Tika

by Rachel
(Summit, NJ)

Tika came into my family's life when I was 9. My father had wanted a dog for a very long time and my mother had finally caved. Tika was an exuberant boxer who was 1 1/2 years old. My father died in 9/11 eight months after we got her. My mother, older sister, and I all were grieving in our own ways for long periods of time. But Tika was always there to cheer us up, no matter what.

She died of a massive heart attack several months ago, and today would have been her 13th birthday.

She was the most amazing dog I have ever met. Always gentle and attentive. I owe my sanity to her. And I know that she is happily chasing frogs in doggy heaven right now.

Thank you, Tika, for getting me through an (otherwise) extremely lonely childhood. I think you knew how loved you were. You were my partner in crime. I love you and I hope you are peacefully with Dad right now. Thank you for giving our family ten years of humor, company, and most importantly, compassion.

Click here to post comments.

Return to 2011 July-September

Recent Articles

  1. Sandy Baby Wallace

    Baby, my dad and daughter rescued you from the animal shelter. Actually, you rescued me! You were so beautiful and loyal and smart. You were our favorite

    Read More

  2. Dear Abbey

    Abbey had one purpose in life, to be part of a family, our family. In doing so, she made the three of us a very, very happy family. We have so many wonderful

    Read More

  3. Wiggle Butt

    We’re going to miss, and will never forget you. You were the love of our lives. Every day we think of our beautiful Wiggles. we had you for 12 wonderful

    Read More