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Dogs Deserve Better
In Memory of...

Our best friends go and leave a deep, lasting hole in our hearts. Michele Reynolds, DDB Galveston County, Texas Rep, thought it would be nice if we had an 'In Memory' Section. It's a wonderful idea, we all want to share our loves with the world. Memorialize your baby for the coming years by donating to Dogs Deserve Better in his/her name. Share a photo and a paragraph with all who come here. Donations may be made at the bottom of the page.


Bo is the reason for Dogs Deserve Better. He was a simple black dog, the kind that is all too easily ignored in the shelter. He was old, and he was in the beginning of the end when I finally gathered him from his caregivers. We had six months together, and I so wish I knew then what I knew now, and could have appreciated each moment more.

I loved him for six years before he came to me, pure and simple. I loved him. When his 'owner' told me not to come on the property to see him anymore, I cried, telling her, "But I love him." I was in anguish watching him every day. He was in my soul, and he gave me my purpose. What could be a greater mission for a dog? His ashes will ALWAYS sit by my bed, until I too go to the great beyond.

See his eulogy here. I love you always, Bo!


In Memory of Ken Anderson

April, 2006

In memory of Ken Anderson, CSU Petsitter Conferences.

Thank you for your love and support of our rescued dogs.





Dixie (aka Grandma)

April, 2005

You were with us only for 5 years. I wish so much it could have been longer. It's not the same coming home and you not waiting happily to see us. I hope you know how much we loved you. Miss you so much.

Romano family





Mar. 13 , 2005

In memory of our beloved shelter cat, Darla (Momma Mau):

You haven't really been taken away.
You have only gone with the Angels to play.
You have been given wings with which to fly.
All your troubles have passed you by.
Your life in heaven now must start.
But we'll hold your memory in our hearts.
Nothing about you will be forgotten.
But now you'll sleep on clouds of cotton.

Author Unknown

Our hearts are broken, Gwen, Delana, Jessica,
Wendy, Michele, Mandy, Cindy, Vonda & Kelly


Feb. 22, 2005

Sess, I never met a more intelligent or loyal dog. You appointed yourself my guardian, and guarded me fiercely from newcomer dogs even when you could no longer stand. You were lucky they respected your alpha male status just from the ferocity of your bark and didn't test your ability to carry through!

I'm so angry that someone kept you in a pen for 11 years. I'm only grateful they finally set you free to come to me all the way from Colorado.

If I had had the good fortune to know you from a pup, we would have been SO inseparable. Unfortunately I was granted only 1-1/2 years with you, and only one good year before cancer started taking it's toll. Still, you were MY dog, MY companion, and I'm so honored you chose me.

Thank you, Sess, for loving me even when I deserved it not. I will always have you in my heart, and you will remained immortalized as the Dogs Deserve Better doorhanger doggy. –Love, Mommy


Feb. 3, 2005

You were happy for a little while in your short, pain and fear filled life.  You were loved and you loved back.  Looking at your face when you were out meant more than I can express with mere words.

You were beaten and tortured and made to endure the worst man can give.  What I saw in your eyes when you hid behind me in fear and the chain completely embedded in your neck when you came here, was proof of what you had endured. 

You didn't know how to play with the other dogs, you didn't know how to love me without almost knocking me down.  But you tried so hard.  You enjoyed the short time you had here with us more than any dog out I've known. 

You did not forget but you let me into your life.  You trusted ME.  And, I let you slip past my self-imposed barrier of protection.  I loved you and I will never forget you.  You were special and will always be in my heart.

Rest in Peace, Chainey.  You have earned it.  You can run and play and bark and will never feel hunger, pain or fear again.  You are free.  Be happy and I'll see you at the Bridge.  Try not to knock me down when you see me coming! Lisa Jones, Director, Country Paws Rescue, Inc



March '04 - November '04

May heaven give you comfort and peace.

Donated by Michele Reynolds.




Sadie Mae

We thought of you with love today.
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday.
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have is memories.
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake.
With which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping.
We have you in our heart.
Author: Unknown

Donated by The Schorno Family.


Sid was a true Australian Shepherd. Despite coming to us with tumors and fresh from being hit by a car, his will remained so strong! I remember taking him outside, hardly able to walk with the pin in his leg...I thought I didn't need a leash, because he couldn't get far. How wrong I was! He scooted right down over a steep bank and into the creek. I had to climb down and carry him out! —Tammy

From Melanie, foster Mom to Sid, who sponsored this tribute: I'm not very good at eulogies, but Sid touched Mike's and my heart forever. He truly was trying to make up for all those years of solitude and cuddled at every opportunity. We loved the old man and felt honored to receive his "lovin's" in the Sunset of his life. July 28, 2004 Sid moved on to his forever home. He made me part of this cause from the first moment I met him, because I knew he deserved much more than life attached to a chain by the bolts you see pictured here. No dog deserved that!


Sadie passed from our lives on November 27, 2004. She was a beloved foster, rescued from a backyard in Altoona, PA in 2003. She was a pretty little girl with a sweet little face. She had such tiny paws, and I will certainly miss the click-click she made, readily distinguishable from the others, as she walked across the floor. Like a petite woman in high heels.

She had a typical Chow personality, standoffish until she got to know you. Once she loved me, I was 'in', and she regularly just came up and stood looking up at me for love, but never pushed for it. I loved to cuddle up with her little face! She trusted me.

She came in from a backyard in Altoona, PA at the age of 12 with a huge mammary tumor, which we removed, and then later had to have emergency surgery as she wasn't spayed and her uterus became infected. She survived both of those to live another year with us, and we were blessed to have her in our lives. She died as a result of cancer. I know she was happy and grateful, she showed me her quiet gratitude every day! —Tammy, $35 lovingly donated by "Friends of Galveston County Texas Animal Shelter", thank you!


It is with more sadness than I can express that I write that Leroy, my 18-20 mo old pit/shep mix foster was sent to the Rainbow Bridge Saturday morning, Aug. 21, due to complications from distemper.

When he came to my house in Dec. 2003 we didn't think he would make it. One vet recommended we put him down at that time, but our group (PAL) decided he deserved a chance, because he had probably never known love. He came to us in November, with a wound around his neck from being tied up probably his whole life until he escaped and wandered into the yard of the people who brought him to our adoption event.

Leroy was a very wonderful dog, who had blossomed under the loving care he was given in my home. The whole family loved him dearly. He loved to play with several of his foster siblings. He was very good with the children and was a great cuddler. He loved food of all kinds but really loved watermelon & several other kinds of fruits and vegetables.
—Dianne Wood



This is my beloved Cocker Spaniel, Cody, who died May 4, 2002. It has taken me over a year and 1/2 to come to grips with his death and to allow myself to even view his face on any "memorial."

My beloved Cody: We experienced a tremendous amount in the 11 years and 4 months we shared: A marriage, your 2 ear surgeries, a divorce, a 2nd marriage, living in two separate states, residing in 6 completely different homes. You were by my side through the best and worst of times. You were my life. Part of my soul died on May 4, 2002...... Rest Peacefully My Precious Boy, we shall be together again! Michele



This is my dog, Butch, who passed the day before Thanksgiving 2003.

Butch, You stood tall with elegance and grace. You believed that I walked on water, when, it was you who were majestic and awe-inspiring! No one ever told you that being 95 lbs was rather big to be a lap dog. Having you nestled in my lap, oblivious to the world and trusting me to love and care for you, gave me so much happiness and peace. I miss you! Rest peacefully my "Big Boy", for God will reunite us someday.
Your Mommy

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