in celebration of our amazing and wonderful companions...
Monday, November 6th, God took our beloved Manish home. 13 years ago, Manish was adopted from the SPCA when she was almost one year old. Found as a stray in
Bakersfield, and with the name Olivia at the time, Manish was a beautiful Labrador mix with an impressive black coat. As soon as Anaperla met her, Manish brought her a ball and placed her head on her shoulder, quickly on her way to becoming the devoted and intelligent service dog that Anaperla needed after having brain surgery. Though she was on hold for another family at the time, that family did not return to adopt her and Manish, now named after Anaperla’s neurosurgeon, had gained a loving home and Anaperla gained a priceless companion.
Manish handled service dog training like a champ, helping Anaperla with balance,
picking up dropped objects, and making sure they knew the route home so they would not get lost. Besides being extremely smart, Manish was very social. She loved people and other animals, especially her favorite black cat friend named 3 toed John Kennedy. She loved all kinds of food, but especially carrots and apples, and she loved to roll in the grass. Manish was blessed to have wonderful volunteer dog walkers, especially Louise who visited and walked Manish for over 11 years. Both Manish and Anaperla are eternally grateful for all the help and support they received from Pets Are Wonderful Support who provided food delivery, dog walkers, and medical care for Manish.
Manish, you will be missed and we hope that you have found peace and comfort. Please know how much you were loved.
Yesterday, Patrick & I said goodbye to our first dog, Rocky. He was our best friend & loving family member. He transitioned peacefully in our backyard, snoring cutely at 11.5yrs old. He brought smiles to so many. I’m grateful we got to experience many of them as we walked around with Rocky. No matter where we traveled with him — SF, St. Helena, Canada or roadtrips around the western US, Rocky would earn fans. Pat & I used to say that we were living in Rocky’s world as his entourage. More people know him by name (and us by association). He had so many strangers take photos of him, admire his paws, compliment his haircut, utter baby noises as they walked by, obsess over his soft fur, think he’s a puppy or ask us questions about him.
Friends, Family and strangers bestowed many nicknames upon Rocky — FuzzyBear, Rockstar, Rocco, Sir Rocksalot, Floofball, Rock, Rockster, Bud, Hollywood. He was even once dubbed, “The Sexiest Dog in SF” by a regular at Neighbor’s Corner. He was a sweet boy with lots of silly habits. He loved his walks and maybe even more than walks, he loved food. Rocky memorized all the store owners who gave him treats no matter if in SF or St. Helena and insisted on stopping by daily. When he was younger and we were less experienced dog parents, Rocky stole people’s sandwiches or interrupted picnics (to our embarrassment), and thankfully when they saw Rocky, forgave him. He knew how to win people over.
He had a short haircut because it cut down on the shedding and he loved to swim. Our walker told us that in all her years of experience, Rocky is the only dog that she’s had to swim out into the SF Bay for because she couldn’t get him to come back. He was also a strong doggo. He survived one round of cancer which first showed up 1.5 yrs ago, and was declared cancer-free last August. It surprised us all that an intermittent, hairball cough that happened over a couple of days turned out to be an aggressive form of lung cancer. Up until yesterday morning, he was still in love with food and became a foodie. Pat turned into his personal chef, spoiling him with two carcasses worth of chicken bone broth, chicken & rice, steak, puppy ice cream, pumpkin and Mishka dog cakes. As he got weaker, we hand-fed him all the things. We sang & celebrated his birthday many days over the last week (Rocky loved celebrating birthdays because it meant he got to eat dog cake too).
He was loved by so many people including Jennifer, Wendy, Ron, Enoch, Nicole, Steve, Julie, David, Deb, Peter, Jennifer, Fred, Vu, Jeany, and many others. We’re grateful that we learned of his terminal lung cancer while at home in order to provide the best care for him until the end. We’re grateful that he had so many people care for him and us. He got multiple visitors from all parts of his life sharing their stories with him this past week (former sitters, walkers, friends, family, even our dry cleaner that he visited frequently). It was so touching to experience, and we’re so glad Rocky happily recognized each person too. He got lots of pets, hugs & kisses. The house feels so quiet without his presence. Even though he wasn’t a loud dog (never barked), I loved hearing his footsteps coming up the stairs to my side of the bed to wish me good morning after his breakfast. He would put his head on the bed and stare at me until I woke up and gave him his morning head rubs. He often was by my side, sometimes my foot warmer when working at my desk or my couch buddy when I was I was reading. I’ll really miss these little moments and the way he looked at me.
For now, I hope to see him in my dreams and will love him in my heart forever.
Breathe & rest well, Rocky. I’m grateful to have had so many adventures with you.
-Cat L. & Patrick H.
Dori Whitney Bunny Bixler Maggie Malone Rodriguez Peña Jones
Our lovely fluff fury crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday. People tell us that she was lucky to have us, but really, we were so damn lucky to have her enter our lives with so much love, energy, fieriness, and confidence. If it wasn’t for her, we wouldn’t nearly have the community of friendship we found at Duboce Park.
So many people describe their dog as the best dog ever, and boy she wasn’t, but she was unapologetically amazing. We used to call Dori “I do what I want” Jones and our Angel Baby Devil Child. She was the Maltese of all maltase’s, she was the boss of Duboce Park, the Sheriff who rallied other dogs to whatever cause she felt was right, whether it was harassing a poor beleaguered large dog who was running around or trying to run off those pesky children. She never lost the battle of being the alpha to any dog small or large despite all odds. We can all learn something from her confidence, bravery, and how she loved life and us so fiercely.
We are comforted in the thought she is with her pack now: her bestie Mattie, her body-guard Brady, her guru Chester, her spiritual twin Schnitzel and her boyfriend’s Chair & Gizmo, amongst all the other great dogs who crossed before. She was loved by so many other people besides us and I’m sure that Nana and Laurie were there to greet her and give her all the love and cariños until we can give them ourselves. We know her energy and her fierce little bark that once made burglars go away is back.
Thank you to mom for being the best grandma ever, your princepessa loved you with all her heart. Also, to Joaquin and Cecile for being there to hold us when she passed, and all our/her family and friends who have been supporting us through this. Finally, we are grateful to A Gentle Rest/Dr. Sahaghian for allowing her to leave us peacefully in the home she always guarded.
We will love and miss you always our dear little girl.
-Deanna & Valerie J.
Baphy was in our lives for six years, more than half of her life. When I found her at the SPCA she had gone unadopted for five years because she was a black adult cat. I fell in love with her before I even met her when I saw her online. Her name on the website was “Calliope”, but I had forgotten it upon arrival of my adoption appointment and kept asking for the cat “Cantaloupe” and thankfully they knew who I was asking for. She jumped in my lap and was so incredibly sweet. They offered to show me other cats but I was set. They waived all the adoption fees because she had been there so long. I still can’t believe it. She was my first pet; I was 21 years old and recently graduated from college when I took her home. Her devilish personality came through immediately and I changed her name to Baphomet, Baphy for short. That year I met my, now, partner. And they also fell in love. The first time Oliver saw Baphy, Ollie asked: “is that a little fur hat?” But it was just Baphy curled up on their jacket sleeping. Baphy lived in three different apartments with us over six years, as we made our way as young adults in San Francisco.
Baphy was incredibly intelligent and mischievous. She understood how to open and close doors, so we had to baby proof (or cat proof) everything! There were multiple times we thought she was missing (and once we even cut open a mattress, we thought she might’ve been stuck in, just to look everywhere!!) when she had really just let herself into a cabinet or drawer to get a snack. She was incredibly food motivated and always ate like a starving medieval peasant, I kid you not! Often, we would have to put her in another room while we ate (or her sister, Salem, ate) or else she would steal food. She has stolen many loaves of Challah in her life.
Other things she loved included: jumping/sitting on shoulders, trying to drink from the toilet bowl, her pink flamingo toy she would toss in the air and catch, sleeping on bellies, windowsill naps, walks in tall grass, any type of bread, doing back flips with the laser pointer, and generally being a silly little goober.
Baphy was more than a devilish, little cat (or rather big cat) - she was also one of our first steps into adulthood. We were able to give this sweet creature a wonderful life and in turn she gave us a really wonderful life. I truly believe in another life, in another dimension, in another universe (whatever that may be) she is also our companion.
All cats go to heaven :)
-Seth K. & Oliver D.
We said goodbye to our sweet boy Blade on September 1 at 2PM. He was the light and joy of our lives and every moment with him was a gift. It has been a month but his presence is still felt so strongly. We truly miss him with all our hearts.
We adopted Blade from a shelter in Redding, Ca. a few days before Christmas 2010. His name at the shelter was Lonesome! Maybe a marketing ploy, maybe not, but he surely seemed sad in that cage. He had been found as a stray. They said that if he had not been adopted, he most likely would have been euthanized the following week. I like to think that he was waiting for us and by some miracle we found each other. His name was changed to Blade that day because of the white lightening mark on his snout and he was Lonesome no more. Blade came home to our little dog Gavin and our cats at the time, Noley and Zachary. He was immediately welcomed into the pack and Gavin and him remained inseparable until Blade’s death. Since Blade’s passing Gavin has noticeably been grieving and we hope time will heal but 13 years of continual togetherness have clearly left a mark on him.
Blade loved his ball, he lit up in the presence of a ball and his intensity was unmatched. He was truly an athletic superstar. He caught the ball in his mouth with ease and man could he run. More than one stranger would make the comment “that dog should play outfield for the Giants!”. He was my running partner and we would run side by side. He loved Golden Gate Park, Stern Grove, Crissy Field, Point Isabel and most of all Fort Funston. So many memories, he loved chasing his ball, running on the beach and swimming in the ocean and the river. Most of all he loved me and Peter, his brother Gavin, and I’m pretty sure he even loved our cat, Nicholas.
We found out Blade had cancer and a bad heart murmur in December 2022 and the doc predicted he maybe had a couple months left, we were blessed with several more than that. Saying goodbye to him on September 1 was brutal but it was time and it was our last gift to him. We are so grateful to A Gentle Rest and Dr. Gorczyca for their kindness and that he passed at home surrounded by the love of his family.
On that last day we spent the morning at his beloved Fort Funston where Blade chased his ball a few more times and got his feet wet in the ocean. He never once dropped his ball until it was time to go back to the car.
I read somewhere recently that having a pet you love as much as we loved Blade, you have many wonderful days and one terrible day. Thank you A Gentle Rest and Dr. Gorczyca for making the terrible day a little easier. Thank you Blade for being the best dog ever and our loyal companion. I know you didn’t want to leave us but we will be ok and you will always be with us. In the sunset, in the waves, in a random wildflower you will be there.
Erik A. & Peter P.
About a week ago, we said goodbye to our sweet, sassy Lady Fal. Falmouth (Fally) came into our lives through serendipity. We walked past a dog adoption event months before we planned to adopt. When we met Fally, we knew she was meant to be in our family. She was smart and engaging - smiling and turning towards admirers as they complimented her. She had soulful light yellowish-brown eyes that told you there was much more to her than just her cute exterior.
Fally had grown up in a construction site and was recently rescued from a kill shelter in the Carolinas. We hated thinking about her living on the streets, but it shaped how fierce, tough, and sassy she was and how much she appreciated and adored us.
Growing up on the streets, she was used to pack dynamics. She was a true alpha, looking out for her pack and keeping order. But she had terrible separation that eventually led us to adopt her feisty, fun little brother, Ernie (a fellow rescue). Fally attended doggie daycare a few days a week. She thought she was one of the “big dogs” and refused to hang out with anyone less than double her size.
She welcomed into her pack three human brothers and assumed the responsibility of overseeing their safety as well. She could always be found near one or more family members, never going upstairs for the night until the last family member was ready to go up as well.
