Memorials

The Lifting Stars Pet Homecare Memorial page is provided for clients and friends of Lifting Stars Pet Homecare.  The page is intended to be an online site to memorialize your pet and also to help support other pet owners to know they are not alone as their pet is approaching end-of-life.  Please feel free to email us if you have any questions or with your pet's memorial & photo that we can add to this Memorial page.

-- Dr. Jeff Berkshire

 

"Sierra, you were the perfect little Pointer girl that came into my life 15 years ago. Out of a litter of 10 puppies - you chose me! I am forever grateful to you for that. I admired you so much for your boldness, determination, and talent in the field. What a nose you had! And you were always up for a game of catch, a run along the dyke, or a tug-of-war with one of my socks. Always so happy to see me - whether I was gone 10 minutes or 10 days. Your love was always unconditional, and your loyalty unquestionable. You trusted me implicitly. In your senior years, you faced your health issues with the same stoic little heart you tackled everything in life. You beat several cancers, but it finally got the best of you. You were my little friend through thick and thin. Saying goodbye to you - with many tears and a broken heart - was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. You taught me so much about loving, living - and dying. I imagine you now in doggy heaven, chasing swallows in a field of flowers - something I know you really enjoyed. Rest In Peace dear Sierra, I love you and I will miss you the rest of my life." -- Terry S., October 2019

 

 

Gunner Feb 2010 - Oct 2019 

Gunner came to us from Iowa when he was four months old. He was one of the remaining 3 from a littler of 12, and we feel very privileged to have had him in our lives,and hope that we provided him with all the love and understanding, walks on the trails, swims in the river, that he could wish for. 

Gunner was always so happy to see us when we came home from grocery shopping and would burrow his head in every bag to see what tasty treats might be hiding within. We would laugh every time and give him great hugs and kisses and a treat would always follow. He was much loved for the calm and gentle boy that he was; everyone that he met became very fond of him and all were saddened to hear of his passing. 

 We think about him every day and feel his loss very deeply. Gunner passed away peacefully in our home with his head in my arms whispering to him that he would always be loved and cherished and would forever be in our hearts. 

Thank you so much Dr. Jeff for your compassion and guidance through this difficult time.  We wanted our boy Gunner to pass away peacefully in our arms and we were able to give that to him.  The decision to let him go was a difficult one, he left us far too soon and we miss him terribly; we miss everything about our boy but mostly his presence. Gunner made us laugh every day and gave us great joy every minute  --  Janice & Gordon, October 2019

 

 

"Said a loving, peaceful goodbye to our lil dude on October 29, 2019. He arrived into my life during an extreme low, and through a series of cuddle-naps, scratches, kisses, and also 3am poop calls; he taught me how to be human again. Later on, he met my family and became an institution within. The fams took him in as their own and showered him with love and care literally until the very end. We'll all carry his black lil face in our hearts forever." -- Pedram A., Artist credit: @tiny.toad, October 2019

 

"Our beautiful husky mix dog Samantha passed away peacefully on July 30th. She had a long life of 15yrs, over 13 in our home.  Thank you Dr Jeff for making the experience of saying goodbye as gentle and caring as possible. She is forever running among the flowers." -- Ruth & Mervyn, July 2019

 

 

"Prissy joined our family after spending her first five years as a show and breeding dog. As a result, she maintained a somewhat independent manner however, it was clear she had a deep devotion to us, with whom she enjoyed many walks, trips and other adventures. Throughout her life she had numerous health issues, but Prissy showed us how to persevere with strength, and enjoy life to the fullest. With her big brown eyes, she knew she generally could get what she wanted from us, (which included her favourite dog biscuits), but in return she brought joy and love to our lives. Prissy will be dearly missed." -- Lynn & Ian, July 2019

 

"RIP Grey Ghost. Grey passed peacefully on July 13th, 2019 at home with his family; he just got too old to walk and talk anymore. Grey was born in the village of Topley, BC and came to us in 2007, he really had a fantastic life on the coast, always enjoying the snow over the ocean. We will miss Grey dearly as will all the locals in our neighbourhood and Grey’s friends at the Fringe Cafe. But we have many happy memories to treasure. Grey was in his 16th year and as we say in the old country..."had a very good innings". RIP to our sweet boy." -- The Hawkins Family, July 2019

 

 

 

