October 13th 2008 4:21 am
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My other favourite dog, Nemy, died today. I've been dreading getting a call or text from Ma since last week. I knew that Nemy was vomiting, not eating, and getting weak. I got the text this morning at around 11:45am Sydney time. I went into the meeting room, called my Mom and we cried. I was looking forward to coming home in December to see her but it has crossed my mind several times that I may not get the chance and quickly brushed off the thought.
Ma texted, "Nemy is gone." And when I read it, my heart sank to my stomach. I cried my eyes out in the meeting room but had to quickly pull myself back together as I had a mountain of work to get through. I knew my supervisor, Caroline, would understand. I didn't want to tell her but when I walked into her room she said I didn't look too well. I thought she was going to cry too which would have sent me bawling. Another workmate, Holly, came by and so I told her. She hugged me and for a moment, I thought we were all going to cry. We all agreed, a dog dying is really a death in the family. Nemy was 11 (human) years old.
I was so busy at work that I hardly had time to grieve. In a way, I think it was better that I didn't see Nemy during her last days. I think it would be so much harder for me to let go. The last time I saw Nemy was when I went home in last December 2006. I will always remember Nemy as the happy, innocent, and lovably stupid dog. We used to call her Stupidoo. She was so dull at times and playing tatanga-tanga that she reminded us of Scooby Doo. And you know, she snored. She and I would sometimes have a snorefest!
No matter how many times I would get mad at her for doing something naughty like going through the trash, she always gave me the big, happy, loving smile. Twice Nemy has tried to 'sabotage' my leaving the Philippines. She managed to find my passport by rummaging through my stuff and chewed on it. The first time she did that, I had to file for an Affidavit of Mutilation. I went to the Notario Publico to say, "Umm, the dog ate my passport." Then on my way back to Sydney from that December 2006 trip, she found my new passport again! The smell of leather case was what was attracting her. My mom and my lola were able to stop her before she did real damage. Had she succeeded, I wouldn't have been able to leave the country. Oh Nemy! Just recounting these things makes me miss her all the more!
Since I've been in Sydney, Nemy has grown closer to Mama. Ma says Nemy stays in the room with her while she finishes an article until the wee hours of the morning. Nemy was the most loyal dog amongst all my dogs. I will miss her terribly. It really hurts to think that she will not be in Taytay to greet me when I come home in December. My coming home in December was as much about seeing her as it was about being with the rest of the family and meeting up with friends. I was planning on buying doggie treats as pasalubong. Boy, did she love her doggie treats.
Teedee is in Israel and Ma called her this afternoon to break the news. Nemy was also Teedee's favourite. She was the most gentle, mild-mannered dog in our house. You could be so gigil with her and she never ever snapped back. We all thought she would be a good candidate for Dr. Dog, you know those dogs who do the rounds of nursing homes or hospitals. We dressed her up in all sorts of things and not once did she growl or try to bite us.
I miss her.
It is bittersweet, not having had the opportunity to see her one last time and yet, feeling slightly relieved that I have been away too long to feel the full impact of her passing.
She and Tootsie were my favourites. Now they are both gone - at least they are in Doggie Heaven. I don't think we will ever have dogs quite like those two.
I will love you always,
January 17th 2007 1:41 am
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I was so happy that Mommy came home for the holidays. She was here for an entire month! But every time she would leave the house to go to a party, I would be sad.
But when she arrived home in the evenings, boy, oh boy!
She let me sleep on her bed and gave me lots of treats. She gave me lots of hugs and I enjoyed every minute of it.
During her last week, I was being a very sly dog. I got her passport in her bag and was about to start chewing on it again when Lola caught me. They think I was attracted to the smell of the leather case. Hehehe...I'll let them think that. But actually, I was trying to see if I could sabotage Mommy's departure. It didn't work because she was able to leave last January 11.
It's alright, I have many memories of this wonderful Christmas with Mommy and I know she won't be able to resist me. She'll be home sooner than you all think. ;-)
January 27th 2006 7:45 pm
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Mommy Giselle has been gone for a very long time now. She left for Sydney, Australia last August 28 and I miss her very much.
I know she misses me a lot too. I heard from Grandma A that Mommy is coming home for Christmas this year. I can't wait!!!
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