A Memorial For A One-Of-A-Kind Dog
Jessie came to us at about 9 months of age. Her adoption was unplanned, but arose from a “love-at-first-sight” encounter at a sidewalk ASPCA event where I was hanging out waiting for Dee to finish a hair appointment. Jessie’s very first challenge was to win over existing dog, Shri, who was not immediately sure what to make of the interloper.
It was only a matter of time.
We came to learn that Jessie’s story began with her on the streets; a stray. By the time we adopted her she had missed the socialization window, and was afraid of just about every unfamiliar thing or person. She never entirely outgrew that. I guess, being dog pack oriented, she took to some other dogs (at first), but humans were dicey animals. Eventually we won her over, up to a point.
Crate training accomplished its intended goal, but at a price. Unwilling to be contained, we got the cold shoulder when we were around, and escape attempts were constant when we weren’t. She’s the only dog I’ve ever heard of chewing a hole in linoleum trying to find a way out of her kennel. That spirit of determination would mark the rest of her life, and we just had to learn to roll with it.
I’ve offered descriptions of Jessie elsewhere. For the rest of this tribute, though, I’m just going to select some of my favorite photos that I feel depict some of her prevalent traits. Even so, this falls far short of conveying the challenges and joys (oh, what joys!) of life with Jessie. You had to be there.
The only other thing I believe you need to know about Jessie is that she, for me, was the best dog in the world, and a one-time flash of lightening. I will miss her, reflect on our time together, and love her forever.
Playful (and immodest)
Watchful and protective
Sweet and majestic
Beautiful in latter years
Lover of chairs (and beds) by windows
Lover of walks
Lover of snow
Lover of school buses and UPS trucks
Deeply loved by Dee, Maxx, and me