October 8th 2013 8:02 pm
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I look at my dear companion of the past 13 years and am simply amazed at how the time has flown, memories recorded and emotions experienced through all these days & nights.
I try not to notice or show her I see when she misses her step and has a hiccup in her normally fluid & graceful gait, the more frequent accidents or the raspy bark that has replace the crisp ones all these years because once in awhile I swear she looks at me to see if I've notice or my reaction because she is a proud and lively girl, always has been.
I have also been reaffirmed again recently the universal power of the pet companion. Being the rebellious daughter/only child and out of touch with my brave mother who has off and on battled cancer for years, we are mending together.
My mother recently lost her beloved cat whom she got during the first diagnosis 14+ years ago and has helped her through not just this battle but the empty loneliness of a damaged relationship with her child.
I too came across Lena Malik in a similar time with the need for unconditional love, acceptance and connection through my own trials. She has been my family when I felt like had had none (through my own decisions/mistakes/personal sabbaticals).
My mother's losing her cat a few months ago affected her health, appetite, sleep & spirit and I honestly knew her devastation through it all. Her cat gave her comfort and love all the time I was absent and gave her the strength to keep hoping every new day was a possibility and deal with the numerous treatments necessary.
I shared with her and my father that honestly I think I will need therapy when Lena needs to leave me and she totally understood just how meaningful this one simple furred living soul means to me and it was another step shared and treasured.
My Lena has had her missteps and minor health issues but she is truly still thriving and I cherish every day...no actually every- single- moment. I embrace her new oddities and habits, freshly discovered fears and eccentrics actions because we both know I am there with her every step of the way.
How can anyone discard a living being that just wants to belong, be a part of a family or simply be recognized? Politics, economy, resentment or anger should never dictate the way humans treat so called lesser beings because they are not distracted by what we have been influenced by, they simply want to exist, be loved & cherished....belong and at the root of it all that is what we humans want and need yet sometimes have to be reminded of.
My pup has given me so many life lessons and all I have ever wanted and tried to be is her worthy companion.
I salute her today amongst every day yet today reminds me that my little special gift was born today, 13 years ago....just for me and for the bond we have. Thank you Lena Malik -beebin pie, princess of the pines, you have truly enriched my life and made me kinder, more patient and showered smiles.
August 9th 2012 7:18 pm
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Dogster has never been far from my mind even though we hardly pass through anymore. I know many others have moved on to other social medias but Lena Malik and I have moved on to simplifying our lives being "old school girls" lol, yes!!!, letter writing, postcards, phone calls & emails if we can't meet face to face, pup nose to nose. Still Dogster enabled me to find the kindred of souls who empathized, sympathized...love their pups with an unabashed appreciation and would leap to help those who needed a helping hand or a cause that needed a brave & selfless/tireless soul to champion.
I finally felt at ease for knowing all my pup's mannerisms, quirks & habits were not all that strange and that we could all think our very own pups was the best/coolest pup on the planet w/out getting into to hairy debates...yes we all love out pups and share in the joy & fascination they bring.
I have been spending some time on a wonderful blog called "Life with Dogs" and before it went viral the article of the man and his 19 yr. old pup in Lake Superior surfaced. It brought forth all the angst, trepidation and some sort of denial I have with Lena Malik entering her final chapters and I just had to write a bit to express my anxiousness.
I had no idea anyone was listening anymore and to read the responses has been overwhelming.
Sweet, familiar faces leaving a paw print and letting us know we are in their thoughts & hearts has really impacted me/us.
Flicka: you live up to your breed...your perseverance and determination to let us ALWAYS know you care and love us, the loyal friend 24/7 thank you!
Margo, let's celebrate being the grand dames together and count our blessings for being able to share more memories w/ our humans than most!
Rain/KJ & Teresa: S. is still volunteering for wolf orgs. and she slaps her hand that we're neighbors and yet have never crossed the state border to meet, your open range home is pup heaven and we wish all pups had that slice of freedom!
Dakota Rose: I am so glad you overcame your illness, it seems like yesterday when you had to deal w/ Gnarly Marley and I viewed momentous wedding pics!
