By Dr. Andrew Jones
Jesse, my 18 year old dog who has been sick with a variety of ailments, died on Saturday.
He was euthanized comfortably at home with the rest of his family present.. he still wagged his tail that morning, but after a short walk to pee, was unable to stand.
Jesse came to us after my father died in 2010…at the time he was thought to be not the best behaved dog, and the sound of my dad yelling JESSE was heard by ALL the neighbors frequently…
But he seemed to choose me..immediately after my dad died he jumped into the back of our vehicle, assuming he was to come home with me…and he did
He turned out to be a great dog..
He bonded with all of us, although he tended to follow me around, even waiting to go upstairs to bed until he saw me coming up the stairs..
Jesse walked with our kids to the bus/school..barked to warn us of threats from attacking squirrels..chased away the evil skunks ( which led to a BIG supply of skunk off)
He went running/mountain biking with me, and as little as a year and a half ago went for a 50K run.
He was filled with personality, always talking when he wanted food, or thought he should be having attention instead of something else..
Whenever I hugged my wife Catherine, he would go off with his rrrrrrrrrrrrrr dog talking as if to say..don’t hug her…hug me 🙂
You would think it gets easier as pets get older..unfortunately not.
But he added so much to me and my family, and I am so glad he came to us.
Jesse you were much loved, and will be really missed.
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