2022 Memorials

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We rescued Bentley as a little malnourished, mistreated puppy of 4 months old. He was quite funny looking at first however he grew into a beautiful, energetic, sweet boy. He would eat anything he could get his little teeth on and hated to be confined. When on walks, he would fiercely protect us from all other dogs much larger than he was (he didn't know he was little). He was our sweet, loving, loyal, precious boy and we miss him terribly.

Dear sweet Emma- you brought such joy to our family for these many years. We loved watching you play with Oliver, stretch out in sunbeams, and speak with those adorable silent meows. Thank you for loving us as much as we loved you.

9 years just wasn't enough. We loved every minute with our beloved Halo and truly feel blessed to have had her. She gave unconditional, enthusiastic love to all of us and we will miss and love her always.

I got 4,552 days with my best boy. Hugo was found when his first family moved and left him behind at 8 months old. At 10 months, I went to an adoption event, just to look. I had just graduated from college and missed my childhood dog. As the Petsmart doors parted, I locked eyes with this boy and knew instantly we were meant to be.

He saw me through another 12 years of life-- complicated family issues, meeting my husband, the birth of my son, the death of my mother, and 4 lost pregnancies. He became the family dog. We moved a whopping 10 times. He was my furry rock and life without him just didn't seem possible. Making the decision to let him go was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I owed it to him to not let him suffer. He was old and tired and needed rest. As much as I didn't want to let him go, he fulfilled his purpose as man's best friend with eagerness until his very last breath.

When we remember Hugo, it will be with a very specific chuckit ball in his mouth (if it smelled like somebody else, forget it!), splashing in the waves of the Puget Sound or the Pacific Ocean, running as fast as his legs could carry him on the beach, or shyly walking into the room with a humble head bow and wagging tail, asking for loves. He was the very best dog and the void he has left feels deep and quiet.

We are so grateful to Gently Goodbyes for offering him a peaceful parting at home on his favorite bed, in his spot in front of the fireplace, surrounded with love. Rest well, Hugo. We'll love you forever and ever.

Our big baby, Cassie. She was such a gentle soul and constant companion for 12 years. Run pain free on the other side Cassie Girl

Thank you so much for your thoughts and consideration throughout this process of saying goodbye. Koby was as touch as nails, until he wasn't. What a great addition he was to our family. For 12 years of his life, I know he was loved. I know he's at peace which he so deserved. He fought off many intruders, like ups truck, the mail man.. fed ex and many more threats to our safety?Test I'm peace little Koby. We love and miss you so so much.

We had almost 17 years with this sweet baby, hoping you can see the flowers again and run with Cassie

Halo Herndon
Over thirteen years ago, I drove a kitten as white as snow home on the first day of snow. On Sunday, June 5, 2022 Halo crossed over the rainbow bridge after his diagnosis of cancer and sudden physical decline.

Halo was born deaf and would respond to certain hand symbols. He loved water and supervised trips outside. He also loved watching animated movies. He helped me through the most difficult times in my life and then Gentle Goodbyes helped him let go of his pain at home, with dignity, snug in his bed...

Hunter loved the bear

We picked up our little black lab puppy on Valentines Day over 13 years ago. My husband wanted to call him Willy, his official name was Whiskeytown Willy and he loved to go swimming in nearby Whiskeytown Lake. Retrieving ducks was his favorite pass time. He also enjoyed chewing up little pine cones and hiking as long as there were creeks nearby.
We miss him so much, he gave us so much.

Izzy

Tanna -
You were the best dog, the best companion, the best friend. In the short 13 years you were on this earth, you provided more love and fun and laughs than we thought possible. We miss you. The house just isn't the same without you.

Kauai Heuer was an amazing girl. She was smart, loving, intelligent and my precious friend. Kauai loved everyone and dogs too. Watching her play and have fun was a joy I'll always hold in my heart❤️ ?
Kauai will be so very missed and I look forward to seeing her again across the Rainbow ? Bridge
Gentle Goodbyes were wonderful.
Dr. and his assistant were kind, compassionate, gentle and very caring of my precious Kauai. Thanks so very much.

Brody might have been born in Alabama but was destined to live a life and grow a family here in Boise. Rescued from the streets Christmas 2011 with heartworms and neglect, Brody is probably the best "gotcha day" story I will ever have. My friend was able to catch him and called me up one day. Afraid and unsure, when I arrived in the room Brody curled in my lap. We could never find his owners or his story. From that day on, for the next 10+ years Brody and I were inseparable. In fact, I had just met my now husband when Brody came into our lives. He took a job shortly after in Boise. We followed in 2013 with Brody's roadtrip of his lifetime. He had SO many adventures including riding in the back of Cessnas in backcountry trips and cooling off in mtn lakes. Brody was always the most frisky, even in his late cancer days, in the snow. I am quite certain the May snow storm came for him for a reason this year...one last frolic. Nothing could have prepared him for the adventures that started in 2017 when he became a big brother and in 2019 when we welcomed another sister. The love and patience he shared raising his siblings was a gift. He shared tents, countless, countless walks and family snuggles. His presence is missed every moment but his memory will never be forgotten. He now hangs in a massive painting I already had underway of the sawtooths in Stanley. I have him in the bottom corner running through the flowers, just as he should be.


THANK YOU GUYS for coming through at what was a stressful time at the end. The patience and understanding you showed means the world to me.

