Tuesday, August 10, 2010

In Memory of Jack

Our beloved dog, Jack died last night.  The lymphoma cancer took him very fast.  One minute he had few symptoms, and in the next moment the lymph glands in his neck swelled to the point that he was no longer able to eat, and could barely breathe.  We had to make the terrible decision to put him down-an awful decision for any pet owner to have to make.  We didn't think we would have to say good-bye so soon.

He was the kindest, gentlest dog.  He was so patient with our daughter.  He was always up for a cuddle or pet but if you weren't in the mood, that was okay too.  All he wanted was to be in the same room with you.  He rarely barked for no reason.  He was truly the best dog ever and the loss of his unconditional love will leave a hole in our lives.

When we lost our other dog, Mary Ann, five and half years ago, we were able to come home and take comfort in Jack.  He mourned with us and the jingle of his collar was a reminder that we still had a fur baby to love.  It's much worse this time.  There are no more collars jingling.  The house has an odd, dog-less silence to it.  The food and water bowls sit abandoned.  Dog beds lay empty.  You don't realize how much "presence" a dog gives your home until they are gone. 

To add to the pain, I know we can't get another dog.  We wouldn't want to replace our beloved Jack and would need time, but in addition to that, I've developed adult onset asthma and an allergy to dogs. 

Thanks to everyone who left kind comments on my Facebook page yesterday.  I'll probably hide-out for a couple of days.  I'll be back soon.