This letter from Denise to Missy Nala was written on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dear Missy Nala,

i'm so sorry i couldn't spend more time with you in the last months of your life. it was so hard not being able to see you everyday. i wish i could've came and gotten you but with everything going on it was impossible. i just want you to know how much you mean to me. i think about you all the time and all the joy you brought me. you truly were my best friend. i always knew seeing your little face would make me feel better. i know you're in a better place now (with billybob too!). it's better that i wasn't there at the time of your passing because i don't think i would've handled it well at all. it still hurts and a part of me still hopes i'll find you waiting for me at the door but i find comfort in knowing you lived a long happy life. i miss you so much and i know master bates misses you too! i'll always love and cherish the special memories you filled my life with! my bratty lil missy nals. i love you and will remember you always!

Missing You,

Denise

This letter from Diane to Rusty was written on Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dear Rusty,

I miss you so much! It has been only 2 days without you and the house is so lonely. I wish I knew that you were really sick before it was too late. Nobody knew that you had cronic kidney failure until it was too late. It is just not fair since you were only 5 years old. According to the doctor, you must have been sick for a long time and even born with it.

Just yesterday, Daddy went out to the garage to get pellets for the stove and he stopped dead because he thought he saw you lying in the corner next to the futon. We both miss you so much. Ziggy has been a wonder help though. Our first night without you, he slept in bed with us, in your spot, and stayed there until we feel asleep. Our king size bed seems so empty without you.

Daddy is off doing snowmobile trail work this morning and this was my first time alone without you. I miss you following me from room to room even if it just for a second. I missed you laying in my craft room helping me pick out fabric for the next quilt I am making. It is a sunny but breezy day today. You should see how much sun is coming in through the sliding glass door today. I miss seeing your laying there.

This week, I am going to go through my pictures and get them printed so that I can finish your scrapbook. The last picture I have in there was from your 3rd birthday when you were eating unfrosted yellow cupcakes. I think I will also make some birthday cupcakes this week. I know you were too sick to have them for your birthday last Monday so Daddy and I will remember you while we have them.

I hope you found your big brother Brandy in heaven. I miss him too! Now you are both up there watching over us. Are there plenty of frisbees in heaven? I know how much you loved playing. You would play for hours if we had the time. You always made me so happy when you would catch it up in the air. Remember the time you pooped in your frisbee and freaked out because it was in there. Daddy had to come over and dump it out so you could continue playing. You are too funny!

Daddy and I will be getting a new puppy when we get back from Disney in three weeks. Please help guide us to pick out a new friend to share our home and life with. We are not trying to replace you it is just that we miss someone greeting us when we come home. Someone to share popcorn and ice cream with. You will always be remembered! I love you Rusty Buckets!

Love,

Diane

This letter from Jenny to Daisy was written on Friday, October 22, 2010

Dear Daisy,

It's been five long years since you've left my side. Tears still swell my eyes. You were my first little love, you were my Princess and my Guardian. I remember how you used to snuggle next to me after every break up and how you wouldn't leave my side for days when I was sick in bed. I miss coming home to the sounds of your protective bark. No one will ever be able to replace you in my heart. I remember the day mama and daddy took us to your house so we could pick you out. I remember how you just jumped into my lap and I knew you were the one for our family. Every shoe you ever ate has long since been forgotten, ever little accident on the floor has long since been cleaned, and every hole dug in the yard has been filled with time and weather, but the hole left in my heart, your paw print can only fill. As time moves on my memories of you do not fade or stray away, but however they do in fact grow stronger with each passing day. No matter how many days are between the living and the dead I can rejoice in the fact that knowing one day we'll be together again leaves me with a smile on my face, but the hole shall remain until the day I hear your sweet bark once more.

My dearest Daisy oh how I miss you. Please watch over Grandma she loved you the best, but not as much and your mommy did.