An adventurous and confident explorer, Fally saw so much of the US. In her 15.5-16.5 years, she saw 27 states, 11 national parks, had 7 human and non-human siblings, a handful of inner circle members, and touched countless lives for the better.
She has been living with Cushing’s for the past ~5 years and was known by her brothers as a hyena who would steal all food and water within reach. She was still joining us for hikes as recently as the past month and had a lot of pep in her step despite a face full of white fur. She celebrated the 12th year anniversary of walking down the aisle for our wedding but took a turn around 4am the following day. She reached her time to join her dog and hermit crab brothers and so many of her friends who have already crossed over the rainbow bridge.
She is survived by her parents, 3 human brothers, and 21-year-old cat sister. She leaves a permanent mark on our hearts like the adorable blue paw print tattoo on her tongue. We will never be the same without her but will forever feel her love.
-Terry, Chris, Evan, Ollie & Cole
Rest in peace to our beloved Lili.
We rescued Lili over 14 years ago when we were still teenagers, almost half of our existence on this planet. She shaped us more than we can comprehend.
Her love for everyone was immense. She loved guests and her lifelong human friends.
Her favorite things were: Cuddling under the blankets, taking over our pillows at night, poking us in the face while we slept, her feather toy, trying to steal our dinners (especially pizza), and a great snuggle.
We are so honored to have cared for her, to be loved by her, and to have gotten the chance to spend her last days with her. She spent her final days eating her favorite snacks: potato chips, pizza crust, gravy, a stick of butter and Häagen-Dazs.
We love her with our everything and she's forever irreplaceable. There is a very long, painful Lili shaped hole in our hearts.
Mom and Dad will miss you, our sweet girl.
- Juliana, Kurt & Megatron
Sweetpea dies at nearly 25 years of age.
Sweetpea’s urn arrived today which signals the end of her physical presence for me. Her spirit and memories I hope will stay with me forever. While the return of her ashes can be considered the end, the beginning started in 2009. I saw a piece on channel 3 news where cats and dogs where brought in from Pets In Need to promote adoptions etc. I had lost a stray cat (Fluffy) to cancer in 2007 that adopted me in 1999 and was considering acquiring another cat. On the Pets In Need website I noticed Sweetpea who looked just like Fluffy. Reading Sweetpea’s bio I noticed she had been in the shelter for over 3 years and felt so sorry for her. Pets In Need had acquired her from the Humane Society of Silicon Valley in 2006. So on October 23, 2009, I went to Pets In Need and saw her perched atop a 7 foot cat tree in a communal room with about 10 other cats. After observing them for about 20 minutes I realized Sweetpea wanted nothing to do with the other cats. She just stayed atop that cat tree looking forlorn. My heart went out to her as I remembered she had been there over 3 years. I decided to take her and hoped to give her a better life. Pets In Need were glad that someone was willing to give her a chance at a normal “cats” life. They were so thankful they waived the adoption fee and gave me a bag of Hills Science cat food and sent us on our way.
Sweetpea’s transition to a normal cat life took time. She hid in a closet the first week coming out to eat after I went to sleep. I got her a 7 foot cat tree as I remembered the one she had at Pets In Need. Slowly but surely she came out of her shell. Enjoying sunbaths and looking at the animal life thru the windows to slowly venturing outside. I don’t know if she had experienced the outdoors in her previous life and it took her a while before she would actually step outside. When she finally did it was a joy to watch her as she sniffed and explored what it had to offer. The look in her eyes was heartwarming as I sensed she truly loved each new sensation. She felt safe in the fenced in backyard and would go out on her own, but would only go out front if I was with her and only after dark. It was as if I am black and no one can see me and I can use my ninja skills in the dark. We went for walks at night around the neighborhood with her always making sure I was nearby. Which was fine by me as I was worried she might not understand cars. Once someone called the cops on us thinking I was a burglar as I always had a flashlight as we explored the neighborhood. I miss her sitting by the front door as it grew dark as I knew she wanted to go out for her nightly walks. It was if she was saying “come on dad lets go out”. Although Sweetpea was not a cuddler she could always make me smile. From running to the top of her cat tree or playing dead fish (as I called it) rolling from side to side and wanting me to rub her belly. She had become a cat again enjoying all that it offered in a safe place she could call home. In 2017 a routine blood test prior to a dental procedure indicated her kidneys were starting to fail. Over the next 6 years she had sub q treatments 3 times a week and continued to live her best life with some ups and downs along the way. It was not till the last year where her outside ventures became less frequent. I think she was starting to feel her age, but she still loved rolling over on her back and side for belly rubs and following the sunbeams.
In October of 2022 on her “gotcha” day, I reached out to Pets In Need to tell them about Sweetpea and that she was 21 years old based on the information I had and her time to cross the rainbow bridge was near. They responded that they had records that indicated she was 23 years and 11 months!!! If they are correct that would make her nearly 25 years old at the time of her passing on August 6, 2023.
I was fortunate to be able to offer Sweetpea a ceremonial ending through A Gentle Rest with Dr. Ken Gorczyca in her home. We reviewed he rich life story on her death bed. She was able to remain comfortably on her bed and we gave her a gentle ending that she deserved.
So goodbye my dear girl. Thank you for all the head bumps, soft tongue licks and company. I am comforted that I gave you a chance to live not only along life, but your best life with all the love and care you deserved. I will miss you dearly “fluffy butt” (especially your soft purrs) but never forget.
Stella 2009-Aug 22, 2023
A most lovely dog. She loved people. She loved parties and made everyone feel welcome with her eyes and her tail. She changed many non-dog folks to now having their own. She chases birds at the beach, pinecones at the park and loved to snuggle.
I miss the heart of our house terribly. But I know the last few months were difficult and she passed with the grace she had in life. Thank you, Dr Robert. RIP my beauty girl….
-Vinita, Benoit, Maxim & Gita L.
For my sweet girl, Katrina.
Katrina was with me for half of my life. I knew from the moment I saw her at my local SPCA, the only surviving cat of her litter, that she was meant for me. She had no name, and with my love for fairytale characters, I gave her the name Katrina Thumbalina, her small stature and daintiness worthy of that surname. She never learned a proper meow. She had the most unique and adorable squeak that brought a smile to your face every time you heard it. She was born with adult sized bat-like ears that took some growing into and made her look even smaller than she was. She was my whole heart. I had her for 15 years. When we lost her adopted brother, Merlin, who was with me for 16 years and for all of her 13 years at that point, we had each other to get through it. As I suffered health struggles and eventual organ transplants, she was right there with me, offering endless support and unconditional love. She was my true love and soul kitty. My Chicken Head and my Teeny Beeb. Her spot in bed feels achingly empty, but I am comforted when I remember the feeling of her pressed beside me.
Jasper Grimm Stampfl knew he was loved and had tons of treats until the very end.
He was our best boy, travel buddy, cheese connoisseur, napping buddy, foodie, water dog, apple picker, husky detector, squirrel and raccoon chaser, gopher hunter (and eater), food taster, anxiety reducer and sous-chef. He was a big brother to Cookie Monster James and his walking companion. He loved licking children in their face and knocking skaters off their boards. More than anything in the world he loved his people. He was an extrovert living in a house of introverts. Until the very end, he was energized by people whether he knew them or not.
We feel very fortunate to have so many supporters in our lives, especially the last few weeks. He has seen many of his friends the past few weeks and he knew how deeply he was loved and showed them how much they meant to him. He touched the hearts of so many in so many ways. Thank you to those of you near and far for your support.
-Monica & Kevin S.
In Loving Memory of our Beloved Companion, Bella (aka “Belly” and “Bella Bug”)
It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to our dear friend and cherished companion, Bella, who brought boundless joy and unconditional love to our lives for fifteen wonderful years. Bella passed away peacefully in her backyard, under the maple tree, on June 4, 2023. Her entire family was with her as she took her final breath. She leaves behind a trail of beautiful memories and a profound impact on all who had the pleasure of knowing this incredible canine.
On July 8, 2008, Bella, the 9 week old puppy, came into our home and immediately captured the hearts of our family, and quickly established herself as an inseparable part of our lives. That morning, when we went to Marin Humane and picked her out of a litter that had been abandoned in a field, it was evident that Bella possessed a spirit as free as the wind, a zest for life that was infectious, and an uncontainable enthusiasm for exploring the great outdoors.
Marin County and Lake Tahoe were Bella’s homes. These picturesque landscapes provided the backdrop for countless adventures, where she could roam freely and partake in her favorite activities. Bella reveled in the rolling hills of Marin County, where she would sprint with abandon, chasing the wind and embracing the thrill of the open terrain. The mornings were her favorite time of day when she would meet up with her canine buddies and hike the hills of the Sleepy Hollow/Terra Linda Divide. The hills echoed with their joyful barks and the patter of their paws, creating a symphony of pure canine bliss.
But it was in the breath-taking beauty of Lake Tahoe that Bella found true nirvana. The crystal-clear waters and majestic mountains became her playground, a haven of serenity and adventure. Bella would bound through lush forests, explore hidden trails, and leap into the cool waters with uninhibited delight. She was a creature of absolute freedom, in tune with nature, and forever grateful for the opportunity to experience such splendor.
Beyond her love for the great outdoors, Bella possessed an unparalleled capacity for love and companionship. Her wagging tail and warm, soulful eyes could light up even the darkest days, bringing solace and comfort to all who sought her presence. Bella had an innate ability to understand the depths of the human heart, offering unwavering support, and showering those around her with boundless affection.
As we mourn the loss of our dear friend, we find solace in the memories we shared with Bella. We remember her as a loyal and loving soul who taught us the importance of living life to the fullest and embracing the beauty of our surroundings.
Her legacy will forever remain etched in our hearts, reminding us to appreciate the simple pleasures and find joy in the wonders of nature.
As we bid farewell to Bella, we take comfort in knowing that she has found eternal peace, running through the green hills and frolicking on the shores of Lake Tahoe in doggy paradise.
We will forever cherish the time we had with her, and the memories of her exuberant spirit will continue to inspire us in our own journeys.
Rest in peace, dear Bella. You were more than a pet; you were family, and your memory will forever be engraved in our hearts.
“With every hill you raced and every splash you made, you taught us to savor life’s simplest pleasures. Run free, dear friend, and know that you will never be forgotten.”
-Lisa & David C.
I had to say goodbye to my souldog, Oliver, after almost 15 years together. I remember seeing his photo online and I blurted out “That’s my dog and his name is Oliver.” And it was! When I picked him up, a little scared munchkin only 8 weeks old, I said – you don’t know it yet, but we are going to be best friends. And that was the beginning of the greatest love I’ve ever experienced.
Affectionately known as “Snuggie,” nicknamed by his human “cousins,” he wasn’t particularly snuggly himself, but his fur was VERY soft, and he absolutely LOVED people – mostly for the treats and attention they could provide. We moved a lot, Oliver drove with me cross-country four times, lived in five states, and made friends wherever we went. Especially in the last few years, where his mobility waned, we could only really walk one full block. You better believe we knew every single person (and dog) on that block. People would stop to take photos with him, even pulled their cars off the road to ask me what kind of magical creature it was that I had with me. He had that effect on people.
Despite his curmudgeonly attitude (was he becoming deaf in his old age or just done listening to me?), he was very well trained and behaved, even passing the AKC Canine Good Citizen test – being so food motivated definitely helped (bring on the cheese!).
Although he had been very sick for a few years, he always seemed to bounce back and get better. Unfortunately, it finally caught up to us, but he never lost his hilarious attitude. To be able to say goodbye at home was absolutely priceless, it's a treasured memory that I will never forget. I held him in my arms and played the song “Oliver James” by Fleet Foxes and read the poem “Death Is Nothing At All” by Henry Scott Holland.
In that poem it says “Let my name be ever the household word that it always was …. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?” And I promise you, my baby boy, you will always be close, in heart, mind and spirit.
Thank you for 15 wonderful years, my sweet potato. I miss you every day.
