Memories of pets loved and lost...a place to share.

Ron in Regina
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At the request of a friend and family member, I'm starting this thread.

Close to a decade ago for me an a lifetime again for an old friend, I was
given the pick of the litter from a Rotti. One thing lead to another and I
came home with my Shadow.

We had to put our ol'Shadow down on Friday. He had a good long life.
He was a good, loyal friend and will be missed by the many whose
lives he touched. A gentle soul who loved babies and kittens & puppies.

captain morgan
Sorry to hear that Ron... I know how tough it is to have to make that decision.

Thoughts are with ya buddy
I'm sorry so to hear that. I know it's hard to give them up and I know you did so with his needs and comfort in mind. I look at all those wonderful pictures and his personality comes shining through in them. You really can see his gentle soul.
My deepest condolences Ron.

It's tough to lose a family member for that's what they become. As well as the very heart of the home.

Although I've had pets throughout my whole life, they seem to be blessed with longevity (thank god) thus the list is short. From my childhood one cat named Algy, a gorgeous Siamese who was king and one dog named Rex who my brother stole from a farmer who abused him. (Way too big for our house my mum told us) He fit in well and was a kid's dream. We grew up together. The lessons of love and faith and healing and companionship that he taught me are too numerous to mention.

Then I grew up and took home an alley cat named Toughie, who was living in an alley behind a store I worked in. I took her home until I could find a good home for her. What I didn't know at the time was; she was home.

When she died I took in two sisters who were 7 named Ashley and Nicki. After they both went, I found Destiny at the human society and I've had her for two years this summer. Although I "technically" saved the lives of reality, they have enriched mine in ways too numerable to count.

Animals are the heart of the home. I feel sorry for those who have never experienced such unconditional love.

He looks regal Ron. May you find him again when you too cross to home.

This is my current:

Here is a poem from Jimmy Stewart. It is wonderful and as it expresses it all for us animal lovers.

Jimmy Stewart Reads a Touching Poem About His Dog Beau on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show - YouTube

cheers ♥
Ron in Regina
Quote: Originally Posted by Sal View Post

...Although I "technically" saved the lives of reality, they have enriched mine in ways too numerable to count....♥

Sorry for your loss Ron

I lost my cat a year ago and I took it hard just because she died so suddenly.

She was independent and did what she wanted when she wanted and as the years went by we drew closer.

I don’t know if I will ever get another cat just because I just can’t handle the loss of a pet anymore.
Hard to do. I'm the one that gets to do it by myself as the ladies in my life couldn't
I did it 14 years ago and it's looking like I'll be doing again this year.
Definitely my last though.
Hope your holding up.
Last time I came home one day after about a week and called the dog, admonishing him for not guarding the house...
Quote: Originally Posted by eh1eh View Post

Hard to do. I'm the one that gets to do it by myself as the ladies in my life couldn't
I did it 14 years ago and it's looking like I'll be doing again this year.
Definitely my last though.
Hope your holding up.
Last time I came home one day after about a week and called the dog, admonishing him for not guarding the house...

it's the opposite here although with the last one, it was more his cat than mine so he came in...they make it so much easier than it used to be...the second last one went out with me holding her and eating treats...I always regret that I didn't hold a couple of mine... it does make it easier down the road.

it's a hard thing to have to do but it's also a privilege.
Sorry for your loss Ron. There's no friend like a loving pet.
I have had the pleasure to live next door to Shadow for the last 5 years. When I moved in he would get all wound up and bark and I would ask him what all that noise was about and he would come to the fence for me to pet him. He had a bad habit of scaring my room mate as he would lunge at the chain link fence between the yards and she thought it was about to come over. Shadow was a fun friend. You all have no idea how sweet he was. He would sit by the fence when I bbq'd because he knew him and Otis and Rosco were getting AWESOME TREATS. The first time Ron invited me into his house, Shadow came up to me, gently bit my arm and took me to where the treats were. I guess that was his way of saying You're OK. Shadow had some very unique traits. He loved watching Discovery channel when whale shows were on and he would mimic them and sing back to them. Very sweet. He also knew who he loved. My room mate was bitten by a dog shortly after we moved in next to Shadow and Ron and he sensed her fear/apprehension. But he made sure she loved him. He did everything he could to show her that HE was HER friend and was not going to hurt her. He had a great way of messing with you too. He loved BBQ's One of the best times was when he stole my room mate's steak sample as it was being handed to her. He watched as each person got a piece and just as Joanne was getting hers Shadow stole it and inhaled it. There had to be 8 people on the deck that just roared in laughter. You could see his very smart mind working knowing who wouldn't give him heck. It was priceless. Shadow is such an awesome boy. Very happy, He loved the 40 tennis balls I gave him. He knew when I went shopping there were always treats or toys when I came home. I will forever miss my big buddy. Shadow you gave me and everyone you touched many smiles and good times. You will be missed. You can go play with Duke now. Gone but never Forgotten.
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Sorry Ron. It's so hard to say goodbye to a best friend, and one who is family.

