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.
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.
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.”
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
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. <3Pin It