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Niko passed away Monday night surrounded by his Me, his Dad and three Sisters. His passing was very peaceful and I have been told timely. Niko battled seizures and took every pill, poke and prod without complaint, just as you would expect a Doberman would.

At the very end we added yet another medicine, two days later Himmy had his final seizure. His last several seizures lead to temporary blindness and he was going downhill fast. It was one thing after another I felt so out of control.

I have not at all accepted his passing; in fact I am suffering terribly now that he is gone. My love for him was profound. Even though the rational side of me knows it was the right thing to do…I feel like I made a mistake, I want my dog back.

Memories of Niko fill my head, but I am afraid they will fade with time. Niko was a kind, loving dog who was stable in temperament and very loyal. He was incredibly intelligent and although I could never catch it in photos, his conformation was beautiful. He was a fantastic companion. Everyone who met him fell in love with him immediately. Many of times friends tried to smuggle him home with them, they just adored him. Neighbors watched over him and treated him as their own. He was an advocate for the breed.

I want to thank Melinda for letting you all know, I know it was not easy for her as she felt like she lost one of her own. I hope you understand that I just couldn’t do it. It meant accepting his death, and until tonight I was unable to look at anything regarding Himmy. I do know it’s important that I move on so here I am, baby steps.

I also want to thank each and every one of you for your heartfelt support, and such kind words. I had no idea he had touched so many here on DT. I mean this sincerely; these posts really have made me cry happy tears. To know that he was loved and cared for by so many of you means so much. I want to acknowledge those who took the time write such kind words by saying thank you so very much for your support.

THE ZEBRA IS NO LONGER DANCING, he is free of the seizure monster.

Here is a poem that I came upon, there was no author noted:

I Haven’t Left At All
I saw you gently weeping as you looked through photographs
You paused for just a moment at one that made you laugh.

But as you turned more pages the tears began to flow
You whispered that you missed me but I want you to know;
I softly licked those stinging tears that down your cheeks did fall
I want to help you understand I haven’t left at all.

On those days that you are overcome with sorrow, pain and grief
I rest my head upon your leg to offer some relief.

When you take our walking path I’ve seen you turn around
Because I know you surely heard my paws upon the ground.

At night while you are sleeping I snuggle at your side
You stroke my fur as you touch that place where I used to lie.

You said it’s just your heart playing tricks upon your mind
But rest assured I’m really there, my spirit’s left behind.

I know your heart is hurting; it’s like an open sore
You think my life has ended and you won’t see me anymore.

But for those of us bound tight by love, death is not the curtain call;
It’s really the eternal beginning that waits for us all
So, dear Master as you live your life I patiently await
For us to be together when you pass through Heaven’s gate.
In Loving Memory
Niko aka Himmy
11/4/06-11/14/11​













 

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Cathy, I am so profoundly sorry. I am just so sad. I am glad you are brave and can write this for us all to help us all move on, but it hurts so very deeply. I am standing in your shoes.
 

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I am so sorry for your loss. Your memories of him will always be great.
 
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Cathy, I'm crying reading this. I've been thinking about you these past few days. You were an amazing mom to Himmy. He's suffering no more. Let me know if you need anything...I feel like I can relate losing a young boy to chronic issues recently.
 

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What a lovely tribute to Niko. Following your seizure thread, I could tell you loved him so much and how much your heart is aching right now. It's never easy to say goodbye but your boy Himmy will always have a space in your heart. I'm so sorry. Himmy is at peace now.
 
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Cathy~ Niko was one of my favorite boys here on DT. Your love for him was shown in all of your posts. Himmy couldn't have asked for a better mom than you. My heart is breaking for you but please don't question any of the decisions you made. You did everything that you could possibly do for him. I am so very, very sorry that Niko is gone but please know that he will never be forgotten- he was loved by so many of us. Rest in Peace Niko and Run Free at the Bridge.
 

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I'm so sorry - may fond memories ease the pain of his loss. For sure he was loved.
 
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I am so very sorry for your loss. It just isn't fair.

RIP beautiful sweet boy.

KC/Linda
 
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You move on only when your ready and don't worry, the memories don't really fade just the tears do. Hopefully to be replaced with smiles.

Beautiful pictures and I'm so sorry again. RIP Himmy.
 

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I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy. May your wonderful memories of Himmy bring you some comfort during this difficult time.
 
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:( I am so very sorry for your loss. (((Hugs))) to you!
 
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