I had to put my dog down ten years ago and I still think of her. In fact I was reminiscing just earlier today. Putting her down was the hardest thing I've ever done.
Oh how we love our furry, four footed family members! We know full well, when we bring those balls of fluff through the door, that they will one day break our hearts. I was blessed to have Shadow in my life, and as equally blessed to be there for his last breath.

I sent Ron to a friends house, on the pretense that Ron needed to help her set up a wall unit. Ron had recently got his own house...and damn it was time he should have to pick up dog poop too, (I was sick of being the only one suffering through that). There was no wall unit to set up, but there were 12 little bundles of fur and one of them needed to go home with Ron. Ron spent time on the floor, playing with all the pups and that is when Shadow made his move....he knew this was his guy. Thus Shadow came to be our "gentle giant". Larger than any dog I have ever met, all 160 pounds of him was pure sunshine.

Ron, I know your heart is aching and I also know that Shadow will always be with you. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have animals or who have had them in the past can relate to your pain. Know that you did the right thing , at the right time.

I have many fond memories of pets that I knew and loved. The memories of unconditional love, the knowing eyes of those gentle souls will follow me wherever I go; even long after they have crossed over. Most of my dogs have been mutts, of no certain ancestry; but that did not make them any less valuable.

I believe that people and animals come in to our lives when we need them the most. Know that Shadow was meant to be yours and in turn you were meant to be his. Shadow chose you as much as you chose him, it was fate and meant to be. Shadow was as gentle as you are, as loving as you are and had a heart as big as you do. You have left a lasting impression on everyone you have met, and Shadow did the same.

Goodbye dear little Shadow, god speed my friend. Until we meet again....
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many pets have come and gone in my family, very very sad, but i have to say, it is harder to live
through pets disappearing than putting one down.

there is never closure, but that taught me to care for them much better, be more protective, and
make sure they can't disappear. it is our responsibility.

we had to put our old choc lab down two years ago, we cried like babies, had him cremated, now have
a great picture of him on our wall where we can say hi to him, as it is right in the hall where we
go to and fro all the time.

my feelings are this: we have given dogs and cats great lives, and they to us as well, so i never
forget, but i soon move forward with a new pet, 'out of respect' for the last one. our lives were
enhanced by our pets, so i cherish the new ones who come along, and in no time they also become so
close to us, and again both of our lives, humans and animal have a great relationship which makes
all of us very happy.

the memories are sweet and sad. take care, and enjoy them. so many animals die young without loving
homes, yours didn't, ours didn't, that is important.
I have four former family critters buried out at White Butte along with 3 pets of friends. We had 1 cat for nineteen years that passed in Feb of 2012 . I couldn't bring myself to take him to the city incinerator to be burned with medical waste and pets the so-called Humane Society and vets put down so I put him in the freezer until the ground thawed.

If you ever end up in the same situation, the pet cemetery is due north of the warm up shack.
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Ron, I hope you don't mind that I made this thread a sticky. That way anyone that wants to contribute to it can find it a lot easier.

Sorry to hear Ron.

I lost my cat of 14 yrs almost exactly a year ago. It was kind of strange; we watched a documentary on lions, and how an old lioness, nearing the end, rebuilt social bridges with other females in the pride to look after her cub afer she was gone (Pixie and my wife had a difficult relationship at times as the cat was around 9 years before my wife ). After a couple weeks of her looking like she was starting to feel her age, and loving on everyone, my independent old lady sprung out the door, past my wife, stopped and looked at her at the top of the drive, as if to say good bye and we never saw her again. It still kind of gets me when when 4 yr old son says stuff like Pixie is still looking after him or draws her in his 4 yr old version of family pictures, because while she wouldn't let him touch her without my help but she always hovered over him like she was a parent to him too.

