PET LOSS: “In memory of our little fur baby Zali” Amira

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May 20th 2019

In memory of our little fur baby Zali (our 13 year old shih-tzu)


Last Saturday, Zali had her last walk on the beach, the weather was beautiful, and the sun was bright and warm. I took off my shoes and walked with her on the soft white sand, nice and slow, at her own pace, and we felt the warm sand touching my feet and her paws, she seemed to smile as she wanted to keep going…her beautiful golden hair blowing in the salty ocean breeze, being caressed gently, while basking in the sun. A blessed day!

On Monday, as we were trying to deal with a sudden turn for the worst in her condition, and after calling the emergency vet clinic, we were informed of a veterinarian doctor who does house calls and provides assistance with end of life compassionate care. Even though it was a long week-end in Canada due to a statutory holiday, we were blessed to found a vet that could come within a few minutes to our home in such short notice!

We knew the time was getting close to the end in Zali’s life, but never expected this sudden change for the worst to come so quickly…

A dear friend, who recently went through a similar experience with her beloved cat, had told me about the availability of this kind of care which is provided at home. Her experience sounded so comforting, especially at such a difficult time as it is saying a final goodbye to our dearest animal friends.

We were so touched  to know that there are caring vets that do this kind of home visits. I believe that  it really takes a special person to do this work, and it brings us such hope to see how we are making progress in terms of  humane & compassionate veterinary care for the terminally ill animals and their human families.

This was a very different experience for us, because in the past with previous pets we had  the conventional medical approach, having our dear pets spend their final moments on a cold stainless steel table, in an sterile environment, where we had little time to get a chance to say our last goodbyes while repressing our emotions…

In this occasion instead, we had all the time we needed to be with Zali, as she rested in her own soft bed surrounded by our love as we sat around her caressing her until she went to sleep. It would have been so stressful for us and for her, to drive her in the condition she was, and then to have to wait  at the triage in the emergency clinic, refraining our tears & emotions, and drive all the way back home in that state of mind…

As we were mourning Zali today, even Mother Nature started to pour down great tears of rain, as if to let us know her care about each one of her children, helping us to wash away our own sadness enfolded in her embrace.

Later on in the day, I read a poem Be Love, Seek Joy” by our dear Trina ( ) and it made me think that truly when there is love, even in the darkest and most sad moments of life, when we lose a loved one, there is reason for celebration: to treasure precious memories, joyful moments, and to find the blessing and joy of having experienced such great transformative love in our lives!

As Neale Donald Walsch often says, to celebrate “Continuation Day” and to know we never really “lose” our loved ones.

Later on, we spent the evening looking at many years of pictures to remember all the joyful moments we shared together with her.

Zali was one the most beautiful teachers in our lives. Her teaching didn’t need words, she always taught by example.

If we pay attention, we can learn so much from our dear four legged friends!

As Anita describes in her post “Animals and Unconditional Love”:

“Anyone who has an animal companion in their life knows that an animal’s love touches our very soul – they fill us up with pure joy!  Animals recognize something greater in us, no matter what we do and say to them, and I believe that it is their recognition of that spark within us, that is being felt by us as they observe it and tap into it.  For that period of time that we are in their presence, their unconditional love for us enables us to actually experience the divine – because the divine also manifests as unconditional love.”…

“They are teaching us to be present in the world, to feel, and to draw out those feelings in others.  And they do all this without even uttering a word!  They radiate love, they inspire love, they give love, and they invite love into their life from anyone willing to give it.  They are little mirrors and messengers of the divine!”

Here is the link to her beautiful post:

Yes, they teach us lessons about living in the moment, with a cheerful disposition and an open heart, about unconditional love, and instant forgiveness!…

Lessons about the power of silence, and the gentle look of warm loving eyes that truly care, about being genuinely authentic and transparent, and being “there” for us, truly present.

Lessons about enjoying life to the fullest, and appreciating everything in our lives, such as the minutest blade of grass!

Spontaneity, humbleness, egolessness, honesty, loyalty, gratitude, innocence, playfulness, non-judgement, true  friendship, joy, resilience…

Through their brief lives, everyday they teach us about taking life as it comes without worries, without complaints, with profound contentment, trust, and pure joy. 

