was up to me to make the decision, when and how – I had no answer. I remembered one acceptable answer – years ago I clipped an ad for animal euthanasia in the comfort of your home – her home – my home. I posted it on the refrigerator for a future need and the need was now.
I called the phone number, there was an answer by a very pleasant voice, a man named John explaining their end-of-life service. I accepted and made an appointment and shared information of my location and details about both of us. I was assured their method was painless and not an end of life negative experience. Mocha was her usual self on that day, we had gone for a car ride the previous day…she loved to ride in the car and showed her excitement when I said “Do you want to go for a RIDE?” We went for a drive and had lunch at McDonald’s and both enjoyed a shared, seldom eaten treat – a hamburger and french fried potatoes, a small order, but enough. The next day was our appointment with the home veterinarian.
On Tuesday, promptly at 11:30 she arrived with her case of necessary items in hand, my support friend Cindy greeted her and opened the door for her entrance. I came forward and we each introduced ourselves, she met Mocha because she was always first at the door when the bell rang. We talked and got comfortable with each other. Dr. Elizabeth Carney the veterinarian explained how she would proceed by helping Mocha take a brief nap, just like any other annual injection, Mocha was given the sleep medication under her skin and within moments she was sound asleep, not minding my touch, still breathing and a heart beat. After a brief time, Dr. Elizabeth…proceeded with the second medication injection in Mocha’s front leg vein, I held her through the entire process and could feel her breathing until it stopped and then I felt her heart beat stop, her biology died…but her life energy went to the Universe FOREVER – biology dies – although energy never does – is it within me combined with mine, or does it continue in my home…I know not…or as our breath combines with all oxygen/breaths does it return to the Universe around us and beyond?
During that day I felt peaceful, she had no pain, is now without infirmities. I believe/know I made the correct decision for both of us, energy lives on and so does she in my memories/my energy. My many photographs of her are a daily reminder of her presence both past and present. Both of us are in a type of peace, she on her way and me today…here. I have no regrets – we shared ten years of unconditional love. Strange I still feel her presence when I imagine she is elsewhere in the house or I look for her in the living room.
Dusty Bear Siebener
Dusty Bear, you fought the good fight. You were a tripawd for 3 years and fought cancer, but no one would know it. We miss and love you soooo much. You ARE in the Lord’s arms…but we are bringing you “home” tomorrow and “I” will wear you every day close to my heart on a necklace that will FOREVER remind me of you and you of me! Words cannot express the loss we feel….Thank you Peaceful Pet Passage for being there and taking such beautiful care of our loved one the night before Thanksgiving. There are “gifts” in this world and for you and our vet to be there are two VERY precious gifts. Thank you…The Siebener’s…
Freddie was the most loving and care furry family member you could ever ask for! I I rescued him 12 years ago but he rescued me. We love him as much as he loved us I hope. His little stepbrother Milo. Who sadly we also just loss. He would give the world for him and always protecting him. Freddie always let Milo take his chew, rawhide or whatever he had without a single complaint! He will forever be missed!!!
Buffy was 12 years/5 months old. She had 3 litters and was an awesome mommy. She just couldn’t wait to go for a ride. We have 5 of her puppies at home and she still was the monarch of her family, put the kids in their place more than once, SHE was the BOSS and left them know it. I was lucky to get these photos of her, she really did not like her photo being taken, she was like her mother that way. She was, like everyone knows about Boxers and other breeds of dogs, very compassionate and was our child. Monday was one of the saddest days of our lives.
Diana and Jim Morgan
Attached are some of my favorites.
The park were we could frequent did not have a creek or another water supply. So I taught her how to drink out of a water fountain, I did get a little help from a Doberman named Vino.
The other picture of her sitting on the picnic table in the backyard. She was the Queen of her back yard.
Our favorite past time, we would spend hours walking the local trails. Attached is a picture of her with our hiking gear, and sitting on a park bench taking a break.
The last picture I call her “model” pose. As soon as I would remove dirty sheets from the bed she jump on the bed and strike a pose.
One last picture – the picture of her sitting in the truck was taken on Friday Nov. 14, lilttle bit of a snotty nose showing. She loved riding in the truck.
Anyone who really knows me, knows how important this little kitty was to my heart, soul and life … Unfortunately, after a brief illness, at the age of 17+ years, Abby reached the point where “quality of life” shifted its balance and it was time to get-off the train.
If anyone ever needs “caring and compassionate” help with a beloved pet …. I highly recommend the folks at: PEACEFUL PET PASSAGE … the vet who came to my house to help Abby and I was an angel and made the worst possible task a compassionate, serene and celebratory experience.
Good bye my dear, funny, fuzzy companion … see you on the other side!
In Memory of Gabe,
A Dog Scout, Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog
A tribute to a very special dog who will always have a special place in my heart. Each day since your passing I work to replace the heartache with the wonderful memories I have of you. Some days are easier than others, you were such a big part of our family. No matter where I go or what I do there are memories of you all around. Even a trip to one of your favorite places Little Buffalo brings tears to my eyes thinking of the many times we were there together. I will never understand why you were taken from us when you were still so young. Although your body was failing you with illness your love for us always remained strong.
Greatly missed by your family.
That single floppy tip of that ear of yours that never quite would stand up is probably what drew me to you, a 6-month old pup, at the Humane Society almost 13 years ago where your former family or some staff member at the Harrisburg Humane Society had hung the goofy moniker, “Britney Spears”, on you and had warned me that you had been surrendered there because you were untrainable: How wrong they were! You and I had an instant connection and and tight bond as you trained yourself right into my heart.
You never saw a pool or a creek that you did not claim as yours, jumping right in. What a swimmer you were! And oh, how you hated car rides, pacing and panting across the back seat even when I told you we were heading to the creek. I’m relieved that you are no longer in pain, but now I have a hole in my heart. Only the groundhogs and bunnies in the yard are now breathing a sigh of relief, but as for me, mom, Katie, Spencer and Hazel, and everyone whose life you touched while you were here–we will miss you, friend!
A favorite quote:
“We, who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan.”
Sushi has been my Little Angel and Ray of Sunshine for 8 years. A Tuxedo-Hemingway from Florida, Sushi came to live with us after caring for my grandfather, Papaw, after the death of my grandmother Nana and Blackie Mae our beloved Chocolate Lab/Collie Mix. Sushi was not only loving, sweet, beautiful, smart and my Little Angel; she was Queen of the household. In the morning she was ready for a stretch against the wall and a nice head rub. Sometimes referred to as Cat-Dog, Sushi somehow always knew when we were getting ready to leave the house, and patiently waited by her treats. She always greeted us in the morning and when we came home from a long day at work. Whether it was a stare, a meow or just running across the room, she knew just how to let us know when she wanted a drink from the tub, when it was time to go in the Sun Room and when she wanted to go outside. She never strayed from outside the house, and just when I though she wanted to come in, she actually wanted me to join her. One day, while being brushed outside, much to my surprise she started to growl. I’ve never heard this from her, and when I looked up there stood a 6 point buck just yards away. As I was startled, so was he. He quickly turned and ran the other way. Sushi was my protector. I am thankful, and will cherish all the years I’ve had with this beautiful, loving little girl. Rest in peace my Little Angel; you are now one of God’s Angels. I know Papaw is happy to see you again, and that Nana and Blackie Mae will love you as much as we all do. Love you always, and miss you dearly. -Dierdre and Bobby **Thank you to John, Dr. Carney, Amy, Tom and the entire team at Peaceful Pet Passage. Your patience, kindness and the service you provide helps our pets pass on peacefully, in an environment to which they are accustomed.
Bailey came to us at a time when we had experienced another loss in our lives. For the next 14 years, he filled our lives with unconditional love and companionship. We often joked that our house was actually Bailey’s. He just left us live here with him. I am so glad that on that cold December night I took you from that pet store and tried to give you the best life that a dog could have. Good bye Bailey. I will never forget you.
The hardest thing I ever had to do was made much more comforting by your service. Thank you.
He was a great dog. My traveling, hiking, and overall companion for ten years. Saw me thru a bunch of bad relationships with wrong guys and accompanied me and my father (who passed in 2010) on miles and miles and miles of walks …. He will be missed.
This is Sadie John, she was our dog for 12 and a half years. She was my husband and I’s first “baby.” She was our “alarm system” for many years. She was very sweet and protective of our family. We miss her a lot. We take comfort in knowing she is not suffering anymore. Dr. Carney is amazing and wonderful. She was very compassionate when she came to put our Sadie girl down.
Matthew, Randi, Eric and Ethan John
Toby Mitchell 2004-2014
In memory of our awesome dog who never really knew he was a dog. He had the ability to transform a dog hater into a Toby lover. Anyone who met him would not soon forget him. He wasn’t a dog of much energy but he was a dog filled with love. Toby knew just how much he could get away with and knew who to beg from. His love of camping will never be matched. Although you wouldn’t catch him hiking, you would definitely find him in the lap of a friend beside the campfire. He’s the brother we always wanted and the son we won’t forget. He’s our Tobs and we will miss him grately.
Thank you Dr. Elizabeth Carney, you made the saddest day one of the most peaceful. We appreciate you and all you do.
If ever there was a perfect dog, Tessa was it. She was smart, loving, and well-mannered. We had her in our lives for almost 15 years, and it will be a very long time until we can accept that she is no longer with us.
Thank you to Dr. Hill and everyone at Peaceful Pet Passage for your respect, patience and gentle care during our final hours with our little girl.
In memory of my “old guy” Jackson. He was always so mellow and didn’t seem to get too excited about much except for going for a walk and of course anything that had to do with “food”. Every time I look at the garden I think of how you loved to eat the tomatoes – especially the nice big ripe ones. May you enjoy all the big red tomatoes in God’s garden now. You tolerated Cody when we adopted him and even seemed to find a little bit of energy to “play”, although Cody wanted to play a bit more. He was always by your side – even when you got up and tried to move away from him. You will be greatly missed by all. Love you buddy.
Our Phoebe girl was such a good girl. She was very loyal, loving and fun. She loved to be chased and challenged by her family members. She loved to go for walks in the neighborhood and along the Susquehanna river and enjoyed being in the yard chasing squirrels. She’d hilariously zip around the yard as fast as she could after she got a bath acting like a crazy dog. Christmas and birthday parties were such fun because she would tear open presents and rip the wrapping paper to shreds making a huge mess in the living room. She knew exactly when it was 1:00 pm and was sure to tell us that it was time to eat. She knew when to be playful and when to be gentle. She never left our sides and will never leave our hearts.
Taffy, mommy loves you & misses you so much. Buster is so lost with out you too! He doesn’t understand why you’re not here. I still can’t believe you’re gone even at 15 yrs. old.
You were the first of mommy’s (3) babies. We’ve been through a lot you & I but we got through it. Mommy’s so sorry she couldn’t do more for you with the cancer, I did all I could. You were a loving baby and you were so so sweet. I already had to go through bringing groceries in the house without you pulling the bags down to your level to check out what was in the bags. A couple nights I thought I heard you in the living room and got up to check on you only to realize you weren’t there anymore. I have so much more I’d like to say but you know how much mommy loved you and always will.
I’m hoping your sister Katie (who passed away 05/09/2014) was at the Bridge to meet you and show you around – you both are missed everyday and then some.
Love & miss you terribly, Mommy (Randi Conley)
We will never forget all the love you gave to us on your terms. Missing our nite time tv pettings, and my alarm clock to get up and moving to get your breakfast. Miss fluff fluff, my sweetie girl, till we meet again thanks, love ya girlie
RIP, my best friend! I could write a book but if you know me then you know Cinder and what she meant to me. There will never be another that could ever come close to what you did for me in the 9 years of your life. Hope you are finally running free and catching tennis balls again.
Love, Christine, Angelina, and Clint
Yogi was our gentle giant dog who came to live with our family five years ago…he instantly became a member of the family as well as the daycare I ran in my home for children…he enjoyed our walks, bubble play, water play, and interfering any game involving a ball! If there was a pool of water within sight he was in it! Whenever we came home, he would present us with a stuffed toy to greet us! Yogi was special to many people because he was a unique dog and one like no other we have ever had!
