How lucky we all were to have known and loved Miel the Chocolate Lab that was rescued from a puppy mill in TN 13 years ago. She came to us as a 14 month old scared and shy girl and thru our love and your care she grew into the most loyal, sweet and loving dog ever. She handled advancing age and all kinds of hindrances with grace and always just wanted to be with the family and her best friend Tashi who mourns her loss as seriously as the humans. We take every memory now as precious and we thank Terry for such good care so we could have her as a member of our family for as long as possible.
Our sweet baby good girl. From the moment we met, she was my baby. She was the kind of dog that loved you right into your soul. She looked you right in the eyes when she kissed you. She slept in between her mom and dad every night and made sure to split her time making sure she cuddled us both. The sweetest kisses. Curled as tight to you as she could get. I will forever miss this sweet girl filling our home with happiness and love. Her decline was fast and took us by surprise. She was so strong and fought so hard to stay with us. She passed while we both cuddled her and told her how much we loved her. I have loved many dogs, but there was something extremely special about Millie. We will always love you sweetie girl. We thank you for choosing us, and we are forever grateful that you were the girl that made us a family. Momma's baby. Daddy's little good girl. Sweetest girl in the whole wide universe. We love you girl.
Autumn Grace Williams born in 2003, adopted in the fall of 2005, died on the 12th of January of 2017. Truly a best friend. Loved beyond measure. Until we meet again on the Rainbow Bridge Autumn Grace....
Our beloved family member Duque passed away recently, surrounded by loving family at home on his favorite couch. He was the happiest dog with the most playful heart I have ever seen. He came to us as a rescue from a hoarding situation. He was unhappy and standoffish at first until we figured out he had a terrible ear infection that was making him just miserable. Once we got that cleared up he just blossomed and the sense of joy he exuded over literally everything was infectious and it was impossible to maintain any kind of sadness around him. He lived a good long life and was healthy right up until the very bitter end at 15 or 16. We knew how old that was for a pup of his size and we will be eternally grateful that he didn't suffer, but the loss was swift and stunning to us all and the world feels like a smaller darker place without him. Duque changed our lives and we are ever humbled that he chose to walk this path with us. Mr. Duque - our grand old gentleman - you will be forever missed and loved.
All animal owners have stories about their furry friends. Mine might be a little unique. In 2006 I was homeless and living in my car. Of course, what do I do? Find a gorgeous puppy that needed rescuing. Although, at the time, I really was the one that needed saving. For the first year of his life we lived in a car and saw the United States. Now, sadly my travel companion and the animal that gave me the biggest gift, SOBRIETY, has passed. Thank you to all at Terry Animal Hospital. You made 11/28/2016 at 8:43 am a little bit easier.
Mason passed peacefully and quickly at Terry Animal Hospital at the age of 13. He was the sweetest dog and because of his personality was well known around Evanston. He had a few play dates every week, enjoyed sitting at the lake and loved his treats. Children and adults often stopped to pet him and he loved the affection. I miss the way he would greet me every time I came home, his smile, personality and the overall joy he brought to me and to others. Many years from now when it is my time to pass, I look forward to him greeting me at the Rainbow Bridge in the afterlife.
Riley was our sweetie. Our good boy. He was Riley, Ri, Riler, Riley-kins, and Mr. Riley. Even as a senior dog, he would chase balls, eat like a pig, tear apart everything, and steal whatever he could. When we sat on the couch, he would come over and lean against us. We could snuggle with him, rub his chest or stomach, and scratch his back or behind his ears. Riley barked at anything and everything that passed by our house. When they left, he was satisfied he had done his job. Oddly, our neighbors told us Riley never barked at them when we were out. When we talked to him, he would tilt is head and look into our eyes. Being paw-oriented, he would use his paw to get our attention at all times during the day or night. We could go on and on about Riley. We loved him so much. He made a big difference in our lives.
Our family rescued Cassie in 2007 when she was 5 years old. The beautiful Springer was a wonderful addition to our human and dog family! She was wonderful and naughty all at the same time and provided the warmest of welcomes at the end of the day. We will miss our beautiful girl and will forever carry her in our hearts.
We miss Sidney the Wonder Dog. He taught us to accept all living creatures (even squirrels), to speak up for what we want, and to keep going no matter what physical ailment life brings our way.
Never have i known a soul like my sweet Gracie had. A rescue girl, she lived to love us. Gracie made the world a softer, more beautiful place to be.
