Remembering Niski

I hope you don’t mind the diversion from DIY.  I just wanted to share some Niski photos.  I love doing a search for her name on my own blog and remembering my little girl.  It still hurts so much. I just miss her.  
My daughter had these ones on her cell phone.  Some I actually haven’t seen.  She was a cutie. 
Her little pjs…

 Crazy long tongue!


When Mr. DIY got his Big Green Egg (he LOVES that thing and uses it in the snow!), he thought Niski would be interested in hearing all about grilling, smoking, BBQ and it’s features.  I think she was relieved when she discovered it was just an introduction and not an invitation to a wienie roast…

Niski and her alpha dog.
Julia (our foreign exchange student) & Niski


The scar on her belly was from surgery to remove a push pin that she ate when she was a puppy. Thankfully she recovered nicely and we had a few more years with he
r and liked to joke that the surgeon should have installed a zipper.  Fortunately she outgrew the habit of eating everything except food quickly after that experience.
Christmas morning 2009
Let me in!
Happy Girl!

Doxie block.
Ali & Niski

Niski Nogi (what we interpret to mean ‘short legs’ in Polish even though it’s not quite correct).  I miss your snore.  I miss your yawns and sighs.  I miss your begging. I miss praising when I see that there isn’t an accident and for a brief millisecond, I forget why there isn’t.   I miss the loving welcome greeting when I walk in the door, the treat bribe when I walk out the door.   I miss the playing and snuggling and burrowing.  I miss scratching behind your ears and rubbing your belly.  I miss your wiggle dance and tap dancing toes.   I miss our dinner time ritual.  I regret that there isn’t one single picture of me with you because I was always behind the camera. Seeing the doggy aisle in the store makes me cry.  Remembering last Christmas morning opening presents has me longing that we’d be doing the same this year.  Every occasion, every season, I’m just going to miss having you by my side.  My little shadow.  My heart just aches.  But I know you’re not suffering.  You’re resting in  p
eace and peace will come for us with time.  For now, we just miss you so much and our hearts are filled with so much love. 


I just wanted to thank you again for your words of comfort and patience during our loss. I wanted to share a little story that warms our hearts.  Reenie sent me this and I shared it with Russ…

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. 

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. 

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. 
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. 

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. 
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. 

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. 

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. 

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…. 

Author unknown… 

I was in the basement painting cabinet doors, trying to keep busy but still crying off and on, just missing her.  Russ called me up to dinner.  He made a yummy 3 cheese tomato and spinach tortellini dish.  He lit candles and opened a bottle of wine.  I know. He cooks.  A fancy dinner for a wife with a red nose, puffy eyes in doxie lounge pants and painting sweatshirt.  He’s a keeper.  We said a little prayer, toasted Niski and were eating when I noticed that the candle light shining through my wine glass made a little dancing rainbow prism on my dinner plate.  Both of our eyes filled with MORE tears.  It felt like a sign that Niski was okay.  🙂

I read your comments over and over.  Blog friends are the best “hug”. 

We like to think that Niski is happy, healthy and pain-free in heaven, burrowing in fresh fuzzy blankies straight from the dryer.   

I love the Rainbow Bridge poem.  It’s a comforting fairy tale type story.  I believe my Niski is in heaven and that HE sent the little rainbow prism while the Rainbow Bridge poem was fresh in our minds.  God gives us the biggest comfort at all, listening to our prayers and healing our broken hearts.  

Today when I checked the drying painted cabinets, once again – a prism where the sun shining through the cut glass window.  It feels so special and I know God is sending us signs that Niski is at peace.  2 rainbow prisms in 2 days?!  
And your words of comfort, your hugs, sharing your stories and comments have helped us tremendously.  I appreciate every single comment.  I’m thankful for bloggy friends.  I love that we can share projects but I love that we feel connected enough to share happy times and comfort each other through tough times.  Niski was a huge part of our blog.  She will be missed.  And I’m happy that you got to know and love her.  

This is my favorite blog post this year.  This post is my reminder that God is always present.  Whether in the form of rainbow prisms or sending blog friends for comfort…we’re so blessed. 


Niski is no longer in pain or suffering. She’s at peace.  I, on the other hand, have the biggest heartache.  We will miss our little tap dancer, vacuum-wiener, happy baby, doxie girl forever.  Thank you so much for your hugs, thoughts, prayers and support.  


