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We lost our German Shepherd today.

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by Steve in PA, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA

    Mar 1, 2000
    Nikki, our German Shepherd was going to be 8 years old in December. She has always been a bundle of energy. I described her as a 3 year old kid on a sugar high!

    A few weeks ago, we noticed that she wasn't herself. We took her to our vet, and everything seemed okay. Blood work came back negative and we thought, maybe she was just getting old.

    About a week ago we noticed that she was limping badly on her left front leg. Again, we took her to our vet on Thursday and she thought it might be bone cancer. She sent us to another vet with a better x-ray system.

    After being evaluated, this vet thought that Nikki might have a tumor on her brachial plexus. She was given some medication and we took her home to wait for the results of some tests.

    Nikki wouldn't eat, not even her favorite foods. She would get up to drink water and would even let me know when she needed to go outside. Because Nikki could not walk up or down steps without pain, my wife and I were sleeping downstairs with her.

    Around 7 a.m. this morning, Nikki had a seizure. We took her over to the emergency vet hospital, where she passed peacefully. My wife and I are devastated. We love animals, as we also have 2 ferrets and 9 cats. As all animal lovers know, our pets are more than just pets, they are indeed a part of our family. Nikki was a super dog and will be missed greatly. She was my buddy, friend and geocaching buddy. We take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain but enjoying herself in doggie heaven.

    Gone, but never forgotten.

  2. My heart felt condolences. I have had to say goodbye to "Dorie" and Sarge" in the last eight months and it is devastating. All the best.

  3. I am sorry for your loss, I do understand what your going thru. We have been thru it several time. and just signed on again ( recent new GSD).

    Again I am sorry
  4. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA

    Mar 1, 2000
    Thank you, and condolences to you as well.
  5. lethal tupperwa

    lethal tupperwa

    Aug 20, 2002
    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

    Author unknown...
  6. eaglefrq

    eaglefrq NRA Member

    Oct 4, 2009
    The Twilight Zone
    I am very sorry for your loss. It is very difficult when you lose a beloved friend.

    [FONT=&quot]"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.

    You are his life, his love, his leader.

    He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.

    You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."

  7. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
  8. 757CC


    Jun 23, 2009
    Sorry for you loss. I am a shepherd guy and still remember having to put down Spring my last shepherd when he was's never easy but try and remember they are in a better place now! Great looking shepherd!
  9. UtahIrishman

    UtahIrishman BLR Silver Member

    Nov 11, 2001
    My deepest sympathies at your loss. Losing a trusted friend is always hard. I've been there several times.
  10. Clutch Cargo

    Clutch Cargo Amsterdam Haze

    Nov 29, 2010
    Nikki is now being shown around by Thor Vom Baerenzwinger SchH II.
    My condolences.
  11. GlocksterPaulie

    GlocksterPaulie Perfectionist

    Dec 16, 2003
    Damned if I know
    Sorry for your loss. It is a very sad day when you have to say goodbye to any pet.

    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012
  12. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA

    Mar 1, 2000
    Thank you, thank you.....thank you.

    I know I am not the first, nor will I be the last to loose a beloved companion. Right now it is hard, because I expect to see her wherever I look. She was such a big part of our family. Forever underfoot, and always wanting to know what we were going to do or where we were going to go.

    We lost a Doberman about 9 years ago and never thought we could own another dog, but then Nikki fell into our laps. She glued herself to me and there was no doubt that we would be adopting her. I know there will be another dog in our future, we just need time.

    Again, thank you.
  13. brtarr


    Oct 9, 2008
    I've lost three of my dogs in the last 2 years and know what an empty place that makes in your heart. My dogs have always been just more than pets, they're family and they never live long enough. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope you will be able to make room for another four legged friend. The shelters are full of them needing homes.
  14. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    Damn, Steve, I'm sorry.

    LASTRESORT20 LongTerm-Guy

    Aug 10, 2010
    Steve....yes....very sorry for your loss... Nikki looked great in that picture...I know it hurts....In this life..."we" have to suck it up....again...I am sorry for your loss of a Family member....

    ~ "She has always been a bundle of energy. I described her as a 3 year old kid on a sugar high!" ~
  16. skew12


    Sep 13, 2012
    Sorry to hear this. GSD's are great dogs!
  17. dober-man


    Feb 5, 2009
    very sorry for your loss. i lost my dobe new years eve and i miss her every day. i just got a dobe pup a few months ago. could not stand not having a stubby tail wagging around the house.