Towser wasn't just a part of our family, he rested firmly in the heart of our family. He meant the world to us. He had a tremendously strong, salty, cuddly personality and his presence was always felt in our household. Not many words can explain the joy we experienced having him in our lives and the unfathomably deep loss we feel in the wake of his passing. We miss you so much, Towser, and the afterlife is looking brighter than it ever did now that we know we'll get to see you again.
Angel was a little parakeet with a big personality. From the first moment when her cage was placed in the mailroom (a hub of activity) in the convent Angel knew she was the “princess of the place.” She loved people and would loudly whistle if she heard someone in the corridor. When the Sisters spoke to her, Angel would cock her head, listen and occasionally chirp. For other Sisters Angel would pull herself onto the bars of her cage and present her chest for a rub. Many of the Sisters would hold colorful pictures up near the cage and Angel would look intently at the colors, remaining quiet if she was interested and emitting a loud “ack” if she didn’t approve of the colors. During Mass and other times when few people were around Angel would grasp her little bell in one foot and shake it, punctuating the quiet radio music that was put on for her benefit. Although Angel had her mischievous moments, pouncing on Sr. Helen’s hands when Sister was cleaning the cage or providing treats, she knew when to cease teasing her caretaker. Sr. Helen commented, “She was truly an angel.
Tamary was a wonderful, sweet member of our family for over 12 years. She was a close companion of our people and dogs (Negev, Emma, Clyde, Casey and Boonie). Tamar loved treats, squirrels, rabbits, and lots of walks, and she loved to do “tricks” every night. Tamary – we miss you so much and will always remember and love you with a smile on our faces and tears in our eyes.
We adopted Negev as “Nemo” from the Safe Harbor Prison Dog program. We renamed him “Negev” because he looked like the sand in the Negev Desert. Negev, or “Mr. N” or “BooBoo” as he was warmly called, was Steve’s running partner before and after heart surgery and helped nurse Steve back to good health. He let the babies climb all over him without a care. Negev was a wonderful, loyal, loving dog and will be very much missed by our entire people and dog family.
In memory of our loving Starbuck who died from a hit and run.
Sam was our beautiful black and white short haired cat with big bright green eyes. He was part of our family for 17 years until we had to put him down this winter. He was an active, fun loving cat that enjoyed being brushed and pampered. Sam loved the sunshine and being outside on our deck in the summer. He was a loving and gentle cat. Our dear sweet cat was a wonderful companion and we will miss him very much.
Sunny, a Miniature Poodle, came into our lives in 2006 when she was adopted after her two former human companions and a Poodle companion died within months of each other. She spent 3 months in a kennel until she was fostered, then adopted by us. At first, Sunny was a little skeptical of us due to the unsettled events she experienced. She suffered from separation anxiety for a long time and we often came home to toilet paper shredded in the hallway, clothes pulled off of hangers, and scratch marks on the door frame leading to the garage. She also suffered from several medical problems, including underlying bowel disease, pancreatitis, arthritis, and eye problems. Overall, however, she did well with the help of her caring veterinarians. She was very happy in her new home and neighborhood. She patrolled the street several times a day, wearing her red visor to shield her eyes from the sun, looking for her human and dog neighbors to visit. She would stop in front of each house and wait to see if her friends were out in the yard. When they were, she was delighted to see them. Recently, an adrenal nodule resulted in what was unofficially diagnosed as causing Cushing’s Disease. Coupled with being older, several TIAs, increasingly high liver enzyme elevations, and beginning kidney failure, Sunny passed at her home on the bed she shared with us for 9 years. Sunny was a faithful, loving, very loyal companion. She protected us by sitting “alert and ready” in the hallway of the house if she thought someone or something was “out there” to get us. When all of us were not at home at the same time, she anxiously waited for one or both of us to return. When we were all home, she was ecstatic and content. We were so blessed to have had her in our lives for 9 years. We hope she felt the same way about us. The Native American Indian, Tuscarora, said: “They are not dead who lives in the hearts they leave behind.” You live in our hearts, Sunny, and we love you.
Kira was a beautiful rescue greyhound we adopted when she was just 2 years old. She flunked out of racing school, thank God, because that enabled us to to rescue her from the track in Kenosha. Kira was a loving family member. She loved to play with her toys and chase rabbits in the yard. She was very gentle with children and loved to play with my daughter's cat, Dazzle when Dazzle would allow her. We miss her terribly and she will always have a special place in our hearts. We love you Kira.
