Once in a lifetime dog, Linus, passes peacefully…


2006 – July 2, 2020

On July 2, following 12 years of extraordinary love and companionship, our once-in-a-lifetime dog Linus passed peacefully in his favorite spot on the porch while eating chicken and cheesecake. Although his body had slowly failed him, his spirit never did. Ninety-nine percent Golden and one percent temper, he did not suffer fools gladly but always forgave them. He was well-known at the Judicial Center, where, despite the ban on dogs, he was unofficially welcomed, and where he developed a loyal following. “Linus alerts” went out on a long text chain when he was in the building, and a steady stream of visitors made their way to chambers for a visit.

He was dedicated to keeping cats out of the yard and live-catching possums. He caught the same one multiple times and he would spend hours staring up at the “possum tree” in the back yard waiting for it. As he aged he became content to survey his kingdom from the comfort of the back porch.

His last kindness to us was accepting into his territory 18-month old Grrand dog Jack, and in short order began teaching him what it means to be a good boy. Jack will be a better dog for having spent time with Linus.

Our only regret is that we missed out on the first two years of Linus’s life. We will never have the answer to why he found himself abandoned in a parking lot or where the second half of his tail disappeared to. But we are eternally grateful to have shared our home with this very special dog.

Susan Gibson and John Tarter

Henry Cravens Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge


A Found Blessing – A Peaceful Ending
Henry Cravens
July 4, 2004 (circa)  March 9, 2020
All dogs go to Heaven.

Two years after we adopted Molly, a GRRAND golden, in 2004, we decided that she needed a buddy to play with other than our two house cats. On October 18, 2006, we welcomed into our home a GRRAND Golden Chow mix we named HENRY, aka Hunter #8. We were told that Henry was probably 2 years old. So we gave him the same birthday as Molly, July 4, 2004.

They immediately became best buddies. Molly was a very active dog and Henry was very laid back. We thought Henry’s demeanor would rub off on Molly. The exact opposite happened. They both became very active brother and sister. They loved running, rolling around and wrestling in the yard.

In 2007, we moved to Augusta, GA. Our neighborhood is a very dog friendly place. Henry knew every dog and cat that walked by the house. Dog owners would call out to Henry as they walked by. The FedEx driver would throw a large dog biscuit to Henry as he drove by. Henry eventually expected that when a box truck would drive by he would get a dog biscuit. He would especially get excited when the big white FedEx truck came by.

As is often the case with goldens, Henry started to have trouble with his hind legs. He developed arthritis in his hips, and his leg muscles began to atrophy. He then developed kidney issues. However none of this slowed him down. When he turned 15 years old, all his joint issues began to show. Getting up became an issue. Walking on hard wood floors was almost impossible. We put carpet runners everywhere.

One evening as he was heading to the laundry room for his dinner, his left hind leg slipped out from under him and he hit the floor hard. After that he was not able to get up or stand for any period of time.

We then knew it was time to bring in our friend Dr. Sunday from Lap of Love, a Veterinary Hospice & In Home Euthanasia service. We had used their services when Molly had reached her time to be set free. It was a very peaceful and dignified way to bid farewell to a very special GRRAND boy.

As we wrote when Molly was set free, we do not have the words to express how we feel about GRRAND and Lap of Love. Two organizations that bring about unmeasurable love and peacefulness during beginning and end of life.

We have been blessed to have had  Molly and Henry in our lives.

Bill and Janet Cravens.

Lilly and Tyler Pass Over the Rainbow Bridge

We are sad but proud to share our memorials of our recent losses. Lilly crossed the Rainbow Bridge last month, and Tyler just last week.

We can’t say how much all our guys have touched our lives. We look forward to another addition to our lives.

Gib and Judy Peters


Lilly – October 18, 2008 – March 6, 2020

Lilly joined our family at age 8, in September of 2016. We called her our “flower” because she was such a beautiful girl with amazing, big brown eyes. She was such a wonderful companion, and had a perfect personality. When outside and enjoying walks, she was an athlete, walking quickly and with great determination. When she was ready to return, though, she’d let you know! Inside, she was a calm sweetie, and her “Mom” was definitely her favorite two-legger. Lilly always followed her to the door, and waited patiently for her return, always greeting everyone who came in with love and enthusiasm. She had her routines and favorite activities – every night she’d chase her tail (always catching it), and then roll over for as many belly rubs as she could con out of you. She loved chasing her tennis ball, catching it on the first bounce, and carrying it on her walks. And she could find “needy” tennis balls on walks like nobody’s business. Our sweet girl passed away at age 11 on March 6. The happiness and love and memories she brought to our lives will be with us always.


Tyler – January 26, 2005 – April 10, 2020

We first met Tyler when he was three. Seeking a companion for our yellow Lab, Cusko, Tyler came bounding into our lives, literally. During our home introduction, he ran into our house, did a non-stop drive-by snatch of a cat toy on the floor, and jumped right onto our couch. That clinched it for us all – we had found our new forever companions! Over the course of the next 12 years, Tyler was a faithful, loving and ever-caring family member. He was always vocal, he “danced” and barked for breakfast and dinner in his excitement, and was always happy. If you were really lucky, he might occasion you with a soft kiss on the hand – but he was very selective with those sweet gifts! He was quite the charmer and he knew just how to get what he wanted – and he always succeeded. And importantly, he helped our other sweet dogs cross their Rainbow Bridges – being with them till their ends. Sadly, we lost Tyler at the age of 15 on April 10, 2020.  He gave us his all until the end.  He will forever be in our hearts.


Josh Crosses Over the Rainbow Bridge

When I brought Josh home in November of 2013, no one knew that he had blastomycosis. My vet soon diagnosed him, and we were in for a long 16 months of treatment and recovery, to include about 20 days hospitalization at Medvet Cincinnati. But he did recover, and we’ve had a wonderful time together. On the 13th last week, we returned to Medvet for what turned out to be emergency surgery to remove his spleen, which had a mass on it that had ruptured. There were days that were touch and go, but I was finally able to bring him home this past Saturday. Sadly, Sunday morning he collapsed and died. I have to believe that all he wanted to do was get home, see me, and then cross over. Josh was so loved, and I miss him terribly. Rest in peace, my Honey Bear.

Annie Sweetheart Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge

“Annie Bannanie” through the seasons…


Our hearts are broken today, as we had to say goodbye to our sweet girl, Annie. She was our girl for 12 of her 14 years. She was a little shy at the beginning, but blossomed into the sweetest, most loving companion. She loved to play in the yard, and had excellent hearing. If she was outside, she could hear the treat cabinet open, from the far side of the backyard—and would be at the door in seconds.

She never meet a person she did not love to get to know. She was always ready to make new friends, and had a lot of them—both with two feet and four. Dog and human friends from all over would stop by to say hello and share a treat.

Besides Ruth and myself, her favorite and best buddy, was our red Golden, Charlie. We know she is running and playing with him in doggie heaven at this very minute.

Annie will be missed by Ruth, Larry, and cat buddies Max and Lilly, as well as many other friends. Years ago, a neighbor’s grandson called her “Annie Sweetheart.” That name stuck, as her sweet disposition was ever-present.

We love you and miss you with all our hearts “Annie Bannanie!”

The Nix Family