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Love is a game of tag

October 10th

 

August

Yesterday, unexpectedly, I had to put Nelson down. He’d been sick for a while with an uncommon autoimmune disease. Sunday, he was chasing me around the house trying to eat the tortilla chips off my plate, in his normal, annoying way. Monday as I left for work, I gave him a treat and kissed him goodbye—all the while thinking we had years before us. When I returned late afternoon, he couldn’t stand.

That quickly, life had changed forever.

I spent Monday night with him on his bed, spoon-feeding him water. He could no longer lift his head and was having a hard time breathing. This dog, who the week before was still going on walks, and the day before was begging me for baby carrots in front of the fridge.

You get to a place like this and language fails you. Bereft? Distraught? Completely lost? What I felt was failure, and like my heart was going to stop beating. I knew he was in serious trouble and pain.

Oh, sweet Jesus, the pain. I could see it on his face and it made every bit of me hurt. I scooped him into my arms and took him to the vet as soon as they opened Tuesday morning. Our long-time vet, and a childhood friend of mine, took one look at Nelson and knew. He didn’t want to tell me that it was Nelson’s time. He had tears in his eyes as I openly sobbed in the exam room. The options were few and only one would bring Nelson less pain.

How could this be happening?

Too soon, I was sitting on the floor, cradling him. He looked into my eyes and I told him how much I loved him, how much he would be missed. Stroking his face, I tried to stay as calm as I could.

And then, he was gone.

I held him to my chest and wailed.

I don’t have well crafted word to express how terrible I feel, or to describe the loss. Nelson was in so many ways my child. The moment I met him, I knew we were family. He gave me more than 7 years of love and companionship. This morning, I came downstairs for the first time to see his bed empty. Right now, the house feels haunted. I keep expecting to hear the tick of his nails on the floor, to hear the soft grunt that meant “please lift me on the couch,” or the “meep!” noise he made when he was happy to see me. I am profoundly sad.

His passing has made me see that love is a game of tag. I loved him because I have been well loved. He loved me in return, and this made me more loving. I hope I’ve passed that on to others, and I know his presence—his long eyelashes, and curious personality—gave others joy.

 

Halloweenies 2012

Nelson: year 1

December 1, 2011

Halloween 2011

Thank you Willie Nelson Mandela for being the best friend I could have ever asked for. I will love you always.

Adopted: 7/22/2011

Passed: 10/9/2018

-K

 

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Happy 4th!

July 4th

Happy Fourth of July from our zoo to yours!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

xxxo,

K

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chaos…

December 8th

Nelson and Voo

We are busy making our lists and checking them twice. Literally. There are so many lists this time of year. My current lunch-break list includes “find Christmas jammies, get priority boxes from post office, pick up more rice, buy flowers.”

It is a chaotic, joyful time when I can’t post what I’m making, or I’ll ruin the surprise. So, how about another photo of adorable Nelson?

Nelson and Voo

I never thought a creature whose breath smells like sewage and seems to delight in farting on me, could grab my heart the way this muppet has.

(Thanks to Uncle Sagar for these recent photos. That gorgeous Bernese is his dog, Voo.)

Happy holiday prep, all!

xo,

K

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Happy birthday WNM!

June 15th

Willie Nelson Mandela celebrates his four year adoption this week, and therefore his sixth birthday.

He continues his reign as the best dog ever:

Halloweenies 2012

Rebecca's visit

Halloween 2011

New hat for Duda

August

Beaded Nelson Mandela

 

Even his namesake agrees.

Happy birthday, buddy! Here is to the next great six years of adventures together.

~K

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Still the best dog ever

November 8th

Sulking Nelson

In case you needed an adorable reminder.

~K

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Nelson in Hats

October 14th

Because sometimes it is the little things that make me crack up:

Around the hacienda

Around the hacienda

Around the hacienda

Around the hacienda

Around the hacienda

Around the hacienda

 

The last two are to prove it isn’t all torture. He occasionally gets walks and belly rubs too.

~K

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Recovery

August 25th

Home from Britney. Recovering. Let me distract you with funny photos of a dog who is so happy to be in a backyard.

Hatch chile roasting party

Hatch chile roasting party

Hatch chile roasting party

The boy loves grass. (He is from Colorado.)

~K

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Sweepy

August 2nd

July Instagrams

For those needing a Willie Nelson Mandela fix: good news — the rascal is still as adorable as ever.

~K

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Easters

April 18th

Happy Easter!

Yep, I’m using this photo again because it is so darn cute. WNM and I wish you and yours the best, this holiday weekend!

Happy Easters, friends. (And Passovers, and just general Sunday-funday for everyone else!)

~K

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Attention Seeking Behavior. Obviously, he’s my son.

January 9th

January 2014

Mr. Willie Nelson Mandela learned a new, terrifying trick last week. Ten minutes into an otherwise routine hike, he urinated blood. Ten minutes later, I am carrying him, hyperventilating and screaming into my cell phone with the vet’s office. Four hours, one x-ray, one ultrasound and several other tests later… it was determined he is fine. No need for alarm. He’ll be fine. Here, take home this expensive GI dog food and give him some pro-biotics.

I wanted to kiss the vet on the lips, and shake her at the same time. Dogs don’t just occasionally pee blood, right? Here is to hoping Mr. WNM has found the latest way of getting my full attention, and it is nothing more. He is acting otherwise perfectly normal, and went on an 8 mile hike yesterday with no problems.

So, paws crossed.

In other news, we have officially reached Smug Season in Phoenix:

January 2014

The weather couldn’t be more perfect for morning, mid-day or evening hiking. It is simply beautiful to live here right now, and I feel very lucky. For those still suffering from polar vortex snow and ice madness, I’m envious of your fireplace reading and cuddle time. It’s just like the movies, right?

{Feel free to taunt me come, oh, July when this same view comes with heat stroke and premature aging.}

And yes, I did select a cactus photo that looks like it is flipping the bird. Because: funny.

~K

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