Miss Nala turns 9 tomorrow! I can’t believe that it was 9 years ago that Justin and I made the drive to Yacolt, WA to pick her up. We put her in her crate and she cried so, of course, I let her curl up in my lap until she fell asleep. So tiny, so sweet, so able to wrap Mom and Dad around her paw from the beginning.
This sweet, food driven, blanket loving, bed hog most definitely has a place in our hearts that will forever be occupied by her alone. Gosh, I remember those sharp puppy teeth, trying to teach her to walk on a leash (she does well at times but continues to have a mind of her own), taking her to puppy kindergarten, celebrating her birthdays with her friends and special treats,
all the walks and hiking adventures,
she was there for the important moments,
all the trips we went on together,
how she welcomed Joslyn into our family (so curious but so gentle),
how she adores both of her human sisters now,
She is the BEST dog. There will never be another like her.
Tomorrow will be a bittersweet day for us though as it will be the last birthday we get to celebrate with her. As some of you know, she has been diagnosed with Grade 3 Mast Cell Tumor cancer. Grade 3 is the worst it can get and unfortunately, we can only hope to keep her comfortable at this point. On a positive side, the doctors tell us that pain is minimal with this type of cancer but I still wonder. I certainly know she is uncomfortable and the tumor seems to have increased in size significantly over the weekend. I haven’t wanted to write about this yet because I knew that thinking about it and going through these photos would bring a flood of tears that I was afraid wouldn’t stop but tears can be good and right now, that’s what I need. We will forever be grateful to Nala for the love she has brought to our lives, the connections we have made as a result of having such a wonderful canine companion and for all the fun, laughs, adventures and snuggles we have shared. She has always made us feel loved, always wanting to be near and getting so excited to see us (she also does this with her Nanny). Simply said, we love her.
These are from a walk today. The second one is the head tilt she does when I say the names of her friends. :)
She was so excited to see her pal, Ozzie, today but then she slowed down and didn’t really feel up to playing although she did jump a couple of logs. I am just thankful for the little bits of joy we get to see in her even if they aren’t as frequent right now.
Thanks to all of those in blog land (Nala used to have her own blog ;)) and all of those right here who have been a part of our Nala’s life. You have made and continue to make it special. We don’t know how much time we have with her and maybe she will surprise us but we do know that we are trying to enjoy every moment with our precious Nala right now.