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In Memory

This page is dedicated to all the animals that have gone on before us. If you have lost a beloved pet and would like to add him or her to our memorial page, just email us a picture(if available) and a paragraph about your pet. Tell us about his/her life with you or about why he/she was so special to your family. Whatever you would like to share.

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Rest in Peace my sweet little Abby.....till we meet again.



My husband, Ryan, and I got Copper from the Humane Society of Marshall County in June 1998, about three weeks after our wedding. He was our friend and constant companion for over 13 years. Copper was a special dog with tons of energy and love for people. His favorite activities for most of his years was running with his Daddy and riding in the car. He wasn't always big fan of other animals (especially our cat, Vegas, who came into the family in 2005, much to Copper's chagrin), but he was a HUGE fan of people, and a definite people-pleaser. He moved with us from Marshall County to Lexington, KY in 1999, where he became my constant study buddy during medical school, usually lying at my feet under my desk and sharing study treats such as pretzels with me. In 2003, he became a city dog when we all moved to Chicago. Copper struggled with dementia over the last year, and he had a tragic accident on Thursday, August 11, 2011. We had to make the difficult decision to euthanize him due to extensive organ and brain damage he suffered in the accident. Ryan and I were both with him during his injection, talking to him and being with him during his last moments. We will always remember him, and we like to think he's now in a place where he is forever young, forever chasing squirrels, and bringing smiles and joy to others.

Pipper Sue

Pipper Sue (pronounced Piper)

Pipper was adopted from a run down trailer in Arkansas by my brother in 1998. She was my brother & sister in law's baby until they had a baby & had to move to England for 3 yrs. They gave Pipper to our mother in IL, but the dog was unhappy with lots of remodeling going on & my husband & I were looking to adopt, so we took her @ 1 yrs old. We were not even married yet when we took her into our home & over the years she became our child as we can not have any. We married in Paducah & shortly moved to Marshall County bringing Pipper w/ us of course. She traveled as far west as TX w/ us & as far east as Daniel Boone National Forest just last July. She loved her Grandma & Grandpa so much we couldn't even say the names around her as she would get so excited & start barking. Her favorite past time was hiking while sniffing. She hiked the Shawnee National Forest, Daniel Boone National Forest, Pennyrile National Forest, & Land Between Lakes. She had her own Christmas stocking & pulled her presents out herself. Almost 2 years ago she developed diabeties & with the help of Companion Animal Hospital we were able to give her some good golden years. Unfortunately just before our trip to the Smoky Mtns in early March she developed a severe case of "wobblers" disease. We tried medicines, shots & 24 hr care, but upon returning home the "episodes" started in again. On March 21st, 2011 we had to make the hardest decision of our lives and at the age of 12 1/2 years Pipper left our lives. She was there from the begining & I wished I could have kept her to end, but sadly we had to do what was best for her. I am now considering an adoption from Marshall County Humane Society.


March 19,2009 was one of the hardest days of my life. Duke, my companion since I left home at 18 passed away. We buried him here at our home. I have not gone one day since with out talking to him. I still mourn for Duke. He was a dog who had a following of people, who mourned him. Often people who wrote and called and asked how he was before they asked about me and some that only wanted to know how he was :-). No one could say no to this wonderful smart guy. I used to say Moses, when talking about him, because he knew "dog", and "Duke". He caught on to "Moses" within a week. He is sorely missed.

I even got a memorial tattoo for this ole man. I placed it in a place so I will see it every day, facing me, because as time goes on and I am distanced from this, I still do not want to go a day without remembering him. He taught me a lot. He was a challenge. He was in the "bad" side of the shelter. Two hours from being euthanized. We taught each other alot. I always had to come home, I had a dog to feed. He taught me responsibility, and love, and I taught him boundaries and how to behave, verbal commands. He by far taught me more than I ever taught him. He may have understood my conversations and I was suprised by his knowledge, but if you only knew, what this amazing dog taught me, I cannot even put it in words, I know you dog people understand and know!! RIP Duke, you are always in my heart and a real part of my soul. 


October 14, 1998 to June 5, 2010


Our little baby dog was a big part of our family. He had a wonderful life with other schnauzers to play with, lots of food and fresh water and lots of love. He was special. He developed diabetes about 6 months ago. Then due to the diabetes, he had cataracts which caused blindness. He was doing well until a couple of weeks ago. He wouldn’t eat much and what he ate, he couldn’t keep down. Took him to the vet and they took care of him with IV fluids and medications. This did not help and we knew what the end result would be. So he left us on June 5, 2010. He was such a good dog and was loved by us so much. He has a good resting place beside another beloved pet of ours. Now they are at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for us.

In Loving Memory

You are missed!!!


A Tribute to Troubs

I remember bringing you home.

You were so small and cuddly with your tiny paws and soft fur.

You bounced around the room with your eyes flashing and ears flopping.

Once in a while you'd let out a little yelp just to let me know this was your territory.

Making a mess of the house and chewing on everything in sight became a passion

and when I scolded you, you just put your head down

and looked up at me with those innocent eyes as if to say," I'm Sorry,

but I'll do it again as soon as you're not looking."

As you got older, you protected me by looking out the front door

and barking at everyone who walked by.

When I had a tough day at work, you would be waiting for me

with your tail wagging just to say, "Welcome home! I missed you!"

You never had a bad day and I could always count on you

to be there for me.

When I sat down to watch T.V.,

you would hop on my lap looking for attention.

You never asked for anything more than to have me scratch behind your ears

so you could go to sleep stretched out in my lap.

As you got older, you moved around more slowly.

Then one day, old age finally took its toll,

and you couldn't stand on those wobbly legs anymore.

I knelt down and patted you lying there,

trying to make you young again.

You just looked up at me as if to say you were old and tired

and that after all of these years of not asking for anything,

you had to ask me to do one last favor.

With tears in my eyes,

I drove you one last time to the vet.

One last time you were next to me.

For the first time ever you didn’t shake with fear as we waited in the exam room.

Perhaps it was your way of letting me know it was time.

As the vet prepared to put you at peace, you looked at me as if to say,

"Thank you for taking care of me."

And I thought, "No . . . Thank you for taking care of me."

Troubles Tickled Pink

June 5, 1997 – May 14, 2013

Our dear and faithful companion. Our forever puppy.

You will be missed.

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