Sex: Male Weight: 51-100 lbs
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Buddy Boy, Moose, Old Man
February 28th 1994
Nakai loved to go for walks. He loved to swim and in his later years , he loved helping me watch grandchildren. But his most favorite thing was to just always be with us.
He hated baths. He almost always traveled with us but when he was left behind he got really upset.
He loves stuffed toys. His favorite was an old teddy bear. He actually cuddled them when he slept..
Nakai loved bananas and apples. He was also very fond of his dog bisquits. Cleaning up the floor after the kids was special time for him!
Any walk was special but we have a park that we go to. He got excited when we turn down the road to the park. He knew he would get to run and sometimes swim. He also used to walk with us to watch the bald eagles along Lake Erie.
When he was younger, he would give hugs. He also liked to roll over and shake hands. Arthritis made it hard to do those things toward the end and sleeping was his best trick!
We had wanted a lab for some time but could not decide if we wanted a dog when our elderly schnauzer died. But if we did get a dog we knew it would be a lab. One day a friend told me that her lab was going to have puppies and since they had not sent for the papers on their lab, she was giving them away free. I called my husband and told him, thinking he would say no. His answer was, "Well we have got to have one. Call her and tell her we want a yellow male."
Shortly after the puppies were born, we went to see them. There were two yellow males and one female the rest were black. Our daughter also decided to take a puppy. Pete asked "which one do you like" and we both had chosen the same one.
When I went to pick up the pups, I thought, "Oh my he is such a big puppy! Maybe we selected the wrong one!" Both dogs were upset about their first trip in the car. I had a Carlos Nakai Native American music tape in the car (that is where we got his name). I put the tape in the player and the minute I did, Nakai laid down and went to sleep. The other puppy (Gaige) continued to whine the whole way home so we knew that we had chosen the right one to be Nakai.
Nakai often would go into the room where the stereo was and lay down and listen to Carlos Nakai as we played the music.
Today (Dec 4th, 2006) we lost our best friend!!
Nakai has been the best dog that has ever come our way. He has been our constant companion.
Nakai would have been 13 short years on February 28th.
Since Thanksgiving (2006)he has been feeling pretty bad. Today we found out he was full of cancer.
A tumor on the spleen had ruptured and was bleeding into his abdomen. He was so weak that he couldn't stand up. When the pet doctor found cancer in his lungs, he said there was no hope to repair the bleeding tumor, it would just cause the cancer to spread faster and without the surgery he wouldn't last 2 days.
We spent most of the day with him at the Pet Hospital just hugging him and saying good bye. It was so hard to say good-bye. And he didn't even get to say good bye to all his friends.
He will be missed more than words can describe. I feel like a part of me has gone with him. Nakai has been just the best friend anyone could ever ask for. It hurts so much to loose him.
Good Bye sweet buddy boy. You had a great life here with us . We will see you on the other side! Until then, you will always be in our hearts.
Fly like Eagles to the Highest Mountain
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We found out that the Navajo word Nakai means "to walk or to wander around". Oh that was so fitting of our Nakai! He just LOVED to walk and to travel around with us!!! He will be missed so much! What a wonderful life Nakai had with us!
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December 4th 2010 6:59 am
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WOW! 4 years! Time just keeps marching on! We miss you so much old man. Like the song says.. "Part of you will live in me, way down deep inside my heart" Hey buddy, my sister, Sylvia, went up to join you in November and also a little 5 month old baby girl named Autumn. She is pretty lost without her mommy and daddy and big brother. And your dad's sister, Joann, is going to come really soon. Take care of all of them for us. I am sure they would love to rub your ears. I know that Sylvia thought you were the best dog! And that baby would like to curl up on your fur just like you used to do when you helped me watch the grandkids! We love you! Nakai! Fly high like the eagle! but once in a while look down on us.. it has been a sad month. We miss you so much! I could put my face in your fur and things would always feel better. love mom (and dad)
February 28th 2009 7:21 am
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Today would have been my sweet boy's 15th birthday. This morning we woke up to the most snow we have seen allllll winter and it is still coming down.. Nakai LOVED the snow and I was quite sure I saw his face on one of the flakes as they drifted past my window. I can just see him out there with snow all over his nose asking us to go for a snow walk! What a sweet memory he has given us this morning.
March 21st 2008 7:14 am
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He lay on his hospital bed as we were given the choice to release him from his earthbound shackles. He looked at us with sharp searching eyes knowing us to be his human friends, friends that he trusted, who always knew what was best for him. We also were earthbound just as if we had permanent shackles on our legs. We made our decision. He would now have the ability to fly, to soar far above the earth and become one with the Universe while we would remain dependent, with an unseen umbilical cord that would keep us separated from complete freedom and separated from him. He knew if it started a cold chilling rain that we would run for cover and bind ourselves with cumbersome garments to ward off the chill from our poorly formed bodies, while his heavenly garments would give him complete freedom. freedom to soar...
Our world would be so small compared to his. From his new soaring heights he would see the world in its entirety, while we were only given glimpses here and there. We lived in a box while his world was now the Universe, the HEAVENS.
Symbolically, we released the jesses, and he gave us a longing look; and with a graceful lift of his wings he left the perch of illness and old age that had chained him. With elegant grace he stopped for a moment, gave his new wing feathers a shake out and looked over his shoulder down at us as if to say, "Thank you! And thank you for my time on earth. I will miss you so much. Please do not cry for me for I will always be near. There is so much I could show you, teach you, but you wouldn't understand with your earthly concepts." He then raised his magnificent wings and leaped into the Heavens, found a thermal, and we watched him soar until he was but a speck in the vast blue sky. Tears flowed as we felt a mighty, overwhelming loss and an envy, for we too would like to soar, to have complete freedom, and be part of the Heavens with him. But then for now we must stay... earthbound....
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