On behalf of the staff at Carlisle Small Animal Vet Clinic, we are honored to pay respect to our beloved animal friends who have passed. We also welcome you to create a lasting tribute for your beloved pet or animal friend on our website’s Pet Memorial page. Please feel free to complete the following Pet Memorial Form in Adobe Acrobat format, which requires the free Acrobat Reader to view.
Or, you can email us a tribute text, short story or poem in memory of your pet. Please include a picture if you would like. In the email topic heading, please indicate that your email is “In Memory of My Pet.” Please email us at [email protected] Thank you.
The following is a link to a pet loss grief support website: www.petloss.com
I stood by your bed last night; I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today; your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today; you tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I’m not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you; I smiled and said, “it’s me.”
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It’s possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew…
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over… I smile and watch you yawning
and say “good-night, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out…then come home to be with me.
– Author Unknown
Cathy and I were looking to adopt a pair of young cats and had almost given up when two small kittens appeared in our back lawn on a cool, dewy October morning in 2002. A tortie was leading a dilute calico through the tall, wet grass looking for shelter. We approached the frightened kittens and offered them food and water which they took if we kept our distance. With a struggle, we were able to capture the food-stuffed dilute calico and transport her to the Carlisle Small Animal Vet Clinic for her first appointment. The tortie was not about to be captured and ran into nearby woods.
On and off for the next two days we could see the little tortie appear from the woods and take the food we left for her, but she was determined to be free and kept well away from us. So, we made a trap using a stick, 125 feet of line made up of rope and extension cords, a laundry basket and tuna on a plate. Just outside the woods, the tuna plate was set on the ground with the inverted laundry basket propped up over it with the stick. The stick was tied to the line which was run up to our lawn shed. The trap was set and after about an hour had passed, the little tortie appeared from the woods. She warily made her way to the fishy treat and after some hesitation; her caution gave way to hunger and went to the tuna under the basket.
I knew I would probably have only one chance of fooling her with this trap and pulled the line much harder and quickly than needed, but I wanted to save her so badly! The stick came out, the basket came down, and then the basket went straight up in the air about a foot, came back down and started moving in the direction of the woods. I ran as fast as I could to the wood line and found the little tortie in the basket stuck against some brush. We finally were able to adopt the wayward tortie, even though she was more than a bit reluctant to have new parents. Sammie soon paid her first visit to CSAVC and was reunited with her sister, Callie.
With time, Sammie adopted me as her favorite human. She decided what games I would play with her and would escort me upstairs every night to “tuck me in”. In more than 10 years, she missed the nighttime ritual only a few times. In those missed times, I knew she wasn’t doing well.
Sammie was diagnosed with lymphoma in early November 2012 and crossed over the bridge early July 2013. She is missed terribly.
Cathy and I wish to thank Dr. Barnett, Dr. Strock, Dr, Eckenrode, all the veterinary technicians, Janice and her very fine staff of receptionists for the best quality professional care and the human compassion they’ve shown to Sammie, our other “kids” and ourselves. You all are exceptional folks and we are so happy we’ve come to know you.
Wayne and Cathy M.
“Ashley” with her mom and Dr. Barnett
At the age of 21, Ashley was one of our oldest patients. She was always such a sweet kitty and the doctors and staff will miss her. Our deepest sympathies to her parents, Joanne and Jim. She will be missed.
Tumbles was one of our clinic pets. She was a kitten when she was brought in by a family that was traveling through the area. They had found her and couldn’t take her home with them, but wanted to insure that she had good medical care. Tumbles had a neurological problem that caused her to be very uncoordinated and she would sometimes “tumble” around. This of course, is how she earned her name. She easily learned to adapt and had shown improvement in her condition. She was quite the inquisitive cat and was very playful, but only on her own terms. She definitely had a unique personality! She “tumbled” her way into the hearts of many. She crossed over the rainbow bridge at the age of 12. The staff misses her dearly.
“Meeka” & “Louie”
Our Meeka was an older stray kitty that came to our home in approximately 2003. She enjoyed life with our family and her “big brothers” (the dogs), and she could play fetch and do tricks better than the boys. She loved being our little princess. Unfortunately her time with us was too short, and she departed from our family October 14, 2011.
Our little Louie, (our Pekingese), simply enjoyed life. He had a fun and magnetic personality. He made everyone smile that he met. He enjoyed his visits to the nursing home, visiting the residents. He could brighten any day. His time with us was also too short. He departed from our family on December 24, 2011. Submitted by Meeka & Louie’s mom, Janice W.
We rescued Sweetie over 11 years ago from the Bedford County Humane Society. She was already grown, so we were never sure exactly how old she was. We moved to Carlisle in 2003 so, with no family near us and we have no children, Sweetie was always our little girl. Sweetie would always sleep under the Christmas tree when we put it up. I often wondered if before we rescued her that’s where she took shelter as a stray. It’s especially hard this Christmas without Sweetie. I try to keep telling myself that we gave her a good home and a good life, but there’s still a void in my heart. Sweetie will always have a special place in out hearts and we will never forget our little girl. Submitted by Sweetie’s mom, Heather W.
“Mollie” Barnett – Molly was a wonderful girl. She gave us all the honor of knowing her when Dr. Barnett would bring her to work with him. She was a gentle and loving Rottweiler and we all miss her. Submitted by the staff at Carlisle Small Animal Clinic.