Companion Connection

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This site is dedicated to our loving QT and KC (below).  They blessed our lives with so much love, laughter and wisdom. Jerry & Ellette





Bone...want bone...Charlie the min-pin.

Charlie (right)  fought liver disease as long as he could, then he just had to tell his Mommy goodbye.  No suffering, just love and kisses all the way to the Rainbow Bridge.  Janet

Smiling Len.

Len (above) was part of me; not just my guide dog, but my best friend,.  He shall always have a special place in my heart.


"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated...

I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." -Mahatma Gandhi-

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A donation has been made in loving memory of Lillian I. Hutchison (below), mother of the founder of Companion Connection by her dear friend, Judy Lanahan.

Camelot (above) was a once-in-a-lifetime friend for me.  I miss him so very much.  Sheila

I will greatly miss my sweet little man.  Rest in peace, Nickel.  Love, Brian

Merlin (right) was the official greeter at the cat shelter.  He would greet everyone with loving licks and rubs.  I miss him so.  Ellette

Our sweet Mason (left) developed cancer and went to the Rainbow Bridge to meet his beloved guardian  Blane who had to give him up due to his own battle with cancer.  Rest in Peace, Ellette and Connie

Sweet Jorja (above) lost her battle with kidney disease this past winter (2/2011).  I shall miss her jumping on my back and nuzzling my neck.  Her purrs will remain in my heart forever.  Love, Ellette

Oh my dear Misty (right). I can still hear your purring.  What a lady you were and shall ever be.  A dignified friend always.  With love, Ellette.

“Sweet Dreams to Our Caroline

(2004 – 2011)”


                Brian & Donna

Charlie had a wonderful life with his family until a careless driver ran him down while on a leashed walk!  Love Janet

Princess (2009—2013)

Oh how hard this is to tell you goodbye for now.  It was a shock to lose you and I don’t know how or when  I’ll get over this.  I will miss your daily loving and silly mannerisms.   Rest in Peace my friend.  You will be missed.  Love, Ellette and Jerry

Ace was taken from us way too early in his life—he was only 8 years old when Mast Cell cancer took over his body.  While his mood was unpredictable, we loved him so very much and our hearts ache for his presence.  Love Ellette and Jerry

It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you one of our adopted cats, Tuff, unexpectedly ran quickly out of the house and ran across the street into a neighbor's yard.  He got under the car and then… the neighbor’s dog got to him.  Tuff grew up around dogs and didn’t realize his life was in danger.  He passed peacefully in his person’s arms… and he was purring.

Aquitas was so depressed that her family had to give her up.  We tried all sorts of special food and love and care… she continued to decline.  We lost her, but she lives on at the Rainbow Bridge and will be united again.

Astra was rescued as a stray in Elgin.  She was extremely thin, had internal infection, anemia and thyroid issues.  Placed in a loving foster home and all the best foods and love, she was happy.   But her body couldn’t heal.  We are so sad to have lost this beautiful gift from God.  V

Winston had found his purrfect home.  There couldn’t have been more love and attention for this boy.  He had the best life a kitty could dream of before cancer took him to the Rainbow Bridge where he waits for Grace and Arnie.  R.I.P. sweet boy.

Dakota had been Andy’s loving companion for more than 12 years.  Having him as his buddy while growing into adulthood himself, Andy has found this loss leaving a huge hole in his heart.  Sweet memories of Dakota and the good days will help Andy move forward with his life.  Dakota’s grandpa made a significant donation to Companion Connection in Dakota's name.  V

Oh my dear sweet were so gentle and so loving.  Not fair to have lost you so young.  Romp and play freely now—no pains, no limp.  Just freedom of heart!  V

One of our adopted kitties has gone to the Rainbow Bridge 2/16/2017—Sweet Angel was born September 24, 2002 and was adopted by Clare Tharp July 2012.  For five blissful years these two were the best of companions.  Clare referred to Angel as her “therapy kitty” as she always brought a smile to Clare’s face. 


From Clare:  “She was really an Angel!”

Another adopted furbaby has gone to the Rainbow Bridge -

Tookie was more than just a pet, she was my friend, my companion, the center of my universe.  She was a very unique kitty.  She had the most expressive face and soft mew.  When I sat on the couch watching TV, she would rest her head on my leg and fall asleep.  Of course, I couldn’t move for hours because I couldn’t bring myself to move and wake her.  Tooke gave as much love as she received, and she helped me through some very tough times.  I will miss and love her always.   Bob S

You Will Always Be My Best Friend


A Loving Tribute to all Companion Animals by

Amy Luwis, Cartoonist * Animal Cruelty Avenger

Co-Founder *

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 “Don’t worry Deuce, everything is going to be ok, I’m with you. I’ll help you cross the Rainbow Bridge. There will be so many friends when you get there. You’ll see KC, EZ, JD, BJ, QT and Ace waiting for you. You’ll be well again, your legs will be strong, you’ll be able to run and play with all of your friends. You will feel no more pain.”

Love, Dad & Mom (Jerry & Ellette)

Great Teacher and Great Friend.  Run free sweet Nico. 

I know Ella Rose found love and peace with us. Most of all, she modeled Christ in her goodness. Every pet that came in contact with Ella could feel it, and you saw it. There was so much to learn from Ella. She was an angel to us.  I cannot express my gratitude for bringing Ella Rose into our lives. She graced our lives with nothing but gentleness, compassion,  and love.  Kristen


Ella Rose


By Kristen Halverson


God gave me this furry Texas angel for a season in time.


Her kind soul entered our world, and we were never quite the same.


She taught us to love each other unconditionally, be gentle with others and have patience will all.


Ella Rose roamed the Bastrop farm fields, loved running around the hills of Iowa, snuggling with the cats, watching the horses, and playing in the snow.


Most of all, I know she loved hearing how much she was loved every morning, noon, and night.


She danced around the house when she heard it was feeding time or time to go out and play.


Her other animal friends always gathered around her as they felt her goodness beat in their hearts too.


Ella Rose was the gentlest soul that we ever known.


God needed another angel, and called Ella home one fall morning.


Her love is forever imprinted on our hearts and home.


I am so grateful to Ellette, another angel and savior for bringing this special Texas rose to my family.


May we all learn from Ella that we all deserve a chance to begin again no matter what struggle has presented itself, a loving season in life, and to be gentle with ourselves and others around us.


Khanysha Randa lost her battle with cancer and we are completely heartbroken. She leaves her littermate brother, Shombay with her newest sister, Trinity to carry on her impish legacy!  Always first to the bed, to the food bowl, to the treat jar, she leads her brother to the Rainbow Bridge. They will meet again as shall we with all our companion animals.  God speed, Khanysa.  We miss and love you always.  Mom & Dad

Mia was an incredible kitty; unlike any I have had. she had a range of vocalizations depending on what she wanted. we chatted back and forth. She would look up at me and if she wanted to really emphasize something she would meow loudly with her ears back then I knew she meant business. She had her way and I allowed her to do it her way. She always liked being in same room I was. She would meet me at the door when I came home from work. She really loved getting brushed, 3 or 4 times a day was not too much. She was a terrific companion, one of a kind and I will miss her very much.  August 2021