On behalf of the staff at Alta Sierra Veterinary Hospital, 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 which will be automatically e-mailed to us.
In loving memory “Koda” Duvall 5/10/2004 – 7/13/2015
OUR GOOD BUDDY, KODA
Koda, it has now been more than five months since you left us…..when we had to let you go, you took all my joy and happiness with you! As a young pup, when you joined our family, you brought us great joy….you brought us an undeniable spirit….you brought us such exuberance and a true “zest for life”….and sometimes, you brought us total chaos!! From the moment “Uncle” Mark showed you what a great “feat of accomplishment” it would be for you to jump over the sectional, our lives were never the same. You came bounding into our lives and never slowed down for one moment….until you took your last breath that fateful day last July. As I knew it would, it has taken me some time to be able to express my loving thoughts of who you were and what an important part in my life you played! Oh, sure, there were those couple of times when you knocked me on my rear….trying to get to where I thought I was going before I ever got there! Even then I knew you just wanted to be right with us! Never being far away….staying close in case you were needed! You were our ever faithful companion….our steady and true watchdog when we were away….our very spot-on hunter and “Best Buddy”! You were also the comedian in the family….hauling off my large stuffed bear’s to keep as your own until I came looking for you! You knew I would find you….that’s just what you wanted, as you were anxiously waiting to be greeted and given a loving pat or to have your ears scratched! We shall keep you in our hearts and loving memories forever and ever! Thank you Koda for just being you and loving us unconditionally….as we do you!
In loving memory of “Pumpkin” Pomeroy
In loving memory of “Wyatt” DuVall
Wyatt… “Our Buddy”…brought us so much joy and happiness. He was the ‘best buddy’ anyone could ever have. He loved to travel! Every trail traveled was always a new adventure waiting to happen! Wyatt was also an awesome “bird dog” and companion…. he loved every moment shared with “his people” traversing the many trails, back roads, and desert mountain ridges of Arizona. Wyatt, you made us laugh, smile and want to be ready for each and every new adventure waiting around the corner! Wyatt, you and Koda have always been much more than “pets”…you were part of our family in every way…. a loving, loyal and faithful friend always… providing comfort when we were having “a bad day” with a gentle nudge or just by laying quietly by our side. You always seemed to know when we needed a wet, sloppy “doggie kiss”! We miss you each and every day but our hearts shall forever reflect the many paw prints you have left upon them! We are so thankful and appreciative for having you in our lives for nine and a half years, though the years would never be enough and we weren’t ready to let you go yet, your sudden illness took you from us. It’s much quieter at home now… we no longer hear the ringing of the “sleigh bells” on the back door when you wanted to go out! Wyatt, we miss you so much but we know that one day we shall meet again on the trail that lasts forever…. and upon that day, we shall once again hear the ringing of the “sleigh bells”!
Your loving family, Jon, Jerry, Leigh and “Koda” DuVall
In loving memory of “Dallas” Lock
In loving memory of “Annie” – May 2003-December 2013
Thank you Annie for all the wonderful memories you have given us and your companionship, loyalty and unconditional love and for being the best bird dog anyone could ask for. You will always be in our heart. We will meet you at rainbow bridge. God bless all the animals.
For “Sara” Here is a little poem in her memory we would like to pass along.
THE LITTLE BLACK DOG
By: Elizabeth Gardner Reynolds.
I wonder if Christ had a little (Sara) black dog,
All curly and woolly like mine;
With two silky ears and a nose round and wet,
And two eyes, brown and tender, that shine.
I’m sure if He had, that little black dog
Knew right from the first He was God;
That she needed no proof that Christ was divine,
But just worshiped the ground that He trod.
I’m afraid that He hadn’t because I have read
How He prayed in the garden alone:
For all of His friends and disciples had fled,—
Even Peter, the one called a stone.
And, oh, I am sure that little black Sara dog,
With a heart so tender and warm,
Would never have left Him to suffer alone,
But creeping right under His arm,
Would have licked those dear fingers, in agony clasped,
And counting all favors but loss,
When they took Him away would have trotted behind,
And followed Him quite to the Cross!
With thanks, love and respect to all,
Don and Alice Wurtsmith
“Malakai” 10/1/2002 – 2/26/2011
I feel very blessed to have been a mommy to such an amazing being! I have so many great memories from only 8 short years. He loved everyone he met and all animals too! He captured everybody’s heart. He was a great companion. We talked about everything including no more “owwies” in heaven and “The Rainbow Bridge”. I know he’ll be waiting for me there. But for now he’s running with a big smile on his face with all the other animals and with my Dad who went to heaven 1 year ago.Love ya’-you’re the Best Baby Boy and “mum-mum” will see you again soon.
