We Remember "Carly"
Gone but not forgotten
rescued by the Village Pet Services staff. She came to
us in poor health. After being treated by Dr. Bob
and staff, she quickly became a great addition to the
Village Pet Services family. Carly was the
highlight of everyone's day, with her small but mighty
voice and her little piggy attitude. She always alerted
us to visitors.
the "star" of many Village Pet Services ads and
commercials. She enjoyed her weekends away with
various staff members. Carly will be greatly missed by
all who knew her.
We Remember "Nikki"
Celebrating her 16th birthday on
January 4, 2011
It is with heavy
hearts to tell you that Nikki was put to
sleep on Wednesday, November 30 at 7:10 pm. She was 35
days shy of her 17th birthday. We'll be eternally
grateful to our two earth angels who rescued Nikki last
Christmas Day, allowing us eleven more months to enjoy
her. Thank you John and Karen! Likewise, our immense
gratitude goes to Dr. Bob and his wonderful staff for
all their love, care, skills and devotion.
As many of you know, we were in
Wisconsin over Thanksgiving and returned Saturday. When
we picked her up on Sunday morning from Dr. Bob's, we
knew in our hearts that our time with her was coming to
an end. It was as if she was stubbornly hanging on till
we were reunited for the last time. Nikki was declining
more and more this year and, without going into details,
her body was shutting down. Since Saturday she
virtually stopped eating, losing 4 pounds in 4 days. In
fact we thought that fateful day had come on Monday
(early evening) when we found her lying in the foyer,
listless. We laid down on either side of her and for
hours told her how much she meant to us, stroking,
petting and cuddling her so she would know she wasn't
alone. This vigil lasted until 2 am Tuesday when she
suddenly moved into a sphinx-like position, fully
alert. See what we mean by stubborn?! It was as though
she was fighting against the inevitable.
For all our friends and neighbors
who loved her, walked her, played with her, provided
pats on her head and treats galore, we thank you for
your kindnesses. You made her very happy!
Please do not feel slighted to hear of this news via
email, but the pain of loss is so great right now that
phone calls are very difficult at this time. It will be
hard enough calling our parents and Eric & Family with
the news. We're crying all the time. Seeing her nose
prints on the glass, paw prints on the carpet, drool
marks on the window ledges ... bring fresh rounds of
tears. For those of you who have loved and lost beloved
pets, we know you will understand our profound grief.
Our heads and hearts are in conflict, but unselfishness
had to win out. We've lived all these years,
determining what we did and didn't do, based on Nikki's
priorities. We do not regret one day, one hour, in
adjusting our needs or desires to hers. There will
be no other dog for us.
Nikki missed her family in
Wisconsin, but adapted well to life in the Village. We
often joked that she practiced all her life for
retirement! She especially loved her boat rides, with
her firm stance at the bow overlooking the water and
shoreline ... ears flapping in the wind, body adjusting
to the turns of the boat like a born water skier. What
a good-natured dog she was, with that loopy sweet smile
of hers. Although the hearing and eyesight were in
decline, it was amazing how she could still spot open
garage doors from afar, knowing that a neighbor would be
coming out with a treat in hand. Every walk had her
looking at those garage doors!
A favorite place of hers in
Wisconsin was the Dog Park off Hwy. 38 in Racine
County. A woman had donated many acres of land, with
groves of trees and streams running throughout, along
with meadows of grass and woodland trails. What a
wonderful time she had running free, socializing with
other dogs, enjoying all the sights and smells. That is
where we plan to strew her ashes, so she can once again
know the pleasures of exploration and running like the
wind. How she loved playing in the snow, and jumping up
to catch in her mouth snowballs thrown in her
direction. How she loved people, most especially the
Dearest Nikki ... aka Furball (no
explanation needed) ... Bat Dog (extending her ears out
to resemble a bat) ... Psycho Dog (as a puppy she would
run furiously around the inside of the house) ...
Nixster ... Shadow (followed Ken incessantly) ... Stinky
(no explanation needed) ... Slab of Meat (sounds cruel,
but meant with affection) ... Miss Nikki ... Our Little
Girl ... Honeybunny.
Dearest Nikki ... there really is
such a thing as unconditional love ... that was your
gift to us and our gift to you. Thank you
for enriching our lives. Thank you for showing us what
it meant to wholly belong to another. We're better
people having known you. Thank you for the anticipation
of waking up with you each morning, knowing the day
would be full of fun and laughter with your antics.
Thank you for the memories.
Dearest Nikki, we are always and
forever yours. Love from Alpha Ken (e.g. steak) and
Beta Mary Ellen (e.g. chopped liver) ... proud members
of Nikki's Pack. Until we meet again ... oh how
heavenly that will be!
Our thanks to
Ken Gardner for
this lovely memorial tribute.
We Remember "Mister"
If a name ever
really fit a dog it was our Mister.
He was the
probably a year old when we found him in January, 1995.
