Judys Health Cafe Memorial Garden


Welcome to our “Memorial Garden”, offered in loving tribute to all of God’s special little creatures who filled our lives with love, joy and happiness….

We dedicate Memorial Garden to Kashmere, Roxanne, Joey, Noodle, Kato, Giorgio, Gucci, Birdie and to all of you who have lost your best friends.

“It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.”
~Cheryl Zuccaro~


The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When a animal dies that has been especially close to someone here , that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special, someone who was left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together…

…Author Unknown

Kashmere, Silver Standard Poodle

To our sweet boy Kashmere, in loving memory, born July 15, 2000 and passed on February 15th, 2012.

What an amazing boy you were, Kashmere. Funny, silly, smart, sweet, kind, and everything anyone could want in a best friend. Saying goodbye to you was a heartbreaker and we’ll never get over losing you. I miss those big, beautiful eyes. It was almost as if I could look into them and know exactly what you were thinking. I will miss you always at my side, especially at bedtime. We always looked forward to that time, didn’t we?

Your Daddy was devastated that he didn’t get to see you before you left us. I heard him crying and begging me to tell him it wasn’t so. I know he’s going to miss calling “Kash, where’s the ball?” and then going out to play. You were always ready. He never did teach you to drop the ball when you brought it back.

I wonder how long it will be before the tears stop pouring down. I can feel that empty, sinking feeling and I’d give anything to hold you and kiss you one more time. The only thing that gives us any comfort is that you’re with Noodle. We know how much you missed him. You two were inseparable. Please take care of each other and Joey and look out for your little sister.

We love you so, so much!
Someday, we’ll all be together again.

With all our love,
Mommy and Paul

Roxanne, white miniature poodle

To our darling Roxanne, in loving memory, born September 12th, 1995 and passed on June 12th, 2011.

Roxanne, from the moment I saw you in that tiny cage in the New York pet shop, I knew you’d be a handful! You turned out to be two handfuls! For almost 16 years you were under my feet no matter where I went. You always wanted our full attention and there was no way you were going to share it with anyone! How many times did you turn on all the other dogs and it was always the last one in that you focused your full attention on. I think you slept with your eyes open just to be sure no one else would lay beside me.

I still feel you sleeping next to me and I’m still careful when I push back the bench in the bathroom that I don’t disturb you. When I call the boys in for their treats, I still say “Don’t step on your sister!”

Your Daddy was so excited to see you after being away all those months in Iraq, and you left us just two hours before he arrived. I was horrified to tell him you were gone.

A handful you were, but we miss you terribly. Amazing how our whole routine is so different because we were always looking out for you.

Try to be nice to all the babies at the Bridge, especially your brothers. Don’t fight with anyone…just try to be a good girl. But something tells me you’ll always be our little Roxanne.

Words can’t express how much we miss you, little girl.

With all our love,
Mommy and Paul

Joey, Apricot Standard Poodle

To our dear Joey, in the most loving memory, born February 9th, 2004 and passed on March 19th, 2010.

Joey, my sweet precious boy, I truly know the meaning of a broken heart. You were so young, always my baby. How I will miss your face, looking up at me with those eyes that spoke nothing but love.

Paul called you the “orange dog.” I called you a “mama’s boy” (wherever I was, you were, unless you were getting into trouble!) and I loved you more than I’ll ever be able to put into words. No one could cuddle like you did. I’m sure you slept with your eyes open, waiting for Paul to get out of bed in the morning. The second he did, you jumped in, snuggling up as close as you could against me. You had that “look” on your face like Paul shouldn’t have been there to begin with, that it was your bed. You definitely didn’t like sharing me.

Goodbye, my sweetheart, but only until we meet again. Wait for me at Rainbow Bridge and take care of Noodle. I know how much you missed him and now you are together again. Someday we’ll all be together and I’ll love you and kiss you all over again.

You’ll never be far from my mind.

Always in my heart, always in my soul.

What joy you brought to our lives, what heartache to lose you.

All our love,
Mommy and Paul

Noodle,Black Standard Poodle

To our dear, gentle Noodle, in the most loving memory, born February 9th, 1996 and passed on January 10th, 2008.

Noodle, my sweet precious boy, my gentle giant, I learned the true meaning of heartache, pain and sorrow when you left me. You gave me 10 of the most wonderful years and I’ll carry the love you gave me forever. I love you with all my heart and I miss you more than words can ever say. I always will and there won’t be a minute I don’t think of you. If the people in this world had the kind, gentle heart and soul that you did, the world would be a much better place.

I’ll never forget the day I found you. You were living in horrid conditions, not much room to run, you had no one who really cared, and you had an ear infection that hurt you terribly. Do you remember when we got in the car and you sat next to me for the next few hours until we got you home? By the time we got there, I was in love. You were my first Standard Poodle and oh, did you teach me a thing or two! You were so excited to be in our home where you couldn’t have been more loved or cared for.

I remember when we thought it would be so good for you to have someone to play with and we brought Kashmere home. Oh, did you love him from the second he got there and he loved you, too. Neither he nor I will ever be the same without you.

Run free, my darling, and wait for me at Rainbow Bridge. Give Gucci, Giorgio, Kato and Birdie my love. Someday we’ll all be together again and I’ll love you and kiss you all over again. You’ll never be far from my mind and always in my heart.

I miss you being at my side.

I miss your face.

I miss your soul.

With all our love,
Mommy and Paul


To our sweet little Birdie,

You were so sweet and so young, just 2 1/2 years old. We’ll never know how or why we lost you, but we are devastated. We’ll miss your voice, letting us know you wanted to be held. We’ll miss seeing you run across the room to get to your “daddy” who you loved more than life itself. All you had to do was hear the door open and you knew it was him coming home and you’d scream for him to come get you. For a little bird, you sure made yourself known…and we loved you.

Even Sylvia, who you loved to pick on constantly, will miss you deeply.

I’ll never forget how you “pecked” on 70 pound dogs as they walked by your cage! You had no fears!

You’re in our hearts, little girl, forever.

With all our love,
Mommy and Paul

Kato, Silver Miniature Poodle

To my sweet Kato, You were the love of my life, my little silly face. I never knew how much I could love someone until you came to me.

I’ll never forget when Ronnie called and asked me to foster you. I picked you up at the vet’s office and the minute they placed you in my arms, I knew you were mine forever.

We did so much together. You went to grooming school with me and I gave you the worst haircuts when I was just learning. When I opened our grooming shop, it was all because of you that it became so successful.

I can’t believe you stayed with me to help me over the losses of Gucci and Giorgio when you were so sick. You made sure you didn’t leave me to handle that alone.

I know I will never be the same without you.

All my love forever,

Giorgio and Gucci, Yorkshire Terrier
Giorgio and Gucci

To my sweet baby boy Giorgio,

I found you sitting in a corner, scared and shaking all over. I picked you up and knew I loved you that second. I brought you home and my life changed. You made me laugh…you were 2 pounds of trouble then! You were my first baby and I couldn’t have loved you more.

You gave me 14 years of love, laughter and friendship. I miss you, Giorgio.

Please take care of your sister and brother until I can again.

To my precious Gucci,

I miss you, little girl. You slept with me and followed me everywhere. Giorgio loved you the second he saw you. You made us into a real family. Our hearts died when you did. Then just a few months later, Giorgio had to be with you. Please watch over him for me.

I miss you both so very much.

All my love,

Anyone who considers a pet a beloved friend, companion, or family member knows the intense pain that accompanies the loss of that friend. For help with coping with pet loss visit:

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

The Pet Loss Support Page