Below you'll find
our tributes to pets, a column begun by the the moving memoir sent in by Margaret Cox & Al Schepps,
members of the
Center Sinai Animal Hospital family.
Those of us who have gone through the experience of losing one or more
of our pets know that we feel very strongly that we have lost a family
member. And regardless of the fact that all living beings do pass away,
All research points to the fact that
getting the story out helps the grieving process, so we are
very glad to have the wonderful hailing of pussycat
Earl Grey's spirit in the
We hope you find some comfort here, if
you have lost a pet. And, please, if you have a story you'd like to
share, scroll down to the box at the bottom of this page and send it in.
We're posting visitor stories and photos and would be pleased to add
Our beloved cat, Earl Grey, passed away
November 26, 2007, at home peacefully due to kidney failure.
He was almost 20 years old.
We were very lucky that he adopted us many years ago and he
was a delight, friendly to all, and will be greatly missed.
Dr. Baum of Center Sinai Animal Hospital kept him in good
shape, even through his kidney problems, so much longer than
anyone could have asked.
Dr. Baum and the staff at the hospital have always been so
supportive and could not have been more caring and helpful
in Earl Grey's last days.
I have been witness to so many "miracles" from Dr. Baum with
a few of my cats over the years ( approximately 27 years),
and am always amazed at his positive attitude and
compassion, not only the animals but also with the pet
Endless thanks to Dr. Baum and staff.
Margaret Cox & Al Schepps
March 1996 - September 2007
Sent to us by Charlene Ward
In Loving Memory
Sent to us by Diane Grinley
Bootsy was born May 1996 to
his Mother Picky. Who just happened to live next door.
Picky loved to escape from her yard, run the streets and
leave her poor puppies to fend for themselves. One day we
heard a puppy crying under a parked car. We brought him
home! I named him after Bootsy Collins, a 70's Funk Artist.
We serenaded him with the song “Ahh...” The Name is Bootsy,
Baby. Bootsy looked nothing like his Mother. His dad was a
big black mixed Lab, who also ran the streets.
Bootsy and I played Frisbee
and ball everyday. When a neighbor would stop for a chat, he
was busy. Bootsy would ram the Frisbee into my legs, drop a
saliva soaked ball on my foot, and join the conversation by
barking his head off! He would not be ignored!!!!
One thing I loved about
Bootsy, he would get behind the gate. When the gates are
open, one side provided a safe area for him while we move
the cars. My husband would reward him with a treat when he
came home. Well, Bootsy took it to a whole new level! You
could give him a treat while entering the house but don't go
back outside. Bootsy would be on the steps waiting for yet
another treat when you return. We called that Tow Treats!!!
One day Bootsy got into it
with a bird. So I waited until my daughter came home to go
check things out. We looked around the yard and didn't see
nothing. So I asked Bootsy "where's the bird?" he left the
area. All of a sudden he came from around the corner of the
house at full speed with a bird about 10" long in his mouth.
We were screaming, laughing and ran into the house. I guess
Another thing I loved about
him was the way he ate from my hand. He was so gentle that
sometimes I told him to just take it!
One time I was talking to a City Worker. Bootsy was in the
front yard barking so I latched the gate. Somehow he flipped
the latch. As I stepped off the curb, Bootsy ran pass me. He
jumped on the worker's chest with his paws and looked him
dead in eyes. The worker gasped and said thank god you have
a friendly dog.
Bootsy got excited every
time someone washed the cars. He would drag his bed off the
porch, pull into an area near the cars and hump it.
Nobody that lives here
could leave without everybody in the neighborhood knowing
it. He would bark until you are out of sight.
Bootsy would have been 12
years old last month. I miss him when I am in the house and
don't hear his bark. I miss him when I go and come and don't
see him behind the gates. When I wash my car, water the
grass, take out the trash, and leave the house walking.
Bootsy will not be alone; he will join Goldie, Prince, and
Kenya in heaven. We miss him so much!
Thank you Center-Sinai for
being there when I needed you. Be Blessed
Zena & Family
Robby, WHo Lived with us
until 1:30 am, Sept. 18, 2008
When I got home,
after Robby was put to sleep because he had had a heart attack, had suffered
long enough and had a poor chance of recovery, sorrow dictated the following tribute to my
One tiny dog leaves with a huge impression of loss.
Robby, you were always a sweet loving friend. Always focused
on giving love and cuddles. That and meat and cheese were
your only desires. When you were young you would run like
crazy and roll in the grass. You never dreamed of hurting
someone, you were so gentle and cute. Once we thought you
had attacked a baby cat, and I gave you a spanking. It
turned out that that cat had fallen from the 12th floor into
and that all you did was to give us the alert that saved
that cat's life.
The second half of your life was tough but
you took it stoically. First, with the arrivals of our
children, you had to learn to share our love. They loved you
and you loved them back, in spite of the pestering and
sometime their indelicate handling of your soft fur. Then
you had those
terrible pains in your back that made you cry in pain.
Fortunately after months of torture, your spine calcified
and the pain became apparently more bearable. Also for about
a year I would get upset with you because you stopped
listening to me on our long walks. How did I not realize any
sooner that you were growing deaf? Again I am sorry for
treating you wrong.
Robby, you are an inspiration, I must learn to be more like
you, not to bite but to trust, forgive and give love. You
were with me, on my lap most of the time, through some
stormy weather, giving me the force to move on. I love you
and am glad to have had a chance to give back during these
last few months. Last night your heart went into failure,
and of all things, if something was going to kill you, that
At the animal hospital at 1.38 am this September 18th, 2008,
you went peacefully as I held you on my lap, where you have
sat for the last 12 years or so. I miss you so much. My eyes
overflow; I can't speak. It is going to be difficult to
continue without you, to sleep without you, so in the middle
of the night I write this little homage to my best friend
ever, my dear Robby.
We will all miss you.
Thank you Doctor Baum and your team for helping keep Robby
in a relatively
good shape this past year.
His birthday was April 18, 1996
He died December 25, 2008
Sam was a patient at Center-Sinai his whole life and we
did receive great care there. When I phoned with this crisis
I was treated with patience and understanding while on the
phone. I really appreciate that response.
Sincerely, Kathleen A. Moreno, M.D.
Diplomate, Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Snickers was an absolutely wonderful
hamster. He was Syrian and probably the best hamster any
family could have had around! We will miss him so much! We
loved him with all our hearts! He had a brother named Waffle
that passed earlier in his time with the family. Waffles and
Snickers used to run on the wheel at the same time! One
would be on top of the wheel while the other was in the
wheel. It was so cool to watch them when they did this!
After Waffle passed away, we brought in a new hamster to
join the family. Her name is Honey because she is a honey
bear hamster! She is beautiful and no wonder Snickers fell
in love with her! He always wanted her to be the mother of
his younglings but we wouldn't let him go through with it!
Snickers was known as Nick' Nick' to us and we used to use
"n" in front of every word we could think of! It's fun if
God Bless your soul, Nick'Nick! and we will always miss you!
Nean yourself, Nick'Nick!
We invite you to send a little story or short obituary about your pet, and are pleased to know that being able to share feelings and photos is not only a way to ease our own pain, but also helps others.
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