She was my sweet sissy as I called her. Patches was loving but on her own time which was usually the middle of the night when she would meow and walk on you, usually getting comfy on your back or bottom! She will be missed by her human family and her siblings Black and Jada. Our home is not the same without her but we are at peace knowing she is comfortable and no longer in pain. Pancreatic cancer came on quick and took her too soon from us. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Carney, Tom and John for helping us through this most difficult decision.
Sincerely, Gina Klein and family
A sad day for me. Peaceful Pet Passage came to my home and assisted my beloved cat Tyson on his journey. He was a wonderful teacher, confidante and friend, and I will miss him dearly. A big thank you to those of you who loved him, too, and for my friends who supported me in making the decision that at 17 and a half years old, it was time to let him go.
It’s been one month since we had to let go of our wonderful Leo. It’s taken me that long to be able put together the words for the memorial. I found Leo in September, 2003, after hurricane Isabel blew him into my garden at just 4 weeks old and 1-1/2 lbs. He became a part of the family immediately, and grew – at his prime – into a beautiful, svelte 21 lbs. of pure gentleness and love (affectionately known as “Big Boy”). Leo saw us through good times and bad times; always there to give the nudge to pet or feed him, playing, watching the birds, healing us, and just quietly purring beside us. He was the best cat ever….and he took a little piece of our hearts with him when he departed this earth. We miss you; rest in peace, Leo. 08/19/03 – 08/04/14. -Darlene and Dave Ralicki
Stormy was our first horse. Even though she was a miniature, she had all the strength, spunk and ability of a full-size horse, just in compact size. We were told by many “horse people” who met her, that she most definitely was a “lead mare”. Perhaps it was that strength and spunk that brought her through a terrible hip dislocation injury and surgery at the very young age of six. With our assistance, she fought through many, many obstacles in the five years following the surgery. Gradually, that strength and spunk faded. August 25, 2014, there wasn’t any fight left, so we needed to let her go, free to run on the other side of Heaven’s gate. We miss her so much but know she is free from all of her pain. Stormy, we love you and miss you so much. You will forever be in our hearts, our little “Stormy girl”. Rest in peace, baby. We’ll see you on the other side. ~ Lori & Craig Kinard
In memory of Jackie, our wonderfully curious companion. She enjoyed observing everything. Jackie would spend hours with my husband in his workshop, with me in the kitchen, or outside while we were doing yard work – just watching. One of her favorite activities was going to the woods. She would take her time and thoroughly check out all the smells; making sure nothing was missed while making her rounds. When her days were over, she was sure to ask to get “tucked in.” Yes, she liked us to go to where she slept and wish her a good night – complete with hugs and kisses. Rest in peace now, dear girl. Woefully missed by Deb and Lee – and Maggie.
We adopted Oscar on June 28, 2011. He had a great deal of anxiety, but once we showed him our love he settled in well. Oscar was eager to please, and was such a happy dog to be around. He protected and loved us. There was never a dull moment together. All too soon came July 2014 when Oscar was diagnosed with leukemia, and then on August 15 Oscar’s short time with us came to an end. His presence is sorely missed. We love you, bubs!
“I wanted to send you all a message telling you that you guys made this so peaceful for us when we had to put our Mystic to sleep. Elizabeth and Tom were so professional and caring and the whole time was stress free. I am happy I have found you guys and trust me when I say you have my business and I am spreading the word with whomever I talk to about the decision that we have to make when caring for your fur babies. Thank you again. RIP Mystic.”
Winston was our family’s first pet. We got him the day I turned 10 and he was the best birthday present I ever had. We loved to spoil him with food, especially my father, who would always give him bites of his breakfast in the morning. He loved taking naps with us, and would always lay on pillows like a person would.
Winston was the best pet and companion anyone could have ever asked for. He had a sweet and strong heart up until the very end. He knew he was loved by all of his family and loved us back unconditionally. 15 years with our family will never be enough, but we know some day we will see him again, youthful, happy and as sweet as he ever was. We love you Winston. You changed our lives forever.
– Sarah and the Mafnas family
She opened our hearts up and gave way more to us than we ever gave to her. We loved her spunk, her companionship and her will to keep going despite years of challenges. She will be with us forever and we will miss her terribly. Thank you to Dr. Carney who took her time with us and helped us work through the difficult challenge ok knowing when the time was right.
Ivory had surgery at 9 months old to save her life and she thanked me every day of her 14+ years. She had medical issues her entire life that required daily medications and almost daily shots, but she never complained. Everywhere we went people commented on what an adorable, sweet, well-behaved little girl she was. She made friends with all the neighborhood dogs, even the ones that didn’t make friends! Ivory will be missed every day and will live in my heart forever! She was a true blessing.
She knew daddy would feed her first!!
Loki picked us to be his family in 2008. We found him in a pet store in upstate New York. We had visited him many times but we were hesitant to take him home because of the rules for our Dorm. We were always able to spot him since he was larger than all of the other ferrets there. One night, after eating dinner at the Olive Garden, we decided to visit the ferrets one more time. Almost immediately after walking into the pet store and over to the ferret enclosure, this large ferret came running over and started giving me little ferret kisses. I couldn’t tell if he was choosing me because of some deep connection, or if it was just our similar taste in Italian cuisine but I knew he was coming home with us that night.
As you could imagine, Loki was a big hit on campus right away. He loved everyone he met and they loved him. He enjoyed everything a young ferret in college would; short walks outside, the girls that would fawn over him, Dolphy Day, and most importantly … pizza.
Loki then moved with us to PA where he adopted a ferret of his own, Oliver. Loki and Oliver, though immensely different, enjoyed playing together every day. Loki, outgoing and mischievous, and Oliver, quiet and timid; would roughhouse, raid unattended purses, and hide any goodies left within their reach in their favorite hiding places … under the couch or bed. Loki was always quick to show affection, even to a stranger (especially the pizza delivery guy).
If he didn’t get his way, which was rare, he would use his patented glare, The Stink Eye. If that didn’t secure his overall victory, he might just bite the top of your foot and hop away while laughing.
Loki was a spirited little guy with a heart of gold that would do anything for his squeaky toys or his treats. He made his family proud and happy, even while living up to his namesake’s reputation.
He was adopted as a Grand Ferret, a Ferret Brother, a Best Friend and so much more. He leaves behind Witness Protection Mouse, many great memories, the pizza delivery guy, a love that will last forever, and many, many people that will miss him.
He was the greatest ferret anyone could ask for. We love and miss you Loki. Have fun on the rainbow bridge until we see you again.
I miss my sweet boy Snickers more than anything, but after having a meltdown and cathartic cry the other night, I realized I have to go through the 5 stages of grieving. I feel for anyone who has to lose their beloved pet, but Peaceful Pet Passage was just so amazing. I know they hear this so often, but it made the inevitable day a lot easier. NOT that it was easy, as you know. Snickers, you were the best dog we ever could have gotten by accident and I miss you to the moon and back. I sang to you- You are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine, You made Me happy, when skies were grey, you may have known how much I loved you, please don’t take my sunshine away. I meant every word. Thank you for your services and support PPP.
–From Christie Lynn Saurman
Thanks to the kind people of the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, an old girl with serious mobility issues was rescued from a shelter. Whoever ‘disposed’ of her, did not appreciate the amazing dog they had. This wonderful dog became known as Quazar or as I called her, Quay.
Quay became an official member of my family on November 2 and on June 20, my sister & I were with her as she made her journey over the Rainbow Bridge. We only had 8 months together but Quay taught me so much. Every step she took was a struggle and the simplest of tasks took great effort, but yet she powered through with great determination and always a wagging tail. She left this world knowing she was loved and had a home. She had brothers, Jake & Trev, an Aunt Di who fed her ice cream, yum and a guy named Judd who rubbed her belly.
Should you ever find yourself with the opportunity to help an ‘old dog’, I do hope you take it as you will gain so much.
Calli was loving, beautiful, full of energy, comical and intelligent. She loved snuggling on the couch, taking walks to visit her neighborhood dog-friends and posing for pictures. She could charm her way to “one more treat” by putting her chin on my arm, looking up with those big brown eyes and sighing. Calli made us laugh with the “show us your tan” pose as she stretched out her front paws, and also her rendition of standing on her head. We wish we had many more years to be with her, but at the age of nine Calli passed away 6 weeks after her mother, Misty. Maybe she missed her and went to be with her. Have fun, girls. We’ll see you on the other side.
You were the best friend I ever had and I could ever ask for. 18 years and 2 months ago, I was a 12 year old girl in sixth grade. I watched our Bizi Girl birth you into existence in your Nonna’s walk-in closet. From that moment on, we’ve been inseparable. Being silly, I couldn’t decide what to name you – either Deion (for Deion Sanders) or Eeyore since I was a huge fan. I put the two together and named you Deeyore. As time went on, you simply became “D”. I wrapped you in my old baby blankets and had you sleep by my left shoulder as soon as you were old enough to be away from your mother.
You stood by me through thick and thin. No matter what happened, I could count on kisses and snuggles from you. You were there for teenage problems, boyfriend issues, college stress, three big moves, and massive health scares for me and you never wavered.
I love you now and I love you always. I pray you come back to me. No, I know you will. I thank you for every thing you have done for me including loving me unconditionally, showing me a little attitude and entitlement is ok, and showing me how to be a good mother.
I have done everything I could for you, sparing no expense and having faith in you no matter what anyone else said to me. However, today I gave you the gift of passing on to the spirit world. It was simply the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with, but I hold no resentment or blame. I don’t sit here and ask “why? why did he have to go? why did he leave me?”. Simply put, you finished your work here, changing and touching the lives of anyone who came into contact with you and giving love (with a sprinkling of attitude) continuously.
D…………you are always a part of me. When you left today, a piece of me went with you. I know that you are in a better place, free of pain and complications of age. I thank you for the gifts that you have given me. Even as I sit here typing this, you sent one of my very favorite things: summer rain. I want you to know that I did go out in it. I didn’t dance, but I cried tears of love and loss, of gratitude and pain and I remembered our lives together.
I love you. I love you. I love you. You’re my booba. You’re my big boy. You’re my little old man. Rest in peace and bliss, D. You are missed eternally.
Deeyore, 04/01/1996 – 06/12/2014
Ten years ago you adopted us when we came to see you at the Humane League. We knew you were ours the moment our eyes met, and you sealed the deal when you lifted your leg and marked Daddy. For the first nine months with us, you were sick and we almost lost you then, until the vets figured out what was wrong and we learned to put enzymes on your food. For ten years, you were our best friend, our constant companion, and a beacon of light in our complicated lives. You were the smartest dog I ever knew. You went to bed with me every night, but when Daddy came upstairs, you gave up your place to him. You chased a bear up a tree and got sprayed by two skunks! You were never too much into toys and really didn’t care for swimming, but all you ever wanted was to be by our sides, no matter what we were doing. When the kids jumped in the water at Hawk Falls, you were so upset… and finally made yourself jump in after them to make sure they were ok. Everyone loved you, from the UPS and FedEx deliverers, to the garbage collectors – they all brought you treats. You guarded our children, our doors and our hearts, yet had a soul as gentle as a summer rain. Yesterday, we had to send you over the Rainbow Bridge. Sisko, the tears won’t stop flowing. We love you and miss you more than any words can express. You’re in the most loving hands now. Wait for us there, my friend. One day we will be together again. I love you.
Louie, the black cocker, was and still is our hero. He was a rescue from Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. A group of people from Animal Rescue, Inc. went there and brought back about 40 dogs, most of whom were heartworm positive, including Louie. He also had glaucoma and was covered in paint. All of the dogs were eventually released for adoption and we arranged for Louie’s HW treatment. He survived but it left him heart-lung compromised. He also had to have his eye removed. For the next 7 years, he was on 2 broncho-dilator medications, a blood pressure medication, and two inhalers. He also saw the cardiologist, along with Gretchen at the end, twice a year for ultrasounds. One day I noticed some blood in his water bowl and felt what I thought was an abscess in his mouth. Our vet felt it was something more than that and referred us to the dental specialists at Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center in Towson, MD. They confirmed malignant melanoma and removed two tumors from his mouth. Being a horrible candidate for surgery, we were just thrilled that he had survived the surgery. After meeting with the oncologist, it was confirmed that the cancer had spread to his already-compromised lungs. The doctor recommended Louie’s only option of Oncept, a drug approved for canine use, with which he had seen some remissions but most dogs had received 6 months of good quality life. Louie fought so hard all his life so we had to give him his chance. The doctor was right — he got 6 months of good quality life. One morning he woke up and could barely breathe or walk so we knew his fight was over and we helped him over The Bridge. We miss both him and his spirit terribly.
