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Sunny February 2002 – February 2018 Always sweet, always hungry.

Sunny loved his home and his yard, his cat and his family. He never did like to travel. He didn’t like brooms, vacuum cleaners and electronic sounds of any sort. He didn’t like having his photo taken and usually turned away. Sunny’s great passion in life was food, and lots of it. Sunny aged gracefully and was always a trooper.
He was a very good dog and we miss him.

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Max was the only dog we ever chose, picking him out at the Louisa County Animal Shelter. Our previous dogs had either shown up at our house, or the farm, or we were talked into “taking one” of litter found somewhere. We about lost him early on after suffering a severe trauma to his back leg. Thankfully Dr. Tucker of Orange was willing to get his leg functional again without costing us one of our limbs. Max went on to live a very long and full life. He thoroughly enjoyed his days being able to roam a large area free along with sunning at the back door and the driveway. He was always a faithful companion while my husband did his various outdoor projects. And of course he was always there to greet us with his wagging tail when we came home. Goodbye old friend!

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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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Beau Athisar

Beau

We said goodbye to our beautiful boy this week. We are grieving, remembering and giving thanks for the gift he was to us. Like many dogs, Beau always pulled us into the now. He was given to us for this purpose. He didn’t hold grudges or regrets from the past, and he didn’t worry about the future. He was always present to what was going on today. He looked no further than the brief time following words like “treat,” “walk,” or “Do you want to go to the river?”

General Beauregard Haynesworth was a sensitive, gentle soul in the body of an 85 pound yellow lab. If things got tense, he left the room. If there was a baby near, he positioned himself gently by her. He never growled in anger. He loved to be close enough to touch. His expressions told the story of the moment – “I’m so glad to see you,” “I did something I should not have,” “It’s time to eat,” “Gotta go potty.”

We are missing him tremendously – he left a huge hole in our hearts – but we rest in the joy that he is in a place where cancer doesn’t exist, chasing balls and swimming in creeks again.

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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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Dixie Cabell

“Even though I had wanted a dog since I was a little girl, I didn’t get one until I was 38. I went to the local SPCA and picked Dixie out of a litter of Beagle puppies, or rather she picked me. As I was sitting in their pen watching them run around and deciding on which one to get, a little boy said “I think that one likes you.” I looked down and there she was sitting in my lap looking up at me. I brought her home and had her for 13 years. She was the most loving and loyal dog a girl could ever have. I am heartbroken but thankful she’s not in pain any longer. I am confident she’s somewhere eating lots of treats, reunited with our other beagle Petey, and getting lots of love from my mom. Thank you to Dr. Thorpe at Sage Veterinary Services for coming to our home and giving her the most peaceful passing. What a gift that was. I’ll miss you every day until I see you again my sweet Dixie.”

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Dema

dema snow

In honor of Dema Lynn:

We “saved” you from the kennel, but we all know that it was you that provided us a gift. You always lived by your own rules (pet when you want to be petted), and always had an independent spirit. You were loyal, silly, lovable and cute. Your life was shorter than we all would have liked, but you experienced it with grace and confidence. Even at your lowest, you never let it show.

You were loved whole heartedly, and you will be missed more than you know. Please say hello to the friends and family that we’ve lost. Now may you be free to chase all the squirrels that you want!!

Love,

Derrick, Alyica, and Samba (and even the cats)

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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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