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Kishka Thoughts

mollysharkmollyshark Posts: 1,519
edited 5:15AM in EggHead Forum
Dear Sundown sent me an e and I shared some musings on Kishka with him. Wanted to share it with all of you since I received so many heartfelt well-wishes on Kishka's passing. For those of you who are dog people, you'll understand.

I can’t remember feeling as bad about anything as I do about this dog. My other dogs have been older when they went. My dogs always live forever. The labs were both 15. Ali the basset is going on 16. Hadassah is a youngster at 7. I miss a couple of my previous dogs a lot. Odd that in a group of 3-4 there is one that really touches you. Saffron was my first basset and he was exceptional. Henry was the one on this last set that got to us all. But oh man, Kish was something special. What a character in such a small body. He was the one responsible for my smile every single day, no lie. Such trouble, that dog. The only totally NOT housebreakable dog I’ve ever had. He just didn’t care. Thank heavens for tile floors and pine sol. He would steal something every day. An equal opportunity thief, he would get people’s socks, underwear, and ball point pens. He had a collection of stuff in my sewing house from old thread spools to…heaven knows what. All carefully accumulated in his doggie bed and destroyed at will. I had to buy bags of small squeakers since he would get a new toy and immediately go for the squeaker, leaving great puffs of polyester filling everywhere. I would replace the squeakers and sew the thing back up on a special machine I got to leave in the house primarily for that purpose. Average life of a store-bought toy…10 minutes. He could find the squeak in anything and spent a lot of time trying to find the squeak in Shmata, the wire hair dachshund, who eventually would grab Kishka on the snoot to say QUIT that. He slept next to me, pretty much velcroed to my leg under the covers. If he got too hot, the tip of a nose would poke out for fresh air. In the morning I’d uncover him and he was always upside down with a tail wagging furiously looking at me with one black marble of an eye. Soft as velvet and totally kissable. He would gobble his breakfast and spend the rest of the morning trying to steal breakfast from the other dogs, particularly poor Ali who is very old and very blind. He was the alpha of the house, but a big chicken at heart. And he never EVER missed an episode of House.

Funny..Hadassah the red and white basset is my comfort dog. She is the one I talk to and stick my face in her fur and sniff doggy smell and things seem ok. Shmata is a wiry bag of needs who looks at me with such love I think she may explode. Ali proves every day, as old and blind and hard of hearing as she is, that loyalty means something as she follows me like a hovercraft from room to room. But Kishka? Kishka was my sunshine.

I don't even know how to look for another Kishka. Where do you look for sunshine?



  • A very nice epitaph for a friend.

    Words often fail to convey what the heart feels, but not this time. I was deeply touched by your obvious love for Kishka and for the bond you two shared.

    Spring "Some Pets Are Just Small Fuzzy People" Chicken
    Spring Texas USA
  • Spring HenSpring Hen Posts: 1,563
    Monica, I am sitting here with tears in my eyes because as you had your Kishka, I had my Punkin. She was my shadow and I loved her beyond measure. Her memories are as fresh as if she never left me. Maybe you can't find another sunshine but keep looking for a ya.
    Co-Proprietor and Madam of The Chicken Ranch
    Spring, Texas USA
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    Sounds like a great group. ;)

    Hard to compete with the love for ones dog :(

    I sent you an e-mail
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    Been there, not fun, mourning with you. -RP
  • Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
    You won't find another sunshine, you will find a different sunshine.

    Oblio, our 5yr old Little English Cocker was a hit-and-run victim. It was a tragedy for our family. It took us years before we got another dog. Now we have Buzzie who is ten and grows more affectionate every day.

    Much sympathy to you and your family.
  • FiretruckFiretruck Posts: 2,678
  • FiretruckFiretruck Posts: 2,678
    Loyalty, the characteristic which our canine friends provide more abundantly than our family or human friends are able.

    I wish I were half as good as my dog thinks I am.
  • Monica, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Kishka.

    Here is a link to some beautiful poems in memory of dogs. One of my favorites is the one by Lord Byron (perhaps because I am now the aunt to a Newfie).****/dogpoems.html
  • Sorry for your loss.Many of us have been in your shoes.You might look here:
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 21,372
    of all the dogs ive had there were only two that were really special, the one i have now fits that bill, brings life to the house. i feel your loss.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 21,372
    of all the dogs ive had there were only two that were really special, the one i have now fits that bill, brings life to the house. i feel your loss.
  • BevoBevo Posts: 179
    Although I visit this forum frequently, I haven't posted for months. But I wanted to send my sympathies to you on your loss.

    My wife & I received the sad news in December that our beloved Vizsla, Layla, has inoperable cancer that has spread to her lymphatic system. She is ten years old and, over the years she has had five surgeries to remove seven tumors. Four of those tumors were malignant and we were fortunate that her veterinary surgeon was able to remove them cleanly. This time there is nothing we can do buy love her every day as we await the inevitable progression of the disease.

    Kishka was lucky to have you for her doggie mom.

    Colin & Joni
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