Monday, April 26, 2010

Jessie....

Today we let Jessie cross the Rainbow Bridge. She was a special dog, always watching over everything. If a dog came over with bad energy, she was always the one to put them in their place. Always gentle and kind. We will miss her.
She hadnt been eating for 3 days and we had been feeding her canned food and anything we could think of to get her to eat, for the past few weeks. The Vet thinks that she probably had a spleen or liver tumor, as that is really commmon in these old dogs, bleeding into her abdomen, she was very anemic and lethargic. She would have been ten in November. They dont live long enough.
We spent the weekend saying goodbye to her, she was special, even among Goldens.

One story about her special gentle nature. My cousin and his wife came over one day with their, then, only 11-12 mo. old little boy, Luke. This was right after we had gotten Jessie and she was 5-6 mo. old. We had her on the leash because she was still getting used to us, as we were her second home. We gave little Luke her leash and I had never seen a dog do this, but Luke would walk a few steps and lead her around and everytime he would stop, she would lie down, he would pull, and she would walk with him, he would stop, and she would lie down. They did this for some time. Jessie continued to always have this gentle kind nature. She was protective though, I have seen her face down strange men with her head lowered, growling and barking in the front yard. She was something else, this dog. Her and her predicesor, Jake, our first Golden Retriever, have made me thoroughly love this breed so much.

Now we arent dogless, but we dont have one that belongs to us, its been a long time since we have been without a pet dog, there is going to be a lot of adjusting. We have decided to just raise the Guide Dog puppies for awhile, probably until one doesnt make it, before we get a pet dog again.




14 comments:

  1. so sorry to hear about your dog Pam! She sounds like a fantastic dog ! M yellow lab is 9 this year! Not much time left!

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  2. I am sending you my deepest sympathy and regrets that you lost your beautiful sweet Jessie. Dogs are the thing in life that love us without regard. God Bless YOU and your family.

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  3. I am very sorry for your loss - we had a wonderful Golden named Sunny who left us in the summer of 2008 with the same sort of tumor - we still miss him - love the stories of your wonderful dog - that is how they live on - in our hearts.

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  4. So sorry for your loss. Jessie sounded like a precious soul. Hugs to you and your family.

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  5. Very sorry to hear of Jessie's passing. I'm glad you have Dublin to hug.

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  6. So sorry ! Godspeed beautiful girl

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  7. I'm sorry, Pam. Jessie was a special soul. It's so hard to let them go!

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  8. I am so sorry, but I`m sure you did the right thing.

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  9. We just went through the same thing two weeks ago with the same end. My heart goes out to you for your loss. She sounds like she was a wonderful dog--and I agree, they DO NOT live long enough.

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  10. I am so sorry to hear about your sweet dog :(. Jessie looks like she was a sweet old soul.

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  11. RIP Old Girl. Our thoughts are with you and the family Reddunn- keep that great dog always in your hearts, and she'll be with you forever.

    Much love and warm thoughts from our corner of the world.

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  12. Thank you everyone for all your condolances.
    It will be awhile before I get up in the morning and dont look for her to let her outside.

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