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Rest in Peace Jackie Boy

“A dog has no journey of their own, no thoughts of past or future, so they give themselves fully to us in a way no person every could.”
“To be greeted at the door by a dog is to know, if only for a moment, what it feels to be completely accepted and unequivocally loved.
And oh what a feeling that is.”
~ On Losing a Dog, Will Kearny

Well friends, it is with a very heavy heart when I tell you that heaven gained another angel tonight when God called Jackson home. For all you fellow dog owners out there, you know that it’s one of the hardest decisions we eventually have to make… letting our fur babies go. Ryan and I know that when he closed his eyes for his final rest in our arms while in the comfort of our home was the most peaceful way he could go. His soul is now free and in the arms of God. I know that we’ll meet again one day — he’ll greet us with a tail wag and a slobbery kiss!

I write this in tears not knowing where to begin… It’s hard to find the words to explain just how much of an impact Jackson had on my life. Since I was 19, he was my best friend, my shadow, my partner in crime, my man of the hour. From carefree summer days, to Radford, to Virginia Tech, moving back to Richmond to The Fan, boyfriends and breakups, moving to the Southside, to marriage, moving to the West End… through my twilight milestone years, he was always by my side. He’s seen me at my worst, he knew my deepest secrets, and loved me unconditionally anyway. No matter how bad of a day I would have, I knew that I could always count on a wagging tail, that Jackie Boy smile, and those sweet, soft brown eyes to quickly turn my day around.

To me Jax didn’t loose the fight to cancer, he beat it. He was able to have 9 years and 18 days of a wonderful life. Jackson taught me so many life lessons but most of which he taught me to love unconditionally, to have a good heart, to always see the best in people, to never take life too seriously, to forgive, and to cherish each moment. I’m a better person because of him. It’s hard to remember my day-to-day life before Jackson and it’s scary but bittersweet knowing that my life will continue on without him. Even though we only had 9 years together — if I could go back and do it all over again I wouldn’t change a thing. When Jax died, so did a piece of me. But, all of the best parts of Jax will shine within me and carry me through the rest of my days.

I put together a slideshow tribute of Jackson to have as a keepsake — something to show my children (and grandchildren!) one day to make them laugh and show them how much he was loved. Ryan and I have even thought of making children’s books of our fun times together by filling them with pictures to share with our kids one day. Jax was a part of the family. This 16 minute slideshow is merely a glimpse at our adventures together. I finished it before Jax left us — we sat on the couch together and watched. (PS! Jax picked out the song “Who Let the Dogs Out”! We used to play it all the time and he would bark and dance around, LOL). It makes us laugh out loud and certainly shed some happy tears. Incredibly blessed and thankful for the time we had together.

Although my heart aches missing him, it comforts me to know that he’s now an angel of God in heaven. He’s now watching over me and Ryan. He’s in a place full of warm sunshine, grassy hills, bouncy tennis balls, and is at peace — he is home. Each time I’m reminded of him I’ll smile remembering the times we shared and know that he had a life well lived, a life well loved. Rest in peace Jackie Boy. You will be forever missed.

God’s Garden
God looked around His garden
And He found an empty place,
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your precious face.

He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest,
God’ s Garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain,
He knew you’d never ever
Get well on earth again.

So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine”,
Then He took you up to Heaven
With Hands so gentle and kind.

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God welcomed you home.

– Author Unknown

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