Thursday, April 1, 2010


I wanted to share a wonderful story of Love.  And as we all know where there is Love there is Heartbreak.  Our family has had a very hard week. 

Almost 11 years ago I talked Jimmy into going to "just see" some Greyhounds.  We were NOT going to get one.  And one day when we did I wanted it to be a Blondie..Girl ...and no older then two years old.

As we visited the Greyhounds there was a Boy...Black..six year old male.  He stood next to Emily who was just a baby and she grabbed at him and petted him...and well they fell in love.

A week later Jumper joined our family and filled our hearts with love.  Jumper had been rescued from the track and then was returned from a abusive home.  When we took Jumper in he just seem to smile.  In fact sometimes you would love at him and you would swear he was smiling.  He was amazing with Philip. For those of you who do not know Philip has had 19 brain operations and a stroke.  Jumper was a wonderful friend while Philip was recovering from each of his operations. The biggest issue we had with Jumper was him wanting to lick Philips boo boo's away.

Year after year we were amazed that we still had Jumper.  We then decided we would just go "look" again when they had greyhound day..that is where we found our brindle Rasta.

Every morning I would ya feeling old man?  And I would get a smile. A few years ago Jumper broke his tail.  We have no idea how.  But a amazing vet who works with the Greyhounds at the track said..let me try to save it.  Jumper had two major operations and a short little tail.  He was one tough old

As most of you know..things have been rough for the past year...everyday Jumper was here.  Every time I would be away dealing with Medical..Jim would laugh because I would always ask about the kids and how is Jumper.

Tuesday Morning Jumper had a stroke.  He was trying to get up and I was helping him..He went limp in my arms. I laid him down to rest and stayed up all night laying with him .  I talked and he listened.  He licked peanut butter and I whispered important things in his ear.

Wednesday I called the track manger and through my tears I told him what had happened and that even with time Jumper was getting worse.  Dennis offered to come help Jim with a stretcher to get Jumper to the Vet.  I told Dennis how scared of the van Jumper was...and he said the track vet was there.  He suggested we see if Dr. George could come to the house. Next thing I know ...The track vet was on his way to see Jumper at our house.  The same very who taken care of Jumper on the track as he ran for victory.  the same vet who never gave up on him even when his tail did not heal and had to go back into surgery.  Dr.  George...gave Jumper is freedom.  Yesterday the kids told their best buddy goodbye...we sent Rasta outside . Jimmy and I held Jumper..I whispered for him to be happy and never forget how much we loved him. Our hearts are broken..and our house is so quite without our sweet friend.
Jimmy and I drove an hour late last night to take Jumper to a lady who does cremations.  And tonight we drove back and have him home.
We promised Jumper the day we adopted him we would take good care of him and never leave him..and we have till the end.

I can not begin to tell you how much it meant to me that the same man who gave us Jumper so many years ago was willing to help Jumper in the end.  I told Dennis was as if it was his last gift to helping Jumper.  Dennis told me that he and Dr George talked and they both said they had never known a Boy Grey to live 18 years...

When we got home last night after leaving Jumper..I had the sweetest email waiting..

Hi Amy,
        I had an opportunity to talk to Dr George today and he said that he was heading to your house.   I am so sorry to hear about Jumper but feel you should have no regrets.   He had a wonderfully long life and it may be a blessing that he went down hill fast so there was not a lingering aliment!
        He is in a better place now and I feel that we will see them all again in the next life and that will surely be "Heaven".
         Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Jumper!

So tonight we have our friend back home.  The tears have been non stop.  I feel like I have lost my best friend..somehow he always seemed to care how we were..what we were doing and hopeful we would drop some food.

Please keep the kids in your prayers...there is a lot of hurt in our house right now with Philips medical.  And they are just heartbroken.


Lisa said...

I'm so sorry that you are having to deal with this terrible loss along with everything else. What a beautiful boy Jumper was. And it sounds like he had a wonderful life!


Rachel said...

Oh Amy - I am so sorry.

I am praying for healing for your family's heartbreak, and thanking God for the amazing precious time you had with Jumper.

That email from Dennis was exactly right... and Thank You Lord for that gift!

Hair Bows & Guitar Picks said...

I can not stop crying! I don't know how I an going to take it when or 12 year old lab goes. We know the day is coming but man oh man I feel your pain!

lola.longyhore said...

Tears are rolling down my cheeks after reading about Jumper. I had my kitty Tigger for 17 years, and we did the same, whispered and hugged for the last time here. It has been many years, and I never did replace him and still miss him. I love you Briggs's family. I pray Gods holds you even tighter at this sad time.

Amy Dungan said...

I'm so very sorry to hear about Jumper. He sounded like a wonderful companion and he was blessed to have you care for him. I know there are no words that can help, so I'll just say I'm praying for you all.

Becky said...

Oh, dear Amy, tears are flowing down my face for you on the passing of Jumper. You cared for him well in life, and honored his life in how you told his story. I am sad for your loss. Take care of yourself, my friend.

Tracy B said...

Oh Amy my heart is breaking with you and your family. I do understand the loss you all are feeling!!! Its a hard time but remember the fun times and share the memories!!! My prayers are with all of you including the fur babies for they too are feeling the loss!!! I am here for you if you need me!!! ((((((HUGS)))))

Anonymous said...

Oh, Amy. I'm so sorry for your family right now. You have my highest regard for the wonderful way you tended to Jumper, both in his rescue and in the dignity and honor your family showed him at the end. He truly was a lucky old man to live in such a loving home. I wish you and yours peace.
Deb, from ASG

bluesuede said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Jumper, but how wonderful that he could live and be happy so long. We have my "sister" dog that I inherited. She turned 16 this past November 16. She's a little black and white Shih tzu. Of course, we have a zoo here at our house. I won't even tell you how many. I will tell you that there is nothing like the love of a pet. My heart goes out to all of you with your loss of Jumper and for the treatments you will be taking and the operation Philip will be having. I'm always here for you ...

