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Pet Memorials

They are indeed a part of your family
and need to be remembered. If you would like to share your pet’s story, please email us at info.es@petfocus.ca.

Rocky Davis

1995 – 2009

A Poem for the Grieving…
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I did not die…

In Memory of Rocky
Faithful Companion

Wilson Bonin

December 26, 1994 – December 10, 2010

A thousand times I’ve thought of you,
A thousand times I’ve cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly,
In death, I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
No other one can fill.
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you did not go alone.
For part of me went with you
The day God took you home.

In Memory of Wilson Bonin

Digby Mailman

May 31, 2000 – December 28, 2010

Digby, born on May 31, 2000 in Acton, Ontario. He arrived in Nova Scotia to his new home where he became a faithful and loving companion. Digby was a very proud dog and loved to carry things especially on walks where he would gladly carry his own bag of business. If that wasn’t available, a mitten, toy or a leash attached to another dog would do in a pinch. Digby accompanied his owner to work every day where he would gladly help out shredding unimportant documents if needed. On his breaks, you could find him on his back on the couch as he loved to be silly. Digby’s favourite activities included going for walks, running in the yard and of course being wet. I think Digby’s purpose in life, other than being a companion, was to bring my wife and I together as he was the one that she noticed first before she noticed me. Digby lost his battle with cancer on December 28, 2010. Digby will be greatly missed as there will never be another like him!

Rudy Gaudet


Rudy was taken from us much too early on December 9, 2010 at the age of 4. We miss him profoundly and he will remain in our hearts always. Rudy was an exceptionally devoted friend and habitually got into mischief as he valued to have something in his mouth, keen to shred any accessible paper. He had a personal fondness for tennis balls, which he would even dig under a fence to retrieve. Rudy also loved rides in the car where he would stick his head out the sunroof to catch the wind and attention from oncoming drivers. He undertook anything and all tasks with uninhibited enthusiasm. That dog thought he could help fix anything!!

Rudy had a very difficult start to his life but we were blessed to have him come into our lives and give him the love he so rightfully deserved and he returned tenfold. We miss you ringing the dinner bell, our beloved little friend.

Jack Doucet

2004 – 2011

Our big Jack was everything for which Rough Collies are famous: gentle, intelligent, loyal, courageous. We had some great years together. Sadly, a thyroid condition (not part of the plan) claimed him at age seven.

Misha Johns

March 6 1995 – August 24 2011

Misha is survived by brothers Christian, Adam, Parker (Rhyno), Mike and predeceased by Gimli the Guinea pig. Misha was not a dog that needed to be by your side constantly but she was always a glance or a short step away. She was one of the prettiest mutts that you had ever seen. She was a kind, loving, loyal dog but she wasn’t to be messed with. There was more than one dog that got a shake when she was pushed too far. She loved her food and made friends of our elderly neighbors to get a share of their dinner. She has had many times where we thought she would not make it. She suffered with Vestibular disease three times, she survived a night being submerged in a pool, she has been poisoned twice and even bought home in a police car. We have been truely blessed to have had her in our lives for 16 1/2 years but would trade the world to have her back with us.

Riley Davis

January 2008 – May 2011

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Emma Dempsey Gillespie

Aug 1996 – Aug 31st, 2012

We adopted Emma from the SPCA in January of 1997. She had been abandoned twice before she came to live with us. How lucky we were to have her as a member of our family for 15 1/2 years! She will be missed but will always be forever in our hearts. Thank you to the Westwood Hills Vet Hospital for helping us through one of the toughest times of our lives. She left this world with dignity and grace.

Thomas Ryan-Benedict


November 1993 – September 17, 2012

Thomas was our love bug and purr monster! There never was a happier and more social kitty cat. He loved strawberries, blueberries, and moving the furniture. His deep motor boat purr and beautiful white whiskers were his best features.

You filled our hearts and lives for 18+ years and we are truly thankful. Although you cannot continue the journey with us in body, you will always be with us in spirit and memory. It won’t be the same without you to greet Mommy and Daddy at the door. We love you, Thomas!

We wish to thank Dr. Chris MacDonald, Sara, Jen, Christine and the fantastic Caregivers at Westwood Hills for top notch care over the years. Special thanks to Dr. Don Rushton and Jen Kaulback for your compassion and empathy, and making it possible for us to say goodbye with grace and dignity.

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