Gretchen was the first pet for whom we used your services. You were recommended by our vet, Dr. London and Associates. We adopted Gretchen and her husband, Gordon, from Animal Rescue, Inc. in New Freedom, PA. Sadly, we lost Gordon after only 18 months to cancer. We didn’t know that much about their history except that they had been used as a backyard breeding pair and were bonded. Gretchen was a real love and lived a very healthy long life until the end when she succumbed to age-related kidney failure. She lives on in our hearts and we truly believe that she sent us one of our current cockers, Sadie, because they could be twins. We weren’t looking for a dog when we agreed to foster Sadie two months after losing Gretchen but there she was and we couldn’t bear to think of anyone else adopting her so we did.
Shelby Marie Kramm
We rescued you from the SPCA in San Antonio, Texas at 7 weeks. You rescued us repeatedly over the next 10 years with your personality, spirit, and your cuddles. Slept under the blankets with us every single night. Loved martinis and red wine just as much as Mommy! Love and miss you, sweet girl.
Mr. Blue Jones
I’m attaching a couple photos of Blue as well as a brief video remembrance tribute.
Indie Bell Breach
I’m sitting here remembering back to the first time I laid eyes on a handsome little ball of curiosity and playfulness. He wasn’t used to having many toys since he had spent his first 18 months in many foster homes. My first toy that I got for him was a giraffe. Orange and purple and fluffy. I had placed it on the floor in front of the door so that the moment that my new puppy would come in the door, he would see his giraffe stuffy. I had wanted a dog my entire life and I was finally going to have the opportunity to experience what it was like to have one. I remember that I had a hard time sleeping the night before he arrived because I was so excited. Tiny little things that I was looking forward to some people might not even think about. I couldn’t wait to be able to hear little click clicks throughout the house from a handsome little doggie’s nails going across the wooden floor. I even told my Dad that the grocery store would never be the same any more either. That now I can finally become a member of the doggie aisle in the super market. The people that were involved in getting my new baby to me were simply amazing and have a special place in my heart. They helped a rescue dog to find his FURever home with his new family. I praise God every day for that moment that the door opened and my baby Indie came bounding in and grabbed his stuffed giraffe only to throw it in the air and catch it over and over again. He was and is my best friend, my world. All the bad times I seen he was there to lean into me and his fur soaked up my tears. Protective, loving and loyal are the words that describe his beautiful character. But nothing could ever describe or express the emotion that stirs inside my heart for my baby when I think of how very proud of him that my family and I are. For Indie to love unconditionally a family he never knew even though his early beginnings in life showed him very little love at all, shows more compassion and character then most people could ever dream to have. It is soon the one year anniversary of his passing. I couldn’t write these words for his tribute earlier…just couldn’t say goodbye. I now feel that I can let go and feel some peace. So God Bless you Indie. We miss you. My sweet sweet baby. Go rest in peace.
Here are pictures of my Sweet Jack. He was a cool Kitty. He loved people and affection. He would take your hand and place it on his head to get a good scratching. He was not shy. Jack and his 2 brothers were born here. Bity is his twin. They spent their 16years cuddling and grooming each other. They would mirror each other whether they were sitting beside each other or laying down. It was really cool to observe. They were 2 peas. Bity and Tigi miss their brother. Bity now lays in Jack’s favorite places.
Thank you, Dr Hill for the compassion and respect at a most difficult time. We are all grateful.
Sunny Sunshine LeBeau
With the help of Dr. Elizabeth Carney of Peaceful Pet Passage, we said a teary goodbye to our beloved Sunny Sunshine. Thanks to Peaceful Pet Passage, we were able to help her cross at home. She was lying outside in her favorite spot, surrounded by the trees, the grass, the flowers, and all the people and doggie sisters she loves.
My heart breaks to snuggle her again and see her smiling face. Even though I can still talk to her on the other side, it’s just not the same. But it truly is comforting. When she left her body, we saw her running across the field at her old break-neck speed. Always the leader of the pack. She turned around with that well loved smile to say, “thank you, I love you.”
We love you too honey. Thank you for visiting so often and helping Mommy with your sisters. I could always count on you! I hope you choose to come back to us again! I know you will!
Included in the sympathy card from our regular vets and friends, Dr. Cindy Hunt and Dr. Doris Lefaver was this lovely poem:
Look not where I was For I am not there
My spirit is free I am everywhere
In the air that you breathe In the sounds that you hear
Don’t cry for me My spirit is near
I’ll watch for you From the other side
I’ll be the one running New friends by my side
Smile at my memory Remember in your heart
This isn’t the end It’s a brand new start
Brady was a happy cat who loved his family. He was known to make people smile by rolling on his back and “clapping” his front paws together. He is the only cat ever to kiss and groom my Cocker Spaniel. Brady was a faithful companion to my cat Sassy: They frequently cuddled together and groomed each other. Sassy especially loved to give Brady a playful slap in the face to start each day! I am thankful for Peaceful Pet Passage for providing the in-home euthanasia service, so that Brady could be surrounded by his family in this final moments. We sent him off to heaven to the sound of Sassy’s purr.
Cookie & Snickers Bender
Cookie was a very big hearted dog. She was a great mother to 2 female yorkie pups. She loved laying on her daddy’s lap every chance she could get. She was super special to us because we bought her when we bought our first home. Of course she was the queen of the house and she knew it. We love her and miss her everyday. She was born 12-27-2000 and left us on 6-27-2013. We got 12 and half years with this sweet baby and loved every minute of it.
Snickers was my tea cup yorkie that I always wanted. We got her 5-24-14 and lost her 5 days later on 5-29-14. She was only 8 weeks old but god wanted her back. We are blessed to have had her for the last 5 days of her life to love and spoil. She was a pistol too. She was a very big snuggler no matter where you were she was right there to snuggle.
We now know that Cookie is looking after Snickers now and on the bridge for us to cross together. We miss both very very much.
Until we meet again Cookie and Snickers…..
Thank you Peaceful pet passage for your great services you made a very hard decision much easier with your service after almost 17yrs with Gracie . Dr Carney was very respectful and patient with us and Gracie. We would recommend your service to all our friends with pets .
Lou & Beth Endress
Before Simon lost his eye sight he loved swimming and playing ball. He could play ball for hours. I know he is happy to be able to see and play ball again. Thank you for your kindness and respect for Simon and me during a difficult time. Linda M
First we want to thank the staff… John for doing a wonderful job of getting Dr. Hill to us the day we called. We also want to thank Dr. Hill for his compassion and understanding as well as his time spent with us helping us to understand that we were doing the right thing. Oscar was suffering greatly and it was his time.
December 1999, it was love at first sight.
Oscar’s first lovable feat was escaping from the fenced in area inside the pet shop. He was so little he fit thru the openings. He’d run to the first person that he saw so it was easy to catch him. The pet shop nicknamed him spud, because he was no bigger than a baked potato. He had a way of looking at you out of the corner of his eye as if to say I know I have you right where I want you and there is nothing you can do about it. He was such a lovable dog.
He was more human than dog. It took my wife all of 5 minutes to teach him to sit, shake, lay, rollover, and speak. Oscar was so very, very smart. He learned on his own to go to the door and bark when he needed to go out and do his business. He also learned on his own to tap me on my foot when he wanted my attention. He was such an integrated part of our daily routine, my wife and I. We miss him so very much now. We’ve left his bowl and bed where they are. We/I just don’t have the heart to remove anything. He was laid to rest on May 9, 2014. He lived for 14 and a half years in our lives but will live forever in our hearts… we love you and miss you Oscar.
So far, my dog Max has lived forever. A sort of new friend, a transient friend, gave him to us, so I never saw him small, as a new being on the earth. He just was. And now he just is. He is 13 years old.
Last night I took Max to my favorite vet. It was a hour long drive but worth it. She praises Max. She beams. I think she beams even when no one is in her office. Nevertheless, we got to see her beaming light as she examined our dog.
Neither my husband nor I had had a dog before Max. He is our first, and who knows, maybe our last. So all of this doggie stuff is new and we are trying really hard to be good “parents” to Max. At first I wondered how often Max needed to go out to pee and poop. We worked hard to make a nice bed for him. Now, after years and years of adaptations, we have a sort of doghouse in our bedroom that he seems to like pretty well. He likes things cozy or at least I think he likes to be cozy. I wrap a lap blanket around him when I see him sleeping on my bed during the day and the window is open. I think he is cold. He might be perfectly happy. But I love to show him how much I love him by the care I give him. You know, if Max does not happen to live forever, I know he will live forever in my heart.
Tribute to Katie Conley, 8/2/2000 – 5/9/2014
You were such a great girl, and Mommy & Taffy & Buster are going to miss you so much. The day I saw you when you were just a little puppy, and you took a hold of my pant leg, I knew it was a love to last forever. Even after we got home, and you and Taffy became my demolition crew, I knew we’d have lots of fun.
–Oh the memories I have.–
You were Mommy’s little princess! You never left my side. The day you met me at the door with your “Little Buddy” in your mouth, when you were to be in your cage, was priceless!
Katie, I love you so much and my heart is broken – but some day I will see you again. You will be in my heart forever.
Love you, Mom, Taffy, and Buster too
Not only did we lose our beloved pet today, we lost a best friend, a true companion, and a family member that meant the world to us. We created a bond so strong with our Bailey in his 15 years of life in this world that his passing has left us with an emptiness unlike anything we have felt before. We are saddened and devastated, but feel some comfort knowing that he is no longer suffering or in pain. We appreciate Peaceful Pet Passage’s care for Bailey to pass peacefully in his own environment. It meant a lot to us for him to be stress free during this most difficult situation. Your staff couldn’t be more accommodating to our needs and were so helpful during the process. And for that we say thank you. Bailey will always be remembered and his time spent with us will be cherished until the day we die. We love you Bailey.
Sammy came to live with us when he was about 1 year old– we adopted him from a family who were going to take him to the SPCA. About 1 year later, Cosmo (Old English sheepdog) was available for adoption thru the SPCA. We left the decision up to Sammy whether Cosmo was right for our family. As you can see they became very close brothers and Cosmo misses him terrible (so do Mom/Dad).
Thanks to Peaceful Pet Passage for the compassion and assistance allowing Sammy to die with dignity.
Submitted by Sammy’s parents-Shari and Mark Innerst
Precious was a very special girl. We went to the Humane Society to find a
new friend after a two year hiatis. My husband walked up to Precious’ cage
and her paw came flying out trying to touch him. He ignored her but she
kept on mewowing and swating at him. He asked the girl to let him hold
her. That’s all it took. We fell in love with her and I could not believe
how precious she was so that is what we named her right on the spot. We
spoiled her rotten and every evening at dinner she had her own chair and
would sit and wait to be served. She loved the tuna salad by Subway and
She will always be in our hearts.
Our Mac. What a wonderful boy he was. We had almost 13 years with him. He was the best dog we ever had. Everyone that met him loved him! Our hearts are broken. Miss him so much. We wish we had one more hug and kiss! He is certainly up in heaven, running, catching his ball, and out of pain! For that we are so grateful. Peaceful Pet Passage was so compassionate, so caring, so kind. It was so humane, our baby passed in our arms! And they feel so empty now. We only hope time will mend our broken hearts and we can love another wonderful dog in the future.
