"What We Learned from Him Is Immeasurable"
Max, a Yorkshire Terrier, was a rescue. He passed away on 9-1-2004. We only had him for 5 short months, yet he made such an impression on us.What we learned from him is immeasurable... we loved him, and he taught us so much about love. We miss him. Our tiny pet angel.--Tina B.

"God Bless You with Chewy Toys and Squeakies"
Shelby was a Shetland sheepdog. Shelby had congestive heart failure and died at the age of ten. He brought so much joy to our lives. At the end, we asked God to make the choice of when Shelby should be taken. He was very ill and had pulmonary distress. God chose the time so that both my wife and I were home, and he didn't pass alone. I truly believe that God can answer prayers even about our furry kids.
Our Prayer to Shelby: Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our lives and being such a great buddy. We miss you and love you, but we know that you are at God's feet waiting for us. May God bless you with all the chewy toys and squeakies.
--Rbren Waiting Patiently for the Prodigals
This is my Jack. He is a Jack Russell mix. Pretty original name, I know. ...Jack is a better judge of character then I could ever be. He can see what I can't, or in some cases don't want to see. Jack's devotion, unconditional love and dedication to me, my safety and my independence and emotional well being reminds me of the devotion that my God has for me. The world lets me down, or vice-versa, Jack lets me know that he loves me and is always there for me. ...When I come home he wants to be with me, he lets me know that I was greatly missed, and that he was waiting patiently, quietly for my return. Once I have finally come home he will not be a quiet bystander but wants to be ever-present to me when he can... sound like anyone else you know? God does much the same thing.The gospel story read the week I decided to reenter a church after years of being a non-practicing Catholic was the story of the prodigal son. God has a funny sense of humor and impeccable timing. He gave me the slap and kiss. The slap of reality telling me I am the prodigal son, and the kiss saying "I know you have gone, but welcome back, my arms are open and you always have a place to come home to." --Leanne D.

Guardian Angel
Magick is Himalayan and half lynx. I soon after finding him went through a very nasty divorce and Magick just knew how hard it was for me. He seems to be a healer as well as a watcher ... to just guard me and my children. At a time in our lives when we where being threatened by my ex-husband constantly, Majick just always seemed to give us a heads up. --S. Ruby
"With You Wherever You Go"
Shiloh is just great, our golden retriever. When she is ready for a walk, she grabs her leash and collar off the peg at the front door and the when we are walking her she carries her leash in her mouth and just walks with you wherever you go.--John

Proving "Humans Are Worth the Effort"
This beautiful Dalmatian was abandoned and left to die on the mean streets of Miami when my daughter found her and took her home. Candy has been with us for 8 years now and has been a great companion and protector. Her name describes her sweet disposition which despite being treated with extreme cruelty she is able to love.
Dear Lord:

Please watch over our humans, they are so weak. They have no claws or teeth, they can't run fast or fly away, neither can they burrow or build a nest in which to be safe. They smell bad, do strange things that aren't altogether intelligent, have no real ability to communicate with us, although we are able to figure out what they want.

...Please allow us to continue proving the humans are worth the effort. You placed these humans in dominion over us, but you charged us with the task of caring for them and showing them your love every day, through us.--Author Unknown

--Mercedes G.

"We Would Be Lost Without Her"
We got Taloola, a Beagle, in an animal shelter. She was very quiet and walked with her tail between her legs. When we took her home she got used to us. She was able get along with the cats we had. She is such a loving dog. She brought so much love to this family. We would be lost without her. --Kelly

"They Stay Alive to Care for One Another"
The sweet little face above is Tiny, an aged Yorkshire Terrier. The one below is Falcor, a youthful cross of Cairn, Dachshund and Dennis the Menace. Tiny belongs to my mother who lives with us. She's 83. In dog years, I know he's much older. I think they both stay alive to care for one another. Each day mom gets herself out of bed just to let her Tiny out. Tiny too, drags himself out of his furry bed to follow mother through her morning routine. They wait on each other; mom in her wheelchair, Tiny on his bent crippled legs. I don't know how they keep going, both so arthritic and so full of pain. Somehow they inspire each other to live each and every day. --Deborah D.

Blessed--with Rats
I'm blessed with 4 wonderful male rats! Their names are Dobey,Huggy, Mac and Teddy. Rats are PERFECT little pets, loving andfun - the only downside is their short lifespans. My boys know their names and other words (like 'treat'!), mostly use their litter box, and interact with humans in the most delightful ways! Most pet rats have the intelligence of a 2 1/2 year old child, and I've often been outsmarted by one of my little ones! --Melodi R.

Remembering Lost Friends
This is Moe. I found him (or he found me) at our local humane society seven years ago. He and my dad were especially close. Moe was a huge comfort to dad after my mom passed away, then sadly eight months later my dad went home to heaven. Moe still sits in front of his chair as if waiting for him to come sit down and scratch his ears for him. Moe is definitely a huge blessing in my life and I love him dearly.--Phee B.

"I Hope There Are Cats in Heaven"
Weiner is just one of many cats and other animals I have, but he is thesweetest. ...He is such a little trooper, but I know the end is about to come for him. One thing above all that I have learned from Weiner is unconditional love, he shows it every day of his life.