"The Vader family recently lost our beautiful dog Lexie. We loved her so much and she will be greatly missed. Her favorite past time was sitting in the garage on a warm day watching the neighborhood, walking her favorite parks exploring all there was to explore, and sharing the big chair with Dad. Lexie made our house a home and brought the family together, we are very grateful for our time together." -- The Vaders, May 2019

 

 

 

"On April 8th, 2019 we said goodbye to our beautiful fur baby Bentley. He passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. You will be missed dearly Ben. We shared so many memories over the years. You came to us all the way from New Jersey as a puppy. So smart, loyal and full of life. You were the best! Never to be forgotten. RIP Bentley April 25, 2007 - March 8, 2019." -- Doris & Jesse, April 2019

 

 

 

"April 17, 2019 was our last day with our companion. Sonic is so missed and we are honoured that he was part of our family. We had some wonderful times with our little guy. He talked, yodeling is probably a better description, greeted us with such enthusiasm, was a bed hog, teased us with his playing and loved to play soccer and get treats. He didn’t like to be brushed, going to the vet and not being included in family activities. He was part of everything, family vacations on Hornby Island were the best. The words he loved to hear were, walk, treat, and ball, those ears would just perk up. The phrase “where’s your leash” would  bring great excitement from all parties. Thank you Sonic for being so amazing during your life with us, I smile just thinking about your younger days.  The loss is overwhelming and will be for a while but the memories are the finest." -- Kim, Don & Taylor, April 2019

 

 

"My dearest Tyson, you came in to my life back in August 2002. You brought me joy, happiness, and love and for that I am forever thankful and grateful. You are still in my heart and always will be, and someday I will feed you your favorite treats again (yes there was more than one!).  On January 29, 2019, we lost your sister Harley. Tyson, I cannot express my gratitude to you for your love and support through that difficult time. On March 1, 2019, I lost you Tyson. Now I have an another huge void that you are gone, and no words to express it, but I am forever grateful to have had you in my life. I could not have hoped for a better, peaceful and comfortable ending of life for Tyson after being my other integral and much-loved member of our family for 16 ½ years. Tyson, you were one of my greatest gifts in my life. God bless you my sweet boy. Until we meet again bud, Mr. T!" With all my love and kisses, -- Toby S. (Dad pet parent), March 2019

"My dearest Harley, you came in to my life hissing and growling back in August 2002. You brought me joy, happiness, and love and for that I am forever thankful and grateful. You are still in my heart and always will be, and someday we will eat Cheerios together again. On January 29, 2019, we lost you and now have a void that you are gone, and no words to express it, but I am forever grateful to have had you in my life. I could not have hoped for a better, peaceful and comfortable ending for our Harley after being such an integral and much-loved member of our family for almost 16 ½ years. Harley, you were one of my greatest gifts in my life. God bless you my sweet pea. Until we meet again baby! With all our love and kisses." -- Toby S. (Dad pet parent) and your cat brother Tyson, January 2019

"On December 18, 2018 we said goodbye to our friend, companion and little buddy Sadie. She was taken away from us too soon and yet we are so grateful for the time we did have with her. We will always miss our furry little girl and she will live in our hearts forever.  Thank you Dr Jeff Berkshire for the priceless service you provide." -- Christine & Al H., December 2018

With heavy hearts, the family of Kawasaki (Kawi) Dunn, announces his passing at the age of 86 (cat years), 16 (human years). Born April 2002 in the region of Ottawa ON, Kawi died peacefully and surrounded by love at his home in Vancouver BC, on November 23, 2018. He is survived by his human family and his brother Suzuki.

 Kawi held many volunteer positions over the years. His role as an in-house rooster made alarm clocks obsolete. He also served as an assistant bed-maker, professional cuddler, Instagram meowdel and grocery bag inspector. He was a persistent artist with many talents, including early morning opera singing and improv comedy. 

 Kawi found something to purr about everyday. His many passions included, boxes, treats, garbage bin tipping, his hu-mum, wildlife (especially bird videos on YouTube), unrolling bathroom tissue, his “my little pony” toy and catnip bananas. Kawi’s extra toes, gray goatee and persnickety cattitude made him unique but he will be remembered most for the comfort, smiles and lessons he brought to his family. 

 He saw mountains and ocean, trains and tugboats, flew first class, tasted cheese, spilled wine and chewed grass. Kawi knew what it meant to be cherished and loved unconditionally. He will be missed more than any words could possibly explain.

