|03-11-2014 12:37 AM|
Thank you. <3 It really is incredible the bond that you can have with a dog. I had always wanted it when I was younger. I used to beg my parents for a dog. When I started volunteering at the shelter, there were MANY dogs who I had wanted to bring home. Each one was special in their own way and I have lots of stories I could tell. You would just know when you saw them who you would click with. I never would trade the time I had with Kenai for anything. I was so lucky and blessed that when her hips really got to be bad I had just gotten out of tech school and starting working for a wonderful referral/specialty hospital. Getting her left hip replaced had given her such a new lease on life that she'd never had before. And it gave her and I more reasons to get closer. Without the use of NSAIDs, she got acupuncture a few times a week, and we did hydrotherapy/e-stim with her to help her more. With how much she hated water, I had to climb into the hydro tank with her and my co-worker. She would do anything for me if she could do it.
Every dog that I have owned and own now, I have noticed that they're each different. Each unique. I've learned so much from each of them and it goes to show that Kenai held a huge place in my heart. It only feels full now that I have three monsters floating around my room. Every one is different, they came to me in different ways, and I love each of them for who they are, who they've become with me.
She may not have been perfect, she had her quirks and faults, but I always knew my girl was there if I needed her. And the fact she'd try her hardest and didn't quit until I told her it was okay to let go is something that I'll never forget.
|03-10-2014 08:51 PM|
Great thoughts and nice vid. You just helped qualify how incredible a relationship with a dog is for many. Yep...never gonna be another Kenai and perhaps that's what makes each and every dog so special. As I have always told myself...." no matter the hardship, all my dogs ended up at my doorstep for a reason....and I'd do it all over again knowing what I know today"......11 years was a good run and made impressions you will never forget....dog succeeded in touching your heart....what more could one ask for.
Totally appreciate the sentiments of your beloved Kenai.
|03-10-2014 08:34 PM|
Thank you for sharing such beautiful words in tribute to your beloved GSD. The world would be a much better place if everyone cared for their pet as you have, I really appreciate your sharing such fine memories. Bob
|03-10-2014 07:28 PM|
I know she is waiting for me. Free of pain and able to run like she should have in life. She was always such a happy girl. She never let her handicap get her down. She would dance crazy happy spinning circles if you asked her if she wanted to go for a walk. The smile on her face said it all.
One of my favorite memories is the first time she had ever been on a dock. I was trying to show her there was water under it in case she was thirsty. Somehow she got it in her head it was solid. She stepped off of the dock and disappeared into at least 10 feet of cold mountain river. I was convinced I would have to leap in after her to save her. She had never swam before or been on a dock.
My girl surprised me however. She got up and placed her paws on the edge. I pulled and she pushed so she was save on the dock again. She looked like a drowned rat for a few moments, but she learned the downfall of the dock lol.
She spent the rest of the day standing next to me where I was sunning, ever ready for what could come our way. She was everything people love about German shepherds. I was blessed and lucky to have had her for 11 wonderful years. I miss her every day, but her body just needed to rest. No matter how you say you are prepared it still hurts. I am a vet tech and to this day, I still am a basket case with my own pets. Even if I know they are getting the most wonderful gift I could give them. Freedom for their feeble bodies so they can be at peace.
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|03-10-2014 01:36 PM|
omg I sobbed through reading and watching this whole thing
so sweet <3
|03-10-2014 01:26 PM|
|Mister C||What a wonderful tribute to your old friend. German Shepherds are such amazing creatures. Our hearts and minds are covered in their paw prints.|
|03-10-2014 01:21 PM|
I hope that in your heart you feel you will meet her again...or that she will somehow return to you in some other form...?
I pray you find solace and strength through those days when you miss her by remembering how lucky she was to have you and you her.
I have never lost a fur kid (yet)...I dread it. Reading posts like these sometimes jolts me but I do find a profound beauty in them. So thank you for telling us about your experiences.
|03-10-2014 01:04 PM|
|shepherdmom||What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful girl. There are just some dogs that are so special they stay in your heart forever.|
|03-10-2014 12:52 PM|
|Brando & Julietta's Dad||A beautiful memory of your Kenai. She was a wonderful dog and your love for her truly shines through. Long live your memories of Kenai until you meet again.|
|03-10-2014 09:33 AM|
|Shade||She sounds like she was a one in a million dog|
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