Our Jersey girl crossed the rainbow bridge on June 26th, 2023 after filling our hearts with 17 years of love. She was just a shy pup afraid of her own shadow when we adopted her. She was very smart and quickly passed her obedience training courses with high honors, but remained painfully suspicious of humans she didn’t know, and would let out a hilarious high pitched rooster-like bark if a stranger got too close. She quickly bonded with our 10 year old lab who patiently showed her the ropes for two years before we had to let him go. Our hearts were broken but Jersey was there to help us heal.
Years later Jersey was there to help us welcome our son and daughter and became the defacto vacuum cleaner of whatever food they dropped. She was our faithful companion wherever we went, and loved to ride with us in the car. She was happy to play in all the great San Francisco dog parks, and big unneutered males particularly tickled her fancy. She never loved the noise of living in the city but in her later years (thanks to the pandemic) she was able to enjoy retirement in Tahoe. At 14 years old she was hiking up steep trails and chasing squirrels like a puppy and one day she even chased a bear out of our yard. We are so grateful she was able to live out her senior years with such energy and joy. She lived an incredibly long and full life, and lived mostly pain- and disease-free until about six months ago. Rather than risk pain and suffering for a little extra time with us, we made the very difficult decision to let her go.
At the recommendation of friends, I contacted A Gentle Rest. Dr. Sahaghian came to our home and with the utmost sincerity explained the process step by step. He shared stories of his own beloved pets and was so caring and understanding during this difficult time. And rather than remain stoic, it was comforting and heartening to see him act transparently with his own feelings. We are beyond grateful that our sweet Jersey girl was surrounded by our love in our own home and that we were all able to be with her and watch her gracefully move on. Dr. Sahaghian was absolutely wonderful throughout the whole process. We are so thankful for him and the services A Gentle Rest provides.
Our hearts are slowly mending. We will always remember your sweet face, loving eyes, soft fur, funny bark, and gentle soul. Farewell Jersey girl, our needle nosed nibbler, we hope you’re playing with Teddy once again. Nibs bibs loves kibs!
-Julie, James, Evan & Alex
Bianca, you were the sweetest, kindest, most affectionate cat I’ve ever known. You’d tuck me in at night and tuck me in in the morning too - which made it really hard to get out of bed! You’d disrupt my Zoom meetings by crawling onto my lap, you’d chirp for your breakfast while I was making my coffee, you’d cuddle up on any horizontal body part and nuzzle me with your cute little head. I will miss all of those things and all the other ways you enriched my life in the four short years I got to know you.
Little pumpkin, I knew we were on borrowed time since your cancer diagnosis a year and a half ago but losing you is still so hard. The house feels sad and empty without your presence. I hope you’re curled up in a sunbeam somewhere with your brother Mickey. I’ll miss you forever.
Our dear, sweet Sofie came into our lives in late 2019 and it was the best Christmas and birthday surprise I could ever ask for. Our other dog, Charlie, suffers from severe separation anxiety. My husband, Wayne, and I had just adopted him from Dogwood Animal Rescue Project three months earlier, in September, 2019. I had fostered a dog from Muttville for one week before we decided to bring home Charlie as the new member of the family. I thought maybe if I foster another Muttville dog during the holidays it would be good for both that dog and Charlie.
We didn’t have any plans to adopt another dog but Sofie changed all of that. When we showed up at Muttville in the late afternoon on November 24, to check out a foster dog, the volunteer took one look at Charlie and said, ‘I got just the dog for you.’ I followed her into one of the rooms and saw a scared little white and black dog hiding under a desk in the corner. I couldn’t make her out but could tell she was a small dog. I’ve never had a small dog before but there’s always a first for everything. Muttville named her ‘Debbie Gibson’ and she was rescue #7588. It was obvious why the volunteer selected Sofie. She looked like a mini Charlie except for the big ears. Her breed looked familiar, those ears! It dawned on me she was a Papillon. I don’t see a lot of Papillons or knew much about them so fostering one would be a learning experience.
While in foster, I had to bring Sofie back to Muttville for a scheduled check-up. As I was leaving the room, she didn’t want to let go of me. As I walked away, I could hear her crying and I felt so bad I wanted to take her back. She had grown attached to us in the two weeks we fostered her and we had fallen in love with the little dog who had so much spunk and energy. All I wanted was to love and take care of this bundle of joy with health issues. The moment I left her was the moment I knew Sofie belonged with our family. We took her home the following day, as soon as it was okay for us to pick her up. She thought we had abandoned her. She was hiding once again in the corner of the room. When I called for her, it took her a few seconds to realize it was me and I had come back for her. She was so excited to leave, once we were outside, she couldn’t wait to get in our car. She was pulling me and knew right away which one was our car. A few days later, we made it official and adopted her on December 7.
Sofie had some health issues since we’ve had her but they were always manageable. She was very resilient and always bounced back. She didn’t act like a senior dog. She was so full of energy, playful, vocal and went for long walks with us around Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Chinatown and the wharf. Wayne and I love that we were able to take Sofie and Charlie around the neighborhood and on long drives without any problems. The four of us have been to Yosemite, Santa Barbara, St. Helena, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Dillon Beach, Mendocino, and countless drives to Half Moon Bay, Pacifica and the Sonoma Coast.
We have so many joyful memories with Sofie in the three years she was with us. We were meant to be together so the hardest part was saying goodbye, not having her around for me to hug, kiss and carry, to sit on our laps, to play with Charlie, to take her on walks. I always told people how easy it was to have her. Sofie was everything I’ve wanted in a dog. The volunteer at Muttville was right when she told me she got just the dog for us.
And for such a small dog and given our short time together, Sofie left a very big hole in our hearts, especially mine.
-Heidi F. & Wayne S.
We found Buddy when we weren’t even looking. In that moment, he found his forever family. Easily making the transition from Los Angeles to San Francisco, he wasted no time turning our house into a home. We hadn’t had a kitty cat in our home for a long time so he had his work cut out for him making sure everything was soft and comfortable, checking for toys and malleable, cozy beds plus treats for playtime. Since our Buddy was a Maine Coon cat, he would schedule cuddling and lap warming sessions throughout the day, showing up on time, ready to serve. He always made sure we were comfortable but if you were having a tough day, he could sense that and would really lean into you with healing vibrations. If you were crying, it felt like he was crying too. Buddy was loving and empathic to people and animals. Just like Golden Retriever dogs excel as service companions, Maine Coon cats excel as service companions and Buddy really took that to heart.
Buddy was a lot of fun to be with. He loved to start his day with us listening to music, the ocean, forest or the birds and the bees. He appreciated the view from his apartment and would spend hours watching and listening to the seagulls, seabirds, parrots, crows and red-tailed hawk. From another perch, he could look down to the street and watch the people and cars move around. He experienced so much joy from the simple things in life and I learned a lot from him. Other times, he would gallop up and down the hallway tossing unsuspecting toys up in the air in wild abandon, stopping only when he was completely out of breath. His favorite playmate and little sister is Olive, a Brown Tabby cat with green eyes, just like Buddy. They were inseparable and Olive would often just stare up at her Buddy with a look of love. They had a mutual respect and fondness for one another that you don’t always sense between cats. Now Olive is remembering Buddy with our family. It is hard right now, but each day gets easier.
In remembrance, always be aware of the light, the gifts and the teachers the universe sends your way. You might meet a big, beautiful black cat named Buddy who will change your life. You are always with us, Our Buddy Forever:)
-Steve W. & Stacy W.
"Bettina Applebaum Eisenstark (2009 - 2023) was a tuxedo cat with delightful pink toe beans and a little white dot at the tip of her black tail. She was sometimes cranky, occasionally bossy, aggressively friendly (to guys), persistently hungry, and could always be counted on for a nighttime cuddle puddle with her mom Stacy.
Bettina had a good pal in her dad John, who gave her endless treats, took glamour shots for her social media, and encouraged her to get any and all birdies from the comfort of her window perch. Bettina repaid this treatment by sleeping on John's head....and leaving cat litter on his pillow.
Bettina, aka Beebo, Teen Teen, Teenie Beanie, The Teen Ween, did not meow so much as bark ("Meh!") at her mom--usually for food or to announce that it was time for everyone to go to bed. Bettina enjoyed getting baked in the sun, being combed, eating stinky wet food, and most of all, spending time in Glendale with her grandparents, who loved her dearly.
Bettina had a sister--a dog named Jazzy. It would be a stretch to say that they got along, but they learned to respect each other's space and ran a successful racket of bullying John for extra food.
After 14 of the bestest years we were truly so lucky to have, it was time for Bettina to move on. She was born in the Bay Area and lived most of her life here, but we know her feisty spirit has finally returned to a cozy apartment in College Station, Texas. She has wall-to-wall carpeting, all the steak and salmon she can eat, and a huge window bringing her blissful sunlight and all the birds she can chirp at, her tail twitching with joy.
We love you, Teen Teen. Put the birdies in the belly!
-Stacy E & John K
TRIBUTE TO MY ROCCO, AKA THE KING AND LOVER
LOVE IS LOOKING INTO THOSE BIG BEAUTIFUL BLUE EYES AT THE SHELTER FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
LOVE IS BRINGING YOU HOME AND PROVIDING YOU A SAFE, WARM, AND NURTURING PLACE TO LIVE
LOVE IS WATCHING AS YOU BECAME THE KING RULING OVER YOUR SISTERS SUKI AND NEKKO
LOVE IS ALWAYS BEING THERE FOR YOU, DURING THE UP’S AND DOWN’S
LOVE IS WATCHING YOU GROW UP TO BE A BIG STRONG HANDSOME BOY, AND BEING SO VERY PROUD
LOVE IS SEEING YOU GREET US, PEERING AROUND THE STAIRS AS WE ARRIVE HOME
LOVE IS UNDERSTANDING WHEN YOU ATE THE HOUSEPLANTS AND CHRISTMAS TREE
LOVE IS BEING PATIENT AND CARING WHEN YOU DIDN’T FEEL GOOD
LOVE IS WATCHING YOU GROW OLDER
LOVE IS TRYING SO HARD TO FIND A CURE WHEN YOU WERE SICK
LOVE IS PROVIDING COMFORT CARE DURING YOUR FINAL DAYS
LOVE IS LOOKING INTO YOUR EYES AND KNOWING THAT IT WAS TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
LOVE IS LETTING GO
LOVE IS WHEN MY HEART HURTS SO MUCH THAT SOME DAYS I CAN’T BARE IT
LOVE IS HAVING MY HUSBAND THERE TO COMFORT ME AND TELL ME “IT WILL BE OK.”
LOVE IS MY TWO DOGS, BELLA AND COOPER WHO HAVE BEEN BY MY SIDE TO COMFORT ME.
LOVE IS THE WARM RIVER OF TEARS I CRY EVERY DAY
LOVE IS THE VOID I FEEL IN MY LIFE
LOVE IS MY ROCCO, HIS LOVE AND THE BOND BOTH DAD AND I SHARED WITH HIM IS IRREPLACEABLE.
IF YOU HAVE A PET, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GIVE THEM EXTRA KISSES AND HUGS TODAY, IF YOU DON’T HAVE A PET, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO OUT AND GET ONE, THEY ENRICH OUR LIVES SO VERY MUCH, AND WHILE IT IS SO DIFFICULT TO LET THEM GO, THE SHORT TIME THEY ARE WITH US IS WORTH IT.
TO MY SPECIAL BOY, MAY YOU NOW REST EASY OVER THAT RAINBOW BRIDGE, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN SOME DAY, KEEP HUNTING SPIDERS, RUN FREE WITH NO PAIN ANY LONGER.
LOVE YOUR FUR MOM AND DAD.
