Dog hugs couldn’t fix everything

Whenever he did not feel good or was afraid of thunder or a flying insect, Nemo would come running to me for a dog hug. If I didn’t feel well or he sensed I was upset, he came and offered a dog hug.

On Friday, we started out for our usual walk to the boat and got to the end of the driveway when he stopped. I asked him what was the matter, and he told me with his eyes that he suddenly didn’t feel well. So we went back in the house and he drank a bunch of water, then went down the hall and flopped onto the floor by his favourite air vent. His breathing was a bit more than a pant, so being the devoted human, I turned down the A/C for him since it’s his first love.
A few hours later after he made several unsuccessful attempts to get up, I had been down on the floor with him and realized it was more than just heat getting to him. His legs were weak and attempts to stand exhausted him. He clung to me and offered dog kisses as I tried to comfort him.

While my mother was on the phone with the emergency vet, Eenie Meenie My Nemo, The Chosen One, looked at me with panic-stricken eyes, panting more pronounced, hair suddenly standing up on his back, and mouth open as I desperately clung to him and cooed every comfort word he knew. It was our last dog hug.

Nemo passed away in my hands as I stroked his head and velvet ears and realized his breathing stopped. I’m still choked up and crying about losing my dog child. He had just had a physical and removal of a lump on his lip three weeks ago. The vet indicated he had no signs of heart or blood trouble, yet the symptoms he exhibited in his last few hours were those of dog heart failure.

My Nemo was born almost into my hands after I rescued his pregnant mama, chose to stay with me when at four weeks he discovered the Holy A/C Vent, spent his life as My Dog, and left this world embraced by me and the coldest air vent in the house – his two favourite things.

For most of his life, he outweighed me. That’s how big a chunk out of myself is missing right now. Although I hugged and cuddled him continuously until his last breath, this was the first time that a dog hug didn’t cure all. That is a paradigm shift in my world and will take a long, long time to heal. Because the one thing that would make me feel better is the one thing I’ll never get again: a dog hug from Nemo.

Dog sofa

I was looking for something unrelated on craigslist this afternoon and came across this in the free section. I’m still laughing because I know how hard it is to get MY dogs off of their couch when I’m trying to change the slipcover, much less sell it out from under them. Totally made my day.

dog sofa

Puppy love

Alarm clock

For 2016, I have decided to deliberately seek and find at least one thing of beauty every day. Of course, my boys could be featured every day, but that would be too easy.

I invite ya’ll over to SuperSparklyMe.com to follow along and even to join in on the conversation and sharing on Facebook.

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Online dating for dogs

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Check out some of these hotties:

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BigBlackDogStudio: Online Dating for Dogs Album

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vivienne-Halls-Photography/592199140829045

http://RubytheBlackLabrador.wordpress.com

http://1stworlddog.com/

Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue

Hey all, Nemo here. Stopped downtown last night to the Dunedin Wine & Art Walk to visit friends at Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue. Of course, the paparazzi snapped up my photo with Jaime of PPPR. It’s hard being such a celebrity, but I do adore all of my fans and fellow celebs out there! That’s my assistant tethered off to the side whom I booted out of my limelight. If you live in the St. Pete/Tampa area, I encourage you to support Jaime’s animal rescue efforts. We need more good humans like her.

PPPR Nemo and Jaime 10-11-13

Valentine’s Day every day

I love how Nemo has been acting, and even more so lately. The more I work from home, the more adoring he is getting – not just those super happy moments when I come home at the end of a day or after going outside to get the mail out of the box, but on and off all day. He is such a huggy dog, it can’t help but make a girl feel good that she’s so loved by her faithful dog.

Back when I worked in mega-offices for twenty years, I always hated that poor Philphil (may he rest in peace) spent so much time at home alone waiting for me; now, I’m at a point in my life where I can spend nearly all day working here at home with Nemo nearby and be available to hug him whenever he wants – which is often.

Nemo Valentine

BBDS YouTube page

Uploaded a few videos to the BigBlackDogStudio YouTube page, plus added some info for visitors as to what they should hope to find there:

Our BigBlackDogStudio YT channel features videos about our Big and Little Black Dogs, Nemo and Rico, respectively. Okay, so we only borrow Rico, but Nemo is very attached to the little guy, so we consider the baby as part of the fam.

BigBlackDogStudio itself is our art studio specializing in custom pet sculpture, whether of a living pet or of one who has passed away. Working from photographs, we match the beloved pet’s colour and markings to the sculpture as a lasting remembrance of those hairy family members who bless our lives. Both miniature versions and full life-sized versions can be created. For pricing and photographs of pets already memorialized, please visit our website, BigBlackDogStudio.com.

Blessings and Dogspeed, dear friend.

Best buds

My Big Black Dog and my Little Black Dog have spent the entire past week here together, but now Baby Rico has gone back home. Nemo will probably sleep for two days, and then begin all over again his morning routine of staring out over the garage gate down the street hoping to catch sight of his little buddy. #puppylove

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