Soon it will be three years since my beloved Nikko passed away. He was my buddy, my baby. Nikko and I were together before I married my husband or had kids. He was my family BEFORE I started a family. When I brought my newborn son home from the hospital I was worried that Nikko would be jealous and might not like having a new baby around. He was a large and powerful dog and although he never hurt a fly I new the damage his breed could do. I worried needlessly. The day I brought my boy home from the hospital I placed him in his crib as soon as I walked in the door. Nikko jumped up to investigate, his tail wagging a mile a minute. From that day on he loved my son. He never once growled and always had tail wags and doggie kisses for him (even when he pulled his tail when I was not looking)! Sadly, Nikko passed away while I was pregnant with my daughter. I am sure he would have loved her just as much as he loved my son. Nikko was a very big part of my life and in his memorie I gave my little girl the middle name "Nikkole".
My Nikko was the sweetest dog ever. With Nikko being such a gentle soul it is funny that his original purpose was to be someones guard dog! An artist had purchased him as a puppy from a breeder with the intention of training him to be a guard dog for his art studio. One night the puppy managed to get out of his cage and proceeded to chew and destroy all of the artist's supplies! Needless to say, the puppy was no longer welcome in the studio. So, he came to live with me and I gave him the name "Nikko".
Nikko gave me 15 years of unconditional love. I am crying right now just looking at his picture. I know he is no longer suffering and is waiting for me over the rainbow bridge. I love you my friend.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....