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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!!



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.”





Fatty was my first “adult” pet that I adopted when I was 17 and she was 9 ish. Not much was mentioned in her bio at the rural shelter except that she liked to cuddle, liked food and enjoyed clawing furniture a little too much for her previous owner. This ended up being true for the duration of her life–fortunately I don’t have a taste for expensive furniture. She was there for every milestone moment in my life, both good and bad and I can honestly say she is the reason I got through some of the most trying and awful times in my adult life. She was known fondly by all friends and visitors as the greeter. Fatty never met a person she didn’t like. She loved belly rubs, water and the bathtub, Five Guys, chicken nuggets, deviled eggs, sushi, catnap, car rides, sitting out on the patio and sleeping with her head on my pillow as little spoon. Fatty was truly one of a kind and I am both sad and happy to know that I will never be able to find another creature quite like her. I am left with a “Fatty”-sized hole in my heart but grateful that I got 11 wonderful years with her, although I wish it could have been much longer than that. Working from home is exceptionally empty without Fatty either on my lap or at my feet. Thanks for being the best friend I could have asked for. I will miss you always–see you at the rainbow bridge <3

From Mr. Wiggles’ Mom, Alexa:
Mr. Wiggles crossed the rainbow bridge on Friday, September 14, 2018 on a beautiful day in the afternoon surrounded by his mommy, his dad Alex, his grandma Penni, and great-grandma Jane. Words can never fully describe the love I have for him. Mr. Wiggles came into my life at just 14 years old, as a week old kitten found in a tool shed. I really learned true responsibility as I bottle-fed, litter-box trained, and bathed this little kitten the size of my hand, into a gorgeous and loving boy. 
For 15 years this fellow went with me everywhere. He moved with me to Staunton, to JMU (where he graduated from college), and to Charlottesville. I never once felt alone or scared because he was there by my side, chasing my dreams with me. Throughout the good times and bad he was there right beside me, giving me so much unconditional love. While I saved him from that tool shed, he saved my life every single day, giving me laughter, hope, happiness, and that furry paw to hold my hand and cry with me if I needed to. This announcement alone cannot possibly show all the wonderful memories I have with him-or else it would go on forever. 
Sometimes we get that love in your life-whether it is romantic, friendship, or something else, that changes your life and shows you the true meaning of love. Not every person gets that love and bond, and I am so thankful and fortunate that I got that love. Mr. Wiggles gave that wonderful gift to me along with so many gifts. Thank you Mr. Wiggles for the honor to be your mom, your human, your world. You are my world and always will be my sweet boy, my best buddy. Just as I said to you every day since we met until the moment you took your last breath in my arms, I love you more than anything in this world.


Our family lost yet another furry family member this week, truly the best dog we’ve ever had. Our Fatty, lil Fat Man, brought us so much happiness and laughter over these 11 years. He had tons of character and personality, and he was truly the boss in this family. His favorite things were cuddling for hours if you’d let him, and he’d spend all day and night outside hunting and eating bugs, worms, praying mantises and even frogs. He was plagued with problems from the start, but he never that stop him. I hope Sammy was waiting for him in heaven, as they were best buds.
Ricky, my son, said it best yesterday: Even though it hurts so much to say goodbye, it’s worth it because of all the happy memories and laughter he brought to our family.
We love you Fat Fat!! We’ll see you in heaven! ❤️ 😢😢



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



Quoting Jake’s human sister:  Jake, you came into our lives and family at a time we didn’t even know how much we needed you!  You were such a joyful pup and brought so much happiness to our family.  You could run like the wind, swim like a duck, eat like you were always starving, drool like an open faucet, play hide and seek like a real pro and love so unconditionally no matter the circumstances.  We will miss so many things about you.  We are all so grateful that thunder won’t cause you to shake and pant anymore and that a doorbell ringing or a siren coming down the road won’t cause you such distress. May you find all the orange squishy balls and play endlessly with great abandon.  We will miss you dear boy…always and forever.  Love, Your Family

Janet Centini




Griff (aka Griffers, Griffie, Mr. G, G-man, G$)

Words cannot even begin to describe my love for you and the gratitude that i have for you. Loving you was the best thing that I’ve done. In doing so, you returned that love exponentially and unconditionally. When I’ve seen my darkest days, you were there to remind me of the light. It is no coincidence that you came into my life the day that I returned from eating disorder treatment. When we met, we chose each other. For me, it was love at first sight. You, on the other hand, enjoyed the chase! I’ll never forget the first time that you comforted me with your head on my lap, You were a constant source of love and laughter. You protected me with a fierce loyalty. You reminded me to play, explore, and go on adventures.

The bond we shared was unequivocal to any that I’ve had or will have. Before my soulmat came, it was you – my soul dog. I may have been your third home, but with me is where you were meant to be. You lived such an amazing life and touched so many people along the day. You wore your therapy dog vest with pride as well as all of the silly costumes…just to make me happy. I will never forget the feel of your fur, the velvet of your ears, your listening ear, the feel of your wet kisses, or the wag of your tail. I’d give anything to hear it thumping as I enter the house.

You spent most of your life sleeping in my bed, curled up behind my bent knees, protecting me. And when it came time for our family to grow, you loved each and every addition. There were many times when you were my reason for living. Thank you for giving me fore months to heal myself and prepare for your passing. I would’ve never felt fully prepared, but you waited until you knew that I wasn’t too broken. I will never have a bond with a dog the way that I had with you.

Thank you for licking my tears, being silly, always obeying, hiking, swimming, traveling, cuddling, drooling, fetching, loving – for being with me and sharing this life.

You are my Griffers, my only Griffers
You make me happy ’cause Griff is grey
You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my Griffers away



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. ❤️


My sweet, loving little boy

My little white shadow

My kitty soul mate

I will miss:

having to re-clip the blinds every night after you jump into the window and knock them out

the “ticka-ticka-tick” of your claws across the floor when I call you for cuddles

your sweet “meow” when you roll onto your back asking me for belly rubs

burying my face in your soft little kitty belly

your gentle little love bites

kissing your puffy white cheeks

rearranging the kitchen rug several times a day because you tried to wrap yourself up in it

seeing you sleeping peacefully on the bed

your little kitty body in the window staring intently at things I can never see

how excited and noisy you get at mealtimes

the way you dig around in the toybox looking for the exact toy you want

your amazing soccer goalie skills

you greeting me noisily at the door when I come home

the way you love with complete abandon, turning into a sweet little bundle of head bumps, purrs and drool

your gentle, loving presence
For such a little man, you take up so much space in my heart. I am so, so thankful for the time we had together. I only wish it could have been longer.