On behalf of the staff at Perrysburg Animal Care, 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.
It is with broken hearts that we write this letter. On January 31 our little girl took her last breath. We wanted to write you this letter as a way for us to begin to grieve and memorialize her beautiful life. We developed a special bond with her that was unlike any other. We considered her our first-born. Ava brought us so much daily joy, and we cherished every single moment we had with her. Ava was not simply a pet to us; she was an integrated member of our family. Look at any holiday family photo, and there she’ll be cradled in our arms. Ava slept with us (on our pillows) every single night. She ate with us. She went shopping with us (she loved car rides, her ears would perk up and she would run to the door when we said, “Ava, wanna go for a car ride?”). Literally hundreds of time people would come up to us and say, “she is beautiful, what kind of dog is she.” Children would always want to pet her, and she was always so accommodating. She sat with us when we watched TV (her spot with on the back of the couch, on her blanket), until she wanted some attention, then she would put her front paws on our heads and we would say “Ava dog a hat?” and play time would commence. She loved going on walks, or rather the word “walk” but preferred to be carried. Ava was also a brilliant little trickster and hider, and she learned that she could trick mom and dad into extra treats by “pretending” to go potty. She loved to find new places to hide and we would play a game called “find the Ava dog” where one of us would see her hiding and the other would try to find her. As hard as she played, she slept equally well and nothing was as cute as how she stretched; I only hope we have it recorded.
Every parent always comments on how smart their child is and if it were true we’d have a world full of geniuses. In our eyes, Ava was the smartest. She would always let us know when she needed to go outside by sitting quietly by the front door. If one of us didn’t see her, after a while she began to scratch at the door until we noticed and took her out. If it was at night and she needed to go out, she would politely scratch our chins until we woke up to take her out. We always knew when her dinnertime was because all of a sudden there she would be half jumping, with only her front paws, telling us she’s ready for dinner. The only thing more impressive than her intellect was the deep connection we developed.
Ava had a hard life prior to her rescue, and we remembered that every day in how we cared for her. We tried to give her the best possible life we could; she was our princess, and she knew it! Both of our parents made comments that she had us wrapped around her finger, and that’s just the way we liked it! Ava traveled all over the country with use from San Diego, to Phoenix, and to Toledo, where she lived her final days. The moment we found out we had lost her, a part of us was lost forever and the emptiness inside is unlike any pain experienced before. She is missed every moment and both my wife and I have noted that we had never felt an emotional connection to an animal the way we did with her. Again, she was our first-born. Some people may feel as though pets are just animals, and that’s fine. But to us, the love we have for her is the same as the love we have for our son. We don’t know how to process her loss; hopefully this helps because the pain is excruciating. Last night we found ourselves just driving around town, because we didn’t want to go home to an empty house. We tried sleeping with her blanket; of course it didn’t help and instead we held each other and simply cried together.
They say time heals all wounds, and by God we hope that’s true. Ava was a constant bright spot in our lives, and she was always happy to see us and us her. We will continue to miss her every single day. We as humans often rescue our pets but in our case, Ava rescued us! We love love love our precious little girl, Ava.