In Memoriam

Heaven at Home Pet Hospice is giving pet parents in West Michigan a place to share their stories about their departed pets. We feel that sharing and celebrating the life of your pet is an important part of the grieving process.

If you’d like to post a memorial about your pet and share your experience with us, please use the form below to send us what you’d like to say, as well as some happy photos of your pet to go along with your story.

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In Memoriam: Seal

July 1st, 2020 by Laurie Brush

Seal’s Story:
We adopted Seal 15 years ago to be a companion for another aging kitty we had; Goblin. Goblin had just lost her pet companion Moochie and was not doing well with the loss. In the end our vet suggested getting a kitten. After we made the decision, we traveled to the Humane Society of West Michigan. We saw Seal (who then had the name of Paul) and asked to visit with her. In the end we almost lost our opportunity as another couple wanted her. But we got our Seal. Seal was part Bombay, a breed known for bonding with people. Right from the beginning Seal bonded with us. We used to find her doing the most hair raising things, like climbing to the top of the cabinets and balancing on a 4″ wide piece of molding, racing around our living room at top speed and going over the knee wall to land at the bottom of the basement steps and much more. But most of all she stole our hearts with her snuggles, mutual grooming, and deep warm purrs. She was a cat with OCD. She learned our time to get up and would be vocalizing before the alarm would go off, she knew my routine when I came home from work. And she’d keep me to it. Her beautiful black fur was so soft and you couldn’t help petting her if she’d allow it. If she was laying in the sun you could see the darker brown stripes that weren’t visible in ordinary light. When she was about 4 she started having urinary tract infections. We’d get them cleared up and not have any for awhile. When she was 9 they started to become more frequent. We could tell she was hurting and the vet would prescribe an antibiotic and send her home. By the time she was 13 she was having urinary tract infections 3 to 4 times a year. In this last year she had 9 plus two other infections. She started hating to go to the vet. She became hostile to the vet techs and pretty soon they wanted nothing to do with her. She was hurting and trying to be good but just couldn’t do it. This final urinary tract infection came on when she was still on antibiotics. The vet didn’t want to help and suggested I contact Heaven at Home for pallitive and end of life care/counseling. Katherine and Mary were fantastic as we played phone tag. Dr. Amy Hoss, I cannot express to you how much your compassion and gentle manner helped us when you came to help our Seal on June 18. I think you know just how hard it was for us. You confirmed she didn’t have a mass in her abdomen. It was a very hardened bladder from so many urinary tract infections and antibiotics.
Seal our Seal, our beautiful Seal – it is so hard to live without you. You will be our forever love, we’ll never forget you. I miss you chirping, your meows, your mad dashes through the house after using your litter box. I miss you snuggling and finding you under our comforter. I miss your purr, your touch and your wonderful gaze into my eyes. You were the smartest cat, the most in tune with me. We love you Seal!

Heaven at Home Pet Hospice helped us through a very difficult time. Their kindness and compassion during such a hard decision help to ease the stress and pain. They sent us a condolence card and we feel they truly understand our pain and loss.


In Memoriam – TeeTee

May 14th, 2020 by Laurie Brush

TeeTee’s Story:
Thinking about our girl TeeTee today on what would’ve been her 11th birthday. We said goodbye three weeks ago, and what an empty space she left behind! We miss her so much — her playfulness, her cuddles, her sweet spirit, and her carefree attitude. TeeTee was a force of love in our home and our hearts.

Even during the current restrictions, Dr. Brush made our goodbye to TeeTee peaceful and comforting. We’re so thankful to her for explaining each step and for honoring our love for our dear TeeTee. Thank you, Heaven at Home! Tracy, Beth, & Marilyn


In Memoriam – Libby Lu

April 28th, 2020 by Laurie Brush

Libby Lu’s Story:
Libby was such an awesome dog! She loved us with all she had to give! She was very active, loved to play catch and tug-of-war. She snored like a sailor. She was my ‘baby’. The last two years she went downhill quickly, and slowed down a great deal. She was my shadow and loved treats. I feel her absence deeply. She was one of a kind.

This was such an emotional time in our family. The staff was wonderful. They were loving and showed compassion. I couldn’t take Libby to the vet and have her last moments on earth be scared. She was at peace and the doctor was amazing. They made this experience very comforting.


In Memoriam – Trixie

April 23rd, 2020 by Laurie Brush

Trixie’s Story:
Trixie was a Christmas gift to me 12 years ago from my husband. She was by far the sweetest best friend we could have asked for. She loved everyone and gave a lot of love to our family. God decided he needed her more now than us. We are thankful for her not having to suffer. She couldn’t have loved us anymore, or us her. We are so very sad and will need time to heal. But God is good all the time. We will never forget her! Love you Trixie to the moon and back. Love mom and dad

I can’t begin to thank Laurie for her sweet spirit and caring nature for our situation. As hard as it is to let go of our family member, I was blessed to have her be home during this time. We got to lay with her and say goodbye as she left us peacefully and went home to Jesus. Thank you all so much. God Bless. Betsy and Kevin


In Memoriam: JoJo

February 25th, 2020 by Laurie Brush

JoJo’s Story:
JoJo had a rough start in life, but she and I hit it off right away at the animal shelter when she was about a year old, and she came home with me. It took us a while to figure each other out, but eventually we grew into a really deep and special bond where it often felt like we could read each other’s minds. She always knew when I needed cheering up and was happy to curl up next to me and purr for awhile.