Mr. White Cat

Yesterday, after 22 years earth-side, Mr. White Cat passed away. I've had him for more than half my life now, first with my dad and Jamie at our house on Catalina Ave, where we brought him home as a tiny white kitty with a gray nose. Then when Pop moved to Thailand, Mr. White Cat came to live with Will and I in San Diego, where we hid him from the landlord like a secret. And then to Boise, where he roamed his backyard kingdom for years, loved every animal that has lived in our home, and has been affectionate and kind to each of the kids since the day they were born. He never grew out of his irritating need to needle his paws into your belly while trying to sit on your lap, or rub his wet nose against anyone trying to pet him.

He had been declining for a while now, but it hit the tipping point and it became clear we needed to put him to sleep. He had been seizing, incontintent, couldn't groom himself, was unable to walk or eat any more. A lovely vet and tech from Gentle Goodbyes came out to our house, where we sat with him in the garden, and gently and tenderly shepherded him out of this life. We all said our goodbyes, and told him what he meant to us. Liam collected every picture we had of him, Maddie sang him songs. Then the vet wrapped him in a blanket and carried his body away, and we will get his ashes back to plant or sprinkle somewhere on the garden. Hopefully somewhere he used to love to sunbathe.

We will miss you Mr. White Cat. ❤️?

Jack was a story of "How much is that doggy in the window?"

We found him in a playpen outside of a Petco wearing a cast on his leg and just adorable as can be. He had been rescued at 3 months old from owners who threw him down the stairs. Many casts and an external fixator later, he grew to be a best friend.

He loved nothing more than laying in the sun, daily walks, RV adventures, and snuggling Thelma. He was universally loved by friends and family and had a literal entourage of humans.

He was a great little brother to our lab Thelma and big brother to 2 cats Violet & Dash. He leaves behind his feline sister Harmony and recently rescued Lab Joe.

He blessed us with 15.5 years of little dog spunk and we are grateful.

Gentle goodbyes made his leaving us so much easier in the lawn , basking in the sun.

Homer was the friendliest dog ever. We miss him.

Pinky was around 25 years old. He was a sweet boy who loved getting love, sleeping between our pillows in bed at night, and hunting for whistle pigs. He loved his feline and canine brothers and sisters and cuddled up with all of them and licked their faces before falling asleep with them. He is greatly missed and has a peaceful resting place in his back yard in the same plot with his feline sister, Columbo who died 3 years ago.
RIP Pinky?
We love you and miss you,

Lucy was a friend and a protector for 13 years. she was loved everyday and was gentle with our kids when they were young. we were so lucky to get to have her as part of our family. we will never find a dog like lucy again. forever in our hearts

Thank you for the beautiful card. I am so grateful for how you cared for my little one Tank in his final moments. The experience was peaceful for him.

Bruce Wayne Ternenyi 10/23/2007-5/1/2022
He was the best friend and fearsome protector of our three daughters until the end. He was my best buddy and I will miss him forever. Rest easy Beastie.

We are finally sending Harley Jo's memorial. It has taken us some time to be able to write it without crying. :) Thank you so much for all you did for us. We appreciated your gentle kindness as we said goodbye to Harley Jo. The compassion and respect was so comforting to our family. Thank you

I cannot say thank you enough for what you do. Not only did you make sure Mai was as comfortable and cared for as possible during the process but you also made sure I was as well. It's incredibly hard to have to say goodbye to a loved pet but I know you do your best to make it as easy of a process as possible. I really appreciate you guys and what you do, I would have been an even bigger emotional disaster without you. I miss Mai terribly but am grateful she is no longer in pain and went peacefully in my arms.

I want to say thank you for the service and to the doctor and the vet.
We love you Jasper!

Thank you for your kindness during a very hard time. We miss you Kahlua!

Mulligan traveled from California to Newfoundland and Mexico to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska during his short 17 years. RIP little buddy.

Thank you for being so kind during our goodbye to Annie last week. We are definitely missing our little girl.

Annie came to us from West Valley Humane Society at about 9 months old as an early Christmas present on 11/12/2009. She was the best little girl. Always ready for a walk, a treat, a toy or just hanging out on the couch. She just wanted to be with her family. We were so blessed to have her and we'll miss her sweet face.
Annie 2/12/2009 to 5/6/2022

Our beautiful boy Meko brought so much joy (and fur) to our home.? He has been greatly missed. We know he is happily running miles freely now. We love and miss you!

Daisy -
To a great dog that always had her own cat. Finally reunited.
Love you very much, mom

Riley
May 2, 2006 - April 26, 2022

After several failed attempts to adopt a dachshund, we finally found our precious boy on August 9, 2006. He was the last of the litter, already fourteen weeks old. We soon discovered we had found the best and perfect puppy. That's why it took so long! He was definitely meant to be a member of our family!

This little guy was so smart! He peed and pooped on command, and never had an accident in the house unless it was our fault. He loved his family so deeply! His absolute favorite activity was going fishing. He would watch and could tell from body language that Dad was getting ready to set the hook. He would get so excited waiting for the fish to be reeled in, he would jump off the boat into the lake to get to it quicker! It became evident after the first trip that we needed a life jacket for that boy, as dachshunds are solid, and he sank like a bowling ball.

When we would be packing up to go camping/fishing, he knew it, and he would sneak out, climb up the stairs, and be sitting on the couch in the camper. After a few time of "losing" him, the first place we would look was in the camper. Our little buddy was always right by our side except when preparing to go camping. There was no way he was going to let us go without him!
He also loved speed. He would start whimpering when we slowed down, whether in the car or the boat.
We were always told he was the healthiest dachshund anyone had ever seen, even at his fifteen-year-old wellness exam. Sadly, two months later, he got sick. First it was pancreatitis. He got better, but never fully recovered. Seven months later, we learned our precious boy had cancer. We had three precious good months with Riley that we wouldn't have had otherwise.

