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 of Curby

October 24th, 2018 by Heaven At Home Staff

Curby-1-Hearts_2018Curby’s Story:

My wife and I adopted Curby from an animal rescue along with Autumn, a female mix that was much older than he, but cared for him like he was her own puppy. Curby was just 6-9 months old. That was in Jan of 2006. We soon found out that he was born with bad hip dysplasia, but that never stopped Curby! His favorite toy all his life was a bright orange rubber ball, and his favorite game was “fetch”. We would play for hours non-stop and he would wear me out and still want more! And he loved playing hide-and-seek with his ball also. Curby and I developed a very special bond. My wife would always say “He’s YOUR dog!” -especially when he did something wrong :)

I was raised with dogs, and I’ve had dogs most of my life, and I really loved them all. But I have to admit, Curby was truly special. He found a way to reach places in my heart that no other ever did. Curby had the most amazing personality and intelligence of any dog I’ve known. He just seemed to know what I wanted him to do and he’d do it. Curby always wanted to please.

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We were told by the vet early on that we shouldn’t expect him to live much past 8 or 10 years because of his hip dysplasia and his size and breed, so I guess I should feel lucky that I had 12 great years with him. But I’d give anything for another day with him. Curby had a good and happy life with lots of love. And I’m thankful that he shared that life with us. He is very sorely missed, and in our thoughts every day, and in our hearts forever.

Words cannot express how thankful I am for Heaven at Home and the service you provide! It was such a hard decision to let Curby go and I refused to let him go at the vet’s office, in strange surroundings, with strangers around him. Because of you, my boy Curby was able to spend his last hours here in the comfort of his own home, on the comfort of his own bed, and with the comfort of his own loving family around him!

That meant the world to me! And I’m sure it meant the world to Curby, too! Dr. Tay was wonderful! She was very patient and compassionate and really helped us through this most difficult time. Thank you so much!


In Memoriam of Boo

July 21st, 2018 by Heaven At Home Staff

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July 9 was one of the hardest and saddest days of our lives as we had to say goodbye to Boo. He left us and made his journey across the rainbow bridge. He was a month shy of his 11th birthday. There are no words to thank Dr. Brush from Heaven at Home who came to our house and allowed us to honor, grieve and come to a place where we could lovingly let Boo go. Boo transitioned to the next part of his journey in the comfort of his home, surrounded by everyone who loved him.
It is difficult to find the words to describe the sorrow you feel. It literally tears your heart out. The only comfort we can take from this, is that he is no longer suffering.

Our house is not the same without him. I could list 1000’s of things that we will miss about Boo because he was such a huge part of our family. He made each and every one of us a better person. He had so many quirks that would make you smile. He lived each day to the fullest with such joy and enthusiasm. He was such a character!

I truly believe pets come into our lives to help us become the best version of ourselves. Boo you did your job well! You will be missed more than words can say. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories we will hold them dear to our hearts. We were so blessed to have you be a part of our lives for almost 11 years. It was truly a gift! We will love you always and forever.

Dr. Brush and the staff was wonderful. Nobody wants to say goodbye to their beloved pets but Heaven at Home allows you to do this in the comfort of your own home. Dr. Brush allowed us time to honor, love, say our goodbyes to Boo and grieve as a family. We all felt a sense of peace in our hearts. Thank you Heaven at Home.


In Memoriam of Leemore

June 25th, 2018 by Heaven At Home Staff

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Our sweet, handsome boy passed peacefully at home last night with the help of Dr. Brush. He was a Bernese Mountain Dog who would have been 14 years old September 11. He was given to me after I was divorced and I credit him for saving my life after the divorce and helping me to learn to live and love again. I remarried 4 years later to a wonderful man who became the best daddy to him I could have ever hoped for. Leemore loved life so much, especially his people. He was my best friend, my shadow and my caretaker and I was the same to him. As a Registered Dietitian, I of course have always made his food for him and I feel that helped this Bernese Mountain Dog to live to a ripe old age. His love for eating chicken was almost parallel to that of his love for me. When he was a puppy, I asked him to please live for a very long time and in return I promised him I would never let him suffer. We both made good on our promises to each other. I will forever be so grateful that there is an angel like Dr. Brush who helped us give Leemore the goodbye he deserved in his own home lying with us. We will spread some of his ashes in some of his favorite places: Kelleys Island, Ohio; Manitou Beach Michigan @ Round Lake; up north in our woods where some of him will rest and some I will keep for myself close to my heart.
I love you so so much Leemy my sweet boy, wait for me on the other side.

Thank You for what you do, it meant the world to us to say goodbye to our dog in our own home and Dr. Brush you were so comforting. I can’t thank you enough! You are an angel!


