Animal Companion Remembrances

Shep

In memory of Shep, wonderful companion to Erika and Ron Surkin.  “Shep was a vital part of our family for 13 years. He was a very sweet boy who did his best to cope with a dominant second dog. (See Remembrance for Jersey Girl, December 2018). He was very trainable and loved his cushy dog bed. His favorite activity was to roam, sniff, and roll in a field. We miss his quiet presence. Love you, Shep!”  Remembrance donation by Jacqueline and Dean Surkin, June 2019.

Gretel

In memory of Gretel, loving companion to Ken and JoAnn De Koven. Gretel, aka CH. Caledonian Roberta of Wolfpit, was not quite 12. She achieved her championship but was retired from competing. Ken and JoAnn have lost three dogs to illness and old age this past year; they currently only have one cat, Arwen, to keep them company, and the house feels a little lonely. (see remembrances for Dakota, 7-11-18, and Cole 12/21/17).  Remembrance donation by Dean Surkin and Jacqueline Birnbaum, May 2019.

Teresa

In memory of Maria and Albert’s wonderful cat Teresa.  “Teresa was a stray cat that we took in and she was small, quiet, loyal, friendly, sweet, gentle, delicate, and a little lady.  She had arthritis in her back legs, which sometimes made it difficult for her to jump up on the sofa or bed, but God bless her, she always managed to do so, sometimes with our help. My dad would comb her sometimes and she enjoyed it.  She loved to eat her cat food, especially the gourmet and she also loved Jenny Craig’s beef, green peas, and cheese which I shared with her. I will miss seeing her put her entire body into the cat toy box and put her face right into her toys.  I will miss seeing her sleep on the small bear rug made for cats that I bought for her.  Teresa was warm, cuddly and fragile, all at the same time.”  Remembrance donation by Maria and Albert DiMeglio, April 2019.

Eggs the Dog

In memory of Eggs the Dog, companion to Sarah Milstein and Tony Stubblebine. “We adopted Eggs in California when he was about ten months old; he lived with us in San Francisco and Brooklyn for the next 12.5 years. His accomplishments were numerous: he was the fastest dog in the dogrun for many years; he taught himself to climb up the fully vertical ladder of a boat so he could dive off repeatedly; he loved being clicker trained; he destroyed dozens of toys in mere seconds; he was featured in NYT photos twice; he assumed we were deaf and barked his head off at all noises outside the door or car; he bit a number of tech luminaries; three times after swiping food off the counters, he had to be induced to vomit. He were also a mush who liked to stare into our eyes and nap on top of us–he were a 60-pound lap dog–and he won over friends, family and special dog-care pros. He had the best name we’ll ever come up with, and we loved him enormously.” Remembrance donation by Judy Wolfe, February 2019.

Bear

In memory of Bear, Lynn Odell’s wonderful dog. “Bear was the most enthusiastic greeter; made you feel like no one else existed at that moment in his world. And his goodbys were just as terrific, from his cat -like perch in the window.  We will miss you Bear.” Remembrance donation by Susan Ferla, January 2019.

One-Eyed Jack

Remembering Judy Wolfe’s wonderful friend Jack. “I rescued Jack as a senior dog from Best Friends about two and a half years ago. He brought so much joy to my life. He was friendly with everyone. He loved kids, other dogs, street vendors, my apartment building staff and neighbors. Not a walk went by that someone did not come up to us to chat. Many New Yorkers would yell out ‘WISHBONE’ when they saw us (you might have to google that one). New Yorkers have a soft spot in their hearts for dogs, especially adorable one-eyed dogs. The one flaw he had was his insistence upon rising before daylight. We would traipse out into the dark of night and almost had the city to ourselves. Jack also adored my two cats, Audrey and Roberta and they adored him. The house seems a lot emptier now and it will take awhile for a new normal to emerge. I have already been asked if I am going to get another dog. It is too soon to even contemplate that right now but if I do – I will adopt another senior dog as they need homes, aren’t nearly as cute as puppies but it is the right thing to do. He was a very good boy.” Remembrance donations by Judy Wolfe, Susan Ferla, April Rivkin, Veronica Gallagher, Kathleen Salmieri, Berni Leahy, Peter & Mickey Bickford and Nora Beirne on behalf of all of Judy’s friends in the Animal Department of the Central Park Zoo, December 2018.

Patrick

Shortly after I retired, I found Patrick in the street and took him home and decided he would be my retirement gift. Patrick was loyal, loving, smart, a talker, curious and an acrobat. Patrick was always in motion and he was very territorial. He dominated the household with the other cats with an iron fist. I miss my buddy who would sleep with me at night and when I snuck back into bed in the morning, he would be there waiting for me to cuddle and snuggle. I miss him flying over our heads as if he were a black panther in the jungle. I will NEVER forget that he was the retirement gift that I gave to myself and he was the BEST gift I ever got!  Remembrance donation by Patrick’s loving family, Maria and Albert DiMeglio, December 2018.

JerseyGirl

JerseyGirl was an affectionate and very intelligent dog who loved kids. Her favorite thing to do was to run in a field, chasing sticks, but never picking them up. Although she had a rough early life, she lived her adolescence and adult years with a loving family, Ron and Erika Surkin and Shep, a mixed-breed rescue. She is sorely missed, but at peace. Remembrance donation by Dean Surkin and Jacqueline Birnbaum.

Bellinda

In memory of Bellinda, wonderful companion to Lutz and Lomi Novak of Stamsried, Germany.  “Bellinda was born about 12.5 years ago on the Balearic Islands of ‘Ibiza’ in the Mediterranean Sea as a ‘wild’ beach dog.  Within 6 months she was trapped and taken to Andalusia in the port city of Cadiz in a killing camp (concentration camp for dogs) and rescued at the last moment by German animal rights activists. She was brought to the town of Bad Staffelstein to Pro-Animale, a privately operated animal shelter, where she stayed for the next 22 months before she came to us. Although traumatized by her experiences — She did not want to have much contact with people and only very few people received her trust — we are very, very proud that we received her trust soon after she came to us. Every morning she greeted us with joy (she was a hybrid of Italian wind chimes and German short hair). How happy she was when we went for a walk, then she always grabbed some toy or shoe and then climbed the stairs backwards (a trick she taught herself). We very much miss her!” Somebody once said: “A house without animals is like a sky without stars!” Sadly, some of the most beautiful stars do not exist anymore!

 

Luna

In memory of Luna, loving companion to Sue Cardillo.  “Luna was the best little lover dog, always up for snuggles and affection taking good care of my heart when I needed it most. She was so loving to us that it made you forget all the naughty things she would do, she knew how to eat most things that don’t belong in a dog’s tummy and knew how to bark at that most annoying pitch! I miss her beautiful little way, so petite yet such a big presence in my life. The cabin will never be the same without her- always with me in our most happy place- sleeping in the grass, relaxing on the dock, floating around in the canoe, sprinting in circles around the cabin like a crazy puppy, hikes around the lake and in the mountains, and those great naps on my lap in the Adirondack chair. I will forever long for her to still be here but hold these memories close to my heart.”  Remembrance donations by Judy Wolfe, Audrey, Philip and Jeanette Riccobono, and Berni Leahy, September 2018.