23 March 2005 – 17 November 2014
Karma was my best friend, my guardian angel, and my canine soulmate. She was born in Ontario, Canada and at the tender age of 16 weeks, embarked on the journey of a lifetime. She flew to Málaga, Spain and joined our family and stole my heart from the moment I laid eyes on her.
Karma completed her rigorous training and became certified as an assistance dog in 2006, and was my constant companion from that day forward. She saved my life on several occasions. I trusted her with my life and she never let me down.
We lived great adventures together, Karma and I. We flew internationally many times, and she amazed many a flight attendant with her ability to fit under the seat and not infringe on other passengers’ foot space. She enjoyed traveling, and made flying bearable for me.
She made friends instantly wherever she went, and soon became something of a celebrity. She had a worldwide fan base and was highly sought after for photo ops, autographs and the like. In fact, in January 2011, she was voted Most Popular Dog on Facebook!
Karma retired from active service in 2012, and had a blast in her retirement. She became queen of the house, the sofa, the food….let’s face it, Karma wanted it, Karma got it. She was the world’s best snuggler and even when she was naughty, she got away with everything.
Karma passed away in November 2014 after going into congestive heart failure. She battled her illness valiantly, but ultimately the day came when I had to give her the kindest gift I could – the gift of rest. She broke my heart in a million pieces the day she left, and I miss her every single day. I miss her velvet ears, her smooshy lips, her expressive face.
So this is where we part, My Friend,
and you’ll run on, around the bend,
gone from sight, but not from mind,
new pleasures there you’ll surely find.
I will go on, I’ll find the strength,
life measures quality, not its length.
One long embrace before you leave,
share one last look, before I grieve.
There are others, that much is true,
but they be they, and they aren’t you.
And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought,
will remember well all you’ve taught.
Your place I’ll hold, you will be missed,
the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.
And as you journey to your final rest,
take with you this…I loved you best.