Friday, December 15, 2006

Nicki 11.30.1996--12.08.2006

My sweet Westie passed away a week ago today. Nicki was a sweet dog and a constant companion. It was unexpected, and I was not prepared, but I guess you never are. He had been misdiagnosed for over a week, and when we finally got a was not good. If your dog has excessive sneezing-please take them to a specialist and do not believe it is allergies or something else respiratory . Nicki had been in pain, and it is torture to see a loved one in pain. He was my sidekick for 10 years and I feel lucky. Everyone who knew Nicki loved him. He was my buddy, tomato eater, official Garage Sale Greeter, and all around jovial guy.

Nicki loved squirrels, Shelties, his brother Forrest, cucumbers, french fries, walks, rides in the car, The Westminister Kennel Club dog show on TV, and kisses.
Oh and he loved his chair, and would sit in it for hours. Sometimes he would sit up in his chair and bark a few times just to let us know he was king of the castle, then he would go back to sleep.

I am touched by all the kindness people have shown. Some people have said things like "Oh well he was just a pet". You cannot quantify love, and I loved that little dog. He was not just a pet, he was my family.

It would be so easy to fall into a fog of sadness, but I know life has to move on. My friend Em told me it was about time for a tribute to Nicki.... so here it is.

Rest in Peace my sweet little man. I love you.


Blogger shychai said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your doggy, the loss of a pet is never something small & to voice that opinion to someone who has just suffered that loss is insensitive to the extreme. I'm sorry you had to bear that also.
He looks like a delightful dog, so dignified in his outfit!

8:00 AM  
Blogger Nicky said...

I am so sad to hear about Nicki, I completely understand how much you love your dog and how hard it is to go through that loss. I still get tears when I think about the dog I lost and I can't even imagine being without my Lily now. I am thinking about you and hoping you feel comfort and the support of loved ones during this difficult time.

9:29 AM  
Blogger melanie said...

It is time for a tribute, Peej, and you did a lovely job on it. I adore the pictures you posted of him--esp. when he was all puppy-like and trimmed up cute. He was a great little dog because you provided him with such a good home. You were a good momma bear to him and pushed for resolution on what was wrong, and even though it didn't turn out the way we had hoped, you always did what was best for him.

Give Forrest a big hug for me!

12:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My Aunt had two Westies (Mother & daughter) that died within hours of each other. Heidi was 12 Mindy was 8 or so. The two dogs were so close that when Mindy had to go have surgery for cancer (before she died) Heidi ran through the house for hours howling. The vet said Heidi had a heart attack. My Aunt was hysterical. Her husband was away on business, so my Uncle had to go over and remove the dogs. SO SAD!! Anyone who says it's just a pet has never had one. They are just like your family.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm so sorry, doll. What a sweet guy, and such a love to you. I'm sad for your loss and sad for people who have apparently been deprived of the incredible love a special pet brings to a family.

Thanks for sharing your little guy with us here.

1:35 PM  
Blogger MISS S said...

That was very sweet Jen. Nicki had a great personality. I remember the first time we met and he had on that leather jacket. I have a pic of him with it on. He is playing with Thumper. I think Nicki would want you to shower the love for him to his brother Forrest now. Nicki is and will be greatly missed. Many Hugs and kisses

8:22 PM  
Blogger Whitepoppy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. He looks like the type of dog who was an amazing little buddy. He's in my thoughts and prayers.

2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet little guy. Sending you peace.

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh hon. :'-(

My condolences. I know words will never do, but for what it's worth, I do know how painful it is to lose a loved one (both animal and human, and I've got to tell you, it's a dead heat), so I know the pain you're feeling right now. {{{{{{J}}}}}}

Please look at it as a blessing that fate allowed the two of you to travel through life together, if only for the (pathetically short) time of Nicki's life. You were lucky to have each other.


2:05 PM  
Blogger Euronewyorker said...

I just wanted to offer my condolences and sympathy on the loss of your beloved Nicki. I can only imagine your heartbreak and the void left by his passing. I don't care what anyone says, it's as tramatic as losing a family member or close friend. He was truly fortunate to have as loving and caring a mommy as you, and you have the memories of all the joy he brought you. At least he is at rest now and not suffering anymore {{{{Peej}}}}


5:55 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Jen, I'm so sorry! Sending you tons of hugs.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started to read this post in my office and I started to well up with tears.

