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Remembering Mystic: Mystic, you were the best dog we could have asked for; full of energy, playfulness, and occasional mischief. Thank you for keeping Dylan warm at night in high school; for getting Cassie out to exercise every day after school, and for keeping Brad such great company when he was the only child left at home. Your Mom appreciates all the runs you went on with her, and your Dad can’t thank you enough for how well behaved you were. You were a beautiful dog who stopped drivers, walkers, and runners in their tracks when they saw you. You kept us all entertained with your toys, sparkle, and peaceful presence. We miss you!!

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With great sadness, we said goodbye to our sweet boy, Mickey today. All of our 4-legged companions have songs and here is Mickey’s:

 

“Mickey, MIckey, you’re the Mickdemoss;

You are psycho, but we love you lots.

The frogs, the bats, they’re nifty;

But please no more gifties.

And so we pray,

Please don’t spray.

Go outside and use the loo!”

 

Mickey, you are free now of pain now….we love you so much and will miss your sweet meow, your gentle caress on our face and your cuddles on our laps….and, of course, your “gifties.”

 

 

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Lulu, 2008-2018. Awesome companion, snuggle bear, clown, co-founder Team Zoomie. Cheers to a great life and wonderful memories!

 

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Our dear sweet Epiphany. We called her Eppie. September 1, 2004-July 17, 2018

Eppie was the runt and wasn’t supposed to make it. After living in a kennel for two years, she adopted herself to Mom and Dad in Camden, Maine. She was “Dog of the Year” and has a plaque at the Camden National Bank. She decided her Mom and Dad needed to be closer to family so she moved them to Charlottesville. Her pack lived in the cottages at the Colonnades until health issues moved everyone to Assisted Living. Eppie continued to bring joy and comfort to everyone she met. Eppie’s devotion and companionship countered the ugly grip of serious physical difficulties for Mom and the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease on Dad. After retiring from caregiving, Eppie spent the last two years romping in the garden and generally being spoiled rotten. Her smile, gentle nudges, kisses, wiggles and unconditional love will be remembered and cherished forever. ❤️

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“Decker came to us from a family who could no longer care for him as they felt they should. Decker jumped right in our car the first time my husband met him and perhaps the dog knew that we would need him so much over the years. He was a companion for our first dog, a therapist for me, a buddy to my husband, and the first dog my son ever walked. Decker was the reason we bought a king-sized bed as he grew accustomed to (read: refused to leave) sleeping in between us. He loved food and walks and accompanied us on many hikes. When our first son passed away at home with us 10 days after birth, Decker – who normally could be found sleeping the day away on the loveseat – followed me from room to room until he felt I would recover and be all right. He was a special soul who understand life better than perhaps any of us ever will. We loved him, were grateful for him, and will always remember our Decker Dog.”

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We are so lucky to have known and loved Ted. He liked scratching his chin on a hardcover book, sneaking onto the kitchen counter, sunbathing, and curling up in his bed like a cinnamon roll. At night, he enjoyed reading with Mom and watching TV with Dad. We miss his loud Insta-purr, the sound of his pads on our hardwood floors, and his evening snuggles.

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Peach was one of a kind. From his bobcat like spots, mane like a lion and big fluffy tail to his wild free wheeling personality combined with the most tender loving moments, he truly commanded his world. He was confident everything existed for his benefit and he repaid any attention given to him with absolute entertainment and unconditional affection. Although an indoor cat, he joined us on the patio often in his “vest” (required to contain him from taking off and playing hide and seek with us). On more than one occasion he would suddenly take off deciding he could “take down” one of our resident deer. How he must have seen himself in this world! In the house on occasion he enjoyed giving you a scare as you walked past – where he would leap up from a chair, give you a bat with his paws (without his claws out) and marvel when you jumped at his surprise attack. And other times he would cuddle up, with a huge purr, often pulling your hand or arm close to him in his tender moments. He would do his best to converse with us humans, having adopted many different types of tones and melodies depending on what he was trying to convey. He never had to worry about anyone understanding what he wanted. He was always clear, confident and persistent to make his point. He charmed everyone he met and everyone adored him in return (to his great pleasure!). Thank you dear boy for the 16 years! What a joy it was to be with you!

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Luna blessed us with 17 years of purrs and love,and now always in our hearts.

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Samson Root

Samson, you were the best boy. You were truly in a league of your own, words can’t really describe it. You were always there when we needed you, a cuddle when you knew someone was sad, you were a gentle soul. You enjoyed so many things in your life, walks and rides in the car were your favorite. You completed your mission on earth. You helped raise two boys and you absolutely adored all children. You were just the sweetest, smartest and strongest boy. You were such an important part of our family and you will be missed so very much. We
hope that you are at peace, know that we will never forget you and we will see you again one day.

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Winston Kaslusky

Sunday night my wife and I lost our little friend Winston who shared our life for the past ten years. He was a loving little soul who crept into our hearts with his sweet greetings when we came home and his gentle presence near us as we carried out our day. Winston came to us from a shelter at the age of about 5 or 6 and had a wonderful life with us for 10 years. Winston would stand by his toy mouse and ask us to play or tap our arm for a chase with the laser light. Each morning after breakfast he would dash into the bathroom to wait for his morning brushing which he relished. He came down with cancer in June and my wife gave him loving care until she knew it was time to put him to sleep before he was in pain. He spent his last days watching the birds at the feeders out the window and sleeping on our bed at night. His passing leaves a hole in our heart. We will enjoy memories of our dear little friend and adopted member of our family.

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