For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Jun 8, 2011

The Final Chapter?

Pay attention, Nancy. I can't stop your tears but when the time comes for us to say good bye, take comfort that maybe...just maybe I will be with our beloved Rich and Lizzie, waiting for you. I will never leave your heart, just as they have never left mine~I promise.

When the pain of parting seems too much to bear, think of Rich singing this to you, Lizzie, and me. Weren't we surprised, to say the least, riding along a country road out west when he burst into song, knowing all the words (so, not like him). Who knew?  How we laughed, do you remember?

Big Rock Candy Mountain (1st right after Rainbow Bridge)

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me. Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me know. Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps fall upon my waiting ear. When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to the bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper. Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger. And, beloved master, should the great master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you, rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands provide me the merciful boon of eternal rest, and I will leave you knowing with the last breath, I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.
~ Beth Norman Harris
The night before going into the hospital. See, aren't pups lucky? No worrying for me!

So glad I got to camp with my friends Molly and Jazz. See, I still look like a young pup--just last November.
We will spend our last days, weeks, or months enjoying the time we have together ~ you, me, and Susie.


  1. A sad time for you - Jack is a beautiful dog, and I'm sure you guys have had many great times together.

  2. This brought tears to my eyes. He's a beautiful doggie. Nina

  3. Thanks, gals. He really is beautiful in body and spirit. He's home, today, and I've decided that I am going to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. My goal, for him, is quality of life, and as long as I can provide him that I'll consider every day a blessing.

    The vet was going to keep him another day, but decided he'd do better home with me since I live so close. He wouldn't eat for them so they took him off the intravenous drip and put him on oral pain meds and antibiotics.

    He's resting comfortably. Thanks for your good wishes and for reading my "whining". It's my way of reducing stress and it helps me to cope.

  4. We'll be keeping all our paws crossed for you over here. Everyday with our animals is, indeed, a blessing & I know Jack feels the same way about you. Good vibes and doggie licks to you both!


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