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God gave me twelve years with this precious boy. I thought I
rescued him, but he really rescued me. He gave me a purpose
when I needed one the most. I know he is in a better place and he
and his sister, Reba, will be waiting on me at the bridge.
For now, my heart is broken in two, but I will see him
again. I love you, Nelson, be a good boy!
Nike, 05.03.05 -
Tribute date: 12.22.18, written by Greg Q
Nike spent years in shelters - both Kill and No Kill - because
nobody wants a Senior dog. Rejected multiple times. And yet he
hung in there - for YEARS - waiting for someone to finally accept
him. So when Nike landed in my lap, and turned out to be a great
dog, it was kind of a Miracle.
He spent the first weeks with his eyes on me, just watching and
learning about his new owner. I saw the wheels turning in his head
and knew right off he was smart. And I saw how kind and gentle he
was with kids. Not a mean bone in him. Great playing with other
dogs, too. He even loved cats. Often I asked myself: How did I get
so lucky with this cast-off shelter dog...that NOBODY wanted???
Sadly, my luck ran out. After just 3 years and 4 months with me,
Nike got cancer and had to leave this Earth. Devastating. But even
at the end, his body ruined, he was still a Trooper, always sweet
and cheerful. I miss him so much. I will never forget him, and the
bond we had, and hope some day we meet again in a better place.
Love you always, Nike! So proud of you, and what you accomplished!
You'll be a hard act to follow.
Black Lab/Shepherd/Cattle Dog mix
Gone Straight To Heaven!
Niko, 11-10-03 -
Niko was the love of my life and my rock through hard times. He
was my constant companion for the past 8 years after I rescued him
from a horrible situation where he was dying. His love for me was
strong and ever present and he expressed it very often. He was a
joyous and happy guy who loved his life and loved his sisters and
brother. He was gentle to children and curious about most people,
but fiercely protective of me when he sensed danger. We had many
adventures together, took lots of hikes, walks, and travelled
together. When he was able to get up on my bed, he slept beside me
and brought me comfort. Later, when he began to have hip problems,
I helped him up on the bed and picked him up when he fell.
Although he had reached a point of life where he slept most of the
time, he relished his nightly walks and enjoyed sniffing out the
other dogs' scents. Today he was in great pain and I knew he was
suffering. I chose to free him of his pain knowing it was going to
hurt. And now I am heart broken missing him and his sweet, funny
and loving spirit. God I loved that dog! I miss him greatly. There
will never be another Niko, or "Nee" as I called him. He was my
Norman, May 22,
2006 - October 6, 2018
Tonight we lost our beautiful Norman, a most gentle,loving basset
hound soul, who’s big brown sad and droopy eyes were just pools of
love you immediately fell into.
Norman was abandoned at a shelter when he was 8 years old. This
experience broke him, and he was the saddest looking dog I had
ever seen when I picked him up. It took a few weeks but he slowly
started to open his heart and he became the most loving and cuddly
dog, who loved cheese and wouldn’t even touch a meal unless it had
a sprinkling on top. He earned the nickname ‘cheesepig’, but no
others, as he truly was a Norman. He drank like a camel, scratched
the pantry door for endless cookies, hated the grass vacuum, loved
to be toweled, to lap up rainwater off of our outdoor table, and
for his belly and neck to be stroked, and would shove your arm if
you made the mistake of stopping the caresses. He had a wobbly
front leg but this never deterred him from his zest for life, or
in trying to keep up with his canine sister Daisie whom he adored
and always had to mark his spot on top of hers. We will miss this
sweet, gentle soul so much.
Norman has left giant Bassett paw prints on our hearts forever.
Loved and adored by Kim, LJ, his best friend Daisie , Millicat and
tolerated by Amycat. Reunited now with Midgie, Murphie, and Tigger
who loved his gentle presence. Fly free sweet little man, you have
earned your peace. xoxoxoxoxo