Love,

Jenny

This letter from Dad to Sugar was written on Friday, October 22, 2010

Dear Sugar,

Its been about a month since you left and I miss you and think of you often. I know in my heart that it was time for you to leave this place as you had grown so tired and weak in your body. I hope that you are with Ghost and Doc and waiting for the rest of us to be back together again someday. There are so many things that make me think of you. It seems so funny to sit down to eat and you not be right by my side waiting for me give you a bite of "sumpting to eat". To be here with only the danes and not have your furry little humor to compare to them at times seems almost surreal. I think back to when you were just a baby and it was just the 2 of us and how sweet you have always were. You were always so much smarter than the rest of the dogs, even when you got on in age and couldn't remember the things you had previously figured out, you re-figured them again. I miss you my girl, you brought so much to my life. I love you.

Love,

Dad

This letter from Barbara to Tonto was written on Friday, October 22, 2010

Dear Tonto,

We had Pizza last night and that always brings you to me with a little smile and then the tears. The way you would set in front of me with the drewl hanging from the corners of your mouth. you always knew that if you sayed that way long enough I would give in and you would get all the crust from the Pizza. I will never know if I did the right thing in having you put to sleep. I just didn't think it was right to keep you doped up on pills to stop the pain and to watch you stumble and trip at 110lbs I know you hurt. I take heart in knowing that you are in heaven and we will be together again. You stayed by my side when I needed someone the most. The 11 months that Dustin was in Iraq you were there to lesson when I needed to talk or cry when it really got hard I actually think you knew what was going on. And everytime Dustin would call you wanted to hear his voice on the phone. Remember when I would bring a puppy home I never had to potty train them you did that for me. You would show them the doggie door and how to use it and that they had to go behind the tree so no one could watch. Penny is doing good she is 10 now and not moving around much. I am afraid that her time wont be much longer here with me. It is funning when I got you you were a mistake that a reg. English bulldog made by breeding with a Lab. Now they call that a Bullador. that seems like such a HARD name for the most loving caring and friendliest dog that I ever had. I hope you want mind if one day I try to find one that looks like you. It has been 4 years now and it still feels like you will walk around the corner any minute. GOD how I miss you. You were my best friend my family and I love you so much. When it is my time to come meet you they are going to put your ashes with me. I hope you don't mind that I just couldn't put them ijn the ground. I wanted them with me until we are together again. Run strong Tonto and enjoy the clouds . I will bring you a pizza when I come. And Thank you for 14 years of Love. I Miss you.

Love,

Barbara

This letter from Laura to Kiki was written on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dear Kiki,

Hi sweety! I miss you baby. I hope your having lots of fun in Heaven with all of your new friends. I will meet you up in Heaven soon. I can't wait to see you again. I miss hugging you and kissing you and sleeping with you in my arms. You are the sweetest dog in the world. I wish you had more time on this earth with me but I am thankful for the 8 years we did have together. I am glad that I always treated you like the princess that you are. Everyone in the family misses you very much. I know you probably miss us too but we will all be together soon. You have the sweetest face in the world so I"m sure you'll find love in heaven. Since you left us the house has felt so empty. We didn't realize how much happiness we felt because of you. Now the house and my heart feels like its missing a big part of it. I placed your ashes in my room where you slept with me. I also drew a picture of you to place over it. I kept the towel I dried you with and a pamper of yours you never used. I love you, miss you and you have taken a big part of my heart with you. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. MuAH!

Love,

Laura

This letter from Terri to Zoie was written on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dear Zoie,