On April 26, 2022, we had to say goodbye to our precious puppy. That little dog left a huge whole in our hearts that will never be filled. We are so very grateful for Gentle Goodbyes. They allowed us to say goodbye in the most compassionate, loving, gentle way possible.

Rocky left us May 15, 2021. He was the sweetest rescue I have ever seen so far. The look he gave just oozed love and devotion to anyone who paid any kind of attention to him. He chased squirrels until the end even though he was old, and I'm sure it was uncomfortable for him, but there was no stopping him when he saw one. He is so missed every day. Thank you for all your help.

Gus
3/23/2008 - 04/14/2022

Gussy, our sweet boy, you were so loved and we will cherish your memory of the last 14 years. I hope you are running (or hopping as you were known to do!) free without pain or fear. You were a faithful and loyal furbaby and we miss you so much!

Thank you everyone at Gentle Goodbyes for helping us to let our little guy go without the stress of a vet visit, in his own home. Your comfort and compassion will never be forgotten!

"We rescued Snickers from a shelter when she was 7. She took a while to get used to us but she became one of our kids. She went everywhere with us and hated to be alone. She was a good escape artist back then. She mellowed out as she got older but never lost her loving personality. She was always with me while I worked and was spoiled beyond belief. When she was excited her whole body wiggled when she would wag her tail. She would play with her ropes and shake them so much that they would fly out of her mouth and land on the roof sometimes. She loved our daily walks and was so patient and kind. She was such a great companion. We miss her so much but we are so thankful to have been blessed with such a sweetheart for the time we had her."

Pippa,
Mere words cannot possibly describe our feelings of loss today. Pippa quietly came into our lives 8 years ago when she was 3. She is our second rescue after loosing another rescue, Punzi. Pippa was sadly returned to the shelter twice. No fault of her own. One family could no longer afford to keep her and another because of a job as a forest ranger. It was our "fortune". She truly was the sweetest dog I have ever known. She was kind and gentle to all beings. Once after a training class, the instructor, Hillary deemed her 'The Thinker'. She had the best eye contact with everyone. She always looked like she was 'thinking' and just observing everyone. As with Punzi, Pippa welcomed all fosters into our home. More recently a toy poodle who came with two puppies rescued from an animal neglect breeder. After fostering over a hundred animals....she is our first 'failed foster'. She was glued to Pippa from the very beginning. I would love to say we trained Emma.....but it was Pippa who has guided her. She is another gentle soul.

After loosing Punzi, someone once said to me that the reason dogs come and go so quickly is that they enter this world with a purity that they do not need to discover like people do. They just live their lives with the maximum amount of pure love they can muster. That was Pippa. It was fate that brought us together. We nourished you by giving you all the food, water, snacks and love and you nourished our very souls with your unconditional love. You were my compass........whenever I was having a bad day or confused about something....I would look at you and you would always point me in the right direction. Even though your body is gone....I know you will always be with us. Thank you for choosing us. We love you
Ps. Gentle Good-bye was the Best organization to send her to the rainbow bridge. They were truly a God-send. Thank you!!

We adopted our Lulu Magoo in Aug. 2019, just a few months after losing our Chesapeake. It was too quiet in our house not to have a dog again.

Lulu was the best family dog we could have asked for. Loyal, loving, smart, gentle with our kids, loved fetch, swimming, hot dogs and herded everything that would listen to her! While our time with her ended up being far too short we couldn't have asked for a better dog. Nothing prepares you for the "c" word...run pain free my buddy!

Gizmo,
16 years with my best friend wasn't nearly enough time. Gizmo was the perfect companion to help me grow from a child into adulthood. Anyone who met him fell in love with that adorable face with a terrible underbite. I'm going to miss your sneezes everyday gizzy.

Jake,
This was Jake's super power...he could fit 9 toys in his mouth at once! Such a sweet boy. ?

Rest in Peace Sweet Scooter! They say that dogs are mans best friend.... That is an understatement. He was a big part of our family... protector of the realm, crumb collector, an extra shadow, bed hog, puppy teacher, an emotional support buddy and so much more! He got us through some rough times. We were blessed with an amazing 16 years. He could make any bad day a good one with a quick snuggle or a wag of the tail.
Heaven just got a special angel. Run free and eat lots of treats, treats and more treats. You are finally reunited with your brother, Gizmo! We love you and miss you!

Our little Kyla was a sweet and smart girl. It was fun to watch her wipe her paws on the door mat when it rained. She loved small children especially little ones in strollers. We miss our girl but know she is now free of pain.

Roxy was born in 2011 and raised by a family member until 2018, when we adopted her into our home.
Roxy quickly became a spoiled and cherished member of our family. She demanded constant attention, love, or proximity to us - always the best companion.
Roxy awaited her daily walks - she enjoyed when she could get off the leash and chase ducks back into the pond.
She loved when we would fire up the smoker, and would stay outside to supervise the entire time, whether it was a 2 hour or 12 hour span.
She didn't like car rides but was always anxious to explore once we reached our destination.
Roxy loved playing in the water, but only up to her belly... which wasn't far, given those short legs! :) She enjoyed our visits to rivers, lakes, and most of all the ocean.
She enjoyed the snow also, and running through the deep powder.
Our hearts are broken that Roxy is no longer with us, but we find comfort in knowing she isn't suffering. We miss you and will always love you, Roxy dog. ❤

"Daisy" and "Guinness",
"Having a dog will bless you with many of the happiest days of your life - and one of the worst."

