Nikki, Wild Dog of the North
Nikki died this morning at 5:45 AM. I sat up with him from about 1:30 AM until he passed. He had difficulty breathing and moved about on the bed occasionally but could find no comfort. I got out of bed and sat in my computer chair. He moved to my side of the bed and pillow for a while then moved to his final spot where my feet usually are... Then, his breathing and convulsions slowly resided. At the last, he seemed to look at me and his last breathes seem to say, "Help me." I think I would if I could have. Now, I must wait a couple of hours until I can contact all who knew him. And, of course, his burial at Pet Haven, Mt. Olivet cemetery to be arranged. God bless 'Bob's Barker', or Nikki, Wild Dog of the North.
Nikki came to live with us on February 6, 2007...
He began his life on October 16, 1998; probably in the same household he was in when we adopted him. Nikki came to us with all his bad habits and spoiled rotten ways. But, he quickly decided the Old Kunnel was the boss and started learning my ways. [grin]
Here we are--a short five months or so--and he snoozes next to me as I putter around on my computer. His naps are interrupted now and again as he investigates any weird sounds that arouse him. He tears off into the living room barking his fool head off. [grin]
Odd thing though... From about the third night he bedded down with me and I hear nothing from the time we lie down until morning. It is my habit (and probably a bad one] to watch television until about 10 P.M. nightly. When I turn off the telly, Nikki will charge into the bed room. He waits until I get ready and go to bed; and, then flops down beside me to sleep as I do until 7 A.M. the next morning. Even if I get up during the night, he will stay in bed until morning.
Nikki is my new best buddy.
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Where Nikki Got His Name>
Nikki, Wild Dog of the North  Wolf dog Nikki is separated from his master, a Canadian trapper, and fends for himself in a variety of adventures. Exciting Disney film. Given *** rating by Leonard Maltin in his 2005 Movie Guide.
[Nikki was 8 years old when he came to live an adventure with the Ol'Kunnel. I suspect his former master selected the name for a reason. GRIN]
Dogs (and Cats) submitted by Remmel Wilson, 'The Storyteller.'
A newly discovered chapter in the Book of Genesis has provided the answer to "Where do pets come from?" Adam said, "Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me every day. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me." And God said, "No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself." So God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and he wagged his tail. And Adam said, "Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal."
And God said, "No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG." And Dog lived with Adam and was a companion to him and loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail. After a while, it came to pass that Adam's guardian angel came to the Lord and said, "Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like peacock and he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but perhaps to well."
And God said, "No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever and who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not always worthy of adoration." And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam. And when Adam gazed into Cat's eyes, he was reminded that he was not the Supreme Being. And Adam learned humility. And God was pleased. And Adam was greatly improved. And Dog was happy. And the cat didn't give a darn one way or the other.
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