Pet Memorials

CALI  LAWRENCE

July 1, 2004 to February 26, 2022 

Cali, our almost 18 year old Calico cat passed away on the 26th February, 2022, at home in her bed in front of the fire with us beside her.
She has been plagued by various illnesses over the past year including arthritis, gall bladder, respiratory problems and has lost almost half of her body weight. Lately, the respiratory problems worsened, and she also stopped eating and drinking because of it. On Saturday, it was clear that she could no longer see where she was going and was disoriented when she did leave her bed as well as gasping for breath at the least exertion. At that time, we made the decision that she was no longer safe in our house and that she would probably waste away over time, probably in discomfort. With that in mind and regard for her quality of life going forward, we called Francine of Paws at Rest who then contacted Dr. Dennett who came to the house to allow Cali to leave us peacefully.
It’s funny how the bad things she did fade into amusing anecdotes such as the scratching of the carpet and the trials trying to trim her claws or give her a pill. All the times that she charged down the lawn to the backyard trees, climbing up so high and not knowing how to get down, causing her dad to get the ladder out to get her back safely. These things, serious then, now serve to comfort us.
But we will always remember and miss her for the closeness she had with both of us in different ways, of course. When her dad, a photographer, was processing pictures she insisted that he move the scratching post over to his workstation so that she could climb to the top platform and fall asleep on his hand, leaving him to process pictures one handed (one does not wake a sleeping cat!). Or when we were sitting on the deck, and we’d look over at the patio window to see her little face wanting to come out and just sit in a chair with us or climb onto the patio table to fall asleep on her dad’s hand. No longer is there anyone to share his potato chips with and we will miss the look of anticipation on her face as she licked her lips knowing she would get to lick the salt of his fingers. We will miss the enjoyment we got from all the times we noticed her fall so deeply asleep that she got the “twitches” as if she were in an exciting dream.
Cali was not one to be held unless she initiated it but she and her mom shared one very special tradition over the years. When mom asked for a “kissy-kissy” Cali was more than happy to lean forward and touch her mouth to her mom’s mouth. Not a long touch but one with always so much love.
And there are hundreds of small things that seemed inconsequential at the time. The way she slept on the window ledge shelves with her head completely tucked forward under her chest (how did she breath?) or the fact that she could be fast asleep in her bed in front of the fire and if we came down the stairs she would wake up, jump out of her bed, and march over, with authority, to see us. Even the simple act of her just lying in the sun, so relaxed, made us smile.
She will be missed more than words can express.

Madisen (Maddie) McGregor

June 18, 2009-October 30, 2021

On October 30th, 2021 my baby girl passed away at home. It was unexpected and broke my heart. She was only 12 ½ years old and relatively healthy. Maddie was a brilliant, beautiful, independent loving dog. She let you know when she wanted something. She was my baby angel. Madisen and her brother Mickey came to live with me at 6 weeks old. They were Labrador and Rottweiler mix, both big dogs. Madisen right away showed she was going to be the risk taker of the two. She was adventurous with so much love and life in her eyes. Over the years, every time something happened in my life and Maddie saw me crying, she would stop whatever she was doing and jump on the couch or bed and comfort me.
Some of Maddie’s favorite things were gnawing on her pillow…I think it soothed and relaxed her. She did it until a few days before she passed. I remember several years ago, one of her gnawing pillows was so torn and beat up that I decided to toss it in the garbage and get her another one. Well, Maddie wasn’t having none of that, she took it out of the garbage and put it back with her stuff. We had many pillows over the years for her, but she had her favorites, and they were patched up by her Doda (grandmother). She also loved Doggie Camp at PetSmart, especially if she could be around the little dogs.
Maddie loved to be outside…she loved the winter mostly because of the snow and would play in it whenever the first snowfall arrived. I miss my little girl so much…she was the brightness in my day because most of the time she was in a great mood. And when she was upset or unhappy about something, you knew because she was a very vocal little girl. She cried for food, water, outside, just about everything…I just had to figure out what each cry meant. She had a habit of tossing her water bowl if it was empty, just to get my attention. Lol
Maddie was the social butterfly in the family, she greeted everyone and was so easy going (unless of course she wasn’t happy). Maddie didn’t like when I watched shows like Big Brother or Game shows…I realized it was the yelling and the loud noises like bells or other things going off that she didn’t like, so I bought headphones so she couldn’t hear the noise, otherwise I’d have to change the channel because she’d climb on me and block my view of the tv, which made it difficult to watch.
I will miss you always Madisen…I know you are still here and every once in a while, I can smell her scent in the house…that’s when I know she is looking over me to be sure I’m ok.