This morning Guinness crossed the Rainbow Bridge and happily (and perhaps grudgingly lol) reunited with his wifey, Daisy girl. She crossed in October and shifted the dynamic of the house from three dogs to two. The idea of only one right now is haunting - but the peace that these two lovebirds have is something that we had to force ourselves to selflessly make room for.

Craig has loved these two since they were puppies and they are Bryson's entire childhood. Guinness was 15 years old and Miss Daisy was 13 years old. And even though I was lucky enough to only love them for seven years - it felt like forever. Strange, how that's never enough.

Daisy was the queen of snacks, midday snoozes and chest cuddles. She was never farther than a few feet from a couch or a refrigerator lol...unless we drug her bougie butt camping, but even then she was waiting for the crack of a treat bag haha. Miss her so much.

Guinness was, and always will be, Craig's heart. Best friends through life. Guinny loved to try to catch snowballs, kept up with Luna even with his arthritis and he loved to ride with the window down. He was also notorious for not being spade and always trying to run away to prowl for new girls - one time we found him at The Buffalo Club haha. Always a wild young guy in his heart and mind. A champion through it all.

Can't wait to see these two again. Wherever and whenever that may be - we look forward to the day that we will open the front door and be greeted by them again. Coming home just won't be the same anymore.

Thank you, Gentle Goodbyes, for sending our hearts to live in peace across the bridge. You made both of the experiences feel safe, kind and natural. We felt like we made the right choice by letting them pass in our home, in their favorite bed, with us. So thank you for choosing to do the hardest job, your bedside manner and your kindness.

Owen gave us a great 16yrs. He was the protector of the family. Alpha to the other 2 dogs. He loved his people and is missed by all of us daily.

On Saturday, April 2nd, 2022, we said our final goodbyes to our sweet boy Nigel. He was our first baby, our daughter's brother, a great snuggler and an all around wonderful pup. Our hearts are broken.

Thank you for being our boy for 14 glorious years buddy. You are so very missed.

Max was our best friend. He loved kids and was a big, lovable, gentle boy. Camping was a favorite, he looked forward to McCall and Seeley Lake every year with his peeps. We thank you Max from the bottom of hearts for picking us as your family.

Mynyrd,
Thank you to EVERYONE at Gentle Goodbyes... you showed concern and concern for a gentle guy, who very likely had some not-so-gentle experiences, previously, in his 1 1/2 years... I'm soooo very glad I had 3 months to love, encourage, reward AND play with my Mynyrd! I know I shared some precious time with him... and that has been my reward!
Mynyrd, you made me smile like a brand-new mom with her little one - seeing the world as both wonderful and, sometimes, scary! And I'll miss the belly rubs when you'd close your eyes and sigh... yes, Life is good...!
Till we meet again...

Our Oreo
In 60 years being around dogs, Oreo was the best dog ever! We were fortunate to find him at the pound. He was with us since he was 6 weeks old and he was a complete joy to have keep us company. Was said we spoiled him but it was he who spoiled us!
Smart as a whip, enjoyed chasing frisbee, going on walks, swimming, and traveling with us.
Always laser focused on all your moves. He will be greatly missed!
15 years was not enough time!

Jovie

5/28/05 - 3/13/22

In summer of 2005, the mail lady brought her into my work. She asked if anyone wanted a kitten and said she found her locked in a P.O. box. I asked to hold her. We had an instant bond. She cuddled in my lap the whole car ride home. She would always comfort me when I was sick or sad. She was very protective of me. She loved to be held and carried around. She would always tap our legs when she wanted to be picked up. When we picked her up she would wrap her paws around our neck to hug us and would rub her head under our chin. She was always in my lap. She hopped like a bunny when she ran. She would always greet me with a chirp every time I entered the room. She had the loudest purr and the sweetest little meows. She loved to lie on the floor by my feet and watch me cook. She loved riding in the car and was always good at the vet. She was very talkative. She loved nose rubs and chin scratches. She was our little tuxedo cat, penguin-panda bear, with tiny marshmallow paws and the softest fur. She was the best friend. We love and miss her so much!

Libby was rescued from a kill shelter in 2014. She was the sweetest German Shepherd I have met to this day and was so well behaved. She behaved unlike any other dog we've ever met (We've met a lot!) and the bond she shared with us humans was unlike any we've ever felt before. Her being gone has left a huge whole in our lives and she is greatly missed. Thank you Gentle Goodbyes for making crossing over the rainbow much easier on our girl

I'll admit that when she showed up at our door, I didn't want another dog. I was a Lab and Retriever guy. Certainly not a pit bull person. In the first few months, she chewed up my expensive glasses, a plugged in lamp cord, a lot of socks (only MY stuff!) and costs us several thousand dollars in vet bills. But she was there when we were going through the most terrible times of our lives, never judging, only loving. Thirteen years we've been together, ten of those during my retirement. She been my constant companion....my shadow, really. And I'm sure I've given her more pets, hugs and kisses than anyone else has ever received from me. There's a sign over our door proclaiming, "A spoiled rotten Pit Bull lives here." and we've done everything we can to live up to that. Meeko, my puppy, my "Wonder Dog" came to the end of her time today, April 6, 2022. I'm feeling terribly sad at the prospect of her not being by my side. Or feeling the weight of her head on my lap.
I've had more than my fair share of great dogs in my life. But this one......this one......

Kevin showed up on my porch one day, nearly blind with entropion, and too sweet for words. I got him to the vet and all fixed up, and from that moment on, he would barely leave my side for the next 8 years. He was hands down the most affectionate kitty I've ever had, and one of my very best friends in this world.
I will miss him every single day of my life, forever and ever. I'm so grateful to Gentle Goodbyes for making his transition so much less painful for him and for me.