It was with some trepidation that we engaged your services when it became very clear that Hans, our wonderful, loyal and loving blue Doberman, could no longer continue enduring the ravishes of wobblers syndrome and a large aggressive lung tumor. We discussed in-house euthanasia with our veterinarian and asked the question: “What do you know about this service?”. The answer was “Nothing bad”. As Hans was never a fan of automobile travel, we thought that he should not have to endure an upsetting vehicle ride in his final hours and called Peaceful Pet Passage and spoke with John. John clearly understood our concerns and walked us through what would transpire and the costs involved. We wanted the euthanasia to take place that day and even though the schedule was full, he arranged for Dr. Carney to perform the procedure late that same afternoon. She was terrific. She was thorough, carefully explained what the steps of the procedure would be and was very empathetic. Hans gave her a Dobie kiss and passed peacefully at home, in his own bed and with his family. Hans is our third Dobie and wish we would have been aware of this service for Schultz and Rommel. We would enthusiastically recommend your services.
Adele and Ned Case
Here is a picture of my sweet Ella, who passed away this morning surrounded by her family, outside in her yard with the sun shining on her. Thank you for helping to make such a devastating time peaceful and loving for my baby.
We used to run for miles together on front street, and just when I thought he was tired, he would make me play fetch for hours. He had endless energy and endless personality. He didn’t need toys because rocks and sticks would do just fine. But there was one toy that he loved- his frog. It had to be the frog from petsmart. I tried to buy him a different one when we were away and he wouldn’t play with it. He knew the difference.
This picture was in our back area where he would play with rocks. You can see it in his mouth. He would drop it right on your foot or in your lap. And when you threw it into the big pile of rocks that was already there, he would find the exact one he had in his mouth every time. He loved people and guilt tripped them into playing with him. He just kept pushing his toy or rock towards you until you had no choice but to throw it. Over and over and over.
He loved begging for food or standing under our other (bigger) dog while he ate just in case a morsel of food would drop from his lips and fall down to him. Once he stole my brothers christmas candy and unwrapped each piece individually to get to the good stuff (don’t worry- we caught him early in this process).
He loved to sleep on his back with his feet in the air or with his little head on my leg. Each morning he would wake before me and steal my socks from the floor and take them downstairs. He never chewed holes in them. He just stole them.
He was well loved by my family, friends, and especially me, and will be greatly missed. He brought so much joy and laughter to all of our lives.
We have such wonderful memories of you and they will stay with us forever. Thankfully we have video recordings that remind us of how you could run like crazy and have a great time playing with our other dogs, something that you couldn’t do for a long time your twilight years. Run now Sophie! We love you!
The Dubuisson Family
Heinz was an extremely intelligent and fast learner from the time I brought her home until the very end. She brought my family and me so many wonderful memories over her 13 1/2 years she spent with us. She was my shadow and always willing to please. She enjoyed retrieving most of all, always carrying a toy in case you wanted to throw it for her. Heinz loved to swim and again retrieve sticks, balls or whatever you threw into the water and would immediately swim back out anticipating another toss. Her second passion was being in the woods or field to root around for new smells and most of all to find a new stick to bring back and chew on. Sometimes she would grab a small tree with a low branch and try to uproot it to carry off. All of my neighbors were always impressed at how I managed to keep her in the yard with no leash or electric fence.
Heinz always greeted me at the door with a wagging tail and was my best friend and companion……I miss her dearly. Gary
It was love at first sight when we met Misty at the kennel, and brought her and her daughter home to live with us. She was a patient, obedient and sweet dog and a perfect mother to all her pups. Misty was much loved and gave that and much more to our family and friends. Since she was a calm, loving girl, she was perfect for the job as a therapy dog, visiting nursing home patients and brightening their days. On March 12, 2014, at the age of 15, sickness and age had taken their toll. Peaceful Pet Passage helped Misty to pass and also performed the cremation. We are thankful to Rob, John, Dr. Hill and Tom of Peaceful Pet Passage for providing their services in such a dignified and caring manner. Misty deserved nothing less.
We were blessed to have had you, Misty, as a beloved family member for 9 years. You will be in our hearts forever.
Barb and Craig Graver
Dr. Hill, Tom, and John,
Thank you for your respect and kindness, as well as coming to our home for Valentine “Val” Pass. We rescued and adopted him eight months ago at age 14 and he was a dearly loved friend. He fit right in with us, and after some rehab, he was able to fully enjoy the time he had left. He hopped around the yard and was spoiled with treats. We owe our sweet Val many special memories. We are both utterly crushed by this loss and are trying to come to terms with not having him anymore.
If we had the chance to rescue him again, we would.
Val, you are greatly missed. We love you with all our heart.
Emily and Karl Pass
A little more of the Rocky we knew, loved and miss. He had this habit while a puppy of running full tilt towards you then all of a sudden twisting his body till his backside slammed into you. Cute when he was little, when he did it at 80 lbs, maybe not so much!!
He loved people- all people. From sales peeps, to the UPS guy, to the meter reader to Jenni-Benni and Jessi-Bessi (Jennifer and Jessica to us humans). He would do happy feet- prancing in place and so excited because after all, people were coming to see HIM, not us – him. And then when you got in the door- he would literally run circles around you and pin you up against the wall or the door in sheer happiness. Talk about a welcome- he had that nailed down perfectly.
Every night when Bob pulled into the garage, he would race out and around my car and go to Bob’s side of the car and welcome him home. Tail wags, happy feet and then off the lawn to roll around.
Rocky loved to play- be it sticks, tennis balls, chew toys, sheets when he was a pup and ripped them into perfectly length and even strips; he loved his food except at the end; his Greenies and just about anything he put into his mouth.
He especially loved to have his teeth flossed and for me to pretend I was doing (filing) his nails. Oh my- if I stopped too soon, the paw came down and slapped my hand. Later on, within the last two years, he got vocal and would bark at me. So I talked back to him, in barkspeak, and we “conversed”. It really was funny.
When we walked him and got to within 2 houses of our house, we took him off-leash and he literally tore down the sidewalk to get into the house to eat – such a food oriented dog, one wondered if he was a true Festa, lol.
And sometimes as he got closer to our house, he would throw himself down, roll onto his back and wiggle like a wiggle worm , enjoying the dirt, leaves, and whatever else was on the ground.
He loved the vet, the groomer, riding in the car, and empty paper towel holders; those were a prize for sure and he would parade around the house with it, gently carrying it like a trophy. I swapped it for a treat for him because he would shred the tube.
So many memories, so much love, so much intelligence when he chose to display it- so much that made Rocky a great dog, companion and family member. We loved him and we know he loved us back. We just wanted a bit more time to show that but it was not to be.
I hope you all can get the feel of him through this- as I write it, with tears of course but chuckles, too as the antics of this gentle, sweet dog will be forever remembered.
Know that we love you Rocky-bocky, bud, boo-boo- all the names that we called you. But the best ones are beloved pet and family member.
Mom and Dad Troy
Chip was 14 years old and a beautiful, loving Golden Retriever that came into our lives in December of 2003. He loved to swim and would swim all day if you let him. His passing has left a huge hole in our hearts, but the fondest of memories. We love you, Chippy!
On 3/15/14 we lost a very important member of our family but are thankful to have had her pass so peacefully in our home, in our arms. Thank you Dr. Elizabeth Carney for your support. We will always miss and remember our beloved princess. Our little girl would have been 14 years old in a month. She had a wonderful fulfilling life. May you rest in peace now April Sue.
Love, The Nace Family
There will never be another Abby (2/24/1998 – 3/11/2014) but she sure had a good 16 years. I certainly have a lot of nice memories also. Unfortunately the memories are making me pretty sad right now. You went out in a blaze of glory though didn’t you Abby? Making the 365 Cats desk calendar for 2014 (9/3/2014).
When she would get grumpy with other people sometimes I would say, “She loves me so much she just doesn’t have much of anything left for anyone else” and I think that was pretty close to the truth.
Thank you so much for coming to our house for Eve. We had her for 9 great years and she made us very happy. Next time we won’t wait so long to do what we know we need to do. On Friday we are adopting 2 sisters from the humane society and we can’t wait for Thunder and Lightning to join our home!
Margaret, Oren and Mary Eckrote
Forever our “Christmas” Eve!
This is my beloved Delilah — only gone two days but already missed a lifetime.
A kind, noble and gentle soul. A much better “person” than I. She never failed to give me a “smile” upon my return from work– no matter how bad a day I had– she made me understand what was truly important– unconditional love.
I will miss waking up in the middle of the night and have her roll over to have her belly rubbed– and if I took too long to get to it– giving me an amiable “growl” to encourage me. Delilah I WILL remember…..
Flirt & Gershwin Bugosh
Flirt and Gershwin were adopted from the Seeing Eye after being rejected as guide dogs. They were very smart and active. Their favorite obsession was catching the frisbee, no matter the weather. We couldn’t say the “f” word in the house or they would insist we go out immediately to play frisbee.
Thank you for your compassionate help at this most difficult time.
Val and John Bugosh
Thor loved everyone, especially our grandchildren. He was such a great dog, never chewed up anything or made messes anywhere in the house. He loved to drag my husband’s clothes out of the laundry basket and he would just lay with them on the couch. He will be greatly missed!!!!!!!!!!
Rockie passed from this life peacefully, at home, on Wednesday February 26th, 2014 at approximately 1:25 PM with those who loved her most at her side. She was 14 years old.
Rockie is deeply loved and cherished by her owner, Earl Gallagher of Elizabethtown PA.
As a puppy, Rockie was cute, clever and independent. As her siblings played with each other, she would pick up each toy, one at a time, and hide it from the others.
In her youth, Rockie was playful and full of life, strong willed and sassy. Her child-like energy and striking beauty always brightened the spirits of her owner and many of those who knew her. She was outgoing and friendly to all who crossed her path. Her favorite activities were sniffing and exploring outdoors, pulling on her leash during walks, and trying to get tasty treats out of her Kong toy.
In her final years, amidst her slowly declining health and vitality, Rockie was a sweet, gentle, and faithful companion. She mostly enjoyed sleeping, eating, and receiving the loving pets and attention from those closest to her.
Rockie leaves behind an owner who will deeply miss her daily presence.
Tyler was one of the extra special ones. He was not just a dog. He was a faithful and constant companion. He was by my side for over 9 years. He loved to ride in the car, walk in the woods, spend time at the farm and go down to the creek. He was all “boy”. He brought me many “gifts” into the house thru the doggie door… a baby opossum, a box turtle, a flying squirrel, a blue jay and numerous frogs and moles. I swear he was smiling when he laid them at my feet. My world was so much brighter with Tyler in it. I miss him dearly.
We rescued Eppie, a beautiful and active smooth collie mix, from a no-kill collie shelter. During the adoption process we found out that she had once been sold at a flea market!!!
Due to her unsettled background she found it very hard to share any of her toys and was very aggressive at feeding time. However, she did love to play ball, and was otherwise very friendly and outgoing.
With a lot of love, an occasional ‘firm hand’, and with the help of her other two canine companions, Eppie truly began to shine over the years. She really did begin to show herself as the proverbial ‘diamond in the rough’ as she grew into maturity and wrapped herself around our hearts with love.
In May of 2010 we lost the first of our three beloved dogs name JB. He was a Daschund-beagle mix who always kept Eppie in line!!!
Eppie was visibly saddened by his passing; however, she drew closer to Noah, our Collie-Shepherd mix, and to us as a result – and we all pressed onward.
Then, just one year later in May of 2011 we lost our dear sweet Noah and Eppie was now alone with us.
Again, she was visibly saddened by this loss; however, this caused her to draw even closer to us. In fact, as the only pet in our home, she became insufferably spoiled – and she really started to show affection toward us like never before!!!
Through, the next few years she became her ‘Daddy’s’ close companion after he became disabled and was no longer able to work. She also fell into the routine of getting excited every evening when it was time for ‘Mommy’ to come home from work. She especially loved it when ‘Mommy’ came home with a bag to see if it contained any ‘goodies’ for her!
Sadly, as with our other beloved doggies, Eppie was finally overcome with old age and a myriad of compounding ailments that were beginning to make life very difficult for her. So, once again, we had to make that ‘difficult’ and painful decision.
In spite of the pain and emptiness that we feel now that our beloved Eppie is no longer with us, we would not have traded a moment with her for anything – and the lessons she has taught us about love and patience will be well-remembered when we decide to welcome the next canine member of our family into our home.
