This letter from Rick to Skippy was written on Saturday, May 3, 2014

Dear Skippy,

It has been barely 75 hours. I feel your prescience everywhere. The hours I spent with you, 24 hours everyday, are empty now.

I never thought that I could feel the way I do. I am heartbroken. You were there for me at home, at work, on vacations and in the car. I can barely breathe. You represent the last 18 years of my life and now you're gone.

You were the best thing to ever enter into my life from the very first day.

I feel guilty now for any time that I left you alone at home. I'd come home to find you laying in front of the door waiting for me.

Now, I go home and to work, and there's nothing.

I miss you so much

Love,

Rick

This letter from Eternally Your Soul Mate, Daddy to Monster Pee Wee Posey was written on Saturday, May 3, 2014Monster Pee Wee Posey

Dear Monster Pee Wee Posey,

Hello My Dear Sweet Saint, Words cannot tell you how much you are missed. The color left my world and only a shell of me remains without you. I try everyday because of you. HOW you Loved and Lived Life Inspires me. Always honoring God for your life.

I think back to the day that God led me to you in that horrible pet shop, so alone and abused. So tiny and yet a World of Love already waiting to give. You quickly became my reason to live again. You brought back Color and Love to my life. As time would march on, You opened so many doors of my heart and Soul that I had shut up and thought I would never open again. You were sent to me to remind me and re teach me the things I needed to live again. My walk with God, YOU and YOU alone re established. And how amazingly you did that. I saw an endless amount of Love and Compassion in You that would and could change anyone. Loverbug, Buster misses you. I am taking care of him for you. He will never forget You or Your Name.

I allowed you to live and enjoy things but I was irresponsible too. I simply just wanted you to be Happy in every way. Often forgetting the dangers of this world

Sweet Boy. I can't begin to tell you what I miss the Most because there was NO part of you that was common or simple. Every single day of your Amazing life, I told YOU how YOU simply "amazed" me. Your intelligence seemed to expand and to the point that You seemed to become the caregiver. There was NO creature Big or Small that You didn't love, have amazing compassion for and take responsibility for. I watched as all creatures wild and tame seemed to "Know" you too. You Garnered respect from so many things that I Thanked God everyday for allowing you to Share Your Amazing Life with me. I wondered what I did to deserve You and Your Love but It was something I needed rather than deserved. God knew that. I am humbled by YOU. I always was. NOTHING Can or will ever teach me what you did. You were not my Dog, but my Son and in so many ways, my "Compass". How you Took to and Comforted the sick people or sad people around you. You were so misunderstood because Creatures like you are so rare that people can be blind by nature. I will ALWAYS THANK GOD for our Walk together. I still wake up in the middle of the night and reach over to put my hand on you, YOU are NOT there. I wake up crying and everything is Brand New. The Pain, The Loss of something more than a companion but my Inspiration, my Reason to live, ALL of my Happiness and ALL of the innocence that came back into my heart like a child. GOD knows that you put an innocence back in me that we all loose as we grow up. You just filled so many shoes that boundaries became blurred and non existent. You were in many ways my Baby, My Child and yet, My Leader. My Admiration for you was limitless. You never belonged to me but was MY GIFT from God that simply Shared my Burdens. You had to bear the weight of my weaknesses in so many ways but You always ROSE to the Occasion. All I can do is spend hours on my Knees Thanking God for Appointing something so Great in my life. That is just the way you came to me. Even before you even weighed a pound, it was like you were on a mission and I recognized that. Not because I knew I needed it but because YOU showed me I needed it. The GIFT you gave me upon your departure was Just the way you Lived your Beautiful Life. Without that, I could not stand this pain. Thank God and Thank You my Sweet Saint. LOVE HAS NO END. Until God reunites us, I will simply exist. In God's Bosom REST. You Earned it Sweet Saint.

Love,

Eternally Your Soul Mate, Daddy

This letter from Beka to rosco was written on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dear rosco,

i miss you every single day of my life . no matter what i do i still can't forgive myself for not being here when it happened, i did get to say goodbye to you and i am thankful for that but i would of liked to ride in the car on the way to the vet. i got a new dog and i know you know that i can feel it in my heart, i may have moved on but i will never forget you no matter what . Always in my heart , gone but not forgotton and thats what you are . i know i we will be together again in heaven and you can have all the pig ears you want i spiol you rotten no matter what .

