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    A Tribute To Nessie

    Gone, but not forgotten.

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    How do you handle the loss of a furry friend? Let's plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out.

    Last week, a friend took us to a concert and since I wasn't able to do the blog and since I like to do the same number every week, I took a week off so no worries readers that this had stopped forever. While my wife enjoyed the concert (I actually stayed in the hotel to read instead which was fine to her and her friend), she had something concerning her. What about Nessie?

    Just after my wife turned twelve, her family went to get a dog and had decided to get a West Highland White Terrier. The dog was named Nessie and Allie had a strong bond with her. When I started dating Allie, there were times when Allie and I would be sitting on the couch and the dog would jump up in between us. We suspect she didn't like me too much then. After we married, Nessie stayed with Allie's parents and when I came over for awhile to visit, she did seem a bit cold to me, perhaps saying I was the one who took Allie away. Eventually, she did come to accept me.

    But that was about 16 years ago. Dogs age like everything else does. Nessie was getting sicker. Her hearing and eyesight were going. She had diabetes. There were other conditions as well. We were sure it would be any day now. Allie was dreading the day.

    The day came and it was February 1st. Now I was the one thinking I would have to be the really strong one. After all, I'm the one that's not nearly as close to the dog as everyone else is. Yet when I went over to see my in-laws, it was sad to see everyone holding the dog in a blanket as if to get one final time together.

    We all rode to the vet together. Everyone decided we all needed to be back there when Nessie was put to sleep so she wouldn't be alone. I actually found myself getting choked up which was surprising to me, but how could I not? This was death right here in front of me that I was watching.

    We as Christians know that Jesus did defeat death ultimately, but it still has some hold on us. It's not permanent, but it reminds us that something is wrong with this world. Death causes a separation of sorts to take place. You can no longer enjoy the person's company the way that you did in the past. Honestly, I would think any skeptic of Christianity who wanted to see loved ones again would jump at the chance to see if this could be true.

    Shortly after it was done, my wife left the room and couldn't take it. I went out there with her of course. While we were out there, I saw the vet who did the operation go by. I asked him if it ever gets easier to do that. He told me it never does. Another friend who's a vet confirmed the same thing when we talked to her on the phone.

    That day, I felt a great sorrow in me and I couldn't really explain it except it's just death. Sometimes you want to go to God and say the system that has been set up just sucks. Of course, I realize that we can say that we're responsible for that because of the fall and all, but regardless of what you think of that, we all hate the system at this point. We think it shouldn't have happened. God should have done a better job.

    Yet could I think of a better way? It's tempting, but no. This world will just stay fallen until Christ returns. We have to deal with that. In the meantime, I think it's okay to have that anger towards God. Not everything is perfect. The Psalmists regularly had such anger.

    Here we are a few days later. I think I've already sufficiently grieved. My wife and her parents are different which is understandable. They were all closer to Nessie than I was. Allie has been listening to a song regularly by Disturbed about holding on to the memories. It really is a good one. The whole point is to hold on to and celebrate the people you love while there's time.

    Which is a lesson we don't really ever seem to learn. We tend to take people for granted. They are not going to be in our lives forever. Allie was tempted to not get close to our cat Shiro some this weekend, but then realized that wouldn't be fair. It would be saying she regretted getting Shiro and Nessie. We have to realize that love is worth it even if it comes with the pain of known loss. When Allie and I married, we knew it was till death do us part. We need to celebrate one another until that day comes that we can't.

    Too often, we treat those people like annoyances. Every chance to love is something special. Allie looks back now and says she wishes she had gone on walks with Nessie more instead of being on the computer so much. How many of us say the same kinds of things?

    This is why whenever I go out somewhere and Allie doesn't come with me, the last thing I say is "I love you" to her. If anything happened to me while I was out, that way at least the last thing I said to her would have been that I loved her and she said it to me. I want her to always know that.

    Some of you may wonder about animal afterlife. I did an interview on my show on it with Dan Story. You can listen to that here.

    This is a post that my wife wrote on Nessie. I hope you will read it as well to see her perspective. I think she writes much more from the heart than I do.

    And finally, here is a picture I made at Allie's request for Nessie. May we see her again someday.

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    In Christ,
    Nick Peters

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    Nessie was a fun ball of mischief when we visited. We had Toby with us and had been warned she might not tolerate him, but she welcomed him. As it happened, Toby was in his own last year at the time.

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    I still remember when he passed away and I am thankful I got to meet him as well.

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    Nick, I just read Allie's blog post and I was crying reading it. She captured exactly how I felt when I had to say goodbye to my dog Taz last year. Tell her thank you for me.


    I really believe we will be able to see our little pets one day again. If it will make us happy, God can easily recreate them for us. I plan on having a whole house of dogs, from my first, Blacky, when I was a kid to the new pup I am getting next month.

    I think Allie will be reunited with Nessie too.

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    Yeah! I hope to see my family pets too! Our dog had to be put down before Thanksgiving due to heart failure. We felt the stress of the holidays would be too much for him and did not wish for him to suffer. And a few years ago, we lost our cat from old age. I really miss that cat. Pepper was a smart outdoor kitty.
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