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Jazz....it's a month now and I still cry

Jazz&Cricket
May 7th, 2010, 11:01 PM
April 17, 1999-April 2, 2010 – Jazz
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I picked Jazz out a the litter when he was 4 weeks old. I had every intention of getting a female but the breeder put Jazz on the floor and he did the classic border collie crouch , then barked at me. I was in love. When I picked him up at 8 weeks old, he ran to the end of the x-pen as soon as I drove in. It was like he was saying – Hey, what took you so long, I've been waiting for you!
Jazz had a great beginning as the resident therapy dog. From his 8th week until we moved to the farm in 2004, he was my constant office buddy. He loved his people and could not wait to get in to see them. There was nothing like chasing the ball down the hall in the morning. He loved staff & residents alike. Sometimes the maintenance man would sneak him something special from the kitchen.  If we happened to see someone we knew when we were walking to work (or home) Jazz would lie down on the ground and not budge until we could walk together.
When we moved to the farm, he didn't enjoy the hour long drive each way, so he stayed at home. However, when I could, I brought him in, and it was like old times again. On Good Friday, when I knew we were making that final trip, I spoke to him about the office – he raised his head and thumped his tail….he knew exactly what I was saying and it was his way of saying goodbye to those people he loved.

He always wagged his tail in a giant circle when he was happy...which was most of the time. Jazz LOVED winter- there was nothing so fine as racing down the trails while we snowshoed. He and Cricket would tussle over a stick and life was good. If he saw me with the tennis racket, he knew it was a great game of field ball another of his favourite games. He wasn't much on the heat of summer but he enjoyed swimming and riding in the canoe.
We did try our hand at sheep a few times when he was 7 years old. I think he might have been a good working dog if things had been different. His favourite toy was his frisbee which is buried with him now. I buried him in the garden, beside a blue spruce tree. My husband made he a beautiful marker to show how much he was loved and will be missed.
Rest easy my Jazzman

hazelrunpack
May 7th, 2010, 11:03 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss of handsome Jazz :grouphug: I can tell he was much loved and loved you in return. You were both very lucky to have found each other!

:candle: Jazz

cpietra16
May 8th, 2010, 10:30 AM
My condolences to you and all the people who loved Jazz...:(

14+kitties
May 8th, 2010, 11:14 AM
:candle::rip: Jazz :candle:

Just remember there is no time limit on grief. Take as long as you need.

luckypenny
May 8th, 2010, 11:45 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss :grouphug:.

RIP Jazz :candle:

Frenchy
May 8th, 2010, 12:26 PM
So sorry about your loss , sounds like you and Jazz had a very strong bond. :grouphug:

:candle:

BusterBoo
May 8th, 2010, 01:37 PM
:pray: My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jazz sounds like he was a wonderful friend. :candle:

growler~GateKeeper
May 9th, 2010, 03:53 AM
:candle: Jazz

:grouphug:

Jazz&Cricket
May 13th, 2010, 10:23 PM
This was written one day before he would have celebrated his 11th birthday. Please feel free to share this if you like. All I ask is acknowledgement that it was written for my Jazz who died too suddenly.:angel2:


Last night you came to visit me
You laid your head upon my knee
You poked my hand the way you knew
Would get an extra scratch for you
I wrapped my arms around your neck
I breathed deep of your doggie scent
My tears rained down upon your head
I softly spoke your name
Your deep brown eyes gazed up at me
“You called and so I came
I know you cry these tears for me
But this I know is true
We have a bond that will not break
I always walk with you
If you whisper, I will hear
And we will walk together
Through snow filled fields and leafy trails
Through sun or stormy weather”
I woke and still I felt you near
My face - Still wet with tears
But in my heart I felt such joy
I feel you near, my handsome boy.

April 16, 2010 Kris K

BrownEyedGirl
May 13th, 2010, 11:05 PM
I'm sorry for the loss of your beloved friend.

mikischo
May 13th, 2010, 11:09 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss.:grouphug:

What a beautifully written tribute to your beloved boy!

:candle: Run free, sweet :angel2: Jazz :dog: :candle: