Memorial for Nike the German Shepherd Dog

January 21, 2012

Photo of Nike and RoryTransitioning from one year to the next always permits reflection on my current place in life, especially regarding the relationship I have with my canine companion, Cardiff. We had a sad end to 2011 in losing our friend and neighbor Nike, the German Shepherd Dog.

Nike was a truly amazing girl. I first got to know Nike as a patient three years ago and always enjoyed my opportunity to work on her from an acupuncture standpoint in attempt to improve her gradually degenerating hind limb mobility. As Nike continued to decline, her human mother gave Nike the gift of wheels, which greatly facilitated her mobility on our streets’ sidewalks.

Very few dogs have such care taking guardians who will completely rearrange their lives to make the most of their pet’s last few months of life. Nike moved from West Hollywood to Manhattan beach where she spent her time basking in the southern California sun. When encountering beach terrain too challenging for her wheels to access, Nike was provided a custom cart to accompany her owner for afternoon lounging in the sand.Photo of Rory and Nike at the Beach

Nike peacefully left this world in her owner’s arms while laying on the beach. Rarely do I hear of a pet being given the gift of such a peaceful exit from their earthly existence.

Here are the words of Nike’s caretaker, which reflect just how much Nike meant to her;

She was the true love of my life.  She was my soul mate and my everything.  She inspired me (as well as so many others) on a daily basis. She made me laugh and taught me what was important in life and what was not.  She was a pillar of strength and exuded the most positive energy and light to all those around her.
I desperately miss my Nike girl but know that I was blessed to have the most magnificent gift in my lifetime.

Cardiff and I miss you Nike.

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TheOldBroad January 23, 2012 at 4:17 AM

It’s so very sad when such a well-loved family member is given the gift where there’s no more pain or suffering.

Nike was obviously very well loved.

Please extend sincere condolences from TheOldBroad.

AdoptedMom January 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM


I am not a “crier”. I love my dog, Chazz, but still not a big crier.
This post, this story of Nike was moving, & I found my eyes wet.
The bond between this dog and this “caretaker” is portrayed so well. Not just in your words, but in their actions with & towards one another.
Bravo to Nike, her Caretaker, and you for sharing this with us who read your blog.

Patrick Mahaney January 24, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Thank you for your comments. Nike was such a sweet girl and is greatly missed.
I’m sure Chazz is lucky to have you as an owner! Treasure every day with her.
I hope to see you back again with my future posts.
Thank you,

Jenn January 20, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Thank you for the tribute. I went looking for a status on Nike when I read a letter from her owner in the book “A Letter To My Dog”. Truly inspiring and heart felt.

Patrick Mahaney January 31, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Thank you for sharing your comments.
Nike was such a sweet dog and neighbor, as I still live down the street from Nike’s mom.
I didn’t realize night he was in the book until I saw it at one of my client’s houses. I now have my own copy personally signed by Nike’s mom.
Dr. PM

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