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Miss you boy!

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)


Nakai's woofday

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.


The Release -- Fly away sweet Nakai

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....


A poem from Riley to Nakai

January 19th 2008 6:31 pm
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The eagle soars, for our Nakai
Up on the mountain, high, high, high
And now young Kodah walks the trails
And Nakai's spirt will never fail,
To watch the youngster and lead him on
to the next mountain, and beyond.


A letter to Nakai! this letter is long but I wanted to share- it. better grab a kleenex though.

December 4th 2007 6:45 am
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Nakai, Nakai, Dear Sweet Nakai,

What can I say to the best friend ever? How can it be that a year has gone by since you left us? There are not words to express how much we still miss you We miss your great big brown eyes. You had such a beautiful face and those eyes could just see right through us.

We miss you being here when we are happy. You brought such joy into our lives. Oh the places that you got to go. Once (before you came into our lives) when we were climbing a mountain, we saw a yellow lab. He was so sweet and friendly, plus he was a hiking companion for his family. We decided right then that we had to have a yellow lab for our next dog. You fit everything that we wanted in a best friend.

We miss you being here when we are sad. You always knew the right way to "just be there". You could always turn a sad day into a bright one. I could just cuddle up with you and you would understand. I could use that cuddle today dear sweet boy... if only...

Do you remember when we brought you home for the first time? It was April 1994. You were restless on that trip home. I put some Carlos R Nakai music in and you settled right down and went to sleep! You loved the music and would lay beside it when it was playing. You were such a gentle puppy!

You went everywhere with us. Hiking, mountain climbing. Do you remember that? Dad had to carry you up some rungs! But it was worth it! The view from the top of the ocean was wonderful and it was even better because you were by our side. Oh what a memory! We miss you when we go camping. Oh how you loved to camp! You have camped from Washington to Maine.. from Canada to Florida... the rolling hills of America, the mountains, the ocean and the prairies and farmlands. If you saw us getting ready to go camping, you would be so excited, running back and forth to the door until Dad would finally put you in the truck. You would stay there all day.. just waiting to go!

Once In Maine, you got to go on a whale boat with us. Do you remember that sweet Nakai? I wonder how many dogs have gotten to do that? The man said, "well we do not have a full load today so we will make an exception." Everyone enjoyed visiting with you even as much as watching the whales... because that was the kind of dog you were.. always greeting people with that happy smile. You thought that everyone was put on this earth to say hi to you.

Oh that smile, Nakai.. how we miss that smile of yours! Put it with those brown eyes and you could warm any heart!! We miss our daily walks. You would love to pass people and say "hello". You were so friendly and you knew when they would pass and say, "Oh what a beautiful dog!" You would just smile back as if to say, "Well thank you!" You would love to go to your special places and just run and run. Do you remember the way you would run way ahead of us and then at a whistle, back you would come, smiling all the way! You always stayed on the trail.. good boy! Do you remember the walks with the eagles along Lake Erie? Oh what happy memories!!! And remember the swimming times? How you loved the water and finding your favorite toys that were thrown into the water! Nakai do you remember the time that Tyler threw a rock into the water? Dad couldn't hold you! You were in that water in a flash looking for that rock! Oh how we laughed about that! You often made us laugh.. such a warm fuzzy feeling to have a friend like you that we could take everywhere with us!. Your daily walks became so hard for you Nakai. But you still went every day .. right up until the end. Oh how happy we are that you can run and go for walks without all of the pain now!!

We miss your riding in the van with us as we ran our errands. We will never forget the time that you were in your favorite place right between the bucket seats. We stopped at a stop sign and Pete looked both ways to see if cars were coming, you turned your head both ways also to check. There was a car across from us and they smiled a great big smile at the sight of this yellow labbie checking to see if any cars were coming!

Nakai we miss the gentle friend that you were. Do you remember all of the children that you helped me to watch here in Missouri? You were a best friend to all of them. They put blankets on your back, held your tail as you whipped them around, they sat on your back and used you for a pillow when reading their books. Never were you cross to them, even as your bones began to ache. You still smiled as they played with you. You could have gone into another room but you wanted to spend every moment with them. I miss that more than you can imagine.. you always being here to help me. Do you remember the time you went into the play house? It was as if to say, "take my picture too!" I never could understand why you would stay so close to the noise and toys. The kids all learned to just step over you.. Even little Makensey who was afraid of you when she was little, learned to give you big hugs. Oh how all the children cried when you left us They would say, "Grandma are you sad today?" or they would look at your pictures and say "Grandma, will I get to see my friends in heaven some day?"

