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Memories of Simmer
When we brought you home all those years ago, who would have thought all the adventures and wonderful memories we would have.

I can still remember those early days when you were just a couple months old, I was so naive about the responsibility I was about to undertake. I can see you and your sister Buca behind the baby gate in the kitchen, and you guys would seemingly poop about every hour :)

Luckily we knew someone that had a pool and you were able to learn to love the water at an early age, and boy did you love the water. I couldn't walk past any river, creek, pond, or puddle without you wanting to get in there.

You never fussed or pouted through all the years of changes - from moving up North and then out West. As long as we were together and you had tennis balls to chase down, bones to chew on, and water to swim in you were happy as could be.

No matter whether I came home late, was in a bad mood, or was otherwise preoccupied with my own issues, you were always happy and wagging that tail when you saw me.

I'm so glad we were able to spend the last days together at home. I know you're once again back to your old self running, jumping, and swimming with all your friends. The temperature is never too cold, too hot, the breeze is always just right, and the water is always perfect. Say hi to Buca and Daisy and we'll meet again one day.

Just know you are missed and will never be forgotten. We think about you every day.

Love Dad!


6/20: Happy Birthday little monkey. Miss you greatly. I've got your memorial on my mantle at home and I make sure to say hello every day. You're 16 today and I like to think you're up there playing, running, and jumping will all your friends. I also wanted to let you know we've added a new addition to the family. He's a wonderful boy named Hemi and he's about a year old. He's doing pretty good but has had a couple of accidents in the house. Remember when you were going through your potty training:) he loves bones and he gets along great with your sister Shyla (although he can be a bit much for her at times). Hemi does not replace you by any means but I thought it was good for Shyla to have someone to run around with. Today I took them to a swimming pool but we needed you there to show him the way. He is not much of a water dog. Shyla on the other hand does ok in the water. She's reluctant but she does swim. I remember when we would go swimming, you were like a little fish. I'm hoping Hemi will eventually take to the water so he and Shyla can swim together. Happy B-day and enjoy yourself. Until we meet again.


12/31/15: Merry Christmas Simmer Dimmer. We're thinking of you today. First Christmas in 15 years without you and it's not the same. I spoiled Hemi and Shyla with lots of walks and treats, just like I used to with you. I'm wishing you have lots of bones and such where you are and that you have lots of friends to run, play, and swim with. Been meaning to write you, for some reason Shyla has become a little grumpy with other dogs (mostly at the dog park). We need your calm energy back down here to show her the way. She's actually gotten into it with a few dogs this summer to the point where I feel like I need to be right next to her so I can be there if something happens. Haven't had this issue with her for 4 yrs now, it's just started all of a sudden this summer. The only big change in our lives is Hemi but he's not aggressive at all. He likes to play and gets along with all dogs. I think maybe Hemi has taken over the alpha role at home and maybe that's what's causing her change with other dogs. You were such a sweetie pie and didn't have a dominant/alpha bone in your body. I just loved that about you. So docile and sweet. Don't get me wrong, it's not as if Shyla is seeking dogs out and attacking them or anything like that, but if a high energy dog gets in her space or another alpha dog tries to dominate her, she pushes back quite a bit and I end up having to pull her off. To my knowledge she hasn't bitten any of the other dogs (yet) but it sure sounds scary when it happens because she's growling something fierce and she's really bearing her teeth. I've tried to read up on it and if you believe everything you read it says I haven't created a balance home life for her so I'm trying to work on being a better pack leader for her. I hate to think she's not getting fulfilled at home and that's causing her to be this way. Anyway, if you were here it would be easier because she could just feed off your calm energy. We love Shyla at home so if we can't get her back on track, worst case is that we just don't go to the off leash park. Till next time.

3/29/16: Hey little monkey. It's been a year since we said farewell. I hope you're living large and having a great time with all your friends. I'm thinking about you and I'm always telling Hemi how much he would have enjoyed knowing you. One day you'll meet him and can run around together.

6/20/16: Happy Birthday little monkey. You would have been 17 today, that's old :) Shyla and Hemi are doing well although Shyla has had a bit of a limp last few months. I took her to the doc and he gave some anti inflammatories which helped right away. She seems back to normal now. Sad news about Dad though. He's got liver issues and doc says he doesn't have much time left. I went out to CA to see him this past weekend and you could tell he's pretty weak and gets fatigured pretty easy. His spirits are pretty good considering which is good but chances are he'll be joining you soon. If that's the case, I want you to take good care of him until I can be up there with both of you. Anyway, hope you're enjoying yourself up there with all your friends. One day we'll be together again. - yours, E

3/30/17: Little monkey, I hope all is well and your romping around with lots of friends somewhere. It's been two years now and I still think about you often. There are many times where Hemi and Shyla do something and I'll say to them, if your sister Simmer were here, do you know what she would say or there have been times where I thought if only Simmer were here to show them how to behave. I've given up trying to get Hemi to swim. He just hates the water. You have to promise me that when he comes to join you that you'll run and play with him on the shore. Sounds easy but I know Shyla loves the water so I can see you and Shyla swimming around like little fishes so I'll ask you to take breaks every once in a while to make sure you play with little Hemi. You're never far from my thoughts, and one day we'll be together again. Be well, farewell for now. Love - E

6/20/17: Hey little monkey, hope you had a great birthday. I changed some of the toys and shrubs for your little corner of doggy heaven. I think about you often and I know Hemi would have loved to have known you. One day (hopefully not too soon) Shyla will be there to keep you company and then sometime after that, you'll get to meet Mr. Hemi. He's a great boy and I know you'll get along famously. Until next time, love dad

2/23/18: Hey monkey, how are you. I was just thinking about you today. Thought I'd say hello. Been really rainy here last 5 or 6 days. I've had to keep the doggy door closed so Hemi and Shyla don't track all the mud in the house. You would never do that :) Be well, talk soon.

3/30/18: Hi there monkey, just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you. I like to imagine you're splashing around in the creek chasing a stick or ball. Miss you.

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