Missing You,

Beka

This letter from Peyton to Keltie was written on Tuesday, April 1, 2014Keltie

Dear Keltie,

I miss you so, so much. I can't even describe how much I miss you right now. I still feel bad about not getting out of the car. I should have said something to you, I'm SO sorry! I love you so much! I will never forget you. I hope to find some way to remember you, maybe in a song, or a poem, some way. We went up in the snow today, and all I could think of, was your love for the snow. I miss you so much, but you are always in my heart. I love you.

Peace,

Peyton

This letter from Mommy and Daddy to Jaspurr was written on Sunday, March 23, 2014Jaspurr

Dear Jaspurr,

What a delight and joy you’ve brought to us over our many years together. I know that your journey has taken you to a different place and we don’t have you with us physically to pet and snuggle, but in our hearts and in our minds you live with us every day.

I’ve seen you in moments when I’m sad or down and am reminded of you whenever the sun is upon my face. I take in the love that is all around us and remember your lessons of letting the happy times sink in. You never missed out on the sunrays, as they cascaded through the window, and I too love to have them upon me.

It is hard sometimes to feel that we did everything we could, but I never saw you afraid and you trusted me completely, as we and the veterinarian battled with the cancer that had taken hold of you.

I know you never gave up hope and that is what carried us three along. Hope. During our hard road that passed, hope was not something to ever feel guilty about. You taught me to always have hope and even in the end, you’d never regret having it. It gets you up in the morning and helps you face the lonely nights. Hope and Love. Thank you for these two most special lessons.

I always thought it was me trying to save you and bring you back to health, but in many ways it was you saving me. Saving me from being sad on hard days, and encouraging me to think in healthy ways about life. You taught me so much and I know that although your time here with us has ended, you will continue to teach me new lessons. Lessons of love and hope, as we continue to remember all that you are and have always been.

Jaspurr, we miss you every day in every way. You were our sweet little boy. I still see your adorable face in my mind. Your love was the purest form I have ever known. Daddy and I speak of you very frequently and share memories of you.

You made our lives better, richer and full of happiness. You made us better people just by knowing you.

With all our hearts we will always love you.

Love,

Mommy and Daddy

This letter from Stacey to Bailey was written on Monday, March 17, 2014Bailey

Dear Bailey,

It is coming up to 22 months. 22 long, agonizing months since you ran away, disappeared into the air. I left you that morning with someone for the first time in the 3 1/2 years we were together and assumed without a doubt that you would be alright. I feel that it was just too stressful for you not knowing where I was and being in an unfamiliar place, so when you saw an opportunity to look for me or to get out of there, you took it. I haven't stopped looking for you. I hope you know that I think of you every single day and miss everything about you. The way you wiggled your butt to the way you shook your toys at your dish before you would eat and everything in between. The unconditional love you gave me every single day was more than I could ever have asked for and I so cherish the time we did have together. Not knowing what became of you has been the hardest reality I have ever faced and the guilt I feel can't be put into words. Every morning I wake up hoping that it was a bad dream, that you are still here. Thank you. Thank you for being my best friend and please know that if I could turn back the hands of time, I would do so in a heartbeat. The tears still flow daily and I don't know if they will ever stop or if I will ever get over this. I have all your toys and beds and will keep them with my memories...forever. I love you my little man and I will never forget you. They say that miracles happen so I wait by the phone every day for that call, saying you have been found. Never will I give up hope.

Love,

Stacey

This letter from Abbs to Harriet <3 was written on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dear Harriet <3,

I just wanted to start off by saying that I miss you so much. Its been nine days since I lost my best friend. Im so sorry. I think about you every single day. Thank you for everything you did for my family and I. Thank you for sticking with me. You are the kindest, most loving dog. I feel so lucky, to be able to spend all of that time with you. You're the best. Im so happy we met, we became best friends from the moment we saw each other. You are inspiring, and my hero <3 I love you so very much, Harriet. I wish you could come back. Things are so different without you. I love looking at our pictures and seeing your clothes. Ive kept all of them. Seeing you lay on my bed on the last night, broke me. I am sorry, I never wanted to leave you, or you leave me... But I know you want me to be strong. 10 years was not long enough. But I loved every second I had with you. I will forever remember you. You will always be in my prayers and forever in my heart. I know you are in a better place. I will see you again <3

I love you.

xoxo,

Abbs

Love,

Abbs

This letter from Debbie and Richard to Ripkin was written on Thursday, March 13, 2014Ripkin