You were my angel and best friend! I still can't believe you're gone, and even now I cry over losing you. You were so funny, and I would give anything to see you steal another kitten to raise as your own right now! You were perfect to me, even if you were the "ugliest puppy in the litter" to everyone else! You grew to prove them wrong though didn't you babygirl?! I still smile when I think of the way kids would gravitate to you and parents would be shocked that a Pit Bull could love SO much! I miss feeling your head on my shoulder as I drove you around in your car, and I can't help but laugh everytime I turn on the AC thinking of how you would hog the vents! You were a shining example of a misunderstood breed, and changed so many people's minds. I can't thank you enough for that! People still ask about you, then cry when I tell them you're gone. It's amazing how many lives you touched, and I didn't realize it until after I lost you. At only two, you deserved many more years to chase your tail and steal food, but God knows his plans, and I guess he just needed a little brindle angel, and since you were my angel, you were perfect for the job! Please know not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind, and I know many years from now, you'll still be in some of the happiest memories of my life. You inspired me to start the rescue we have now, and every dog I save, I save in your name! You may not have had a litter to live on through, but you live on through the dogs we fight to save everyday! Thank you for showing me that no dog is worthless because of their breed, and thank you for all the minds you changed. I wish you were here now to see all the lives you touched, but I know you are looking down proud as can be! You'll never really know what you meant to me ZoieBear, and you'll never know just how bad I miss you, but I look forward to meeting you at the bridge to tell you just how much good you did. Thank you for loving me through the good and the bad. You never failed me, even when people did. Thank you for being the best friend a girl could ever have! I love you ZoieBear, and miss you everyday! Daddy and Dizzie miss you too. I still catch Daddy looking at your pictures and fighting back tears. You changed his life too. Dizzie still runs to us when we say your name, like she's expecting you to walk in the room at any second! Your "step-puppy" Jozie is doing great, and sometimes I swear she's more like you than your own puppy could have ever been! She makes me proud just like you do! Until we meet again, know that you are deeply loved and forever missed.

Love,

Terri

This letter from Mommy to Butter was written on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dear Butter,

It has been two months from today that I had to say goodbye to you. You were only 5-years-old. You didn't deserve to die. You were the love of my life, my companion, my friend, my baby. I miss falling asleep with you in my arms and waking up to you by my side. I'm sorry that the even the strongest medicine, best vets, and all of the love in world couldn't make you better. I have been miserable without you. I feel empty somehow. I hope you are making lots of friends in heaven. I hope you will wait for me. One day I will join you and nothing will part us ever again. I think of you everyday and ask God to give you a kiss and a hug from me every night. No one will ever replace you. You were, are, and will always be the love of my life.

Missing You,

Mommy

This letter from Mom to Tamaiijja was written on Tuesday, October 19, 2010Tamaiijja

Dear Tamaiijja,

I can't believe that you have been gone over a year already. I miss you so much. You were the sweetest dog I have ever known. After all you went through the first year of your life..being chained out in someone's backyard with no shelter then breaking free only to be hit by a car and lose a leg. After you became a part of our family you went on to become a Canine Good Citizen and registered therapy dog. The kids you visited and helped to read...the people in the hospital and those undergoing chemo treatments...you brightened their days with your sweet face and wagging tail. I miss your head resting on my lap...your nose nudging me to keep petting you and that husky howl when you wanted to play ball in the snow! All your brothers and sisters miss you very much too....you would have loved playing with your new brother Gunner...he is a goofy hound that I think you sent our way.

The five years I had with you surely were not enough...cancer is an evil disease that you fought bravely and with dignity. Making the decision to let you go to the Rainbow Bridge was so hard and I cry often when I see your picture or think of you...I hope that you are running free with Sandy, Bailey, Skeeter, Winnie and the rest of your family. Please look out for Murray as he has a sick heart and will not be with us too much longer....watch for him and show him the way...

You were such a beautiful dog...such a sweet soul and though the time I had with you was way too short it was such a blessing having you in my life. Knowing that you are waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge helps me get through the days. Hopefully I made your life half as wonderful as you made mine...I miss you everyday and love you so much MiMae!!!

Love,

Mom

This letter from Mommy to Spooky (Spook) Mulder Riggio was written on Tuesday, October 19, 2010Spooky (Spook) Mulder Riggio

Dear Spooky (Spook) Mulder Riggio,

To my Spook,

Mommy misses you so much...I think of you all the time. I miss you taking away all the bad things when I walked in the door. I miss you making me smile when I didn't think it was possible. I miss people looking at you and being in awe of your beauty, inside and out. I miss you being the best foot warmer in the world. I've had a real hard time since you've been gone...

I love you so much and I always will. I'm a better person by having such a wonderful creature to grace my life. Thank you for everything.

Love,

Mommy