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Rest in Peace Jak Jak Parr

Update: The afternoon of writing the last post Jak was diagnosed with late stage luekemia. It completely took us all by surprise, but actually made a lot of sense with all the issues we’ve had since his adoption. Lethargic, anorexia, nausea.  Because its one of those generalized chronic issues, it’s really hard to figure out. And he’s just always had it since we adopted him. His sick self was his normal self. We were told most likely 2-3 months to live, but that if we did treatments maybe 6 months to a year a year.

Before we could even make a decision on the treatment, he started to decline. By Thursday morning the vet, oncologist, and Jason and I all came to the conclusion that no amount of treatment would help, he was really suffering big time, and we had to let him go. He was a sweetheart to the end, wearing his sweater to keep his cold old bones warm while in the hospital on that last night.

We miss him so much and I can’t really explain the gap it’s left in our hearts and lives. It was so sudden and so unexpected.

The last project I had to finish for the zine were just a few stitches on and final photos of antlers for Jak, I just can’t do it. I’m changing things up and filling the rest of the pages with non-dog related things and a single page paying tribute to Jak. It will be printed and sent out asap. Thank you for your compassion and patients as we go through this time of grieving.

Kristin

ps – this is the last super depressing post in a long long time. I’m really looking forward to throwing myself head long into crafting and working therapy.

9 thoughts on “Rest in Peace Jak Jak Parr

  1. Kristin, my most sincere sympathies to you and Jason. While I don’t have any dogs of my own, I’ve lost several doggy nieces and nephews, and it breaks my heart every time. It’s nice to know that Jak had such a loving home in his final days!

  2. I am really sorry to hear that he didn’t make it but be glad to think you gave him the best months he probably had in his life and he loved you as much as you loved him. 

  3. Oh no. I’m so sorry to hear this news. Jak was a very sweet dog who clearly loved you, Jason, and his home with you. I am glad I got to meet him, too. I’m thinking of you guys.

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss.  Dogs truly become members of the family, and I am so sorry that you had him in your life for such a short time.  It sounds like you gave him the best life a puppy could hope for, with lots and lots of love.  Dogs DO go to heaven, and he’s in a place where he isn’t hurting anymore.

  5. Sorry for your loss.  Our Jack passed in March and we miss him still.  Take all the time you need to heal and know you gave him an awesome home and the best love he could have gotten.  Thinking of you.

  6. Sorry for your loss.  Our Jack passed in March and we miss him still.  Take all the time you need to heal and know you gave him an awesome home and the best love he could have gotten.  Thinking of you.

  7. So sorry to hear about your doggie. :( I love greyhounds and I’m sure he was an amazing dog. 

  8. So sorry to learn of your sad news. May his memory bring you reminders of love and joy. Amy

  9. I’m so sorry about Jak.  While I can’t say “I know exactly how you feel,” I do know how hard it can be to put words to the utter emptiness.  I remember a couple of years ago when I lost my mutt Ralph after almost 17 years, and the days that followed when I could have sworn I heard him here and there in the house, and I kept thinking I needed to take him out or reach for the leash.  I can tell you that you’ll get to a spot where you will think of him with nothing but joy and smiles.  Jan

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