It's hard to say goodbye after an amazing 18 years to the best cat ever. Ziggy made our little family complete. He leaves behind a loving mom and younger brother who miss him more than words could ever explain.
We love you kittykins, you are forever in our hearts. ❤

We were so privileged to have Ollie in our lives for just over 15 years. He gave us so much joy and enriched our lives in ways we couldn't have anticipated when we adopted him (he was so smart and loving ). We will miss our baby very much, but believe we will be reunited with him again someday.

We'd like thank Gentle Goodbyes for their care in helping to deliver Ollie to heaven.

Tobi joined our family when she was a puppy. She had a zest for life and was always happy. Once we had kids she found her true purpose and was the most loyal companion to all four of us for 11 years. Our family will miss her greatly and will always love

Moses was my first baby. And he gave me 15 years of unconditional love and camaraderie! He will be missed every minute since his passing and he was a one of a kind. He loved animals, all of them. But what is most striking about him is he always want to be next to his humans. When he would go to the dog park when he was a puppy he only cared about running around and greeting all of the humans. As he loved being pet and loved on. My 14-year-old son describes him as his soulmate and wanted him to be his best man at his wedding since he was 10. Our life will never be the same. He was our heart. ❤️? And we are also glad that he is with his best friend Sadie and he's no longer suffering here.

Thank you for your help during a difficult time with Sophie. She was an amazing little girl.

Sophie's story with us began when she was approximately 10 years old. I went to visit my family in Virginia and North Carolina for Christmas 2016. I was driving around a small town in NC when I saw the police in a grocery store parking lot holding a little white fluff ball. I have a really big soft spot for dogs so I pulled into the parking lot to check things out. The police found Sophie in the parking lot. She had been hit by a car, full of fleas and mites, and completely emaciated. The problem was, the police knew who she belonged to but didn't want to take her back. I started crying. The police officer took one look at me and the dog and handed her to me. My husband and I nursed her back to life. She joined our pack and eventually ruled the roost. She loved to take car rides, chill on the back of the couch, explore the great outdoors, and eat lots of treats. She was a little dog with a large personality. For the 5.5 years Sophie was part of our pack, we loved her immensely. Unfortunately for us, but fortunately for her, Jesus called and it was time to go.

God bless all of you at Gentle Goodbyes for doing what you do!

Our little Abby,
She was the best friend a person would want.
She brought so much love, joy and fun to our family for the 16 + years we had her.
I would hope that every dog and animal that lives could have the life Abby had.
We will miss her, but understand that dogs don't usually outlive their families.
Thank you so much for letting us share our Abby.

We had you for just over 19 years and miss you jumping in our laps and demanding constant attention daily. When we decided you had had enough, Gentle Goodbyes came to the rescue so we could be with you to the end.

Little Cleo almost made it to 18 years. She hung in there as long as she could never complaining. So glad we could be with Cleo as she passed on to her hunting ground in heaven. Thanks so much Gentle Goodbyes!

"It is with a Broken Heart we say Goodbye to our Sweet Mindy. She was our loving companion for fifteen years. She will always be remembered."

Ella

Our sweet Ella. We miss you!

Cookie

It was a very sad Sunday when we said our last goodbye to our baby of over 12 years, Cookie. Her very presence evoked joy and a certain air of sweetness. She made people smile with her clown like, deeply loving, and attentive spirit (unless there was a squirrel near bye). Even though she came from humble rescue roots, she learned to detect chemical changes in my blood sugar and literally saved my life more than once. Through all the simple days and amazing adventures, she was our constant companion and beloved family member. We are grateful to Gentle Goodbyes for coming to our home avoiding the trauma of taking her to a medical clinic for such a significant matter. We miss her every day but her love will live on forever in our hearts. May she Rest In Peace

Huevon

Huevon entered our home as a puppy unwanted and unwelcomed. He soon became part of our family and our first indoor pet. For 14 years he helped us with welcoming 8 grandchildren into our lives. Each grandchild received a kiss from him unexpectedly. He was part of our family. Huevon you will be missed and in our heart. Rest in Peace.

Roxy

I can't emphasize enough how much Gentle Goodbyes helped me through the transition for my much loved Roxy. I got her as a mature silver faced lady and I was lucky enough to have her for five years. She was such a gentle and weird companion, my favorite kind. She wouldn't come when called, even for a treat, she wouldn't willingly get in the car and she rarely came to me for snuggles. However, I loved her more than I can ever say and I know she loved me to the very end.

I believe she is watching her recently lost cousin, Addie, chase balls and she's sitting there telling her to stop it and act like a lady. Roxy was a proper lady at all times.

She was so special and is greatly missed every day.

Apollo

We rescued Apollo and gave all the love we had and he gave us the same in return. Apollo was the best, most loyal dog you could after ask for. We will miss him greatly.

Patrick

Buddy M

Buddy, enjoy the other side of the Rainbow Bridge my precious Big Guy, where nothing hurts anymore, sunny fields abound, mice are plump and slow, and scrumptious treats are plentiful. You will be missed for a long time.

Lucy

Baxter

Baxter was a wonderful companion for my mom and dad. I miss him so much.

Ol' Doc

My loyal friend and companion Doc, he lived a long happy and healthy life for 15 yrs

He will be missed, Thanks Doc

Sparky

Sparky, our lovingly 14+ year old Golden doodle attached. He helped us appreciate the little things in life from simple walks and tennis balls to leaning into you for a good scratch behind the ears. Sparky will be missed dearly, but we know he is enjoying heaven in shallow water and endlessly fetch tennis balls. ❤

Sweet Pepper

We were so blessed to have Pepper as part of our family for over 15 years. He was the sweetest and most gentle little boy. Pepper loved going on walks and meeting other dog and people. We love and miss him so much.

