In Remembrance of Scamp 2002-2017
Hi Sheldon and Diane
I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am about your baby boy. I know how much you guys love him and what a great pet editor he was. Now that he’s crossed the rainbow bridge, I hope you can find comfort in his memories, adorable pictures and fame.
It’s never ever easy – I’m really sorry for your loss and I hope your hearts heal soon.
Never easy … big hugs to all of you.
I am so sorry to hear that Scamp isn’t doing well. I’ve seen him over the years as well as you at dog events around town. It’s so hard to know he could be gone soon, he will take a big piece of your heart with him.
Know he loves you in only the way a dog can love: unconditionally.
Take care Scamp fan Fritz
If it should be that I grow weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.
You will be sad, I understand;
Don’t let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.
We’ve had so many happy years –
What is to come can hold no fears.
You’d not want me to suffer so;
The time has come, so let me go.
Take me where my needs they’ll tend
And please stay with me until the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I’ve been saved
Please do not grieve – it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
We’ve been so close, we two, these years
Don’t let your heart hold back its tears.
Sent by Patty Jenkins Poem is by an unknown author
We’re sorry you’re not feeling well. We know how it feels to be special (mommie & daddy had to get special permission at The City Center for us to live there) and how sad your mommie & daddy must be right now.
We really hope you get well.
Bono, Lizzy & Emma
Dear Diane & Sheldon
Scamp was a wonderful dog and I know brought you lots of joy. He had a great full life. I could tell because he was so happy. All the best.
Beth, Ella & Clare
Dear Diane & Sheldon
Scamp was an amazing dog who touched all of our hearts. He will never be forgotten. Always here for all of you. Love the Bakers
You’re in our thoughts. We know Professor Scamp was a very special part of your family and brought you many years of cherished memories.
Canine Adoption and Rescue League
I just wanted to give you my condolences on Scamp’s passing. Me and my girlfriend fell in love with Scamp and his column. It’s clear to me he was well loved by all, as all dogs should be, and he will be missed.
I am so so sorry. My love to you all … please kiss Scamp goodbye from me. I am having something made in his honor
Sheldon, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your furry family member. …
So sorry Sheldon. I know how it feels.
Oh I’m so sorry Sheldon and Diane I know how much you love him❤I know how hard it is.
Sorry to hear about Scamp. I know you two were close.
As a pet owner (have lost 2) I wanted to tell you I’ve shared your grief. There is nothing in the world to compare to unconditional love of a pet.
Miss Scamp but hope you will soon share love with another.
I’m sorry to hear that Sheldon.
Sheldon and Diane, So sorry … it is very sad, losing a beloved pet.
I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I feel your dismay.
Thank you for letting me know. Please know my thoughts and good wishes are with you
I am sorry. I know what it is to say goodbye to a friend like Scamp. hugs and love to you and Diane.
Awwww! Sorry to hear such a sweet dog. We will all miss him. I know you are down now so anything I can do to help be glad to do it.
The little guy had a great life with you folks. Letting him check out while it’s still great is the biggest favor you can do for him.
So sorry Sheldon. It is so rough going thru that. Ugh. Thinking of you both and Scamp. End of an era!
So sad to read of Scamp’s not-so-good health. Losing a pet has often been harder for me than losing a person. I’m sure you know the drill well – we try and do the best thing for our beloved pet when the time comes. The bottom line is quality of life. Never about us.
I can’t quit crying!!! Wish I could say goodbye to Scampy but I’d probably drown him. My heart goes out to all of you!
I’m so sorry…… Truly understand. Been there. Think about all the fun times (I guess that’s what makes it sad) and all the memories he left with you.
We went through this after the death of a cat and my husband said maybe not for a while. I missed the companionship so went to humane society and came home with Mr. Kitty. He is much loved and by both of us. It is always a hard decision on how soon. Animals are so good for our well-being … and we are good in their lives – albeit shorter than ours.
Will be thinking of you and your wife.
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