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: 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 symptons 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. 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. 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.


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.


In Memoriam: Tribute to GRAYCIE the Cat

September 19th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

How do you say good-bye to the best little buddy you’ve ever known? How do you say good-bye to the one that’s brought you so much joy, that’s loved you unconditionally, that greeted you every time you came home, and sat in your lap every morning for coffee, that always wanted to be right where you were, and that slept by your pillow at night? How do you say good-bye to a pet that’s been a part of your family for nearly as long as you’ve been married, that you got a week before 9/11- yes, the 9/11- when she was only about two months old and sucked on your shirt and slept snuggled into your neck when you first got her?

How do you say good-bye to the one that saw you through deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan? How do you say good-bye to the one that’s literally held your hand with her paw and comforted you when you were sick, especially when you went thru Breast Cancer? The one that’s comforted you through every disappointment and tear you’ve shed? The one that’s been so playful and affectionate? The one you’ve had so many good times with? The one you talked to all throughout your days, the one you told of your comings and goings? How do you say good-bye to the one you’ve told all of your secrets to, the one that understands you like no other, the one that truly brought out the best in you? The one that is the definition of loyalty??? The one that made you smile and gave you hope, that made you somehow try to see the world thru the innocence of her?

How do you say good-bye to the one that drank out of a Snoopy bowl even though she was a cat? The one that needed just a spoonful of food or treats every time you walked past her bowl because it was an act of love? The one that pawed the blinds in the morning because she wanted to look out and head butted your hand in your sleep because she wanted a pet? The one you adored and that adored you back? The one that actually liked to hear you sing? The one that helped you pack your bags when you had to be away, that helped prepare you for your race, and that helped you write in your journal? The one that you had so many stories about and that brightened all of your days? The one that made you smile when nothing else could, and lowered your blood pressure? The one that was smarter and more compassionate than all other animals? The one that you had 20 nicknames for and that humored you? The one that was always so curious and took seriously her job to keep the penguins away? The one that wrangled a hamster and then helped capture a bird that flew in the RV? That kept the mice and other rodents away? The one that was a guard cat, and even growled at a stranger knocking on the front door? The one that was always in your business because she loved you that much? The one with a thousand nap spots?

How do you say good-bye to the one that’s been there for every milestone and success you’ve celebrated over the last 18 years? The one that was your best friend?! The one that recently discovered she loved potato chips and the smell of chocolate? The one that was just so beautiful- both on the outside and deep in her spirit???

I know she is just a pet, and I sympathize even more with those that suffer greater loss thru spouses, children, and parents. Still, it’s hard. She was a part of our family. It hurts. And it’s just so very painful. My heart feels shattered into a million pieces.

I’m so glad I had so many long days with her since June 2014, when I left my job at Ft. Campbell. I always dreaded this day, and I always prayed I’d outlive her because I worried she wouldn’t understand why I abandoned her if I didn’t. It’s going to be so empty without her. There will forever be a void.

I always envisioned her going naturally in her sleep, and that would have been easier to take. However, we found out on December 20 that she had a huge cancerous mass in her bladder. It was fast growing and it would have been inoperable even if caught earlier. The vet gave us a timeline of 3-6 months, maybe 9 with some medication.

True to how she found a home with us, she has been persistent. She has the best little personality. She is so snuggly, has the best little meow and purr. And now the time is here. She made it 8 months, and I do believe it was purely out of her deep love.

How do you make the decision to send her to the Rainbow Bridge when all you want is one more good day with her? How do you let her know this is your way of holding her paw??? How do you repay her for the countless times she has comforted you? How do you keep the tears from rolling knowing that this time she can’t dry them? I hope you know you were my heart, my Graycie Girl.

We can’t fathom another pet. Our world will never be quite the same. You were absolutely- hands down without a doubt- the best cat ever!!! We wish we could keep you forever; instead you’ll forever be in our hearts and memories.

We have to try to carry Dr Seuss’s advice into the days ahead: “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.” RIP, my sweet angel 🐱, as I sing you into Heaven with your favorite song of mine, “I’ll Fly Away”. I have to believe you’ll be there to greet us when it’s our time to make the journey. We loved you with a love beyond comprehension!!! Now, we close this chapter.

We are full-time RV’ers. We knew for 8 months that our Graycie Girl had an inoperable tumor in her bladder. We searched out a veterinarian service every place we traveled just so we knew we had someone on standby. Ultimately, we wanted an in-home service. Add the fact, it turned out that a friend of ours knew Dr. Brush. The compassion of everyone involved made a difficult situation bearable. And her paw print arrived exactly 2 weeks after she went to the Rainbow Bridge! Thank you so much!


In Memoriam – Bianca

July 30th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

BIANCA’s Story:
Bianca came to me by way of transport from North Carolina. She was a deaf stray who was found under a deck with her three babies. She was a beautiful cat – big blue eyes and long soft white fur. We called her the LION QUEEN, as she loved the backyard. She would sit on top of the deck railing, and would chase any critters out of the yard. When she saw me she would run to me or into the house, knowing it was time to come in. She is truly missed and was the best cat I could ever asked for – I will miss her everyday. We lost her too young at 10 years old. We let her pass over in her backyard.