We do have other pets, including a kitten and a puppy my wife picked out of shelters/rescues in the last year since Pix left but I still miss her. She was the first pet I had on my own; the one I was able to get when I bought my first house and was able to live by my rules instead of land-lords' rules, and we spent 9 yrs with just us, so I imagine she'll always have the ability to get me choked up a bit.
Fly Fido to the moon in space send off for deceased pets
Amanda Orr, Reuters
First posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 01:03 PM EDT | Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014 01:18 PM EDT
HOUSTON - A Texas company is offering a unique send off for beloved pets by placing a portion of their cremated remains in a capsule and blasting them off into space.
Celestis Inc, which has provided memorial space flights for human remains since 1997, will launch its first commercial pet memorial spaceflight in October 2014 with the remains of a blue merle Australian shepherd, named Apollo, the company said.
The pet services, such as one dubbed Earth Rise, start at $995 and include having the pet's remains into flown into space on a commercial flight and returned to the owner.
The space send-off options go up to $12,500, which allows the pet's remains to be launched into deep space or to visit the moon.
Memorial service are available before blast off and families can witness most of the launches, depending on location, the company said.
"Our pet service flights are an idea that's been a long time coming," Celestis Chief Executive Charles Chafer said.
Apollo the Dog. (

Fly Fido to the moon in space send off for deceased pets | Weird | News | Toront
So, so sorry to hear this Ron. It is never, ever easy to let go. I still mourn for my two cats and my beloved dog Arizona, and others I have known.
this is a recent experience which caused us much worry and stress. our reg. maine coon cat suddently
disappeared, was gone for 5 days, until 6 oclock this morning when she appeared at the door, looking
very happy and healthy.

we worried and fretted hunted, put up posters, advertised all over, went to neighbours.

lots of green
and bushy Area here, very quiet, but i'm beginning to think someone had her in their home, as she
definitely didn't look like she had spent the last 5 days living in the bush, no injuries, had not
been attacked by any animal.

i'm going to quietly follow her next time she goes out, just in cAse she goes back to where she was,
as maybe she was lavished with toys and lots of food, and might go back there.

don't know if that was the case, but we are elated and so happy she is back, she is one of our five cats,
all who stay close to home, and have a very good life with us and our two labradors.

a nice ending. i have had a few sad endings to cats disappeAring in the past, remember all of them,
so this is nice.
I guess my favorite animal we had was a cat name of Mook. One of those flat faced cats , Scottish foal or something like that. Reminded me of Edward G Robinson. She had some type of neck injury so she couldn't make any noise but she had a unique personality. I liked that cat.
I just saw this thread. Sorry for your loss Ron.

We lost a cat just this March ... Herbie. He was an orange Tabby in his 20th year. We had pretty much written him off 5 years ago but he was a trooper ... very senile -- you would feed him and he would be looking at you 2 minutes later "where is my supper?".

A couple years ago we lost another cat ... Boogersnot ... Maine Coon. Just got sick and died in a span of about 48 hours. Not even time to decide he needed to go to the vet. He was psychotic but always loved sitting on my lap when our youngest (at the time) cat would let him.

These all hurt but the one that really stings is the loss of our crazy dog Fred about 4-5 years ago. We had to put him to sleep after about a months deterioration. We got him 6 months after our son was born so it hit him pretty hard too.

Several other pets in my youth: Joey, Sam, Rex, Caesar.

Nice thread (well it would be nicer if it wasn't needed).
Sorry for your loss Ron...

At least he had a great life with you and your family... the years he spent with you and the joy shared is truly worth it.
all good dogs go to Doggy Heaven:

