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Rest in Peace, my Jettie

Posted 21-10-2005 at 20:43 by West Ender

You're sleeping peacefully now, my faithful old girl. Your end was quick and compassionate. Your last few days were not so kind; the abscess under your chin that made you rub so frantically that you were raw and sore. But it's over now, my loving pet. Today I did the last kind act that I could do for you and though I am weeping, though I miss you and wish you were still here at my feet, where you always were, I know it was right.

Do you remember, before old age crept up on you, how you used to fetch a stick for me? If it went in the long grass I would shout Find it and you'd circle around, nose on the ground and tail in the air, until you leapt on the stick and brought it back to me looking so pleased with yourself. Do you remember when we went to the lake and you would splash into the water and wait for the stick to be thrown out, then swim for it and fetch it back? Remember how you used to shake your shaggy coat and give me a muddy shower? They were good old days, weren't they Jet? The days when you knew so many tricks; when we'd walk for miles; when you'd play with a ball in the garden, leaping and twisting in the air to catch it in your mouth and never missing.

We both got older but Nature decreed that your years must go swifter than mine. My fit, bright dog slowed down. And at your sixteen years your eyes dimmed a little and, for you, the world became silent as your once keen ears no longer heard. You had your aches and pains and your legs began to creak but your love and trust never faltered. You were faithful to the last.

Is there a heaven for dogs, Jettie? If there is I know you're there, running around some heavenly field with your ears blown back and your tail wagging, chasing a squirrel to a tree. You never did catch one, did you?

Goodnight my best girl. I won't forget you, ever.
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    garinda's Avatar

    Re: Rest in Peace, my Jettie

    I'm really very sorry.

    You wrote very movingly about your dear friend, and the love you had was evident.
    Posted 21-10-2005 at 21:15 by garinda garinda is offline
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    Re: Rest in Peace, my Jettie

    sorry to hear of your loss, remember the good times are mourn in your own way and thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings at this sad time x
    Posted 21-10-2005 at 22:21 by harwood red harwood red is offline
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    Re: Rest in Peace, my Jettie

    That was lovely, and had me in tears. Do you know how silly I look crying at a computer??......I only usually do that when it wont work!!!!!

    Sorry to hear about your loss.................
    Posted 22-10-2005 at 10:50 by slinky slinky is offline
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    Re: Rest in Peace, my Jettie

    I'm sorry about your loss. You have some lovely memories of Jettie, and very well written.
    Posted 22-10-2005 at 15:33 by lettie lettie is offline
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    Re: Rest in Peace, my Jettie

    thats very sad west ender,, my cat died at 16,, by then they are a major part of the family..
    you will always have your memouries ,keep your chin up ..
    Posted 22-10-2005 at 16:26 by grannyclaret
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    Re: Rest in Peace, my Jettie

    I too, know that sad sense of loss. Being only a few short weeks since we lost our dear little Barker......they are an integral part of our lives and we should do them the respect of grieving for them. I hope Jet and Barker are up there chasing celestial rabbits together. I am thinking of you.x
    Posted 22-10-2005 at 19:06 by Margaret Pilkington Margaret Pilkington is offline
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    Re: Rest in Peace, my Jettie

    Thats very sad, think of the good times, pets do become a huge part of family life, I know how heartbreaking it is, take care.
    Posted 22-10-2005 at 19:50 by grego

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