"We first spied Homer as a thin stray slinking across our yard on a cold day in November 1995. It took nearly a year for him to move from his residence outdoors—at first under our porch and later in our garage—to his life indoors. He slowly became acquainted with our resident Maine Coon cats, Tigger and MacGyver, and eventually they were all best friends sleeping on the bed together. Homer loved his indoor life and enjoyed watching birds at the feeder outside the kitchen window. In his last year, he was totally blind, but adapted to our house by memory and touch. Amazing to see such a positive spirit even if his whiskers were a little worn! He died after 18 long happy years of life."
|Sadie Hopkins Kent - "Little Dog - Big Attitude"
8/22/1995 - 2/18/2013
"Miss Sadie came into my life at a very young age. She was definitely a KEEPER! She took part in everything I did from celebrating holidays, visiting family and friends and taking plane trips. She loved her toys and being in the area of the front door to get her daily dose of sun. She was the best companion. She never complained and was always happy to be part of the action. Miss Sadie was a strong and sturdy little dog until the cancer took her life. She will always be in my heart. I love and miss her so very much. She was a beautiful little dog with a very BIG attitude."
|Tabitha Dixie Allen
6/23/2000 - 3/10/2012
"Tabitha was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. We took Tabby home on a beautiful day in August. She was the most loveable dobbie we've ever known. She was a good protector and fearless when she came up against all kinds of wildlife. Unfortunately, cancer took her. As we put on her tombstone, their paws touch our hearts. We will always love her as the family member she had become."
|Richard "The Lion-Heart"
6/4/2001 - 3/22/2011
Remembered through a gift to the Veterinary Memorial Fund.
"I realized how important contributing to the Veterinary Memorial Fund was when it was my own horse, Paddy, who was admitted to the Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va. Paddy was there in 2000 and again in 2001, and received excellent care both times from his surgeons, nurses, medical and administrative staff. We only lost Paddy last year at 24 years and I am certain he lived a full and healthy life due to the expertise of the teams at the EMC. It is a great comfort to me to remember him through the Veterinary Memorial Fund."
7/1/1998 - 5/16/2011
"It meant so much to receive your letter about the donations made to the Veterinary Memorial Fund by my colleagues in memory of Willie, the best friend and companion a person could ever ask for. I was so lucky to have been his owner for almost 13 years. I hope other animals will benefit from the clinical treatments developed through the research made possible by this fund."
|The Duke of Rasmont
10/28/2004 - 10/20/2011
"Duke never missed a night under the stars. He let me know when he was ready to come in: A good yoga stretch, a knock, a soft bark. I always told him, 'Let me know when you're ready' - He did. Thank you for the wonderful service you provide for so many of God's creatures."
The unveiling of the Veterinary
Memorial Fund bronze statue
was held in the Fall of 2005.
The statue is situated on a
Hokie-stone pedestal in the
entrance lobby of the college’s
Veterinary Teaching Hospital.