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Category Archives: Pet Memorials
It’s been a month since my beautiful Evey passed on to a better place. I miss her more and more every day.
I began fostering Evey in December of 2011 as a long term foster. The petite girl had a big personality. From the moment she sat on my Dad’s feet at the Beagle Paws Shelter and stared up with her glassy eyes, we knew she would be a big part of our lives. From her cute wobbly strut, to her flip floppy ears, every part of her personality took up a big place in my heart. At the time I was struggling with my own health issues, and I needed her companionship as much as she needed mine. We took care of each other and became the best of friends. She came everywhere with me. She liked to sleep most of the day. But if I moved, she followed right behind me. For instance, when I would shower, she would wake up, waddle in the bathroom and poke her head in behind the shower curtain to make sure I was still there. More than once she knocked over all the shampoos while taking a look. Then, she would lie on the bath mat until I was done. I swear, if I could have put her in a baby carrier, I would have taken her everywhere I went; as she was happiest when she was right by my side. If I left the house, she would cry at the front door until I came home. As a result, I would never leave her for very long.
Evey’s passing is still so new. I miss her so much. I catch myself trying to talk to her. Or, turning around and see if she is okay. I especially miss her sleeping between my feet and when I drive in the car. You see, Evey had a pink doggy seat belt, and she would sit in the back seat right behind me. She loved driving in the car. One time, after a walk downtown St. John’s last summer, she fell asleep in her pink seat belt with her head in her water dish. She was so tired she fell asleep while taking a drink. It was so cute.
Evey was such a unique and special dog. I am so sad that our time together was so short. However, the emotion is bittersweet because I am so grateful that we had that time together. I know she is in a better place where her illnesses no longer plague her. Evey had congestive heart failure, fluid on the lungs and disc disease. But she never let those illnesses get her down. Her strength and sunny disposition were inspiring. I try to channel her strength as I battle my own illnesses. Also, I tell myself “that when someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure” because that is truly how I feel. I treasure every moment that I spent with Evey. She left her paw print on my heart.
My sweet Jiggs, it has been a year since you left and I’m still not sure it’s real. I finally tucked your collar and leash away in a safe spot but your meds still sit on the shelf waiting for you to come home. You were absolute joy to me. You filled my life with your grace. I’m convinced you were heaven sent. I still can’t believe that God chose me to care for you. How come I was the one who was blessed? It was an honour and privilege to have been allowed to have had you in my life. God bless you my darling.
As I see the Gates of Heaven
And I know I’m headed home
I see the great St. Peter
But alas, he’s not alone.
The tears have blurred my vision
But I’d know him anywhere
He sits and waits so patiently
He knows I’ll soon be there.
I drop to my knees and call his name
He responds with bounding glee
He whines and he cries
The joy is in his eyes
He’s waited so patiently.
I know it’s truly Heaven
For that it’s plain to see
My faithful friend and companion
Is once again with me.
Zoe was a beautiful 5 year old whose life was tragically cut short. She spent her last few months in a loving home where she learned to re-build trust and had two children to love and adore. She will be missed by all who knew her.
You left a paw print on our hearts.
We only knew you for a short time but you grew in to our loyal friend.
We will always remember the funny little things you did with fondness.
How you loved your stuffed toys and would play for hours.
How you would create a space for yourself wherever ‘your’ people were.
We loved you and will miss you.
Beagle Paws Volunteers, Calgary Chapter
Buster was a senior dog when he arrived at Beagle Paws and he also came with some heath issues but that did not stop him from enjoying his life. Affectionately known as Buster Brown he was a goofy old boy with a bark that sounded like a seal. His foster mom took him home with her and gave him the best three years of his life where he was loved and he dearly loved her.
We wish we could have told you,
in words you’d understand,
We wanted you to stay with us.
This wasn’t what we’d planned.
We wish somehow to tell you,
How empty we now feel.
A part of us went with you,
A part that time can’t heal
We wish we’d once more hear you,
in your funny little bark,
and look into your eyes again
that were always full of spark
We wish we had you back again,
to fill this empty space.