We Fought a Long and Hard Battle Together until You Could No Longer Fight.
I Miss You So Much!!!!
Found dumped on the interstate median in TN more than 14 years ago, Penny has been a fun and loving companion. I will miss you so much as will your furry brothers and sisters. RIP, baby girl until I get to the rainbow bridge to meet you!!!
Domino Sug Niebuhr
My husband and I lost our beloved Domino on January 22, 2014. Domino adopted me in 2001 after I graduated high school and got my own place and had with me ever since. She was only 7 weeks old when we met. Domino had a lot of character and personality! She was with me all the time and slept with me every night. We miss and love you so much, Domino Sug. You will be in our hearts forever.
Our dog J.D. went to be with the angels this past weekend. He was a dog with such personality. This picture was from an egg hunt we had. He gathered eggs too and we couldn’t get them back. He also loved his baby. It was a bear and the big blue house bear from our yard sale. He stole it and it became his. He tore the eyes and nose off. Tore all the stuffing out and it eventually was just a piece of fur. We love you J.D. And you’ll always hold a special place in our hearts.
Nan and Steve Heidlebaugh
Cody came to us in July 2002 as a rescue puppy small enough to hold in one hand. He grew up in our feed store in Strinestown and loved the neighborhood kids. He would go out to the loading dock every day before the school bus would arrive and wait for the kids to be dropped off. He was our first pit and truly a wonderful dog. He earned his Canine Good Citizenship award to appease the insurance company in an exemplary manner. He loved to go to the river and swim, no mater what month of the year. He was a patient and understanding brother to Roxy and Izzy. He loved living the farm life, but would tolerate a leash when absolutely necessary. He loved to eat, it was his true passion in life. Such a devoted and loving friend cannot help but to live on in spirit. Rest in peace big guy. 7/2002 – 1/15/2014.
Rescued 12/22/2000 from the SPCA. Great dog and best friend!
RIP to my baby boy, Dallas. 10/3/03-1/24/14. I had him from beginning to end. He had a great personality and made us laugh every day. He is greatly missed by everyone.
Rest in Peace little Abi ~ April 3, 1993 – January 17, 2014. Her presence and playfulness will always be treasured. We adopted her at 8 weeks old. Every day that followed was filled with love, entertainment and a little attitude! Words can not express how much we miss her. We know she’s running & playing with all the others over Rainbow Bridge. And one day (in a heart beat) we will embrace again. Thank you Dr. Carney and Peaceful Pet Passage (John) for treating her with such respect and dignity. Paw prints forever!
Paula & Deb
I said so long to another great companion today and it never gets any easier. Legend was a very special friend to me and missed her dear companion Bailey so she went to join her today. I adopted Legend as a very energetic 1 year old and I am so glad I found her. We had a lot of great years but this past 9 months has been difficult. She battled with Cushing’s disease and laryngeal paralysis but her fight ended today. It was so hard to let her go but now she can join Bailey so they can run and play with no pain. I will miss her very much.
Dolly was a pound puppy when we first met her. She had been at the Humane Society for two months and was labeled a puppy that “no one wanted”. They could not have been more wrong. It was love at first sight when my husband and Dolly met. Although she had been reluctant to allow other potential adopters pet her, she responded immediately to my husband. We knew then that we were meant to be her “forever” family. Upon bringing her home, we were amazed at how gentle and well-behaved she was. However, that was short-lived. Poor Miss Dolly had severe anxiety issues and, we suspect, is the reason she was surrendered by her previous owner at the young age of two. After numerous visits and calls to the vet, we were able to work through the problems and never looked back. Dolly was an angel and we loved her dearly. We had many long walks and happy times. The highlight of our day was coming home and seeing her waiting at the window. There was no better greeting than that! She was also a very smart dog and trained us well. She loved her treats and knew exactly where they were stored and how to con us into giving them on demand.
As you can see from her photo, she was a beauty. People would often stop us on our walks just to comment on how beautiful she was! Everyone who met our Dolly, loved her and we were blessed to have enjoyed her company for 16 years! Although that seems like a long time, it is never long enough. On January 6, 2014, our baby was called to heaven. Although we miss her, we can take some comfort in knowing that our angel will be waiting at the rainbow bridge and we will someday be reunited.
Died 1-4-14, just shy of 20 years old…thank you to Dr. Elizabeth Carney for a truly “peaceful passage.”
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” – Kahlil Gibran
Love you Luce
In Loving Memory of Molly
6/2000 – 10/2013
You were six months old when you entered my life. Born June/2000, your owners had grown tired of the responsibility of dog ownership & were about to put you into a shelter when I offered to be your forever Mommy. I was 24 years old & had no idea what I was doing but we both learned quickly. You were potty trained in a month…could sit & stay too. What a smart girl you turned out to be! I miss our routine so very much. I miss our long morning walks and you following me around the kitchen just waiting for me to drop something so you can devour it. You were such a foodie! I miss how you would come into the bathroom every night when I brushed my teeth because you wanted yours brushed too and you “digging your way to China” through your bed. I miss yelling at you for sneezing & using the couch as your personal tissue which was such a common occurrence…I swear you were testing my patience. I miss giving you a bath & combing your beautiful hair. I miss playing fetch and your deep bark echoing from excitement. It was so strong for such a lady. What I miss most of all is my cuddle buddy. You were always with Mommy hanging out on the couch as I read, watched TV or napped. Through the years you’ve comforted my heartache & loneliness; shared in my laughter & cheer. You were my very best friend. A few years ago you welcomed my husband with an open heart. Thank you for accepting & loving him. It means so much to me that you approved of him & that he got to know and love you too.
When you grew ill last spring your sweet spirit put up with lots of visits to the vet. You also had to endure Mommy’s homemade low protein meals (yuk!) & treats (double yuk!) to help your kidney disease. You developed cushing’s & skin infections too. Plus that darn arthritis you’ve endured for years just kept getting worse despite all the medicines I gave you. With a heavy heart Mommy knew she had to end your suffering. Mommy & Daddy were there when you crossed over to a place where no pain can ever touch you again. I love you sweet girl & will always miss you terribly. Thank you for the priceless 13 years of unconditional love & companionship. I will never forget you. May God watch over you until we’re together again.
Today my friend Harley “B Danger” King joined his brothers at the Rainbow Bridge.. We got Harley at 8 weeks old…when we went to pick him out my husband said,”If I am going to have a minature pincher he is going to be the biggest one they got.” Well that he was..he had an attitude and that’s what made him danger…he Loved to bath in the sun and most time had a better tan than me…he was the last of our 4 boys and we will miss him greatly! RIP Harley..Mommy Daddy and Tim Love you…It was a great ride and we will see each other again.. 2/8/97-11/25/13
Luna was Feline Leukemia Positive. When we first rescued her at 4 months of age, we did not know that. We kept her separated from the other cats for two years. At one point, we researched a place where we could have left her, but after seeing what it was like, I almost cried, and thanked God that I did not leave her there. After two years, we changed vets and found out we could get the other cats vaccinated, which we did, so for the next 2 ½ years, she was not separated and everyone did very well. She was “my cat”. I would simply lean toward her and she would climb up on my shoulder, hanging over my back. She would then lick the back of my neck. Luna taught us that we need to enjoy each and every day that is given us. I was devastated when it was confirmed she was Feline Leukemia Positive, however I had to remind myself that she did not know she was “sick”. She enjoyed every minute of every day that was given her. I’m so glad I was able to be with her and help her to be escorted back into God’s hands.
I found Misty, along with her mom and two of her siblings, in the basement of a former employer of mine. I always called her my “biker kitty”. She carried herself such that I could envision her in a leather jacket riding a Harley. She would always find a way of snuggling up with her mom and brother, then after her mom passed away, she snuggled up with her brother. Then when he passed away, she found one of our other cats to snuggle with. If a cat wasn’t available, she’s snuggle with one of our dogs. She eventually became arthritic, deaf and blind in one eye. Two days before we called Peaceful Pet Passage, she was eating turkey like it was going out of style. The next day, she was having trouble walking. I always told her that I would let it up to her as to when she was ready, and she did. Peaceful Pet Passage helped to escort her over the Rainbow Bridge and I will be ever so thankful for their caring and compassion that day.
“In memory of Hashi 11/4/01-11/12/13. So sadly missed by her mom… She was my faithful, devoted, loving companion for 9 years. It was just the 2 of us and she was always by my side. Her health had been declining for some time now and I finally had to make the decision to say goodbye. I got to lay down beside her and hold her in my arms as she quietly and peacefully passed. Thank you so much Dr. Elizabeth Carney and to Tom also. You both were so respectful and gentle with her. And you allowed me all the time I needed to say goodbye.
Until we meet again, Hashi…”
We said a peaceful good bye to Gretchen after her battle with bone cancer, which is all we could ask for such a wonderful little girl. She was curious, brave, funny, adorable, loving, and strong. Gretchen was at Animal Rescue, Inc. and needed a foster family. She was our ‘forever foster’. She fit in so well with our other two dogs. She brought such a special, bright and fun energy to our home. Gretchen was part of our family for only 13 months, but she will be part of our hearts forever. We love her and miss her very much.
Good Bye Gretchen 1999-2013
Mike Glusco and Julie Fritz
Pistol “Pete” Dittman
That fateful day when our paths crossed: I was traveling to Venango County C.U.P. campus for class. I was early so I decided to stop in the Venango County Humane Society to pass some time. I had no idea that quick decision to “pass some time” would change my life for the next 20 years. You were lying there on a light pink toilet lid cover staring at me through the bars of the cage. You looked so alone and the spirit behind your eyes drew me to you. I inquired about your story: Your mother and your siblings were brought in to the Humane Society. Everyone else was adopted but you remained because of your deformity (being a polydactyl cat). I found you absolutely adorable and was so drawn to you. VOW TO MYSELF: If you were NOT adopted by your D-Day (euthanized date) I would adopt you. I made that promise both to myself and to you. For almost two weeks every day I stopped and everyday you were still there. On your D-Day I adopted you. You paced, wide eyed to your new adventure & surroundings, between the front seat with me and in the back seat window on the drive home; I remember watching you through the rear view mirror. And so our 20 year journey together started …
I REMEMBER: How you used to say “Mama” when you were sick. Your quiet purring, and occasional sneezing, beside me in bed late at night. The way stroking your fur almost always gave me a sense of peace and calm. The way you’d playfully paw at the surface of the water while I was taking a bath, almost falling in a few times. I gave you the name Pistol that eventually evolved into Pistol Pete due to your obnoxious, mischievous personality as you were growing up. In order to get my attention or rebel against something you disagreed with (such as me not allowing you to go outside) you would look me square in the eye and playfully knock things off of counters, the stove, shelves to get your point across. I swear you were smiling! This drove me CRAZY but I also found it so amusing and endearing at the same time. No one could stay angry with you! You welcomed almost everyone into our home. And the ones you did not I valued and took your cue on. The playful way you chased my feet and shoe strings when I was trying to work out. You were not so keen to play with other cats or many toys. But you always liked to play with me. And the time I accidentally stepped on one of your paws and broke open the glue stitch from your medically necessary front paw de-clawing surgery. That scar remained with you. In 1993, our 1st home, the beginning of Winter the heat not yet on, while I tried to put furniture together freezing, in gloves, fingers numb – you were there. The time Bernard (AKA kitten killer) attacked you and you got a HUGE hematoma right above your eyes. Besides my hysterical call to the vet, Bernard got 2 weeks solitary confinement and you got extra loves and cuddles. Bernard NEVER touched you again. The way you made a vertical jump to your favorite octagon window in our hallway; it always amazed me that you could do it. You getting “stuck” in our guest bathroom sink because you didn’t realize you were not a kitten anymore and outgrew the sink. In 2008 the time we almost lost you to a tumor that was causing hyperthyroidism. You had an almost fatal reaction to the medication so our only option was radiation therapy. I was overjoyed that it worked but not without consequence: the loss of your voice. Your round-the-clock vigilance watching our newborn sons when we brought them home from the hospital. At our previous property a chain-link fence and pet door were installed for our four-legged family members to enjoy the outside. I expressed my fears and desire that you PLEASE stay in the safety of the fence. All the other cats would scale the fence but not you. You easily could but never did it. You understood, knew it was best to enjoy the outdoors from the safety of the fence. There are just so many memories…..
