Thursday, 17 October 2019

Goodbye to our precious boy, Jack

This year has been a tough one in more ways than one. I lost my fur-kid and best-friend, Cody, in February after a battle with Cushing's Disease. Then my LARS hip tendon surgery was in early May of which I'm now halfway through the recovery period of ten months. This was followed by Bradley's wisdom teeth removal surgery in June. I then came down with a severe chest infection that was very painful and debilitating which took two months to recover from. We then learned that my sister-in-law (ex-husband's sister) passed away on August 27th which came as quite a shock. Colleen was only a year younger than me. I still can't get my head around it. Cancer sucks!

Then on October 2nd, we said a very sad and tearful goodbye to our last little doggy, Jack. He was around 14 years old, 90% blind, had bad teeth and arthritis among other things, and he was suffering. We knew it was time but it was still a hard decision to make nonetheless.

Jack found his way to our door on my Dad's birthday back in September of 2010. I had been preparing for my daughter's upcoming wedding on October 2nd which turned out to be the date on which Jack passed away 9 years later. Jack was severely malnourished and riddled with fleas and ticks. I also felt Jack had suffered abuse to some degree because he became very fearful whenever voices were raised. He was also favouring his rump area which was very stiff. I remember wondering if he'd been kicked hard and/or injured. The vet felt the same. Jack had no microchip which made it near impossible to find his owner. We asked around, notified local vets and visited pet shops, leaving our details just in case but it was all to no avail. In the end, we figured we would keep him as the vet had advised. We didn't want him ending up at the high kill shelter because they give them only three days to be collected before they put them to sleep.

So Jack was then micro-chipped and officially became a much loved member of our family. The vet estimated his age to be between 4 and 6 years old which meant he was around 14 years old when he passed. He bonded quite well with Cody too.

Jack had clearly been an outdoor dog in his previous home as he was not house-trained. He learned quickly thanks mostly to watching Cody. I remember that Jack loved to play tug 'o war in his younger years. He would pick up a toy and continually nudge it into someone's leg until they played with him. He was also known as the 'squeak destroyer' because he would destroy every squeaker toy within seconds of getting it. Poor Cody loved his squeaker toys too and we did try to keep Jack away from Cody's favourite ones but we usually lost the battle.

Jack was clearly a Jack Russell terrier/Shih-Tzu mix, hence his name, and like the breed in general, he was very territorial. In his eyes, no other dogs, or people for that matter, were allowed to walk past our house even if they were on the opposite side of the road. He would bark and carry on like they were a threat to his home and family. Cody soon followed suit and we then had two barking maniacs whenever they spotted other dogs or people, and even cars parking, in view of our house.

Jack tended to be an all round family dog until the last five years of his life when he started to follow my eldest son, Bradley, around. He would even sleep in Bradley's room every night. He became Bradley's shadow as Cody had been mine. Jack definitely classified himself as Bradley's best friend and vice versa. He would even stand outside Brad's door waiting patiently to go in. He will be greatly missed, that's for sure.

Dearest Jack,
Thank you for all the many special moments you gave us. We were blessed to have you in our lives. No doubt, you are now running free of pain with your 'brother', Cody. We love you both so much and know that neither of you will ever be forgotten. Our hearts are forever stamped with your names. I hope to see you again some day. xo

Jack Lewis 
19/9/2005 approx. to 2/10/2019
Forever in our hearts

“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?” — John Grogan


Rita said...

It has been such a rough year. Let's hope things turn around soon.
Lovely tribute and so nice to see pictures and hear about Jack. *love and hugs*

Bradley Eaton said...

Beautiful post, Mum!

I love the pictures you've chosen, especially the ones of me and Jack. I'm glad that he and Cody shared a brotherly bond. Jack truly did touch all our hearts. Neither Jack or Cody will ever be forgotten and will be forever missed.

Love Brad,

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Dear Serena, so sorry to hear about Jack. What a beautiful tribute to such a loyal friend. He and Cody were loved beyond measure and gave so much in return. It's definitely been a tough year or so with loss and medical issues. Sending love and hugs your way. Take care, Tammy

Victoria Zigler said...

Oh, Serena, I'm so sorry. Not that me saying that helps much, as I know all too well myself. But it's the best I can do. It's been a really rough year for you. First Cody, and now Jack, and that's without the human health issues...

I'm glad Jack got to spend so many happy years in a place where he was so loved, especially after his bad start in life, and that you have so many wonderful memories of him. I know how much you and Bradley must be missing him though.

Rest in peace Jack... Good boy.

Rain said...

Serena, my heart is breaking for you. xxx What a year you've had. Sending you love and hugs. What a sweet tribute to a lucky dog who found his safe and forever home with you! xxx

Jennifer Rose said...

:( so sorry for the loss of your furry family member :(

Serena Lewis said...

Thanks, Rita. xo

Serena Lewis said...

I'm glad you liked the post, Brad.

Love Mum xo

Serena Lewis said...

Thanks so much for your caring words, Tammy. xo

Serena Lewis said...

Thanks, Tori. I know you've been in the same position. We will always have the wonderful memories of our fur-kids. xo

Serena Lewis said...

Thanks, Rain. It's been a tough year for sure. Your kind and caring words are so appreciated. xo

Serena Lewis said...

Thanks, Jen. xx

Shelley said...

Serena - I'm so sorry for your loss. Pets depend upon us as much as we depend upon them. You made a difficult decision at the right time to help your little Jack enjoy his last days without too much pain. xx

sandy said...

That's sad to read but I enjoyed reading all about Jack and how he became so close to Bradley (what a sweet photo of them together.)...Hope you all are doig well - Bradley, you, and sorry to read the shock of your sister in law's passing. All the best to you and I hope the months ahead are filled with healing and well being.