Until we meet again little buddy!❤

Joey

We first came across Joey through an Idaho Humane Society pet of the week picture in the newspaper. He looked so much like our previous dog, we knew we wanted to adopt him. He was standoffish at first, and took several weeks to warm up to us and decide that we were okay. He was a happy addition to our family. He was a sweet, gentle boy who loved to eat, go for long walks, and be near us. We really miss him.

Reacher

"Reacher" (10/31/09-11/28/21,) in the loving embrace of his family, took his long journey to wait for us on the other side. A Christmas gift for our oldest son in 2009, Reacher, the "dog of a thousand nicknames," lived up to his namesake and was a fighter to the end. Like a cat, he appeared to have endless lives. Integral in raising our youngest son from birth, he often stopped to give him a "drive by lick," when he was learning to crawl, and alerted us, through a bayful howl, if the baby (infant, toddler, boy) was in distress. He loved his "pack" and more so, loved us each, uniquely. Moving to the Boise area 1 1/2 years ago, he regained for a time, his youthful vigor. Always fiercely independent and stubborn, he relished getting out and hiking the foothills with "his mom," and even allowed his "dad" to teach him his one and only trick ('shake') at age 11; thus disproving the notion that you can't teach an old (and stubborn) dog new tricks. A lover of daytime naps and evening snacks, what Reacher loved most of all was just having his family around - to honor with his love, and have it returned in kind. His superpower was his fur; and petting him was a salve to any irritation, frustration or human sadness. There is a huge hole in our home and hearts with his passing; knowing that all those uniquely Reacher features will be absent from our earthly lives. There is joy though, in our memories of him, in knowing we were blessed to have him in our lives for as long as we did, and in the knowledge that he waits for us on the far side of the bridge. Until then, we are quite sure he is spending most of his time eating, and chasing anything else that moves as fast as he does. Rest Easy Widdle Widdle. You knew far more than we ever thought you did.

Sassy

Thank you so much for your assistance and support as my precious girl crossed the rainbow bridge on Friday. The entire process was comforting to both of us and I am so happy that she was able to be in her home and in my arms when she passed.

Sparky

Our sweet dog Sparky.

Jazzy

We had to tell goodbye to our dear Jazzie. She was a member of our family for 15 years, and brought so much love and light to our home. But unfortunately she got sick. It was painful to see her suffering, and we had to make the agonizing decision to end her pain. Thank you for making it so peaceful for her and us. You treated our Jazzie like you loved her and had known her for a long time. Thank you for being so compassionate and professional. It made a difference.

Jackie Cat

Jackie Cat showed up at our house 16 years ago. She initially took up residence under the fishing boat. We called her Jack Sparrow after the pirate.

She eventually started coming up to the door for a handout. We would feed her some dry food and she would retreat back to the boat. One day when we opened

the door for her, she waltzed right in and stayed. After taking her to the vet and finding out she was female, her name changed to Jackie Cat.

She was with us for 16 wonderful years.

Romeo

Romeo was a loyal best friend who's name suited him. He was a lover til the very end and will be missed dearly by his family. He blessed the Laymans with unconditional love for sixteen years. Jump high in heaven buddy.

Ava

Ava was the very best family pup. She was patient and intuitive with everyone around her. Ava loved "her kids" our 4 young children & cuddles. She brought so much joy & love to our home for 13 and half years. Forever in our hearts.

Bernie (Bernice) Button

We wanted to say thank you for your services to help us lay our standard schnauzer Bernie (Bernice) to rest last week. We received your card and below you can find our memorial and a picture attached.

Brandy

On a cold November evening, my wife called me at home and asked if it would be ok to bring home a puppy. I responded with a firm "No". About an hour or so later, Brandy came into our home, lives and hearts.From the get-go, Brandy always drew attention and a smile. With her short stocky legs and wide body, she resembled what I jokingly called a teacup lab. However, in reality, it is more likely Brandy was a cross between a Corgi and a Dachshund. She loved her home with room to run. Even though we didn't have a fenced yard, Brandy never strayed. She would simply pick a spot on the front porch and lounge in the sun or sometimes in the tall grass always keeping one eye open for those pesky squirrels, and while she was fast in her prime days, she never was quite fast enough to catch one. Her favorite daily routine though was going to work with me at my automotive repair shop. Delivery people and customers would always get a warm greeting, hopefully in exchange for a treat or a belly rub. Not getting to go to the shop would result in me getting the cold shoulder when I came home later that day. Never to hold a grudge though, Brandy quickly gave in and was ready to go the next day. In her final days, Brandy, even though clearly ran down and not feeling her best, persisted to go to work. And even though she wasn't able to greet everyone personally, she was just happy to be there. Brandy had a lot of friends, and she will be missed by many. There will never be another one like her.Run free pup, until we meet again.

Cheyenne

Knowing that we had to say goodbye to our Cheyenne was so difficult, but and her associate were amazing. They turned one of the hardest things we face into a beautiful goodbye. Our girl was able to fall asleep at home & not have to spend her last moments at some strange place. Thank you so much, for what you do!

Macy

You helped with a goodbye for Macy last week. I was out of town but just wanted to say thank you for your help and compassion in such a tough time.
"Our loving companion for over 15 years, she will live in our hearts forever.