“Abi” Smith 6/10/1996 – 4/14/2011
“Boomer” Session 7/25/2010 – 5/2/2011
Boomer filled the empty spot in our hearts. Gary called him his bouncing baby boy. Our neighbors (in Tucson) young and old loved him too. He will never be forgotten. We loved him so dearly.
Gary & Jan Session
“Daisy” Hostetler 1997 – 5/11/2011
Daisy brought us so much joy in the 14 & 1/2 yrs we had her.We loved her so. She has left a large void in our house but we have many wonderful memories to look back on with the time we had with her.
Steve & Charlene Hostetler
“Bandit” Peragallo 9/26/1996 – 7/17/11
He was my best fishing buddy and loyal friend to my spouse.
“Cody” Brower 5/3/99 – 8/18/11
Mr.Cody was always a gentleman. He let us go first every where we went except when getting treats, then he was first in line. He was special! We loved him a lot.
“Roscoe” Tormohlen 1998-2008
“Gino” Tormohlen 2001- 10/2011
For Gino… you will always be our K9 hero.
“The Working Dog”
My eyes are your eyes, to watch and to protect yours. My ears are your ears, to hear and detect evil minds in the dark. My nose is your nose, to scent the invader of your domain. And so you may live, my life is also yours.
Jake & Bonnie Tormohlen
“Heidi” Mockelstrom 2003- 10/11/2011
In memory of our beautiful girl Heidi, you left us way to soon. We were so very blessed to have you in our lives and will miss you everyday. You were our Princess Angel.
Guy & Mary Mockelstrom
” Ami” Todd 1999- 10/5/2011
She looked into our souls and made us live our lives in her image. For her, we lived and will live a sweeter and more compassionate life.
Tom & Judy Todd
“Cordie” Young 8/8/04 – 10/31/11
“A dog is the only being on Earth who loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings
Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remembered them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind… They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. YOU have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together… – Anonymous
Mommy loves you so much Bitty-Bit and I can’t wait to see you on the Rainbow Bridge.
“Sandee” Gurk 9/01/1997 – 08/09/2011
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Sandee loved getting out of the house to be on long walks or venture to the dog park. She always had a playful nature.
Richard & Laura Gurk
“Shelby” Gurk 8/01/2002- 1/03/2012
She was always happy, loved everybody and was loved by everybody. She had such a tenderness towards others.
Richard & Laura Gurk
“Simba” McWhinnie-Rousseau 2/26/1999-1/19/2012
Simba was a beautiful dark chocolate Burmese, and the oldest of our delightful bunch. He knew he was the most mature and he quietly became the “Chief Boss” of all the others! One serious look from him, and each instantly behaved. We are having a memorial stone made for him that reads as follows: Beautiful Burmese – Simba; Feb 26, 1999 – Jan 19, 2012; Our Lion Will Lay With The Lamb.
Andre Rousseau & Dolores McWhinnie
“Socks” you were our first rescue. After you came, another 174 kittens became our journey & found homes for. But you will always be “no. 1”. We will miss you.
Judy & Dennis Donnelly
“Sam” Gomez 04/22/1997 – 2/07/2012
Our Baby Girl is now running like the wind in heaven. Although we are grieving your passing, we will see you soon. Love you so much and miss you!
Armour & Roxanne Gomez
“Shadow” Wiant 11/20/2001 – 02/16/2012
“Moon” Small-Latterman 01/1989 – 02/2012
My name is Moon. I’m black with occasional white hairs. Except for the white patch between my hind legs. My undercoat is grey brown. My eyes golden. The love in my heart is equaled only by the love in my Mom & Dad’s hearts. I know that their decision was very hard for them and now know that it was for the very best. I’m free of the physical plain and am free to roam anywhere and everywhere I care to. No need to worry about dangers or dinner. If I want a sunny spot it appears. Best of all I’m with my sister Idril again. We are having great times. We will never forget Tommi & Harry. We look forward to meeting them again one day.
Tommi & Harry Small-Latterman
“Kitty” Hall 2/1/1995 – 3/1/2012
Miss Kitty…you chose our home and our hearts as a stray..you were so much a part of our lives, and meant to be with us. You followed us as we hiked, grew up with our children, and was THE best mouser around, “in your day”. We laughed at your silly antics, and we loved you so much. Daddy misses you lying on his chest watching TV in the evenings. I miss your purr and “dancing”. We had so many years with you, and although it was time, and a difficult decision, you found it so hard to leave our lives, therefore, we chose a final act of LOVE. We will see you again one day across that Rainbow Bridge! You were a great companion to our dogs, and our rabbits, and held your own in play.:) WE MISS YOU SO MUCH. Thank you for being such a part of our lives!
