Inseparable: Nikkie and Natt
When Nikkie was diagnosed with cancer last month, Nevins told some of her many dog park friends that she couldn’t imagine life without her dog.
Last week Nevins, 74, died — just a few days after suffering a massive stroke.
Nikkie died the next day.
Dozens of friends – including an army of dachshunds, Shih Tzu’s, Chihuahuas and other small dogs – gathered at Nevins’ West Village apartment Thursday night to memorialize the well-loved duo, the New York Daily News reported.
Nevins rescued the long-haired dachshund when he was 1, after he’d been surrendered by a family with kids that burned him and tied cans to his legs.
Nevins was a regular at the Washington Square Park dog run, where she could often be found dispensing advice. She regularly cared for neighborhood dogs while their guardians were at work.
Nevins was much more than a dog nanny, though. A former singer and entertainer, she spent 3-1/2 years in the U.S. Air Force performing for troops during the Korean War. She worked, until retirement, as a gerontologist, was a founding member of Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE), and the first woman on the board of directors of The Hetrick-Martin Institute, which provides safe havens for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 11th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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