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Nellie’s Obituary

Posted by at 3:41 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)

nellie1-small-11-12-10It is always tough when we lose a loved one. That is what happened to me when my beloved companion Nellie recently passed away. I write this post in honor of her.

Nellie, 14, a locally prominent and proud German shepherd/retriever mix, passed away peacefully to her eternal rest on Friday, November 12, 2010, at the Manheim Pike Veterinary Hospital in Lancaster, Pa., while in the arms of her adopted parents, Ken Siegert and Rick Thompson.

Nellie was adopted as an orphan from the Humane League of Lancaster County on December 1, 2002, at around the age of 6. She enjoyed walking, napping, and eating (once she helped herself to a hefty serving of a vulnerable blueberry pie!). She specialized in observing chipmunks.

Preceding her in death were a stepsister, Maggie, and a stepbrother, Babe, both on November 12, 2003, and a beloved stepsister, Maud, on August 13, 2009. Surviving Nellie are a stepbrother, Toby, and a stepsister, Winnie.

Nellie had been in declining health for several months as a result of her age and a brain tumor. She will long be remembered for her gentleness, generosity, kindness, and limitless love.

A private funeral and cremation took place on Tuesday morning, November 16, 2010, at the Allied Veterinary Cremation Service in Palmyra, Pa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Nellie’s True Friends Memorial at PETA.


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  • Kathie says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, but what a beautiful tribute to Nellie.
    She will always be with you in your hearts, and someday she will meet you at the Rainbow Bridge.

  • Katrina says:

    It’s so tough losing a unconditional loving companion such as Nellie. I’m sure she knew you loved her and is now pain free in Animal Heaven. If only more owners were like you in giving the best to their animal.

  • Kris says:

    It always brings tears to my eyes to hear of a loved pet’s death…tears of sadness at their parting, but also tears of gladness that they were one of the lucky pets who were cherished by a loving family & whose last moments were with those they loved. My deepest condolences for you loss.

  • Cristina Novelo says:

    All your pets were so lucky to have guardians like you… beautiful obituary… she deserves it!!! love and respect for all!!! <3

  • Patty Bowers says:

    So SORRY about NELLIE! It is an unspeakable pain, I know.

  • W Schultz says:

    Thanks for sharing.

    One never knows about these things until they experience them. Our wonderful Tiger Lilly died last Dec. 15 at 7.5 years old. She was our first cat and we still grieve. Having Motor and Sadie helps. Growing up with dogs, I never realized how much a part of our lives our cats would be come and the “unbelievable” amount of interaction with them.

  • Kathryn says:

    A beautiful eulogy for a beautiful companion Nellie. I’m facing a similar ordeal with my senior dog Scamp. I don’t know how I will survive it.

  • Linda Hernandez says:

    Nellie, St. Francis has welcomed you into paradise. You are now able to run, jump, play and continued to be loved forever. Thank you for the joy you gave your earthly family.

  • Kim O'Bryan says:

    Ken and Rick,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a companion is never easy, but it is always worth the adventure and love that you receive in return.
    Thanks so much for sharing your story of your beloved Nellie. It did bring a tear to my eyes as I remembered my loves.
    Thanks for giving Nellie so much love.

  • Gaum says:

    God bless Nellie.I’m sure she’s having a whale of a time in animal heaven, looking forward to when she’s reunited with you and her stepbrothers and sisters. I’m sure she knew how much she was loved. I hope the pain of losing her diminishes over time and that only happy memories remain.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Nellies passing. I had to put down my best friend on October 24th, 2010. He’s name was Cheyanne and he was a Ragdoll cat. He has been with me for 18 years, but was at least 2 years old when I rescued him. He was a constant companion during every minute of my day. There wasn’t anything I could do at home that he wasn’t right by my side. He waited at the door for me to come home, sat with me, slept with me, sat in front of the computer everytime I got on it. What a sweet loving boy this cat was and I miss him so much and still cry for him everyday. God Bless all the animals and those that love and care for them.

  • Marcia says:

    Such a beautiful tribute. I wish all animals could be so lucky in their guardians.

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