One of the greatest joys that we have experienced in life is the love of our dogs. One of the most difficult experiences is the loss of our furry family members. We honor those that have passed on with the memories shared by their families.
Dugan November 2004 - December 2016
Dear Gail, I have tried to write this note several times only to dissolve into tears. Our beloved doodle, Dugan, passed away shortly before Christmas. He had just turned twelve in November. He was absolutey the best companion I have ever known. I know you can’t possibly remember all the puppies that have gone out your door and into loving arms, but I wanted to express how much joy this little black dog brought to me and my family. Here’s a cute photo of Dugan being silly at work.
I see you are retiring and I wish you the best. Thank you,
I should have included more stories about Dugan, how smart and wonderful he was. He could play hide and go seek. We’d tell him to sit in the family room, then one of us would hide and then whistle for him to come find us. Sometimes we were tricky and stood on a chair that was out of his direct line of sight, but he would find us anyway. He was also quite the snuggler. If I laid down on the sofa with my head on a pillow, Dugan would immediately lay down on the other side and put his head on the pillow too. Yes, he was a little spoiled and had sofa and bed privileges. In bed sometimes, he would sit and very gently put his paw on me. He was asking me to roll over so he could spoon with me. I have never had such a strong bond with a pet than with Dugan. He was truly a special soul.
Thank you ever so much for bringing Dugan into our lives,
Hi Gail, I am so sad to say that almost a month ago, September 8th, our sweet Willie boy left us. The day before we put him down, he became acutely ill and we later discovered that he had tumors in multiple places. He spent his 14 years being a playful and loving companion. It has taken so long to write this email because I didnt know what to say. No words express how much I loved him and how thankful I am that I grew up with him by my side. He was so kind, loyal, and fun and a major presence is missing without him around. Thank you so much for allowing us to get to know Willie. He lived the best life ever and was so loved by everyone he met. The memories that I had with him I will cherish forever. Best wishes, Carolyn Munley
p.s I got my senior photos done with Willie only 4 days before he passed. As you can see, he was a happy and sweet boy to the end ❤️
Rutlands Lil Cocoa August 11, 2002 - June 3, 2016
It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you Cocoa left us last night. For the past six months we have been treating her for Cushings and Kidney disease. We are so very heartbroken. It is difficult to imagine our family without her.
She has been our constant, our sunshine, our warmth for the past 8-1/2 years. I can't even begin express how she bettered our lives.
I am so grateful we stumbled upon you and that you took a leap of faith and entrusted us with your precious girl.
I will forever miss her Cocoa kisses.
God bless and thank you for the gift you gave us.
Julie, Brad, James & Alex
It is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you that our dear Bentley is gone. He was born on April 15, 2007, parents Brickie and Snickers, and died on March 20, 2014 from acute myeloid leukemia. He also had epilepsy; both diseases are genetic according to our cancer specialist. We know you would want to know this for your breeding records.
Bentley was the most beautiful, sweet, and loving dog. He charmed everyone he met. People driving by would stop their cars to take pictures of him, he was that gorgeous. He weighed 50 pounds, most of his adult life. He was so gentle and loved all species; humans, dogs, cats, skunks and any other creature that happened by. He patiently let children and strangers pet him and actually expected to be greeted on our walks. He was so intelligent and eager to please. Teachers used him to train the other dogs when we went to obedience classes. He had a gorgeous, non-shedding coat and there was nothing he liked better than to sleep between us in bed. He had a great sense of humor. Since I generally worked from home, he was with me 24 hours a day. My husband joked that he was a “mommie’s boy” because he followed me everywhere. We will never forget him. He was such a big part of our lives and brought us so much joy and we are heartbroken that he was here for such a short time.
We hope you are well and continuing to make people happy with these very special dogs.
Hi Gail, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for introducing Annie Aussie Stemples into our lives. Since adopting her from Whispering Winds in late 2004, she has been a trustworthy, comforting and inspiring companion to my wife and I, as well as a doting, protective and playful sister to our four children for the last seven years. It would be an egregious understatement to say that Annie was just a "member of our family," as Annie was a full-fledged Stemples with all of the expected rights, rewards and responsibilities.
Annie was absolutely the most intelligent, conscientious canine companion I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She was such a huge source of family pride for us-- even walking through Petsmart where dogs are often running wild, we would always receive compliments at how well Annie behaved and on how focused on our family she remained-- despite the constant distractions. On walks and at dog parks, Annie's pleasant demeanor and faithfulness were always the topic of discussion brought up by other pet owners.
Annie also accompanied us on innumerable road trips throughout the Eastern US and on three, month-long cross country RV adventures (Florida to California and back-- where she often sat in the RV passenger seat late at night helping me to count down the miles!!). She was as wonderful a companion living in close quarters with our family as she was playing football in rolling meadows. She always seemed happy just to be with us.
Sadly, Annie was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer on March 26, 2012. We were surprised by Annie's sudden weight loss and wheezing, and had taken her to the vet thinking her symptoms were indicative of nothing worse than allergies or perhaps a parasite. Unfortunately, her liver was already multiple times its normal size, and her lungs were literally riddled with hundreds of penny-sized tumors. At 10:15 this morning, at our veterinarian's office, Annie passed away peacefully in my arms, with my wife gently rubbing her ears. We are still in awe that despite her grave condition, Annie gave no hint as to what she was enduring until just six weeks before her passing. She had even passed a recent health check-up without issue.
We were so blessed to have known Annie, and we will never forget her.
Thank you!! Lance & Vanessa Stemples and Family Orlando, FL
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