MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN
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Lily Bear Johnston, TIkiHut Class of 2004, my big stunningly beautiful girl, you were absolutely my best friend - every minute and every day. Lily - you were such a joy! I'm so grateful that you found me and I found you. Thank you for your humor, loyalty, sense of justice and play. We went everywhere together and though I miss your physical body - I get it - that the love is forever and ever and ever. - Michelle
Matti Maeri Tom, CGC, TikiHut Class of 1999, 1st Princess of the TikiHut, foster mom/sister to many of the TikiKids. You were the reason why we do this and why TARA exists today. You will be missed very much by all that have had the pleasure of enjoying your charming personality and seeing those beautiful, brown eyes. See you at the Rainbow Bridge.
Ichiban was our family dog when we lived in Japan in the 1950-60s. She was part Akita, beautiful, sweet — and very strong for a 13 year old girl to take walking! She was part of my introduction to a lifelong love of animals. I'm so glad to have a way to honor her memory, hopefully with a bit of help for another Akita. Arigato gozaimasu, Maury Mulligan
Maui Kona Kai - Beloved friend of Kat Friis
Kenji, Tikihut class of 2001, exuded and enjoyed life for over 12 yrs. His spirit went past the veil at home Feb. 21, 2012, after a brave 8 month chemo battle with lymphoma. We are eternally grateful for every extra moment we had with him, yet we refused to go past any point where he would suffer. He was always faithful to and ever loved by The Dennis & Julie Tamura family and then his last 8 years The Peter Woulfe family. So sweet and mellow to every dog & human he ever met, yet never a challenge or critter he did not beat. During the day, Alpha dog in Dolores Park, & at night, leader of his pack of roaming canine & human friends in Upper Noe Valley. He walked every part of San Francisco and most of the Bay Area off leash, so obedient he was. Late night North Beach crowds were his favorite and a more beautiful dog the paparazzi did never see. Truly a gift from God was he, helping families cope with many lost loved ones, the loss of his first guardian and the struggle for life of his second guardian. In all losses, sorrows, joys and triumphs, our Buddy was there with his special unconditional love, thanks to the good souls at Tikihut. Please realize how, to so many, so much was given from your life giving work. Thank you forever from the bottom of our hearts. - Pete & Jim Woulfe
Ben was a wonderful member of our family for nearly 9 years. We will miss Ben more than words could ever express but we are so thankful for the memories that we will always cherish. May God bless our Ben in Heaven. - Craig & Angie Koss
Yoshi Bear Clark 9/14/02-7/23/11 According to Greek mythology, The Big Dipper was originally known as "Ursa Major", which means "The Great White Bear-your protector in the night sky". Legend has it that a debate ensued as a few philosophers said that since bears do not have tails, "Ursa Major" could not possibly be their protector in the night sky. It is told that those naysayers disappeared; never to be heard from again...Everyone was now a believer! Numerous people who knew Yosh well have recalled this ancient tale. Each has said, "Little did they know back then that they were simply ahead of their time...for they had not yet met our Yoshi; our polar bear with a tail-our protector in the night sky! So now, each time you look up and see the Big Dipper...know that Yoshi is in that night sky — our protector. Thank you, each of you for your love, kindness, support and thoughtfulness that you have shown. It is truly appreciated! Thank you for showing Yoshi such love these last several years; making the second half of his life such a positive one. Without a doubt, Yosh loved providing therapy at TLRC and also to the community at large. He certainly had a highly unusual intuitive nature and was one magnificent dog indeed! Yosh may have left my arms, but he will never leave my heart.
Ben Bear Tom, CGC, TikiHut Class of 2000 Beloved family member and devoted friend... You will be deeply missed by all whom you've shared your hugs with... We look forward to seeing again at the Rainbow Bridge.
In and Out The dog searches until he finds me Upstairs, lies down with a clatter Of elbows, puts his head on my foot. Sometimes the sound of his breathing Saves my life---in and out, in And out: a pause, a long sigh… By Jane Kenyon from Yoga the Poetry of the Body "Rest in Peace Mochi, we loved you so very, very much." - Robin and Julie
"Magnificent Inari - We love you forever; God bless you." - Jill & Brian
"Czar - our great love. You are in our hearts and we will forever miss you" - Karen & Mike
Beloved Kohki was lost to cancer. Her spirit is missed terribly by Lynne and all of us at TARA.
Hoshi's life was saved by Connie, and her loving memory will remain with her for eternity.
Elly, our extraordinarily special girl. She had the eyes of an angel. Check back to read her story.
Rest in peace, Ebi Webby...
Free at last, Kobe. Run like the wind.
Yama, your memory lives on in the hearts of those who love you.