-Brent J & Kimberley C
Last week we had to say goodbye to our beloved Giles, a Border Collie-Brittany mix. It was a bright and beautiful sunny day and he was comfortable in his cozy bed with his loved ones at his side. We first met Giles when we picked him up at the airport after he flew from Wichita Falls where he was being fostered by an American Brittany Rescue group. He was a clumsy, skinny, adorable 4-month old pup when he joined our family and met his parents, sisters and fellow canine companion.
Giles brought joy to our home every single day! He was an extremely curious and quite intelligent dog who loved to learn and explore. He was always focused on the things that truly mattered in life, and he taught us to do the same. He loved us unconditionally and let us love him in return. We miss him dearly and his memory will live on in our hearts and in the hearts of all who knew him.
-Laurie P. & Brian F.
~Rest in Love Always, sweet Jada~
Almost 14 years ago I picked this gorgeous runt of the litter off a porch in the Bayview & became a Cat Mom. She was a fierce little thing who thought she was a dog, wasn’t afraid of a damn thing, and looked like a tiger until she finally grew some hair on her belly. She was a wild cat, a house cat, and (on occasion) a hell cat, but most of all she was just my baby Jada Cat- da Momma’s girl, the family pet that the kids adored & the only cat in the neighborhood that knew how to “sit” and “wait” for treats. She was there for me through some things & though I thought I had ultimately saved her, I remember realizing at some point that she had actually saved me. I love you and I’m excited for you to roam free, my good girl. No more pain, no more hiding, and no more medicine. Just your curious, playful, feisty spirit- exploring a better place. I’ll miss you every day & will give you belly rubs when I get there. Thanks for always being you & for all of your sweetness up until the very end. ❤️
-Angela L. & Sally L.
We’re very sad to announce that we had to say goodbye to Miss Coco yesterday. She was surrounded by the verdancy of Spring, buzzing hummingbirds, songbirds, and the brightest blue sky. She passed comfortably in our arms as the breeze took her away. After nearly 13 years of love and life, this little creature gave it all to the very end. She came and left with the change of seasons 🍁🌼
If Miss Coco loved you, she loved you HARD. So many kisses, demands to play ball with her until she dropped, and comfort snoring in your ear. We feel grateful that we had the opportunity to be her moms.
Please give your furry ones a little extra love today. ❤️ 💔
-Valerie G. & Erin V.
Ellington lived to be about 15 and a half years young. I believed he enjoyed his life and had the will to live until the very last moment he knew he could not enjoy it any longer. “He’s more athletic than he seems”; his vet Dr. Jessica Hunter once mused years back during an examination. He looked a bit "filled out” (um, overweight), but because he loved to run and play, I guess had some muscle mass too that belied his state. Ellington did love to eat, as most dogs do, but he made eating and getting treats something of a ritual. If Maria and I were at the kitchen table eating, or even having coffee, he would stomp his paw requesting he be included: “You eat, I eat” was his mantra, I imagine.
He seemed clever and intuitive, but also caring and sweet, always happy see us at the end of the day. He walked off leash well (he was a bit of a rogue too), but always paid attention to us while walking, never going far and stopping at corners on command as he was taught.
He loved to watch baseball on TV, except when other dogs or horses appeared in commercials and blew his mind on their images that were right in front of him; he would bark loudly and fiercely until the commercial was over, which he assumed was because he barked and sent them away.
Ellington loved to lay on the sidewalk in front of our house and greet passerby’s, which earned him the "Mayor of Duncan Street” nickname, or just enjoy the sun on his deck. There is much else that I can add about him, but the most important thing is he loved us with all his heart and we loved him enormously right back. He never let us forget that, and we never will. His work with us here was done, and I am grateful he came along for the ride!
-Steve C. & Maria M.
I first met Fou in 2005. Someone found a box of kittens in a dumpster, and a vet was caring for four brothers before they could be weaned. The objectively cutest kitten had already been claimed, a second did not stop attacking everything in sight for an hour straight, and a third was fairly shy. The fourth kitten climbed up my arm, sat on my shoulder, bit my earlobe, and then curled up and went to sleep. That was Fou.
He was named for an old Scottish word for drunk and the French word for crazy. As a kitten he would gambol over before crashing headfirst into me. Fou always loved headbutts and roughhouse play in general. After being vigorously slapped on the back until you stopped, worrying that it was maybe a bit too much, he’d whirl around, look at you, and then repeatedly jump up so his back would continue to hit your hand. He also loved being flicked in the side with your finger.
He was always a charismatic, quirky cat. When I called his name, he would excitedly run over, jump up on a couch or table, and then stop and stare. Fou was very big on eye contact - long, unblinking bouts of sustained eye contact. He didn’t want anything in particular just to establish some deep, inscrutable connection. It helped him charm everyone who met him, and they all agreed he was an amazing cat as well as a surprisingly well-behaved dog.
I like to think Fou was lucky to have found me and that he had one of the best possible lives after having been rescued from that dumpster as a kitten, but I was even luckier to have had him enrich my life for almost 18 years with his personality, quirks, and love. He’ll be greatly missed.
"Penny Miracle Petricka Fox was rescued from Long Beach, WA during an epic snowstorm. She spent her formative years on Portland, OR sprinting to every corner of the house, barking at everything, whining at bugs on the wall, pulling on her leash, chasing birds and squirrels and never coming back when called. Later in life in San Francisco, she grew into a sweet old lady enjoying slow walks, sniffing every bush and plant on the path and gladly accepting treats from the regulars on her walks.
She was very spoiled, very lucky and very loved.”
-Brett F & Eli P
Our little love bug Lucky crossed peacefully over the rainbow bridge on February 3, 2023, following his pup sister a short nine months later. He passed quietly in our arms, surrounded by his family knowing just how loved he was. Lucky was the sweetest, happiest, spunkiest boy- with a bit of an attitude in his golden years (well deserved). He knew exactly what he wanted (it was usually what you were eating) and made sure everyone knew. He enjoyed every moment of his life with his pup siblings and family. He loved going to the park, going on his daily walks with his grandpawrents, absolutely enjoyed eating anything and everything, loved cuddling, and enjoyed taking his long naps on the sofa. He loved the city and spent his holiday’s in San Francisco the last two years, but was a country boy at heart as he enjoyed his days of freedom through the yard. He celebrated his Quinceñera last month with a big peanut butter carob cake, and truly loved being the center of attention while we all surrounded him and sang happy birthday. 15 years was not enough with our sweet, grumpy old man. He was one lucky pup. We used to say he got his name for being lucky to have been seen before picking another dog, but in all honesty, we were the the lucky ones to have been able to spend these past 15 years with our sweet, grumpy old man by our sides. Our homes are completely empty without our little shadow. His presence will be profoundly missed by his pawrents, grandpawrents, family, his doggie siblings, Lola and Pepe, and cousin Apple. We’ll miss you so much chocolindo. Say hi to Angel and Sassy for us.
"I loved you your whole life. I’ll miss you for the rest of mine.”
-Cesar & Esbeydy P.
It was a sacred moment, laying our baby girl Tcho to rest on the morning of February 6, 2023. She lay in her favorite spot on the couch, with her head sleepily in her dad’s arms, surrounded by her loved ones. We took turns saying our goodbyes. I kissed her soft ears and held her big ole feets, rubbed her sweet nose against mine. She let me bury my face in her fur and memorize her scent, and then she looked me in the eyes one last time. She felt her dad’s face close to hers, saw him smiling at her, listened to him whispering sweet nothings in her ear. And just like that, she was gone.
Tcho was our whole heart, and we hers. She was her dad’s pride and joy. She was our perfectly imperfect baby girl, our sweetie-pie-puppy-dog. Tcho absolutely loved to have fun. She loved swimming, and running, sniffing Christmas trees, catching tennis balls, and playing with her best buddy Jack. She hated brooms, the dryer, and when her mom sneezed. She was always smiling, her tail always wagging, always full of heart.
Now, the air is thick with Tcho’s absence. We’ll miss her sweet kisses, the warmth of her sleeping between us at night, her big beautiful brown eyes, how she held her leash in her mouth on walks, even the way she sat on the couch (half on half off). Tcho impacted our lives deeply and permanently, and we are so thankful to her for that. She was, and will always be, our baby girl.
Until we meet again and with all our love,
-Aalia and Kevin M.
Snoopy...... Snoopy came into our lives as an "office cat" at Bill's work, at only 3 weeks old. Nicknamed Snoopy because she loved to get into everything, she quickly stole our hearts. We decided she should not be an office cat and brought her home with us to stay. At first, she loved to terrorize her older sister Julia, whose brother Ike would then reciprocate on Snoopy. The 3 of them quickly became known as the 3 Musketeers. We lost Julia and Ike too soon and Snoopy became our only "child". We know she missed her brother and sister, but she loved being the center of attention. And became even more of a love bug. She was spoiled rotten. We will miss her sleeping in between our pillows or on Laurie's head on the pillow .We will also miss her making biscuits and scratching the wall and door after doing her business. And so many more things we will miss.... We also referred to her as "daddy's shadow" and Laurie referred to Bill as Snoopy's papa-mama!
Goodbye our little love.....hope you are having fun with your brother and sister and aunt's and uncles. You will always be in our hearts and souls.
-Bill L. & Laurie H.
June 8, 2009- January 22, 2023
In the early evening hours of January 22, 2023 our dearest love Keats passed away peacefully at home in the arms of his mama with his little sister by his side.
Born in a research lab, Keats was far more than just the number tattooed on the inside of his ear. Adopted at one and half years old, Keats soon got over his fear of everything in the outside world. His beautiful expressive brown eyes always conveyed the immense love he had to give. Keats loved our daily walks around Lake Merced, camping in the redwoods in Russian River and was most happiest cuddling with his mama, Starla. When Keats was seven, his little sister LeeLoo was adopted. Though she had quite a bit of her own trauma, Keats was loving and patient with her like only the bestest big brother could be.
Never was he just a dog or a pet, my mijo, was a dearly beloved son and brother. True to his beagle nature, tail always wagging, forever begging for more treats, Keats loved people and animals alike. To know him was to love him. A lover, not a fighter, he basked in any and all attention from family, friends and strangers alike.
At twelve years old he was diagnosed with prostrate and bladder cancer. For almost a year and a half after his diagnosis Keats staved off the inevitable. Strong and steadfast, he would come out of his once a month chemo appointment at Sage smiling with his tail wagging, so happy to see his mama and sister. His healthy appetite never once wavered and in the end, he still gobbled up his favorite salmon skin treats.
Every day with Mr. Keats was always a precious gift. Keats was the heart of our family, the center of our universe, our Bright Star. Incredibly grateful were the three of us- to spend every moment possible with each other.
*LeeLoo and I wish to extend our deepest thanks to Lolly and especially Dr. Robert whose thoughtful, warm, compassionate care helped us during one of the most difficult times in our lives.
On January 14, 2023, we made the difficult decision to say goodbye to the goodest and worst boy in San Francisco. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded with the same love and affection we showered him with for the 8 years we had him in our lives.
Ollie, or more properly Sir Oliver Magnus von Clapp, was a dog with a big name that fit his enormous personality. He was also a true "Ollie"--mischievous, hilarious, demanding, and so cute you'd forgive him anything. He was the mayor of our corner of Inner Richmond: He knew every business that would give him treats or affection, was friends with the other dog parents, and made strangers smile every day. He may have been half-Frenchie, but his brain was all Boston Terrier: meaning we always suspected we loved him more than he loved us, but he definitely loved us as long as we were playing, walking, running, moshing, or doing anything else that allowed him to be an athlete.
To our Grumplepuss, Oldmanbaby, and Ollietaco: It was a privilege being your parents. You were the best walking companion, napping buddy, work intern, and co-pilot in the world, and we will always miss you.
And to Dr. Robert Sahaghian and everyone at A Gentle Rest: Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving our guy, and us, the best possible experience at such a difficult time. We will always appreciate it and never forget it.