Mickey McGregor

June 18, 2009-November 11, 2021

On November 11, 2021, it was with a heavy heart that I had to say goodbye to my Mickey. Unlike his sister Madisen, Mickey’s passing was expected but difficult, nonetheless. Mickey had hip dysplasia which had become debilitating and a decision was made before Madisen passed away to euthanize him. However, since Maddie passed away before we had a chance to do it, I postponed the euthanasia because I couldn’t bear to have both of them gone.
In the days after Maddie passed, Mickey was so heartbroken, he stared at the spot where his sister passed. So now he was not only dealing with his hip issue, he was depressed and sad about losing his sister. She was everything to him…they were from the same litter. It was a hard decision to let him go…I still regret it but know he is no longer in pain and is reunited with his loving sister, who I know is taking care of him at the Rainbow Bridge.
My little man Mickey was my special angel. His personality was very different than his sister Madisen. Where Maddie was independent, Mickey was dependent and a momma’s boy. He was sociable when he was a puppy, but after being neutered, his behavior changed. He became nervous and afraid of everything. Mickey was a difficult guy to walk. If he became scared of a loud noise during our walk, he would stop in his tracks and wouldn’t move. Getting him to move again was challenging most of the time as he was a big, strong dog, over 100 lbs. Mickey was a special needs dog, in that he had anxiety and was fearful of many things…but as long as Maddie and I were with him, he was fine. A previous dog walker of mine, who knew Mickey and Maddie very well, said she thought Mickey may have a touch of autism. We loved our Mickey…he was our special angel and my baby.
Mickey was a loving but very cautious dog. He loved to play, especially with his sister Maddie, but Maddie would grow annoyed with him because he’d play for a few minutes and get bored.
Some of Mickey’s favorite things were his toys and cookies (doggie treats). He loved going to Petsmart doggie camp and of course the car ride there. It was like his second home. Mickey was the type of dog who needed time to get to know new people in his life. Petsmart was the only place he felt comfortable, when outside of home. He loved the staff and was a very friendly and loving little boy. It broke my heart to say goodbye to him because he’s always needed me, and I was always there for him but this time I had to let him go…it’s still sad without him.

M & M are forever in my heart!
Lori (M & M’s mom)

Hank

January 22, 2022

Hank was born on Jun 5, 2008 – one of 11 Golden Retrievers. The breeder was Kim Gilligan from Burritt’s Rapids. Hank’s first home was right across the road from our farm. On July 26 we brought home Hank and his litter mate Duke. These two brothers were inseparable and enjoyed life on our horse farm and travelled to many campgrounds in our various motorhomes. Hank enjoyed wonderful health for 13.5 years – right up until 10 hours before he was euthanized due to a serious stroke. Many thanks to Dr. Gus Stringel who came to our home to care for Hank on that very cold morning. And Francine and Maria from Paws at Rest were so kind and helpful at their funeral chapel. Unbelievable service to assist pet owners in this region. Hank was so happy and kind for his whole life. He was a true therapy dog and we will never forget the love and joy that he brought to us. Hank is survived by his brother Duke who misses him very much. Hank is waiting is reunite with him so that they can play with their rubber chicken.

