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: 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.


In Memoriam: Capois

November 7th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Capois’s Story:
We brought our big beautiful boy home when he was just 6 wks old. Even though the time we had with him was not near long enough. We enjoyed the wonderful 8 years we had together. It would take me days to go through all of the wonderful things about Capois and the joy he constantly brought into our lives. He was an ambassador to his breed. The first day that we had to come home without you greeting us at the door was incredibly painful. The silence since you have been gone has been deafening. It has only been a little over 10 months since you were called home. And I am just now able to write this. It has gotten easier. But the missing you part will most definitley never go away. It took months for me to be able to go through your things. Your bed is still next to ours. But I have a good plan in mind of where it will go. There are so many things to miss about you. The keep away games you played with your tennis ball or always making sure you had a ball to greet people with. The way you intently watched tv and some of the commercials you were sure to let us know you hated. We miss how you wanted to be friends with whoever you would meet, human or animal. People would always compliment on how handsome,funny and smart you were. They didn’t even know the half of it. You were like an old soul. We will miss you always running after the garden hose, taking our socks, barking at the television, always ready to go for a car ride. You were always excited to go anywhere for a bath and even to the vet! You found joy in just about anything. A cue all of us humans should take from our furry companions. I miss so many things about you. The symptoms of your cancer came on so suddenly and within days we had to make the heart wrenching decision to let you go with peace and dignity.
Tomorrow, November 6th, would have been Capois’ 9th birthday. No matter how painful this has been, I would do it all over again for him. People often say “He was lucky to have you.” But I truly feel “WE” were lucky to have him. So this is a Happy Birthday to our big beautiful boy. And one day we will see you again… Just on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

I am very grateful to all of the staff and to Dr. Laurie for her willingness to come over late into the night to help with your passing. You helped to keep me calm and answer my questions all while explaining each step and for giving us a few moments alone after. Even as we loaded him into your vehicle and said our last goodbyes. You saw that I was lost and falling apart. So you offered a hug. Thank you for your compassion. And we are so glad people like you exist.


In Memoriam – Rusty

November 7th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Rusty’s Story:
We got Rusty as a puppy and he was such a cute puppy. He was a red heeler and irish setter mix. He was a very protective dog of all of us. Rusty could catch a frisbee and loved the water. He was more than my dog, he was my friend. My nickname for Rusty was rusty boy. I would talk to Rusty like he was a person. He acted like he understood me. We had Rusty for 15 wonderful years. We really miss him, he was part of our family. I know he is at the rainbow bridge with our other animals.

It made it nicer to have Heaven at Home. They are a great place. Very caring and understanding


In Memoriam: Murphy Command

October 24th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Murphy’s Story:
It was March of 2007 when we decided we needed a “keeper dog” at our house. After raising and training a PAWs Puppy for 17 months, we knew it was time to add a dog of our own to the family. I made many “puppy visits” to find just the right fit pup for us. I had my eye on a darker, smaller Golden, but a larger guy (biggest in the litter) with a blue collar kept returning to my side/lap/etc…over and over again. So, that was that…..Murphy picked us as his family! From the start he was so smart and loved to learn. He was gentle, laid back, and so eager to please. He had the perfect temperament for visiting and hanging out in my second grade classroom. He was our gentle giant….carrying 110-115 pounds his whole adult life and tall enough to put his muzzle on the table and check out “dinner”. His size could be intimidating which wasn’t always a bad thing…especially when walking him alone at night! He loved “stuffies”, peanut butter, playing fetch, sharing snacks, people/kids, other dog friends, car rides, Beach days, “guarding the yard”, going to the trails, and just living the Golden Life! Each of our family members had a special bond with his gentle spirit! He was such a good listener and shared unconditional love with all who knew him. He was the best “neighborhood dog”…always trotting over for a visit with all who passed by!
It’s been over 4 months since we made the heart wrenching decision to say goodbye and I finally feel able to write this! June 19 was by far one of the most difficult days for our family! Our strong, beautiful 12 1/2 year old Murphy had been failing for a few days….no appetite, struggling to go outside for breaks, and just not feeling well. I tearfully contacted Heaven at Home. I cannot express how wonderful this Hospice for pets was for our family! When Dr. Tay arrived she explained that she felt our boy was full of Lymphoma. After explaining our options to us, we made the hard decision for a compassionate ending. We could not have asked for a more peaceful passing for our Murphy. He was in his favorite place surrounded by his “people” and left us in quiet dignity. We are so grateful that Heaven At Home was an option and will share our experience with any pet owners facing this hard decision.

Thank you Heaven At Home for providing this special service. Every person we dealt with was compassionate, understanding, caring, and took time to listen! I highly recommend using this service for your pets end of life needs!


In Memoriam: Belle McCready

September 20th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Belle McCready’s Story:
“The Puppa,” Belle McCready was our first family pet. She moved in and took over. Belle was small for a bichon, but her personality was enormous. She was loved so much and she will be missed every single day. I’m thankful for the 14 wonderful years with our beloved Belly Buttons. Run free Puppa, We love you and we miss you so much. We will be reunited in heaven.

It was fate that I found Heaven at Home. I knew I was going to have to make a tough decision regarding our little bichon and I also knew how scared she became just pulling into the vets parking lot. I didn’t want her final moments to be stressful and afraid. Then I saw the Heaven at Home car in front of me on Patterson. I remembered the name and called. The staff was so caring and comforting, I was distraught and they understood and made me feel better. Dr. Laurie Brush is so sweet. She was a reassuring voice with great words of wisdom. I highly recommend this service if you’re in a tough position as we were.


 
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