It has been a hard time here at the Ranch. Monday, July 9th, I had to help Niki receive her wings and cross the Rainbow Bridge. It was time. She had breast cancer and it had turned aggressive in the last month and tripled in size.
I spent the weekend with my beautiful girl, giving her additional love and attention and her special treats that she loved so much. She was my wonderful companion and was my first dog that I personally trained.
It is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do but I am so grateful for the 15 years that we shared with Niki. She taught me so much about training dogs. It has taken me quite a long time to write this obit for Niki and it is because everytime I started I cried so hard I had to stop.
Rest in Peace my beautiful girl, you earned your wings.
For you to love while she lives and mourn when she is dead.
It may be two or seven years, or twenty-two or three,
But will you, ‘til I call her back, take care of her for me?
She’ll bring her charms to gladden you, and shall her stay be brief,
You’ll have her lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay, as all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this dog to learn.
I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give her all your love – not think the labor vain.
Nor hate me when I come to call to take her back again.
I fancied that I heard them say, “Dear Lord, thy will be done.”
For all the joy this dog shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shower her with tenderness and love her while we may,
And for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay.
And should the angels call for her much sooner than we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.”
To those who think – Why all the stress over an animal – then I feel sorry for you in not knowing the joys of interacting with these beautiful creatures.
Suzanne Clothier is quoted as saying –
“There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel in the company of animals. It is a cycle unlike any other. To those who have never lived through its turnings and walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge that they will be broken seems incomprehensible. Only we know how small a price we pay for what we receive; our grief, no matter how powerful it may be, is an insufficient measure of the joy we have been given.”
We willing loved and then let go of Niki and Thanked God for the opportunity he gave us and look forward to many more of these opportunities of knowing, loving more of his beautiful creatures and that my special Niki, Wyatt, Charlie Angel Maestro, Harley and Dino will be watching over us.
Rest in Peace Beautiful Girl for you truly are an Angel! I love you!