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Back to AZ--"Nicky's Yard" then Farewell to Tucson

[pic]Nicky sniffing around the yard
Jan. 2005

Still Nicky loves to play here!
Every time when we visit Tucson, we come here and Nicky plays off-leash.

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We got off the bus at "Nicky's yard", the school yard next to our apartment.
He had played here every day while we were in Tucson.

[pic]Nicky sits on grass
Waiting a ball.
[pic]Nicky runs away
Chasing a ball.
[pic]Nicky holds a ball and looks so happy
Retrieving a ball.

And did same again and again, never tired!

Nicky was exactly same that how he had been when he was young.
When approaching the yard, he pulled the leash like untrained young dog!

Nicky sniffing around
After playing with a ball, he sniffed around his yard.

Because the yard was not wheelchair friendly, I only could come into the corner of the yard.
Nicky sticked around me, and played only in a small part of the yard.
But don't worry! It's still much larger than most dog parks in Japan!

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We met Maki, and her boy friend Yui, both were Japanese and students of Univ. of Arizona.


Both were dog lovers, showed me their own dog's pictures.
Soon Nicky found out how they love dogs, and asked to pet.

After spent time together at a coffee shop, we came to the yard again.
Even in January Tucson is warm. So early evening is better time for dogs to play!
[pic]Yui and Nicky
Nicky played with Yui.
[pic]Nicky playing, its getting dark
Thanks to throw the ball farer!
[pic]Nicky laying down on grass, keeping ball between his paws
I'm satisfied!

It got dark...

Where's the black dog?
[pic]Nicky playing, in sunset.
See enlarged and enlighted picture...
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[pic]Nicky still playing in sunset.
See enlarged and enlighted picture...
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[pic]Nicky still playing, its almost dark
See enlarged and enlighted picture...
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[pic]Nicky panting in happy face.
After playing friends, Nicky satisfied.

But when we were leaving the yard, Nicky looked back again and again. He might know that this would be the last time to come here.
I waited Nicky till he dicides to go.

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[pic]Maki, Yui, and Nicky
At the entrance of the hotel.

Thank you for the wonderful time! See you again.

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The next day we left Tucson.

Arizonan desert, from the airplane.
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Nicky is nine, it might be his last long abroad trip.

Where I spent special days with Nicky,
This would be the last time to visit with Nicky.

Where my dream came true.
There are memories and nice friends.

Good bye, our Tucson, hope to see you again.

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[pic]vet checking Nicky's heart beat
2 weeks later, a vet from the Animal Quarantine Office visited our apartment.
Without any health problem, Nicky finished his quarantine period.
(Of course he could spend the quarantine period at home, as he is a legaly certified service dog.)

It was so wonderful travel, and the most wonderful thing was...
Nicky was not very young, and only 2months and half after the big surgery of GDV.
Thank you Load, Nicky came back in good health!

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