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.

It is certainly difficult to deal with passings.
My thoughts are with you in grieving.
Frank Peluso

I am so sorry to hear about magnum. I know how much you all loved him. I know he will be missed and it will take some to adjust but he is in a better place and out of pain. He was lucky to have such loving parents for 16 long years!
Aja Peters

I'm so so so sorry Val.  He had a wonderful life with you though.  I don't know many pets that live to that age.  You certainly are in my thoughts and prayers. I can only imagine how difficult this is for you after years and years.  As I said I have you in my thoughts and prayers and I know Magnum will be at rest and in no more pain and that's what is best for him and that is what you really want. 
So sorry for your loss
You are in my thoughts and prayers.  We never get over them, we just get use to living without them.  Hope you are doing okay. 
Much Love, Judy Good, Bruiser, Godiva, and Simba

I am so sorry, You were so lucky to have him all those years. You know we feel your pain. He was a good boy for all those years, he deserves to be at peace. You will always remember him and all the joy he brought.. We think about all of ours..
Love Lynn Napier

Companion, Kindred Spirit, Friend
 A real friend can never be replaced, only remembered.
So sorry for your loss.
So sorry about Magnum Val. I know he was a well loved and pampered pooch.
Sher Bains

I am so sorry.. I know you'll miss him so much...
Rona Rothman

Mom, I know it's hard. I had to do it with my two cats. I loved them both very much. It's sad dogs don't live as long as us. Well tomorrow will come and go. And you will have to move on. I know it's hard, it's got to be really hard for Magnum to be going through this. I love you.
I am really sorry about Magnum. I know it must be really hard. I think Magnum is in a better place now.
Love, Eric 

Val:  Please read the message below and it is my hope that it will bring comfort to you.  My thoughts will be with you this afternoon.  Hang in there my friend:  Do what your heart tells you.  You may want to go, the process is so peaceful, but, if not, please try to see him before burial or cremation.  My heart aches with you.  You can hold Magnum in your arms if you can handle that.  No one else but another dog lover can understand how you are feeling right now!!

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.

Sugar (Ruth Kelly)

Oh no, I am sooooo sorry.  Bri and I went into such a deep depression when the genet died.  So I know how awful it is.  My hugs...
L, Nor

Very sorry to hear about Magnum.
We're sure it's for the best,
But it's always very difficult.
He was always a very happy
And friendly little dog.
Our hearts are with you.
Love, Pat and Bill

That's nice of your friend to send you the Rainbow Bridge - it does make one feel good, doesn't it. Everyone is on your side. We are all thinking of you and what you are going through today.
Love, Mom

Im 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 hes your baby and how much you love him but if he cant even stand its not fair to him to stick around.  It would have just been a matter of time.  If you believe in Heaven then youll know that its not the end for him, hell be fine.  Its like with any other death of a loved one, the ones that stay behind suffer.  Again I am so sorry. Ginnie Quiroga


Val, we are so sorry for your loss. You were very lucky to have had Magnum as your friend for so long. He had a long and wonderful life with you and was very loved. Love Jeff and Jen Napier


Hi Val.

I am sorry about Magnum but, as we all know, nobody, not even loving creatures like him can avoid this outcome.

Dear friends. Only you could do something like this, and Magnum, certainly, deserved it. We loved him too. Dont despair because we will see him again.  Eroni & Zilda De Oliveira.

 Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge

 When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet

 Goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special

 Friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water
 And sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
 All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor.
 Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we
 Remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy
 And content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special
 To them, who had to be left behind.
 They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops
 And looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body
 Quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green
 Grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
 You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,
 You cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy
 Kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and
 You look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from
 Your life but never absent from your heart.
 Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
 Author unknown...
 This site was inspired by and is dedicated to FiFi
 Visit the Human side of Rainbows Bridge - BelovedHearts.Com
 Sent from Ruth Kelly


Life is short........................
 A Keeper

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!

- unknown

Sent from Brian 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

Only you could do something this beautiful in memory of your beloved Dog... Lynn Napier

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

I went through this 5 years ago and my eyes still water when I think about mine. God gave me 14 good years with mine , he gave you 16. We will always hear them and miss them. -John  Ayala

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

What a great tribute to a great little pal! It's so tough when a beloved companion passes on -- Steve Marshall





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.''

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

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


Take naps.

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.

Be loyal.

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

them gently.

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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