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Jazz -April 17, 1999-April 2-2010


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I can't believe I'm writing this. My big handsome boy is gone. This morning I knew something was dreadfully wrong. He was curled up at the back of his kennel. I checked his gums and knew right away he was bleeding again. I rode with Jazz in the backseat of the car, he rallied enough to raise his head and look me in the eyes. I told him he was a good boy and he wagged his tail for me. But I knew today was the day.

When I lost my Brandy in April 1999, I was living alone and the house was too quiet and lonely. I picked Jazz out a the litter when he was 4 weeks old. I had every intention of getting a female but the breeder put Jazz on the floor and he did the classic border collie crouch , then barked at me. I was in love. When I picked him up at 8 weeks old, he ran to the end of the x-pen as soon as I drove in. It was like he was saying - What took you so long, I've been waiting for you.

Jazz became the resident therapy dog where I work. From his 8th week until we moved to the farm in 2004, he was my constant office buddy. He loved his people and could not wait to get in to see them. When we moved to the farm, he didn't enjoy the hour long drive each way, so he stayed at home. However, when I could, I brought him in, and it was like old times again. When Jazz was 6 months old we had a resident who was dying. Jazz got on his bed and stretched his body along the length of this man. I couldn't get him to move. In fact, he bit me when I tried to take him down. He stayed with this old gentleman for about 20 minutes. Then we left. The man passed away shortly after that.

 

He always wagged his tail in a giant circle when he was happy...which was most of the time. Jazz LOVED winter - he wasn't much on the heat of summer but he enjoyed swimming and riding in the canoe.

We did try our hand at sheep a few times when he was 7 years old. I think he might have been a good working dog if things had been different. His favourite toy was his frisbee which is buried with him now. I buried him in the garden, beside a blue spruce tree. My husband, the artist, will make him a final marker to show how much he was loved and will be missed.

 

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Rest easy my boy.

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I'm so sorry Kris. My heart just fell to the floor when I heard your message on my machine.

 

As hard as this week has been, I'm glad that you knew he was leaving, and that knowledge has lessened the shock a little.

It helped you cherish the remaining time that you spent together. Jazz could not have had a better person to love than you.

 

Hugs, Kris and that little blue spruce is a perfect place for Jazz to watch over Cricket and Dusty and Zachary.

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Oh, Kris. :rolleyes: I'm so very sorry. It's hard to lose them, no matter what, but even harder when it happens faster than you expect. He was such a handsome boy, and obviously so special. Sending thoughts of comfort to your and your husband.

 

Run free, Jazz.

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I am so sorry for you.

 

The hole he's left in your heart is filled with good memories, and I hope another deserving dog will help fill the void when you are ready.

 

Godspeed, Jazzie!

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Kris-

 

I am so sorry for your loss of Jazz.

 

I was afraid of this happening as I just lost my Jag this past July 30th to hemangiosarcoma. I lost my guy within 13 hours and wished that I could have had some more time with him.

 

Just try to remember all of the good times and give yourself time to grieve and heal.

 

Kathy

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