Marilyn and Dave McFadden

Mooch

Sep. 2003 – Dec. 2021

In the Summer of 2005 our little Buddy appeared on our back deck, abandoned, hungry and skinny, full of worms fleas and other stuff, he looked at me and started drooling and screaming, I thought he might be rabid. He was one of two drop offs. At first he begged at local homes for handouts. We fed him our cats left overs and he kept coming back, because of this we called him “the little mooch”, later just Mooch. He was always interested in my outdoor activities, he was my little helper and he would follow me around when I was outside. He would wait under a cedar hedge until I showed up, then he’d come rushing over, happy and excited to get the day moving. He would make sure all my jobs took extra-long to finish. Eventually summer turned into fall, our senior cat Jones crossed the rainbow bridge and we weren’t sure if we wanted another. We tried to rehome him but was having no luck, this later turned out to be a blessing for us. Mooch had this odd habit of getting onto our roof, neighbors would call me at work, worried my cat would fall off. It was when they called him my cat that I realized I had been adopted. Mooch and I grew up and we grew old together, we’ve both survived heart issues, back issues, good times and bad times together. Loved our times playing outside or just sleeping in his chair on the deck. He’s helped with every home reno and family feast since. He’s my shadow, my anchor, my little soul mate in a fur coat, always within reach never out of sight. Over the years our clocks seemed to wind down at the same rate, but as of late his winds down faster, and it is his time. From the day we met him he’s gone from an unwanted orphan to the master of the house. Lorna’s going to miss taking you for your walks on your leash and holding you in her lap on all the vet trips, as I chauffer us to our destination, something we will cherish forever. So now he’s going on ahead of Lorna and I, getting things all ready at our next place, where we will all be together and never separated again. Farewell my little buddy, smooth sailing over the rainbow, we’ll head bump again, on the other side of that bridge. love you my big guy

Death leaves a heart ache no one can heal,

Love leaves a memory no one can steal

(From an Irish head stone)

With Love,

Kevin and Lorna Carr

Trigger 

August 6, 2021

The Childs Family
Jason, Jennifer, Rachel, Jo and Daisy (Trigger’s companion)

8 years ago, we went to the local Humane Society ‘just to look’. Little did we know that we would be adopted that day by this amazing Husky mix, Trigger, who grabbed our attention and stole our hearts. He took us as his own that very day, and over the next 8 years became my hiking buddy, a companion to all, loved by most who met him, even if just once. His favorite season of course, was winter. He’d get so excited when he’d see the snow fall, and in the spring, he would always claim the last patch of remaining snow. He did like summer too unless it was too hot. But he especially liked summer days when we were camping and he got to go for a swim (okay, to chase sticks).
He was so happy last weekend when he got to go for one more camping trip, and he seemed reinvigorated by it!
However, while he spent most of the days since seeming like his younger self, Trigger went to sleep, peacefully, at home, only to ‘cross the rainbow bridge’, as they say.
Thank you Trigger, for adopting us, and for the memories you have left us with.

Billi

June 19, 2021

Our beloved Billi passed peacefully in her sleep on June 19th. She was with us for 15 years from the time she was 7 weeks old. She brought us boundless joy and energy. Billi loved to go for hour-long walks with Nikolas, swim, chase waves (and squirrels) and was confused by rabbits who sat still. People wondered what kind of “dragon” lived in our back yard as Billi would growl and shake her frisby ferociously whenever someone walked by. They would be surprised when they actually saw her gentle and wise face. We love you Billi. We miss you and miss your loving care of us. Who will take us for walks now? Auntie Dale, Miss Millie, Pat, Charlie (hope you have lots of treats) Sherri and Paul, and all your friends love you and miss you.

Elle Mycenae Woods, Esq.

June 1, 2021

My dearest Miss Elle.
You always were a diva, wanting to be in the center of everything, but on your terms. You brought us nearly seventeen years of laughter, drama, companionship, and love. From “reading” all those law cases, to taking a grassy stroll but refusing to have your paws touch the grass, to assessing the vet’s supplies, to being Miss Claws – each day that we shared with you was a gift and a blessing. We will cherish our memories forever and we know that you’ve gone in peace to join your brother Mister. Love you always.

Sammy Logue Ramsay

March 19, 2021

Since you passed into the spirit world our whole world seems shattered — our hearts are empty — our home just a house …… To say we miss you is a huge understatement … you took our hearts with you. Nanny spends everyday looking for you, calling your name, and crying. She deeply deeply misses your companionship— especially at mealtimes! You my sweet girl, filled our everyday with love and comfort!

