On behalf of the staff at Foothills Animal Clinic, we are honored to pay respect to our beloved animal friends who have passed. We also welcome you to create a lasting tribute for your beloved pet or animal friend on our website's Pet Memorial page. Please feel free to complete the following Pet Memorial Form in Adobe Acrobat format, which requires the free Acrobat Reader to view.

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Poem to Steven and Gretchen Kelly, written by Norma (Dr. Kelly's sister), in memory of Jennifer Marie Kelly.


We started a journey, you and I,

so many years ago.

When we started, I didn't realize,

how far, us two, would go.


We traveled up and down the road,

more times than I remember.

I didn't care where we went,

as long as we went together.


I was your companion and confidante,

I listened to your dreams.

My presence gave you comfort,

we made such a wonderful team.


Joy and sadness, graduations and deaths,

we survived it all,

Changing jobs and homes and pets,

I learned to like them big and small.


Time takes it toll, the body fails,

the mind, it starts to wander.

Every journey must have an end,

so too, our time together.


I thank you for your loving care,

I couldn't have asked for more

You tried so hard to keep me here,

but now it's my time to soar.


Remember me for all the times,

we shared with one another.

Thanks, Mom & Dad, for all the love,

it couldn't have been better.


Love, Jen – June 11, 2013

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This video was created by Kat, one of our veterinary assistants, in memory of her cat Leon. She found him in a dumpster in Memphis in 2000. From humble beginnings a great friendship was born.

*In Memory Of Leon - Flipagram with music by Commodores - Nightshift
created using Flipagram app

Puppy Sidney

Senior Sidney

We love you and miss you so much. You were the best little girl anyone could ask for.

Love, mommy and daddy


1/12/1999 - 1/24/2014


From the first time we saw you, we knew we had to save you. There was no way we could let such a sweet girl die. You survived and became a part of our lives. You were our one eyed girl with the sweet nature and soft "hee-HEE-hee-hee" vocals that greeted us morning and night and filled our lives with delight. Sadly, time caught up with you, as it will one day for all of us. We love you. We miss you. There will never be another one like you.

Love, Mom and Dad

Poem for "Pip" - Deceased June 2014

You Did Me a Kindness

When my legs grew too weak to carry me,

And my tired eyes could no longer see,

When it pained me to struggle for each new breath,

When my heart beat weaker, and I drew closer to death,

You did me the kindness of letting me go.

You didn't make me hang on when I was suffering so.

I promise I don't think that you loved me any less,

And I love you all the more for your selflessness.

You freed my spirit from its body so wracked with pain,

And let me run the fields of Heaven, where I'm sure we'll meet again.

Poem for "Gunnie" - Deceased June 2014

The Best Dog of All

Loving and loyal,

A friend through and through,

How in the world can I

live without you?


I've known you since you

Were just a scrappy little pup.

Fighting to survive,

And you never gave up.


I watched you grow into a

beautiful canine friend.

Back in those days,

I could not imagine this end.


But now it is all over,

And you're truly gone.

Somehow I'll find a way

To try to carry on.


Perhaps one day I'll find

A new puppy who,

Will become my dear friend,

But he'll never replace you.


I'll keep your little photo

hung up on my wall,

And I'll always remember you

As the very best dog of all.

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Molly Hill

The Creation

When God had made the earth and sky
the flowers and the trees,
He then made all the animals
the fish, the birds and bees.

And when at last He'd finished
not one was quite the same.
He said, "I'll walk this world of mine
and give each one a name."

And so He traveled far and wide
and everywhere He went,
a little creature followed Him
until it's strength was spent.

When all were named upon the earth
and in the sky and sea,
the little creature said, "Dear Lord,
there's not one left for me."

Kindly the Father said to him,
"I've left you to the end.
I've turned my own name back to front
and called you dog, My friend."

Author Unknown

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Aspen 2004-2017

The Daily Ride

Our junior executive died today.
I’m not sure what we’ll do.
The office just won’t be the same.
The staff will miss him, too.

We met him in a parking lot.
He boldly walked right up.
He seemed homeless and on his own.
He jumped right in the truck.

Though he enjoyed his new found home,
the thing he loved the most,
was riding in a car or truck,
though he would never boast.

His friends preferred to stay at home,
but he just loved to wander.
If someone headed for the door,
he jumped to be their partner.

And so, he came to work each day,
devoted through and through.
Whether sick or well, he would ride,
he knew just what to do.

His friends would stop upstairs to see
him working every day.
Sometimes they brought a treat or two,
to get him through the day.

Though he grew old, he didn’t stop,
He knew that he was needed.
A hug or pat upon his head,
Made his friends less heated.

But now, he’ll make the trip no more.
He’s gone on his last ride.
Aspen, we love and miss you, boy,
Thanks for the daily ride.

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Remembering Reggie---April 2011-February 17, 2018

Sometimes, I called him “B Bop” because he had the most engaging and happy personality! But mostly, I called him Reggie. Even those who were “dog people” loved him.

Reggie took his “job” at our office very seriously-he was our official greeter, helped make copies and clean crates and supervised the feeding and medicating of other pets. But most all, Reggie followed me around making sure that I was doing my job!

Reggie and two other kittens started out at Rutherford County Animal Control. Two of the kittens got adopted but Reggie did not. He was sickly and one Saturday afternoon while working on a grant at our office, I brought him in to care for him. We had another cat named Lacy-not too fond of other pets! However, they soon became fast friends and Reggie was now a part of our “feline office staff!” and over the years, Reggie also wormed his way into everyone’s hearts.

As time passes, we somehow have this notion that our pets should live forever! Not very realistic-we know this-but pets are magic! They bring us so much joy-their love is unconditional. Sadly on Saturday, it was clear that Reggie was suffering and in extreme pain. And early Saturday evening, Reggie crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Now his pain is gone and we have to know that he is continuing his “job” of supervising the other cats and dogs and probably us as well.

Our hearts are broken and we will miss Reggie terribly.
A special thank you to Dr. Gretchen Kelly at Foothills Animal Clinic and Brenda for being there as I held Reggie one last time to say goodbye.

Lynne (Community Pet Center)

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