Wednesday, April 8, 2009

RIP JessicaDog

Well, for the first time in our marriage we had to have a pet put down. We’d had her for half of our marriage. She was an Australian Cattle Dog, the freaks of the dog world. Seriously. She was definitely Cabinet Man’s dog, but she was rather protective of the entire family. When Sunshine was a baby, Jess would lie in the hallway outside the door while she napped. The the boys and their friends came in the door, she was up, hackles raised and letting them know that they were on Her turf and she was protecting her baby.

ACDs are rather amazing dogs. She didn’t have a tail, which seems to be an American preference. She could jump 6 feet, straight up, from a sitting position for a piece of cheese. She wouldn’t do it for a dog biscuit, MAYBE for a piece of steak, but she’d do it every time for a piece of cheese. Jess also belonged to College Dude. She was his other ‘person of choice’.  A good friend of the boys had a lab that was incredibly well  trained.  So the boys figured if Cowboy could hold a sit/stay with a treat on top of his head, then Jess probably could. So they taught her to hold a piece of cheese on her head  until they ‘released’ her  and she could toss it up and catch it. Well, they underestimated how smart ACDs are…she figured out pretty quickly that if she ducked her chin, the cheese dropped to the floor and she could eat it with no effort.  We’ve often joked that if the breed had opposable thumbs, and could use a hammer, they would run the world. We got a male ACD about 2 years ago as we thought Jess would be gone by summer (she showed us!)

She’d been ill for a while, and on Friday, she didn’t want to eat (even cheese) and the expression on her face was “okay, I’m done”. We can tell that her presence is gone and we miss her.  But over 80 years in dog years is a pretty good run. She did well when we took her to the vet, they were very kind to her and us. We’ve got good memories of her and that is what matters.

Here is a link to a site about ACDs and an incredible story that I ran across at the Daily Mail UK website.

Okay, I'm smiling


  1. Oh my, that is so sad! I am so very sorry for your loss. That is the suckiest (for lack of a better word) thing to have to do. Very painful. I still grieve for my German Shepherd,who was a complete neuromaniac a tad psycho, and completely OCD, but a totally wonderful pet. He was MY dog. Ok, it's been 3 years, the kids and I still miss him. He used to smile (a/k/a show his teeth) on command. used to freak people out. Pets are our lives.

    Thank you for visiting my site, and I do hope your sis in law is well soon. I love your pic, she is very talented.

  2. I am so sorry about your loss! I don;t know what i would do if we had to do that to our dog! jen

  3. I am so sorry to hear about your loved pet. We had a dog just like him years ago named Blue. My heart goes out to you, losing a pet is so very hard. Thank you for your comments on my post about My Son enlisting, I am trying to stay positive, just alot of mixed emotions right now. I really appreciate your thoughts.

  4. I'm so sorry about Jessica Dog. She looks so beautiful, her strong love of protcting...Sunshine...etc...I"m crying without even knowing her. Dogs are so amazing, I am in love with all of them.
    Dogs give us all so much love and hope...
    They are truly God"s creatures...
    I miss my grand-dog babies !!!!

  5. SusieQ... yes, you do know the pain I feel with Bailey's sorry about JessicaDog. I am relatively new to blogging...since Feb. 4, 2009... and I am so touched by the kindness shown to me regarding Bailey. I would like to share more about Bailey's passing... pls email me and I will email back. ...susan


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