In Memoriam: Hannah

February 16th, 2021 by Laurie Brush

Hannah’s Story:
Hannah was a present to me after I graduated from nursing school. She was my very first dog I could call my own. I never imagined I would have the bond that I did with her. Her love for us was unconditional and so pure. As a puppy she loved to curl up next to us on the couch and soak up all the attention we were willing to give. At first she was very shy and timid but everyone that met her fell in love with her. She had such a sweet and lovable personality. I would take her everywhere with me. She always knew when I was going somewhere and would follow me around the house until I put her collar on her. As she got older she grew to be more social. Any time Kevin and I would go to the home improvement store she would go with us. We always knew it would not be a quick trip. She thought everyone there was there to pet her. She did not hesitate to walk up to people and expect them to give her attention. It was so hard to watch her age and watch the pain of arthritis take over. She was a very healthy dog except the arthritis. She never gave up, all the way till the end she would try to play and go for walks. It broke my heart to see her in pain. She gave us 10 of the best years of our lives. She made us smile and laugh every day. It was the hardest decision we have ever had to make to put her to rest. But we did not want to see her suffer and knew it was what was best for her. I am at peace knowing that she is in a much better place, happy, healthy, and pain free. The house feels so empty and quiet now. I look for her to come out of the garage as I pull into the driveway. I miss saying hello to her when I get home from work, and saying good bye in the morning as I leave. She truly was my best friend. She taught me so much about unconditional love. She will always have a very special place in my heart and will always be my baby. Love you Hannah, see you again someday.

You were able to give us 6 more wonderful months with Hannah, for that I can never thank you enough. From the first phone call I made to the office I knew that I had made the right call. You really care and are passionate about what you do. This showed in so many ways. Everyone I came in contact with was kind and caring. Although Dr. Hoss had never met Hannah, she treated her as though she had been a patient of hers for years. Thank you to Dr. Tillman for being so kind and compassionate when you came out to the house. You took your time and made a horrible day bearable. And thank you to the receptionist, your knowledge and compassion was beyond what I had expected. Thank you all for what you do. Kevin and Malinda


In Memoriam: Azul

February 11th, 2021 by Laurie Brush

Azul’s Story:
Azul.  I’m not sure I’m ready to post this, but your family has spent the last 24 hours doing nothing but looking at your pictures and remembering all the years we had with you and it has brought us so much joy.
Our first baby.  A wedding gift.  15 years ago, you were the first thing that was “ours.” With those big ole blue eyes you stole our hearts and taught us responsibility and a love we had never had before.  Those first 5 years were so much fun.  Adventures, doggy play dates, lazy cuddly mornings, and of course you were the life of the party.
When we were pregnant with Malachi, we feared how the transition would go.  “She was your baby, she’ll be jealous.” “you know pitbulls, she may hurt the baby” “She may do better in another home”
But all those fears melted away the moment you met our little guy.  It’s like a switch flipped, and you were a different dog.  You went from sleeping in our bed to sleeping under rocking swings.  From long walks to helping wobbly toddlers learn to take their first steps.  Roadtrip adventures to religiously waiting by the door to tag along on school bus pick ups.  You comforted sick babies and slept in the bed of kiddos crippled by night terrors.  My little babies would wake up with sleep still in their eyes and the first thing they’d ask about was you.  Watching you love my sons and daughter will always be one of my greatest joys in life.  There may be other dogs in our future but it will always be you.  The dog who helped raise our babies.
We selfishly held onto you longer than maybe we should have.  I saw in your eyes the pain of not being able to follow your kids around anymore when your legs failed you.  We saw the light start to go out in your eyes but we knew you weren’t going to let go.  So we held your head in our hands and wept as we said goodbye.  It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.  But I know you’re at peace now, and not in pain.  And I know we will see you again.
We love you sweet girl.

Thank you Thank you Thank you. You are strangers who walked us through one of the hardest days of our lives. What you do is such a gift. You helped us give her the most loving goodbye possible.


In Memoriam: Larry Suchecki

February 4th, 2021 by Laurie Brush

Larry Suchecki’s Story:
Larry Moses Suchecki, aged 15 1/2 years, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Monday, January 25. He peacefully passed away at home with the help of Dr. Katie Tillman from Heaven at Home Pet Hospice. Larry was surrounded in love by his family: Guy, Christine, Hannah and Addie. He was immediately greeted by his sister, Nala the cat, who was anxiously waiting for him in Heaven.

Larry was born on August 9, 2005. He was a mixed breed of a Lab and Border Collie (A “Borador”). He came to the Humane Society of Kent County sometime in 2007 as a stray. We like to think that he ran away because he knew there was a family who needed him more (US!). We were immediately drawn to him and his mad jumping skills. On August 28, 2007, he leapt into our forever home and hearts.

Larry loved the outdoors. He loved to go on walks, chase deer and squirrels, go for boat rides, run after the quad, and attempt to herd the girls while nipping at their ankles. He loved going on trips to the cabin, camping, swimming, and car rides anywhere and everywhere . He loved a good, comfy couch or chair and liked to think he was a little lap dog. He also liked to take up as much room as possible on the bed much to his dad’s dismay. He was a smart boy and would listen most of the time. He could sit and shake on command, but never saw the point in rolling over. He also loved to be dressed up for Halloween…a beanie baby, a ghost, and a shark to name a few. Most of all, Larry’s passion was food. He was known as a “grazer” and a “gulper” because of the way he grazed along the counter to see what he could find to eat and then the way he gulped it down. He never met a meal or a treat he didn’t like. Birthdays were always his favorite because he would get a cake topped with dog biscuits and in his later years he grew accustomed to filet mignon cake. He also loved venison and would get excited when he would discover pieces of venison in his food dish left there by his dad (who NEVER fed him people food). By that small act, Larry knew he really loved him too. He loved everybody he met. He especially loved attacking the front window when any delivery person came to the door. He left scratches on the floor from going absolutely ballistic and acting like a crazy man.

Larry will be deeply missed by all his family and friends, but especially by his mom. Larry didn’t leave her side very often. They had a special bond. He was her constant companion, her bud, her pal, her best friend. There for heartache, moves, grief and joy. He was a good listener! And although he didn’t give kisses, his mom sure loved to kiss his cold, wet, nose! He was good at a lot of things, but he was best at giving unconditional love to his family. Through thick and thin they loved him with all their hearts and he with his.

The last couple years have been physically tough on this old boy, but he never complained. He fought so hard to be the young, playful pup he had once been. But his body was just too tired to keep up any longer.

He will be forever missed and remembered forever. As sad as they all feel today, it in no way compares to have never had him in their lives at all. His family asks that you all give your fur babies some extra love and treats tonight in memory of Larry.

Goodbye for now, Larry. Thank you for loving us. We will see you again.

We are so grateful to the staff at Heaven at Home Pet Hospice for the care they’ve given Larry over the past year. Dr. Katie was so amazing with her compassion and love for Larry on his last day. You would have thought she had known Larry his whole life. She put all of us at ease with the whole process. I cannot recommend their services enough. My husband said it was worth every penny. Thank you so much for your care and kindness.


Helping Your Senior Cat with Kidney Disease

February 1st, 2021 by Heaven At Home Staff

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a leading cause of death in more than half of cats over 15 years old.

“A diagnosis of kidney disease sounds ominous, but can be managed. With the right diet, supplements, hydration and new medications being developed, it’s possible to keep senior kitties comfortable and extend their lives,” said Dr. Laurie Brush, founder of Heaven at Home Pet Hospice. Read the rest of this entry »


 
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