18th December 2023 Beena
Hello everyone. I wish to let everyone know that my beautiful baby Zara, my first gal, passed away on 17th December 2023. Those who knew or have heard of her will know how much she was to me.
The story begins in 2009 at a conference in Singapore. Allan told me about the benefits of keeping a pet, especially a dog. I was dead against that idea. Soon after that, I met someone who spoke about the good traits of the breed Shih Tzu. Not long after that, a friend notified me about this newborn Shih Tzu. The breeder, Rose, brought two puppies, a male and a female, who were only two weeks old. I chose the female puppy; Rose interviewed me about suitability on parenting skills and had to come up with a name ASAP. I finally decided on the name Zara, and Rose said: ” OK, that’s Princess Zara”.
Zara was indeed a gift from heaven; she taught me values like patience, being contented with life, being lighthearted and having fun and made me a better person. She led an adventurous life as she went to all the supermarkets in Kuching as the guards thought she was a toy. This fearless girl has gone on an escalator🐶. She was the timekeeper at my yoga class, and all the yogis found that very amusing. She would be quiet throughout the class and wouldn’t let it go beyond an hour of practice😂😂. She has been to all the seafood places like Buntal, Kopitiams, and restaurants where the owners would reserve a table for the little Princess. She welcomed me home at the airport. She kept tabs on the gardener and would bark just before he was to leave, as she always thought he was stealing my plants😞🤣. She loved all my friends and was always invited for dinners at their homes. Her doggy friends were Chocolate and Sophie. Last but not the least, she attended meetings that her mom had to attend😊.
She was the easiest dog to train, making me think that training was a piece of cake until Mika and Yumi arrived😭. Zara has four siblings, and one of them has passed on. Her father, too, has passed on. The last lesson I learnt from her was about dying—a bit of background on her medical issues. In February of 2018, she was diagnosed with liver dysfunction. The vet said if she responds to the treatment, she can live with good quality of life. However, despite treatment, her liver function tests were not good, but she was otherwise like her old self: active and engaging as always. Then, in November 2021, she started to have some diarrhoea, and her liver tests weren’t great at all. With some liver supplements, she improved and was back to her old self. Then, on 11th December 2023, I noticed she had some retching and took her to the vet. The vet ran some tests that revealed further deterioration in liver and kidney function.
I discussed the plan with the vet, and we decided to manage her symptoms, but she stayed home. She was always calm during the whole time till her death. We went for walks and sat in her favourite place, and I spoke to her at length. The day before her death, she had this sudden burst of energy and did stuff she loved at home, like sitting on the sofa. I helped her as her legs were weak. I was never tired of cleaning up as I knew nothing is a chore when you love someone so deeply. Her beloved friends dropped by to say, “Goodbye, dear Zara. We all love you, and you will always be in our hearts”.
I will conclude by saying that I was blessed to have her in my life. She left a legacy of love, joy, peace and contentment in life. She brought up the real meaning of what Allan said: “You will know love once you have a pet.”🙏🙏🙏