 Special thanks and appreciation to Dr. Berkshire and Lifting Stars Pet Home Care." -- Sherry & Curtis, November 2018

 

 

I recently had to make the difficult decision to say goodbye to our beloved almost 19 year old kitty, Simmy. Dr. Jeff came to our house and with such kindness, compassion, calmness, and patience gave our dear little Simmy the most peaceful and dignified transition to cat heaven imaginable - in front of her cozy fireplace in the comfort and love of her own home. I could not have hoped for a better, almost beautiful ending for our Simmy after being such an integral and much-loved member of our family for so many years, and would highly recommend Dr. Berkshire to any pet family in need of his services." -- Jennifer C., November 2018

To My Precious Sady-girl

Tears fall onto my keyboard as I feel the pain from last Friday of you slipping so peacefully out of the bondage of an aged body.

I remember the day I found you in Sechelt. You weighed one pound of fur and you crawled through a sea of poodles in the pack of various ages. I sat on the floor cross legged and you were bound and determined to be my girl as you struggled over my ankles to get to my center. You were next to me for 17 years. I don't remember having you wear a leash for more than 10 times. I will remember you tearing around in circles on my lawn so happy. I will treasure you dragging a stuffy three times your size up the steps to bed.

I will always treasure your nose on my eye lashes.

I am so very blessed for how you taught me sweetness in your calm ladylike fashion.

I come through the door now and miss you singing opera. I called it that even though I knew you were so upset that I left you home because it was too hot to take you with me.

I walk in our woods every day still and picture you trotting beside me.

God bless you and keep you until I see you again.

Snuggle with the angels.

-- Mommy, September 2018

 

"How do you say good-bye to the greatest love of your life? From the moment we brought Riley home to the day he took his last breath, he filled our hearts and our lives with the purest love we've ever known. Thank you Riley for being the most incredible pup we could have ever asked for. We will love you forever little bear."

-- Mommy & Daddy, June 2018

 

We remember Lina as an incredible athlete - jumping up at our backdoor window instead of barking to come in (thus the nickname Leapin' Lina). What a princess! And, as advertised by her breeder and our friend who knew these dogs, very "sucky-face" with everyone she met.  Here is a poem that helps capture what we feel:

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart.  If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will as generous and loving as they are" -- Author Unknown

-- Brigitte & Lawrence

Honey, our beloved....

You no longer greet us

As we walk through the door

You're not there to wag your tail

Nor to make us laugh anymore

Life is not the same without you

You were far more than a pet

You were our little girl, our cherished friend

A precious gift from God that we'll never forget

 

It will take time to heal

For the silence to go away

We still imagine you close

And miss you everyday

You were such a great companion

Constant, loyal and true

Our hearts will always bear

The sweet memories left by you

 

-- Elaine and Darryl

 

"At 18 years, after suddenly becoming gravely ill, Lucky peacefully slipped the bands of earth for his cosmic celestial adventure. He was treasured and he also lives on in our hearts. He had many friends and fans, I had the honour of being his biggest."

-- His Dad

 

"Our family knew, from the first day we brought Sadie home, that she was a free spirit. She liked nothing better than to run pell-mell through the woods or along the beach, barely pausing to take a sniff. When she wasn't running at full bore, Sadie liked to relax at home and didn't mind being called the lazy lab. Mind you, she was always watchful. If anyone made a move toward the door, or reached for her leash, she was ready to fly. Really not much of a cuddler, Sadie was our shadow, following us about the house and yard. She was gentle with both dogs and children, never bothered by our younger dog's unrelenting puppy-like behavior or the grandchildren's tugs and squeals. It was sad to say goodbye but she had 16 great years and we know that wherever Sadie is now she is running free as the wind."

-- Linda E.

 

"Roly had the greatest life in living...and dignity and comfort in end-of-life. We miss him terribly, but find solace in knowing that he spent his last days surrounded by those who knew and loved him best."

-- Susan S.

 

Remembering Oggy

I remember bringing you home.

You were small and cuddly, with your tiny paws and soft fur, your mohawk standing proud.

You bounced around the room with eyes flashing and ears flopping; A mischievous air always about you.

Once in a while you would let out a little yelp just to let me know you were there and that this was your territory. 

When you gave me "The Business" - otherwise known as a mumble or a grumble for something I said or did, like taking up too much space on the bed or too much space on your couch. I scolded you, but you just put your head down and looked up at me with those innocent brown eyes as if to say, "I'm sorry, but I'll do it again soon".

