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Memories of Nikki Mae

Nikki Mae, I have read the following poem time and time again and I know well that this is what you would have wanted me to do. It was a very difficult decision. I love and miss you so much. MOMMY

THE LAST BATTLE
-Author Unknown-

If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.

You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.

Take me to where my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me until the end.
And hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree,
It is a kindness you do to me.

Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close - we two -- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

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SPECIAL MEMORIES OF OUR PRECIOUS NIKKI MAE:

Nikki was a beautiful fawn pug born on May 28, 1995 in Worton, Maryland. She was not quite 8 weeks old when we brought her home. We named her Nikki Mae. She was a very unique dog who possessed a lot of human traits. Nikki, as we all called her, was diagnosed with diabetes in March 2008 and then went blind and deaf shortly after. Before she was diagnosed with her illness, she was always healthy, full of life and energy. She loved to eat and have all her treats in particular chicken nuggets, fries, carrots, apples, animal crackers and her nightly peanut butter. She loved to play hard especially with David who loved her dearly and called her a Knucklehead. She also loved to go for car rides and walks to the park.

Nikki travelled with us from Maine to Florida visiting 12 states and numerous cities. She was my little follower, my tag-along, wherever I went she went, we were a pair. We will always remember the good times we had when we went on vacation; although, there was one time we were so tired and had to stop without a hotel reservation. It was not a "pet friendly" hotel. We were standing in the lobby calling several hotels. Since we could not find one close by, David told us to go ahead and book a room for us and that he would sleep in the SUV with Nikki. The agent at the desk must have heard him, because she told us that she would look the other way and to take our doggie in through the back door which we did. What a nice lady! Very early the following morning we took Nikki out of the room. We fed her breakfast (bacon, sausage, etc., etc.) in the car. She was in her glory!

Nikki had a mischievous side too.....how much fun it was for her to pull the roll of toilet paper all over the bathroom and the hallway when we were not giving her the attention she wanted. I remember when she gave up the soft pretzel I was feeding her because Dave came back with fries. She loved fries and begged him for some, ignoring me. She enjoyed when we would bring home the bags of groceries and her daddy would tell her to check them all out. She would run around sniffing each one of them. Nikki was always happy to hear her family pull up in the driveway and always so excited to greet us. There were times we could not take her with us but I always told her we would be right back and bring her a treat. She would go lie down under the table and wait for us. She looked so adorable walking around the house with the pacifier hanging from her mouth. I could go on and on recalling all the past experiences we had with this precious little doggie. Now she is gone and all we have are the countless memories which we will hold in our hearts and cherish forever!

Nikki, we love and miss you so much. Precious one, you brought so much love and joy into our lives.....there won't be another doggie like you, ever! We will never forget you or stop loving you. You were truly special and will always be in our hearts and thoughts. Ming-Ming just wants to hold you in my arms and kiss that tiny face as I did numerous times a day. Whenever I asked you to give me a kiss you did not know how to do it because I never taught you how, but you always laid your precious little head on my shoulder and pushed your face into my neck to hug me and this was enough for me to know that you loved me a lot! We were together for 14 years and 5 months. You made our home happy and full. Thank you, baby girl, for all those years of unconditional love and devotion. Our hearts are breaking for our loss but we know you will always be with us. You were the sweetest, most loving little baby girl. You loved us with all of your heart and you knew we loved you just the same. It was so hard to let you go. You lost your eyesight and your hearing but we became your eyes and ears. We pampered you a lot and you deserved it! We will always treasure the times we had together. The only comfort I have is that my prayers were answered for you to pass in my arms while I hugged you close to my heart.

Nikki Mae, you were not just our pet, you were part of our family. You were the light of our lives for many years. Words can never adequately describe our feelings of loss and emptiness at your passing. Our lives will never be the same without you. PRECIOUS ANGEL, your work here is done...I know that someday we will be together again. In the meantime baby, I want you to know that you will never be replaced in our hearts. Our love for you is ever constant and never ending. We know that God will take care of you and make you whole again. Nikki, run and play just like you did on your younger years. You were a little Angel sent to us to make our lives complete and now you are our little Angel watching over us. Thank you God for loaning her to us for all those years that could never have been enough. Keep her safe and happy for me until we are together again.

Nikki, my baby, I feel your presence everyday. The bond we have will keep me going; you will forever be my NUMBER 1. I will always cherish every moment I had with you, never allowing your memory to fade. You were such a beautiful light in our lives and you will forever burn brightly in our hearts. RIP.

Nikki was cremated and now rests at home in the loving arms of her family. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN PRECIOUS ONE!

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To OUR PRECIOUS NIKKI MAE:

PRECIOUS LITTLE FRIEND
--Jacki Barineau

It's time to rest your weary head
One last time.
And though I know it's time to say goodbye,
It's breaking my heart in two.
I just hope you know
How much I love you so,
Precious Little Friend

I know your time has come.
So thank you for the love you freely gave.
Oh, how you loved.
I try to think of how it used to be,
Back when you still could see.
How you bounced and played,
And watched the squirrels all day,
Precious Little Friend

So goodbye my little friend.
I'll stay beside you 'til the end.
I'll see it through,
Just like you stayed right by my side
Every day of your sweet little life.
I will hold you close,
And whisper in your ear,
My Precious Little Friend

I can't believe you're gone.
I look for you all day long
And try to be strong.
Oh, what I'd give to touch your sweet soft fur,
And hold you just one more time.
But, it cannot be.
I have to set you free.
Precious Little Friend.

I wouldn't trade the time we had
for anything.
Goodbye, my little friend.

PRAYER FOR A DEPARTED PET
--Author unknown

Dear Lord,

Please open your gates and call St. Francis to come and escort this beloved companion across the Rainbow Bridge. Assign her to a place of honor for she has been a faithful servant and has always done her best to please me.

Bless the hands that send her to you, for they are doing so in love and compassion, freeing her from pain and suffering. Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss. Help me to remember the details of her life with the love she has shown me. And grant me the courage to honor her by sharing those memories with others.

Let her remember me as well and let her know that I will always love her. And when it's our time to pass over into your paradise, please allow her to accompany those who will bring me home.

Thank you Lord, for the gift of her companionship and for the time we've had together. And thank you, Lord, for granting me the strength to give her to you now.

Amen.


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