|Zaki came into my life when the last thing I needed was another dog.
I had 3 wonderful dogs at that time, but I had recently fallen in love
with the Yorkshire Terrier breed.
I had also heard the name “Zaki” on a television program. At least
that is what I thought I heard, although that may not even have been what
had been said. Still, to me it sounded like “Zaki”. Regardless, I
fell in love with the name and knew I was destined to find a Yorkie to
be named “ZAKI”.
Shortly thereafter, I learned that one of the technicians at our veterinarian’s
office had a Yorkie, who was expecting puppies quite soon. I think
it was destiny that I just happened to walk into their office and overhear
this conversation, and the rest is history.
Zaki came to live with us sometime in November, 1995.
She was the most precious gift and I loved her from the moment I saw her.
For her first 4 years, she was very healthy. She was diagnosed
with diabetes on New Year’s Eve in 1999. This terrified me at first
and I thought nothing worse could happen to my little girl since we were
successfully managing her diabetes. I was wrong.
In June of 2004, she became quite ill and was diagnosed with chronic
renal failure for which there is no cure, but only treatments that would
hopefully prolong her precious life. For the last two and a half
years of her life, besides the blood glucose checking she had already gotten
used to, now she was being subjected to a whole new set of daily routines
to try and keep her kidneys functioning. She was the strongest little
soul who never complained, no matter what we had to do to her. I
really believe she knew that all the needles, sub-q fluids, meds etc. that
we made her endure, were being done to help her. She fought to stay
with us until she could fight no more. Every ounce of strength she
had in her little body had been exhausted and we knew that we had to set
her free on Sunday, February 18th 2007. It was by no doubt the most
difficult thing I had to do and I promised her I would stay with her until
the end. She left us very peacefully. I miss her terribly and
will continue to miss her until we meet again.
My dear sweet Zaki girl, I believe I would miss you now,
even if I had never met you.
Your paw prints will remain on my heart forever.
I love you more than you could ever know…
A very special thank you to our good friend Connie,
for the beautiful picture she did in memory of My Zaki.