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Age: 19 Years   Sex: Female

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Little Girl, Miss America

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

May 2nd 1997

WALKS, getting her stomach rubbed, getting brushed, chasing rabbits and squirrels, going to Jill's 'doghouse' or the dog park!

Our cat that always comes up and wants to play with her

Favorite Toy:
Buttons! If you accidentally leave anything around with buttons, she'll chew them off in no time!

Favorite Food:

Favorite Walk:
around the neighborhood

Best Tricks:
if she sees you pick up her brush, she immediately lays on her back to get her tummy brushed!

Arrival Story:
Update 6/3/09: My heart is absolutely broken, as I had to put Nina to sleep yesterday. Everything happened so suddenly. Saturday morning she had a regular vet appt to have her claws trimmed. She was perfectly fine, sitting up looking out the car window, and when I shut off the car. from the time it took me to get out of my driver's door, and open the back door, she had totally collapsed on the seat. I totally freaked out, and ran in with her. They started looking at her immediately, and put her on oxygen and an IV. They did xrays and every test was normal. We were there for 3 hours, I was sitting petting her and talking to her, and then took her to the all-night vet so they could watch her overnight. We went back there Monday morning for a more detailed ultrasound, because of a small amount of fluid around her heart. They had me take her yesterday morning to the U of M vets, where they could do a better ultrasoundm and they thought she could have another episode at any time. So our time on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday morning was good. Then while I was waiting for the 45 minute ultrasound, the tech came and got me. Nina had been doing fine during the procedure, then crashed again. They could see it, she was hemoraging right there. The vet, who is the director of the department, came out and told me, it was either the bad heart valve or a tumor on her heart, both of which he could do nothing about. She had been unconscious, but then when I went back to be with her, the tech said she was conscious and that her heart rate got better as soon as Nina heard me and saw me. So I sat with her til the end and long after. They felt almost as bad as I did, because they said that happens about once a year to them. I asked him if he'd call the emergency vet and explain it to her, and he did. She called me last night, and my regular vet sent flowers. I am so lost, and SO sad. I had hoped to have more years with her, but I did have 7 great years with her. Everyone that ever saw her fell in love with her. But she had been thru a lot, with surgery in March, and especially the last 4 days. I am having a hard time still, so I'm hoping that time can help in some way. And I have to believe that someday I will see her again. I know that she was my absolute best friend in the whole world. *********** It had been many years since my other sheltie passed away. When I was finally ready to get attached to one again, Nina was like a dream come true! A shelter in Wisconsin knew I was looking for one to adopt, and they called me when they knew she'd be coming. Her previous owner was moving to an apt, and could only keep 1 of her 2 shelties, so she kept the oldest one. It broke her heart to leave Nina there. I can't even imagine how hard it was. But she can be sure Nina is very much loved, and my best friend. When the shelter called to tell me Nina was there, they said 'You better come soon, because you're first on the list of 24 people that want her!' So we went right out there, and the second I saw her, I knew she was special. This sweet little girl in a big kennel with all these big dogs on either side of her. She has been the most perfect and loving dog you could find.

Forums Motto:
'Little Girl'

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A spanish teacher we met told us that Nina means 'Little Girl' in Spanish, and she is definitely that!! I call her Miss America, because she knows everybody loves her, and she loves the attention and pets!!! She really is the perfect dog!

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Whispers From Heaven

Whispers From Heaven

June 6th 2009 6:05 am
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I wish I had made entries here when Nina was still on this Earth, and by my side. But now it is June 6th, and it was on June 2nd, 2009, that I was with Nina as she went to heaven. I didn't know about the Diary here. So now that I'm going through all these 'firsts' without her, (first time coming home, mowing the lawn, driving by a park, sitting outside), I saw this poem yesterday, and maybe it will give some comfort to others like it has to me.

Whispers from Heaven

When I left this world without you
I know it made you blue.
Your tears fell so freely,
I watched: I know this is true.
While you were weeping,
Days after I passed away –
While all was silent within me,
I saw you kneel to pray.
From this wonderful place called heaven
Where all my pain is gone,
I send a gentle breeze to whisper,
"My loved ones, please go on."
The peace that I have found here
Goes far beyond compare.
No rain, no clouds, no suffering –
Just LOVE from everywhere.
You need not be troubled
Just stay close to God in prayer
Someday we'll be reunited My love,
His love surrounds you always, Everywhere

(I don't know the author, but I found the poem at Abbey Press.

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