Oh sweet Paris I can only imagine your heartache right now.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

J, I am so sorry for your loss. What a precious companion he was, and I know that he felt your love for him. Pets are family. I'm saying a prayer for you today.

7:22 AM  
Blogger EMILY said...

Waterworks! Fabulous tribute!

Nicki was a wonderful pup, Jen. The one thing you can always hold dear is the fact that you never gave Nicki anything less than your whole heart. He's chasing butterflies with Gilligan and McDougal and every dog I've ever loved and lost.

Say hello to that handsome man, Forest! And if you need some Tootie therapy, you just let me know. :)

12:11 PM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

Thank You to everyone for such wonderful and thoughtful comments.

*Shychai-Thanks for the kind words. He was a dignified and proud little guy.

*Nicky- Thank you. I am sorry for your loss but I know you love your beautiful Lily. Dogs are the BEST.

*Melanie- Thank you. I will always remember you and Nicki singing at the tops of your lungs at the Garage Sale. Forrest appreciates your hugs! Kisses to C &C.

*Beanie--What a heartbreaking story. that is so sad. I cannot imagine losing 2 beloved pets in the same day. Thanks for your kind words.

*Jennifer- Thank you very much for the kind words. I am glad to share my little guy.

I have that picture too. You are sitting on my couch and Nicki is in you lap. He loved Auntie S.
Love ya and thanks!

*WhitePoppy- Thanks so much for your kind sentiments. I appreciate it.

*Greeneyes- Thanks sweetie! Hugs to you.

*K- Thank you so much! I remember you talking about your beloved Mulligan. It is such a difficult thing. Big hugs to you and your gorgeous family--and kisses to Cowgirl!

*T--Thank you very much. I appreciate your kind words, and I am very happy to see you here. I miss chatting with you every morning on the board. Big hugs to you!!

*Ina--Thank you. It means a lot. Hope the holidays are treating you well.

*Mary-Thank you. I appreciate your kindness. Please give Day-Z girl a kiss from me!

*Carolyn--Thanks so much for the thoughts and prayers. I am touched by all the kindness.

*Em- I have good memories of you and Nick. At Bark in the Park and at the bar with Jeff and his 2 dogs that one night. Nick had better social skills than most humans! Thanks for the kind words and kisses to your Nick and Tootie, AND to Mama and Gordie and Leeland--who is very smart and handsome!

2:39 PM  
Blogger katiedid said...

I am so, so sorry, J. I can't even imagine how much you will miss her. You were so lucky to know one another, and this was a lovely tribute to that. My sympahties for you guys.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

Thank you Katie. I appreciate it.
Please give your sweet little weenie dog a smooch from me!

Happy Holidays to you.

8:50 AM  
Blogger TessaJ said...

Oh, hon. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. You take care of you and give yourself the time you need to heal. xo

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What a cutie pup, what a friend. I'm so sorry you lost him, and so suddenly. I had no idea.

I don't believe in heaven for people, but weirdly, I believe in heaven for dogs, because I think they deserve it. Maybe if dogs love us enough we get to go there too.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for you loss, I can't even begin to think of life without our dog Lucky, they really become part of the family and people who don't have dogs just don't realize this.
I hope you find comfort in all your good memories.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

Tessa, Tania, and Tracy--

Thank you ladies so much for your words. I miss my little guy.

Tania- I guess I agree with you. I think of animals in heaven, and it is a big field where they can run and play. I do not picture heaven for humans.
I hope Nicki is in heaven getting lots of treats and chasing lots of squirrels.


6:15 AM  
Blogger Curley's Mobile DJ Services said...

It has been a while since I have visited the blog! For that, I am sorry.

This post makes me really sad. My family recently had to put down our first son at the beginning of November.

I should clarify. We considered our dog Lucky our first son.

He was eleven years old and diagnosed with lung cancer (and he never smoked?)

I have realized from his death how much I love my children. After having to witness the approved death of our boy Lucky I don't know if I could make it through the death of a child.

I hope that your grief was less than my wife and mine.

Call sometime!!!

11:27 PM  

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