Our dog Jack
by Graham Jones
(Formby, liverpool, UK)
It's not normally our style to post our story online but having read some of the articles on here, we found they helped us. So here is the story of our loss of our little boy Jack.
Jack had to be put asleep on Monday 31st March 2014, having suffered a lot of pain over the last few years. He damaged his cruciate ligament about 3 years ago after an operation and jack was never the same dog again. We got jack as puppy and enjoyed every minute of jack's life. He gave us comfort at a time when we needed it the most. When jack was younger he was quite mischievous but always the most loveable character and healthy dog.
The four of us, myself, my wife and two daughters would have done anything for jack and never put him in kennels when we went away. We always had to find a cottage that took dogs. Jack visited more parts of the country than most humans can do in a lifetime. Every holiday was really precious but the final one recently on the Isle of Skye. Although it was his last it was possibly jacks best.
Putting jack to sleep because of a disc being dislodged in his back and facing another operation. We swore we would never put jack through anymore pain, so the decision to end jacks life was the hardest one we could ever take but absolutely the right one for jack.
We don't think it will ever be the right one for us as we always wanted jack here. We have all cried like never before since jack went. We know it's stupid but we can't help it. We know jack will never fade from our hearts and memories will live forever with us.
A day or two ago we didn't know how we would ever live without jack, despite knowing we took the right decision. We couldn't see any future or bear to be without him.
Ignorant people may say ' it's only a dog' but it was never only a dog and never will be in our hearts. It's feels slightly disloyal to consider another dog but we have so much love to give. We would be foolish not too.
We now know, it's ok to cry over a pet because somehow it's the only thing that can make us feel better. If our story helps one person, then it will have been worth putting our hearts out online.
We do hope we can move on and if we do, we will update how we are doing in a few months. We will always love and miss our dog as a little part of us died when jack did.
We all love you jack. goodnight, god bless.
Graham, Val, Nicky and Millie, formby, liverpool, uk