Likes: Drooling, Playing ball/soccer/frisbie, camping on the beach, Going to Schoolie, Licking the Ice cream Box, long walkies and rides, helping dad in the yard, when mommy sings "Crazy for Goob", staying in hotels, napping on the couch, hosting parties
Pet-Peeves: When my little sister cries for hours, Cats, Doorbells, Vets, People who won't play, being laughed at, having an audience while he poops, empty water dishes, when his toys get stuck where he can't get them
Favorite Food: Oranges, Grapes, Apples, Pizza Crust, jelly beans, ice cream and of course BONIES!
Favorite Walk: anywhere we'll take him- he especially likes training and going to schoolie
Best Tricks: he's got lots...one fun one is that I can open an entire box of bonies and place it in front of him... he'll stick his nose in, dig around and come out with just one bone... just one but he's sure to pick a good one!
Arrival Story: I was in college and wanted a dog very badly but couldn't have one where I lived. So my graduation present to myself was Nyko. I got pick of the litter, but this one little puppyboy came up to me, butted his head against my leg and flopped over with his feet in the air to have ihs belly rubbed...so that's how I picked my Nyko. And he still does that to me now...LOL
Bio: Nyko is a tough guy, but he's also a big mama's boy. When he was 8 months old he had surgery to remove part of his intestines, but you'd never know it by his energy today! He's been to obedience/agility training for over 6 years which has made his bond to his mommy rock solid. He's got lots of grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles and animal cousins that he loves to play and spend time with. He's the life of every party he hosts and can keep the fun rolling all night long until the last play pal goes home!
A year ago we discovered Nyko had a spinal issue that was causing his back end to be numb and sometimes temporarily paralyzed. A couple of weeks ago it became bad enough that he could not longer bear the weight on his legs. Because he was otherwise healthy, we got him a wheelchair and he LOVED it... he took off like a bat out of he77 and loved having the freedom to move. But only a few days after receiving the chair we discovered he had an infection in one leg. We tried antibiotics but they didn't work and in his last evening he stopped eating. The next morning we took him to the vet, she said the infection was worse and that it was painful to him. There was nothing more we could do for him. Fortunately, he passed with him mommy and daddy right by his side, kissing and stroking him.
We love and miss him deeply. He was an amazing dog and loyal friend. My life was made better by his presence and will never be the same without it. His two sissies - ages 2 and 3 are asking for him and wondering if he's gone to get new legs. We told them that brudder was gone but that he'd always be in our hearts. Old enough to miss him...young enough that they don't really understand... I wonder if that isn't better than understanding that this beautiful soul has left us.
Some say memories are golden
well maybe that is true
Although I have great memories,
I still wish I could have you.
In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one else will ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I’d walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.
My heart is truly broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But someday when I pass on,
I’ll be with you once again.
I know it has been awhile since I've written. I have been super busy with my 2 sissies who are now almost 2 and 4. It's really great to have them to bark at and chase after, but truthfully, I just don't have the energy anymore. I'll be turning 13 myself in just a few weeks, which is pretty old for a big guy like me. And my legs don't work like they used to. Plus I seem to be peeing in the house and I don't even really know it's going to happen, it just does. Thankfully, mommy and daddy don't yell at me about that... I really wish I could control it more, but I can't. In my mind I am still a puppy though! I'm looking forward to the easter bunny this weekend and to visiting my grandma and grandpa. I haven't seen them in awhile and they always give me lots of treats :) Plus, I always get a boney meatloaf for my birthday and mommy says she's going to make one for me in a couple of weeks! YUM!!! I can't wait!
It was the morning of June 9th, 2001. 7am. It was an unusually warm day, sunny, when I got out of bed and got dressed. I looked truly debonair...white cuffs, tux, and a bowtie... and of course my handmade satin pillow (check me out, the pic is on this page). I had a job to do today, and I intended to do it better than any other dog before me.
9am. My escort showed up, as did the limo and we were on our way. The ride was wonderful, I had the sun on my head and the wind between my ears. As we arrived I saw the other limos there and I sensed there would be trouble. I got out, chose a nice seat on the side, and waited.
9:30am. One of the limo doors opens and out walks my dad with my three uncles- Jay, Craig, and Jeffrey. All dressed like me. And, I know I said this before, but I must say, we looked GOOD. Next another limo door opened and out came both of my grandmas and grandpas and my Aunt Heidi. They all started coming up to me patting me on the head and tlling me how great I looked (I told you so).
9:45am. Another limo pulls up. And everyone seems filled with anticipation... I was so excited, I had to pee. Aunt Ellie gets out... Aunt Laura....Aunt Kristina...and then Mom?- wait a minute. Is that my mommy? It doesn't look like my mommy. What have they done with my mommy?!? And who is that woman hugging my daddy? She looked at me and then hollered out my name... then I knew it was her. I started to charge to give her a big hug and kiss but my escort had me on a short leash...I was later told that in this case muddy paws were absolutely not accepted. My mommy came over to me and gave me a hug and a kiss and told me that she loves me. I almost started to cry.
10am. We took lots of pictures around the pond. I got to be in a lot of them too. I felt like a celebrity (and did I mention, I looked like one too). I was very careful to keep my muddy paws to myself.
12noon. We've arrived and I'm waiting downstairs for my parents and family to come down. It's almost showtime! Friends are coming up to me wishing me good luck.
12:30pm. Uncle Jay and daddy came on got me. We're all lining up behind this little bridge. I can see all of my parents friends and family on the other side. Ok, my daddy says "Nyko, heel!" and we're off! I have to say, it was a little scary walking through all of those people. They were all looking at me and snapping pictures of us. Up to the alter we went and then I sat down next to Uncle Jay. Uncle Craig and Uncle Jeffrey were also there, lined up behind me and Aunt Ellie and Aunt Laura were up there too. Then came Aunt Kristina... and finally Grandpa and Mommy. I wanted to run over to see them, but Uncle Jay said I had to stay where I was. Once everyone was up on the gazebo, the man in the black robe bagan to speak. I couldn't understand what he was saying but I did notice he made my grandma cry...I wanted to bite him for that. When he got to the "speak now or forever hold your peace" I started to cry. And everyone laughed at me... that wasn't very nice. Next thing I know there was lots of clapping and mommy and daddy were walking back down the isle. I followed.
1pm. I hung around the cocktail hour for a little bit to say hi to some of my fans and to get to say goodbye to my parents. I was really sad that they were going on vacation without me. It was the longest time I have ever been separated from either of them. But it was ok, they were letting me stay with my girlfriend-a hot little german number named Hunter-so I definately had my own fun.
I'm not quite sure what that whole day was about, it didn't seem like anything changed afterwords, but I was glad I could be a part of it. It's not often that a big tough guy like me gets to get all dolled up and party with so many of my friends in one place. So, in celebration of my mommy's and daddy's wedding anniversary coming up, I just wantd to say...I Ruv Roo!