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 – Ziggy Keeler

April 16th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Ziggy’s Story:
Ziggy was a character. We met 16 years ago right after I graduated from high school. I went to the local shelter to adopt a kitten that would be my first pet to have on my own. The kittens weren’t ready so my sister and I walked around to see the kitties. I opened his cage and turned to talk to my sister. He leaped out and hung from the back of my shirt. He clearly picked me as his momma and was NOT going to let me leave without him. He was a mess. Had a terrible cold so he had a snotty nose and breath that could knock you out, but he was mine. A month later, after several experiments, we finally figured out he was deaf. This sweet boy has gone through all of my adult life experiences with me and I could always count on him. Even though he couldn’t hear me, he would always be the first to greet me with his crazy meow. He was always so happy to see me – even if I went to the bathroom he would act as if I had been gone for a week and would be happy to see me. His meow you could hear at least a block away and I had to use it several times to track him down when he escaped. He caught himself on fire more times than I can count from candles. He literally smothered me with love. He didn’t care what was going on, he just wanted to love you.

He was my best friend and I miss him so much. It has only been a week but the hole he has left is unbearable. I just hope at the end he knew that I loved him as much as he loved me.


In Memoriam – Lucky Rainey

March 23rd, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Lucky’s Story:
Lucky (aka Our Doofy) was adopted from Ionia Animal Shelter. We met Lucky after a couple dogs and fell for him immediately. We believe he truly appreciated being brought into a loving home and being treated as a family member. He let the kids do whatever with him. He was always physically close to us…had to follow us into any part of the house. He came out to the dog run and watched us as we drove away and slept by the door so he could greet us when we got home. He LOVED his family and we LOVED him. He should have lived longer than 14 years. He was strong and fit. A tumor the size of a chickpea on his spine was the culprit.

Thank you Dr Tay and Kathryn for your compassion and letting us say good-bye to Lucky the way we intended…at home, on his bed, with his family.

There is a void in our hearts and home. We miss you so much, Lucky, and love you even more. We know Grandma is taking care of you, boy.


In Memoriam – Delilah

March 23rd, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Deliah’s Story:
My dog, Delilah, was 17 years old. She had a bright and loving Spirit, but her body was old and giving out on her. We had to make the decision to let her go. She was a Corgi/Sheltie mix. She was, without a doubt, the sweetest dog EVER.

I found this quote in a book by Dr. Charlene M. Proctor. It has helped me; maybe it will help someone else:

My Pet knows that I am responsible for choosing the quality of its life. My love for this animal extends beyond any physical boundaries because love is forever. Therefore, my Pet and I exist forever. I trust that we will be together on the other side someday, and this parting is only temporary. I release this animal to the caretakers of its Spirit and trust that she is in a wonderful and peaceful place.

Dr. Brush and Mary in the office, were kind, understanding and compassionate. Their guidance and help during a difficult time was very much appreciated.


In Memoriam – Brody Morrison

March 21st, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Brody’s Story:
We adopted Brody from the Humane Society of West Olive in Michigan around nine years ago. We did a meet and greet with him in one of the Humane Society’s private offices after finding him online. They let him into the room and immediately he started running around, peeing on everything and trying to get away. It wasn’t until I had my wife leave the room, to go get another dog we were interested in, that Brody began to sell himself as though this was his last chance to get adopted. He sat for me. He laid down on command. I stuck my head out of the office and told my wife to come back. We fell in love in an instant.
Brody became best friends with our older dog Byron, and later with our newer dog Whiskey. The three have been inseparable since. Each dog had its own personality but Brody’s was mysterious. He liked playing with everyone but loved his alone time to sit outside in the sun and just be by himself.
We will miss Brody and all the love he has given throughout his life. We hope to see you once again when we can all run free in heaven together. We love you Brody.


In Memoriam of Tripp Ullmer

February 12th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

Tripp’s Story:
We adopted Tripp in March of 2016. He was around 14 at the time, had poor vision and poor hearing and the vet diagnosed him with dementia. I am a sucker for Jack Russell terriers and even though we had never dealt with a special needs pet before, we couldn’t say no to his cute face.

