Final Moments

Paul Baker

Ajax, Canada

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No, this isn’t my best work, nor is it worthy of being compared with other works on Red Bubble. This is Tika, taken 5 minutes before she died this morning. Tika adopted me 4 years ago after she crawled up my driveway and lay at my feet on her deathbed. (See other photo uploaded of how she looked the first time we met). I took her right away to the Vet. She had a lot wrong with her. But we didn’t give up and she rebounded back to life.

The past 4 years have been filled with love and joy from Tika. I’m not new to having pets, but Tika was and always will be special. She would follow me everywhere; lie on my lap for hours and sleep next to my chest every night. Sometimes, she would just look up at me and stare with her big blue eyes.

1am this morning (Nov 18th, 07), she urinated on the sofa and there was a lot of blood. I took her to the emergency animal hospital. At 4am this morning, she died in my arms while looking at me.

Tika gave me more than I could ever have expected. I always called her “my Princess”. She has been more than that; she’s been a pillar of hope and strength to me. I don’t know how such a small animal can have this kind of effect, but Tika was special. I hope you don’t mind my sharing the story of Tika with you. I’m trying to make my peace but am struggling, but I can hear Tika telling me that she is out of pain and in a very nice place……. Goodnight Tika

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