Nina - Gone But Never Forgotten

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We lost our beautiful dog Nina on Saturday. She was small for a GSP but made up for it with a massive personality. She was diagnosed with a bacterial infection last October, and we knew she was on borrowed time, and are so grateful that we were given 6 months in which to spoil her some more. She filled our home with life. She could winge and whine for England if her routine was broken, but what we would give to hear her again just one more time. We were dreading the day we had to make the decision to take her to the vets, but bless her, she made this for us. We think she had a heart attack, we found her lying by her water bowl early on Saturday morning, and think she got up in the night for a drink. We hope her spirit remains with us in this house. The strange thing was though, that on Wednesday when she went for her walk, it was as though she had been given a new lease of life, she ran of down tracks and paths that she had been unable to do for a long time. With hindsight, it was as though she was visiting her favourite places for one final time. Why are we given these precious creatures who unconditionally give us their love, only to be taken away from us so quickly. RIP our beloved Nina, until we meet again.
 

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So very sorry for your loss
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I lost my beautiful girl just under 2 months ago and know exactly what you are going through at the moment. Yes, the time we have with them will always seem to short, but the pain will fade and the happy memories will last forever. Take care. xx
 

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so sorry to hear of your loss. My cousin sent me this story in an email yesterday and I think it sums up a dogs devotion to its people.


A Dog's Purpose (from a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, 'I know why.'

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, 'People are born so that they can learn how to live a good Life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?' The Six-year-old continued, 'Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.'

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.


Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
 

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Thank you so much for posting these replies. We have gained a great deal of comfort from them, and feel sure others will do the same. I have already emailed "A Dogs Purpose" to my friends and family and will remember Shane's words of wisdom for ever.
Kind Regards - Inspire
 
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