Sunday, February 20, 2011

Heavy Heart...

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this post today. Our little "furry child" jack-jack passed suddenly today. We aren't sure exactly what happened. The vet thought maybe he ate something poisonous but we really doubt that could be it. He is the pickiest little eater ever. He wouldn't eat table scraps unless they were chicken or beef... they said he could maybe had adrenal failure but we aren't sure why? He was fine yesterday but got sick, puking/diahrea in the middle of the night. It isn't totally abonormal for him to puke. He was much like a cat in that he would puke from time to time. I didn't think much of it as the puke didn't look bad or abnormal. I figured it would pass through him. He rested and when B checked on him at 7am ( he usually sleeps in our bed but we put him in the mudroom b/c of the mess) he seemed "better". He greeted Brandon and he held him for a bit and he had even been drinking water, which i felt was a great sign. I went to check on him at 9ish ( i had slept in since i was up with him in the middle of the night) and when i picked him up there was blood in his bed ( from his stool) and he was listless. I wasn't even sure if he was alive, I brought him to Brandon in the shower and then we rushed him to the vet but they couldn't save him. They tried everything but the poor little guy was just too little to fight.

He was 3.3lbs. 4 1/2 years old and our baby. We are both at a total loss and grieving. Cash keeps asking "where'd monkey go" and he says " don't cry mommy". Billie-girl our springer is moping around as well. She keeps looking for him.

For those of you lucky enough to have known Jack-Jack you know he was 1,000% loved and spoiled and lived more life in his short 4 1/2 years than most pups live in 12. He was never left at home (except for extreme hot/cold weather days when he'd need to stay in the car) and from day 1 he even went to the office with me EVERY day when I was in Real Estate. My boss even INSISTED he be allowed to come in with me when we switched offices from Cbbain to Windermere. (Thank you Maria!) Jack was a wonderful little guy and he will be missed each and every day. I'm so sad he won't get to meet our little girl, he loved Cash when he was a newborn, snuggling up with him in the lamb chair.

I hope you all give your pets a few extra hugs today for us.

With Love
Gretchen, Brandon, Cash and Billie-dog


  1. I am so sorry Gretch. I know he was your baby. Big hugs. :(

  2. Oh no! :(...SO sorry for your loss! Losing a furry child is like losing a human member of the family! We will say a little prayer for Jack-Jack tonight. Although your hearts are hurting, just remember that he is in a better place and no doubt knows how loved he was.

  3. I know he was one of your family. Thinking of you!

  4. I am so sorry to hear this...I know how much you all loved the little guy! He knows how much you loved him, and is in a better place! XoXo



Photos by Ann Elrod -

The Jackson Family, December 2008