by Julie on December 10, 2012

in Deep Thoughts,Family

Last week was filled with so many highs and, unfortunately, a lot of lows, which is why my blog was kinda quiet. One thing I try very hard to do is turn negatives into positives and I’m going to attempt to do that here as I explain the events of Thursday night.

Early last week, my mom called to tell me that she took Jade (our family dog, an Australian Shepherd) into the vet to get a large bump looked at. The bump resembled a fatty tumor, which our previous dog, Sheba, had for many years and it was never an issue; just access tissue. Unfortunately, that was not the case with Jade and she was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that spread very quickly in a few days. She had trouble walking, sitting, and doing regular dog activities. Her panting was frequent and even though she still gave tons of kisses, it was clear that she was in pain. The only humane choice my mom had was to put her down on Thursday evening. As soon as I was out of work, Todd and I rushed to Hudson to spend time with Jade during her last few moments and to watch her take her final breath. :-(

australian shepherd

Out of all the pets I’ve owned, Jade probably meant the most to me. While I loved Sheba (our Afghan Hound), Jade turned me into a dog lover. When my mom brought her home as a puppy, we had this instant connection that I never thought possible. She was always so happy and gave the best doggie kisses. Throughout high school and when I came home from college for visits, Jade slept in my bed. She was always by my side and helped me through life’s difficult transitions. When I was balling my eyes out during the cruel times of adolescence, she was there. Whenever I wanted to get into shape, she would be there to walk or run alongside me.

australian shepherd hiking

She really helped me become the person who I am today just by being forgiving and always “someone” I could turn to. It was Jade who made me want a dog in the future. My mom and I even joined a search and rescue team with her where she excelled. Yes, she was a trained search and rescue dog who loved her “job.” :-)

australian shepherd child

I really don’t think I’ll ever find another dog like Jade, but knowing her gives me even more motivation to adopt a dog in the future, maybe even another Australian Shepherd. She just made me so happy. Even just thinking of her memory gives me a gigantic smile :-)

australian shepherd

Rest in peace, Jade. I love you so much. 


P.S. Thank you so much for all the Twitter love on Thursday night. It meant the world. <3

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Jen @ Why CLE? December 10, 2012 at 6:54 am

I am so sorry! Losing a pet is one of the hardest things in the world, especially when you have to make the decision to put them down. Sending you lots of thoughts and prayers!
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Crystal @EatDrinkCleveland December 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

Starting my Monday off in tears. I’m so sorry for your loss. Pets are so precious. As hard as it was, you did the right thing. I really struggled with that when I had to put my kitty Ching Ching to sleep. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. But it’s our last gift to them to be able to end their suffering. Buffy said that she is here and has lots of extra kisses for you. ((hugs))
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Katie O. December 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

This is a so sad Julie, I’m really sorry for your loss. Jade was one of the best dogs in the world and she’ll always be with you. If you ever want to talk about her, I’m all yours!
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Patty December 10, 2012 at 9:20 am


Yes, I still read your blog and this time, I just had to write. I am so sorry to hear about Jade. Dogs really have so much impact on our lives, more than “non-dog” people can understand. I know mine have. I am glad you had such a special relationship with her and she will never leave you.

Patty Ross


Sarah @ Cooker Girl December 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

Julie, I’m so sorry about Jade. At least she had a good life with your family and you’ll always have wonderful memories. Sending my love!
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ClassyFabSarah December 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

I’m so sorry Julie. She’s so beautiful!
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Steph December 10, 2012 at 9:54 am

Sending a huge hug your way! I am very sorry to hear about Jade. What an adorable dog she was and what wonderful memories you have of her.
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Blog- The New Black December 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I read this post with a huge lump in my throat. My childhood dog is getting old and I can only imagine how terrible it will feel when she leaves us. The good news is- getting Petra has really shown me just how much I can love a puppy, she is wonderful and that means you too will feel that bond again with another dog when the time comes!! My heart goes out to you- I’m so glad you won the giveaway last week, even if it was a small pick me up, the universe knew you needed it. Take care of yourself, and know I’m thinking about you!! xoxo


Bari December 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I’m so very sorry for your loss. Non-pet owners never really understand that our pets are truly members of our families. You are blessed to have had so many memories with Jade – and she was just as blessed to have you.
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Rachel December 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

This is a beautiful tribute to Jade and the impact that animals can have on our lives.
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Alicia at Poise in Parma December 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Sending you many thoughts and prayers. My #crazydoglady heart aches for you. Jade looks like quite the pup. xoxo
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Holly December 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

“She just made me so happy. Even just thinking of her memory gives me a gigantic smile :-)”

So sweet to have those memories.
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Lexi December 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I didn’t see your tweets about this, but I am so sorry to hear this. I lost two family dogs in college (two years apart), and have a good idea about how you are feeling. One we got when I was four, so I don’t remember life without her! Sending love your way! xoxo


Nikki December 11, 2012 at 4:20 am

I’m so sorry to hear about Jade. I know what it’s like to lose a beloved pet and it’s awful. Sending you lots of hugs!
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Suburban Sweetheart December 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm

No way around it: Losing a pet is so, so hard. Sorry to hear of Jade’s passing. <3
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