7th February 2022 Dr Beena
Hello everyone. Today I wish to share about my beautiful dog named Mika. When I first met her, it was via a photo sent to me by my friend who knew I was in desperate need of a dog as my older dog Zara was unwell. I fell in love with her at first sight😊. She had a long, arduous journey from Bandung, Indonesia. When I picked her up from the local breeder’s place, she was so excited, and in the car, her eyes spoke to me, “thank you, mummy” 😊😊. Mika loved Zara the moment she met her. But it took Zara a while to accept this bubbly little bundle of joy.
I introduced Mika to my friends, and everyone loved her. She has this intrinsic endearing nature, and the staff at the Vet’s clinic loved her. She loved everyone, even the gardener and the part-time helper.
I will describe some of her favourite antics. One is tugging at Zara’s ears, taking the toys from Zara with great stealth 😊 and of course tearing the pages of books from the bottom shelves. I would take her for walks by carrying her as she was small and so cuddly. All the neighbours befriended her. Those moments of walking gave me absolute bliss as Mika was thrilled with a big smile on her face.
At eighteen months of age, she poked her eye into a sharp object and had two surgeries. I thought she would lose that eye. However, she recovered and bounced back. In March 2020, she chewed a toy that got stuck in her oesophagus, and after the surgery, she returned with great energy. However, I noticed that in December 2020, she always looked sad despite the walks. She would pee in the wrong places. It seems like she is confused. However, when she began to show disinterest in her food by May, I brought her to the Vet. When I received the shocking news that she had Stage 3 Congenital Kidney Disease (Renal Dysplasia), my world crumbled☹☹☹. But my girl improved with the medical treatment and continued to entertain me with her playfulness. One of the signs that her mood was back was when she started to tear up my books on the lower shelf😉. In December 2021, her spirit dropped, so I took her to the Vet, and her blood tests were not good. The Vet restarted the treatment with fluids given subcutaneously. The brave little girl endured this, and once again, she improved. Unfortunately, the medicine for the kidney has been out of stock in Malaysia since January 2022. I purchased another medication online that helped her get her energy back. I was relieved but noticed that she didn’t chew at the pages from the books as much☹☹.
Then, on 28th January, she developed a fever and was put on antibiotics. She responded, but her appetite changed. I had to cook different meals each time as her food preferences had changed. Despite losing interest in food, she still greeted friends by wagging her tail. From 3rd February, I gave her beef broth using a syringe. I knew she was weak, but I still took her for her walks by carrying her. I took this picture on 5th February. You see, from the afternoon of 5th February, she began to smile despite feeling weak from intermittent vomiting. She would come to me with a smile and place her head on my knee. Even though my heart cried, I would sing her those happy songs that I had sung before. She passed on 6th February at 3.30 am.
It was an immense privilege to care for Mika in her last days. The fulfilment that I received by caring for her revealed the power of love. Her legacy of the power of unconditional love is something I will cherish forever. During the last few days, she disliked images taken of her. Despite her weakness, she smiled at that last picture. We spent a long time by that bench and cherished that beautiful moment together. I have loved every moment with Mika. Though she is not with me now, her memories will live on with those she touched. Based on her illness, she should have gone by a year; instead, she lived for nearly four years and I am very grateful for that😊. I thank everyone who supported me from far and near these past few days. I thank the Vets and staff at CityVet, Kuching for the devoted care of Mika. Cherishing the power of unconditional love and caring for others is a privilege😊😊.