Cindi & Steve Hall
“Breeders” 7/25/2000 – 5/19/2011
In memories of Breeders she will always live in our hearts we will always remember her. From day one her mother & brother & sisters died. She was the one that lived and we took care of her by feeding her with a baby bottle until she was able to eat on her own. I thank God for the years she gave us with her. In our minds we see her running and playing. We will never have another dog like her. Mom & Dad miss you. Love you Beeders, your in Gods hands.
“Pepper” Jacobs 2001 -5/28/2012
Jim & Sandy Jacobs
“Lulu” McClain 10/7/1995 – 5/29/2012
1995 Lulu 2012
“Gretchen” Augustitus 6/12/2000 – 5/24/2012
A poem of hope for all pain, loss, trial etc. God Bless!
Lord, please don’t let it rain so hard that I have to stop along the way. Sometimes it’s almost blinding making it hard to find my way.
For you- I will give coats of armor and authority over all, Just trust and believe in me, for I will catch you if you fall. I know your hearts desires and all the pain that you’ve been thru, You see- I’ve been standing, waiting right beside you. If you really want my help; I know the heart that is true. My love is unconditional. I will always be there for you.”
Gretchen was a good ol girl! She loved her people & junk food…And gave great kisses. I believe the lord has a special place in heaven for our pets- after all- they are a gift from Him to begin with! See ya in a while baby girl Gretchen
Mom n Dad
“Tuffy” Gardner 4/1994 – 9/27/2012
Companion in the garden, soother of my sadness tears, wishing you were somehow here again, child of my golden years.
“Balto XXVI” Aguilar 4/20/1996 – 9/18/2012
Balto we love and miss you. We will meet again.
“Sydney” Gomez 1999 – 10/11/2012
We miss Sydney greatly! She was our sunshine and the most loving little girl. We will see you soon punkin. Love you
Armour & Roxanne
“Angel” Axsome 2/05/1999 -10/23/2012
Angel was adopted from a local shelter and quickly became a loved member of our family. She had a great temperment and wagged her tail up to the end of her 13 years with us. She helped me around the house, she would bark when the other dogs tried to get into the trash. She helped me with the grandkids, never growling when they would ride her like a pony. My cat was her soul mate and best friend. She would jump to my side when she heard me crying. Loyal and selfless, we have her in our hearts forever as a great dog. Angel, you are a good girl.
“Phebe” Halverson 8/1998 – 10/24/2012
One of the best dogs ever, not THE BEST, but one of the best.
“Gizmo” James 10/28/02 – 11/7/2012
Gizmo, Our buddy and friend.
“Rusty” Beck 11/1/1999 – 11/21/12
Rusty was found as a puppy wondering around in a parking lot. He was 14 yrs old loyal and a wonderful pet. We have rescued 5 dogs since we have been in the White Mountain area and loved them all. Thanks to Alta Sierra, the staff has been so kind and thoughtful in handling all our animals. We can never thank you enough.
Jerry & Judy Beck
“Theo” Allen 5/16/1993 – 2/12/2013
“Paw prints left by you… You no longer greet me, as I walk through the door. You’re not there to make me smile, to make me laugh anymore. Life seems quiet without you, you were far more than a pet. You were a family member, a friend a loving soul I’ll never forget. It will take time to heal- for the silence to go away. I still listen for you, and miss you every day. You were such a great companion, constant, loyal, and true. My heart will always wear the paw prints left by you.”
You were always more than a dog you were my fur kid who has 2 sisters whom loved you like a brother, and my side kick till the end came you will be sadly missed until we meet again.
Love you My Buddy Theo
“Sam” Thomas 12/14/2004 -4/11/2013
Sammy was the love of our life and passed over the Rainbow Bridge on April 11th. He had cardiomyopathy and was under the EXCELLENT care of Dr. Bell. Without her help he would not have done as well as he did for so long. We miss him terribly but know he is in a better place. God Speed Sammy!
Sid & Karen Thomas
“Guenevere” Wilson 4/28/1993 – 4/11/2013
Guenevere came to us as a tiny kitten found in a dumpster in Pomona,CA. She was so skinny and full of fleas. Her paws and nose were burned. We didn’t think she would make it. To our joy she was with us for 20 beautiful, loving years. We miss her so much.