Jasper was truly a unique cat, the Master of his own universe, and we, along with his sister Sophia, lived and were loved in it. He was many things; playful, curious, naughty and wise, but most of all controlling, and we loved him for all of that. Who could not love the most handsome boy in the world, a boy with big eyes and a bottom lip, a boy who loved to touch you, hold onto you with both ‘hands’ and play with you? Jasper loved music, particularly any song with his name in it. There are not many, so we had to write some. Here is one of his favorites: Jasper, Jasper, Jasper boy He is not the butcher’s boy He is not the baker’s boy He is Jasper’s Jasper boy. To quote the technician on his second visit to the Vet in Chicago, “Jasper, I just love Jasper!” But then, all women loved Jasper, and all men envied him. We are left to celebrate his life. There are not enough tears. There is not enough joy.
Jack was a rescue taken from a hoarder who had 29 of his breed locked in a mobile home in Alabama. He was blinded in one eye by the time I got him, but that never slowed him down. He was my best friend, traveling over 100,000 miles with me over the years. He was patient as can be and never asked for anything but to just be by my side. Little did he know that as a rescue I considered myself the lucky one and needed him much more than he ever needed me. Rest in peace my dear sweet Jack, in a place with no sorrow, no suffering, nor pain.
Meadow, you were a pleasure to have as part of our family and we will love you forever.
Luke was a real love bug who only wanted pets and his belly rubbed. Luke was a terrific big brother to our 5 year old Griffon, Dakota. Luke never got mad at all the pestering Dakota gave him and Luke even allowed Dakota to lay on top of him in the snow. We will always love Luke with all our hearts. Cancer took his life but couldn’t take his love. With his whole family around him, Luke was smiling until the end. We love you, Luke.
Mocha our sweet baby and best friend. You were more than just a dog, you truly were a family member. Thank you for being so goofy and truly being 'one of a kind.' Every time we see pretty bows, 'good girl bones,' and empty yogurt cups we will think of you We had to make one of the hardest decisions, but we know in our hearts that it was the right one. That tough day we all lost a little piece of our hearts, but we are all so grateful that we were all there at your final moment. You fought such a hard fight to stay with us and even though we are all so heartbroken we know that you are pain free and running up in heaven again. Rest in peace our sweet baby, we will all miss you so much, but you will always and forever be in hearts.
Roonah, our best friend, our green love, may you fly free and live your dreams. We love you beyond all comprehension. Thank you for making our days bright with your quirky and quiet personality, your love of nuts, showers and walking on the floor backwards mumbling to yourself. Thank you for being, beautiful Roo. --Peter, Pat, Alyssa and Aaron
Turnip...a sweet little Dutch with mischief in her bones! Always ready to do a dance for her greens and sneak where she wasn't allowed! She was a definite mommas girl and a great snuggler! Thank you my little pretty little girl for always reminding me the simple things are best!
Zoe was a loving, sociable and feisty kitty who had a love for catnip and bumble bee tuna. She was only 6 weeks old when she entered our family and was loved by many family and friends over her 14 and a half years on earth. She will be remembered not only her pure fascination for water faucets and watching you get ready for the day, but for her affection and ability to offer comfort and snuggles when you needed it. You will be missed sweet Zoe and while you have departed this world, you will never depart our hearts.
We will always remember his platinum fur, shimmering in the sunlight like diamonds, and how his green eyes glowed with love, as he followed us through the house, eager to shower us with his clever antics, devotion, and dancing feet! He is at Heaven's gate, biding his time by chasing rainbows, as the eternal snow he loved so much surrounds him forever, rest now, my Angel. My Romeo,
Our sweet Zoe. She brought a smile to all who met her and so much love and joy to us.
This photo brought him to us. He looked goofy, but he turned out to be the smartest dog we've ever known. There wasn't a person that met him who didn't fall in love with him. Most of all, he loved swimming in the lake, playing on the beach, play dates with his friends, and being with his people. He was loved beyond words and he's missed terribly.