Sawyer Taylor

Hey all. You guys have been amazing and the best ever through this whole entire time. I still have a dramatic memory when I was about 7 having to put my childhood dog down at the vet. It was so cold, dark and lonely. Here that awful memory is being replaced by the most warm and comforting experience. Thank you.

Riley

We had to say goodbye to our lovable and funny boy on Friday, December 17th. He was 2 days shy of his 12th birthday. We adopted him from Labrador Friends of the South in Atlanta when he was just a puppy. He was truly one of a kind. He was a mix of yellow lab and probably beagle. He looked like mini lab or a short lab but with only a nub for a tail. He was wicked smart and as he grew older began to howl more than he barked. He loved all food and would never leave a crumb on the kitchen floor. He was known for always making us laugh and for snuggling, especially at night as he slept between my husband and myself. He was our kid and my office buddy. Riley was my once-in-a-lifetime heart dog. We are devastated by his loss. It all happened so fast, and we were hoping for more time, but it was his time to go. Our family misses him terribly and there is a huge hole in our hearts right now. I hope he is living pain free and running around with his brother Milo. I always say the only flaw a dog has is that they don't live as long as we do. We love you so much Riley (aka Woody or Mr. Woods). This isn't good-bye but until we meet again.

Kiki

Kiki with the gorgeous whiskers came into my life after being abandoned. He was my faithful companion for 11 years, then sickness overcame him and he found peace. I miss him a lot.

Emmy

Attached is a picture of my dear Emmy who left this Earth on 12/23.

Emmy was my first cat. I had always been a dog person but circumstances said no to another dog after I lost my beagles. She was the absolute best 'first' cat anyone could ask for. She will be missed.

Thank you to Gentle Goodbyes for a very peaceful passing.

Duncan was a joyful friend to many: neighbors, hikers in the foothills, fellow skiers at Bear Basin, children at the library, guests at the nursing home, campers in Ponderosa State Park, delivery drivers, and everyone who rang our doorbell. I'm sure he's now chasing cats and rabbits, eating chocolate and giving a 'high five' to all he meets. We miss him deeply and are grateful for the joy he inspired.

Sophi

Sophi was a gentle spirit who loved walks and the trails of the foothills, chasing balls, people and, of course, treats.

Thunder was not her friend and her favorite "safe spot" was the back seat of the car. She truly was a best friend

and companion and in our hearts forever.

Sidney was a kind and gentle dog. He would set his front legs on my sofa and look at me with those big dark eyes asking "do you want to play"? And I would say "get me your toy". He would bring me his soft cloth toy and we would play catch. When I would go to the store and I would come home, he would peek his nose out the open door and I would say "grandma is home" and he would make circles and wag his tail. He was my first and only dog in my 84 years. He was a rescue and we gave each other the best 10 years of our lives.

Wyle

I wanted to thank you for making my cat comfortable and myself as well. That's the hardest thing I've had to do. Being with him until the end was a comfort. Thank you again for all you do.

Gracie

Gracie was the best companion, confidant, and adventure buddy anyone could ask for. She took great care of me and I will miss her terribly.
Thank you Gentle Goodbyes for all you do - you make a tough time easier on our loving animals❤

Jaxon

We found Jaxon on the Boxer Lovers Rescue Facebook page and adopted him in March of 2016. I had never owned a dog before, but knew several people that owned Boxers and really wanted one for my first dog. When I went to pick him up, he was the biggest Boxer I had ever seen at 90 pounds! At only two years old, he had a rough start to life, but he settled in with us right away. Jax was a gentle giant and loved anyone and everyone. To meet him was to love him! I could not have asked for a better first dog. His favorite place to be was on the patio with us, or basking in the sun, in the backyard, up against the fence. Jax battled a near fatal bacterial infection at the first of 2021. He fought so hard and overcame so much only to have lymphoma overtake his body in December. We are so grateful to Gentle Goodbyes for helping our boy pass on peacefully and with the dignity he deserved. Run free baby boy! 2014- January 13, 2022.

Muggs

Muggs was a fun loving hard headed youngster whom I credit with saving my life 10 years ago. She was always jumping on my bed first thing in the morning and sticking that cold wet nose in my ear. After about 6 months of being rudely awakened by a cold nose, she started sticking her nose on my mouth. After a couple of weeks she became obsessed with my mouth. I had had a sinus infection off and on for a few weeks so I went to the doctor. She referred me to an oral surgeon who noticed a tiny white spot on the bottom of my tongue. It turned out to be cancer. Thanks to early detection it was cured. She loved car rides and going fishing in the RV. Everyone always loved her. She is now pain free and running with with her best buddy Herc.

Ozzie

Gentle Goodbyes came to our home and were so kind and caring to us and our dog. They did all they could to make a hard time a little easier. I would highly recommend them in your time of need.

Georgia

Georgia came into our home as a rescue dog 6 years ago and it has been the most rewarding and loving 6 years possible. We loved Georgia with all our heart and she returned that love to us exponentially. She enjoyed being outside in our front yard so she could greet all the neighbors and their canine pals as they walked by each day. She loved big dogs and small dogs. It didn't matter to her. She welcomed all of them as her friends. She will be dearly missed by her canine and human neighbors and especially by us, her human parents. We love you so much, Georgia. You will always be in our hearts and memory.

Ditto

We miss & love you sooooooo much, keep chasing those balls and hope we get to throw the ball for you again some time and lay in the grass and love on you. Till we meet again, all our love forever sweet boy. Thank you to GG for the very kind treatment you gave not only Ditto but my wife and I as well, Thank you so much

Panther

My sweet boy, my Big Man, my familiar. My Panther has gone home. He was entirely ready. He came into this world in my lap, and left this world, purring in my arms, all the way to the end. He's been with me half my life. I love you Bubba, And I'll see you again when it's time. Rest now, love. You did good, Big Man.