My heart is full of love and gratitude as I remember Zali and all the beautiful furry friends that have past through this earth, and transformed our lives, making us better humans because of them.

May we all learn to be more “humane” with one another, and with all the beautiful animals. Let us protect them and their environments, and shower our animal companions with daily doses of  love and affection, never, ever, taking a precious moment with them for granted!




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  1. Chef V. says:


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  2. Trina Graves says:

    Oh Amira! What a beautiful tribute to your precious little Zali. ❤ So heartfelt and full of love, sharing your joys, sorrows and the lessons you've learned from her. I'm sure she very proud and thinking 'I did a good job there!'
    God Bless her, and I think you will see her soon in your dreams. (that just came to me as I was writing).

    I am so happy that my poem did a little to uplift you on that sad day. What is interesting (I know you know this as I mention it on my post, but for others it demonstrates Divine Timing) I went to post the poem on the Wednesday before, but couldn't 'push the button' because I just knew it wasn't the right time. Every day until the Monday, just wasn't 'right' On that day, I knew without any hesitation that I should post it.
    We are all ONE. ❤
    Much Love, Light & Blessings ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you so much dear Trina for your beautiful sentiments! They went straight into my heart! I was especially glad to hear you say that I may see her soon in my dreams! I really wish for this to happen!
      Yes, it is amazing, and yet these synchronicities happened enough times that we should not be surprised anymore, (but I still do every time)… the evidence that we are all linked, our lives intertwine in so many ways, showing us our Oneness…
      Much love and light back dear friend! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  3. So deeply beautiful! I’m sorry for your loss. I know what this is like, and how difficult it can be.

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    1. Thank you so much dear friend for your kind sentiments and understanding. They are much appreciated! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  4. Anita Bowden says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, my dear friend, Amira! Zali was such a special girl, and I know, brought you and John so much love and joy! Though I never met her, I grew very fond of her and I felt I knew her so well through our conversations – even more so, now, through this beautiful post in memory of her! And just as your kind support helped me through the loss of my own 18-year old Birman cat Marcus just two months earlier, I hope I can be a source of support to you in return as you grieve the loss of dear Zali. Your closing statement is so special, relevant and important: “May we all learn to be more “humane” with one another, and with all the beautiful animals. Let us protect them and their environments, and shower our animal companions with daily doses of love and affection, never, ever, taking a precious moment with them for granted!” Wishing you much peace and love through this difficult period, dear friend. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. ❤ Thank you so much dear Anita for your kind support and encouragement throughout this journey, which we both had to face so recently, and as you said only a couple of months apart…. As we shared our stories, which in many ways had many similarities, I have found much comfort, support and solace. You gave me many great ideas about how to resolve issues as they presented through the course of Zali's illness, and even at the end of life care. I truly appreciate the gift of your friendship! ❤ I grew so fond of your sweet Marcus as you did with Zali, just as our friendship grew without ever meeting in person… Just shows how love and friendship have no distances, and no barriers. A heartfelt thank you, for always being there dear friend! Much love & light! ❤


  5. LindaP says:

    Beautiful tribute to precious little Zali! People who don’t have the love of a beloved pet can never understand how we grieve their loss and how they are such a big part of our lives! So many times when we come home I still expect to see Cody at the door waiting for us! I know you will feel Zali’s presence again,because I have felt Cody many times laying behind my back in bed as he use to do to give me comfort! I have no doubt her loving spirit will always be with you!! Praying for peace and comfort for you and John! Love,Linda.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Linda for your comforting words and your beautiful sentiments. I know you understand how deeply we can love our sweet companions, they truly are such a big part in our lives, specially lately when all our focus & attention was on her, she left a huge emptiness. I am hoping to feel her presence again in a happy way as you do. Much love and a big heartfelt thank you! ❤


  6. simplywendi says:

    this is so terribly sad……….but your words are written out of pure love and respect and she has left her paw prints of love forever on your heart. bless you.

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    1. Thank you so much Wendi, your words touched my heart. Yes, I surely have her paw prints of love with me forever…. ❤ Many blessings back to you and your loved ones and fur & feathered babies 🙂 ❤

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      1. simplywendi says:

        you are so very welcome…………bless you for your kindness 🙂

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