...died last night after being bitten by a rattlesnake. Her name meant "close to the heart" in Tamasheq. I will miss her very much. Mash'Allah wa al hamdullilah.


Brian Reiter said...

Oh my god. It breaks my heart to read this. She was so special.

Anonymous said...

I am devastated at this knowledge...
Tiwul had this essence of
Beauty, unifying intensity of inner spirit with the sleek power and
mysterious looks of her outward appearance. She was not the kind to
be fawned over and doted upon. Rather she held that elusive quality
that you can't quite name or explain... "the fire within" so
beautiful and worth admiring. Like a distant landscape or
wonderous work of art that you can not touch or hold but with your
eyes... but is so captivating.
I loved her for that quality of spirit. It is heartbreaking to hear
she is gone. And I am so sad to know I will never see her again or be
able to experience that quality of her presence.

It has been a terrible season with the snakes lately. I myself had
one every other day last week.
With the dogs outside and coming upon these, each about 5 foot long
diamondbacks ,it is extremely upsetting. Words can't really say how
my heart goes out to you Daouda.
I will miss Tiwul greatly.

Brian Reiter said...

I'm feel blessed to have met Tiwul. Her personailty reminded me of our Sophie Touray--fierce but loving. Perhaps it is something of the Sahel infused into the blood of the dogs. She commanded respect and admiration in her presence. I feel fortunate that she accepted me as much as she did and allowed me to pet her after the first day. I know that it was something rare and precious for her to accept my touch.

I won't forget her. Maktoub. Her time was short but her flame burned very brightly.

I am sorry that I cannot be with you, now, Daoud while you grive. Remember that you aren't alone while your friends hold you in the light and their hearts.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you. Bev