As long as I can remember we have always had pets. The longest animals we have had that have meant the world to me would be our dogs.
My mother’s dogs two Siberian Huskies; a male named Ket and a female named Koda. I grew up with these dogs and loved them so much! Nearly all of my childhood memories include them and I always wanted one of my own so badly it hurt. Below is a photograph of me and Ket when I was around 6-7 giving him a cuddle because I couldn’t get to sleep.
Photo of Koda below
It was the greatest thing that ever happened in 2008 when my parents agreed to let me keep a puppy! I was 11 years old and owned my very first dog, what could be cooler. I wanted to spend every living minute with this dog, I wanted to name ‘Cookie’. May I finally thank my parents for not allowing me to do so.
I named her Katishka (Катю́шa) meaning Katherine. I chose this because the meaning of the word Katherine is Pure. Most of the time she is just called Tishka.
I always pictured our future together, moving out with her, growing up with her and spending every second together.One time I remember going on a walk after it had been raining and slipping down the muddiest slope ever, and getting so angry the dog came out looking clean. Going on walks, playing in the garden, training her new tricks; these were all of our special moments and in 2015 introducing her to my daughter something that I will never forget.
Nine long years later and I finally live with her in my own house something I always wanted. My daughter bullies her everyday but loves her more than anything. I get to watch both of my children play together even though they are not both human.
This year I have noticed that my girl is getting older now and everyday I see her age and possibly face losing her which made me realize something. My dog has been there for me through everything! I cannot even picture my life without her, I don’t want to either. When the day comes it will be the most heartbreaking day of my life.
When I’ve lost family member’s it has always been her that I have cried too and talked to, when I’ve been upset, angry, confused, happy, everything single feeling and experience it has always been her.
She is my firstborn and my best friend, nothing will ever come close to that. Tishka is the most well-behaved dog but also the most challenging. Just last week I was full on wrestling with my dog for a burger she’d pinched of the table. She ate a whole packet of Uncle Joe’s mint balls! Sometimes I wish I had a cat instead…
The thing is, you don’t realize how much a dog becomes family.
A beautiful quote from Marley and Me is “A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary“.
They are worth so much more than face value, a true friend. What I would give to slow down time and relive all of our memories. I’ve learned that the small stuff such as chewing at stuff, peeing in the house etc is not what I’m going to remember, its unimportant . I’m going to remember growing up with Tishka, Ket and Koda, and how much I loved every minute of them being in my life.
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