In Memory of Darren TurCatte
Tribute that Aisling wrote for Darren, a few days before
Darren TurCatte passed - PDF
Thank you for 15 years of joy...
3/17/1999 - 7/2/2009
In Memory of Gunther
By Paul Guay
Thanks for your kind words. I have never grieved for an animal as I
have for my Gunther, and I've grieved and still grieve for many going
back over a lifetime. Nor have I grieved like this for any human being,
which frightens me, because I have lost most of my family and a couple
of close friends. I wish I were with all of them, but Gunther was--well,
the Cat's Meow--and, as a friend of mine said who took the attached
picture, "angelic". He was a gift to me from my dying younger brother
and always had something about him more honest and direct than I've ever
met in another living creature, and joyous. A joy to have had, so
intense my world now seems utterly empty.
To paraphrase Augustine about all God's creatures: "My question was
the attention I gave him, and his response was his beauty." A beauty
only God could have uniquely created. A devilishly innocent lamb I guess
I will have to wait to behold again when the Lamb of God makes all
I live in Maine. I look forward to learning
more about your Ministry and Catholic Concern for Animals.
In Memory of Butch
by Jan Fredericks
Butch showed up on my porch in PA somewhere around 2000 with very
bad ear mites. In March 2009 his health deteriorated drastically
from FIV with a poor prognosis. He was sadly euthanized on March 25,
He had the most expressive eyes. My Mom who passed away on
February 21, 2009 enjoyed his presence. I believe he was the first
to become friends with Buffy, my dog (also from Pennsylvania).
"Thank you Lord for putting Butch in my life."
If It Should Be
If it be I grow frail and weak,
And pain should wake me from my sleep.
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.
You will be sad, I understand,
Don't let your grief then stay your hand
For this day more than all the rest,
Your love and friendship stand the test.
We've had so many happy years,
What is to come will hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer so,
When the time comes, please let me go.
Take me where my needs they'll tend,
Only stay with me until the end,
And hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you too will see
It was a kindness you did to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.
Do not grieve that it should be you
Who has to decide this thing to do.
We've been so close, [we] all these years.
Don't let your heart hold bitter tears.
In Memorium-Yoko-aged 14 1/2
You were the most sweet and gentle companion and we were lucky to share
our lives and home with you. We will always remember and love you.
Jeannie, Rich, Samantha, Ringo and Munchkin
We were honored to have known you and your kindness.
In Memory of Margaret Levy
by Cathy Fredericks