Jackson came into our life in 2005 when he was a rambunctious and playful teenager of 1 1/2. Our friend Beth is responsible for finding him for us – on Craigslist! – after we told her we were looking for a dog and hoped to find a retriever mix. Jackson was a purebred lab that we really feel like we “rescued” from a very unhealthy and dysfunctional home life (and the owners thankfully were aware that they could not give him the attention he so needed). We fell head over heels in love with him, and that love grew to deepen beyond our imagination with each passing second/minute/day/month/year. Over the next 13 years he was our life, our child. He was part of our wedding. He went everywhere with us. Vacations (other than those that required a plane trip) were planned to include him. Countless fun memories: hiking, beach trips, snowshoeing, road trips throughout Oregon, Washington and California, dog park adventures, the list goes on. Everyone who met Jackson commented on how handsome he was and how shiny, and often asked, even in his later years, “is he a puppy?” There was such a youthfulness in his appearance and energy. He was incredibly sensitive; did not like loud noises (fireworks, BAD!), cursing (NO F-BOMBS!), and any kind of negativity, he would pick up on and react to (we’re sure this had to do with the environment of his first 1 1/2 years). He was incredibly sweet, smart, well-behaved and wanted only to be with us and make us happy. He was my constant companion, since my schedule had me home more and able to be with him and take him places with me. There now is this giant hole, a void, that he once filled. We never let a day go by without telling him how very much we loved him and were grateful for him, and I wouldn’t be able to count how many times he’d been kissed on. We had no shame where that dog was concerned!
As hard as it was to say good-bye to him, we are so grateful that he was able to be in his home, comfortable in front of the fire, with my husband and me and our two cats (one literally right next to him, paw on his arm the whole time), when he transitioned. And even though his physical being is no longer with us, his spirit is here and his memory will live on forever through countless pictures and remembered experiences, reminding us of what an incredibly loving and sweet soul he was. Words cannot describe how grateful, honored and blessed we are to have shared his life with him, and I know he always felt how deeply he was loved by us.
A donation was made in Jackson's memory and the memorial was created on February 28, 2018.