Augustus came into our lives as a little cute puppy who loved everybody and was adored in return. He grew up into a regal , proud dog, the unquestionable king of our neighborhood. He took admiration and homage as his due and was not surprised when people stopped their cars and asked permission to take his picture. After all, he was a breathtakingly beautiful collie, unusual even for this spectacular breed. But he was much more than that. His calm presence and self-assured strength helped even the most nervous dogs (and people) to relax and stop being nervous. He was never aggressive, but his very appearance somehow stopped fights, put an end to quarrels and made people smile. Simply walking Augustus we’ve made more friends in our neighborhood that we did by any other means combined. He inspired love, trust and confidence. At the same time he was our protector and our guardian-spirit. Until he was gone we could not even imagine, what an great moral support he has been to us all. Already old, sick and frail, he helped us through the most difficult time of our lives. He gave us his warmth, his love and all the strength that was left in his body in order to help us face the world again and again, whether we felt like it or not. Augustus was a noble spirit. You don’t see these words very often nowadays, but that’s exactly what he was. He was kind, strong, he took his responsibilities very seriously and he did not leave his post until released. We had to let him go when his suffering became too much to bear. He went in peace, without pain or anxiety, happy and loved. We will never forget him and will always miss him. Nobody can take his place. Our hope is to meet him again at the Rainbow Brisge and cross it together with all our loved ones. Some day it will happen.
Ripley, I wish you were here to keep our yard free of squirrels, let us know if
My sweet little Lou gave me almost 15 years of love, laughs and comfort. I can only hope that I gave him as much as he gave me. As all pet owners understand, there is no way to accurately describe the hole they leave in our hearts and lives when they leave us, but I cherish the time we had together and how he taught me to love and give unselfishly. Louie, you will be so missed!
Thank you so much for all of the wonderful memories and smiles you have brought to us over these past six years. Even though we thought you were a boy for most of that time, we were still so lucky to have you! You were always so sweet, gentle and playful and we will miss having you climb on us and seeing your
Dusty came into our lives after spending part of his own fending for himself and living in an animal shelter. He brought us great joy, and despite his earlier hardships, he was always sweet and gentle, if not always completely obedient. We will never forget his love for us, for his “bone with bread,” or for the way he took naps on the sofas – on his back with his feet up in the air. A part of our hearts will forever be reserved for our memories of him. We love you, Dusty!
Our beloved pup Murphy….our first family dog. You taught us how profound a love for a pet can be. Thank you for sharing your life and spirit with us! I will always miss your little face that so patiently waited for me with unwavering love!!!! Lots of great walkers in heaven!!! We love you. Peggy, Randy Katie, Elise and your lil brother Chief
Opie, a short young life, but none the less a great impact on our hearts. I am grateful to be able to remember the happy healthy boy who pranced around with friends and got into trouble. Your time here was short, but you were loved completely, and you will forever be in our hearts. A special thank you to my mother for caring so dearly for Opie. He couldn't have been in better hands.
Fairbanks was a great friend to our family. She was a special girl who gave us so much love over the years. She was sweet, kind and always ready to lend her gentle presence to those who needed it. We loved the way she looked at us with all the love in her eyes. We looked at her the same way. We will love her forever.
Lucy waddled into our life July 5, 2008 at a local shelter, after spending four years there. Though she bonded with her two immediate persons and the existing dog, she charged aggressively at other people and dogs, no doubt due to her sketchy past before the shelter. Lucy was a challenge at times. Her ears were very expressive, and though they were always at half-mast during visits to Terry Animal Hospital, the kind treatment, perfect medical care, and good advice we received, especially from Dr. Davis and Dr. J. Mattson, helped her lose weight, be happy and healthy, and help her adjust to her world. Our kids and our friends showed her compassion and understanding, and gradually her inherent sweetness came out. During her final year she made more dog friends than ever and was queen of the block. We will miss her very very much.
Thor was our beloved girl hedgehog with a boy's name. We loved to watch her tunnel under rugs and hear the whir of her wheel as she ran her marathons at night. Our nocturnal companion had a sweet soul. Little did we know that when she came into our lives we would be touched by her gentle being forever. R.I.P. little Thor. We will miss you dearly.
Best friend and beloved dog of the Farmers for 15 wonderful years, Ranger was a gentle soul who never hurt another creature and loved everyone. He would not leave the side of anyone who was sick and was happiest when everyone was home, under his care. We had to say goodbye on Dec.1, 2012, but he will live on forever in our hearts. We trust he is once again running with his many dog friends who preceded him to Dog Heaven, eating treats all day, waiting to be the first to greet us as he always did in this world when we join him some day.
Vito, You were a silly ankle-biting trouble making fur angel. From the moment I brought you home as a baby, I knew you had stolen my heart. I was blessed to find you, and even more grateful to be able to love and care for you. You were a little person among ferrets, and you will always be remembered. Tinky Panses will be loved forever.
Fifi, our little princess - we shared so much over the years, and we have so many wonderful memories of you. We're sad there won't be more, but you are forever in our hearts, and your presence is felt everywhere. I love you my little sweet pea.