-Elizabeth F. & Tyler C.
It is with heavy hearts that we had to say goodbye to our precious Addie. She passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023, leaving a hole in our lives that can never be filled.
We first met Addie at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, where she was a cute and bubbly puppy who immediately captured our hearts. From the moment we brought her home, she was immediately a part of our family. She was always happy to be around anyone who would pet her, and her big sister Skylar quickly became her best friend. She spent her early days sunbathing, playing with Skylar and chasing bunnies, and we would often laugh at the crazy adventures her nose would lead her on.
When we moved to California, Addie truly came into her own. She loved everything about the California lifestyle - going to brunch, daily walks, hiking, sunshine, and being outside with us. She was a natural at hiking and loved exploring the great outdoors. There weren't many places she wasn’t by Lindsay’s side, usually in matching outfits. Addie thought she, herself, was pretty special and made sure everyone she encountered knew it.
Addie loved all her friends she got to play with at Park-a-Pup. She would get showered with love and treats when she walked in the door. We always knew she was in good hands and she enjoyed being there. She loved going into the city for an adventure, heading to Napa for the day or looking forward to the next vacation she got to travel to and explore.
We would like to thank Dr. Press and all the amazing staff at Twin Cities Vet Hospital for the absolutely wonderful care they have given Addie over the years. She truly loved going to the vet and was always welcomed with open arms and a treat or two. We can’t thank you enough for making our fur baby as healthy and happy as could be over the years.
During this difficult time, we are also grateful for the care and support provided by Dr. Sahaghian, Lolly, and the staff at A Gentle Rest. When we called on Sunday, they were so calm, comforting, and knowledgeable in walking us through Addie's final steps. Dr. Sahaghian was gentle and kind, making sure that not only were we able to handle the process, but that Addie was at ease and loved.
Addie was more than just a pet to us, she was a member of our family and our best friend. We are so grateful for the 16 amazing years we got to spend with her and will miss her dearly. Addie, you will forever be in our hearts and we know we will see you again. Rest in peace, our sweet and beautiful Addie. 4/20/2007 - 1/8/2023.
Yesterday afternoon we lost the most loving, beautiful and gentle soul in Amelie. She has very unexpectedly departed for the Kitty Kingdom. We are deeply saddened and have shed many tears, but are left enriched, uplifted and blessed by the precious time we had together. She was the heart and soul of our family for the last 11 years, seeing us through the most difficult times in life, including Victorious Vickie’s healing journey, and bringing out the purest love in all of us along the way. Amelie always helped me on the night shifts with Victorious Vickie. She stood by my side every night as I turned mom every few hours. She was an amazing caregiver. We adopted her from the Milo Foundation in Marin. She loved watching us cook, investigating all projects in the house, loved the ocean breeze from our bedroom windows, loved flying in the air on her scratch pad, greeted us when we came home, and was by Jason’s side as he worked at home during covid. She was a true companion and the best snuggler. She was a healer to all of us when times were tough. Her blue eyes could melt your heart. She was our hero and our best friend. She was a true gift to our lives and the best kitty we could have ever hoped for. Legends never die, and we trust that this one continues on blessing the universe with her special ways. We trust that are paths will cross again, with our truly special family member. We love you Princess Amelie. Until we meet again.
We found Maverick 13 years ago at “Rocket Dog Rescue” where he truly rescued us! He was a Bernese Mountain Dog mix with the most loyal and loving disposition. He almost always seemed to be smiling and happy. His photos show that! Our home feels empty and our hearts so heavy after saying goodbye to our sweet Maverick yesterday morning.
Maverick, you loved us all unconditionally, protected our home with your magnificent bark and brought us continual joy and laughter with your silly personality. You will live in our hearts forever and will always be missed!!
I’d like to also take a moment to thank Dr. Gorczyca and “A Gentle Rest” for giving Maverick such a calm, peaceful and beautiful send off. You are special people providing such a special service. Thank you!
-Anne T. & Randall H.
Pound Princess Pretty Gurl Pumpkin Purl was so much more than the cute, sweet face that Pretty Gurl Pumpkin Purl was a ‘hard to adopt’ Pound Princess before coming to her forever Palace. She ruled her domain with demands of laps, love, food, and treats. She was the smartest yet most emotional cat I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She was fully devoted to her royal servant, unless her BFF, Sunspot was visiting, whereupon I became chopped liver. Purl was not Perfect. She had lots of anxiety issues that gave her the ‘hard to adopt’ label. But she blossomed in her Palace which included Purl’s Porch. Purl’s anxieties could be placated with a warm lap and lots of beds and nests throughout her Palace. When she was really cozy, she would offer the Golden Belly for rubbing. She loved to observe her kingdom from atop piles of warm laundry. When a new recliner was brought into the Palace it became her throne. In her younger days Purl would prance and play, fetching toys and demanding my participation. Her senior years, she developed achy bones and the Palace was renovated to accommodate the Princess for many more years. Purl and I met during the early days of social media, and she instantly became an internet sensation to my social media circle. Her expressive face and stories of her adventures brought smiles to many who never even met her. “What a sweet face” was something said by everyone who met her. Her face was indeed a true expression of her personality. It was fitting that Dr. Sahaghian said just that when he arrived to help free her spirit from her ailing body. Typically, I would not have even written something like this, but in the days prior to the painful day, I had read somewhere that writing about your pet and looking at pictures is healing, and it has proven to be true, so thank you for asking me to share Purl’s story.
My name is Buddy. I got my name because I was literally everyone’s Buddy. Nobody entered a room without the brush of a fur kiss or an opportunity to rub on my belly. I must resemble someone famous called “Old Blue Eyes” as I heard that comment often. My Aunt Paty called me “Guapo” and I responded, because it means handsome. My roommate Baby and I came from SFSPCA to our forever home seven years ago. I loved to give my mom stinky kisses on her face and lay in the sun. I could hear a bag of treats across the house and you could “see” I ate many of them. I liked to be in charge and my meow indicated so.
But now it’s time for me to go. There was a celebration for me! Aunt Paty came over and mom had another friend too, Dr. Gorczyca. Doc gave me a nice shot of cat whiskey then mom and I snuggled. Our souls connected and we gave each other permission to be physically apart. After my final breath, Doc remembered me through a nice ceremony and gave us more time alone. Mom and I danced. I could still sense her smelling and kissing me. We did that a lot and I want to leave remembering this love.
Rosa and Poobah came into our lives 20-1/2 years ago. Female orange tabby’s and litter mates, they were special from the start. Cuddly friends at first, they eventually decided to avoid each other most of the time. Rosa was the queen of the house. She was bossy to the other animals, and sweet as sweet can be to us. She would sleep right next to our heads purring all night long. Rosa was spirited and in her later years became more adventurous exploring the backyard where she found rat babies and mice and brought us many thoughtful presents. As she slowed down some, she started to carry leaves up and would go up and down the stairs many times a day and deliver her prizes, each one with a victory claim meow. It was not uncommon to come home to 35 or more leaves strewn all over the kitchen. After all that hard work, we’d often find her napping in her favorite spot under the lemon tree. Rosa was very bonded to her papa, Scott, and whenever he went out, she’d hunt important (and heavy!) objects off his desk, like his watch, or bicycle inner tubes, she’d cry victory, and leave them for him as a gift. It was sweet to come home and see her curled up on the bed sleeping with his watch next to her. Rosa is survived by her sister Poobah, (dog) sister Frida, and human companions Scott and Diana. Rosa was a little cat with a large presence and she is missed by all of us.
-Scott R. & Diana N.
Yuna Love Story
Yuna had many nicknames: Yuna Girl, Buna, Bubu, Ball, and the list goes on… She entered our family twelve years ago as a sweet, good-natured girl with a great love of family and a disdain for loud noises. Despite being the runt of her litter, Yuna loved to explore and had an unyielding curiosity. She enjoyed leash walks outside, burrowing under the covers, sneaking into the dustiest nooks and crannies, and attempting to open closed doors (sometimes with success). Yuna also loved to be where her people were, whether it was on the couch to watch TV, the top of the dinner table during dinner, the kitchen to supervise vegetable chopping, or even the bathroom if someone took too long. Yuna enjoyed many hobbies during her life, such as playing tag, batting around her beloved stuffed bird toy, getting brushed with her favorite purple brush, learning new tricks (marching and pointing, to name a few), and snacking on the occasional blade of grass or potato chip. Yuna will be sorely missed by her family (her “Bubu Pride”), who are eternally grateful for the years of friendship, companionship, and love. She will live on in our memories. Thank you, Yuna, for everything.
Millie. (2007-2022) Millie passed away on October 15, 2022 at nearly
15 years of age. She was the light of our life. A compassionate,
intelligent and lively spirit. We had Millie in our life since she was 12
She loved her daily walks to Ocean Beach, every day, rain or shine,
where she would greet her friends Cubby, Leo, little Lucky and others.
She always looked forward to our special Sunday adventures to various
SF parks with our friend, Rebecca, where she enjoyed playing with
squirrels, and meeting bison, horses, ducks, geese and turtles. And of
course getting her “walking treats”. She was an adventurer to the end,
including a 2000-mile cross-country road trip to meet family and friends
along the way.
Millie was a truly devoted comfort dog. During my partner’s yearlong
battle with terminal health conditions, she stayed by his side, keeping up
his spirits and provided me with comfort after that loss
Millie enjoyed a long healthy life until her last 6 months when she
succumbed to mammary carcinoma. She was a trooper through her two
surgeries. She died peacefully at home with her “Daddy” and surrounded
by her “lovies” and toys.
A special thank you to Dr. Gina and Lori for your care and compassion
for both of us at a difficult time. You helped Millie pass peacefully and
comfortably in her home that left me with positive memories of our last
moments together. Thanks also to Joe McC. for capturing this photo of
Millie in her prime on her Ocean Beach walk.
Millie, thank you for being “the best dog ever” and for your
unconditional love and devotion. You made us better humans. Your love
will be in my heart forever. Goodbye “Queen of the Sunset” and of our
Niner entered our lives in 2009, we saw his picture while we were looking for puppies and I called the owner every day for 2 weeks. She finally called me back saying she was on vacation and while Niner had a lot of inquiries, she could tell that we wanted him the most and wanted us to come see him. From the first day he arrived, he loved food and cuddling. If he saw anything he wanted to eat, nothing would get in his way. Along that came with laziness, which was perfect for us sometimes. While his sisters loved running and getting out, he'd just sit with us and stare at people or other animals; his favorite would be staring at rabbits in the field. When he did walk, it was always at a slow pace, and it was to smell flowers.
Oh yes…..and Christmas. Our boy loved Christmas like no other. He’d sleep under the tree and would stare at Christmas lights for as long as he could.
We'll miss his loud snoring, begging for food, and soft cuddles.
-Alex L. & Chelsea M.
Mister's story is a perfect example of how a cat can truly have multiple lives. In 2019, a heartless person dumped him on a road in the outskirts of Sonoma. He was elderly (probably 15 or 17) and starving, and had a severe case of ringworm by the time he was rescued by Pets Lifeline in Sonoma. He quickly captured everyone's hearts. When he recovered from ringworm, he was offered the job of Head Office Boy in their office, where he diligently supervised his staff of adoring humans.
In an effort to find his human family (on the assumption that he'd been lost and not dumped), Pets Lifeline distributed posters of him in Sonoma. To get more publicity, Mister decided to run for mayor. Oddly, he lost the election, a clear example of election fraud, for how could he have possibly lost?
In January, 2022, he retired from his job to come live with me. He was a joy the entire time, just the perfect cat, so sweet and affectionate. In spite of the cruel human who dumped him on that country road, he loved humans. He thrived and was very happy looking out the window at the garden, or sitting in a sunbeam on my deck.