I have shed many, many tears as have all the friends you had here in Canterbury and across Canada!
Many have come by to leave plants and flowers in your honor.
We also donated your beds – yes all 4 of them to the Rescue for Dogs group— they were happy – we saved your favorite toys -they will stay with us forever — as will your spirit!

YOU my sweet Sammy gave us the best 10.5 years ever— your unconditional love saw us through many different challenges! For 10.5 years you brought smiles and laughter to so so many children at the after school day care program… they loved you as much as you loved them and they miss you too— I have explained to them that your work here on earth was done and that the Creator needed you up there in heaven to play with all the children there— that they can see you every day in the blue skies and sunshine and that you are playing ball on the star that shines brightest every night!! You my sweet sweet Sammy are indeed the brightest star! We love you Sammy — we love you deeply and always will —You will never be forgotten — ever

Love, Mommy and Nanny xoxoxoxo
and all the family and friends…

Forever Sammy — always and forever — We would have never ever wanted to say goodbye to you- ever!

Layla

May 15, 2007 – March 5, 2021

You entered our life as a present to our daughter Angela on her 16th birthday and became such a precious member of our entire family in a way we couldn’t have imagined. You were just a little 4 pound, apricot and caramel coloured bundle of joy and evolved into a most cherished and gorgeous Mini Poodle, becoming near and dear to all who knew you. Your comical and entertaining ways were a treasure to behold and very much missed. A gentle spirit, who sensed our every mood and feeling and was always there when we needed you. We miss you immensely and take solace in your new found carefree existence over the Rainbow Bridge.

We love you and you will be in our hearts forever.

Love Mommy Daddy and Angela XO

Layla

January 15, 2005 – January 18, 2021

You came to us as a little puppy when we were only kids ourselves. A birthday gift for Mommy, you were the gift that kept on giving. You had a few goofy years, but overall trained like a dream and had 

such respect for the rules. You were so smart, counting out how many food scoops you got, and knowing who would come to the house and when based on a weekly schedule. You grew up with us: bearing witness to our engagement, marriage, and then graciously accepting two more children to join us, you were always such a Good Girl. You stuck with us through moving five times as well, and you welcomed any other pet you lived with over many years. And so, it is with such heavy hearts that we said goodbye to you. We will always cherish the years we had with you, especially the extra 2 years post-stroke. You will be missed by your family so much it hurts. You will be further missed by extended family and many friends and neighbours who knew you as “the gentle dog over the fence.” We know you’ll find your old friends Buddy, Gizmo, Maggie, Jane, Dakota, Mocha, Connie and probably many others over the Rainbow Bridge.

We’ll never forget how loyal, protective, gentle, funny, and snuggly you were. Hope you are chasing squirrels now and feeling forever young.

Love 

Mommy, Daddy, Anika, Marek, Grandma Debbie and Quasi

 

Dexter Wallace

December 12, 2020

With the sad departure of our beloved and cherished Dexter Wallace on November 12th, 2020, we reflect back on our eleven and a half years with him.
Although his passing was both devastating and heart wrenching, he will always be remembered as a big kind, fun loving, supportive companion, and a true member of our family.
When day to day activities sometimes brought you down, he was your best friend at your side and would listen and support you endlessly. Our trips around the Richmond lagoons and Dexter’s frolicking always brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces. We always arrived home happy and fulfilled.
Now the are we travelled and explored seem empty, barren and sad without our true friend and cherished companion.
We will always walk together in our loving memories and forever in our hearts.
Until we meet again my dear friend.

