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Queenie

Queenie

You were just a couple months old the day you
found us. Yet, your soul was ancient. You jumped
into my husband’s lap and from there, you dived
into our hearts. We named you Queenie because
that’s what you were: Regal, dignified, gentle,
spirited, wise beyond measure, …plus you ruled
the roost. Not one day passed out of your 15
years of gracing our lives, without you and I
exchanging “the look,” the shared gratitude and
joy of finding each other. Your soft, brown eyes
said “thank you,” a thousand thank-yous.
Queenie, I think you knew it was a toss-up of who
was most grateful.

Sherri Goodall

Buster

Buster Brown

We have a secret, you and I, that no one else shall know –
For who but I can see you lie, each night in the fire’s glow?
And who but I can reach my hand, before we go to bed,
and feel the living warmth of you, and touch your silken head?
And only I walk wooded paths, and see ahead of me
your small sweet form racing in the wind, so young again, and so free.
And only I can see you swim in every brook I pass, and
when I call no one but I can see the bending grass.

Marilyn

Ida

Ida

We walked into a garage full of rambunctious barking puppies,
and you were sitting by yourself in the corner farthest away
from your brothers and sisters. I knew instantly that we were
kindred spirits. Even as a pup, it was clear that you were an old
soul. Always stand offish with others, your love and loyalty for
the few of us you took as your family is something we will
always cherish. My road partner on many trips out west, I still
sometimes feel your muzzle or paw on my right shoulder
during a long drive. When you got sick we tried everything
possible to slow the cancer, and when the end drew near you
never questioned my selfish need to keep you here. Letting
you go was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, but I
know that somewhere, someday we’ll hike the canyons and
mountains again.

Mark Blackburn

Deco

Deco

We will always remember our dignified and loving
boy, Deco, who was with us for 10 years. He was
my first dog as an adult, and he made the journey
from Texas with me. It’s hard to describe how deep
the bond is with a cherished pet. Deco was smart,
fun, and affectionate. He loved a sunny patch of
grass, the back seat of the car, and ear rubs. He
was reserved with people but once he made his
mind up about them, he loved them forever. He lost
the battle with cancer, and we miss him very much.

Sylvie Dale & Randy Hartsock

Chelsea

Chelsea

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 still would live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality
never fully understanding the necessary plan.
“The Once Again Prince”
SEPARATE LIFETIMES by Irving Townsend

Stephanie & Tim Ensley

Toby

Toby

My Toby came to me when he was but a few days
old, apparently abandoned by his young mom. I
welcomed him in from the frigid cold and made his life
part of mine. I most likely saved his life that day, and
he rewarded me with a bountiful life of friendship,
loyalty, entertainment, care, and love. He traveled
most places with me and was always there for me.
Living past the initial loss of such a close friend was
much like the loss of one’s own appendage. With
over 21 years of our life shared, I celebrate our time
together and cannot say that I will ever be able to let
him go.

Robert Davis

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