You were notorious for your allergies and repetitive sneezing that would spray anyone in close proximity (usually me) and, as you got older, your St. Bernard-like eating. As I had to “deal” with these things I would usually say “Oh Pistol! You’re such a messy eater. That’s disgusting.” But now I would give anything to be able to “deal” with these things again.
Others may dare to say “it was just a cat” (and I DARE them to say that in front of me). But you were NEVER just a cat, period. You were a part of my family, my friend, my confidant………a part of me. You were always there for me as a friend, even in times when I did not reciprocate the same in return. You were there for me in so MANY of Life’s Events: THREE moves, a divorce, a remarriage, the death of all your other adopted “brothers” and “sisters”, illnesses, surgery recoveries, death of my father, the birth of my sons. You were ALWAYS there. Sometimes there is just no comprehending the magnitude or impact of someone’s presence until they are gone. I took it/you for granted. It is as if someone has ripped out an essence of who I am; there is an emptiness that remains without your presence here on this Earth. Now you are gone.
You have been a permanent fixture in my life for 20 years. You have been a permanent part of my life longer than I’ve been married. We lost Ginger, Bernard, Poochie; you still remained. We lost Fuzzy, Gimp: you still remained. We lost so many others; you still remained. There was ALWAYS You and Me. And now you are gone. My heart is shattered. You will NO LONGER be here to experience any of Life’s Events with me: Milestone birthdays, the boys growing up, holidays, home improvement projects, nothing. NEVER being able to just cuddle up against you, reach out and put my arm around you, confiding in you, or stroking your fur in bed. ALL these things sadden me the MOST. Picking up the pieces and moving on in my life without you is going to be SO HARD. You were always here for me.
I do not know which religious/spiritual plane you are a part of; this is not for me to say or to judge. But if you are in Heaven I hope to one day see you again. If you are part of reincarnation please find your way back to me. Yes, there have been many adoptions/rescues in my life but only ONE Pistol. What is the difference? The difference is not only did I adopt/rescue him but Pistol adopted and rescued me! Now I am lost. If I had the resources to clone you, I would without hesitation. I will love you ALWAYS and NEVER forget you. There is ALWAYS that WISH of more time. It is SUCH A CRUELTY and GREAT SIN that our four-legged family members cannot have the same life span as us. I PROMISED to stay by your side and NEVER leave you until the very end; I was there for you, with you until your last breath. Good bye my dear Piddley-Poo. Mommie loves you forever! Off you go…
Daisy Mae Shumacher
Daisy Mae was the first dog I have ever had the pleasure of sharing my life with. She had the most beautiful brown eyes. Just looking into them, you could tell quite a lot about her. She was beautiful and she knew it! She used those beautiful eyes to get pretty much anything she wanted from us. When she passed away, we had her song playing in the background, “Brown-Eyed Girl”. She was also very intelligent. Just looking at her you could tell that she understood so much and she knew what many words meant. She was a very dainty thing and acted like a diva. When she would start putting on some weight she would put herself on a strict diet and would only eat a portion of what was given to her for meals and would cut out snacks all together. She knew who she was and what she wanted to be. Daisy Mae was our little princess. She knew it…we knew it and we all loved her for it! She LOVED spending time outside sunning herself on the deck and lying in the grass. She would spend all day outside during the warm months. She also loved chasing a laser beam around the house.
Cozmo joined our family in May of 1997 when he was only about 6 months old. He was found at the York County SPCA. When we first brought him home, he was a rascally little ball of fur. He batted at and broke a clock with a swinging pendulum, he scratched curtains, and made all kinds of mischief. He followed us faithfully to North Carolina and then back to Pennsylvania. He even welcomed our children as they joined the family. Our children, now ages 8 and 10 do not know life without him, and truly we can hardly remember life before Cozmo either. He has been a part of our entire married life. On November 6, 2013, we said goodbye to our sweet, old boy. He was 17 years old. He is missed by each and every member of our family. We still walk around the house and expect to see Him lying in one of his favorite spots, sleeping. We miss hearing the jingle of Cozmo’s collar as he moved through the house. We miss his begging for us to follow him to the bathroom so that he could get a drink of water from the sink. Even now, scooping his litter box seems less of a chore than it always was, and any one of us would be happy for the job if it meant he could still be with us. He was the softest, most handsome cat we have ever known. It is amazing how such a small little blessing can fill a house so completely and help so much to make it feel more like a home. We love you Cozmo. Rest in peace old friend.
Chris, Rachel, Ryan, and Zachary Shanko
Scooby is a red healer, unique I know, we didn’t know what breed he was for the longest time until our family vet did some research and provided this information to us recently. He is 12 years old this year, an older “distinguished” man!
Scooby was special in the sense that he was unlike any other pet I have personally owned or been around with family and friends. Granted when Scooby was young, he and I didn’t always get along – he was pretty rambunxious. Our story is a little different in the sense that during the divorce my ex-husband kept Scooby, and for nearly 8 years until he asked if we wanted to take him back to Huntsville with us, and of course my son’s and I anxiously accepted. Mind you, Scooby was adopted by our son when he was 1 (or was it my son was adopted by Scooby)….. either way it worked out well for everyone. Scooby has been a blessing to everyone that he came into contact with. Scooby was there for our family through weddings, divorces, holidays, birthdays, births, deaths, graduations, summers, winters through good times & bad. Scooby’s most unique and memorable act was with his ability to “hug” the people he loved (seriously, his way of hugging was to fold his head down and press into you) it was adorable. Scooby was blessed and blessed others daily, he was loyal, loving, playful (to the end even with cancer), he was kind and gentle, he was what everyone thinks of when they think of a loyal pet – he was and will always be a part of our family and I know that he is looking down on us from heaven and “smiling” as a young and healthy Scooby and blessing many many more lives!
Andrea A. Reimel
Mack was a perfect name for our dog – he was as tough as a Mack truck. He
was a loyal friend to me and Brad for 7 years. Within an hour of being brought
to us from Linda at Helen Krause Animal Foundation, it was as if he had been
with us since he was a pup (but much better house trained). We raise our martini
glasses to you Mr. Mack!
Brad and Lee Ann Hollinger
Sadie Mae Prediger
Sadie’s quiet demeanor always brought a calm to our increasingly chaotic house. Sadie was the most sensitive weimaraner I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She loved to bury her head between our legs and soak up as many scratches as we could deliver. A long stare meant she needed to go outside and a rare quiet bark meant she had been waiting too long to come back in. She loved ice cubes and carrots, she would wake from a deep sleep and come running when she heard the fridge open. As she got older, she spent hours basking in the sun and looking out of the windows to keep us safe from the bunnies and squirrels in the yard.
Sadie was diagnosed with kidney disease 5 weeks ago and declined rapidly. It was apparent we were going to lose our Sadie Mae, and I had to make the heartbreaking decision to say our final goodbyes. We gathered in our living room, as a family, and Dr. Carney made Sadie’s trip to the Rainbow Bridge calm and peaceful for all of us.
We miss you sweet girl! Gia Prediger
She is my Baby Girl – came into my life when I needed her to fill a void – the “Empty Nest Syndrome”. Both my children were on their own or in college. From the first lick on my cheek, we were bonded.
Jenny – you had more personality than any pet I have ever owned. I was convinced you were going to talk some day. You made us laugh in everything you did, were the most loving girl and loved to snuggle up against me at night. When Misty (our 15 year old schnauzer) was sick, you slowly walked up to her and gave her your little stuffed bunny. You loved kids and every other dog was your friend.
When I was sick and going through chemo – you were there. You stayed with me and somehow knew when I was about ready to break-down – somehow making me laugh, You kept me going.
Two years ago,at age 4, SARD’s took your sight. Your personality went with it but not your love. You couldn’t run and play anymore, but we worked together and adjusted. You still loved to be on the boat, loved to snuggle and still played with your favorite toys.
Diabetes and all its complications came last year. You still did well until the two months before your passing –glaucoma, eye surgeries, and then respiratory failure took you from us on September 19, 2013.
My heart has been ripped out and I have a void greater than I have ever experienced. I knew our bond was strong but without you I am lost. Coming home from work and not having you on the chair waiting for me hurts so bad. I reach for you when I roll over in bed – but you aren’t there. I tell myself you are there, In Spirit and Love. That’s the only way I can get through this. You loved us unconditionally, even when you weren’t feeling well.
I miss you Jenny with all my heart and soul. I know you can see again and are running and playing with all your friends in heaven. We will meet again some day and our reunion will be joyous. Until then, I will carry you in my soul and will miss you every day. We Love You Baby Girl!
Diane & Ron Machamer
Bandit was a faithful, loving, affectionate, smart friend to us. We will miss
him dearly. He taught us how to be patient when things don’t seem to be going
our way. Bandit was a one of a kind Sheltie that we called pup even though he
was almost 14. Rest In Peace our child, we love you and will miss you very much.
Terri L. Kreiser
Besides missing you so very much, I want everyone to know about one of our last special moments. Two nights before you went on ahead, and multiple days since you had eaten, I sat beside your bed and asked if you wanted to share a fortune cookie before we went to sleep…you always wanted my fortune cookies. I was certain your body had no use for food anymore, but I wanted to offer you just one more thing that you loved. I broke the cookie in two and without hesitation you took your half and I took mine….we ate our little token of togetherness and then I read the fortune. The greatest achievement is selflessness. Braveheart, thanks for your entire life of selflessness and our life together…I love you.
Kim and Tom Goodlavage
We had 15 1/2 wonderful years with our faithful friend. From the time we
rescued you in South Carolina till the day you passed you were a leaner, always leaning against a leg for an ear rub. Always happy to add a new member to the pack you loved everyone. We have such wonderful memories of all the places we visited together Hunting island, SC, Carmel, CA, Chinook, MT to name a few. Eating a yoghurt will never be the same without you here to lick out the tub when finished. Miss you.
Lynne, Scott and Elizabeth Miller
Killian I will never ever forget you, but you know that. You know we will see each other again. You know it. You are happy with God & all the other animals now. You gave me so much love & joy, you were my child – you knew that baby boy. You were the best little boy ever! I wish I could talk to you some more & hug you some more-I miss you, you were one of a kind. I will never replace you, as you are irreplaceable. I walk thru the house, see all the places where you would lay & it breaks my heart. This is going to take a long long time. I know you don’t want me sad but this is the human part of us. You completed me baby boy. Till we see each other again, play ball & run sweetie!
Huggies & Kissies, Love Mom
Isabelle was an American Cocker Spaniel, age 12, who we sadly said goodbye to on
Aug 16, 2013. Isabelle was a very sweet natured dog, who enjoyed walking to
school with us in the mornings and chasing tennis balls. We loved taking her on
walks around the neighborhood, wading in the creek, and around the lake at
Eagles Mere. She even loved going sledding with us in the winter. She was such a
loyal and loving friend, and we miss her so much
Sadie had the sweetest soul. She was loyal and loving to all. She enjoyed
going for walks in the neighborhood. When she heard her collar jingle off the hook, she jumped and danced so excitedly it was difficult to get it on her. She brought us smiles and consolation throughout her life. She is missed
My Wife and I brought Samson home December 24, 2000. He later became more known as “Best Friend” for which he truly was. A more loyal and loving animal he couldn’t have been. After our first child was born he welcomed his new role as now he felt he had “little people” to look after. For the next 4 years he was never far from his “little people” he loved so much. We will all miss our “Best Friend” very much for he truly was a special gift. He left us with the greatest memories. You
touched so many lives in your life time; ours especially. Thank you Best Friend, for being you.