Rob and Dora

Cheyenne

2009 – 2020

Cheyenne the way you changed our lives was unbelievable. You were only 3 weeks old and already in your mama’s arms. You were so little and delicate and we got to have you for 11 years of our lives. We wish it could’ve been for longer but you couldn’t do it anymore and we understood. We miss you so much and we think about you all the time but let me tell you baby girl Mama is always going to have you in her heart and she’s never ever going to forget you, your her fat fat girl as she would call you. Cross the rainbow bridge and enjoy eating as many treats as you can and chew up all the teddy’s you want up there because its your time. You will be never forgotten Baby girl 🥺🤍

Mama France and 2 big sisters Annick & Angèle

Winnie

(Oct 2015 – Nov 2020)

Winnie you were truly the queen of our household. You were our first fur baby and we will never forget you. We are all already missing your little hops and constant kisses. Your presence and energy fulfilled our life for the 5 years you had with us. You will always be our babygirl and our love for you is timeless

Love Mom & Dad, Rico & Binnie

Dear Mortimer

(Jan 2004 – Sept 2020)

You were my first doggy love of my life and I will never forget you.  You will always be my loving pommy son and I will always be your pommy mommy. You have always been there for me to lift my spirits as well reminding how much you loved to go on walking adventures together. I will remember how you liked to lick the snow when you played outside, how you liked playing tag with squirrels, how you loved walking me instead of me walking you, how you made a funny face when we offered you peanut butter, and how you pawed at the ringing bell to tell me that you needed to go outside. You have been the alpha dog of our pack for 16 years and have always been my rock. Your younger brother pommy Mickey misses you.

You have lived a long full life and you will always have a special place in my heart . Please say hello to Sebastian, Douglas, and Minnie, and tell them we miss and love them all very much.

Always and forever your pommy mommy,

Anna

And, your pommy daddy and brothers (Scott, Mickey, and Nico)

(Aka: Kuds kuds, the sweety sweets, baby girl, sweetheart, gooby, Kuds)

Oct 3, 2007 to July 11, 2020

Our sweet baby girl gained her wings on July 11, 2020. This was the hardest decision I ever had to make.

Kodah you become part of my life when you were just 5.5 weeks old and you instantly stole my heart. I got you at the young age of 19, you grew with me into my adult years.

You have been there for me through the ups and downs, you were always happy go lucky and didn’t care where we were as long as we were together.

We created such a strong bond through the 12.5 years together.

When Nathan came into my life you instantly accepted him into our little circle. To see you guys form a bond in the last 3 years was beautiful to watch. You always reminded him that you only listen to mommy but you also showed him how much love you had for him with your kisses and butt wags.

Then came Zion, your crazy, hyper and much younger brother. You taught him manors, put him in his place but also showed him so much love. To see you guys cuddled up together everyday melted my heart.

You will forever be remember by your goofy personality, the way you pounced on your frisbee while getting mad and barking at it, your endless air kisses to anyone you met, your love for cuddling and how you had such an expressive face, especially your head tilts.

Our place feels so empty without you baby girl, you will forever be in our hearts and we will never forget you. Until we meet again.

Love Mommy, Daddy and Zion

Tucker

June 19, 2020

We may have only had you for a short time, but you made our hearts so full. The house is quite without you here. You were the smartest dog and learned everything so quickly. We miss you so much but we have peace knowing you are with us at all times.

Til we meet again Our sweet boy

 

Sunny Babluck

2009 – 2020

We lost one of our fur children on July 11, 2020.

Our Sunny was laid to rest today after struggling with Cushings disease and liver damage.
Sunny had multiple names such as DohDoh, Brown dog, ChoCho, Monster man, Clikity Clack and just a little guy.

He was stubborn, loyal, protective, loving, smart and funny. He was also a jerk, a bully, barked at nothing and had no problem stealing food out of anyone hands.
Sunny was a one person owner but as our family grew, he adjusted with no issues. Sunny loved running after bubbles with Nicole , loved playing catch and had no problem barking at you if you didn’t play with him fast enough. He also barked at you if you did not feed-him on time. He was at his bowl every day at 5 pm sharp impatiently waiting.

He had a hard time listening, made me mad often. But despite of that, he completed our family !
Our home is going to be so quiet without you Sunny and we are all going to miss you so much.
I am glad you are no longer suffering but wish you could have stayed longer.

I am going to miss seeing you at the front door with your happy dance when I get home at the end of the day . I know Minnie will look for you and will miss you.

