A Tribute To A Man’s Best Friend

Today is a sad day in my family – our 17 year old dog, Nike, has gone to a better place.

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I am sad for us because we won’t get to see you, but I’m happy for you that you get a be free and feel better.  There is no more suffering for you.

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I met you the summer before I was going to be in 6th grade.  I am now 28 years old.  We had a great run together!

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I tortured you when you were little (and I was young too), but all in a game of love.  I always wanted to be with you (and our family fought for you too).  You always just wanted to be with mom though.  I nicknamed you hundreds of things and you just put up with all of it.  For the past 9 years, you have been the connection we still have between dad and grandma and grandpa also.  A lot in our lives have changed since then with the exception of you.

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You were at my wedding.

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You (literally) had bells on for 17 christmases with our family.

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You were alive for Brittany’s wedding.

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You put up with us getting another dog (that sometimes acts a little bitchy), but you wouldn’t hurt a fly.

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You went through so much with our family and we all love you so much!  You hold a special place in all of our hearts.  We know you’re happier and looking down on us now.

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Nike

March 21, 1996-August 16, 2013

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