Today I lost my companion of 13 years (9/26/1992 - 8/13/2005) –
Amethyst Nausicaa O’Chancery aka “Tika”, a Belgian Sheepdog.
Tika became quite ill while I was out of the country, and although I
took her to the emergency vet today there was nothing they could do
for her. Rather than prolong her suffering with little hope of
recovery, I made the tough decision to let her go. I spent some time
visiting with her and then cradled her head as the doctor
administered the sedative overdose.
She’s been struggling with health problems for the last few years,
so at some level it was just a matter of time. But it is still so
hard to lose her. She was my companion through graduate school,
countless moves, internships, my first “real” job, my marriage to
Rick and the birth of my two sons. She has lived with me longer than
any other living creature – except my mother and brother.