You were never “Just a dog”. You were a very important part of our family and you were loved dearly!

Rest In Peace my Boy!

Marshall

August 15th, 2012 – June 5th, 2020

7 years ago,

in a little farmhouse in a little town near St-Jean sur le Richelieu, Marshall chose us.

Marshall was full of life; he had a larger than life personality. He was a lover of all food, walks and car rides, Marshall loved it all as long as he was surrounded by his family.

When Marshall was diagnosed with lymphoma im June of 2016, he did not slow down. He did not let the cancer bring him down and continued to be his goofy self. He received exceptional care from oncologist Dr. Hugues Lacoste at the Ottawa Animal Emergency Hospital. Unfortunately, after much chemotherapy and medication Marshall got tired.

When we think of Marshall, we do not think about the cancer and his law few months and days. We think of him as a goofy, sometimes sassy little man that has been and will always be the best dog a family can ask for.

Even though Marshall has crossed the rainbow bridge, he still remains in our hearts. He was our easiest hello and our hardest goodbye. He will forever be missed.

“You are our sun, our moon and all of our stars” Rest Easy, Marshy.

The Kingsley’s

Jerry

June 10, 2020

It’s hard to believe that it was nearly 16 years ago that Jerry came into our lives. Clinging to his brother, he gradually warmed up to us and let us into his life. His slap stick sense of humour was qualified with a huge loving heart and the ability to illicit an “awe Jerry” with a chirp, coo or head thrust into your ribs.
Bound by his captors to remain indoors, his love for the screened porch grew. There was nothing better than to catch a summer country breeze while bathing in the warm sunlit glow of the afternoon. His one venture out of the house led to exciting times and coined the phrase “Jerry’s Excellent Adventure”. He adjusted to city life quickly and squirrel watching with his bro was an excellent hobby. He was never too far away, often bringing his toys to his peeps.
Despite his declining health, his spirit stayed strong until the very end. He will be forever remembered as a loving and important member of this family. He was loved dearly and has taken a piece of our hearts with him.

JD

At almost 12.5 years old it was a tough day for me when I lost my bearded dragon JD. Words could not describe the heartache I had, he had been with me for so long. I brought him home at 5 weeks old when he wasn’t much bigger than my thumb. We had been through everything together since moving out on my own, and eventually moving in and starting a life with my now wife. She was always loving and supportive of him, even when he would get stuck climbing all over his 4×2 terrarium and require some assistance. His favorite treat was slices of strawberry, and he would always prop himself up using his tail to stand on his hind legs and watch us in the living room. I am very grateful for Paws at Rest and the services they offer us as pet parents.
Gordon Robbins

Takhero

September 28, 2017 Romania – December 19, 2019 Oxford Station Ontario Canada

Breed: Tosa Inu a.k.a Japanese Mastiff

Takhero was an Angel sent to us at a time when we didn’t know how much we would need his unconditional loyalty and love!

This boy did not have the best start to his life but we hope he had the best time of his too short a life, 2 years 3 months with us.
We hope he knew how much we loved and cared for him and also how much he taught us about giant breed dogs. It was always a pleasure when we were out with him to talk to the numerous people that would approach us and always a joy to see their reaction to our beautiful, calm and well behaved giant!
He was a dog that touched many hearts in the mere 7.5 months he was with us.
He will always hold a place in the hearts of those who loved and cared for him; Cheryl Ann – his new mom who unfortunately never got to meet him in person but who cared for him all the way from her military posting in Bahrain. Cindy Draper from T&T Dogs Unleashed, she took on helping us work with him out of the kindness of her heart, allowing us to learn how rewarding living with a giant breed could be. Grant, Kathy and Gertie Seabrook, he was our angel and arrived during our first year operating our boarding facility, we truly believe that it is through our experiences with Takhero that we are able to provide other giant breed owners a place to feel confident in leaving their loved ones in our care.

We would like to thank Francine and Maria for their sincerity, empathy, and understanding. The service they provided us for Takhero’s cremation and preserving his memory in our hearts has been more than we expected and most certainly deserving of our beautiful boy.

The Seabrook’s

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