Sunday, August 1

Jody

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Judd and I met in January of 2000. We knew within a few short months that we would be together for the long haul. In late July/August of 2000, I talked him into getting a dog. We looked through the classifieds and found black lab puppies for sale out towards Commerce. We loaded into his truck and went to pick out our puppy. A little female came up to us in the pen and we picked her. On the ride back to Judd's apartment she curled up on my lap and we named her Jody.

She was with us for 10 years. She was with us almost as long as there was an "us". Yesterday Judd and I said a very tearful goodbye to our friend.

Jody's arthritis began a couple of years ago and had progressed to the point that she wasn't able to control going to the bathroom. She was going in the house. With a 2.5 year old and another one on the way, I just can't deal with animal waste in the house. And poor Jody had this terrible look of shame every time it happened. She wasn't able to go for our walks around the neighborhood any more and thought twice about going up stairs. We just felt it was time for her. The vet felt the same way.

I think it has hit us both a lot harder than we thought it would. She was a big part of our lives. We miss her greeting us when we open the door. I miss seeing her laying in her "spot" in the hallway. I miss her company. I know I will miss her even more the first time Judd goes out of town.

We told Charlotte that she went to live on a farm. That Jody was happier running and playing with all of the pigs, cows, and chickens. She believed us and even commented during the thunderstorm last night that, "Jody probably isn't scared because she is in the barn." We are grateful that she believes us. In a way, I am trying to believe that it's true too. Maybe she is somewhere better now.

She was a wonderful, sweet, loving dog and will be missed for a long, long time.

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(taken yesterday before Judd took her to the vet)

13 comments:

Emily said...

I am so sorry Carrie. She was such a sweet dog and she will be missed by all of us. I know how hard that decision is to make and I'm sorry that you guys had to make it. You did the right thing for Jody.

Drena said...

I don't know why I am crying, but I am. I can't imagine going to your house and not seeing Jody. Big hugs.

Sarah said...

So sorry :( What a hard decision to make!

Molly said...

Add me to the list of criers...I just gave Colonel Mustard an extra treat...or 6. I'm so sorry :(

Sara said...

Jody is with Grandpop and Chloe on his farm. Knowing how much Grandpop loved dogs, I think that there may be a few more dogs there, too. I'm sure there are squirrels, ground hogs and chickens to chase; barns to explore and trees to stretch out under. There may even be a cool pond with ducks.

Rachel said...

Now I'm sitting at work with tears in my eyes, I'm so sorry about Jody, but Mom is right...she is at a huge farm chasing all the animals around. She was a very loved dog!

Meredith said...

Oh Carrie,
You brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry you had to say goodbye to your sweet 4 legged "child". :( We had to do the same last summer and I KNOW how tough it is. Sending BIG HUGS your way!!!

Al & Nina said...

Carrie & Judd,
I have joined those with tears in our eyes. Jody was such a sweet dog and we will all miss her. But with her painful health issues you did the kindest thing you could do for her. I know how painful it is, we've been there too. Love you, N

Allison D said...

SHe had such a good life with a loving family. I remember when you guys first got her like it was yesterday. Thinking if you guys.

meghan said...

Oh, Carrie. So sorry. This is so sad I have tears in my eyes as well.

Ann said...

So sorry Carrie :-(

Mel said...

SAD :-(

diane said...

more tears here...