July 31, 2007

A Tribute to My Sappy

In Loving Memory of "SAPPY"
May 17, 1989 - August 4, 2003


The SAPPY Pet Loss & Grief Support Group of San Antonio was organized in 2003, shortly after my husband Jim and I lost Sappy, our 14-year-old Chihuahua to bladder cancer.

This year will mark four years that we said, "farewell" to our fur baby boy. Jim and I will be paying tribute to his life all month long. We celebrate his life in our hearts. We have plenty of wonderful memories of our baby boy and we will never forget him...never! We will honor him by lighting memory candles and bringing out beautiful photos of our best buddy. He will forever live deep inside of our hearts and in our memories.


Jim bought me a beautiful ring with paw prints on it, as a symbol of our never-ending love for Sappy. Every time I look at the ring around my finger, I can't help but remember my precious little Sappy. Plus, I've been wearing a small charm pendant with a photo of Sappy inside of it and a special heart with a paw print in the middle of it, given to me by my support group friends. I wear the two around my neck and close to my heart. Several people have asked me, "What is that around your neck? Is it a doggie picture? Who is it?" And, of course, I begin to share about my fur baby boy. It's my way of honoring his memory and paying tribute to him everywhere I go.

I'd like to share the following song (lyrics) with you. I love this song and it will be featured in this year's Tribute to Tails candlelight event in December. My brother Jesse who is a worship leader will sing this beautiful song. Read the lyrics of this song below--It really tells about the love we all share for our fur babies. It's a song about our loved ones in heaven letting us know that they're OK. Here are the lyrics to the song:

"Wish You Were Here"

I wanted to tell you how closely I've kept the memories of you in my heart and all of the lifetimes that we've had to share live even though we're apart

But don't cry for me 'cause I'm finally free to run with the angels on streets made of gold to listen to stories of saints new and old to worship our maker that's where I'll be when you finally find me...

Now don't you be weary 'cause waiting for you are wonders that you've never known just hold on to Jesus... reach out for His hands and one day they'll welcome you home. And that's when you'll be finally free

And, all of the dreams that you treasure will soon come together and that's when your sorrow will find tomorrow and you will rise again

Sappy truly made me happy! I'll always cherish him in my heart, always!
SONG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud0JqvPVAeY

Our pets are more than "just pets," they are truly part of our families. They are an important part of our daily lives. And, when the time comes for them to leave us, it's very difficult. That's why the SAPPY Pet loss & Grief Support Group of San Antonio, was organized---to reach out to pet parents like you who need support during a very difficult and sad moment in the history of our lives.

If you or someone you know has recently lost a precious pet to an illness, old age, accident or displacement, please know that you're not alone. Come visit our support group.We care and we're here for you. If you have any questions about the SAPPY Pet Loss & Grief Support Group of San Antonio, please contact us at (210) 216-0920 or send an e-mail to

sappypetloss@sbcglobal.net.

2 comments:

Joy said...

I can't tell you how much I love your blog. My husband and I just lost another of our "4 legged" kids, our 16 yr old cat, Beemer. She died in my arms a little over a week ago. I have been looking for pet loss support ever since. We do not have any children other than our pets so loosing one for us really is like loosing a child. It is comforting to know that there are others who feel the same about their pets.

Julie Wiley said...

Joy,
I'm glad this blog has helped you. It's so difficult to lose a precious pet companions because they are truly a part of our family and daily lives. Please know that you are welcome to visit our support group gatherings, if you are from San Antonio. You can always call me if you need to talk. You can reach me at 210-216-0920. Take care and God bless you.

Julie