Thursday, September 15, 2011

World Animal Remembrance Month

A worldwide observance to
remember , respect and honor the memory of all animals —a month to pay tribute to companion animal family members ;
animal victims of abuse, cruelty and neglect ; animals los t in natural disasters
and animals killed in the line of duty .

Today, I reflect on the
memories of Brave, my family’s Dalmatian of 14 years who we lost to cancer in 2010;

Pete, Ginger Morgan’s heartdog who she lost shortly after the 2 Dogs 2000 Miles cross-country walk completion;

Lexie, Beckye & John Eckert’s baby girl they lost to breast cancer in 2010;

Murphy who was given rest from this world just a few days past the 1 year
anniversary of the completion of his cross-country walk with Luke Robinson
& Hudson to raise awareness of the disease that took him;

Buddy, Ginger Morgan’s fighter who survived being shot, Katrina and a hard-fought battle with cancer—Buddy passed not long after Murphy;

and Maddy Sneddon, who we lost not long ago but is smiling down on the Sneddon’s new pup, Beanie, right now.

Please take a moment to remember an animal that touched your life and has passed on. Post a memory of an animal you have loved and lost in the blog comments section below.

The PALS foundation is credited with designating September as World Animal Remembrance Month. I think it is a worthwhile thought, so I perpetuate it and share it with you. For info: PALS Foundation, PO Box 1271, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.
Or you may consider donating to 2 Million Dogs in honor of an
animal at

Sheila Rinks is the editor of Finding Fuzzybutt Four, producer of the Raising Indiana podcast and shares her home with her husband, 4 Great Pyrenees and 2 very well-fed kitties.


  1. I would like to add a heartfelt thank you to the service dogs that worked alongside the firefighters, rescuers, and police at Ground Zero 10 years ago this month. Not only did the first responders put themselves in harm's way, the service animals did too.

  2. Since 2008, I have lost 4 of my sweethearts. First there was Annie, who thought she was a princess, though she didn't always act like Then my dear cat Simon. A few weeks after him we lost Opie, who we took in when my mother in law could no longer care for him. Then last year, my buddy Sam, who lost his battle to cancer. I know I never was as good of an owner as they were as my companion. But, I tried and loved them all dearly. And to the ones that went before them...I haven't forgotten you either.

  3. Casey, my dear sweet girl, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer 3 years ago. She is always in my thoughts and forever in my heart.

  4. I, at this point, am different from most. I have not lost a canine companion or any other pet to cancer. My journey with the knowledge of canine cancer came about when I reconnected with Luke and learned in detail what he was doing to bring awareness. I was inspired. During this time I found myself researching more and more and learning that many furbabies were being afffected. It isn't only cancer that takes these babies, other things as well rip through them like a sword without any regard. I am much more knowledgable now which in many ways is a great thing and yet it saddens me deeply.

    It was said in this blog to remember one that has touched me, one that I have loved and that has passed. Well, there have been many. Here are a few that come to mind.

    Honey was my parents yellow lab that was diabetic and many times I went to give her the shots she needed. I would help guide her as she became blind. During all of this - she was the most loving lab around. She was a loyal girl and she is missed. I remember her as a vibrant little pup and a true companion throughout the years.

    Buddy, Ginger's baby, I never met him but knew him well through the stories told. I would laugh and cry when I would receive updates. I loved him for his strength. I loved Buddy because he was more than I could ever be. He taught me that obstacles in life are there but even I can overcome them.

    Murphy, Luke's son, still holds a special place in my heart. I was never fortunate enough to meet him and I was so eager to do so. I wanted to be in the presence of love. I wanted to feel the strength of a mighty giant which I believe he was. I think of him often which is to say Murphy is with me everyday.

    Malcolm, Luke's son, be still my heart. In everything I see and everything I do, I do now because of the legacy of Malcolm. Strange to say I suppose since I never met him either. Malcolm showed me that in fact cancer could not keep a good dog down. He played hard and he played well. He too holds a special place within my heart which is warmer to life because of him.

    There are many others that I have read about and only a few that I have actually met. There are those that provide a service and those that wait patiently for you to arrive home just so they can lick your face. So, for all the companions and all those that have lost one, two or three, I remember you. I think of you often.

    I may have loved you then but I continue to love you now.


  5. My sweet boy Grady White, who I lost just 4 weeks ago to cancer...A beautiful Pyreness/Spaniel Mix with an even more beautiful spirit. I miss you so much Grady, and I am so thankful for the 12 years we had together. You brought so much joy, laughter, and comfort to my life and the lives of many others. I love you always and forever!