Jazz 1996-2009

by Lisa Greene
(Tiverton, RI)

Enjoying the snow, February 2009

Enjoying the snow, February 2009

Jazz, you came into my life almost ten years ago, a beautiful three year old with an ebony coat and bright shining eyes. Your former owner relinquished you to the shelter when he found that an electric fence could not contain you. His loss became my gain. You fit in perfectly with our family; you were gentle with the children, a fierce protector of all, and above everything else, you were my best friend and companion.

It seems that the years passed by so quickly; all too soon, your eyesight dimmed, you became hard of hearing and your limbs weakened. However, you still wagged that tail, gave lots of kisses and got a little thrill when you saw your food bowl being filled.

For a couple of months I had been preparing for the inevitable and last Thursday, that day finally came. It doesn't matter that I knew your time was coming; I was just as shocked as can be. After a sleepless night of cleaning up your accidents, it became clear to me that you would not get better, that you had indeed lost control of your bodily functions, and there would be no sense in prolonging the inevitable.

So, one last time I drove you to the hospital. You normally quivered like a leaf whenever you had to go there, but not this time. I think you knew what was happening and were at peace with it. I held you in my arms and felt your soul leave. I have wept bitterly each day since then and will for a long time. You, my friend, were truly one in a million. Until we meet again, I will hold you in my heart always.

XOXOXO
Love,
Lisa

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Your Jazz and my Bella
by: Lisa Alexander

Thank you for your comments. I am so glad I am not the only one that has laid in bed for days, not wanting to eat, not able to sleep. Talking without tears welling up is impossible. I do not know how to get over this.

I do know that when my beloved Babe died in 2006 after 12 years I was devasted beyond belief. I rushed right out and got Bella. To be honest Bella was Babe's replacement. I showered Bella with everything that Babe didn't have.

When Bella died this Saturday I began the process of mourning not only her but finally mourning Babe. I understand about wanting to get another dog to love, but believe me I am suffering doubly because I didn't allow enough time to pass between Babe's death and getting Bella. I don't know if I can ever go through this grief again. Today is my first day at work and I'm not doing well at all. I guess every day will be better, but not right now.

We memorialized Babe by getting her a tree and a bench in the park we always walked her, now we are getting a second plaque for Bella and placing it beside Babe's....

Thinking of you, Lisa

Jazz
by: Lisa

I just read your memorial about Jazz. I lost my Bella on Saturday, March 28, 2009, suddenly. She was fine one hour, wagging her tail and loving laugh as usual and an hour later she was in her bed as if she was looking outside and put her head down and died peacefully.

She was only 2 1/2 years old. No signs of anything. She had been to the vet for regular physical and was given a clean bill of health.

I am lost, sad and empty. Numbness is just an understatement of how I feel right now. We said when we got Bella she hit pay dirt because she would be treated like a queen and she was.

So reading your story is sad and my heart is hurting for you too. If you ever want to write me directly my email is lalexanderbluiz@yahoo.com

I will be praying for you.

Lisa

Jazz
by: tom

I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my Ned yesterday. He was 9 1/2 years young. I hope you got as much comfort as I did writing my tribute to my friend and companion.

I too am devastated and can not stop crying. His last night at home, he went outside and walked the property like always. I knew he did not feel well. When he got to the porch, he looked into the night and pumped up like his old self, his tail perked up and he let out 2 big barks that he had not done in awhile. He turned and looked at me with those big brown eyes, then trotted into the house. The next day I took him to the vet, where he passed away on his own from pneumonia.

Jazz
by: Anonymous

I'm so sorry for your loss and your pain. We lost Spanky unexpectedly last November and I still cry. We have since adopted two puppies that have helped us mend our broken hearts and smile again. Our babies that we've lost will never be replaced but I believe they would want us to love again. Best wishes to you.

Spanky's Family

Jazz and our Rikki
by: Sam & Shirley Lasley

Your story touched our hearts, as we too had a best friend and constant companion for 16 years, after getting our Rikki, whose owner was starving her to death. Even though we didn't want her at first, our eyes locked with hers and we were in love.

We rarely post comments on this site, but your story of how Jazz went to the Vet so quietly, as if he knew and accepted what was coming, was exactly what our Rikki did.

Always before, Rikki put up a fight about going to the Vet and wanted to leave (escape) as soon as possible, but when we had to have her euthanized due to blindness, arthritis, an intestinal problem and deafness, she too laid in my arms and went quietly as if she knew what was to come and was ready. She kissed us both on the nose, took the needle, and then died in my arms.

We miss her daily and it has now been over 3 months. Time may make it a little more bearable, but we don't yet know when.

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