One day I decided I wanted a Jack Russell Terrier and set out on a mission. I wanted a specific look, broken hair FEMALE, mostly white with specific markings. Tommy gave me $300 to go find my Valentine’s Day gift. I walked into Merryfield Kennels in Ft.Lauderdale, and there was Jax and his sister. Jax definitely won the prize for looks in his family, but i didn’t want a Male. I tried to pick up the female so I could have a look at her but everytime I tried, he pushed his nose in my hand and finally he had enough and just jumped into my arms LOL.
He chose me. I couldn’t put him down. $1100 later, I walked out with my present hahahaha. AND if you can believe this, I don’t have any pictures of Jax as a puppy..because I didn’t have a camera back then SAY WHAT????? Here he is at 8 months old.
Lets just say he wasn’t the best in the beginning. Marked territory ALL over our house because of my Lab Bailey..and he stole EVERY toy out of her mouth in and out of the pool. Poor Bailey :( She was a champ, and delt with him. Like she had a choice pfffft.
If you opened the door for 1 second he would be gone, running as fast as he could towards the end of the street. He ate 3 of my heels, ripped up every pair of socks Tommy owned in fact..they wouldn’t even hit the ground as he took them off Jax already had them in his mouth “turboing” through the house banking off any piece of furniture in his way. I must say he was comical, even though devious, it was comical.
On Valentines day the next year, someone gave me a bag full of 17 hershey kisses. I know there were 17 because I set the bag up on the kitchen counter when I came home for lunch to let Jax outside. At 5:30 when I walked in from work..the kitchen floor was covered in wrappers. Jax was completely fine. Never affected. To add to the kitchen counter robberies….we have a homemade pumpkin pie, a turkey dinner, corn on the cob, endless snacks and cookies but my favorite was the Spaghetti. Jax had a mean poker face, and almost pulled it off if weren’t for that damn red sauce on his white fur! The most expensive counter “encounter” was my laptop. He as mad at me one day for leaving him too long, and left me a little wet present on my keyboard. $2k to replace. I swear he’s smiling at me like HA! I’ll show you!!
As soon as I got Pregnant, everything changed. He would lay on my belly everynight which was confusing because he always laid with Tommy on the couch at night. Soon after, I found out I was pregnant with Roman; he never left my side again.
There were a couple of years where it was very busy with babies..and jax took back seat due to the chaos..but he was always close.
This one cracks me up! I couldn’t find him one day he completely camouflaged into my suitcase! lol
Here are some more of my favorites through out the years. There are many MANY more I just can’t possibly find the time to go through all of them.
Its easy to see that Jax had a great life.
Eva thought Jax was a stuffed animal at times. I never knew where I was going to find him.
And the sleeping pictures are endless and precious.
Towards the end, as if the lung cancer wasn’t enough, his slipped disc disease caused his back to curve. He would have a hard time standing in place and his legs were starting to slip forward. He could no longer lay down gracefully, or even sit.
He lost almost all of his eye sight, but he refused to give up. He could (and did) walk for hours on end until he was so exhausted and wobbling back and forth that I would pick him up and lay him down flat in his comfy bean bag. He would take a snooze for about an hour..then back up and at it again. These are some of last photos I took of him.
His poor little body basically gave out and he was still not ready to let it go. Unfortunately in these situations, this is where our pets rely on us to find it in our hearts to do what is best for them; to give them one last gift.
As I type this I cry huge tears STILL…even though I know he is in a better place. When I walked out of the animal hospital without him, I felt as though I might collapse. There is no exaggeration when I say, I felt as if part of me was missing. The next morning I woke up at 3:30am and it hit me like a truck once again that he was gone; my heart literally hurt. I will never forget that feeling.
I cooked everything imaginable that was soft trying to find something he would eat and hand fed him for 2 weeks.
We ended up with melted vanilla ice cream, bone marrow broth and a Resees Peanutbutter Cup. Yes, Jax liked chocolate :) I slept on the couch for a month with him (with one hand on him in case he got up so he wouldn’t fall off and hurt himself) the last few nights on the floor with him, carried him up and down stairs, walked by his side every single time he wanted to go outside (approximately 150x per day)…and would do it again in a heartbeat. My house is very lonely, and our lives will eventually get back to normal but will never quite be the same. Jax was one of a kind..and there will be no other like him. He can never be replaced. He brought so much joy, so many laughs, so much love into our lives.
He taught my children was it is to be loyal, how to appreciate simple things, and what its like to have a companion.
I truly believe we are all souls that just circle around again from life to life to find our soulmates – time and time again. One day he’ll find us once more.
Eva made this for him the day he went to heaven.
Today is his Birthday. He would have been 17 years young.
Happy Birthday Buddy..November 27th, 1999 – October 25th, 2016. xo