Tama the stationmaster cat elevated as goddess at funeral
Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press
First posted: Sunday, June 28, 2015 06:01 PM EDT
TOKYO - Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday.
The calico cat was appointed stationmaster at the Kishi station in western Japan in 2007. Donning her custom-made stationmaster's cap, Tama quietly sat at the ticket gate welcoming and seeing off passengers. The cat quickly attracted tourists and became world-famous, contributing to the railway company and local economy.
Tama, who had turned 16 in April, died of a heart failure on June 22. During Sunday's Shinto-style funeral at the station where she served, Tama became a goddess. The Shinto religion, indigenous to Japan and practiced by many Japanese, has a variety of gods including animals.
In one of several portraits decorating the altar, Tama posed in a stationmaster's hat and a dark blue cape. Sake, as well as watermelon, apples, cabbage and other fruits and vegetables were presented to the cat. A stand outside the station was heaped with bouquets, canned tuna and other gifts left by thousands of Tama fans who came to pray from around the country.
Wakayama Electric Railway President Mitsunobu Kojima thanked the cat for her achievement, and said Tama will be enshrined at a nearby cat shrine in August.
Before Tama's arrival, the local Kishigawa Line was near-bankrupt; and the station was unmanned as it had lost its last staff.
Kojima said appointing Tama as stationmaster was initially an excuse to keep the cat at the station.
"But she was really doing her job," he said. The rest was a miracle, and his company's success story also gave hope for dozens of other struggling tiny local train lines, he said.
"Tama-chan really emerged like a saviour, a goddess. It was truly my honour to have been able to work with her," Kojima said in his speech.
During her tenure, Tama had contributed an estimated 1.1 billion yen ($8.9 million) to the local economy, Kojima said.
Kojima said that when he visited Tama at an animal hospital the day before she died, the cat woke up and reached out to him with her paws, as if asking for a hug, and looked straight into his eyes. He said he told Tama to get well so they can celebrate the cat's upcoming 10th anniversary as a stationmaster, and said the cat responded with a "meow."
Tama is a popular name for cats in Japan, where they are considered spiritual animals. The word could translate as treasure, ball or spirit.
The cat had climbed the corporate ladder from stationmaster to "ultra-stationmaster" and vice-president of the company before receiving the additional title Sunday of "honourable eternal stationmaster."
Tama will be succeeded by another calico cat, Nitama, now an apprentice stationmaster.
Tama the stationmaster cat elevated as goddess at funeral | Weird | News | Toron

The Rainbow Bridge
By the edge of the woods, at the foot of a hill
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still
Where the friends of man and woman do run
When their time on earth is over and done

For here between this world and the next
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest
On this golden land they wait and play
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed
Their bodies have healed with strength renewed.

They romp through the grass without even a care
Until one day they stop and stare
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back
Then all of a sudden one breaks from the pack.

For just in that instant, their eyes have met
Together again, both person and pet
So they run to each other, these friends from long past
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart
Has turned into joy once more in each heart
They embrace with a love that will last forever
And then, side by side, they cross over together.

Note: Borrowed the photo from Spam's post.

