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On behalf of the staff at Spring Valley Animal Hospital, we are honored to pay respect to our beloved animal friends who have passed. We also welcome you to create a lasting tribute for your beloved pet or animal friend on our website's Pet Memorial page. Please feel free to complete the following Pet Memorial Form in Adobe Acrobat format, which requires the free Acrobat Reader to view.
Charlie was a thin orange carrot, with white paws, a skein of black fur on his tail and a phobia of most things great and small. At least that was the skittish dog that my mom and I drove past every day in the fall of 2003. When we saw that his life was in danger, we finally rescued him from his abusive home and took him home to ours. But for awhile it seemed that his life was permanently damaged. With his long speckled snout, he flipped over the dog food dishes that we laid out for him. He found shelter in dark corners. He refused to be pried from his bed and did not answer to his name. And he ran away so often that the search for Charlie became an almost weekly ritual in our neighborhood.
But that was not the dog that left us for good on Wed. May 23, 2016. The dog that I remember best, pulled me and my mom in a sled down my neighbor's snow covered hill, stopping to eat the snow along the way. He barrelled down the stairs to my dad's bedroom, when I gave my dad a hug in the morning, refusing to stop barking until he was properly included in the hug. And he slept peacefully next to our beloved Gonzales, who died last year and is also pictured in this mosaic.
Charlie became much more than a pet to us. He was part of the family. He was someone to talk to and someone to learn from. He was the inspiration for countless stories, songs and works of art. He was the mythical guardian of our house against bears and burglars alike. As we watched his back legs weaken and his health decline over the past year, we(my mom especially), did everything we could to keep him alive and happy. It never felt unreasonable, considering all the life and happiness that he gave to us.
RIP- Charlie Finley
Such a beautiful collage of such a wonderful dog!(and wonderful parents-the Orban's)
Jan. 20, 2014
After a number of heroic gestures .By those who loved him best. We said goodbye to Waldo today. Prince of cats! Those who knew him would agree...
We brought him home to Hungry Hollow and by kerosene lantern became midnight grave diggers. We made him a bed in his favorite hunting, groundmarked with a regal circle of stones
He had a long and splendid life. He beat all the odds. He was a magnificent beast. How lucky we were to have him!
Goodbye dear Waldo you sweet sweet Prince….
Sam was adopted from the Cat Care Clinic 10 years ago. Eric just let us know that he passed away from brain cancer in Dec. 2013. We are sorry for his loss.
Aug. 1997-Feb. 4, 2013
Skye was my first cat. When I went to the SPCA just to "look" at the cats in 1997, she chose me as soon as I chose her...she immediately starting purring as soon as they placed her in my arms. I just knew she was coming home with me. She has moved with me 5 different times. She has been with me through a huge portion of my life's major events-from grad school, getting married, infertility, buying and renovating a new house, finally getting pregnant and having two baby boys in less than two years and then turning 40. I was so devastated when she was diagnosed with chronic renal failure at age 16. Dr. Saunders was awesome and "fixed her up" so she could come home with me and we were able to spend another couple of months saying a long goodbye to each other. In the end, Skye told me when it was time to go. I believe that Skye waited to make sure I was okay after having my second baby before she decided it was time to leave and go on to her next life. I really hope this next life is somewhere that she can be carefree and lay and bask in the sunshine and purr all she wants, because she deserves nothing less. She was sincerely one of the sweetest cats you could ever hope to meet. She also had one of the softest and shiniest coats of black fur with just a few strands of white fur just below her neck. She wasn't "short-haired" or "long-haired", more like "medium-haired" if there is even a classification for that(THERE IS!) My heart is broken and I miss her more than words can say. I really hope that I will be reunited again with her one day. RIP sweet Skyekitty Bassette.
They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.
A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill. Lucy Grabina-R.I.P.-12/13/10
If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as G-d calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.
Gypsy Waldemarsen-1993-Nov. 28, 2010
She was almost 17 years old when we had to say good-bye, but we never ever wanted to let her go. She was our first kitty, our beloved Gypsy.
She came to our house when she was about five and hid behind our bed until she decided to get to know us. As time went by, she gradually charmed us as her own, greeting us at the door when we returned from work, visiting us during the night and sleeping on us, warming our laps whenever she desired: sampling our dinners and becoming the goodwill ambassador of our home by welcoming our guests.
A quiet but comforting presence, her cancer diagnosis took us completely by surprise. We rejoiced as she responded well to treatment and were crushed when the cancer overcame her.
We miss her dearly, and always will, our beautiful little girl.
Rosie Kogut-a precious Doberman-Oct 6, 2012
Thanks for your care and patience. I know I must get another pooch, probably another Dobie rescue but there will never be another Rosie!!
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