Kelli said...

Oh Amy, I'm so sorry. I'm crying with you right now. My love to you and your family on this sad day.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about Jumper. It's been a year since I put my baby down and I miss him so much. They are our best friends. I will be praying for the family. You guys are strong so I know you'll be ok. :( xo

Dusty Devoe said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful friend. You have wonderful memories of him, and he knew you loved him. Will keep you in my htoughts and prayers. HUGS.

Denise @ Sunflowers, Chocolate and Little Boys said...

Amy, I am praying for you and your family. Losing a pet is so heartbreaking. Just hold on to all your sweet memories and know that you gave Jumper an awesome and love filled life.

God Bless all of you!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

18 years of life is an amazing testiment to the wonderful loving care he was given by you.
I'm sorry for your loss.
RIP Jumper!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. We came very close to losing our 10 year old golden two weeks ago, and our entire family was in tears for days. We lost a nine month old beagle about seven years ago due to liver problems and that was devastating. I absolutely understand.

Praying for you and your family...have been praying for Philipa and all of you.

Much love.

Charmaine said...

Sending prayers, love and hugs. Lossing an animal is like losing one of the family, I understand your loss and your pain, I am so glad Jumper had such a long life with a family that loved him.

Angela said...

Amy, you were brought to my attention last week when someone shared your Caring Bridge for me to go too...I have a Fearless Friday post where I pray, not only for myself but for others.

Last week I came to CB and I prayed. I cried, I prayed and cried some more. I tried to comment but it just wouldn't let me...

Throughout the week, you and your family kept coming to my mind..and I prayed, and I cried...

I don't even 'know' you but God DOES and here He bringing you to my heart...

I wanted to let you know I've been praying for you and today was a hard day to pray..and I left video on my post says exactly what many of us go through at times....sigh...

Please know when your down, when it is JUST too hard to stand and pray..God DOES cover you,,,bringing others to stand around you and pray for sit with you, to cry with you and to love you and your family...

Sandy Daron said...

You post has touched me so deep!!! I have never lost a child or had a critically ill child, but I have lost many 4 legged family members. I am so sorry for you loss of Jumper!!! I have NEVER heard of a large dog living so long!!! How blessed he was to have you rescue and love him for so long!!! I know that he will be deeply missed. I am soo thankful that you have Rasta.

I will be praying for Philip's surgeries today and for your hearts that are so sad.


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Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for the sun so bright.
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made.
White is for the grace He gave.
Purple is for his hour of sorrow.
Pink is for a new tomorrow.
A bag of jelly beans colorful and sweet.
Is a prayer, is a promise, is a special treat
Have a blessed Easter!!!

Love ya!!
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Jessica said...

My sister had to put one of her two greyhounds down last year. I don't remember how old she was, but I'm thinking she was around 9 years old. Their vet came to their home as well...what a beautiful thing! I'm so sorry for your loss...18 years is a long time! We had our silly kitty for almost 17. And our Pug for 13. Such a hard but also loving decision to let them go! We treasure our two Wheatens...I could never not have pets...Take comfort in knowing he is at peace and loves you for letting him go!

misty said...

Amy, I am sitting here crying with very sorry for you and your family's loss.I adore animals and the love of a pet is such a special thing. With them, they love you every day,always and no matter what.Jumper was such a beautiful fella and a true blessing and he was so very blessed that you found him and gave him a wonderful forever home and life. Cherish your wonderful memories. Hugs

cosby2 said...

I am sorry for the heartbreak of losing your sweet Jumper. They are so much a part of your family and they love you unconditionally. We had to say goodbye to our sweet 14 year old shih tzu over 2 years ago and we still miss her. But like Jumper, she had a wonderful life. I'll pray for your family during their sadness.

Jen said...

I have tears streaming down my face right now! I am so sorry to hear about your baby Jumper.

I am as close as close to my sweet girl, Kama and after my daughter was injured, she became her protector. What you describe with Philip, reminds me of what I see with Kama and Aviana.

I will keep you close in thought and prayer!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Amy~ I am so sorry...I know how difficult things have been for you and this is such an added heartbreak! I am so glad Jumper was able to spend so many good years with you and your family he obviously loves you very much...And I know you will see him again..

Prayers & Love to you all

Stefany said...

Oh Amy. I am bawling right now. I went through a loss a few months back and it was horrible. I am here for you if you need anything, anything at all.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. What a blessed life Jumper had and obviously blessed you all as well.

Hugs to you all.

Mama Kat said...

Oh no!!! I'm so sorry! He sounds like just the sweetest guy...and now it all makes sense with your latest tweets. I hope your new little guy is bringing some comfort to your family even though I know it's not the same.

Megan said...

Gah! Tears in my eyes! I'm so sorry, Amy! SO SORRY!! And this is the second story I've read in 2 days of doggies passing away. Makes my heart break into a million little pieces! Jumper sounds like he was an amazing boy and I'm sorry for your loss!! (((HUGS)))

Grand Pooba said...

Oh my gosh I am feeling your pain! Now I am crying all over again. It's so hard to even talk about or think about. Hang in there. I believe your Jumper and my Dozer are playing in heaven right at this moment. You guys were so good to Jumper he seriously couldn't have asked for a better family, you were such a good mommy to him. I hope this gets better with time. just know that I'm thinking of you too.