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Maggie Buxton

Maggie came into my life about 16 years ago. She was found hungry and wandering in Shenandoah National Park, and brought to the C’ville SPCA, where I found her. She was so sweet and beautiful, and it was wonderful to have a new cat in my life. Maggie fit right into my lifestyle. I live alone in a house with lots of beds which Maggie made her own. Returning from a late rehearsal, a long trip, or from errands, I was greeted with a trill and meow. Maggie was talkative, a true conversationalist. She was a constant source of comfort and support. I miss Maggie deeply. Her way of being in the world was one of independence, acceptance, and grace, up to the very end. May I do as well.

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Jake Seay

Our mini poodle Jake joined our family as an abused rescue 13 years ago. He soon greeted me at the door with 3 foot vertical leaps and wiggles and his favorite place was snuggled between my husband and the arm of his recliner. He loved to chase balls, hide his treats and chews, adored our children and was a companion to 2 other poodles who passed before him. He was both a rascal and sweet. He faced the challenges of old age with pluck and determination. At about 16 years old, robbed of vision and hearing and in decline, we sought Dr. Thorpe’s guidance. She made his last hour peaceful and gave me reassurance that we made the right decision. Thank you.

Tayto on lap

Our Tayto appeared one chilly night on our front porch, where we’d left some food out for neighbor cats, and we immediately fell in love with her. For the next ten months, she returned every single night and slowly became more comfortable and affectionate, until we felt the time was right to bring her inside to live with us. She took a few months to acclimate and learn to use a litter box, but then she just bloomed and absolutely loved being an inside cat. She was incredibly smart and playful, and she was an amazing nurse and companion to our other, elderly cat during his final months. All she wanted was to be near us and cuddle — so much so that we nicknamed her Noodle, for how much she loved to “canoodle.”

She was the bright light in our lives and made us happy every single day. With her, hard days were easier and easy days even better. She gave us three wonderful years of nonstop love, but then her beautiful little heart just gave out, and we had to suddenly let her go. As Robert Frost wrote, “Nothing gold can stay,” and without question, our little Tayto was truly golden through and through. A thousand years wouldn’t have been enough, but we are thankful for every single second we had with our sweet girl.

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Cyrene Tickle 2

Our beautiful, amazing girl came to us on December 15th 2002 and left us on her own terms this December day. She was the most beautiful soul I have ever met. She was the puppy that we weren’t getting. She was the puppy who healed our hearts. She was full of life and joy and herself. She was our first agility dog and little did we know how talented she really was. She was with us every day for the last 15 years. Her suffering ended quickly without the assistance of the vet but in the comfort of our home and our love. We are both devastated at her passing. Please pray for us as we mourn her passing and her beautiful, everlasting soul.

July 30, 2002 – December 1, 2017

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Tiki Goodloe

We had to say goodbye to this very fine family member today. She gave over 14 years of unconditional love and joy (with a little mischief mixed in). And for this we are so grateful. We will miss you Tiki Barber.

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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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Harley Towberman

Our precious Harley, who suffered with bone cancer, went to heaven last week. We are very blessed by God to have shared eleven years of life… loving and adoring Harley.

He was so very human to us. Harley loved so deeply, desired to heal anyone in need that was in his presence, had the honorable soul of a saint, and taught us how to feel real joy in the moment. The gift of his unconditional love will always be with us.

Nine years ago when we lost our eighteen year old treasured kitty Isabelle, whom we still miss, we felt her continued presence in little two year old Harley because she helped raise him. Now, we have our little Toby, Harley’s Golden brother who is five years old, remaining with us, who is carrying on Harley’s living legacy because Harley raised Toby from a pup and instilled his beautiful ways in his little brother.

We are grieving and yet feel totally blessed to have had Harley’s mind, body and soul join us in this life. We will deeply love Harley forever.

With gratitude for your support and prayers,

Tom and Wanda

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Big Sir

ALWAYS: Big Sir was always a faithful fellow, and always full of love. He always greeted us with joy, always knew when we were happy, and always knew when we were sad. Always full of energy, until he became sick. Always knew when he was bad. Always knew when he was good. Always there, high or low. There can be no better and unconditional love.

We’ll miss you sweet friend, and our heart aches you ♥

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Ralph Benes

Ralph fought a short but miserable battle with idiopathic epilepsy. He was only 15 months old and on 4 strong meds with little relief. He loved us unconditionally throughout. His beautiful piercing eyes , bounding joy and energy is dearly missed .Thank you Dr Thorpe for a peaceful and dignified passing

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Tukcer Conn

Our sweet Tucker went across the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. Here’s hoping he’s reunited with his sister, Scamper, and that they’re playfully chasing each other again.
I saw his face, so full of character, 12 years ago when as a stray, he came up to watch me wash my truck. He saw the big “S” for Sucker tattooed on my forehead and kept coming around. After being well-fed, he decided I could be his owner. The rest is history. I miss him so much my heart hurts!

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