Monday, December 20, 2010

RIP: Snukis (1999-2010)

Snukis and Meškis
Snukis entered our life 11.5 years ago, not long after Laima and I got married. He, along with his brother Meškis, was our first attempt at family. Like a child, Snukis alternately charmed and amused us, bedeviled and befuddled us, and brought copious amounts of anger and joy.
He was not a perfect dog, nor always easy to live with. It was both his charm and weakness that he could not abide other dogs and small children. Only at the end of his life did he relax his guard, allowing our second-youngest even to approach him. Faults aside, we will miss him, for he still truly was a part of our family, and the first to leave.
As I hugged him for the last time this morning, I selfishly wept, angry with the betrayal of his body. I also sincerely regretted each instance of angry words, impatience, and yanks on the leash. Dogs, like children, can bring out the worst in us, while asking only for affection, safety, guidance, and understanding. While I was not always there for him, he remained, to the end, there for me.
Sleep peacefully, good friend.

55 comments:

  1. So sad. Sorry for your loss, I know you and I have talked about how important the K9's are as part of our families.

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  2. Animals really do leave an impression on our lives. Sorry to hear about your household's loss.

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  3. This made me cry. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  4. Oh Kovas, I am so sorry! Animals are really parts of our family and I know how hard it is to see them go. Again, I'm sorry for your loss!

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  5. Kovas, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you positive energy in what must be a very tough time for you and your family.

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  6. Kovas,
    I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. This was so sad to read because it reminded me of when we lost our cat Tom.
    It definitely sounds like Snukis was loved and had a good life with your family.

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  7. Kovas, I'm truly sorry for your loss.

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  8. Im sorry for your loss Kovas :( dogs really are furry members of the family.

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  9. I'm so sorry. I just my dog down in August. It's so hard!

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  10. I'm so sorry, Kovas! It is so hard to lose a pet and he sounds like he was a winner. Take care.

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  11. I'm so sorry. :( Losing a pet is so hard.

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  12. Kovas, that is a total bum out. Sorry you are going through this, and I'm sure Snukis had an amazing life with you guys.

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  13. My eyes fill with tears. SO sorry. You are right, dogs and children can bring out our impatience and frustration. But we couldn't live them more. So sorry for your loss, Kovas.

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  14. AH this makes me so sad...I am so sorry for your loss..hugs to you dear

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  15. I'm so sad and so sorry for your loss Kovas. RIP Snukis!

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  16. BLEH ! I hate this. I have kids and dogs, sometimes I like the dogs more. Sorry dude, I'm truly sorry.

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  17. always sad when a pet leaves....hope this helps

    The Rainbow Bridge

    There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colours. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge, there is a land of lush meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

    When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and the frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other.

    There is only one thing missing: They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly looks up! The nose twitches. The ears are up. The eyes are staring. And this one suddenly runs from the group.

    You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.

    Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.

    Author Unknown

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  18. awwww man. Kovas. this. sucks.

    I'm sorry, my friend.

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  19. Sorry Kovas. I am sure my doggies Bandit, Sandy and Tessa greeted him at the doggie gates.

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  20. Oh I am so, so sorry for your loss. It's amazing the impact animals can have on our lives.

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  21. I'm sorry for your loss Kovas

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  22. I'm so sorry, Kovas. I'm sure he had a great life and knew that he was loved. My thoughts are with you *hugs*

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  23. That made me cry. I'm so sorry for your loss, Kovas.

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  24. Kovas - I am so so sorry to hear about your loss. I understand your feelings and your words regarding bringing out the worst in us are so true.

    Thank you for showing your heart here and letting us try to help console you in such a time of need.

    We are here for you no matter what you need.

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  25. Thinking of you and your family Kovas--got tears reading this.

    The loss of a beloved and cherished pet is one the most difficult things I have experienced. It sounds like Snukis had a wonderful famiy and very full life.

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  26. I am so sorry for your loss, and I can't imagine your pain. I have two dogs myself, and they are truly a part of our family. We don't have human children yet, so they are it! My heart is sad for you, and thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. My thoughts are with you and yours this holiday season.

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  27. So sad...my condolences to you and your family..I've been there....it is tough.

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  28. Tears over here too... So sorry. I've been there. Just heartache. Thanks for sharing that soft side... :) Sincere condolences to you and your family.

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  29. I'm so sorry. We lost our dog in March after having her for 12 years. She was amazing. We still miss her.

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  30. Oh Kovas...my heart is breaking for you and your family right now. I went through this not long ago and there is nothing that can be said to make it easier. So sorry for your loss.

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  31. Kovas, I am so so sorry. It just sucks, and there isn't much else to say about that. Being the dog owner is hard. Bailey is now 10, and I fear the day you just went through. Hugs to you and your family.

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  32. So sorry for your loss. It is always hard to say good bye to a doggie family member.

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  33. This made me weep too. Losing a member of the family is so tough, I know. Very sorry for your loss.

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  34. So sad - as a fellow dog lover it breaks my heart to think about the day anything happens to my pooches.

    Thinking about you!

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  35. forgive me if I didn't finish reading your blog post. When I read the first sentence, I started tearing up already. Yes, I don't handle dog deaths very well. I can't even finish watching Marley & Me!

    I am a dog lover myself and I know how painful it is to lose a dog. I am very sorry for your loss. Big hug and condolences to you and your family.

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  36. Very tough. I'm sorry for your loss Kovas.

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  37. So sad about your dog! The post is very well written and allowed us to experience a little bit with you.

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  38. Oh, I'm so sorry about this. Sending hugs to you and your family.

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  39. It's always tough when a pet leaves us. Sorry about this, but I'm sure he had a good life.

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  40. So sorry to read this... it's really difficult to say good-bye to a pet.

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  41. I'm sorry to hear about your dog :(

    I'm more frustrated at my phone/blogger for making me load and reload your page 85963 freakin times to leave a comment. Course now that I am complaining this will be the comment that posts... But I am tired of typing and retyling and then blogger being a pain in the butt. Grrrrrrr

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  42. my heart breaks for you. i was in tears for you as i read your post. it is so hard to loose a pet. im especially sad about your news because we are awaiting biopsy results for our german shepherd which in my gut i know will be bad and im afraid we dont have much time left with our "first born". thinking of you...hugs.

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