We said at the time that whether Tripp lived 3 months or 3 years, it would be the best rest of his life possible. We fulfilled that promise. Tripp fit right in to our pack (we have three other dogs) and was loved immensely. Because he was special needs, he got special care.

He started to go downhill in the past few months and it was obvious he was in pain. We knew that just as we had given him a wonderful home to live out his days, so too would we give him a wonderful and peaceful goodbye. He was surrounded by his family, both human and dog. As sad as I was to say goodbye, I know that Tripp is young and healthy again as he plays with our other dogs at the Rainbow Bridge.

I can’t thank Heaven at Home and Dr. Amy enough for helping us give him the gift of passing in a peaceful atmosphere in his favorite spot, on his bed in front of the wood stove.

Thank you for the incredible service you provide. There is nothing worse than that fateful drive to the veterinarian knowing you are putting your pet down, and the lonely drive home. We will be calling you when it is time to say goodbye to any of our other furry loved ones.


In Memoriam of Major

January 18th, 2019 by Laurie Brush

MAJOR’s Story:
Major was adopted by me at a no-kill facility in Muskegon.   He was only 5 then and we enjoyed him for 8 short years.  God sent him to me and I miss him so very much and see him everywhere. He had a good life here and especially loved our daily walks in the woods, as I did.        
P.S.   he was a border collie/lab mix, 85 lbs.

Dr. Amy, who came to the house, could not have been better with Major and also with me. It was a horrible decision to have to make as I loved him so, but I know it was the right decision and his being euthanized at home on his bed was the best decision, however painful for me, but comforting to him.
Thank you, Heaven at Home.


In Memoriam of Aries

December 28th, 2018 by Laurie Brush

Aries’ Story:
Aries became my dog after my son died unexpectedly – he only had him 3 weeks. I was a little unsure about keeping him, but he really helped me after Chris died. If he saw I was feeling down, he would bring a toy and want me to play with him. For the next 8 and a half years he was a great companion. Even after his health began to fail due to cancer, he was always there for me – I really miss that big goof.
 

 

 

I could not have asked for a better and more peaceful end for him. Amy was great – very gentle and reassuring. She helped make a very difficult decision easy to make. Thank you everyone for your kindness.


In Memoriam of Harley

December 20th, 2018 by Laurie Brush

December 10, 2018 –
Harley’s last footprints…

Our pup, Harley, had surgery on November 12 to remove a blockage in his intestines. We didn’t know what the problem was at the time, he was refusing all food and we had to force water into him. The surgery revealed a malignant tumor that was causing a blockage in his intestines. No wonder he had lost 15 pounds over the course of a month!
The veterinarian was able to remove the worst of it and told us it was a grim prognosis with or without chemo treatment, survival of 2-6 months.
Within two days of the surgery he was feeling so much better and when the sutures were removed the day before Thanksgiving, he was feeling and acting like his old self, full of energy with a great appetite. Knowing that our eight year old pup’s days were numbered, we gave him the best we could. Tom and I both feel fortunate we have been able to truly appreciate him in his last days.

This past Sunday was a great day. Tom gave Harley a real feast at dinner time and then more because Harley had been doing so well and gaining back some of the weight he had lost. Sometime overnight, there was a dramatic change. He was very lethargic with a high fever on Monday morning. Over the day, he became more withdrawn, to the point we think he was somewhat comatose. We will never know what happened; possibly brain damage from high fever or a stroke, but he seemed comfortable and essentially slipped away over the course of two days.


Thank you everyone for your kind words. Tom and I are dog-lovers.
OMG!-Between us we have over 100 years of dog ownership! We both agree Harley was hands down the best dog either of us has had. I feel equal measures heartbroken and thankful for every second with this sweetheart.

Thank you so much for helping us with this transition. Being able to have Harley home, comfy in his bed for his last moments was priceless. Your comforting words and gestures helped so much, Dr. Tay.

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

Boo TuttleBoo’s Story:
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.


 
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