Nakai, we miss the softness of your fur, the pretty dark red and then the aging gray that started around your eyes and eventually covered your entire body. You looked like a raccoon when you started to gray! Do you remember that I used to lay on the floor beside you, watching you, knowing that a day would come that we would have to say "good bye" Oh how we dreaded the coming of that day and even after almost 13 years it seemed to have come way too soon! We miss feeling you rest against our leg or sit by our chair, or putting our hand over the edge of the bed and feeling you there close even in our sleep. Pete misses seeing you standing in the window watching him leave or return from his trips. Oh how he cried that first time he came home and you were not standing there in the window. I miss having you here with me when he is traveling. You would stand by the window with me as he left and you felt the same sadness that I felt. We were always here for each other.

But now... how blessed Heaven is to have such a pup as you! I know that where ever you are you have made friends because that is just the kind of dog you are Do not forget us sweet boy! We will join you some day! We know that you will be standing there waiting for us and oh what a reunion it will be!!!! Praise God for the blessings of heaven and the fact that we will be together again some day.. How can any one think differently? Until that day comes, you keep making friends, take care of Jessie and Snowball and Gretchen. Someday soon your brother Gaige will join you. He is very sick now. Then Cheyenne will come. Cheyenne misses you so very much. She sat on your bed for 3 days without eating after you left. I know she will be happy to see you when her day comes.

But for now dear friend, just know how much we will always always love you.. how much we miss you here with us.. Take care of yourself, dear friend, and check in on us once in a while. We will know when you are near!

You are forever in our hearts!

Your family,
Diana and Pete

PS dogster friends. We never called ourselves mom and dad to Nakai. He was more like our best friend than our child. In the beginning of our dogster days I had trouble using mom and dad.

foot note:
The evening of December 4th, 2007, exactly 1 year after Nakai went to the bridge, Nakai came to my daughter's house and got his brother Gaige and took him to the bridge also. They shared the same birthday and now they share the same passing day. I can see the two pups playing together up at the bridge! What a happy reunion they have had!


Christmas Without My Dog

November 28th 2007 8:13 am
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The tree is all trimmed.
The gifts are all wrapped.
The hymns are all sung,
Ant the travel plans mapped.

And still there's a sadness
That lies in your heart,
For a dog that was lost
And a love now apart.

A stocking is missing,
With toys and a treat.
A lap is now empty,
A space at your feet.

Yet remember this season
God's small gift to you,
Wonderful memories
To treasure life through.


How To Say Good-Bye

September 15th 2007 8:58 pm
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Tell me when the time we had slipped away
Tomorrow turned to yesterday
And I don't know how
Tell me what can stop this river of tears
It's been building up for years
For this moment now

Here I stand
Arms open wide
I've held ya close
Kept ya safe
Till you could fly

Tell me where the road ahead is gonna bend
And how to harness up the wind
And how to say goodbye

Tell me how to feel the space you left behind
And how to laugh instead of cry
And how to say goodbye

Here I stand
Arms open wide
I've held ya close
Kept ya safe
Till you could fly

Tell me where the road ahead is gonna bend
And how to harness up the wind
And how to say Good Bye

Lyrics by Michael W Smith if you want to hear it.


Note From The Bridge - We Miss You, Nakai!

May 30th 2007 7:32 am
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author unknown

To my dearest family,
some things I'd like to say.
But first of all, to let you know,
that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this from the Bridge.
Here I dwell with God above.
Here there's no more tears of sadness.
Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy
just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you
every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you
when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me
and He said, "I welcome you.

It's good to have you back again,
you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family,
They'll be here later on."

God gave me a list of things,
that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list,
was to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night
the day's chores put to flight,
God and I are closest to you...
in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth,
and all those loving years,
because you are only human,
they are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry,
it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers,
unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you
all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you,
you wouldn't understand.

But one thing is for certain,
though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now,
than I ever was before.

There are rocky roads ahead of you
and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it
by taking one day at a time.

It was always my philosophy
and I'd like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world,
the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody
who's in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night...
"My day was not in vain."

And now I am contented...
that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along
I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody
who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick him up,
as on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street
with me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps
only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go...
from that body to be free.
Remember you're not going...
you're coming here to me.

-- author unknown


My Tail of Devotion for Nakai Feb 1994-Dec 2006

January 5th 2007 1:45 pm
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Nakai has gone over the Rainbow Bridge. It still hurts to talk about it. There will never be another dog that is loved as much as this old labrador. He loved life.. traveling, camping, walking, hiking mountains, whale watching, swimming, playing with children. What a great dog there now is at the Rainbow Bridge! And what sadness he has left behind. Almost 13 too short years he had with us!

This is a special Tail of Devotion

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December 8th 2004 11:09 am
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Nakai is an almost 11 year old yellow Lab. He has been the joy of our lives. He is that one special pet that comes along in a life time. Unfortunately his life time is just not going to be long enough. We hope to extend his "golden years" as long as we can.

A normal day for Nakai is to help to care for 5 toddler/ preschool age grandchildren. He is their very favorite friend. They like to get their books and lean against him to read their stories. He likes to be very close to their play areas and often joins in the fun. He is a very special playmate.

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