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Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Book, Domestic Violence | 0 comments

Dogs are some of the best companions you can have in life. They are

Nadia and Harrison

Nadia and Harrison

loyal, sweet and want to be by your side. Over the years they become your family. I’ve had the pleasure of having such a companion for the last 14 years. Nadia has been my fun-loving and sweet Siberian Husky who has lived a long healthy life.

Nadia has been quirky, my hiking budding, given us lots of laughs and hung out with my husband and I during the dark times. What’s so hard in saying goodbye is how her life closes a chapter in mine.

I got Nadia in 2001 right after September 11th. I had just returned from living in Texas and desperately wanted someone to love me. A dog seemed like a great answer. My first marriage was rocky and I thought it would be fun to have a best friend. So I searched through ads looking for a Siberian Husky breeder and found someone who had a recent litter. We went to check out the puppies and fell in love with the runt who was chasing after balls. Boy, did she have a ton of energy! She howled all the way home that evening and I knew then she would be a handful.

What’s amazing is the resiliency of animals. Nadia went through living in apartments, going through the divorce, hanging out at doggie day care and not having a yard till later in life. I will never forget how much she missed me when I went to Europe for 3 weeks. She thought I had abandoned her! But her spirit and playfulness never stopped her from living life. There wasn’t a bunny or squirrel she wouldn’t chase and she always had to be the first in line when hiking with a group.

One of the things I’ll be most grateful for is how she reminded me to keep going. No matter what came our way, we needed to keep on keeping on. She was a tough cookie who loved everyone and peanut butter and showed me on numerous occasions how resilient she was.

This very sweet girl had a tough transition in the end to being second place. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Harrison would take over like he did. Nadia definitely felt the brunt of less attention, not as many walks or treats. Her arthritis had gotten so bad we knew it was time to do something about it. This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.

After 14 years of being together, tomorrow it comes to a close. The end of a very precious era. If you know the Nadster, feel free to leave a comment. We would love to know how she touched your life.


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