Someone thought that he was a throw-away dog and had
abandoned him in a cemetery where we found him nearly
frozen and starved to death!
|He flourished with the love and care that he needed so badly and
bonded to us completely. The last three years of his life, Mister
had many health issues -- diabetes and a heart condition -- but he
was brave and fought to stay with us. We won't ever forget all
the good times we had with him and how much we loved him.
Mister left us for doggie heaven on Feb. 23, 2010 at 8:10 A.M.
Our thanks to
Larry and Winona Johnson for
this memorial tribute.
We Remember Buddy
Buddy was loved by all, because he was so
full of energy and had fun with everyone, especially the children. The
smaller and younger they were, the more gentle he would be while playing with
them. Although the pain of losing Buddy is almost unbearable and will
eventually fade away, our love and memories of Buddy will remain forever.
We will never, ever forget him.
Our thanks to Elva & Garry Berry for
Buddy's Memorial Tribute
We Remember Angel
While still a puppy,
Angel had left her birthplace and had spent the next few months a short distance
away in a neighbor's backyard. She was given to us when she was about 9 months
old. Immediately she stole our hearts! Angel was always very independent. She
had a beautiful fluffy coat and everyone wanted to pet her.
However, she did not
want to be fussed over by strangers and would usually give a soft growl to show
her displeasure. Angel lived to be 17 1/2 years old and was truly one of a kind
- our special princess.
Angel celebrating her 17th Birthday
Our thanks to
Ed and Peg Berry for Angel's Memorial
We Remember Babes Brink
On Jan 3, 2008 Babes of
Brinkvill went to a world were there is no pain. She was born on December 22,
1994 to Mar.V.Les Zeke and Edlen's Red Bay.Lees Creme. Even though she was a
registered Lab, she hated the water. Babes was our good friend for 13 years
and we will greatly miss her. Thank you Dr. Bob and staff for your years of
We Remember Buttons Felton
Eulogy for "Buttons" Felton
We Remember Spuds
Spuds was a much loved doggy
who passed quietly across the Rainbow Bridge.
She will be missed by all of
us . . . but not the general fish population!
We Remember Sweetie
was born on June 14, 1988. She passed away peacefully (thanks to Dr. Bob and his
staff) in the arms of her mommy #2 on January 8, 2006. We had
18 1/2 wonderful years together. She brought happiness to all who knew her. We
loved her dearly and she will be missed by everyone. Sweetie will be laid to
rest by her mother, "Moonpie", in Grandma and Grandaddy's backyard in
We Remember Misty
Misty was a most exceptional Schnauzer.
She gave us all her love and her instructions (which we were happy to follow!).
Among her many chores, were to make sure we went walking 2 or 3 times each day.
When the water glasses came out of the cupboard, it was time to go get "Dad" for
dinner. She tried not to take up all of the bed at night, but preferred to
be touching. Whoever sat with her on their lap, got to be waited on by the
We will miss her very much, but we will
always cherish her memory. Thank you, Dr. Bob, for all that you did
through the years for our baby. Your staff was always loving and caring.
We Remember Mr. Peaches
Here's "Mr. Peaches" when he was just a
kitten in April of 1995. His mother was a stray where we lived in
Tennessee. I fed her while she was pregnant and then she
brought her babies to my door to be fed also. Peaches was the only golden/orange kitty in
the litter and my daughters fell in love with him.
Peaches started having his tumor problems in
2003. Several surgeries kept him going, but our move to Hot Springs
Village in March of 2005 was not easy for him.
Dr. Bob was wonderful and did what could be
done, but Peaches got weaker and I finally had to let him go on May 21, 2005.
Our Min Pin, "Lexus", and I were at his side as he left this world. We miss him
terribly. I am glad I had ten years with him (Miss Lexus had 3 years of loving
him), and I will have memories of him forever.
Mr. Peaches Mom was Kathleen I.
April 1995 ~ May, 2005
We Remember Oz Z
Ozwald Zackaria Debus was born on November 28, 1992.
"Oz Z" as he was
known, passed into Heaven on July 14, 2005 peacefully in the loving arms of his Mommy & Daddy. Oz Z had grandparents who loved him dearly, and he was also loved by many other people. Oz Z had many years of happiness and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.
We Remember Boots
Boots was adopted in 1984 from an animal
shelter in Key Largo, Florida, as a small kitten. He had a happy life in
Key Largo until his Maw & Paw decided there were too many people in the Keys and
they all moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1997, so they could live on their
"Seven Dear Acres" out in the country. Boots loved the outdoors and was
taken on trips in a travel trailer to Alabama, Georgia, Colorado and Texas.
Boots loved to travel. He also loved his friend "Lucky", the country cat.
Lucky misses him very much. Everyone who met Boots loved him. He was
a very low key, lovable cat and is missed dearly. He was 21 years old when
he went to "Kitty Kat Heaven". Many thanks to Dr. Bob Zepecki, who kept
Boots alive for such a long time. In loving memory of Boots - the Cat in
Lady Gretal Love
Lady Gretal is missed by her
Lord Hansel Love and her parents
Rich & Jan Jenkins.
Gretal, we love you and miss you.
September 3, 1992 ~ June 10, 2005