MY DOG LEXI
My "em" (little sister in Vietnamese) passed away one year ago. I feel so blessed to have had her in my life. I hope everyone has a chance to experience unconditional love like this!
- •I met her on Lexington Avenue in New York City.I was in New York for med school interviews. My mom and I were walking back from Bloomingdale's and saw all these cute white puppies in the window. She dragged me in and the rest is history!
- •She always wanted to be near me.She left her hotel bed, climbed onto the nightstand, and tried to jump the gap onto my bed.
- •She was always happy to see me 💗
- •She liked to help me study.Quick, Lexi--what's the staging for vulvar cancer?
- •She would paw at my leg when I was sitting at the computer until I'd pick her up.I'd give her doggie shoulder massages.
- •She loved people food!
- •She let me cut her hair with scissors even if it made her look ridiculousI like to think she felt a pixie/puppy cut was freeing! She always seemed perkier and more energetic after I'd sneak a trim in while my Mom was out of town.
- •She was my mom's favorite.Literally. My mom has said she loves Lexi more than me.
- •She snored a lot.
- •She was pensive.
- •She loved going for walks with her brother, Lucky.But she always had to be in front because she's a boss!
- •She liked to get into the waste basket and tear up all the paper.We all need a vice, right?
- •She looked really good in pink.
- •She got really sick one night and was diagnosed with severe congestive heart failure.It was one week before I was going to close on my new condo, where I had picked out the perfect spot by the window for her doggie bed and toys. I was so excited for her to be able to people watch. She was 12 years and 8 months old.
- •She told me when she was ready to go.She was placed in an oxygen chamber and put on a drip. I had seen enough death at work to know when things were futile and I wanted her to be comfortable at the end. My mom was still clinging to the hope that she would get well enough to go home. I was torn between doing what I (and the vet) thought was best for Lexi and not forcing my mom to do something she would have to live with for the rest of her life.
- •Then she told my mom she loved her and it was okay.Lexi's eyes had this moment of clarity right before the end. I truly think she was trying to tell us she was ready and we should let her go. My mom finally relented and they gave her one last injection.
- •I miss her everyday.