Sadly, a couple of weeks ago, he had a seizure, followed by a quick decline. Dr Henriksen gently helped him on to his next life, where he can romp as freely as he wanted to in this life, and be bathed in love. Mister, you will be a ray of light wherever you go. Good-bye, my sweeting, I will treasure our all-too-short time together always.
Nitro was born in on a ranch in a small town in Missouri on 07/20/2009. His mother was a working dog on a ranch and his father was an award winning show dog. Nitro was born with papers for being full bread and apart of the Australian Shepherd Society of America. Nitro always aimed to please and as a puppy would naturally try and Hurd all the other dogs at the park into a tight circle. Over the years Nitro learned many commands and tricks but my favorite was teaching him how to howl. Together we would howl “I LOVE YOU”. Nitro loved to go on rides in the car, he would stick his head out of the window no mater what the weather/speed and bark into the wind. After 13 years we knew each other so well, no communication was necessary, we knew what each other was thinking. Nitro was never a fan of showers but as he got into his last few years with me he was such a good sport and I would be as quick as possible. I would jokingly say to people at any given time I have 10% if not more of Nitro hair on me and now that he is gone when I see his hair it makes me feel like he is still here. I will miss his cuddles and unconditional love. Nitro brought an amazing joy into my life, a love I will always cherish and never forget. As much as this hurts I would rather have had a love/bond like this than to never of had one at all. Nitro passed on 10/08/2022
Tomorrow, we say goodbye, and I’m struggling to imagine my life without you. I can’t believe I won’t see your face at the door when I come home anymore. I’ll always wish I could’ve helped you more, but you grew so much.
I remember how scared you were when I picked you up from the rescue shelter and how hard it was for you to trust people. We grew your confidence slowly, you made friends, and made a name for yourself at our apartment complex. You loved your Auntie Nat so much, you slept in her bed every night when we lived together and waited by the door for her to come home. We played “anti-anxiety music for dogs” a lot. You fell in love with our neighbor’s dog, Lil B, and loved your playdates.
In November 2020, we moved in with a new roommate and your first cat friend, Winnie. Baby gates became a staple in our apartment, but slowly you both adjusted. You liked to play with most dogs, and we went to Meridian Hill Park every day. You still struggled to trust, and you started anxiety medication to help. I managed you closely and thought about you constantly.
You spent hours in the Spring and Summer on the rooftop with us. You loved to sunbathe, play with the hose, chase flies, cuddle your human friends, and watch movies on the projector. You went to the vet after you swallowed a sock (not your first), but they sent you home and described you as “bright and lively”. You met my family and immediately took to my older brother; he was one of your favorite people to play with.
That Winter we moved into our own place. I was lonely at first, and I was grateful to have you. We started behavioral training with Joe every Wednesday. All the trainers were shocked by how intelligent and observant you were. We worked on desensitizing you to strange dogs and people, it took a lot of patience, but you made some progress.
When it started getting warmer, we went for long walks in Rock Creek Park, and waded in the stream. We’d always bring apples slices, one of your favorite snacks. I set up a doggy camera at home so I could check on you while I was out. Things were tough sometimes, you didn’t like dogs anymore, but you loved your trusted people and we loved you. I was willing to do everything.
Finally, you moved to California with me. I didn’t know if we could do it, but I knew I couldn’t do it without you. You were so brave on the plane; I was so proud of you. We slept on an air mattress for a month and you got to explore the ocean. You saw my family again and met a few new friends. You spent your last weekend with grandma and me.
You were so loved. I’m so grateful that it was by me. Thank you for teaching me patience, forgiveness, accountability, loyalty, trust, and unconditional love. I hope your tail always wags when you sleep, and you always have a comforter to burrow under, a spoonful of peanut butter, a sunny rooftop, and grass to roll in. I’ll miss you every day, but the love you brought into my life was more than I ever could have asked for. I’ll always love you Chi, and I know I’ll find pieces of you in moments for the rest of my life. Thank you for that.
Till next time.
Malcolm was a very good and special boy. He could be a scaredy cat and did not like disruptions to his routine but he was always sweet and open to new people, new cat towers, and vet recommended food. In his 11 years, he made our house feel like a home in four different states and charmed many new friends. He had simple pleasures: his red ball, lightly cooked shrimp, and zoomies after using the litter box. He never wanted to be the center of attention but he always wanted to know what everyone was doing and to make sure everything was OK. Nothing could have prepared us for this loss but we know that he'll always be with us, a watchful eye from the other room just outside our field of view.
-Alan D. & Claudia W.
I welcomed Mickey and his littermate Bianca into my life when they were 11 years old. Little did I realize the love bombing that was in store for me! Mickey would climb into my lap even if Bianca was already there. He would flop over for belly rubs on the couch. He would rest his little chin on my arm. And he would walk up my body as I was lying in bed and shove his head under my book so he could tickle my face with his whiskers.
Mickey was a sweet, gentle soul who would follow me from room to room just so he could be near me. He would crawl into any available lap and envelop the lucky recipient in a cloud of purrs and nuzzles. And when the sun would go down, he would jump up on the bed and loudly insist that it was time for me to go to bed too so he could get his nighttime cuddles.
Mickey, I am heartbroken that you are gone but so grateful that I got to know you. I’m especially glad that you and Bianca were there for me during the pandemic — I am grateful beyond words for your comforting presence during such a stressful time. Goodbye, gentle boy. Bianca and I love and miss you very much.
Luliki came to us from the SPCA 20 years ago, and quickly found her way into our hearts – and tables, counters, closets, boxes, beds and sofas. She was an intrepid little thing, who found a way to “escape” from the third floor window down into the garden below, raced around playing catch me if you can when it was time to come indoors, had insatiable curiosity on all matters edible and otherwise, and seemingly had at least 9 lives. She was our constant companion as our kids grew up and left home, and our home is empty without her. We were lucky to have her for 20 years and we miss her dearly. Rest, my little sweetheart.
-Miriam & Larry B.
Pluto (2007-2022); at Oma & Opa’s cottage on Lake Huron, MI. Back in 2007, I was looking at a fuzzy picture of a puppy on a dog rescue website when I spotted my boy. I knew that second that I wanted him and the rest is history. Pluto is the sweetest dog I’d ever seen. He was just the best!!!! Anyone who encountered Pluto, couldn’t help but compliment his sweet nature. He loved other dogs, children and people. He was always so loving, calm, and patient. Unlike his sisters, he was so easy going we sometimes forgot he existed (not really, he always followed me). He loved to sprawl out in the middle of the action and keep an eye on everyone in the house. We called him fluffy alligator. I hoped my human children would grow up one day and be like him, after all how does a dog have so many amazing qualities? Even the best dogs get in trouble - when he ran off with a frozen bird wing (yes, a carcass), or when I would catch him eating poopsicles or poopjerky or when he would roll in the grass after I spent a couple of hours washing and grooming him. My golden boy!!!! I miss him so much; I feel lost without him. He was the last to pass away, just a few weeks after Leia. He watched his sisters pass away and yet gave us comfort. And in true Pluto style, having never been sick in his life he passed away in less than 2 days after being diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma.
-Love you forever, Deepika, Marcus, Arya & Alisha
Leia (2007-2022); in Chicago during “snowmageddon”. Leia was my husband’s baby; she loved him so much that it made her crazy. She had separation anxiety and would bark at him for sneezing. She got into a lot of trouble – she escaped her crate and dug out his mattress TWICE, she once jumped off a second story rooftop, she once ate 2lbs of cashew brittle in one sitting (long story), she would dig through the trash and counter surf, and she was a big bully – loved to bully Pluto & Cleo. She was our crazy animal but we loved her so much. It took us years to diagnose her Addison’s disease and her health was not optimal during those years. She endured every discomfort and to her Vet’s astonishment always got better. We lost count of how many lives Leia had. She became mellow in her golden years. She became of a creature of comfort. She loved the home cooked meals mommy made and her bed was the best spot in the world. She would grumpily accompany us on our ski and camping trips. We miss her and her craziness so much.
-Love you forever, Deepika, Marcus, Arya & Alisha
Cleo (2007-2021); in Chicago during her daily squirrel hunt. She was a lab to the core – loved food and people, tried to hunt any critter that moved, and in general she was very high maintenance. She once ate a half-dead squirrel and threw it up on my rug, got bit on the nose by an alley rat, got sprayed by skunks (twice), got her siblings in trouble by getting them sprayed by skunks, tried eating a toad, tried eating a slug, and swam until near-exhaustion to catch a duck. She was my munchkin and we loved her so much. She was the most docile dog I’d ever seen. She was very brave, recovered from her paralysis after she had an FCE in 2013 and went to live a full life for another 8 years. The last 6 months were difficult; she became paraplegic and her health slowly deteriorated. Her death hit me vey hard. She showed me how to deeply love and care for someone till the very end.
-Love you forever, Deepika, Marcus, Arya & Alisha
Biscuit c. September 2004 - 13th August 2022
Biscuit was an SF SPCA rescue. We went to visit the adoption floor "just to look" for a mature, small, short-haired, non-vocal cuddler, and ended up coming home with a year-old, long haired herder with a big voice and an even bigger personality!
Bitsy (as she was then) was deemed a Chow-Chow/Aussie Shepherd mix but it didn't take long for us to realize she was a breed of her own, and we dubbed her an Australian Rascal!
Biscuit was funny and naughty in equal parts. She loved to learn, and was a standout at all the classes we took with her, though her own unique interpretation of obedience would entertain to all who attended and taught that particular class… She adored Agility, and would hare around the course at an impossible speed. Biscuit also excelled at Tricks, and her melodramatic take on "I've Been Shot" was positively Shatner-esque...
We worked from home and so Biscuit was with us 24/7. She loved to doze in the office but when it was time to run errands, she was happy to get out and about too. Despite the fact we both disliked shopping, there was nothing Biscuit enjoyed more than roaming Fillmore Street or 4th Street in Berkeley and absorbing the admiration she drew wherever she went. In fact "what breed is your dog" and "what a beautiful dog" were phrases we literally heard on every walk we went on. Her best trait was the fact she always behaved around food, and so was the best dog to take to restaurants.
It was tough to watch Biscuit age and lose her speed and ability to jump, but to the end she always managed to come up with new ways to make us laugh. For the rest of our days we will remember all her exploits and the way she enriched our lives. Goodbye my best girl .
-Diane P. & Robert D.
Our beloved Ray was equal parts adventurer and cuddler. He loved the wind and the fog and watching birds. When we had people over, he would join the conversation. He was tolerant of everybody and almost anything, and children loved him. He left an impression on everyone he met. Those of us that were lucky enough to live in his company can never forget him. Goodbye Ray Ray, our sweetheart.
Jenny was born in 2003 in Foster City at Project Bay Cat feral colony. He was a favorite of the feeding volunteers and because he was so pretty they thought he was a girl and named him Jenny. They asked me to keep his name and I did even though it always confused everyone.
He had become too friendly with strangers and they decided that the colony wasn’t a good place for him.
I found out he was at a shelter waiting for adoption. Because he wasn’t cuddly or terribly trusting he was past up by people looking for a kitty. I brought friends to meet him hoping one of them would fall for Jenny but it was me that fell in love. Jenny rewarded me by slowly trusting me and eventually becoming a lap cat. At 19 1/2 it was time to say good bye. Even though losing him is heartbreaking
I am so grateful for all the time we had together.
I am also grateful to A Gentle Rest for all their help and compassion.
-Joanne M. & Neil S.
I adopted Pabu in October 2020 as my first dog, a true COVID pup. He was a stray from the streets of Los Angeles and was assumed to be about 8 years old. Pabu and I bonded very quickly and became best friends during quarantine. It felt like working from home gave me enough time with Pabu to make up for missing the first 8 years of his life.
