A tribute to my dog who's now in heaven

My Dog, Lucky - My dog Lucky in her best photo shoot.
Singapore
November 14, 2008 12:02am CST
Let's share our love to our pet and remember them always. My Dog, Lucky Lucky is the oldest and longest pet in my family. She is typically loyal, intelligent, sort of greedy (don't like sharing with my other dogs) but very lady like (always eats slowly instead of gobbling her food). My family was never really in to dog training and about all Lucky learns is sit and jump whenever we have food for her. However, Lucky has shown her intelligence in many other ways namely as below: 1) Albeit being afraid of heights, she actually climb up to sleep on the dining table during the cold seasons to avoid the cold floor. 2) Have you ever seen a dog grinning whenever she's happy? Somehow she has manage to mimic a human smile in order to show us her happiness. 3) She has a way of nodding with her mouth opening and closing (no barking sound) whenever we ask her something which is again another form of human mimicking as if trying to answer our questions. The grinning only started around 8 yrs old and the nodding around 10. Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks? hehehehe..... Lucky was a stray brought to my family by my neighbor after our previous dog passed away. Initially, we were still grieving for our previous pet and didn't bother much with Lucky. She was also not very lovable back then, being skinny with unhealthy fur and having a limp possibly due to some accident prior to joining our family. My mother named her 'Lucky' as she feels that she is very lucky to be brought to us and may luck always follow her from then on. In her younger days, we nicknamed her 'Little Pitiful' due to her beggar like character while being a stray. It took us a very long time to teach her to sit since she will always turn away pitifully whenever we don't give her the food we are trying to use as reward. All this change when a second stray, Happy join our family. As Happy is a male and will never bully a female dog, Lucky becomes the "Big Sister', 'Queen' or 'Dowager' in my family pet ranking. Thru the past 18 years, Lucky remains the big sister among my other dogs (Happy, Becky, Timtim, and Waiwai) and has live a truly lucky and bless life. Now that she is up in heaven, words could not describe all the memories that we had together be it good or bad. I will always love you and always have you in my heart, Lucky...
3 responses
@dsrtrose (166)
• United States
15 Nov 08
Each pet has a special characteristic, and yes I think we all pick one that we favor a little more than the others. I have 4 dogs and each is crazy, special and totally unique in their own right, nut I favor my Giant Schnauzer as she is like a big oaf/small pony! She always butts in for attentiion and food because she is bigger, but she is not mean about it, in fact my dachsund takes her on from time to time. But she is my big baby, and she is aging has arthritis and will not be here a whole lot longer, but she has been such a joy while here ( as have the others + the 2 cats!) It is grat that you have tender pleasant memories of your baby and know she is in a better place, where all pets go to be out of pain and to be youthful once more. And yes, I have a chow-mix who looks like she is smiling that is one of the reasons why I adopted her all those years ago!
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• Singapore
16 Nov 08
Hi dsrtrose, Thank you for sharing your story with us here. Hehehe... I think I'm going to start another discussion on all the cute, special, unique, funny, weird, etc. that our dog does. I'll be looking forward to hear your responses there...
@dsrtrose (166)
• United States
16 Nov 08
That might lead to a great discussion !! I am sure we all have animals with funny quirks and demeanors!!
@kyliexo (71)
• United States
14 Nov 08
I recently lost my dog of almost 9 years. She didn't pass away but just disappeared one day. I think that was harder for me than her dying... I have no closure. Pets are truly family to animal lovers. I don't think the bonds made can ever be compared, they are just as important as humans and can completely change our lives. I'm sorry for your loss but I'm glad you're remembering the good things about your dog and the love and happiness she brought you :)
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• Singapore
16 Nov 08
Hi kyliexo, I'm so sorry and shock to hear about your loss. I feel that I have been truly blessed that I have never lost a dog like the way you did. I think i will take months just always going around my neighborhood to search for my dog. And I think I will also be very angry at whoever that kidnapped my dog since dogs generally will be able to find their way home.
@makingpots (11928)
• United States
14 Nov 08
That is an adorable photo of Lucky. What a beautiful dog. I am so sorry for your loss. I have only recently lost a dog that my family had for 13 years. This is a wise thing for you to do, paying tribute to Lucky here. I hope it provides you with some closure. I did the same for my dog and it was helpful. Such sweet and happy memories you have of Lucky. She will live on in your heart. Bless you, I know the pain you must be feeling.
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• Singapore
14 Nov 08
thanks for the comment and I feel your lost too. It's not so much about closure. It's more about sharing and always remembering Lucky in the best way. I hope my post didn't make you sad. After all, having pets is all about loving unconditionally and cherishing our pets always while they are around and after they are gone because we, as pet lovers will continue to have the next pet. Thanks again for your response.