Ever since we rescued Meisje ('little girl') from the streets of Amsterdam's Red Light District in 1999, she has been a part of our family. She was the sweetest cat, always purring and cuddling in our laps. We always called her the 'perfect pet' and we will never forget her beautiful face. We love you and miss, Meisje.
'When the Man waked up he said, 'What is Wild Dog doing here?' And the Woman said, 'He is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.'' --Rudyard Kipling. Trixie-Lou, you live on in our hearts for always and always and always.
Ali-Ann will be missed by her whole family, including her feline friend Me-You.
Maddie, you were a much loved little terror and your passing has left a huge hole in our family.
After 10 years in a puppy mill, Obi relished every moment of his freedom. When he joined us, Nicky & Sparky became his buddies, laying & eating together. No one did the Happy Dance better. When we came home, he would spin & run. Several times, he would launch himself off the one step to the family room-it was awesome. He made quite an impact on all of us. We will always love and miss our Obi.
Buff was a devoted companion and friend. His efforts at interacting with his person knew no limits.
Although Hannah was biologicaly a cat, she had more of the dog in her. When told to sit, she would sit. Treats would sit in front of her until she was told it was okay to eat them. Most times (not all) she would come when called. She would sit on the arm of a chair and use her paw to hold Barbara's arm close to her as she napped. All of that and so very, very much more was our Hannah
Our little boy had a wonderful personality. He always kept us laughing. Skat played 'papa kitty' to all of the other cats in the house. He was the perfect gentleman and always let the others eat first. Skat was the best companion I could ever ask for. Mommy loves you and misses you everyday, Skat.
Miel Babbitt 5/4/03--5/15/17
Millie Lewis 2/18/06--4/19/17
Autumn Williams 9/10/03--1/12/17
Duque Nicholas 9/22/01--12/30/16
QBall Berman 2/21/06--11/28/16
Mason Schuster 6/22/03--10/11/16
Riley Hamilton 8/16/04--9/21/16
Cassie Hastings 7/1/02--6/27/16
Sidney Skalinder 1/5/01--4/24/16
Gracie Carbonara 8/13/05--5/27/16
Towser Lundberg 10/26/06--3/11/16
Angel from Sacred Heart Convent 10/16/07--4/11/16
Tamar Graham 2/18/03--10/30/15
Negev Graham 9/1/03--8/19/15
Starbuck Daugerdas 6/26/2014--2/21/2015
Sam Miesse 1998--2/19/2015
Sunny Brent 8/31/1999--1/15/2015
Kira Barys 1/11/2002--1/31/2015
Jasper Harris 9/1/2001--1/2/2015
Jack Zoros 10/5/00--9/8/2014
Meadow Boomgaarden 7/15/2003--8/5/2014
Lucas (Luke) Nunemaker 5/4/2003--5/13/2014
Mocha Prestia 5/28/2002--4/9/2014
Roonah Lane 1/1/1996--1/12/2014
Turnip Cacioppo 12/30/03--12/28/13
Zoe Lynch-Gentile 3/1/1999--10/19/2013
Romeo Rosenbloom 10/25/2003--9/23/2013
Zoe Dwyer 1/10/2005--9/9/2013
Barney Joenck 5/17/2004--8/24/2013
Augustus Kurtyn 1/23/2001--8/21/2013
Ripley Hansen 3/7/2000--8/6/2013
Louie Silver 11/19/1998--6/30/2013
Buddy Sherman 10/19/2008--6/5/2013
Dusty Cline 10/6/1999--5/8/2013
Murphy Tieman 2/16/2000--4/12/2013
Opie Pekara 10/1/2012--4/20/2013
Fairbanks Hardt 6/24/2001--4/4/2013
Lucy Collins 7/7/2001--3/20/2013
Thor Dellva 11/01/2010--3/14/2013
Ranger Farmer 10/14/1997--12/1/2012
Vito Pekara 4/19/2007--11/28/2012
Fifi Lundberg 3/27/1998--7/10/2012
Meisje Ahrens 8/8/1999--7/10/2012
Trixie-Louise Kerndt 12/09/1998--6/30/2012
Ali-Ann Steinberg 4/1/2002--6/20/2012
Maddie Cohen 1/18/2002--3/1/2012
Obi Gaffke 12/8/2000--2/28/2012
Buff Snorf 10/12/1995--1/27/2012
Hannah McStowe 7/18/1995--1/16/2012
Skat Christopher Wurm 4/30/2001--8/18/2011