Memorial Animal Fix for Tenley, Biggy, Lila and Bella Killed in the Isherwood Explosion

“Dear PoPville,

I was a resident of the Northeast DC home that was intentionally set ablaze on June 4th.

My fiance and I lost our dog, Tenley, and my neighbor her dog (Biggy smalls) and a cat (Lila).

We wanted to acknowledge their lives in some small way:

To Lila: You may have been a devilish cat, but I loved you anyway. I’m so grateful to have had you by my side for 13 years. I loved you both so very much and miss you everyday.


To Biggie Smalls: May there be plenty of baby carrots to munch on and people for you to cuddle with where ever you are.

Today would’ve been Biggie’s 5th birthday, and I think this is a great way to remember him and the other furry friends we miss so dearly.


To Tenley (aka T, T-dog, T-money): We hope that Great Dane heaven is a place full of plush, king-size beds, peanut butter by the spoonful, and grassy fields to roll around in. We hope you know how much you are loved and missed. High-five, sweet girl. Love, Mom & Dad.



We don’t have photos, but a very loving pit-bull, Bella, was also lost in the fire. She made so many smile. xo Bella.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for giving us a public place to recognize the furry family members who were taken from us. – Laurie, Mike & Lauren”

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  • This is so heart-breaking and a beautiful tribute. My heart goes out to all the residents and their pets. I can’t begin to imagine how difficult this must be for all.


  • This is so, so, so sad. I’m so sorry about your sweet pets.

  • Oh, this breaks my heart. I’m so sorry – how painful for all of you. Awful awful awful.

  • So sorry for all of you, that’s truly horrible.

  • So sweet and heartbreaking. I’m sorry for your and your neighbors’ losses.

  • Just got a little dusty in my office seeing this

  • so unfair and just heartbreaking, helpless innocent pets

  • Sorry for your loss. They all looked like great animals.

    It’s a terrible tragedy that someone would want to commit suicide so badly that they endanger or threaten the lives of others.

  • msmaryedith

    This made me cry at my desk. Hugs to you guys–I am so sorry for your losses.

  • Laurie, Mike, and Lauren- my condolences to you as you mourn the loss of your beautiful pets. I teared up looking at their photos. I couldn’t imagine losing these precious and beautiful animals. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • epric002

    oh so teary over here. i hope these families find peace and healing.

  • I’m tearing up just thinking about how sad I would be if I had lost my beloved dogs that way. I’m so sorry for you and your loss.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Thank you for this lovely, loving tribute. I am so so sorry for your loss.

  • Oh, this is heartbreaking… Here’s hoping they’re all together over the rainbow bridge.

  • Cowaii1927

    Oh man that made me cry at my desk. So sorry for the loss of the sweet animals =(

  • What a beautiful tribute. My heart goes out to all of you who lost your sweet fur-babies.

  • binpetworth

    I echo all the loving sentiments above. Would be a wreck if this happened to me so am sending big virtual hugs to you and your loved ones.

  • My deepest condolences. I am tearing up at my desk.

    May they all be frolicking on the Rainbow Bridge. I dedicate this Rainbow Bridge posting to all those lost on the Isherwood fire!

    Rainbow Bridge

    Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the 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 to them, who had to be 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 quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him 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. You look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…

  • Just got a little teary eyed. My pup died unexpectedly when he was five years old and it was horrible. I still get emotional about it sometimes, and it was 8 years ago. My heart goes out to you guys.

  • I’m so sorry for you losses, how devastating.
    Thanks PoP, Laurie, Mike, and Lauren for the lovely tribute.

  • Oh god the tears. I’m so very sorry for your loss. They’ll be waiting for you all at Rainbow Bridge.

  • Peace.

  • I’m so, so, so, so sorry for your loss. To lose your babies on top of your homes is worse than anyone would have to go through.

  • I’m so very sorry for your loss. What absolutely beautiful pets! I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts. Take some comfort in knowing that your pets all look like they lived absolutely wonderful lives.

  • So very sad for your loss, but so happy these beautiful pets were clearly so loved. My heart breaks with yours. Wishing you peace and many cherished memories.

  • Tears.

    So sorry for your loss.

  • My heart breaks for you all, truly it does. These are such beautiful tributes to your lovely animals and I hope you can find some peace in knowing that they were loved during their time on this earth. I’m going to give my cats some extra big kisses and hugs when I get home tonight.

  • My heart goes out to you for your loss. You have my sincerest condolences.

  • My heart is broken for you all. This is a wonderful tribute in such horrible circumstances.

  • I am so, SO sorry for all of you, and your beautiful loving animals. Prayers and tears.

  • Just donated…weeping….

