Losing a pet is losing a piece of ourselves. They become the best part of our day, and every moment we spend with them is priceless.
Jennifer McKnight wanted to do something special to remember her Loki, Staffordshire mix, who passed away last month. Loki and her were inseparable and would take daily walks on Kelvin Walkway in Glasgow. They met back in 2007, when McKnight’s flatmate adopted him from SSPA’s Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Cardonald.
“I know everyone thinks they have got the best dog in the world but he really was an absolutely special wee soul. He was just gentle, sweet, good with children and good with other dogs. I took him everywhere with me,” McKnight told BBC.
Loki was diagnosed with canine lymphoma last December. He remained playful right up to the date he was put to sleep in her flat. A month later she wanted to celebrate Loki in a happy way, so she filled three boxes with tennis balls. She took the boxes, along with a sign she made with Loki’s picture and headed to their walkway.
“The walkway was an obvious choice because it was his walk.”
At three different spots along the walkway, McKnight left a box of tennis balls and a poster with a message for all dog owners. It read, “In loving memory of our boy Loki, who loved this walkway. Please take a treat for your own furry pal, and treasure every minute you have with them. There are never enough.” The poster was attached to the fence above each box of balls.
People were so touched and moved by this sweet tribute. Actor Colin McCredie tweeted photos of the tribute that went viral.
“I feel a little bit as if I have lost my shadow. He was always there, always with me, always following me around.”
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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