Seth and Angela Baluch
My Zeusers….where do I start. Zeus was very special to my husband and I. He truly was a member of our family. We were the three amigos. He was a loyal, loving, gentle giant, who filled us with nothing but love and joy. Did I mention he was genius too? When he was a puppy, he had a fascination with those scrunchy things you wear in your hair, he would love to pull them out and we thought it was funny until a neighbor came over to visit and I saw him eyeing hers and I had to divert his attention to something else…..needless to say we had to break him of that. His favorite thing to do was to play hide and seek. Everyday he would patiently wait for me to get home from work and I’d walk through the door and see the excitement in his eyes, he would assume position, and of we’d go (me being the hider and him being the seeker of course). We would run out of hiding places but he didn’t seem to mind. My husband is an early bird and me, well….not so much. Due to the fact that I am not a morning person, my husband was afraid to wake me up for fear of being scolded, he would tell Zeus to go wake mommy up and Zeus would run up the steps, sit beside the bed and tap the side of the bed with his paw until he would see me move and he knew his mission was complete. He’d run back downstairs and eagerly wait for his reward. Although we are devastated and heartbroken over the loss of our beloved family member, we have a lot of special memories that we will carry in our hearts forever. Zeus has taught me a lot about unconditional love, loyalty and compassion. Thanks to Peaceful Pet Passage for making the process as stressful free as can be expected for my husband and I and most importantly Zeus.
In Loving Memory of Zeus Newcomer
7/16/03 – 6/28/13
Let me tell you a love story.We inherited Cole from our dying brother,& what a treasure we received.Cole is half lab & half pitt bull & he had such the personality.He was so loving,gentle,funny, friendly & smart.He went everywhere with us.He loved to go for rides with his dad, because he knew he was going out for runs in the fields & the woods with dad .Everyone that crossed paths with him, loved him.He is a ray of sunshine in our lives.He brought so much happiness & love in our family that will never be forgotten.Life is not the same without him.We love you son.
Dad & Mom
Vienna was my father’s dog.I cared for my father in his last days. Before he passed I told him not to worry; that I would take care of Vienna. Vienna came to me very spoiled and very active. She was 4 years old at the time. I took her to Dauphin Dog Training but we failed the class. She was such a social butterfly. She preferred playing with the dogs around her rather than paying attention to commands and I admit that I was not much of a taskmaster. Over the years there were numerous emergency vet visits- too many to share here because of Vienna’s ability to get into just about anything. Vienna loved everybody & everything-even cats, especailly Annie who lived down the street. She was so loving & so sweet and I miss her very much. But I think my father is very proud that I was able to keep my promise and take such good care of her. She was my love and I know that she is with my father right now and it is where she should be.
April 4, 2013, will be one of the saddest days of my life. It was the day that I lost my Vienna.
Kasey & Hunter Davis
THE KIDS, KASEY AND HUNTER. KEN GOT BOTH DOGS WHEN HE LIVED ON THE FARM WHERE HE GREW UP OUT IN WESTERN PA. THEY WERE ONLY 3 DAYS APART IN AGE WHEN HE BROUGHT THEM HOME TO THE FARM AND THEY WERE THE CUTEST LITTLE 8 WEEK OLD LAB PUPS. IN 2001 KEN AND THE DOGS MOVED TO CENTRAL PA AND WE BECAME A FAMILY.
KASEY LOVED TO CARRY AROUND A PIECE OF A RAILROAD TIE AND THAT THING WAS SO DARN HEAVY. I HAD A HARD TIME THROWING IT FOR HER AND WHEN SHE RETRIEVED IT, IT WAS A BIG GAME FOR HER NOT TO BRING IT BACK TO YOU. SHE LIKED TO KIND OF DANCE AROUND YOU WITH IT LIKE SHE WAS TEASING YOU, THAT LITTLE KASEY GIRL OF OURS. SHE EVEN HELD THAT RAILROAD TIE IN HER MOUTH WHILE SHE WENT TO THE BATHROOM. SHE WAS TOO FUNNY WITH THAT THING. IT WAS “HER LOG”. AFTER AWHILE WE NICKNAMED HER “LOG CHICK”.
HUNTER ON THE OTHER HAND PREFERRED THE TENNIS BALL. WE WOULD THROW THAT TENNIS BALL UNTIL HE WAS TOO TIRED TO RUN ANYMORE. HE WOULD JUST LAY DOWN IN THE YARD FOR A BRIEF REST AND THEN EVENTUALLY HE WOULD BRING IT BACK TO YOU AND HE’D WANT YOU TO THROW IT AGAIN. NO MATTER WHERE YOU WERE OR WHAT YOU WERE DOING OUTSIDE, HE ALWAYS BROUGHT THAT DARN TENNIS BALL OVER AND DROPPED IT RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. IT WAS THE NEVER ENDING TENNIS BALL THROWING THING WITH HIM. HE COULD NEVER GET ENOUGH. HE WAS 125 LBS OF BIG DOG, NOT FAT, ALL MUSCLE. HE WAS OUR BIG HUNTY BOY.
THEY GREW UP TOGETHER AND DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER. WHEN THE TIME CAME FOR THEM TO LEAVE US, WE THOUGHT IT WAS ONLY FITTING TO SEND THEM TO DOGGY HEAVEN TOGETHER BECAUSE ONE WOULD HAVE BEEN HEART BROKEN WITHOUT THE OTHER. HUNTER WAS REALLY HAVING A HARD TIME GETTING AROUND WITH HIS SPINAL CORD DETERIORATION AND KASEY WAS DIAGNOSED WITH PERIODONTAL DISEASE AND CANCER UNDER HER TONGUE. IT WAS THE HARDEST DECISION WE EVER HAD TO MAKE. PEACEFUL PET PASSAGE MADE IT SO MUCH EASIER WITH THEIR “IN HOME SERVICE”. THEY GOT TO GO TO DOGGY HEAVEN TOGETHER FROM THE COMFORT OF THEIR OWN LIVING ROOM. WE LAID ON THE FLOOR WITH THEM UNTIL THEY PASSED AND THAT WAS A VERY VERY SAD DAY IN OUR LIVES. HAVING THEM FOR ALMOST 15 YEARS IMPACTED OUR LIVES TREMENDOUSLY AND WE MISS THEM SO SO MUCH.
R.I.P. KASEY AND HUNTY, YOU WERE LOVED AND SPOILED SO MUCH AND YOU WERE THE BESTEST DOGS EVER.
KASEY 5/31/98 – 1/24/13
HUNTER 5/29/98 – 1/24/13
KEN & MICHELLE DAVIS
I found Schroeder in a little pet shop in 1996. I wasn’t looking for a dog at the time, but almost instantly fell for this little puppy that looked like a bear cub. He came home with me that same day, and we were together for 17 years. In that time, he grew and matured from a little puppy full of boundless energy to eventually an old dog who needed special attention and care. He was with me through many changes in my life. And, he was many things to me: my loyal companion, my dear friend, my badass sidekick, and always my good boy. Schroeder, I love you and miss you.
Bailey simply put was my best friend and will be sadly missed. She was by my side while I was at home every minute. She loved the water, walking in the woods and most of all just taking a lazy nap. She was a very mischeivious puppy chewing endless pairs of shoes, a lazy boy recliner and tunneled through several walls in the house. I will miss her greeting me at the door at the end of a work day and I know she stayed with me as long as she could.
Kitty Butt Crabb
You have brought so much joy and love into our lives. It’s hard to imagine life without you and all the special
thinks you did. When you showed up starving and pregnant you were so very sweet. We gave you food and invited you into our home and cared for you and your kittens. We taught you how to play and you gave us a lifetime of playfulness and love. You were the most amazing gift of our lives. You seemed
to always find a way to make whatever we were doing extra special. Whatever ever we gave you or did for you, you always seemed to give back bigger and better.
We will forever miss the way you loved to play and help with the garden and way you liked to fight the puffy grasses. How you turned my upholstery projects into the most fun thing ever. The way you showed up to work with Mike every day sleeping on his desk, taking lunch breaks with him and helping him with the taxes. The bunny presents under his desk. We will miss the rug fighting and how you liked family meetings and outdoor grilling. We will really miss that extra special tail loving, hide and seek games and your
amazing cat flips and “cheetah” run. But most of all we will miss the quiet moments we spent together when we just felt the love.
You were a great cat Meepie. We miss you terribly and we will always love you baby cat.
Love Mom and Mike
We will miss your quirky ways. How you would always wake me up at 5:30 in the morning for work and after I left you would tell your dad it was time to get up and give you your lunch meat pills. How you always had to go outside when I was making dinner, when you we’re finished eating, or just to lick the snow. How you always had to go for a walk everyday and on days you felt cheated from your walk, you would try to walk yourself. How you always eat your fruits and veggies but passed on condiments or anything that wiggled. How you always gave us morning kisses. How you used to dream, barking and running in your sleep, kicking to bedroom door with your paws. How you would jump on anyone that came in the front door. How you loved chasing bunnies and squirrels. How you loved when everyone stopped to pet you on your walks. How you used to bark when it was time to make supper. How you used to bark to go outside and then get treats every hour, no half hour. How you loved us unconditionally.
We will miss you always until we’re together again,
Mom & Dad
Tonka was a rescue who was given up because his “parents” were divorcing and no one wanted to take him. We were told he was between 4 and 6 years old, but we never had paper work on him to be sure how old he was. He fit in to our home and our family very quickly and became loved by our friends and extended family at the fire house. We never lacked “dog sitters” for our little guy. Darian dubbed him Tonka “Bruce” but that was just one name that little guy had. Tonka even welcomed another brother bulldog, Moses into our home. Moses, another rescue came to live with us not long after Tonka. It was not love at first with those two, but they soon became the best of brothers. Tonka loved to play with the blue football that he brought with him from his foster home. He would bring it over to you (or anyone that would play with him) and plop it on you. He would then either play tug-o-war with you and the football, or you could throw it and he would fetch it. If you didn’t play or you didn’t throw it he would bark like a little mad man. We were told that he didn’t like steps. Well, we have three flights of steps in our home and he didn’t have a problem going up them. If we would forget close the door to our daughter’s floor (the top floor) he would go up and get in bed with the girls or destroy stuffed animals. Tonka loved to “speak” – which was the only trick he knew. He had been trained to bark at the door when he needed to go out. He didn’t care what door it was, it could be a closet door and if he sat and barked at it you knew he needed to go out. He would also bark to come back in. Tonka’s favorite activity was laying in “his” ottoman. This is a rather large ottoman that came with our living room furniture. I used to store extra blankets and pillows for the couch in it. One day Kieran and my niece, Shealyn took all the blankets out to go make a fort. Tonka noticed the ottoman was left open and empty and he jumped right in there. This became his bed. The blankets never returned but the ottoman was filled with his dog bed and may toys. Tonka loved getting bathed and would often come upstairs and get in the shower with you. We used to keep a bottle of dog shampoo in there for these times he’d jump in the shower when one of us was in there. If he didn’t join you in the shower, he would meet you as soon as you got out so he could lick the water off your legs. I don’t know about a favorite time of the day, but I can tell you that Tonka was a four legged alarm clock. Before he got sick, he was like clock work. It didn’t matter what day of the week it was, 8:15 a.m. every morning he would come upstairs and lay outside my bedroom door. He would start with a small grumble and then it would go to a full fledged bark. This meant it was time for him to go outside and for his breakfast. The problem with this was my husband and I are both police officers, and if we had worked the midnight shift we had just gone to bed and were just getting to sleep. We really could have used him as an alarm because it was the same time every day. Tonka’s most mischievous moment was one day I let him outside alone (as we always did) and about half an hour later a neighbor from like 5 houses behind us rang my door bell. She asked if he was ours, and I said yes. I was shocked to learn that her kids and some friends were playing in their back yard when Tonka interrupted the game they were playing by popping her sons favorite basketball. It didn’t matter if it was a football, basketball, softball, soccer ball, or pumpkin, if he got a hold of it he would destroy it. Tonka was afraid of thunderstorms. He would come up to our room if a bad thunderstorm hit. One time Jason couldn’t find him when he came home during a storm and he found him hiding in a corner in a room upstairs. We live on a very busy corner in Hershey and Tonka loved to sit on the front porch. I can’t tell you the number of times that people stopped just to look at him or to pet him. Everyone loved the bulldog on the corner. If he wasn’t out when people would walk by they would ask to see him. Tonka was often called ugly, but everyone that said that also said he was so ugly that he was cute. I used to say he was so ugly only a mother could love, and I really did! Tonka didn’t care that bulldogs are not to be out in temperatures above 80 degrees. He would bark to go out and lay in the sun. You would have to force him back inside. What we learned about Tonka is that we didn’t rescue him, he rescued us. He needed a family to love him and we needed his love. My husband was the only male in a house of three girls until our little boy came to live with us.