Lola

Thank you for helping Lola pass peacefully in her home. Lola was a very special girl and her loss has been very painful for us. She had many accomplishments in her life, but the most important was the people she brought together and all the lives she has touched. Lola was Best in Specialty Show, National Owner Handled Series Best in Show and Top 20 in 2020, GCH Traditions Livin' La Vida Loca CD BN RE AXP AJP CA DCAT SWE SCM SHDN WAC CGC TKI ROM

Brutus

Thank you for your compassion while we said goodbye to Brutus. We miss him so much.

Fritz

Fritz-ard Simmons Hammertail Walund (known as Fritz) came into my life in January 2013 after I adopted him from the Idaho Humane Society. I adopted Fritz after my beloved cat companion passed away and when I noticed Fritz was in the shelter because his owner was in failing health, I decided we could be sad together and he came home with me. Fritz was a loving, gentle and sweet cat who showered me with his quiet, unconditional love for 9 years. Fritz loved canine companions and his first sister was Sadie, a miniature schnauzer who he quickly became enamored with. Wherever Sadie wandered around to in the house, Fritz was sure to follow. After Sadie passed, Fritz became a big brother to another schnauzer brother named Otto Mann. Fritz was the best big brother to Otto. He tolerated Otto's puppy antics with consummate patience and played with him to Otto's happy delight. In his senior years, Fritz enjoyed curling up in front of the fire in the living, snuggling with me and his brother on the couch and sunbathing in the window. Our pets remind us that no matter how much we love them, they will always love us more. There is a such a huge void left by such a tiny cat. Finally, in Fritz's honor, please remember that you make a commitment to any animal you bring home, whether adopted or not, for their lifetime. Fritz's adoption paperwork showed that he had been adopted and returned over 7 times until he finally found his fur-ever home with me. Pets are a commitment and if you commit to loving them, caring for them and their veterinary needs for their lifetime you will get back that love and commitment tenfold. Please also consider adopting. There are so many Fritzs of the world that need loving fur-ever homes. Rest easy, Fritz. You are SO loved and SO missed!

Millie

For your gentleness and compassion with us as we said good bye to our sweet Millie on January 28th. She has left such a big hole in our hearts & home. Below is our tribute to her for your memorial page:

Thank you Millie for your faithful companionship! We will miss your snuggles, sitting on our feet, and sleeping in the middle of the bed. You brightened our lives with your unconditional love and gentleness. ?? #thebestgoldenretrieverever

Bongo

When I was searching for a new dog on rescue sites I came across my sweet Bongos face & those ears !!! I called right away. He came over for a home visit and never left . He brought so much joy to our home especially to who became his big brother , our Rocky , they were always together. We had only just moved to Idaho and I knew traveling with Bongo was a risk , but his best friend Zach was here hopping to love on him one last time . Bongo made it but declined quickly and I didn't know where to turn so I reached out to the Kuna community on Facebook an Gentle Goodbyes came highly recommended. I was a mess when they arrived and did their assessment. But I knew. It was a wonderful experience.
Thank you , thank you for showing us and Bongo so much compaction

Mindi

"It is with a Broken Heart we say Goodbye to our Sweet Mindy. She was our loving companion for fifteen years. She will always be remembered."

Loki

RIP Loki. Thank you for being the best dog a family could ask for. We'll miss your zoomies, your love of toys, your smarts, and your exuberance and joy. Thanks for being the best greeter, the best squirrel watcher/yard guarder, and the most enthusiastic licker. Thanks for wiggling your way into our hearts and bringing our family so much joy. 12 1/2 years wasn't long enough.

Cabela

Words truly cannot express my deepest gratitude for you guys. Dr. Witt and Tiffany took care of Cabela AND me last Saturday. I want to write a novel about my appreciation, but I honestly feel like I don't possess the literary aptitude to truly gives them or your entire team the honor you deserve. From the first painful phone call, to her return home in a wooden urn by Jamie ...... your team is exquisite. Thank you. From my entire heart and soul, thank you. Cabela Marie Maberry has been my ride or die for thirteen years. She was the life of every party and never minded being the center of attention. Cabela loved road trips, camping, hiking and swimming in every body of water she could! She also loved being a TV cuddle buddy..... and was the stealer of all the bed space! No matter what she always wanted to play. Even when she couldn't keep up with the young pups, she always wanted to give it a go! Please use whatever picture you'd like..... I narrowed the hundreds down to about 30 for my own little slideshow.... And decided that might be a bit much for you guys.... So I sent 5. P.S. This last pic was about an hour before she crossed the rainbow bridge last Saturday. I had carried her out to the field just behind our place and we got to lie in the beautiful 60 degree sunshine. I've never been so thankful for a warm winter day than I was last week.

Willow

Thank you for the lovely card and sentiment. And THANK YOU to your staff when they came to our home to help us escort Willow over "The Bridge". Their compassion was obvious, and they made it as heart felt for all of us as it could be.

It would be an honorable ending to Willows presence here on Earth to have her on your web page. She was such an accomplished girl, brought so much joy to so many people. The loss is still pretty raw, my younger dog really misses her, as do I. I'm attaching one of her last pictures and a eulogy that I sent out to our friends and family. It may be a little long you're welcome to use whatever excerpt from it will fit on your web page. She'll be honored, I am honored, and so grateful you provide the service that you do. That was the hardest decision I've ever had to make for one of my fur babies!

Bless you all, be well and safe. And thank you so much for being there for us all.