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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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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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Widget Powers

Widget was a goofy, ill-behaved, friendly and athletic little dog.
She will be missed for a good long time to come. She added
a lot to our family. We loved that spotted wisp… what a great dog!
– Mike and Amoret

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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

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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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“There must be a heaven for the animal friends we love.

They are not human, yet they bring out our own humanity….

Sometimes in ways that other people cannot.

They do not worry about fame or fortune….

Instead, they bring our hearts nearer to the joy of simple things.

Each day they teach us little lessons in trust and steadfast affection.

Whatever heaven may be, there’s surely a place in it for friends as good as these.”

Maize and Butters

Phyllis

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We said goodbye to our sweet, goofy Maize today. Our hearts are hurting but we are grateful that she can run and swim to her heart’s content, eat whatever she wants to and is reunited with her buddy Butters. Oh how we loved our sweet, sweet girl. We will miss her so….

Phyllis

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Maize2

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