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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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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

 

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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

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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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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.

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Our family is devastated by the loss of our sweet, Callie girl. She was loved beyond words as a member of our family. Her life hasn’t always been a good one. Her first two years, she found herself chained to a tree, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with little shelter, food and water. Thankfully, with help from my Mother-in-law, she was able to escape those conditions and live the rest of her life with us. Callie has been a part of our family for 11 years and even after the neglect and mistreatment of humans she has always shown nothing but love, kindness and loyalty. In our home she was known as the “Best girl dog in the world” and was told regularly. Saying goodbye to her was one of the hardest things we’ve ever done but we knew it was her time to cross over. We take comfort in knowing that many will welcome her upon her arrival at the Rainbow Bridge and that her pain is gone.

We love you so much, sweet girl. You will be forever missed and never forgotten. You are etched in our hearts and souls and we can never thank you enough for the love that you provided our family.

All our love,

Kara, Jay, Ethan and Jake

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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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