May 16th, 2019 by Laurie Brush
Mackinac Island Fall Colors’s Story:
It has been a little more than 2 weeks since our little buddy, Mackinac, went to the Rainbow Bridge…April 29, 2019. He was just shy of 15. He came to live in our hearts and home when he was just 8 weeks old.
We are just getting to the point where we can talk about the countless memories we have, without tearing up. We knew this would be difficult, but really didn’t understand how very much. Making it all the more difficult is that Mac was such a special dog. Everyone who knew him would comment that “there must be a little human somewhere inside that dog body!”
He had a wonderful life with us, and we with him. We vacationed as a family all these years, and he was a better traveler than any PEOPLE we know! He had a good old time with other dogs…dog parks and daycare. He loved exploring the woods, and you had to really keep the wild-child in control when he even looked at a beach!
Someday, we will welcome a new dog. We will have to be careful not to compare, as we will never have another dog like Mackinac.
Always knew Mac would NOT have his life ended on a cold, hard vet’s table. Knew of Heaven at Home for quite awhile. Could not have done this without Dr Laurie. You have no idea how grateful we are that you are providing this service. Thank you! Thank you!
May 14th, 2019 by Laurie Brush
Miss Daisy’s Story:
I adopted Miss Daisy just two years ago. She came from a home with large dogs and was kind of pushed by the wayside, as she was just a thirteen pound little girl, and never got the love and attention she deserved. When she came to our home, she was loved and her new sister, Bella, became her best friend as though they had always been together. She loved to go for walks, even with her short little legs, having to be carried part of the way – she certainly enjoyed the outdoors. She also never missed the opportunity for a car ride. When it was time to go somewhere, she would dance around with her tail just a wagging. She certainly was a happy little girl. Miss Daisy, you will be terribly missed by your sister Bella and your mom. The good Lord will love you and take care of you until we all meet again.
Many, many thanks to Dr. Brush and her office staff. The several times I came to the office to get medicine, everyone was so kind and compassionate. A special thanks to Dr. Brush for helping Miss Daisy pass so peacefully, in my arms, where she knew she was loved. Again, thank you, you’re the angel in our fur babies lives.
April 16th, 2019 by Laurie Brush
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.
March 23rd, 2019 by Laurie Brush
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.
March 23rd, 2019 by Laurie Brush
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.
March 21st, 2019 by Laurie Brush
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.
February 12th, 2019 by Laurie Brush
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.
January 18th, 2019 by Laurie Brush
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.
December 28th, 2018 by Laurie Brush
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.
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.