A Tribute To My Dog and Friend For 10 Years

While I typically try not to use my blog as a “diary”, I felt it was cleansing for me to jot down a quick tribute to my dog Jada whom I painfully had to say goodbye to this past weekend after a 4-5 month battle with cancer.

It’s kind of scary, but next to my wife, parents, and my brothers, I probably spent more time with that dog than anyone else in my entire life.   She was always there to play with, take a walk, or just sleep on my armpit on the couch.  So, if my readers will indulge me, I wanted to provide a quick tribute list to Jada.

  • For affectionately leaning against my leg so hard the first time we met that you almost knocked me over.
  • For breaking down a door that first night (when we tried to put you in the basement) because you weren’t going to be left alone when you knew there were people in the house.
  • For your ability to spin while holding a stick by your teeth.
  • For your bloodhound like incredible hide and go seek skills.
  • For accepting your fall in priority from #1 to #2 (after my marriage) and then #3 (with the entrance of my son Kyle).
  • For shaking in a way that always made me feel guilty when I screamed at the computer after losing big hands when I played poker on-line.
  • For putting up with our new dog, Caesar, as well as my son who both managed to sleep on you, wrestle with you, and drive you crazy in a way I know you loved
    Jada, Caesar, and Kyle Sleeping On Couch
  • Despite the fact that you were part pit bull, for being probably the worst watch dog that ever lived — even happily jumping in the car of the pizza delivery guy.
  • For always being there with a spin and a smile regardless of whether we were gone for 1 hour or 10 days.
  • For preparing me to be a father (as far as sacrifice, responsibility, and the ultimate rewards of having someone that relies 100% on you)
  • And finally, for never complaining or whining– not once – as you got sicker and sicker to the point where you couldn’t walk or eat.

Rest in peace my puppy.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. :’-) That was beautiful, Eric. Thank you for sharing. RIP Jada.

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  2. Posted by Bodywisdomcenter on July 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Tears are in my eyes as I relived with you, dear Eric, your touching tribute to Jada. There was only one Jada, and you and she shared your hearts for 10 incredible years. You were both blessed to have each other. We’ll all miss her terribly and will remember her dearly.
    My love to you, Sue, Kyle, and of course, Caesar.
    Mom

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  3. Posted by Marc on July 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    A touching tribute. She will be missed.

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  4. Posted by Levyphyllis on July 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    My favorite is how happy she was every time she saw you she had the tail to prove her happiness it was wound so tight and shook so hard you counldn’t help but know how she was feeling. I will miss her a lot. She was a great dog.

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  5. I’m sorry for your loss Eric. Dawn x

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  6. Sorry for you loss.  My 18 year old Jack Russell Terrier “Dixie” recently succumbed as well, so I feel your pain.

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  7. Posted by Maliboo627 on October 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    sorry for your loss eric you touched my heart thanks so much

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