  • tears. lovely pets. so sad….

  • My condolences on your furry friends.

  • Heartbreaking and beautifully written. Thank you for sharing such a touching tribute.

    Laurie, Mike, and Lauren: We’ve never met, but we’re your neighbors on 18th St. NE (& Gales), home to many happy pups who’d welcome you with wet noses and wagging tails (and a cat who’d act like a dog) if you ever find yourselves on the block!

  • So very sorry for loss, Laurie, Mike, and Lauren. What beautiful and clearly loved pets.

  • Dear Laurie, Mike and Lauren — I’m so sorry for your tremendous loss. I’m sorry we never met. Please keep us updated as you can. We care how you’re doing. — your neighbor at 16th and D, Jill

  • balling my eyes out now. Poor babies! I’m so sorry Laurie, Mike, and Lauren. You’ve lost your homes and your families. My heart goes out to you, and I’m giving my cat extra cuddles tonight in memory of your pets.

  • Oh, I’m so sorry for all your losses. Losing a pet is heartbreaking. My thoughts with you all.

  • Yep, I’m crying too. I’m so sorry for your loss. I would be devastated if my pets were suddenly killed like that. I hope you’re all able to rebuilt and get resettled soon!

  • I am so sorry for your terrible loss. I will hug my pup and treat her all the more sweetly in memory of these beautiful pets.

  • I am a Rosedale neighbor and I think our dogs met at the dog park. I am so sorry. It is such a devastating loss.

  • Such beautiful sentiments. Thank you for sharing this. Pets occupy such a special place in our hearts.

  • my heart goes out to you in the loss of your loved ones. I’m so sorry.

  • What a touching tribute to Tenley, Biggy smalls, Lila and Bella! And yes, the tears are flowing but they are, by no means, idle tears. You cherished Tenley so and she returned that love a hundredfold. You were a gift to her, just as she was to you. A favorite quote about loss is engraved on a stone sitting prominently on my bookshelf. May these words bring comfort to you, Lauren and Laurie:

    “”They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now . . . wherever we are.”
    ~ St John Chrysostom

  • Definitely crying like a baby now. I’m so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you and I wish your beautiful babies a safe journey over the rainbow bridge 🙁

  • My heart goes out to you all, Laurie, Mike & Lauren and the four furbabies that lost their lives in this senseless act. Its never easy to lose a pet, especially when it happens like this. Please know that there are lots of people thinking of you and yours at this horrible time!

  • Saddest Animal Fix ever? Tomorrow we need some seriously cute puppy pictures to make up for this.
    My condolences to the owners. If you ever came to Lincoln Park I’m sure my little dog harassed yours at some point (she especially loves terrorizing Great Danes). Take comfort in the fact that they had wonderful lives surrounded by people who loved them.

  • I am so sorry for your devastating loss. Heartbroken for you. Sending you love and peace.

  • This is so sad. I’m incredibly sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine having to go through all of this, on top of losing your homes.

  • I read this yesterday and bawled. Saw the link again this morning and siiiiigggghhhh. I’m so sorry for your loss. :-(((

  • Oh, what lovely animals. I don’t have anything original to add to the sentiments already expressed, but I feel compelled to also express my sorrow and condolences to you all.

  • Lovely tribute, I hope all these good thoughts are easing their journey….
    (I have to shut my office door now….so sad)

  • Yup, I’ve joined the chorus of the bawling. I am so, so very sad for your losses. I’m sending Jedi mind-hugs out to all of you.

  • Laurie, Mike and Lauren – as a neighbor from down the block, I was so shaken by everything that happened that day and couldn’t even begin to imagine your own experiences. Please know how much positive energy and love so many of us are sending your way. May your memories of these beautiful little guys be a blessing to you and please continue to let us know if there is anything any of us can do in any small way.

  • this is so tragic. I cannot imagine the pain this has caused you and how terrible this was for your pets, whom you consider(ed) your children, friends, soulmates. writing this brings tears to my eyes though I don’t know you or them. I send my sincerest wishes to you.

  • This makes me teary. I’ll hug my pooch a little tighter tonight.

  • OMG, i just realized that I met Biggie Smalls at a dog park once. Such a friendly pup, whose name really fit him. So sad all of these pets are gone. So sad for their owners.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. What a terrible way to lose a friend. I hope that you find comfort in knowing that you have a friend waiting for you in heaven.

  • As a close by neighbor and pet owner, (my dog always had to bark at Tenley from across the street on walks where we passed him–probably bc he was jealous of his size!) my heart goes out to all of you. I’m so sorry for this loss. The Kingman Park community is grieving with you and wants to support you during this time.

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