12 lessons learnt in the 12 months since the loss of my heart dog Jack

12 lessons learnt in the 12 months since the loss of my heart dog Jack

  1. It hurts. My heart ached for the loss and I wouldn’t have it any other way. To hurt less would have meant he meant less. Loving him was worth every bit of pain that came from losing him.
    This was one of our last photographs together - it broke my heart saying goodbye but at the same time I was so thankful that I was able to be with him and put my feelings aside and give him the gift of not letting him suffer.

    This was one of our last photographs together - it broke my heart saying goodbye but at the same time I was so thankful that I was able to be with him and put my feelings aside and give him the gift of not letting him suffer.

  2. Loving a new furbaby or two doesn’t mean that I loved Jack any less. If anything, with the challenges of Charlie integrating into our home, it made me love Jack more for the seamless way he integrated in our lives.
    Charlie came into our lives nearly 1 year ago. He has been a huge challenge. He has considerable behavioural issues and requires medication to help with his anxiety. Elmo has been with us for 2 months and also suffers from anxiety. I love them both dearly. Fortunately for Jack he did not suffer the anxiety that both Charlie and Elmo do.

    Charlie came into our lives nearly 1 year ago. He has been a huge challenge. He has considerable behavioural issues and requires medication to help with his anxiety. Elmo has been with us for 2 months and also suffers from anxiety. I love them both dearly. Fortunately for Jack he did not suffer the anxiety that both Charlie and Elmo do.

  3. For me a home without a pet is empty.
    After Jack passed away, it was the first time in 16 years that we didn't have another fur baby in the house. I felt so empty without the presence of a pet.

    After Jack passed away, it was the first time in 16 years that we didn't have another fur baby in the house. I felt so empty without the presence of a pet.

  4. Jack, even in passing, is still able to help me improve the lives of my patients. By sharing his experiences with anaesthesia, dentistry, kidney failure and heart disease I am able to ease the anxiety of my clients and explain how we can safely provide their pet with the treatments that are needed.
    Jack had many dental procedures throughout his life. It was very important to me that I kept his mouth free of pain and that meant regular dental cleanings and examinations under a general anaesthetic.

    Jack had many dental procedures throughout his life. It was very important to me that I kept his mouth free of pain and that meant regular dental cleanings and examinations under a general anaesthetic.

  5. Sometimes seeing his face makes me sad, sometimes it makes me happy. And that is ok.
    This picture of Jack, Cassie and I makes me smile. His goofy long hair and Cassie's happy little face make me smile. I was also super proud in this picture - my first staff photo as a vet nurse which included my dogs. #dreamscomingtrue

    This picture of Jack, Cassie and I makes me smile. His goofy long hair and Cassie's happy little face make me smile. I was also super proud in this picture - my first staff photo as a vet nurse which included my dogs. #dreamscomingtrue

  6. Some reminders are too sad (like his kennel – I donated it to Pets In the Park) and other reminders are ok (like his little brown dog couch).
    Jack sitting proud on his little dog couch - we had to take the legs off so that he could get up on his own.

    Jack sitting proud on his little dog couch - we had to take the legs off so that he could get up on his own.

  7. Jack’s photographs are littered throughout my life. He’s all over my social media, in nearly all of our family photographs, in frames, in our vaccination booklet at work and all over my phone.
    This is one of my favourite pictures of Jack. He was sleeping on the couch in his favourite position. It looks like the light is shining out of him. I have it framed on my wall at home.

    This is one of my favourite pictures of Jack. He was sleeping on the couch in his favourite position. It looks like the light is shining out of him. I have it framed on my wall at home.

  8. I’m not quite ready to place his ashes in their final resting place. His ashes are in my wardrobe. They were on the chair in my room for nearly 8 months. My plan is to have my girls to decorate his stone in bright colourful paint (his ashes were placed in a stone) and then take his ashes out to the cemetery where my dad’s ashes are buried so that they can rest together.
    Jack loved the girls and they loved him. He was also my dad's dog until he died of cancer in 2003 and then I inherited him. He has a place put aside at the cemetery where his ashes can sit with my dad's ashes. When we are ready, we will decorate his stone and place him with my dad.

    Jack loved the girls and they loved him.
    He was also my dad's dog until he died of cancer in 2003 and then I inherited him. He has a place put aside at the cemetery where his ashes can sit with my dad's ashes.
    When we are ready, we will decorate his stone and place him with my dad.

  9. No dog will ever replace Jack. As much as I love Charlie & Elmo they will never be there to support me through the things that Jack supported me through and that is ok. They will be there to support me through things that I can’t foresee in my future in ways I can’t imagine yet.
    Jack was with me when I got into vet school, with me when my dad got sick and died from melanoma, he was with me when I met my husband, when we bought our first house and when we had both of our children. He has been there for me during the highs and the lows. He's been a non-judgmental shoulder to cry on and a constant joyful spirit to come home to. He even like to chill in the pool with me over a glass of wine.

    Jack was with me when I got into vet school, with me when my dad got sick and died from melanoma, he was with me when I met my husband, when we bought our first house and when we had both of our children. He has been there for me during the highs and the lows. He's been a non-judgmental shoulder to cry on and a constant joyful spirit to come home to. He even like to chill in the pool with me over a glass of wine.

  10. Old chilled out dogs are much easier to photograph than hyperactive young dogs.
    There is no way I could take this picture with Charlie. Charlie doesn't believe in sitting still - Jack just took it all in his stride.

    There is no way I could take this picture with Charlie. Charlie doesn't believe in sitting still - Jack just took it all in his stride.

  11. Jack was the perfect dog to help my girls find their own love of dogs. He was gentle, calm and quiet. He gave them the perfect amount of space and love at the same time.
    My daughter Georgie is proud as punch getting to show off Jack when we went for a vet visit to a local preschool. He was super gentle and took it all in his stride.

    My daughter Georgie is proud as punch getting to show off Jack when we went for a vet visit to a local preschool. He was super gentle and took it all in his stride.

  12. Jack made the perfect aspiring vet student’s dog, vet student’s dog and finally vet’s dog.
    Such a sweet boy - whenever I needed a new photo taken for my blog, he always obliged.

    Such a sweet boy - whenever I needed a new photo taken for my blog, he always obliged.

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