But one day we’ll be together
in a far, far better place.
We will miss you sweet boy. Your foster mom Shirley and Volunteers at Beagle Paws.
Rosie was one of the most unique beagles we have had the honor to share our lives with. This little girl was the most grumpiest dog we had ever met. You could not pick her up and cuddle her like you normally would with any other dog. But even with such a strong personality she won her way into our hearts. For almost 7 years we shared our home and lives with this special girl. As she entered her senior years she mellowed and would allow me to sing to her without her getting upset (maybe she didn’t like my signing and finally gave in!) and eventually she would allow us to pick her up as she let her guard down. She even began a routine where around 9pm every evening she would do a little play dance come over for a rub and run on. That was a big deal for Rosie. Over the years Rosie had a lot of health issues but as far as we can estimate she lived to be at least 14 years old. We consider ourselves very lucky and privledged to have shared our lives with “Rosie Girl”.
You are missed every day,
Mom and Dad (Sheila and Chris Lewis)
On Oct.24th 2012 we lost our beautiful girl Kelly. We only had her for a short time, but she captured our hearts from the moment we brought her home. We hope we were able to give you the life that you so deserved. We miss you every day,but know that you are now in a better place.
All our love,
Dad & Mum aka Earl & Yvonne
On Dec. 3, 2011, I picked up Saralee at the city shelter to foster her through Beagle Paws.
I knew she wasn’t well from the very beginning. She would only walk a few feet and then she would stand motionless for a long time to the point that I would have to take her up in my arms. Her heart was bad and later she was diagnosed with pytroma and operated on. She did well for awhile and I was so happy for her. She gained back her weight, was eating well, loved just hanging out in the house and on the patio and especially snoozing in her bed. Life was good, for both of us. She seem to be so content, I loved just looking at her. When I would put my arms around her, it was like she didn’t know what to do, she would just be so still, but I felt she got great comfort from it in her own way and that she was glad that we were together.
Then gradually her health started failing again to the point that I had to let her go. I wasn’t able to be with her those last few days of her life but I hope during that time that she was able to hold onto all the comfort and love that we brought to each other and that it brought her through to her last breath from this life.
Your foster mommy, Linda Rowe
The feeling of embracing you and your loving trusting eyes looking at me, will always be with me.
Rest in peace, my darling little doggie.
It’s with a heavy heart that Matt and I tell you that the light of our lives, Jake, passed on Sunday. He had an undetected tumor in his spleen that ruptured suddenly and thankfully didn’t suffer as much as we are right now. Jake was the first dog either of us had ever had. He made his way in a houseful of cats and even trained us on how to be good dog people. He was pure love and gentleness on four legs but knew how to trick us into getting a second round of treats! He never did get used to riding in the car, but he tolerated it long enough to get to Bowering Park, and occasionally to the grandparents for a visit (and unprotected catfood). To say that he changed our lives is an understatement.
How do you say goodbye to someone who was always at your side? We weren’t sure of the life you lived before us, but once you came into our home we knew we couldn’t let you go, and you gave us 5 great years!
Love you and miss you little buddy, hope all your pain is gone now. Mommy will never forget your hugs. xxoo
Love Glenda, Albert, Meeko and baby Nathan
I feel in love with Roy during my very first shift as a volunteer for Beagle Paws. His cute little face melted my heart as soon as I walked through the door. Roy enjoyed going for walks, laying in the warmth of the sun, belly scratches and treats, especially treats! His bark was unmistakable, it always made me smile.
Roy enjoyed a little vacation at our home a week before it was his time to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Although we didn’t know his time had come while with us, Terrence and I take comfort in knowing that some of his last days were spent in our home where he was welcomed and loved as one of our family. He will always have a special place in my heart.
Roy was very lucky to have been cared for and loved by so many of the volunteers at Beagle Paws. I’m so grateful that he got to spend his last months in a place where he was warm, safe and loved.
You’ll be missed Roy.
All of the volunteers at Beagle Paws miss you so much sweet boy!