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a goodbye…

July 6, 2010

porch2 This was a post I hoped to never have to write. Of course I knew the day would eventually come. Last Tuesday June 29th my sweet Nico crossed over the bridge. He passed away while cradled in my arms. the end came fast, a blessing for both of us.

I have spoken about Nico a few times in my posts but never mentioned the awful diagnosis we received last June. After many tests it was revealed that he had degenerative myelopathy. In short, it is a slow, progressive spinal cord disorder of unknown cause. He became completely paralyzed in February so we knew we were on borrowed time. His spirits were high and he dealt with his harness and our help like a real champ! I can say without hesitation that we lived every day of the 4 years he was with us to the absolute fullest.

I say that we rescued him but in truth it was he who rescued me. He was our family dog but he was my boy. The stories I could tell are endless and this isn’t the forum for that I know. I will say that he and I took an amazing journey resulting in each of us becoming happy, confident, and content beings. Only 4 short years together but the love, companionship and devotion will be in my heart forever. He made me a better person and taught me that sometimes when all seems dark and hopeless someone or something wonderful is right around the corner. I will be eternally grateful that I had the honor of calling him ours.

For all you that share your lives with animals…..Give them an extra hug today. They deserve it!

Here is a link to our YouTube memorial my husband made for me.

Happy trails to you my sweet Nico~ DSCN1813

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