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pet memorialsOn October 15, 2007, we had to say good-bye to the best dog who ever lived. Our Golden Retriever, Eddie, was one of those rare dogs who just leaves you amazed at how great he was. He was never one to get into anything, he never chewed what he wasn't supposed to, he never messed in the fact he would run, lickety-split, all the way to the doodie field instead of going in the yard! He was one remarkable dog.
But the best thing about Eddie? He loved us...he loved us with his whole heart. Anywhere we were, he wanted to be. His favorite word in the human vocabulary was "bye-bye!" He would get so excited his whole body would shake. Once he was in the car, he was in heaven! He would bark at the horse-drawn Amish buggies, bark at other dogs, then sit back all satisfied like everything in his world was just perfect. Then we'd head to Burger King for his "bye-bye" treat...a hammieburger! Oh boy...did he love those!

We had Eddie for 13 years....a wonderful crazy happy 13 years. I hope there is a heaven and that it allows dogs. I want to scratch those big golden ears once more and tell him I love him.

I miss my boy....
Carol & Fabian ~ Mommy & Daddy to Eddie




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Enya, a lifetime with you was not enough, a moment without you is too long.
Our love with you always,

Daddy, Mommy, & Gramps




Dog Memorial Emma was only in our lives a year but made a lasting impression in our hearts. She is sadly missed.

November 16,2006 - February 15, 2008

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cat memorialOn Thursday October 2nd, my beloved black Persian cat Ellie-May lost her battle against kidney disease. She had been with us through so many life experiences; moving home many times, flying half-way around the world to a new home/country, the loss of a feline companion, going missing during Hurricane Katrina ... plus the usual 'birth, death and marriage' aspects of human life. Ellie-May was always "my cat" and as soon as our 2 young children were in bed at night, she would appear and sit next to me on the couch, squashed right up against my side (like an armless cuddle!) My husband said that she would often sit like this with him too.

She is now buried on the hill at the back of our house under her favourite tree (where I would watch her from the kitchen window, enjoying the sun and wildlife) with a beautiful white rose atop the freshly disturbed earth. I miss her. I will always miss her. She was "my baby" long before I had my children. Her feline companion, Rosie - who never really seemed to interact with Ellie at all, even though they were both tiny kittens when we got them - pined for her and seems to understand that my heart hurts from the loss. She has been sitting with me at night, in the same way Ellie used to.  ~ Melanie Rudd

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bird memorials Our Elmo was a special bird. Elmo, an emu, emerged from his egg on a cold December day in 2001. As an adult he stood 5 ft tall and weighed approximately 140 pounds. His parents, Erasmus and Ema, still live on our three acre property in Northern California. Emus live to be 35 to 40 years old.

Hours after Elmo hatched we separated him from his father - male emus sit on the nest and raise their young chicks. Elmo spent the first six weeks of his life in a large cardboard box placed in our kitchen. We taught him the necessities of emu life and took him out on our lawn for daily romps. He had imprinted on me as his surrogate father and loved to lie on the grass next to me with his body cuddled in my arms and his head tucked into my shirt, which I suspect he regarded as a comforting parental wing.

As Elmo grew into young adulthood, he would roam our property freely. He would respond to his name and understood several voice commands. He loved to be held and petted. He particularly enjoyed summer baths in a large plastic pool, where he would splash and gurgle with joy while enjoying a rub down.
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When he reached adulthood, we provide him with his own enclosure and arranged for a suitable mate named Egal. Both bonded and enjoyed several years of a happy life together. Yet even then Elmo would enjoy visits from us. He would leave his mate and his enclosure and walk along with us enjoying special treats such as grapes. He continued to enjoy his baths and never lost his habit of putting his head inside my shirt or jacket for comfort. When his head was stroked, he would fall asleep in my arms.

On a windy and stormy night in March 2009, Elmo was attacked and killed by a mountain lion. He was just eight years old. We are grateful for the years of happiness he brought us; we mourn with deep sorrow his premature departure.

bird memorialYes, our Elmo was special bird, a very special bird. He was our constant companion and our beloved friend. We miss him dearly, but his memories will be cherished in our hearts forever.

Phil and Gail 
March 2009