In Loving Memory of Our Pets
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It is with a very heavy heart posting this morning. Dusty passed August 30th. We take comfort in knowing she wasn’t in pain as she left us. We will miss her very much. She was such as special girl. Many of you knew her, took care of her, and knew she was more human than most pups. Thank you all for the support you’ve given, the love you’ve shown to her and to us, as well as all the prayers that have helped us through this journey with her.
How is it, that such strong relationships are formed between humans and their pets? Is it the unconditional love that a pet gives its owners and family? Is it the happiness they can bring with a little tail wag when they are always happy to see you come home? Is it their uncanny sense to know when you’re sad or sick and crawl up and snuggle to you and comfort you? Of course it’s all of these. That’s why our pets aren’t really pets they are our family, they are our loved ones. Dusty was a blessing to us and our family as a whole. Godspeed Dusty.
February 5, 2016. Becky Marquez
I have looked after you and your litter-mate sister for the past year and a half since your guardians had to move to a place that didn’t allow pets. Refusing to see you cuties go to the shelter, especially being in the double digits in age, you came to live with me. I wish I had more time with you Ben. I hope I was able to give you a mellow, peaceful and happy retirement home in your last years. I promise I will take good care of your sister and try to keep her as comfortable and entertained as possible. She depended on you so much but she is getting by. Love you little guy and miss you a lot.
Never a Loss , Always a Blessing
February 1, 2016. Anthony Zinga
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that there is a reason for everything. In April 1998 I moved from Chicago to Palm Springs and in August 1998 I met my partner. In August 1999 ( 1yr to the month )I lost him to an accidental death. Feeling lost and abandoned I decided to adopt a pet from the shelter. In April 2000 I was chosen by an adorable Chihuahua / pug mix I named Shelby, ( after the movie Steel Magnolias which was my partners favorite movie). She was 8 mos old ( Born in Aug 1999, 1 yr to the month of my partners passing ). Shelby would soon turn out to be my transition dog helping me through this very trying time and challenges to come.
In March 2013 we moved to San Diego and took possession of our new home on the 8th not knowing that 1 year to the day later I would be sending my little Angel across the Rainbow bridge due to a really bad internal infection. Shelby would have been 15 that following August. My life is all about symbolism and I do not believe this to be co incidental. Shelby & I were chosen to be together and when our life cycle came full circle it was time for her to go home. I always felt she never left me but there was a short period of time where I didn’t feel her presence. I felt at peace because I knew she had been re born & chosen to help someone else.
I told myself for months I didn’t want another dog. But on the rarest of occasions , September 27, 2015 to be exact ( the blood moon / eclipse ) my neighbors dog had 2 Chihuahua puppies, 2 females . When I met them at just a few weeks old and was holding the first born in the palm of my hand I felt her lean into me as if she took a deep sigh of relief. She was cream colored with white markings (my Shelby was Black with white markings)and they named her Luna ( Spanish for moon to which I kept ). And in November of this year I brought Luna home. When we have lost , whether it be it a pet or loved one we should not look at there passing as a loss but more so as a blessing for we were chosen and blessed to be with them for what ever time we are destined to have together. Always a Blessing , Never a Loss !
A very hard year
January 29, 2016. Suzanne Zaman
Sometimes, hard things happen – all at once. Our family was bustling with 3 wonderful dogs,2 cats, a bunny and 3 birds. Then, our beautiful Flat-Coat retriever, Cinnamon began acting odd. Her tummy had distended and she seemed listless and uncomfortable. But she was only 8 years old, still smiling and going to work with Mommy every day and generally seemed ok. Sadly, that was not the case. Our lovely Cinna had cancer and we lost her just 9 days after her 9th birthday.
That was the beginning of our very bad year. Soon thereafter our wonderful little old man, Oliver (He was 17) began to wind down. Our handsome little Sheltie, Oliver, was failing. He missed his Cinna and his heart and body just finally gave out. We lost our little Ollie, shortly after Cinna. But while Ollie was feeling poorly, our amazing Great Pyrenees, Nutmeg, began to have trouble. Also only 8, her leg began to give her serious trouble. She needed knee surgery. She came through the surgery fine, only to find she had stomach cancer. By the time she was diagnosed, it was too late. We lost our Nutter Butter 3 weeks after her 9th birthday. It has been almost a year since this all happened. We have 2 new puppies who are wonderful, but nothing will ever replace our Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Oliver. The people at Otay Pet Vets were kind and supportive through it all. The kindness they showed encourages me to write this.
Forever, these 3 dogs have changed our hearts and someday we will be with them again. Until then, I know they are safe, loved, and whole.
In loving memory of our family pets, who have filled our lives and hearts with unconditional love & Joy!
November 23, 2015. Sheri – Grief support Otay Pet Vets
I wrote this not only for my beautiful Lab Jake, whose loving kindness brought tremendous joy into my life, but also for all of you, our Otay Pet Vets family. Many have shared with us so many wonder memories of the unconditional love and joy their pets brought into their lives, and for this I am very thankful. May their legacy of love continue to shine brightly in our hearts!
“A Beautiful Place”
It’s not quite the same since you had to go, you brought me such joy when my spirits were low. I look around hoping to see your face, your tender eyes full of love and grace, but you have moved on to a beautiful place. I count the days when we’ll met again, my loyal companion, my trusted friend. I wish you well as you journey along, tail wagging and singing our song! Although for now we must part, your love remains forever in my heart, just as it was from the very start. Thank you for taking care of me, the least I can do is to set you free! Go run the fields and rest by the trees, lest our hearts be at ease, as we remember our love in the warm gentle breeze. –
In 2010 I entered Otay Pet Vets with Jake to see Dr. Anderson, Jake was very ill. Dr. Anderson saved Jake’s life and he lived a healthy happy life for two more years, two years which we would have lost, had it not been for the care given by Dr. Anderson and the staff. I will be forever thankful for all that they did to help my Jake. When the time came to say goodbye I could not imagine being anywhere else. Jake left in peace in May 2012 while in my arms, with Dr. Anderson and Alicia by our side. Jake loved Thanksgiving Day!
…with sincere sympathy
November 21, 2015. Norma
No matter the time, the age, the circumstance, it always hurts to lose a pet you’ve loved. Our sincere sympathy on the loss of Fredrico, ( 8 weeks old). You will be missed. xoxoxo to your mommy Norma.