by Karen Banks
Malik was with us for 13 years. 12 1/2 of those years were pretty good, even though he was diagnosed with diabetes at 12 years of age. He went blind 6 months later, and then I realized that he was so unhappy.
He slept all of the time. He ran into things a lot. He got sick to the stomach a lot. It broke my heart to see him like that, because no matter how he felt, he still had love for me.
He would lay his head against me. He would wag his tail if I pet him. He was so in love with my husband and I.
It's been less than a week and the grief is still strong. I want to get another dog to fill the void. Nothing can take away the pain of losing Malik right now, but another dog will bring us joy once again. I grew up with dogs in my life all of the time.
Malik is the first house dog that I had for 13 years. He had his own mind. He was assertive and demanded his respect, but he also minded most of the time. I thank the Lord for putting Malik in our lives. He was the canine love of our life.