Together we shared many road trips, beach days, and neighborhood strolls. We explored Big Sur, camped in Yosemite, and in 2021 he made the move up to San Francisco with me. Adjusting to the hills was difficult for both of us, but Pabu quickly learned to love his new life in San Francisco. He was a huge fan of the parks and enjoyed our regular walks to Ghirardelli Square. If I’m honest with myself, his favorite part of our walks was definitely all of the food he could scavenge around the neighborhood (a street dog at heart), but I like to think it was because he got to spend time with me.
Ultimately, Pabu’s life was cut short from a progressing brain tumor. He powered through for as long as he could and is absolutely the strongest dog I’ve met. While I wish I’d had more time with Pabu, I have no doubt that the time we were gifted together was just as special to him as it was to me. He was my best friend, and I believe we were placed in each other’s lives for a purpose. I’m a better person today because of my time with Pabu. :)
.Kenzie was the sweetest girl and so very loved by our family and friends. Affectionately known as KK, she loved to run on the beach, chase sticks, but most of all, snuggle as close as possible to her family. Kenzie was known as the "seat snipper" because she loved to steal your place on the couch the moment you got up...always craving the warmth of her human family. Rest in peace KK - we miss you so very much.
December 10, 2010 - June 25, 2022
My kitty, Plumo, was a gentle plump kitty who always talked to you and let you know how she felt. When I would call her name, she would answer me from wherever she was. She liked her daily routines and every morning loved to go outside and walk a circuit around the garden making sure all was well in her domain. She also had her favorite spots to bask in the sunshine. Plumo also liked to be near me, preferably snuggled against me while I was reading on the bed.
She and her sister, Rosie, were adopted from a dear friend of mine when he passed away. They were 4 years old at the time and lived with me until they both passed recently at 18. Rosie got sick unexpectedly and passed late in May. Rosie was a small round kitty and was very wise and always looked you directly in the eyes, until she withdrew inward close to the end.
Plumo was diagnosed with cancer early in May and passed yesterday July 3. She was no longer her large plump self and was now boney and had difficulty walking. As a major affront to her dignity she had fallen down the basement stairs a few days ago and I needed to be on guard against further falls. Sadly, her much loved excursions in the garden needed to be closely supervised and she couldn’t walk far because she was so weak and would collapse. Yet Plumo had a strong spirit and was alert until the end….her body just gave out and this puzzled her. When she couldn’t do something, she would wait a minute and somewhere find the energy to try again..she kept trying to do things she could no longer do. She was a dear sweet kitty and I miss her very much.
First of all I am grateful for the quick response time of “A Gentle Rest”. There is a point at which you know it’s time for your beloved pet to go and you don’t want them to suffer any longer than possible. There are vet appointments available every day of the week at “A Gentle Rest” which is a blessing.
Also, we were able to do the transition in my garden which was Plumos favorite place.
Dr. Rozycki was very gentle and kind with Plumo. She felt no pain and I held her close to me and kissed her and talked to her the whole time. It was very peaceful and not rushed. Dr. Rozycki was also very considerate and respectful of me and my friend and what we were feeling. Even though I acknowledge the impermanence of all living things and did not want my beloved kitty to suffer any longer, it was difficult and sad to say goodbye. But It was not at all stressful for my kitty who simply went to sleep and passed on in my arms. I am very grateful to Dr. Rozycki and I highly recommend “A Gentle Rest”
May 15, 2009-June 15, 2022
Snoopy, you were the best dog that we could have ever hoped for, but you are so much more than a dog to us. You are our beloved child, our cherished companion, and the heart of our family. We'll always treasure all of the fond memories of you being here at our side enjoying your favorite things to do like going for walks to explore our neighborhood, rolling around in the grass at the park, hunting flies, cuddling under a warm blanket, and eating your favorite treats and foods. Thank you for 13 years of love, friendship, companionship, and a happy home. Baby, Doggie, Little Beagle, you will always be in our hearts and we know that we now have a little guardian angel beagle watching over us in heaven. We love you, Snoopy!
-Alberto K. and Jose M.
"And just like that, life will never be the same.
It’s with a very broken heart that we share that Mochi crossed the rainbow bridge June 14, 2022. Surrounded by sunshine, a gentle breeze, a bed of flowers and in his favourite place to be: home with us
He was found as a stray in Oakland and scooped up by Muttville into their hospice program due to his array of medical ailments. But his failing health and the fact that he was living out his ‘golden season’ with us these past 7 months is not how he will be remembered.
He will be remembered for his love of belly rubs. How wide his eyes got whenever he heard the crinkling of a treat bag (or our own snacks!). His little tail that would always wag whenever he saw me. How he always needed me to be in his line of sight or it would be the end of the world. The cute grunts and barks and noises he would make. The endless sploots whenever he came across cool floors. His burrowing into blankets and love of cuddles. How he would pause and take in nature whenever we went for a walk or hung out on our front steps. His attempts to chase birds. How his belly would rise and fall with every breath he took. The anxiety he would have in the car as he drooled on my lap and let me know he was scared to be abandoned. How smart he was when we took him to training class. The confidence and sass he had walking into any room and telling the big dogs he’s unafraid of their shenanigans.
And ultimately, his pure hearted joy.
Even amidst health challenges, he smiled through it all. Not the ‘fake it till I make it’ type of joy - but true joy that was so contagious he would make random people smile as they passed him by at the store or on walks. That’s the life wisdom we’ll forever remember from Mochi - that this world can feel scary and uncertain and heartbreaking…that life is full of ups and downs but that it is also for living it each day as if it were your last.
We love you, Mochi. You are forever sharing joy and finally free.
-Emily T. and Mark K.
Our sweet girl Angel crossed peacefully over the rainbow bridge on May 20, 2022 surrounded by family and knowing just how loved she was. She was the kindest, sweetest soul and offered so much love to her family and was always ready to shower loved ones with kisses. Her shy yet spunky personality made her easily loved by all and she was always ready to put a smile on someone’s face with her funny little antics. Her favorite things to do in the entire world included looking for any kitchen scraps that may have fallen, searching for treats in her snuffle mat, napping in her giant calming bed, being carried to the park in her backpack (like a queen), and snuggling with her mom. She was the biggest foodie and always made sure to secure some extra treats by using those big puppy dog eyes of hers. She moved to San Francisco in early 2021 and spent the last year of her life exploring the bay area with her mom and doggie sis. She was deeply loved her whole life and 14 years was simply not enough time with our precious girl. Our home feels empty and broken without her but the love and memories that she was able to give us will live with us forever. She will be profoundly missed by her pawrents, grandpawrents, family, her doggie siblings Lucky, Lola, Pepe, and cousin Apple. We’ll miss you so much, gordis.
“I loved you your whole life. I’ll miss you for the rest of mine.”
-Esbeydy, Cesar, Vianey & Matthew P.
She was more than a dog or best friend. She was everything to me and it breaks my heart to go on without her. I feel broken without her. Roxy had been in my life longer than I had a mother in my life but she helped fill that void. Whenever I was stressed, sad, or coping with something she would brighten my day and make everything better. She was the most gentle soul and impacted so many people. I will miss everything about her. I will miss our hikes together as well as just sitting together. I will miss giving her belly rubs and her smile. I'll even miss her snoring at night and her bark when she needed help getting up. Towards the last few years of her life when she was in a room alone, she'd always find a room where I was because she love being around people. We used to call her FOMO. I love you Roxy, forever & always. Her presence is missed every day.
-Tara & Raj K.
We adopted Zoe from Wonder Dog rescue when she was 3 yrs old. At the time, Wonder Dog was only fostering Boston's, but they'd taken in Zoe and we were in love at first sight of her picture and description online. Zoe was a skinny little girl rescued from a farm in Bakersfield, where she spent a lot of time alone in a yard. When we arrived at Wonder dog, we took her on a walk through the city and immediately signed the papers and took her home. During our 14 years with her, Zoe loved walks to Glen Canyon, the Marin Headlands and her favorite…eating dead crab at Fort Funston. She was silly, determined, smart and just so sweet. Her playful digging of sheets and pillows, wrestling, and contented noises will always be remembered. We will love you forever, Zoe!
-Justin & Alison R.
Tinkerbell was loved by her family Anabel, Aldrin, Brad, and Carmen. She was a rescue from Hurricane Katrina and lived a full, happy life until she was almost 17 years old. She was the sweetest, kindest dog, who's main goal was to be around the people she loved and to get belly rubs. She probably ate better than most humans, as her family would share fresh home cooked meals with her. Her favorite was pasta. She was friendly to everyone and was famous in her neighborhood for it. She was the best dog her family could have ever asked for and will live on in the wonderful memories they share with her. We love you Tinkerbell <3.
Richard the dog came to us in 2009, chosen by our son because of his photo on a last-chance website. Intended as a companion for their aging dog, Richard wasn't ready for family life, and he came to us. We promised he would be trained by love. The following 13 years we shared our life with a being of extraordinary evolution as he became the dog he was meant to be, known fondly as Richard of Russian Hill. He learned to trust us; little kids loved holding his leash; he taught puppies not to be afraid of big dogs; he went everywhere with us. We will honor Richard by continuing his four walks per day, following his calm example to be true in our relationships.
-Wendover and Marc B.
May 30, 2016 - April 22, 2022
You left us too early after a severe but short illness.
You were not only our pet but part of the family.
You welcomed us home at the door and were always there for us.
You will always stay in our hearts as the cheerful and friendly cat you were.
You loved scratching the couch, playing with your white shoelace and waking us up every morning asking for your food - we'll miss everything about you.
Your favorite spot on the couch is empty now, where you loved to sleep, but our love for you will never fade.
No amount of time can erase the joy you brought us every day.
Rest in peace, faithful friend.
-Reinhard K. and Shannon K.
What a blessing you have been in my life and what we shared in our 11 year journey. Time quickly passed from when I found you as a kitten on a busy suburban street with your mother and siblings. I was going to find you a wonderful home but you quickly made it known that "I" was your person. You became a term coined in rescue work as a foster fail. You were always a human focused cat, comforted by constant touch and affection. I have never been loved with ease and simplicity. Our lives intertwined so beautifully.
In your last days, you were surrounded by the ones who have loved and cared for you. Each saying their own sweet goodbye. Giving you kisses as you lay in your bed. In the days since you have been gone we share your memory with every hug.
There was a peace about you that day. A peace you had given me daily. I still feel your comfort. The light of your being was always in your eyes; the sparkle, the sunshine....all of it. I miss that from our daily routine. I will remember something about you that will make me smile with delight and slowly leave me like a needle. Having to take inventory of emotions that are coming in like ebbs and tides. Adjusting to the new normal without you.
In moments like this I understand who God is and what death is. I know it is a necessary arrangement; the law of the universe.
Rest In Peace Betsy
With Love from all your Dads,
-Jeff, John, Michael, Mike and Tony
"After almost 15 wonderful years together, we said goodbye to our sweet Lucy on Saturday evening. We feel blessed to have nurtured the love and trust of such an intuitive and special little soul. Lucy was our constant companion and playmate for more than half of our marriage, and a major source of comfort through challenging times. Her passing has left a big hole in our hearts.
We have spent the last few days reflecting on the countless good times we shared with her, the things that made us laugh, the things that warmed our hearts, and especially what Lucy taught us about ourselves, about relationships, and about life. We thought we'd share them with you because we think they'll give you insight into why we loved her so.
*Take a break to play at least twice a day
*Exercise until your tongue hangs out
*Don't pass your water bowl without taking a drink
*Don't settle for kibble if you know there is something better in the fridge
*It's okay to be afraid to go to the doctor, but don't run out the door before getting the biscuit
*Cuddle close with your pack
*When someone is down, just curl up next to them and keep them company
*Have a healthy respect for the big dogs, but don't let them push you around
*A quick sniff is often all that's needed to distinguish friend from foe
*Chase what you desire with abandon
*A nudge on the leg with your nose is more effective than a bark when you need attention
*Be enthusiastic every time you see the people you love
*Just hanging out in the grass is a good way to spend a sunny day
Thank you for all the love and support you've shared with us - it helps a lot.
