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All Good Dogs

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me, they are the role model for being alive."  -- Gilda Radner

Over the last few years, I've been hearing the term "companion animal" used more and more frequently as an alternative to the term "pet."   I like this term -- companion animal -- because, for me, it conveys a much deeper sense of the relationship between humans and their domesticated animal friends.

My dog, Jenny, is my companion.  My former dog, Jake (the Wonder Dog), and cats, Jelly and Jambo, were my companions.  They've been more than just pets.  So much more.

My companion animals are/have been a huge part of my life.  They're integral members of the family.  They love unconditionally.  They make me laugh.  They are. . . simply. . . my friends.

"There's just something about dogs that makes you feel good.  You come home; they're thrilled to see you.  They're good for the ego."  -- Janet Schulman

I can't really imagine life without a dog.  (Even though I love cats. . . I am, down deep, a Dog Person.)  Those soul-filled eyes.  The wet nose.  That wagging tail.  I love it all.  I love having a dog in my life.

"The little furry buggers are just deep, deep wells you throw all your emotions into."  -- Bruce Schimmel

And it's a really hard thing. . . when a cherished dog. . . a beloved companion . . . passes on.  And leaves us forever. 

My Mom and Dad lost their Nikki, a miniature schnauzer, yesterday.  

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Nikki was nearly 14 years old, so she has been part of our lives for a very long time.  She grew up with Brian. . .

Nikki and brian 2004 

she "sang" with Erin. . .

We sing opera 

she visited us at the cottage and enjoyed boat rides. . .

Nikki on boat 2005 

she knew how wheedle extra "treats" from my Mom (here she's showing Jake "the routine"). . .

Waiting for the good stuff 

and she liked wearing handknits. . .


We all have an empty place in our hearts.  Because, you see, Nikki was more than just a pet.  She was a companion.  But we know that Jake was waiting to greet Nikki in "dog heaven" -- that place where all good dogs go -- with his tail wagging; ready to romp and play and bark and show her the ropes.

"God turns clouds inside out to make fluffy beds for the dogs in Dog Heaven, and when they are tired from running and barking and eating ham-sandwich biscuits, the dogs find a cloud bed for sleeping.  God watches over each one of them.  And there are no bad dreams."  -- Cynthia Rylant


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She definitely spread her love around to all of you!! I know she will be missed. I want a dog so badly...but my working hours and having a dog don't mix!! Hope to train a service dog for Canine Companions for Independence one day.

denise copeland

Oh, Kym, I am so sorry.

When Nikki left this planet she knew she was loved. There is a new star in the sky tonight....

I am in total agreement with the idea that the relationship between people and dogs and cats is based upon a very deep bond - and I believe it is hard wired. There was an article yesterday that claims that dogs are most closely related to Middle Eastern wolves than any other wolf population. The article also states that there that dogs from the Middle East were closely associated with humans because they were found in ancient human burial sites - In one case, a puppy is curled up in the arms of a person. (

Blessed are those who earn the love of a dog or a cat. And clearly Nikki loved you all.

Kay - From the Back Yard

There's nothing like a pet and it's so sad to lose them. Wouldn't it be nice if they had a longer life--more like humans age span?


Thanks for the Nikki blog. Nikki wormed her way into our hearts the first day we met her and was our good friend for 14 years. We loved her so much. Our house is empty without her. Thank you Nikki for all your love!


Sorry about your Nikki loss.

It looks like all involved loved each other deeply so she was a lucky dog and you all were lucky to have her in your lives.


My heart goes out to your parents and you. We have had 4 total mini-schnauzers and have enjoyed them so much. Mox and Max send they hugs and good thoughts, too.


I love dogs... but I am, deep down, a cat person. A long time ago, I was a guinea pig person.
; )

Whether it's a wagging tail, an aloof stare, or a twitchy little nose, our animal companions occupy such a big and important part of our lives (and hearts). Sweet dreams, Nikki... and Jake.


Oh, honey, I am so sorry.


Hugs all around - That cloud quote is such a wonderful way to think about all dogs in heaven!


I'm so sorry about Nikki. By the looks of it a very special friend indeed. It seems quite unfair that they get such a short life compared to ours.

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