As you got older you protected me by barking at the slightest nighttime noise. You were my Protector, my brave little boy, my Love.

When I had many tough days at work, in life, or with health, it was you who would be waiting for me with your tail wagging, just to say, "Welcome home...I missed you!" 

You knew I had a tough day but you never let me maintain one - You were my Rock.

Your comforting hugs and kisses meant everything to me and brought me out of every dark moment that I had.

You never had a bad day and I could always count on you to be there for me. You had my back and I had yours.

When I lay down to read a book or watch TV, you would quickly hop up upon my lap, lay your head on my chest, and fall fast asleep, never asking for anything more then for me to scratch your head, softly rub your velvet ears, or scratch your tummy.

When you got older you moved around more slowly. Then in this last week, old age finally took its toll, and you could no longer stand on your wobbly legs anymore.

I have knelt down beside you, lifted your head to your water bowl, and begged you to eat food out of my hand.

I lay down beside you throughout our last night together trying to make you young again. You just watched over me, big eyes unblinking, and looked at me as if to say that you were old and tired, and that after 13 years of not asking me for anything, you had to ask me this one last favour....

With tears in my eyes I called our vet, Dr Jeff Berkshire, and said, "It's time".

One last time I lay down beside you.

One last time you looked at me as if to say, "Thank you for taking care of me Mommy".  And I said to you, "No Oggy, thank you for taking care of me".

Deputy Dog...Your life shift on earth is now complete. You are 10-7 little buddy.

 -- Your Loving Mommy

Right from our first phone call you made me feel calmer in a very scary part of my life, being 70 years old and having Bijou be part of my life for 19 years. I knew in my heart it was her time, but wished she could verbalize it to me. Bijou was the best friend anyone could ever have, she was so loyal and loving. I will always remember her with the fondest of memories and she definitely has left her paw prints in my heart! You arrived when I was in my lowest mood knowing what I had to do, but you were patient and understanding with me, you explained exactly what would happen to put me at ease. To be able to hold your loved one in the comfort of your home makes a sad event easier. I remember holding her against my heart while you gave her the sleepy time shot and I felt her relax and all the pain was released. We next placed her in her little convertible car bed which she loved for her final ride to Heaven. I held her little head and rubbed her ears while you placed the final injection in her leg, she looked so peaceful lying in her convertible ready to leave. You left us alone to have our final moments together and then you offered to take her to your vehicle, however, I believe the fact that I was able to carry her out of our home and place her in your car while she was in her convertible made the closure much easier for me. The name of your business Lifting Stars is perfect as I am now able to believe she is one of our stars looking out for me!!!    Thank you again.

-- Noella N.

About twenty years ago you came through the open window. No collar, no tattoo and no chip. All searches for your previous home futile.

You moved in and you stayed. You ate, slept and quietly grieved the loss of your previous home. You were the youngest in the family and lived a low profile until the day when it was just you and me. How things changed. You found your Siamese voice, loud, persistent and with clear intent. You developed your long list of wants, needs and demands: open the front door, the back door, the window, the front balcony door, the back balcony door, brush me (several times a day), give me fresh food, light the fireplace, put more wood on the fire, get off the phone, tell that visitor to get out of my chair, go to bed right now so we can have our fifteen minute, under-the-covers-cuddle, get up in the middle of the night, light the fire and keep me company, get off the computer, put that book down and pet me.

You announced when you came in from an outside excursion, you announced when you were going upstairs, and you announced when you were going for a nap. You expected an answer. You persisted – you would not be ignored.

You hunted; you patrolled your yard and tangled with any and all intruders. You followed the sun and disliked cold and rainy days.

You were my baby when you slept in the pram or cuddled at bed time. You were the-man-of- the-house when you ordered me around. You were Ricky day to day...but always you were my King Richard, the head of state...unique, psychic, jealous, loyal and handsome. An adorable and loveable character always in my heart. And yes Ricky, we will meet again.

- Carole W.

He took our breath away.  He was the most magnificent, regal and dignified dog we had ever seen. Quiet and headstrong, soft and gentle but with a prey dog’s intensity, Kristull Irish Ash or “Ash” was a study in contrasts.  He purred when you rubbed his ears. He hated the rain and loved the snow.  The only way to get him into the rain for a walk was to promise him the towel rub he loved so much.  

