January 27, 2012

All Dogs Go To Heaven: A Tribute to Nina "Bean"

The world has lost one of the loveliest doggie souls today, my grand dog, Nina “Bean.” Nina had a real “dog’s life” until my daughter and son-in-law adopted her about a year and a half ago. She spent the first four years of her life as a “bait dog.” Baiting or dog baiting most commonly refers to the act of setting game dogs against a chained or confined animal for sport. It’s a cruel and vicious blood sport.

Nina was “rescued” and spent the next five years in a no-kill kennel. The only reason she wasn’t snatched up was because she was a pit bull. Without getting into the debate about the dangers of pit bulls, I will just say that it’s my belief when dogs are raised to fight and kill, that is what they will do.

Nina was just waiting for the right family to come along and that’s when she was rescued by my “kids,” Amber and John. When she was adopted, Nina was already nine years old, stiff legged, gray whiskered and scarred with dog bites, her jaw slightly askew having been broken, no doubt during the baiting.

Nina smiling in her sleep while basking in the sun
You’d think she would have been mean, distrustful, scared of people and other dogs, especially male dogs. But she wasn’t. You’ve heard the saying that the eyes are the window to the soul. You had only to look in Nina’s big brown eyes, straight to her soul, to see how lovely and kind she was.

Nina loved steak, cookies, her pink Princess collar, playing with her new brothers (Chance and Delgado, both 80 pound rescue dogs), belly-rubs, kisses and basking in the sun. She loved the freedom of using the doggie door and roaming the house and the big fenced yard. She loved her family.

Despite the hardships that Nina endured, her life was successful. How do I know? Because she was loved. Because people cried and grieved at her death.

It is too sad to look back at her past, so we will remember the joy she had with her new family and remember the coming joy because everybody knows that all dogs go to heaven.

RIP precious Nina “Bean.” You are loved and will be sorely missed.


Anonymous said...

One of the worst experiences of my life was after my childhood dog passed away. Nina was obviously well loved, and that's why it hurts. Good thoughts and virtual hugs headed your way. Distribute as necessary.

Lady Gwen said...

Joshua, thank you so much! She really was such a lovely dog. After her tough life I just wanted to commemorate her awesome spirit in a blog, to live forever in cyberspace. Really - her name pops up on Google, now. Cool, huh?

Maria Zannini said...

That was a beautiful tribute. I know Nina knew how much she was loved. Thank you to Amber and John for taking her.

God bless all of you. I wish there were more people like you because there are too many dogs like Nina.

Sarah Pearson said...

What a sad post, but so lovely. I'm sorry for yours and your family's loss.

Deborah Walker said...

How wonderful that Nina had the opportunity to be part of a loving family.

Lady Gwen said...

Maria, thanks for your kind words. There are so many dogs out there that need homes. I wish we could save them all and that every shelter had a no-kill policy.

Sarah, thank you. We miss Nina but she is in a better place.

Deborah, WE were the lucky ones:)