I'd like to think my flat face cat Mook is there.
Uggie, canine star of Oscar movie The Artist,' dies in Los Angeles
First posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 10:36 AM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 10:46 AM EDT
Uggie, the energetic Jack Russell terrier who captured hearts when he appeared in Oscar-winning silent movie "The Artist," has died in Los Angeles at the age of 13, his owner said on Wednesday.
The white and tan dog, who charmed audiences and the media in red carpet appearances to promote the movie, had a prostate tumor and died last week.
"We regret to inform to all our friends, family and Uggie's fans that our beloved boy has passed away," Uggie's owner and trainer Omar Von Muller said in a Facebook posting.
"Uggie had a cancerous tumor in the prostate and is now in a better place not feeling pain. Thank you for your support, I will not be reading any comments for a while as it is too painful at the moment," he added.
Uggie starred as "The Dog" alongside French actor Jean Dujardin in the 2011 movie which won five Oscars, including best picture. Fans of Uggie conducted an unsuccessful campaign to have him nominated for an Oscar in his own right.
His stunts and tricks led to numerous television appearances and in 2012 he became the first dog to have his prints cemented outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, alongside acting legends such as Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne and Judy Garland.
Uggie, who also appeared in the movies "Water for Elephants" and "The Campaign," retired in 2012.
Uggie, canine star of Oscar movie The Artist,' dies in Los Angeles | Celebrities
When a beloved pet dies
By Joanne Richard, Special to Postmedia Network
First posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 07:00 AM EDT
There’s no getting over Rover.
Losing a pet is devastating – our beloved Mugsy was euthanized a month ago. We cried like babies, overwhelmed with grief, despondent that our 12-year-old red poodle wasn’t coming home ever again.
Mugsy wasn’t your ordinary dog, and our hearts are broken. Other pet owners can empathize –“your own pet is never ‘just a dog,’” says Dr. Frank McAndrew, psychology professor at Knox College and blogger in He had his dog Murphy put down in January.
Our affections are never objective when it comes to pets. Losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend. “We have more contact with our pets than with most other human and our relationships with dogs can be even more satisfying than our human relationships,” says McAndrew. “They are a companion who does not judge us as well as an integral part of our daily routine.”
We’re lost without them and grieve the end of the unconditional positive feedback, the emotional comfort. There’s little in terms of societal rituals to help get us through the grief. “Recognize that your feelings are normal and that there is nothing to be embarrassed about,” adds McAndrew.
Brian Kilcommons has grieved the loss of six dogs over his lifetime, and although each death has been agonizing, living without a dog is a no go. He’s on another short, intense and joyful journey with his bull mastiff Sam and tiny terrier, Victoria.
“Every death has been emotionally crushing – it’s involuntary heart surgery. It feels like someone has reached down your throat and ripped out your heart,” says Kilcommons, premier dog behaviourist, author and trainer at
Animals rescue us. Chronic loneliness is a modern-day epidemic. It’s considered a bigger health risk than obesity or smoking – loneliness kills. Human were not designed to be solitary creatures; we crave connection and research concludes that pets can compensate for the absence of human companionship. Animals boost oxytocin levels, stimulating bonding and relaxation and easing stress.
Richard Waxman calls them four-legged healers. The first person who says, “It was only a dog, you can get another one,” run the other way!
The loss of a dog is so intense because the life span of a dog is a relatively short period of time in a human’s life, says Waxman, who runs a pet bereavement support group at Paws & Hearts Welcome.
Many people feel guilty because they grieve their pet’s loss so very much, sometimes even more than a human loss. “Most friends and relatives don’t share the intimacy that we share with our four-legged companions that’s why losing them is so unbearable,” says Waxman.
Prepare for feelings of abandonment, the closing of a chapter, that nagging question, “did I do enough to take care of my dog or cat at the end? Should I really have euthanized when I did?”
If you had to euthanize your pet don't give yourself the guilt trip, stresses Waxman. “If the vet and your dog or cat told you it was time, then you did them a world of good to let them slip gently away. The word euthanize means 'good death,' and as rotten as it is to say good-bye, sometimes it has to be done.”
Coping with loss
Pets have become substitutes for children and even spouses, says pet grief counselor Brien Thurston, of Pet Loss Canada | mourning is a journey as well as an experience. “The death of this pet reinforces the loss of a person and exaggerates the loss.”
Here’s help to deal with the loss:
Do not rush the grieving process, nor allow any other person to try and make you “get over it,” says Thurston. “Even the government legislates how long we can grieve by allowing a list of times away from work according to family/other ties. There are no recognitions for animals.”
Invite those who may understand and share your grief to discuss it with you, he says. Avoid those who have no positive experiences with pets since they will have very different emotions and disinterests.
Celebrate the fact that your dog or cat had an amazing life with you, adds Richard Waxman, of Paws & Hearts Welcome.
Keep talking to your departed dog or cat - they are at the Rainbow Bridge ( and they can hear you, says Waxman.
Cry as much as you need to and get it out.
Do not rush out and immediately get a new pet, stresses Dr. Frank McAndrew. Until you have fully grieved and come to terms with the loss of the old pet, it will not be fair to the new one.
Do allow another pet into your life eventually, adds McAndres. “Some people are so grief-stricken that they never want to go through it again, but for pet lovers the rewards will always outweigh the loss.”
Dog owners vs. non-dog owners
Dog owners are happier in life and work than those who don’t have a dog, according to
80% of people who have a dog are happy or very happy with their life in general
70% of those without dogs claim to be happy or very happy
86% of people with a dog say having a dog reduces stress
63% of dog owners report being content with their work life
Only 44% of non-dog owners were satisfied at work
When a beloved pet dies | Life | Toronto Sun
Ron in Regina
Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in Regina View Post

At the request of a friend and family member, I'm starting this thread.

Close to a decade ago for me an a lifetime again for an old friend, I was
given the pick of the litter from a Rotti. One thing lead to another and I
came home with my Shadow.

We had to put our ol'Shadow down on Friday. He had a good long life.
He was a good, loyal friend and will be missed by the many whose
lives he touched. A gentle soul who loved babies and kittens & puppies.

Yesterday was 5yrs since our friend Shadow left us. Rarely a day goes by that he isn't on my mind or that he doesn't come up in conversation somehow. He touched the lives of so many, and so many got over their lifelong fear of dogs just by being in his company for a few hours experiencing his massive and fearsome presence to learn just how gentle and intelligent a dog can be. Everything about him was just BIG, from his loyalty to the love he shared with us. The big ones burn bright but not for long. I miss him so much even to this day.