Goodbye Jess

This week has been a sad week.

Jess

Jess

🙁   Our lovely Jess for whom I made a new bed cover a few weeks ago became very strange last  weekend – not eating and having trembling episodes.  She was around 15, we are not quite sure as she was a rescue dog.  Anyway we ‘phoned the vets on Monday and arranged to take her in on Wednesday.  The next two days she trembled and stared vacantly intermittently but inbetween she was ok, although sleepy.  On Tuesday evening she spent her time in the garden with DH as he sorted the vegetable plantings, and later went for her usual walk.

By 11am the next day we had learned she had multi-organ failure, was too ill to come back home and the vet recommended she be put to sleep.  Jess had been bought 11 years ago as a friend for our teenage daughter so it seemed only fitting that she be given the chance to be with Jess at the end.  She did want to, and work let her off early so she could make the 3pm dreaded time with me.

We had 5 minutes or so with Jess in a side room before the vet came in.  We stroked her and patted her and she nestled into my daughter’s arms as the vet injected the potion into the drain in her leg.  Then suddenly, to the words ‘Jess is a good dog’ she slipped sideways onto my daughter’s knee and seemed to be asleep.  The vet confirmed she had gone as I asked him if she really was just asleep.  There was no sense of a soul departing, no sense of life leaving, for me at any rate she appeared to be sleeping, just as she often had, on her side, legs straight out.

We stayed a few more minutes and then stumbled out, I was crying like a baby and my daughter was the adult, guiding me out and driving me home.  I have done some sewing this week, I found it helpful in the quiet house.  I’ll have some pictures next week and hopefully feel more normal to share things at Handmade Monday

10 thoughts on “Goodbye Jess

  1. I am really sorry to read this. I am nearly crying having read it so can only begin to imagine how hard it is for you. Take care of yourself. xx

  2. Oh so sad to lose a dear friend and companion. Be Brave and when you are ready go rescue another poor wee soul there are so many needing help. x Joan

  3. awww i’m so sorry, it really is the most heart breaking thing to say goodbye to a beloved pet… they are such dear faithful companions. I’m glad you were both able to be with her a the end though and see her off peacefully. Sending out love to you and yours over the airwaves xxx

  4. I’ve just finished drying my eyes, losing a constant companion is so hard and leaves a big gap. But I am sure you will also be left with very many happy memories and hopefully will soon be able to laugh and smile when you think of her rather than being sad x

  5. I also have tears in my eyes, such a sad time for you all but I’m sure you being there with her at the end meant a lot to her too. I find crafting a great way to take my mind off of things – I become engrossed in minute details and decisions. Extending hugs to you all.

  6. What a lovely dog Jess looks. I’m sure she gave you lots of fun,cuddles and love over all those years. It’s very hard when we lose a pet, I bet you have lots of lovely memories.

  7. I too am typing this with watery eyes…. I am so sorry to hear about Jess. She must have given you and your family a great deal of love, joy and friendship. You will always have the wonderful memories of her.
    Sending you lots of hugs xxxxxxxx

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