Dear Ripkin,

I miss you every day. It has been a hard winter with out you -- xc skiing and walking alone, sheep chores with out my buddy, and lonely car rides up Maine. No one to greet me when I come home from work! No one to follow me around the house and yard. Richard misses you too. You touched many lives in your short life--the neighbors and local dogs were sad after you left us. Your pictures keep your memory going!..We wil be putting your ashes and Abbys up Maine in the garden for your memorial! So long Ripkin! RIP

Love,

Debbie and Richard

This letter from Mommy to Arfie boy was written on Thursday, March 6, 2014Arfie boy

Dear Arfie boy,

I never imagined how many things I would miss about you. I miss the way your beady eyes twinkled at me. I miss kissing your velvety snout. I miss you following me to the fridge and dancing for a tiny morsel. For the last week, I have especially missed you keeping my legs warm at night.

Remember the times we spent at the Cove? You shocked me when you just jumped in the water after the mangrove pods and tried to bring them all back up on the beach to me. Then you took off after that flock of pelicans and I thought you were going to run forever!!! But you came right back to me, very pleased with yourself. I think that was your first time off your leash!

It was all downhill after that, huh? You learned to leave farm animals alone and come along on chores with me. You sniffed out armadillos and lizards, and prepared for your last years running the ranch with me. Oh you were such a young'un then, I wish we had spent more time in the mountains together when you could have *really* enjoyed it.

Everyone misses you Toad. You spread so much joy in not just my life, but also your doggie friends and any two leggeds you met. How many times did you make children laugh at you by throwing your toys around the room and inviting them to play? How many dogs and cats have been your best friends? How many humans have you completely WON OVER to the small dog side? Not just that, but how many anti-dog people did you totally convince that dogs really could be *good*?

I am so thankful you chose me as your special human. No matter how many times in 13 years you spread the trash all over the floor, or how much I spent on your health care, or how much it hurts to miss you right now, I am so glad to have shared over a decade of love with you. You will always always be in my heart, and I never want to forget the love you showed me every day of your life.

I hope you are enjoying your time as an angel, but do you think maybe you could send me another sweet boy soon to help me through the next couple decades?

Love,

Mommy

This letter from Momma to Harriet was written on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dear Harriet,

You left us this evening, and while I sit here in a daze, what better way to pay tribute to your ever lasting love than through a letter.

I had to make one of the toughest decisions for you tonight. You were in pain. The cancer crept up on us like the the night does to day. Two weeks ago, I took you in for a cough. We saw some spots in the xray, but hoped for it to be bronchitis. We had your annual blood panel work done to find something in your liver. Shortly after finishing your medication, which was this past Sunday, it was difficult to breath. I am so sorry I did not catch it sooner. I know now that you were trying to tell me all the times you sat in the bathroom as I got dressed, just staring at me. For that, I will always feel guilty. I am truly sorry. 10 years just wasn't enough.

I want to tell you how much I admired your forgiving spirit. and thank you from the bottom of my soul for keeping my daughter company when she needed someone the most. You were her sibling. You patiently allowed her to dress you up in her old pajamas, and even had fun on stroller rides.

These last few months we had some amazing runs along the river walk. We made some of our best times. Thank you for pushing me, and telling me not to give up! You were my coach, my partner, my best friend. You seemed to believe in me and knew what I was capable of. I'm sorry that stray dog frightened us on our last run....he just wouldn't leave us alone! I had you walk right beside me so he wouldn't dare harm you. Your loving spirit made him understand that we were not a threat.

Harriet, I will miss you every single day of my life. My daughter will mourn you for eternity. She lost her sister tonight, but she knows that you were in pain and we needed to fix that. She can't sleep in her room because you are not there tonight - so she is sleeping on the couch in our room. She made a very special picture collage of you with all of us, even the silly pictures! But we could not hang it up just yet.

Harriet, please know that we had to make this decision for you so that you could be comfortable again. You were crying as you lay on your bed to sleep because you could no longer breath. The cancer in your lungs was taking over. We made this decision because we love you so, so much, and could not live knowing you were in pain.

We will run again someday. Your spirit will be with me on the dirt paths because I know that is what you loved the most. As soon as I got the leash out, you would get so excited.

I still can't believe this is happening. We all hoped that this was just all a horrible dream. I still feel that I am in shock. My heart is broken. You took a huge piece of my heart with you tonight. We miss you so much, and will love you forever. I love you, Harriet. You will live in my heart and run with my soul until the sun stops shining.

Love you sweet baby girl,

Momma

Love,

Momma