JoJo was quirky and funny and very, very clever, keeping me and my other cat on our toes. Her favorite toy in the world was a sock that got mixed into our laundry shortly after I adopted her, that she carried around for 12 years. Her favorite song was “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and always came running when I sang it, even if she was in a bad mood. She bit my fingers gently several times a day to say “I love you” and loved it when I grabbed her whole face in my hand. JoJo went for hikes in the woods with me, riding on my shoulder and occasionally asking to get down so she could climb a tree or chase a bird. She liked walking on a leash, while wearing a shark costume. She always snuggled up when I was sick, and once brought me her 3 most favorite toys when I had a fever.

She had renal failure for a full, happy, energetic 5 years before it was suddenly time to say goodbye at the age of 13. I was so thankful for the wonderful years together, and for the gentle and loving goodbye that we had. The vet always tactfully referred to her as “spicy” but she was always my sweet, my wonderful, my marvelous girl.

Dr. Tay did such a wonderful job of taking care of me and JoJo in those last moments. I had been planning for years how I wanted it to happen, and was so touched that Dr. Tay and the whole staff not only lived up to what I expected, but even anticipated needs I didn’t know I would have. My last image of JoJo was far more peaceful and loving than I could have imagined. I’ve recommended their service to any friend that has found themselves in the same sad situation, knowing they’ll get the very best care. I’m sure it’s not easy to have a job that involves so much sadness, but I really hope they all understand how joyful and loving they manage to make it for their clients. It meant the world to me, always will.


In Memoriam – Savannah and Mocha

February 4th, 2020 by Laurie Brush

Savannah and Mocha’s Story:

Savannah was a feisty, moody, strong willed yet caring, gentle and loving cat. She was my best friend since we brought her home as a kitten when I was 5 til she crossed the rainbow bridge 18 years later. She seemed to have a way of knowing when you were sad and needed some cuddles and would curl up on your lap.


Mocha was the opposite, a shy and timid kitty, we brought her home after our other cat suddenly passed away. Despite their differences, Savannah and Mocha were the best of friends and partners in crime. She even would help groom Savannah when she got older and arthritic. And in the end they took their final journey across the bridge side by side.

It would have been traumatic for them to be brought to the vet office so we are very thankful they could pass at home where they were comfortable. We got their paw prints and fur and they passed peacefully in their momma’s lap. Thank you so much.


In Memoriam – Sidney

January 14th, 2020 by Laurie Brush

Sidney’s Story:
I don’t know what to say about my baby girl, Sidney. She was the perfect dog for us. She was so loyal and loving. She made us laugh daily. We loved her so much and she loved us right back. We had her from the time she was just a baby. She did so many little things that showed us what a happy girl she was. Right up until her last day.

 

 

 

 

 

I cannot say enough about Dr. Tay’s kindness and compassion. She helped us make sure Sidney was as comfortable as possible. When it came time to say good bye. She fell asleep in our arms in her own house. We miss her in a way I can’t fully describe, but it gave us such comfort that her passing was kind, gentle, compassionate, and at home.

I would highly recommend Heaven at Home. They assisted us in the last months of Sidney’s life to ensure she was as comfortable as possible. When it was time to say good bye, Dr. Tay was incredibly kind. She treated Sidney with such dignity. She totally understood we were losing a loved member of our family. Sidney’s passing was quiet and without fear.


In Memoriam – Buster Brown

December 31st, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Buster Brown’s Story:
It is hard to imagine the day your best friend is no longer by your side. Life feels awkward and uncertain without him. It’s like I’ve lost a part of my own body. I realize now how my every gesture, thought and decision pivoted around my beautiful boy Buster. After almost 15 years of the most boundless love and truest loyalty, it was time, however heartbreaking, to show him the same love and devotion by letting him pass on to that big ball throwing field in the sky. With Heaven at Home Pet Hospice and my loving sister, Cheri, by our sides, Buster left this world in peace, with grace and dignity. He seemed as beautiful in death as he was in life. Dr. Laurie is a true angel. Her loving support and genuine care and concern for both Buster and me made this difficult event more bearable than I ever imagined it could be. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone at Heaven at Home.

There are not enough thank you’s in the universe to let you know how much I appreciate what you do. You helped make Buster’s passing more bearable than I ever imagined it could be.


In Memoriam – Beans

December 17th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Beans’ Story:
Beans was by far the coolest cat that ever lived. He had a personality like a dog and really loved people. You could not come in our household without Beans greeting you. He constantly had to be with people. You couldn’t sit down for even a minute without him jumping on your lap. His personality was hilarious and was one no one could ever forget. I am so happy I got to spend 16 years with Beans. I’ll miss falling asleep with him in my arms every night, and my family will miss the constant love and entertainment. It was his time, but we will forever miss our best friend.

Beans was able to leave this world comfortably in his own bed in his house with family thanks to this service. We are so thankful that we did this as it made saying goodbye less painful.


In Memoriam – Rambo

December 17th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Rambo’s Story:
I got Rambo and his sister, Meow, when they were 6 weeks old. Meow left us at 11, but Rambo almost made it to his 18th birthday.
He went from a household of six kids to grown ups. He detested dogs, which he was cursed to live with his whole life. He finally accepted his fate this past year.
I work from home so Rambo would keep me company while working on my laptop by putting his paw on my arm. He also waited outside my bedroom door every morning and sat on the chair with me while having my coffee.
He also curled up on the footrest of my reclining chair every evening while I watched tv.

I can’t say enough about the importance of having Rambo rest comfortably at home and not having to get in a kennel and hear him cry the entire car ride to the vet. My experience with Heaven at Home was wonderful from the phone call, to the arrival of Dr. Tay, her compassion and professionalism and sensitivity to my loss. Thank you for what you do. I know it’s hard, but it is greatly appreciated.


 
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