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Pet Tributes

Honoring and celebrating the lives of our faithful friends

Brought to you by the Pamplin Media Group with the support of DoveLewis

Our relationships with companion animals are some of the most important ones in our lives. We build special memories with them, and their loss can be devastating. Grief is a normal, natural response to loss, and we grieve our pets because we love them deeply.
Pamplin Media Group readers can now honor the memories of their furry, scaled, and feathered family members with a Pet Tribute. And thanks to DoveLewis’ Pet Loss Support Program, readers can now place a Pet Tribute at a significantly discounted rate.
To place a Pet Tribute call 503-620-7355 or click this link



Friend: A person who knows and likes anotherSynonym: Comrade, chum, crony, companion

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Rooney photo 1These words describe Rooney, our friendly companion who we lost on August 28, 2022.

Rooney was born on December 30, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. At eight weeks, he flew to Oregon where he made his home with us in Forest Grove.

Although he was professionally trained and generally well-behaved, sometimes his Airedale terrier "running genes" just proved too much to resist and off he would go. Luckily, he always encountered a kindly human willing to help him find his way back home. One time, a lady took him to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter where we later went to bail him out. And, then there was the time that a Washington County police officer lured him into his patrol car by offering him some of his chicken sandwich before bringing him home.

He also spent countless hours running with his friend Dave at the Tom McCall track and on the streets of Forest Grove and free roaming on the family tree farm.

He enjoyed traveling in the RV all over the northwest with Dave and his other person, Patti. One of his frequent destinations were the game day tailgate parties at Autzen Stadium.

In his later years, he became a bit of a local legend at Mari-Don's Cafe where he waited, tied up outside the diner for Dave to have his breakfast or lunch. It was here that Rooney fulfilled one of the major purposes of his life…to make people smile. Whether the passer by gave Rooney a casual look, a pat on the head, or a whispered hello, they continued on their way with a little smile on their face.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Rooney photo 2One last command: Rooney, don't sit and stay! Run and be free! We'll see you later.

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