4-22-17 — I lost another piece of my heart today. It flew away on the wings of the soul of our beloved Niko. His appetite plummeted the past few days and last night he couldn’t stand or walk. His dignity was now compromised and that is always a leading factor in knowing when it’s time to let a dog go.
Niko was diagnosed with Lupus and we have been battling it for quite some time now and for most of his almost 12 years of life he suffered from excruciating ear infections. His owners were afraid that their 2 yr old would be hurt by Niko accidentally because his ears were so sensitive. A little one that young doesn’t know any better. So that’s why he joined us almost 2 yrs ago. His ears bothered him for so much of his life. I know it wasn’t the best life he could have had, but while he was here, we did all we could to make him happy, comfortable and as healthy as we could get him.
Niko enjoyed wandering around in our big fenced in areas and LOVED his biscuits. He was the biggest German Shepherd I had ever seen in my life! Towards the end he would lay in the sun resting his old bones on the porch watching the rest of his pack Kono, Knight and Poojah putter around the yard while I or one of our volunteers kept him company. I will miss that one on one time we had but I know he’s in a far better place, running like the wind and no longer in pain. Dog bless, Niko. You were loved by many…most of all by me.