“Sheba” Crockett 12/23/2002 – 5/06/2013
Sheba loved her life and everyone in it. She was always gentle and loyal. We know God has a special place for her until we meet again.
David & Larue Crockett
“Hershey” Olive 7/18/1999 – 12/13/2012
My sweet Hershey. So much love and comfort that can be unmatched. I will miss you but know you are well now and in God”s hands. So sweet, so special. Thank you for all the love and good times we shared.
“Lucky” Imblum 6/17/2001 – 2/13/2013
Lucky was a sweet lab/shepherd mix boy who we adopted from the Show Low Animal Shelter as a small 8-10 week old puppy. He was a very loyal dog who got along with everyone and everything.
“Chaka” Sheffer 8/10/2013 – 4/02/2013
He was a stubborn yet thoughtful little boy and we loved him dearly.
Cindy & Boyd Sheffer
“Tucker” Weaver 5/13/2003 – 6/26/2013
Our hearts still ache in sadness and secret tears still flow. What it meant to lose you- no one will ever know. You were so special to us, Tucker, and we just loved you so much, and we miss you. We will always remember you, and love you, Tucker.
Daddy & Mommy
“Angel” Ellerbe 1996 – 7/19/2013
Angel was a rescue cat. We don’t know her exact age but 17 years was a good guess. She wasn’t an angle at the vet, only at home with my husband. She was the matriarch of the pet household (2 dogs, 3 cats), didn’t get along with other female cats, but tolerated males. She was very agile, jumped from floor to 4ft shelves, up till a week before passing. She loved to be cradled in your arms only at night, didn’t mind her nails clipped and she is missed a lot.
“Chloe” Monson 6/12/02 – 07/28/13
Chloe Girl was the sweetest dog ever – always happy and loving no matter what. She spent her life trying to be a mommy to anyone that would let her. Her favorite pastime was licking- everything and everybody. She will always have a place in my heart and will be missed greatly. I love you Chloe Girl.
“Taz” Miller 200 – 7/20/2013
I adopted you when you were 3 yrs old. What fun we had together. We hiked or walked everyday unless there was too much ice and snow. Sometimes I let you run loose in the state park. You would run ahead, your long black silky fur shining and blowing in the wind. You would stop and look back to see if I was close. You loved long Sunday rides with your aussie friend, Bosco. We would stop to take a walk and treat you at McDonalds with a hamburger. Your favorite treat was a doughnut hole from the coffee shop. You would bark when I was driving close to it so I would stop. When we walked in the neighborhood you would greet your doggie friends wiggling all over. You liked little dogs best. We drove across the country from MA with your kitty pal Bindi o retire here. I was looking forward to walks here with you. It wasn’t meant to be as you became sick. I was with you when you took your last breath. I planted a little Colorado Blue Spruce by your grave. I miss you! You were a wonderful dog. Angles are just aussies with wings. You left your paw prints on my heart.
“Sasha” Herbert 7/3/1996 – 7/19/13
We said goodbye to you, little Sasha. Fingers caught on bones when I stroked our fur. You could barely eat or walk, yet still you calmed me with your purr. Where you comfortable curled on your bed? And did you k now your time drew near? Your wide golden eyes held gentle love, and quiet pain, but showed no fear. You slipped away so quietly that we weren’t sure that you were gone. Our sweet little girl is stilled but y our spirit lingers on. Little Sasha, where are you? Are you happy, are you strong? I feel your warmth, your life, your love and still can hear your purring song.
Dick & Debbie Herbert
“Annie” Rehman 1/21/2000 – 12/2012 & “Destiny” Rehman 8/6/2001 – 8/2013
Remembering our friends
Donna & Paul Rehman
“Whitie” Upshir 8/22/1995 – 8/1/2013
Whitie was always a gentleman from the top of his big ears to the bottom of his perfect little paws. He was a good friend and companion. Peaceful sleep sweet prince, you are remembered every day.
Donna & Doug Upshir
“Penelope (Nellie)” Lonie 6/24/1993 – 6/28/2013
Our beautiful Penelope or Nellie as we called her, gave us 20 wonderful years and then it was time to go home to be with her sister, Priscilla. We love her still. Thank you so much.
Marilyn & Doug Lonie
“Homi” Ripley 2000 – 8/2013
Homi was a Travelin boy! He loved riding in cars and playing with his kittens. He has traveled with me from the west coast to the east. His most Favorite place was sitting on top of the air conditioning vent. I bought him when he was 5 weeks old, He was so Loved and I miss him terribly
Al & Sydney Ripley