A Tribute to Jerry

Note: I’m apologizing in advance as this may make you sad.

This has been a rough week, so unfortunately we didn’t make it to any parks.  After a year and half struggle with seizures and a sudden, rapid decline due to a probable brain tumor over the last month, we made the tough decision to say goodbye to our first baby, Jerry, this week.  Being only 7 years old, he lived the life of a much older dog, having traveled to many places (Blacksburg, Richmond, DC, Wintergreen, Virginia Beach, Caroline, Stafford, Atlanta, Vermont, NYC, Nags Head, Maryland, Charlottesville, Pittsboro, Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Smith Mountain Lake, and Asheville, to name a few), enjoyed a variety of activities, and romped with so many people and furry friends.  Words can’t express what he’s meant to us and how much he has enriched our lives, so here are pictures and videos from over the years that show the wonderful memories we had with him and his furry friends.  Thank you to our friends and family who brought him into your lives and befriended your dogs.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…. 

– Author unknown

9 thoughts on “A Tribute to Jerry

  1. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures of Jerry’s life with you. He really lived many more than dog years. The deep hole-in-the-heart from the loss of a beloved pet never seems to go away, but what richness the Pennys and Dingos provide along the way. Thanks for sharing Jerry with us.

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