Thursday, July 2, 2009

Dogs on Thursday Therapy Today

I wish I would have found this wonderful event earlier. But, today, it is therapy for me. I lost my wonderful Blackjack earlier this week. It was the hardest thing I have ever done to have him put to sleep, but I know that he is at peace now. Scroll down for a post about that day. However, today, I want to share a few favorite photos of him with you.

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Here is Blackjack on vacation near Galveston several years ago. He loved the ocean and would strut down the beach right in the edge of the water. Once, we walked so far that DH came after us in the truck. We go to a place where the beach is relatively secluded, so we have the luxury of not having to keep the dogs on a leash all of the time. He loved it.


His favorite activity was playing with a blue crab. He would bark and bark at it when we beached one. He never hurt it, but would run at it and it would swat at him. Once he got too close and got his nose nipped. After that he stayed at a healthy distance.

On his first trip to the beach, we were with my sister and brother-in-law in their RV. In the RV park, he had to be leashed and he was not too happy about that. However, we went down the beach to swim and he had free reign. In the evening and early morning, we also took the leash off as we sat outside the RV. One morning he was sniffing around the tires of the RV and we heard the men laughing and him barking. He had found a frog and tried to eat it. Well, if you know anything about frogs, they don't take to this very well and well, pee, or emit this horrible liquid. Blackjack looked like he was foaming at the mouth. That also curbed his curious nature and he gained a healthy respect for other creatures.

The next two times that he went to the beach we had his brother, Duke, the Mini Pin with us. They are so compatible, but Duke is not as much of a beach bum as Blackjack. Their photo is in my sidebar.

There is a picture of Blackjack on his Tot Spot chair in the post below. He loved to climb up on it and rest. You can see where he collected a lot of the sand each day. He also loved his late evening bath/shower and heading into the cool house for the evening. He whould eat and crash until time to get up and enjoy coffee on the deck overlooking the beach. Then he was ready to go again.

My final photo of Jack that I want to share today was the last morning that we had him. He had a nice bowl of sugar free Jello, a bath and told us goodbye. I held him all the way to the vet and the three of us were with him until the end. We pick up his remains tomorrow and will scatter them where him son is buried. Blackjack was Mickey's pride and joy and they are together again.


Since this is my dishes blog, let me share a story about that night. When we came home without Blackjack, Duke was quite distressed. When Duke got ready to eat, he rounded the corner behind the loveseat and stopped in his tracks. Blackjack's bowl was gone and he stopped and just looked at the spot as if he knew. Duke has been very subdued the past few days. Last night we had 10 people over for a cookout and he finally perked up some, but these days are going to be hard on him, too, for a while.


  1. I'm sorry for the loss of your trusty companion.

  2. OH poor Duke. My friend had to put her dogs bowl back down because her one wouldn't eat unless it was there. He came around but it just is hard and I know it's hard on you too!
    Hugs and prayers! Lisa

  3. What a wonderful tribute to your faithful friend. I know that you all will be a comfort to each other in this time. But hugs and basset kisses from our house to yours.

  4. So sorry to hear of you loss...It's always hard to have a companion put to sleep but you always know that it was the right thing to do...A friend of mine has a 16 year old adorable little dog who is suffering wih seisures and she told me today that their vet doesn't believe in putting dogs to rest....and you can please pay my cashier out front for todays useless drugs...I don't believe in prolonging the suffering of an animal....and remember..."All dogs do go to Heaven"....

  5. Again, I am so sorry for the loss of your faithful companion. But this was a beautiful tribute to your Blackjack. It's so much fun to watch dogs at the beach, so much for them to discover! And the frog story made me smile, we get so many phone calls from people who think their dog is "rabid", the first question we ask is if they ate a frog or toad. I was very sad to read Sue's comment about the vet who doesn't "believe" in euthanizing a suffering animal. I have no problem with vets who refuse to euthanize a perfectly healthy pet because they are no longer "convenient", and believe me we get that request more often than you would think. (in those cases we have the owner sign the pet over to us and find a home for them - usually with one of our employees!) But our charge as caretakers of these babies is to protect them from suffering, not prolong it. It sounds like she needs to find another veterinarian! Again, sorry for your loss and I know the memories of his antics will make you smile for years. Hugs, Kathy

  6. Thank you all for the kind comments.