Tuesday, June 23, 2015

RIP Nikita N. Klucsarits-Zaikov 1/10/2001 - 6/17/2015

I never grew up with a dog. My only pet experience as a kid involved fish. Then I started dating a girl who had a dog. A dog who allegedly does not typically like men. My first meeting with Nikita at Jamie's apartment couldn't have gone better. It was love at first site (I also liked Jamie a bit too). I fell in love with this dog. I didn't know I had that in me. I never knew the bond between a person and their pet. Those fish didn't do any tricks. They didn't care about me. Nikita showed me what unconditional love is.

This dog changed my life. She has made me a better person. I'm officially now a dog person. I admit, at first, I cringed and made faces when picking up Nikita's poop. After a while you get used to it. I'll never forget that last poop. I teared up. Because of poop. Of course, most of you guys know I have an affinity for poop. But that's a subject for another day, ok probably never.

It's been almost a week since we said goodbye. I still walk through my front door with the expectation of hearing her collar jingle. I miss having Nikita get excited to see me when I got home. I miss taking Nikita on walks in our neighborhood. I miss Nikita chasing after bunny rabbits. Even in her last few days she had it in her to chase one. Cancer got the best of her, but cancer can never take away my memories of her. And I'll cherish those forever. I love you Nikita. And I love you Jamie for bringing her into my life (amongst other things).  We will definitely get another dog (almost certainly another Husky) but there will never be another Nikita.

That time UConn played Florida in the Final Four, Nikita was
soooooooooo excited that the Huskies won.
Nikita having fun on the bed, a special treat (for us, more so
than for her, usually)

Do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nikita's "professional" photo session, this
picture will hang forever at Chuy's on
Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw.

Nikita's Birthday tradition. A 6 oz birthday cake, errr steak.

Jamie and Nikita, post birthday steak.

I already actually miss this, Nikita loved
leftovers. She was so excited whenever we

Even I've never had my own waterbed.
She did, and she loved it.

Me and Nikita, post birthday festivities

Getting comfy on the human's bed. 
Such a happy dog, even with a cast on.

"Holiday" picture

Add caption


I need DIS!

You're home! You're home! You're home!!!!! I
missed you! (Is what I like to think she was thinking)

Chillaxin on the porch-bed at the beach house!
Enjoying the beach in South Carolina

Chillin by the pier