Previous Post About Jasper named. Jasper- A Piece of My Heart
I’ve been working on this blog post for over 8 hours and I just can’t get past the tears.
Jasper came into my life in August 2010. Jasper is my pug who rescued me more than me rescuing him. Less than 12 hours ago (10/21/19) I had to do what was best for him and let him go over the Rainbow Bridge.
I knew this day was coming about six months ago. Every day I could see that he’s getting worse. When I noticed in April or May of 2019 that he was having paralysis in his hind legs, my heart sunk. I knew when I have seen this happening that his time was short. Which means that my time with him is short. Video of his hind legs.
There are some people who don’t understand that our 4 legged family members are part of the family. Today has been a bad day and I’ve been in tears off and on. Anytime I see a dog on TV or anything on the computer brings me back to the moment I had to decide what was best for Jasper. It wasn’t for me, but I couldn’t put my needs and wishes ahead of his comfort and quality of life.
When I walked into Dr. Brinkerhoffs office with Jasper in my arms, the tears started flowing and I couldn’t even tell the receptionist that I didn’t want to take his body home with me and that I needed him to be cremated so I could turn his ashes into something beautiful. I was crying and trying to find my voice. There were other people with their dogs in the waiting area and they were in tears I’m sure because I was in tears. I’m in tears now as I type this. For me, this post gives me a chance to tell Jasper how much I love him and there will never be another 4 legged family member like him.
Jasper was my shadow. Anywhere I went, he would be there. Everyone knew that Jasper chose me when I got him. I thought he would like Jessica more since she is the first person that loved him. When we picked him up it was Jessica who was holding him all the way home. As soon as we got into the house, Jasper immediately came to me. I think it was because I reminded him of someone who he loved before I got him.
As I was standing next to Jasper as they gave him a shot to make him fall asleep and 3 minutes later the vet came in and gave him an IV med to stop his heart just breaks my heart. I could see his breathing getting weaker and eventually his breathing stopped. The vet told me I could take my time with him since he was gone. I know this sounds crazy, but, I couldn’t stand there with him after he was gone considering 5 minutes before he was alive.
I know I did what was best for him, but, it breaks my heart big time. One of the assistants in the office wrapped Jasper in a blanket. All I could think about is to keep him in the blanket so he will be warm. The logical part of my brain knows that once he died, his soul is no longer in the shell of his body that gave out on him. I believe that Jasper is now in a better place where he can see people or things. He can run and play since he hasn’t been able to since is hind legs became paralyzed and atrophy affected his muscles. He could hear some things and he would search for me since I’m guessing he could only see shadows and find me by hearing. He’s free of the things going on in his body.
As I walked out of the room where I last saw Jasper, some dear friends from church were outside the door. Rose and John Balderama was there since the vet needed to check out their dog. It was a huge blessing for me with them being there. I know they have lost their dog last year and went through the same thing. I was somewhat composed when I left the room until Rose gave me a hug and the tears started flowing again.
I can’t help but think that God put them there when I needed someone the most. My friend Jennifer Harris drove Jasper and me and she was in the room at the same time when Jasper went over the bridge. When I think that I have no more tears, then they come again.
Follow up blogs about Jasper after he was set free- Jaspers Memorial Heart
9 thoughts on “Jasper RIP- You’re Free”
Sandie, I was so glad I was able to be there because they only had one spot open that day. You were on my mind all day and knew what you were about to go through. It was a “God thing”! My heart sank when I saw the pain on your face.
Our pets leave their paw prints on our hearts and I believe God allows them to be part of our family. The Lord loves all animals. It reminds me of the lost sheep and the shepherd goes out to find that one.
Love you Sandie
Thank you Rose. It breaks my heart big time. I know that he will be waiting for me when I get there. I feel God makes special provisions. I’ve been crying on and off all day long. I’m glad you were there.
Such a beautiful post about Jasper.
Thank you Marcia for helping Jasper and for being there.
Sandie, I know it’s been really difficult for you. Losing a pet is like losing a child. Praying for you as you go through this grieving process over Jasper’s passing. Rhonda
Thank you Rhonda.
I love you so much and I am so sorry 💔😢, Jasper always knew when you came home actually the neighbors did to LoL,he loved you so much Sandi, I love you
I love you too. You’re right, Jasper let everyone know when I came home. He would bark and cry because of his excitement so loud that nobody could hear over him. Chuck dreaded when i went to the hospital or out of town. Jasper would just keep waiting for me. He was 100 percent my dog. he chose me out, not the other way around. If I went to take a bath, go to the bathroom, the kitchen or anything, he was right there by me.