He arrived in Vancouver in 2001 with his companion Kristull Egyptian Beauty or “Ruby”. They were the first silken windhounds in Canada.  Ron and I had no idea what we were getting into when we met them at a home about an hour from Vancouver, but we knew we loved them at first sight. 

Ash and Ruby, the Canadian pioneers, will now be running side by side across the rainbow bridge celebrating their reunion, having been separated by Ruby’s untimely death three years ago. 

We are joined in sadness by the many who loved Ash, some who called him The King, many who knew him as a quiet shadow, and all who came to know silken windhounds through his patient and loving presence. Ron and I, along with Tango, Taj and his friends miss him so. Rest in peace, dear boy, and run like the wind with Ruby. 

- Harriett L. and Ron E.

MY SPECIAL BOY

Tigre’ my precious lynx point Siamese
At 6 weeks you entered my life like a fresh spring breeze
With cute rabbit feet, big pink ears and striped tail
A fur ball of white, pink nose and blue eyes crystal pale
With the passing of years, those eyes turned sapphire blue
And your gorgeous lynx markings darkened to a deep mocha hue
You grew to like catnip, golf balls and fake mice
And we darned almost lost you not one time, but twice!
We’ve lodged in four homes through travels, decore and packing
With you hiding in suitcases, boxes and wrapping
I would orchestrate renos while you played the Saint
Tracking through wood stain, soil and buckets of paint!
I’ve watched you grow in proud delight;
Learning to jump, open doors and pretend to fight
For a time we shared living with Gordon and Luna
Where we learned to share vittles, toys, fireplaces and tuna
You’ve been played with and cuddled not only by Kim
But your loving Grandparents as well; Sheila and Jim
You’ve lived up to your pet names – Sultan, Pumpkin, Spudger, Sweet Pea & Jeeves; but the best of them all is our Mr. Teegs!
You’ve taught me of calm and quiet repose
And I’ve cherished your softness and wisdom of soul
What adventures we’ve shared, spring, summer, fall; all three
With reflection in winter, while trimming the tree
After 22 years, you’ve touched much of my life
Laughter, milestones and tears, successes and strife
We’ve enjoyed many moments my dear little friend
I know you must leave, but the love will not end
It’s time for goodbye and for us to part
But your love will live on, here inside my heart

- Kim L.

"It was love at first sight when we saw Mitzi in a shelter and adopted her when she was a year-and-a-half old. She lived an amazing 18 years and enhanced our lives tremendously. Mitzi was a real chatterbox - she always had something to chirp about, even when she walked down a flight of stairs.  Mitzi had many talents, of which sitting and shaking a paw was one of her best. While Mitzi never lost her anxiousness about strangers, she did manage to make good friends with a squirrel who regularly visited our back patio.  Mitzi had an innate way of making all your worries go away with just a gaze from her loving eyes and her soft purr. We miss her very much."

- Kevin & Karin L.

"It's funny, I used to say I rescued Belle from a shelter when she was 3 months old. But in fact she rescued me when I was 31 years old! She was my constant companion, a member of my family, the most gentlest and soulful dog one could imagine. There's such a void now that she's gone, and no words to express it, but I am forever grateful to have had her in my life."

- Matt Z.

 

" 'Twinkle Twinkle little star, up in Heaven is where you are, flying high and twinkling bright, my guiding star, my shining light. Twinkle Twinkle little star, my perfect angel is what you are.'  Today I had to say bye to my sweet little Jetty. He passed away shortly after noon. He came into the world on October 1, 2007 and I fell in love with this little ball of fluff in a Kijiji ad in January of 2008 and he came home on the 12th of that month. In the 7.5 years he was here with me I enjoyed many little binkies and mischievous moments and as hard as today was, I would not trade those moments for the world. My little bunshine left knowing he was loved by many. To my sweet little angel, thank you for all the joy you brought to me and for loving me through times when I did not love myself, for kissing tears away and for being such a bunderful little furbaby. Momma will always love you and you will always be in my heart."

- Jocelyn H.

 

"My dearest Metro...you were the very first pet that I could call my own and I cannot thank you enough for touching my life as you did.  You were a happy, handsome and hungry boy that loved everyone and everything.  You taught me so much about life, love, responsibility...and in the end, saying goodbye...and for that I am forever thankful.  You are still in my heart and always will be, and someday we will play together again.  With all my love my spotty boy." -- Jeff B.