Scarlet N'Kia of Aniak
April 25, 1992
- January 29, 2004
N' Kia, our "Official Greeter" at Aniak, beloved
by all who knew her, died in my arms at home on Thursday January
29, 2004 at 5:45 AM. N' Kia NEVER met a person or canine that
she didn't like. Happy and smiling each day of her life, she
taught me all about Siberians and especially that, "Oh,
yes they can". She was affectionately nicknamed the "Alligator"
because as you know, alligators will eat anything they can
find. Through this last battle, her appetite slowly diminished
but she did manage to leave this world with a homemade oatmeal
raisin cookie in her tummy. Her Siberian attitude was always
amazing to us. She was like a cork, impossible to keep down
for any length of time, having battled, breast cancer, nerve
sheath tumors twice, torn anterior cruciate ligament and finally
lung cancer. N'Kia never, ever complained about her discomfort.
Last Saturday morning, after a bout of coughing and hacking,
x-rays showed that her lungs were almost completely consolidated
with tumors. The vet said, to take N'Kia home and to let her
enjoy her last few hours with us. He told us "She did
not want to leave us just then and that she would tell us
when it was time." We had five more special days with
her. They were warm and sunny days here in Southern California.
I took some photographs of her the day before she died. You
could see her happiness and you could also see the weariness
that was increased as each hour passed by. There certainly
were times that it was difficult for her to breathe but she
really managed to find ways to maximize her air exchange.
Her tail continued to wag and she kept a smile on her face.
Her love for us was so apparent. We loved her and she loved
us, of that there was no doubt. We showered her with many
many hugs, kisses and whatever kind of food she wanted. Although
her energy level gradually decreased, she continued to eat
and drink fluids in small frequent amounts. Her amazing stamina
was evident as she showed us how well she met her final challenge
in life. Her "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade"
attitude continued right up to her last moment with us. She
literally died with a smile on her sweet Siberian face.
N'Kia ~ Sunday, January
N'Kia had AKC Championship points but did not finish her
championship. Her attitude in the show ring allowed her to
take the points from our Fawn at one show. However, at 3 years
of age she ruptured 2 discs in her spine (while jumping our
perimeter fencing) and her ability to compete in the dog show
She had 3 litters for us and produced 16 wonderful puppies.
The owners of her puppies swear that N'Kia's puppies are the
very best Siberians ever produced. Her first litter produced
Chakka, a Brazilian Multiple BIS Winner with Multi Country
Championships. N'Kia was such a WONDERFUL mother to her babes.
I always said that "If they gave out a single Gold Medal
for Mothering, N'Kia would win it paws down."
N'Kia ~ Thursday, January
Anytime that I would call our Siberians in from the outside,
N'Kia would sit beside me and howl along with me until they
all came in. She was the only one of our Siberians that had
her very own "song". I made up "her" song
long ago and I sang to her everyday. It made her smile and
she would "sing" it back to me (when she was in
the mood). Her last surgery found me in the post-op recovery
area of our vet's office, on my hands and knees, singing her
back to consciousness. She knew I was there with her. It was
our "special" way of communicating with each other.
N'Kia, my Alligator Girl, you are always in our hearts and
will never be out of our thoughts. After all, you are a hard
act to follow. Separation from each other is so difficult
to bear. I know that we will be together again at the Rainbow
Bridge and that you are there now waiting for us. N'Kia, you
stayed as long as you could and maybe even just a bit longer
than that. You left us on your own when your body said it
was "time to go". THANK YOU FOR THAT, MY PRECIOUS
GIRL. WE LOVE YOU AND REALLY MISS YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACE, YOUR
WARM HEART AND YOUR SOFT KISSES. THANK YOU ALSO FOR THE NOT
SO LITTLE ONES THAT YOU LEFT BEHIND, SINUK,
AUTUMN AND TAWNEY.
N'Kia ~ Thursday, January
Until we are reunited again, please know how very much you
are loved by us. No other Siberian will ever fill the N'Kia-shaped
hole you left behind in our hearts. You were one SPECIAL SIBERIAN
and we are so thankful that you came into our lives and that
you were able to stay as long as you did. Hugs and kisses
to you Nikky-Nick, our wonderful Alligator Girl.
Love you very much,
Mom and Dad
Please visit N'Kia's page
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