I miss my baby Tonka but he is also missed dearly by his daddy Jason, sisters Darian and Kieran, and his brother Moses.
Chadwick was so special he was my little guy that would always be by my side every moment of the day. He would wake me up at 4 am every day and I do miss that now. He was a great companion to his brother and is missed so much. Hopefully now he has peace and he is thought about so much. All our love Chadwick from your Mom, Aunt Sandy and brother Tucker.
Aiko was our first campanion as a married couple. Her name was Cindy but she did not respond to that name. Therefore, we changed her name to Aiko, Japanese meaning—little loved one. Throughout her life, she enoyed many activities. Her two favorites were: her ball and stalking/chasing squirrels.
We were blessed to have Aiko in our life for 15 years. She touched many people and will always be apart of us.
We love and miss you baby Aiko.
Cosette loved dogs, big or small. She would snuggle with them and clean their ears and faces. She outlived Great Pyrenees, a Jack Russel terrier, and she was recently living with two Shih Tzu. She did not, however, like other cats. Her “brother” Maine Coon (although they were not related) was named Gavroche. She also outlived him by a few years. We acquired both kittens at the same time, and he adored her. But she would never allow him to get very close. Although he was much larger than she (her 18 pounds to his 35 – yes 35!,) she would hide around corners and box his ears, then run away. She loved climbing on her
cat tree, and spent many hours watching all of us from her high perch. If I couldn’t find Cosette, all I had to do was whistle a tune. She would come from wherever she was hiding, jump on my lap, and bump noses with me. She would stay with me as long as I would whistle, and she would meow along with my tune. In warmer weather we would take her outside with us. She was always an indoor cat and was only allowed outside within sight of where we were. She never tried to run away. She was always content to lie on the patio with her companion dogs and watch the birds at the feeder. When my mother came to live with us a year and a half ago, Cosette took her on as her pet project. Mom was never a “cat person”, but she came to adore Cosette. She re-named her “Sweetie” and referred to her as “my cat.” When Mom passed away 5
months ago, Cosette clearly missed her. She has spent her remaining time living in Mom’s apartment downstairs. Cosette was a classy lady. She lived her long life quietly and with a huge amount of dignity. We should all follow her example. Thank you to Peaceful Pet Passage for allowing her end to be as
dignified as her entire life.
Bob and Carolyn Pittman
Coconeno is a loving and caring dog. I was as very sad day to say good bye. Though she will always be in out harts and greatly missed. Coco would not let any one in the house unless you talked to Her first. There was one time there was a guy here and she followed him all over the place. Coco did not trust him. We got Coco in Maine. when we drove down and moved to Pa. Coco was in the car and Lester was in the truck. as we drove through Hartford Coco put Her paw on my shoulder to let me know that Lester was going to be ok in the truck. Just as we moved in to the house some friends came over and help replace a pipe. We had stopped for lunch. We made Hamburgers and made on for her. As all dogs Coco sucked it down. She got sick. As she was about to throw up coco tried to get to the back of the house away from where we were eating. Everyone was in press. Coco would smell the food and not touch any of it She did not jump up on the table to take any thing. There has be a great deal so people that said she is better behaved then there kids. Coco will be greatly missed. Coco is greatly missed. Thank you Mary Philbrook.
So much can be said of a pet that has been an integral member of our family for almost 13 years. Saige joined us a puppy and captured every heart she touched. As a puppy she met the Golden Retriever , Simon, who was the dog next door. They were inseparable and always visiting each. (Simon passed away earlier this year.) Saige also had the ability to befriend people as easily. Her gentle nature was equally shared on both people and animals. Children and adults alike were her best friends, especially if a treat was to be had. If not available she was satisfied with a pat on the head or her favorite thing, a rub to her rear haunches. She loved every dog she met, large or small and would play with them on the appropriate level. An extremely active dog throughout her life, Saige only slowed down in the last few months, but her love never waned. Her crossing the Rainbow Bridge was a peaceful transition aided by the compassion of Peaceful Pet Passage.
Degenerative Myelopathy took your body, but that spirit shined bright until the very end. You lived life to the fullest despite your disability and showed the world, that a handicapped dog can still enjoy a full life. You fought and overcame many things in our time together, but you just couldn’t win against DM. I love you with all my heart and soul and miss you so very much. You taught me so much and influenced me in so many ways. You were my inspiration and I am lost without you. Rest in Peace dear friend because you are now safe from the ravages of this disease. You’ve earned your place among the stars. You were and always will be… my best friend. I love you Blondie.
2003 (?) – 8/24/2012
It was in early June of the year 2007 that I first met Colby. I had lost Lady ,a Cocker Spaniel, in death and for 3 months was without a canine companion. Colby and I met through Beth Lobato of Canine Rescue at Kinship Kennels where Colby was temporarily residing till someone to love him would come through. I had heard stories of Jack Russels and but was I sure I wanted a dog that was part Jack Russel. I had to go and find out. I had trouble with my knees at that time so I sat on a sofa Molly,the owner, had there for pets and people. Beth went to get Colby and when he came to the outer area he ran and jumped beside me and KISSED me on the face. I immediately said I wanted him. Who couldn’t love a lover like that. It has been 5 1/2 years of love and companionship. He loved laying on the sofa in the south window waiting for me to come home and then run down the steps and out to meet me. I’ll miss that little face cocked off to one side and the floppy ears up as much as they could go. Talk? He talked to me, with me and to whomever would listen to him. But I rarely told him to be quiet as I knew that in adopting an older dog that someday I’d do anything to hear that bark again and again. I am Manic Depressive and Colby worked with me through all the rough times and never left my side. The days of continuous sleep and then of keeping him up all night with me cleaning and listening to our Golden Oldies. He never complained or walked away from me. When he would get sooo tired he’d even stay in the same room with me and try to sleep. Oh, the stories I could tell. I have one favorite that I had a good chuckle over. Colby sheds white hair everywhere, just little love reminders, and while at exercise class I was removing them from my blouse and called the instructor over. I gave Grace the white hair and she said “What’s this?”. I said it was a gift of love from Colby to remember him by. Take it home with you or wear it like me. She had met Colby while I recovered from a knee replacement so she was familiar with him. Well, she took it home. It will take years to remove those love reminders from my car and home but to be honest I’m not in any big hurry. His hair never really ever bothered me as it assured me he was waiting for me when I would return home. He has taught me unconditional love, patience and tolerance. I am getting another Jack Russell mix tomorrow afternoon and I hope he is even half the dog Colby was and I’d be satisfied. Colby ,my love, I will miss you dearly. Love Mom (Julie)
For old times sake: Love Julie and Colby
Kasey loved to sit and watch squirrels. Sometimes we had to call her in when it got dark because she would have stayed out all night looking for them. She also loved to go camping. As we packed our camper for a trip, she always waited in the kitchen barking as if to tell us “Don’t forget about me”. When we took her for walks in campgrounds, all the kids would love to pet her. She was so loveable and would never hurt anyone. As she got older her eyesight and hearing began to fail and her passion for life waned. No longer could she do the things she loved. We will miss our little princess.
Deb & Mitch Hess
This is Molly. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge on September 11, 2012. She blessed my life for 19 years with love, affection and understanding. We spent so many wonderful years together. I am lost without her. She was my best friend, always there for me when I needed her and helped me through many rough times. There has not been one day that has gone by that I don’t think about her or cry for her. I know she is at peace now and is in no more pain. She is running and playing with all the other animals that have crossed and is waiting for me to come for her. R.I.P. my sweet Molly girl. I love you and miss you so very much. 07/15/1993 – 09/11/2012.
Mr. Jinx Stevens
I remember going to the West Shore animal shelter and seeing all of the little kittens bouncing around but I knew that a kitten was not for me, as I turned to leave I saw all of the adult cats in cages stacked up in a corner of the room. I walked over and talked to all of them but none seemed particularly interested in coming home with me so I decided to come back another time. As I was about to leave I was in the parking lot and put one foot into the car .. Mr. Jinx just started meowing and meowing and he never really stopped for 15 years. I had to laugh when I brought him home because here was this “I :heart: my pet” cardboard box strapped into the passenger seat of the car with a seatbelt just meowing and meowing away but that is the way he came home from the shelter. I remember when he would sometimes go stay with the other pets at my mother’s house. More than once you could hear a big crash early in the morning when he knocked over a food container with a loose lid. If he could talk I’m sure he would’ve said, “But DAD we’re all HUNGRY!” He had a long life and was loved, a wonderful animal and faithful companion. Every year my mother would get him a big ol’ stocking full of cat toys for Christmas and I collected them into a basket over the years. That basket will be donated to the East Shore shelter. He will be missed greatly but in the end I knew it was time, in the last month and especially the last week I could see that he was starting to struggle. We were able to help him pass before his health seriously failed and he REALLY had to suffer..
Gizmo was a little dog who though he was a giant. Gizmo loved camping, in an RV of course from the time he became a member of the family at 6 weeks. Gizmo was a rescue from the Harrisburg Humane Society. I remember his first camping trip as a young pup. The campground had a camp wide pet show and he won the cutiest dog catagory. He was a great companion and I could count on him snuggling in bed at night for the first 15 or so minutes. I would lay down, extend my arm and the next thing I knew he was there. Gizmo was very protective of his family and home to the point we would have to put him in a room if a stranger was to enter the house. He will be greatly missed.
Dennis & Carol Pletz
Ranger was a male Collie that was 13 1/2 years old. Ranger’s nickname was Mr. Mischievous and he was mischievous to the end. Ed, our neighbor, had a first hand experience with Ranger and his mischievous ways. It was a cold winter day and the ground was snow covered. Ed was dog sitting Ranger that day and walked over to our house in his slippers. He left his slippers at the door to avoid dragging snow through the house. Well little did he know that would be a BIG mistake. Ranger stole the slippers and drug them up to the pool. The moral of the story is to never trust Mr. Mischievous with a pair of slippers on a cold wintery day, unless you plan on walking back to your house barefooted. Ranger’s favorite activity was to run figure 8’s in the back yard. Up around the pool and back down and around the well cover, over and over again. He sure was some athlete in his time and just flat out a great dog. Needless to say he meant the world to this family and will be missed. Ranger was more than a dog; he was a family member. Now when someone says, “Dogs are man’s best friend,” I shake my head with conviction knowing that our family couldn’t have had a better friend than Ranger.
Rick, Pam and Dylan Jackson
Sable was a Suprise Christmas present for me from my loving husband who knew I was longing for a dobe for over 5 years since my other one passed away. Being a Christmas present herself, she learned soon to open her own presents every Christmas. Sable gave so much love and was loved in returned as a AKC Therapy Dog. She enjoyed agility and loved to play flicker ball. She was a wonderful, loyal and loving companion and is greatly missed.
Pam and Dave Cook
Born 10-23-01 in Greer, S.C. and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 12-03-12 at 5:28pm. Victor came to our family after my brother died three and a half years ago.. He was in the house with my brother for three days until my brother was discovered. When my nephew told me that Victor would be killed if he went to a South Carolina shelter, I told Vickie to pack his bags and he came north to PA where he would not be killed just because he was a Rottie. It took a year for my dog Moen and him to work things out….Victor did not create the problems! For the past two and a half years they have been good buddies. Vickie was a gentle, loving soul and actually the best behaved dog in the family. Even in his last moments when he could not lift his head, his little “nub” continued to wag. As he crossed the rainbow bridge, we pray that he joined his Daddy and little friend “Sparkplug”, a little Chihuahua he loved so much. Vickie has been a very special part of our family and we’ll miss him terribly. Hugs and kisses to our wonderful boy! We only had you around for a short time, but you left huge paw prints on our hearts!
Pat Dravk and family