Its always hard when you pour so much love into a family pet, and their time on Earth is so short. Our family had 14 wonderful years with the sweetest, kindest, and most loving Boxer named Niko Shae. She was born January 6, 1996. She came to us at 6 weeks old. The runt of the litter. But I knew she was the one I wanted. Our oldest daughter was only 2 at the time we brought her home. I think they had this perfect instant bond between them. Niko was just over a year old when we had our youngest daughter. Niko, being the nosey one, always curious and always learning, took to the new baby with such care and love. Once the girls got older, Niko was invited to Tea Parties, Dress Up, and Sleepovers. There was never a moment that Niko wasn’t with them. She was also a daddys girl. Boy was she wrapped around his heart. But, she was never too far from me. I was a stay at home mom, and I was there every day with all three girls. Soaking it all in. Collecting memories.
In October 2009 Niko was stumbling around. Not sure what was wrong with her. The vet said she most likely had a stroke, and pinched nerves. It was not good news, and I had some amazing support from my Best Friend, who ran to my side. I mean, we were loosing one of our children. My parents had always thought of Niko as one of their grandbabies. They were hurting for her and knew time was short. They made plans to come out and spend the whole day with her. This was the last weekend as Niko gained her wings on November 6, 2009. To this day, seven years later, her name is still on our tongue, in our minds and wanders our memories. She will always be remembered.
In Loving Memory – a video of Niko’s life.
I have been a Pet Sitter since 2000. I have loved and been loved by so many client pets. I have watched puppies grow into teens, and I have been there in their senior years. I have watched curious kitties find their tails, chase toys, and kneed dough on my chest. This page is for all of Nanny’s Angels. I cherished every minute I had with them. Here are some of their stories – and sadly always updating:
This is Chad, aka Bubba. He is a Great Dane. If you just look into those eyes, you can see a world of love, kindness, and an Old Soul. I met Bubba in September 2004. Never a visit would go by that he didn’t greet me with a, um, large wagging tail. He loved our games of chase around the couch. Laying on the floor to get a tummy rub, tug-a-war over stuffed lovies. He was always so gentle on our walks, and walked so proudly. He also had a great big heart that welcomed foster brothers and sisters into his home. Bubba gained his wings on July 7, 2009.
This is Cuki. She is a Golden Retriever. I met her in January 2010. Tho, we only knew each other for a short while, she touched my heart so deeply. She couldn’t see well, but her sense of smell, was spot on, she knew who you were and knew where you were. She would hear you come for a visit, and woowoo to say welcome. Cuki gained her wings in May 2010.
This is Strider. He’s a Chocolate Lab and Dalmatian mix. Funny, he only had a white patch on his chest and a white spot on his front toe, but it was part of who he was. I met Strider in October 2005. He was a sweet loving guy. Eager to please. He would hear me come in, run off to grab a stuffed lovie and run back to me. He was a bit goofy about going out the back door to potty, he always wanted me to go first. I guess I never thought about it, but isn’t that what gentlemen do? We enjoyed our evening walks, and running around the house playing with toys. Tummy rubs were his favorite. Strider gained his wings on January 24, 2012
This is Duke. He is what they call a Flashy Boxer. When I met him in September 2011, he was a Gentle Senior. Already showing his age with bumps and knots. But that never stopped him from being playful. He loved greeting me at the door, he would grab a toy from his pile. Run through the kitchen to go out the back door to potty. But, if you sat down and you weren’t paying attention to him, he would whine, until you looked up at him. He wanted you to go turn on the water hose, so he could drink from it!
This was the picture I took of him the first of December 2012. He was sitting so pretty in front of the tree. I was to also see him the following weekend, when I got the call. His bumps and knots were getting the better of him, and it wasn’t looking good. Later that day I got the call that he was gone. Duke gained his wings on December 14, 2012
It is never fun or easy getting that call/email/text from a client to say that their beloved pet is gone. On Saturday February 23 I got just that. But this time, it was a little different. I had time to go say Good Bye. I have grown attached to this little (well, ok, he isn’t little) guy and his furry siblings. So I gave mom a quick text, and came over. I tried so hard to hold back those tears as he laid there soaking up the warm sun rays.
Meet Ani, AKA Anikan Skywalker. He is a big big orange cat. I got to meet him the Summer of 2006. I think from day one, we were in love. Tho I heard from mom, that he was a ladies man, he was always a charmer. Late 2010 he was struggling with Kidney failure, but he was a fighter. He loved bread and chips, and of course cat nip while laying in the sun. I could hardly wait to come see him, and he knew just when I was there, as he would (I kid you not) race down the stairs and greet me, and give me one of his sweet head bumps. Ani gained his wings on February 25, 2013. May the Force be With You.