LADY GODIVA 1999-2015
Godiva was the Chinese Crested who started it all at Mythic Kingdom.
We adopted her at 7 months as an older puppy. She was the last of the litter to be adopted and as soon as I saw her, I knew we were meant to be. She looked up at us with her wide eyed “who me?” look and I was in love. I waited so long to bring home a Chinese Crested making sure Tim and I were ready to be parents. The years of waiting, educating and dreaming of our Crested 4 legged baby came true with our Godiva. She made it all worth the wait!
Godiva was our Chinese Crested Ambassador, our 4 legged greeter. As a baby, she went everywhere with us. She went to restaurants, shops, dog parks, car rides, visiting people… Tim and I designed clothes for her so she would be warm. She was our first baby. She also babysat our daughter and then later our son. She would alert us when they were awake and needed us. She was Romi Khan’s older sister who taught her everything. She was her canine older sister and surrogate mother. She didn’t always like Romi following her around and laying on her but she tolerated it knowing that is what Romi needed. She was a great older canine sister to our Dante and Raiden. She let Dante “walk” her around Washington Square Park in NYC when Dante was just learning to walk. What a great sport she was to let a kid not even 1 walk her! She would kiss Raiden after he woke up from a nap and made sure he was taken care of. She laid by my side quietly, no kissing, when I was sick. She loved to kiss me for hours but she just knew that is what I needed when I was not well. She took naps on Tim’s chest and gave him lots of face kisses because she knew that was what he needed. When visitors came to our home, she would bark to welcome them and then go up to get her pets. We always received compliments on how well behaved, gentle, sweet and smart she was. She was just a very gentle and sweet old soul who gave so much to all of us.
Godiva was not considered an ideal Chinese Cresteds by other breeders. They would say, “she is awful!” But to us she was perfect with her imperfections. Her ears were set too high on her head, her black legs did not have enough angulation so she looked like she was always wearing too tight spandex pants. She had black marking on her lips so she looked like she partied too hard and her lipstick was smeared. She loved to eat and would easily gain weight. Breeders would say “she is awful” but to us she was perfect. She even won Best in Show at a local fun dog show in Williamsburg (NYC)! I told her we could win and show everyone how beautiful she is and together we impressed.
Because she was our first baby, we did over indulge her. If any rubbish was left out, she would dig through it. When she heard us coming, she would step away from the bag and pretend it wasn’t her. She was such a foodie that she would put anything in her mouth and seldom ever spat it out. She loved to go under the covers to lick me for hours at bed time. I would let her do it for 20 minutes and then told her to stop and go to sleep. She was so good that she walked off the leash and always came when we called for her. She had a limit of 50 feet from us. She loved to suntan and would find any spot in our home to get a bit of sun. If she saw me with a hairbrush, she came over to get her grooming. She would lower her head and close her eyes in bliss as I brushed her furnishings. At her old age, she was blind in both eyes (dry eye in her right eye since she was a puppy, and cataract at her later years), deft and had seizures. For a few years we thought she would not make it through but with a new litter of puppies, Godiva perked up. She let the puppies jump on her and delighted in playing with them. She was the best puppy Grandma!
I asked her to stay with us until we moved to our new home and she did. But at 16+ years, her body was weak and she had enough. She lost interest in food and even with me hand feeding her. She dropped a lot of weight from her normal 13+ pounds. When she would not eat for a few days at a time, we knew it was time. We spent the last 2 weeks of her life with her around the clock. She passed away in my arms as I cradled her and told her how much we love her. I told her it was OK for her to go to her next life and we will be together again. I imagined loosing her even when she was a puppy to prepare myself for the day. But it is still painful not to have my baby with me. I miss not putting down the cooled down frying pan with scrambled egg on it for her to chew up with the few teeth she had left. I am thankful to have been able to be her Mommy. I am thankful I was able to comfort her during her last days and hours. I am forever grateful for her generosity, charm, gentleness and just plain loveliness.
Godiva rests in our garden among flower, trees and bird. She is in a sunny spot as she always followed the sun.
Our Godiva is and will always be remembered.