Your service was wonderful. I heard about the process from a friend in Florida, and my daughter’s vet recommended you. You were wonderful all through the process and her passing was absolutely beautiful.


In Memoriam – Noonan

July 25th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Noonan’s Story:
There are certain great dogs that find you only once in a lifetime. For us that dog was Noonan, our Golden Doodle. He was truly an old soul; gentle, always calm, and confident even in the face of chaos. He was our emotional sponge, absorbing tears, hugs, joy, exhaustion and despair without ever asking for anything in return. He was ALWAYS there for our family, and made our house a home through his warmth and unconditional love. Noonan was there to guide us through our formative years. He was in our wedding, studied long hours with me during medical school, helped welcome both our children into the world, moved into our first house with us, rode in the back seat as we test drove our first car, and would always welcome me home at the end of long days of medical residency (no matter how haggard I looked). He helped define the last decade of our life, and we will be forever grateful for the memories and love he gave to our family. Keep chasing those tennis balls on the other side buddy. Thanks for guiding us through the good times and the bad; we’ll take it from here and try to live up to your impeccable standard for living life.

Thank you for giving our family member the dignified death he deserved. We will always be grateful to you.


In Memoriam: Lambeau Raue

July 18th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Lambeau’s Story:
Lambeau was born on 11/28/2007. We brought our new Golden Retriever home as soon as he was old enough. He was a big Golden as were his parents and very laid back. Our grandchildren could climb all over him, wrestle with him, and play tug-of-war with him with his blanket and he was always ready to play. He really enjoyed when people came to visit and also the snow. Lambeau will always be in our hearts and thoughts. We love him very much.

We’re so appreciative of Heaven at Home and the services they provide. We worked with Kathryn and Dr. Amy and these two wonderful people made it possible for us to get through this situation. We cannot say enough good things about these two angels. Their compassion, thoughtfulness, and tender-heartedness for Lambeau and us through this ordeal was great. It was especially nice that Dr. Amy could come to our home to put Lambeau at rest. The entire process was so comforting and peaceful. Thank you so much.


In Memoriam: Frosty Pylman

July 18th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Frosty’s Story:
Frosty was a young energetic boy when we first got him. He loved to play and one game was stealing any article of clothing that was laying around, though he was not opposed to rooting around a pile of clothes for to find a sock. Then he would flaunt it and prance around until I chased him to get it back. When he came, we already had a husky, named Tanner, and the 2 of them had to duke it out. Tanner was older and 20 pounds lighter, so Frosty was no push-over; we always knew when Tanner nipped a little too hard as we would see him running for his life from Frosty.
Tanner loved to hunt mice and moles/voles and it was Frosty’s job to the kill unless we got there first — he really liked volecicles in the winter. After Tanner jumped the rainbow bridge, Frosty’s thought was “Great I get all the attention now!” – that lasted 2 months and then we got Angus. Once again Frosty had to teach his buddy to play even though he was already slowing down. Unfortunately, we only had Angus a year before he raced across the rainbow bridge. Frosty’s latest buddies came last September, Ember, and in January, Cappy; once Cappy was acclimated and firmly part of the pack, Frosty knew his job was done. His downhill slide gained momentum once Cappy was declared healthy. A regal king and loyal companion to the end. We really miss you big buddy, but happy you are strong and healthy again.

The staff at Heaven at Home has God given gifts to perform this service, the care and compassion was heart felt and very needed at a difficult time like this. If the final moments in aiding a beloved pet across the rainbow bridge can be “beautiful”, this was it. Dr. Laurie made it a family affair as we all surrounded Frosty on the floor; he was already on his favorite comforter. Ember and Cappy stayed close while Betsy held Frosty’s head. Now Ember may have been more interested in the treats in Dr. Laurie’s bag, since that is where she parked herself, but Cappy, after seeking kisses form Dr. Laurie and myself, laid down by Frosty’s head. Dr. Laurie carefully explained each step and patiently waited for any questions and allowing all the time needed to process and grieve the loss of losing Frosty. Frosty’s crossing was very peaceful, and everything was done with the utmost respect, care and compassion. Thank you!


In Memoriam – Jett

June 4th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Jett’s Story:
Jett was an amazing blessing to our family. Through all the transitions of life; education, careers, multiple moves, and multiple children, he was the constant. We had never had a dog before and he was better than we deserved. We didn’t know what we were doing at first, but he was the kind of partner that never required cages, boarding, leashes, anything. He was fiercely loyal, patient, and gentle. It was almost unfair to him, but we were able to hold him to a higher standard than just being a pet. He was family and he never disappointed. We love you Jetter and you will always be a part of us all.

Dr. Laura and the staff members we worked with (primarily Kathryn and Mary) were all amazing. They were patient, empathetic, and always took the time to answer all our questions. We truly felt they cared for our situation uniquely and could see it on Dr. Laura’s face when the time had come. We give this group so much credit to have to do this type of position daily, but even through that, they were never cold or calculated. Thank God for people like this, who made what felt like an impossible decision and time, at least bearable, so that we could do the right thing and give our family member dignity and peace at the end. There was never any fear like he would have had, had we done this any other way. We will be forever grateful for that.


 
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