by Bonnie Hoelzel
My dog Jazz was a beautiful loyal Collie. My husband and I got him right after we were married. He was the center of the beginning of our marriage and we loved him so. He was like our child...when I was sick, he was sick...when I was sad, he was sad.
Then I was pregnant and Jazz was by my side the whole time. When I would go to bed, he would rest his face on my belly and feel the baby kick. He was the best watch dog ever. I always knew when someone was driving up or at my door.
There are just no words to put in how much we love this dog and miss him. I hope to get another Collie, not to replace him but to remind me of just how special Collies really are.
My dog's life ended when one afternoon he started to fall and could hardly hold himself up on all four legs. That's when I knew it was just about that time. Then he stopped eating. I knew something was wrong when he would not even bark at me to feed him...he used to always bark at me until I fed him his dinner in the morning.
He was funny.He fuss and fuss at me. He was also a great ball player. He loved to fetch the ball. He could do this for an hour if I let him.
We had to put him down. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Due to my 10 year old son, I could not go with Jet. My son was too upset, so my husband took him to the vet and sat by his side through the whole thing. I know that had to be hard, to watch him pass on, but we felt we owed this to Jazz to be with him until his last breath, and I'm sure it meant a lot to him.
We brought him home and buried him and made a beautiful grave for him with angels and a cross and flowers.
He will never be forgotten.
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