Niski's Blue Christmas

Since I know a lot of you love our little doxie girl and your thoughts and prayers worked this past summer – helping her to recover and giving me the strength, patience and encouragement for her care, I wanted to give you an update. We had a few amazing months of being recovered, walking and running but this morning her little back legs were weak and by this afternoon, it was all she could do to drag herself around.  Thankfully our wonderful vet squeezed in an appointment for her today.  Back to a couple of months of strict bed rest, muscle relaxers and steroids.  She’d appreciate your thoughts and prayers again and so would I. I think things are worse this time.  Lifting her (properly) hurts her. She cries out in pain and it breaks my heart.  Here she is today…a little sad but she wants you to know she’s hanging in there tonight and we’re hoping for another full recovery.  

Design SOS: Friends to the Rescue!

True Value is asking America to help stage a design intervention!
Niski the DIY doxie begged for scraps to be able to make the announcement here and I couldn’t resist those puppy dog eyes…
Dear DIY‘ers, 
Do you or a friend have a need for a design rescue?
Friends don’t let friends live with disastrous design – so True Value is asking do-it-yourselfers around the country why their friend (or even their own abode) needs a DIY update!  Whether it’s a hideous living room with ancient wallpaper or an outdated basement complete with retro wood paneling,  
this is your opportunity to help yourself or
friends realize their DIY dreams! Do not let sleeping dogs lie!
Enter a friend or yourself in the True Value “Design SOS:  Friends to the Rescue!” Contest and you could each win $2,500 to use at a local True Value store and an in-person project consultation with a knowledgeable True Value “Master of All Things Hardwarian” who can provide practical DIY advice to transform your design from unfortunate to unforgettable.

Any friend who wants to help another friend break free from dated decor, home improvement hang-ups or DIY distress.  You can make their “SOS” cry heard and give them a chance to turn their design disaster around. 
Entries will be accepted September 2 – October 7, 2010.
According to Niski, Chasing your tail gets you nowhere … except back to where you started.”
So visit and submit a short story entry (250 words or less) along with either a video or up to three photos of why you or your friend deserves a DIY lifesaver.

Also at

  • Browse all contest entries
  • View contest rules and regulations
  • Learn home improvement tips and tricks
  • Explore the “Idea House” filled with a variety of step-by-step project ideas for both beginner and advanced DIYers
You can teach an old dog new tricks!

Voting:  Starting October 22, 2010, go to to vote for your favorite entry from among the top 10 finalists.  The grand prize winner, chosen from America’s votes, will be announced mid-November.

Prize:  A chance to complete overdue updates with $2,500 each to use at a local True Value store and an in-person consultation with a True Value “Master of All Things Hardwarian” to turn your home improvement mess into a success.
Why:  True Value has been a trusted name in home improvement for more than 50 years.  With quality products and expert in-store advice, True Value has been there to help people start and complete home improvement projects.  With the “Design SOS:  Friends to the Rescue!” Contest, True Value wants to give people the opportunity to help a friend in need create the room of their dreams.  
You can’t win if you don’t enter!  Help a friend or share your Design SOS and do a happy dance!
(Niski is also doing this happy dance for you, dear readers. It’s hard to believe that just 9 weeks ago Niski was paralyzed.  We were never so scared!  Our sweet little happy girl is proof that your love, support, comforting comments, thoughts and prayers and virtual hugs resulted in a miraculous recovery.  Thank you!  She thinks you’re the cat’s meow, uh I mean dog’s best friend fur-ever!)

But wait!  TWO more reasons for a Happy Dance!
You can also win a $100 True Value gift card and mystery prize!!!
Two ways t
o win!
1. Enter the Design SOS contest at then come back and comment that you’ve done so and you’ll be entered to win a $100 True Value card! 
2. Share your Design SOS HERE 
on this post in the comment section 
and be entered to win a True Value mystery surprise.
(qualified comments will be put into a spreadsheet)
Have a DIY funny story about your design distress? 
Be a big brave dog and show it off!
Good luck!

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Guest Blogger Dog

Hi DIY-ers! I’m Niski (pronounced “knee-ski”), Roeshel’s beloved dapple doxie, guest blogger dog, reporting to share a little DIY tip for the 4-legged fans.”

How To Stay Warm When
Baby, It’s Cold Outside

by Niski Nogi

Fluffy Pillow
Fuzzy Blankie

Tutorial in pictures to help you follow along…

“Turn in circles and dig a hole in the middle of the pillow, fluffing the blanket as you go.”
Short break…”zzzzzz”

“Oh, right…DIY tutorial”

“Hang on just a min….”
“Blankets just out of the dryer are the best, aren’t they?”
“Burrow, burrow, dig, dig, burrow, double, double, toil and trouble.
Curl in a ball …”
“The End.”
“Oh…I forgot. Where are you and what’s the temp?
Guest blogger dog will travel for heat…and snacks.”