-Love, Gina & Roger
"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we have loved deeply, becomes a part of us"
LuLu was loved from the first moment I saw her, was loved every minute of her life, and continues to be loved to this day. She was a beautiful, sweet cat. True to her Siamese heritage, she was regal and vocal. She always had a response to anything asked of her, often a multiple meow sentence. She enjoyed sitting on the windowsill and chatting with the birds. She loved lying in a sunny spot on the bed or couch and snoozing. She would lay flat on her back with her legs sticking up and falling open, exposing her stomach in what was called her splay- it was quite a sight to see. She was sweet and shy, and would never misbehave. She was so beautiful, anytime someone would see her, they would rave over her beauty. I was so proud to have her as my cat. She spent her first 10 years with her best friend Bruno. He will be waiting for her at the rainbow bridge- she will never be alone! Rest easy now my sweet, beautiful girl, I will love you always, my sweet LuLu Bean. You are a precious jewel tucked inside my heart forever.
Nina was beloved from the time she arrived as an 8-week old puppy. She was a 10-pound Havanese who loomed much larger in personality. She was spunky, joyous and generous – with people. She never understood that she was a dog, quite frankly, and so never cared much for other dogs. She was the alpha of our pack, endlessly bossing around our maltipoo, Beau, whom we got three years after she arrived. She also tried to boss my son, who was six when she joined the family. Even in her old age, she managed to be the center of attention and would impatiently tap her right toe when it was time to eat or go out. She is missed, so much, but her passing was an incredible gift to her and to our family. We cannot thank Ari enough for his kindness in helping us do what Nina needed – to go quietly and peacefully.
-M. Patricia T.
Last week I said goodbye to my dear Miro. How is it possible for a 15 pound fur ball to steal your heart? The last 16 years of my life were totally enriched by having him in my life. (He was likely 2+ years old when I adopted him, which puts his age at 18+.) Miro’s back story - He was abused and randomly dumped on a front lawn of a friend back in 2003. My prior kitty of 14 years had passed away a few months earlier and I had told everyone "when the right kitty comes along, I'll know." My friend said "I know a cat you need to adopt." And she was right. The friend had naming rights and named him "Miro" as he reminded her of the paintings of the Spanish painter, Miro. The first few years with Miro were extremely difficult - he suffered from serious anxiety from his prior abuse. He ran for shelter upon hearing any male voice. Any attempt to touch him would likely result in biting or scratching. But over the years, he learned that not all men are horrible. With the help of my male friends, Miro learned to trust men. I asked them to walk into the house and not talk and then be nice to Miro. Only once he accepted them did I give the okay to start talking. In addition, Miro decided he was a 99% outdoor cat, but was also the lowest cat in the pecking order and took beatings regularly (and WAY too many vet visits to help keep him in good shape). (For the record, it was Miro's choice to be 99% outdoors at this time, he REFUSED to stay indoors.) It took literally years, but eventually Miro became a total snuggle bunny. While I was living in London in 2006-2007, Miro moved in with my dear neighbors - or (more accurately), he assumed that his personal staff extended into the next house and just moved between houses as the mood struck him. When I moved to San Francisco in 2007, I entrusted the neighbors with the responsibility of shipping Miro from Melbourne to San Francisco. My neighbor said "you very nearly did not get your cat back." He had won them over and it was hard to let go. Upon arriving in San Francisco, Miro became a nervous wreck again - in total terror after a horrible international move and new surroundings. He hid in a duffel bag of clothing for about 6 weeks (coming out for meals and restroom breaks). Once in San Francisco, his true snuggle bunny self came out - becoming more of an indoor cat and more of a cuddler. He touched so many people's lives over the years. Those who knew him in recent years are astonished when I tell them about his early days. My main point (for this long essay) is that love can overcome so many things - including a terrible abusive past, which is no fault at all of the subject of the abuse. Miro really should be a poster child for rehabilitation of animals who were previously abused. I hope people think about this the next time they are thinking of adopting an animal. Those who have had a terrible past are in such need of love. And once they receive love, they are able to radiate it as well.
Winnie was a sweet, gentle soul who had a great love of family. She came into my life as a stray mama cat with her five kittens in need of fostering. She was a doting and caring mother, and all her babies eventually found forever homes. Winnie was so special that I decided to keep her as my own. She soon became the light of my life. Her favorite activities were catching ping-pong balls, watching sunsets, taking naps, and giving belly massages to her humans after dinner time.
I miss you my sweet Hun Bun and love you always. Wait for me at the Rainbow Bridge, and someday, we will cross it together.
Many thanks to Dr. Ari Rozycki for being my rock while making the oh-so-difficult process of letting her go from this Earth, a bit easier. I am forever grateful.
Penny was my companion and best friend for 18 years. She was very sociable and loved being the center of attention. Every morning she would awaken us with meows and paw taps, and every evening she greeted us at the door with meows and head butts. She loved sitting on laps, lying in the sun, playing with her stuffed mouse and begging for table scraps. We have many wonderful memories of our sweetest girl. We miss you Penny, and we will love you forever.
-Susan B. and James C.
Our beloved Bodhi passed on his own one month after being diagnosed with high grade lymphoma. True to his compassionate nature, he left us a day before we were planning on saying our final goodbye at home, sparing us the burden of euthanasia. Bodhi was a SPCA- certified therapy cat who possessed the deepest, purest, most gentle soul. He was so much to us— soulmate, teacher, refuge, sage, thoughtful observer, prince of patience… His light illuminated all whose lives he touched. And there were so, so many…
We know that wherever his journey next takes him, Bodhi will surely be continuing his healing work.
Rest in peace, our beloved of blessed memory. We will always feel your paws on our hearts.
-Rachel K. & Andy L.
Beavis was my silly and adventurous best friend. We climbed mountains in Colorado, went backpacking in Utah, and swam in the ocean off the California coast. He was a fetch machine, and would do anything for a piece of cheese! He lived a long, happy life with his brother Cooper. Always by my side, it hurts that he is no longer here. I love you. I miss you.
In loving memory: Ms. Tyra Jane Bunny.
She left this world peacefully at home last night at the age of 14. She was a diva who did not do well with children. Her favorite activities were paper, peacock feathers, lazer light and zombie puppets. She often chatted at the pigeons and slept in boxes. She enjoyed sounds of the rainforest and eating Twix. - Love you Little girl!
Bibi loved making new friends. She had just enough energy for a nice loud bark when you arrived, which was her preferred greeting. She was a sweet and happy girl who changed both our lives when we met her ten years ago. We had a million funny nicknames for her. She was beyond special to us both, we loved her dearly and there's nothing we wouldn't ever have done for her, including letting her go when she needed to. She was unique, and amazingly weird and always had the ability to make us laugh. She like her dad, had a great love of delicious food. She loved napping in the sun and being out and about on a walk. Steph and I are each full of such rich memories, that she will always be close to us and never forgotten.
-Matt N.S. and Stephanie L.
Who Saved Who?
Rescued from the docks of Oakland when he was about 2 years old. We always figured we saved his life back on that day. But, looking back he left a much larger impression on us. Teaching us patience & gratitude. Whether a bad day or a trivial problem, he seemed to ease & wash away with his presence & the simple want of your touch. In the end Dock we love & miss you dearly, but, are so grateful to have known you for 14 years. So many beautiful & fun memories to remember you by. We are sincerely thankful for you Dr. Ari Rozycki for your compassion & for being there for our family at such a difficult time & at such a late hour.
- Brian & Thyra
Dr. Rozycki's professionalism, compassion, and understanding during our time of difficult decisions was excellent. Email response to questions were promptly answered and once he arrived at our apartment, Dr. Rozycki explained with care and diplomacy the process which would take place. His bedside manner was gracious; the final moments spent with our feline friend were not rushed or hurried. We are grateful that Dr. Rozycki provided a serene environment for us.
-Jennie H. and Jeff S.
Peter and I want to thank you for taking care of Beau yesterday.
Your compassion for him and us was so appreciated.
You have a gift.
Beau was our gentle and handsome British Shorthair. He enjoyed the garden where he was amused by the antics of two much younger brothers. He commanded the house and our hearts for 13 loving years!
Molé was a tiny, fierce and feisty feral kitten when we got him. He was very sweet, but he was quirky and had personal space issues - if you got your big, scary human face up next to his you might get a swat; his biggest nemesis was the floor SWIFFER and he spent a lot of time hissing to tame it. He was happiest when he was out in his jungle - our backyard.
It took years for him to finally relent and allow us into his world. It probably went against all his instincts, but he eventually deemed us worthy. We felt very privileged to get "nose-bumps" and to have him seek out a warm lap. And the long journey to that place made it feel that much more special when we arrived.
Ironically, Dr. Rozycki was Molés vet as a kitten and saved his life. 14 years later, Dr. Rozycki was there again to ease his passing. We're so grateful.
-Chris & Roxanne G.
I have endless memories of Kuro Chan in his 18 1/2 years with me.
He was loving and loved by many; he was also a great hunter and loved the outdoors claiming his territories and turning himself into a fierce intimidating panther like. Though indoors he was just a little kitty cat so well behaved and loving. I will always have him in my heart & memories.
Hi Dr. Rozycki,
Thank you so much for your kind letter. It was so nice to receive. It made me happy to hear that you could tell how much Peter and I loved her. I really do miss her dearly. You're right, her stay wasn't long but it surely was unique. We fell in love with her very quickly. I thought I would include a picture or two in case you would like to use them on your website. I'm attaching a "before" picture from when Peter found her in December and a few of my favorites. :) Thanks for your patience with me. She was the first pet that was truly mine and it was hard at the end.
Thank you very much for coming over to our home to help our beloved cat, Mister Boots. Your service and professionalism made it much easier to say good-bye to him. Having him pass in the comfort of familiar surroundings lessened the stress for the both of us. I felt very much at ease during the time you were there. Thank you for taking your time to explain every step and allowing me the moments alone with him afterwards. I will recommend your service to others if they ever have a need for this. The house is very empty now after 16 1/2 years with Mister Boots and his mother, Miss Mama, who passed away November 2012.
- Douglas R.
"Sassy & Squeeky"
Our Last Gift...
Saying goodbye to Squeek (black) was difficult enough, but having to say goodbye again to his partner Sassy of 17 years, only 3 1/2 months later, was even more difficult. We knew Sassy missed Squeek and must have had a broken heart and needed to be with him. It brought some comfort knowing they would be together again. Dr. Ari was there for us both times with kindness, compassion and was patient to give us our last moments together. We are so grateful this service is available in the comfort of their home. Forever in our hearts...
- Brenda & Larry J.
Thank you so much for helping to give our beloved cat, Mina, a more peaceful death on such short notice and after regular business hours. It is clear that your dedication to the peace and comfort of animals goes far beyond being simply a profession. You came to her aid on such short notice when no other house call vets would, and my husband and I are eternally grateful to you for that. Your generosity with your time has touched our lives in a very meaningful way. Very best wishes,
-Courtney & Eric W.
Our 13 year old dog, Rusty, had health issues that caught up with him late one night. We called Dr. Ari Rozycki who quickly arrived at our home and was patient and empathetic with us; kind and compassionate to Rusty and his companion, Roscoe. We gathered around our beloved family member while Dr. Rozycki gently and peacefully led Rusty into his next life; it was the ultimate loving act for our friend.
Dr. Rozycki was our vet throughout our pet's life - almost 17 years. We were so pleased that he was there at the beginning and at the end. Deciding to end Cosmo's life was deeply sad and very difficult. Knowing Ari was there to help us through this process eased the pain in unimaginable ways. He is gentle and kind and trusting and was truly invested in creating the most comfortable environment for Cosmo.