BREE: aww Bree & Zeke my not so little warrior pup & Queen, we still have BLUE's pic/magnet on our fridge and people still ask, we have been through so much together and recognized the power of the paw because of your pack!
Nadya Snow White: folks say I am a looker but secretly humom always thought you were the husky covergirl and yet w/ your delightful personality you didn't take it too seriously which makes you even more beautiful. I am sorry we were not here for you when Sasha Belle passed, I know shes eagle eying every move you make now and keeping watch, hugs beautiful girl!
Robin Hood: you have still waltzed through our page and let us know we're in your thoughts for years, thank you for this..your name & chivalrous heart suits you well!
Jambalaya: I have to address you even know I love your entire pack to bits, your a mini me, or at least a younger version. We are so proud and amazed by all your humom has accomplished and even though we don't keep in touch as much now, to know a dear friend continues to press forward with important causes gives us added strength to continue in our little corner of the world!
Suika: ahh girlfriend we never made it to DQ but I know you are using your charm to get out of trouble like I am trying here, you were always the calm sensible one but but gorgeous face probably gave you some leave;) !
Bodie: my unrequited caunck sweetheart & friend, I am very sorry that my humom wasn't their for yours to lean on, you sweet boy, your departure must of brought such sorrow for your humans. I do believe you will be one of the first faces to greet me & show me the way when I cross and I am grateful we were able to cross paths here, extra hugs for your humom from mine ♥
Montana: &Bailey & pack, not so fearful of what's on the other side to know good friends are there to greet me. Reading what your humom wrote has us in tears, I am sorry I was not there for your family and the pain of your passing. You perfected the husky smile you beautiful boy, we'll meet one day and I guess Husky Heaven really does exist!
Jessie: howllo! thank you for the sweet pup mail, humom never made it to New Zealand but she might be not too far from there in the future, everything on hold since I am still & always her top priority. I hope you are enjoying life in your prime beautiful girl, run...like I used to ;P !
To those who I don't know that well but were kind enough to leave a bark, thank you, I appreciate it and realize that you must share the special connection w/ your pup/pups to let me know you understand the emotions which made me write them.
Lena Malik had picked up some really odd habits the past couple years but this post is long enough for now.
I'm going to post a couple recent pics, the muzzle & eyes are much whiter but she still has those perky ears and stare...thinking about that sweet 19 yr. old pup relaxing in Lake Superior (whose not that far away from us)...at almost 12, I', almost a spring chicken, might have to write him a fan paw mail.
Thank you, thank you for dropping us a line and having us in your hearts, it means the world coming from this collective of people who have shown me in the past their love of not just their own pups & family but trying to make things right for all....we've been putting up a real good fight, let's keep marching forward!
Love, Sasha & Lenal Malik♥♥♥
August 3rd 2012 3:47 pm
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Lena Malik is almost 12,
This extremely hot & humid summer in the Midwest has us relishing the AC and enjoying the few frequent opportunities outdoors as much as possible.
I rub/massage down my little trooper's legs every day (w/ an occasional children's aspirin to ease the discomfort) and at times I have to help her up on her favorite deck chair or on my high log bed for some quality snuggle time. Less control of her bladder and a few minor accidents ensue, her pride always in the forefront which makes me act like it's no big deal and simply move along.
All her friends from puppy classes have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, given most of them were large breed dogs but still some of our regular walks have a tinge of sadness of empty yards & gardens which she still insists on marking to let them know she was there and other yards where we pause and she waits not actually correlating that a pup pal is going to bound out the door or at least let out a social bark.
Yes indeed my Lena is grand dame of the neighborhood and sometimes she has a bounce to her step or the puppy like gait which in turn has strangers ask how old my "pup" is.
I know we are in her golden years, I know I have yet to experience what my friends of had to of a dear pup passing and still cannot fathom.
For now we still charge forward, greet each day with enthusiasm and I am still constantly delighted and amazed by my companion. She is still living the high life and reminding me the value of companion pets, their loyalty & love and we should never undermine the lessons they teach us of if we take the time to open our eyes & hearts and appreciate each and every moment.