In Memoriam of Shia

May 23rd, 2018 by Heaven At Home Staff

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Shia’s Story:

Shia was born in May of 2003. Mom and Dad found her at a Puppy Half Way House in Greenville. Her and her sister came out and Shia be-lined for mom and dad while her sister went straight for the food. It really is true that they choose you. It was meant to be. She even fake puked and they got her cheaper, although looking back with what we know now, they would have paid any amount of money for her. After begging mom and dad for years about getting a dog, we finally got her in July of 2003, much to our surprise from coming back from a camping trip with our cousins. Tears of joy were shed. Shia was a Whippet/Lab mix. She was a very fast water dog who was lucky enough to live most of her life on Lime Lake. Her hobbies included racing other dogs and kids, swimming, boating, bon fires, playing bean bags and going bye bye. She was the best friend any one could ever ask for. On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, The Wheeler family said good-bye to their life-long friend, Shia (Shy Shy, Sheeba, Big Ox) of 15 years. She passed peacefully at home with all of her loved ones by her side. Her beautiful soul will be deeply loved and missed, always.

Wait for us at the Rainbow Bridge where there is always warmth and sunshine which was your favorite. I can picture you in my head running full speed again like you used to, grass flying up behind you. If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.
We love you, Shy Shy!

Mommy, Daddy, Rach & Bran


In Memoriam of Bear

April 7th, 2016 by Heaven At Home Staff

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the passing of our beloved Bear, Bearinga, Bear Soup, Bearcephus…. after Degenerative Myelopathy and a necrotic mass became too difficult for his day to day.

He was born in July of 2000 and lived to a ripe age of 15.5, the last 3+ years of which we got to be his people. He enjoyed car rides with the windows down, romping through the woods, face plowing in the snow, the occasional game of frisbee and curling up on blankets at home. More than anything he liked treats – Peanut Butter, Beggin’ Poppers and mom’s molasses crinkle cookies.

Bear is survived by his mom and dad, Megan and Garrett, his feline sisters ‘the sandbox people’ Abbey and Tygrr, his new little sister Evelyn, his girlfriend Zoe from his last stay at the Pets Hotel and his imaginary friends Moose and Gonzalez from his job as delivery car cleanup at Little Caesars.

Bear is ever grateful to Grandma & Grandpa Albro for his endless supply of bandana bling and Grandpa & Grandma Emery for sneaking him deer jerky(and other meaty treats) and letting him relax at an amazing vacation place on the lake.

Some of Bear’s fondest memories include a road trip to South Carolina with his mom, ear rubs from his dad, falling butt first into the tide on Lake Michigan and sunning himself with a Chewbone in the backyard.

In lieu of flowers and milkbones, Bear would like you to adopt a senior pet from your local shelter.

He had the purest, sweetest soul and holds an irreplaceable place in our hearts. We will see you at the rainbow bridge, buddy. Look over us in our first night in the house without you. Love You.

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In Memoriam of Mogwai and Winston

December 10th, 2014 by Laurie Brush

In this special season of love & joy, the familyCoykendall Christmas
of Mogwai & Winston are treasuring warm memories
& missing their departed fur friends.

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                    Their “brother”, Mr. BooKitty, expressed his gratitude to Dr. Brush:

“Thank you for taking such loving care of the boys, my brothers. My mom & I sure miss them, but without you, their passing would have been much more difficult. In Coykendall, Mr. BooKittytheir last days & even minutes, you were, and still are, so very kind & loving. My mom & I thank the good Lord for bringing you into our lives. God Bless you for all you do, you are truly an angel.”

 


In Memoriam of Zoe

September 26th, 2014 by Laurie Brush
Zoe with Megan & Alex on February 18, 1999

Zoe with Alex and Megan on February 18th, 1999

On September twenty-fourth, the Huyge Family said goodbye to their life-long friend Zoe, who was a playful yellow lab mix. Zoe raised both the Huyge children, Alex and Megan, into adulthood. Alex was in second grade when the family adopted their furry friend. Zoe lived to be sixteen years old, a very long and joyous life with the Huyge’s. Zoe’s will be forever remembered in the happy memories the Huyge’s carry in their hearts.


In Memoriam of Smokey Giuliano

September 25th, 2014 by Laurie Brush

 

Smokey enjoying the warm sun on her belly

Smokey enjoying the warm sun on her belly

Smokey was a twelve year old domestic medium hair cat who was loved until her last day by her owner, Lenny, who sent us this memorial:

Smokey was my first pet. I remember her at six weeks old, feeling her breath on my hand, wondering if I would be able to protect that fragile life. And twelve years later the frustration of being helpless with the oral cancer diagnosis. She was sort of a one man horse in that I was the only person she would allow to handle her. She was unique. She was ornery from the day she was born but had a personality I admired. Others will remember her hiss and snarl but I’ll see her joy in finding that perfect patch of sun heated sand to roll in.

In Memoriam of Kelsey Dunn

July 23rd, 2014 by Laurie Brush
Kelsey's last trip to Lake Michigan

Kelsey’s last trip to Lake Michigan

Kelsey was a beautiful yellow Labrador Retriever now dearly missed by the Dunn Family, who sent us this memorial:

I just want to thank you again for coming to our house and putting our dog Kelsey to rest. I can’t tell you how much we appreciated you and your bedside manner. It was a very special experience that we will always remember. Thank you again.


 
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