In Memory of
July 21, 1992 - May 30, 2008
I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.
|I think of you in silence, I often speak your name all I have are memories and your picture in a frame.|
|Your memory is my keepsake with which I'll never part God has you in His keeping I have you in my heart.|
September 1992 May 29, 2008
My condolences on your losses.
We all know when that time has come. When they lose their quality of life and you are close and know your dog, their eyes will even tell you when it's time. Hang in there Val.
I’m so sorry… he did have a good life and you were lucky to have him this long. It is not good for him to suffer and you will just have to remember all the good times. I know it does not make it any easier, but give yourself time to grieve over it. I will be thinking about you. Debbie Andrea
As for Magnum, I am so sorry, but you have to understand that you have done far more than most people would have. I know that he’s your baby and how much you love him but if he can’t even stand it’s not fair to him to stick around. It would have just been a matter of time. If you believe in Heaven then you’ll know that it’s not the end for him, he’ll be fine. It’s like with any other death of a loved one, the ones that stay behind suffer. Again I am so sorry. Ginnie Quiroga
I’M SO SORRY………I KNOW YOU DON’T WANT TO DO THIS, BUT, WHY SHOULD HE SUFFER SO MUCH. IF YOU NEED US FOR ANYTHING, LET ME KNOW. Linda Bavaro
Dear friends. Only you could do something like this, and Magnum,
certainly, deserved it. We loved him too. Don´t despair because we will
see him again. Eroni & Zilda
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge
Goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special
Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a housedress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.
It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.
But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.
Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So... While we have it... it's best we love it... And care for it.... And fix it when it's broken.... And heal it when it's sick.
This is true.. For marriage.... And old cars.... And children with bad report cards..... Dogs and cats with bad hips.... And aging parents.... And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.
There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special.... And so, we keep them close!
Sent fromBrian Robbins
Smoky Mountains October 2005
Smoky Mountains October 2006
Smoky Mountains May 2008
What a wonderful remembrance of Magnum; I am just speechless. - Linda Bavaro
This is such a beautiful and touching tribute. You did a wonderful job. I hope you had a better day today filled with fond memories of Magnum - Sher Bains
OH how wonderful - so many friends grieving with you. That must be some consolation though it won't replace Magnum. - Frank Peluso
That's a great website of Magnum. No other dog ever got so much attention and so much love. - mom
Thea and I looked at this wonderful tribute to Magnum together. All the testimonials and pictures made me laugh and cry, just like life. Thank you for creating it. Love, Shirley
What a beautiful tribute to a dear friend. We have special people/animals in our lives for such a short time, and it is the love we share and the memories we keep that helps make life full. Love, thea
I know just what you are going through. We had to put my Brutus down in
Feb., and it was the hardest thing every. But he was so sick and he was
suffering. When I make my meat balls or have left over pizza crust I feel it,
among other things.
I feel your pain, in time it gets better but but you will always carry him in your heart. Feeling your pain, Pat Trucchio
Sorry to hear about your little friend. I have been there myself, when I lost Pockets. I'm sure they are playing together up there somewhere. What a perfect way to remember your best friends. Love Jacque
What a wonderful site to honor Magnum's life! - Beautiful pics! Frolic Martin
My cat Simon also died two months ago - the
day I arrived in Port Townsend when I opened his container to let him see our
beautiful new house - he was dead. He had a weak heart - a murmer. It was
sureal and I am still not the same. I so miss him and our special life
together. I share your grief.
- Linda Lundell
Aloha Val! I know this is a very late reply but I know the feeling of a loss family member. It's was very hard to read about your baby and other replys as well without getting teary eyed. There is nothing like a loving companion that will never ever judge you in any way, pure immense love. When I'm home I make sure my boys are loved to the fullest. Please take care Val. Aloha! - Steve Kishimoto
Your little Magnum was Chibi's first love! I will never forget all of the times Chibi would make her way over to your house and even through your dog door to visit Magnum! I see Chibi even made it on to Magnum's website. She would be honored. I see Magnum was well traveled and more importantly well loved. All of your photos show that. Magnum was blessed to have such wonderful parents that treated him so amazingly! Love, The Millman's
When I read this site and thought about your beautiful friendship with Magnum, I thought about the length of time you had together. 16 years to love and be loved. That doesn't always happen in this world with all animals or even people. I honor your companionship and the time you had together. -Andrea Johnson
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A dog experience...
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish
Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their
little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were
hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of
cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and
offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be
good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as
though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's
family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for
the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.
Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any
difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's
Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter
than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I
know why.'' Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth
next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has
changed the way I try and live.
He said,''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good
life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The
Six-year-old continued, ''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so
they don't have to stay as long.''
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle
There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and
people who create it.
You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad,
and focus on the good.
So, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the
ones who don't.
Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of
LIFE...Getting back up is LIVING...
Have a great life
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