Jax was absolutely a one of a kind dog. I’ve never met another dog like him and I know I never will. He loved his humans fiercely, even though he had some odd ways of showing it, including the “love growls” he gave my kids. If his human brothers Shawn or Justin were on the couch watching TV, he’d love to sit with them and lean against them. He loved his doggie sisters, Molly and Lila, and was always submissive to them, even though he was bigger and stronger. He also loved to cuddle with his human sister, Amanda. If you were near him, he needed you to be touching him or petting him, and he let you know that by pawing at your arm or digging his head under your arm. He developed a strange habit of chasing his tail that lasted for years. He attacked his mortal enemy, the vacuum cleaner, whenever he heard it come out. He loved chewing bones and bully sticks and playing with balls. Most of all, he loved being his mama’s shadow. He followed her everywhere she went, as if he didn’t want to miss a moment of time with her. If he saw her grabbing her robe and towel, he would sprint to the bathroom, so excited to just sit in there while she takes a shower. If she was doing laundry he’d have to sit on the couch watching her. He loved to hang out with her and all of the boys for football Sundays. We all loved petting his soft ears. He was mama’s best pitty friend and sweet cuddle buddy. It won’t be the same without him
Some people wonder if having a dog is worth it, knowing that someday they’d have to deal with the agony of saying goodbye. Through all of the turmoil we’ve dealt with over the past several months, combined with all of the current heartbreak, devastation, and grieving, what I can tell you with absolute certainty is that yes, beyond the shadow of a doubt, it was 1000% worth it to love and be loved by Jax for the past 12+ years.
We are grateful he was able to pass peacefully at home, surrounded by his humans, and we will always have all of the beautiful memories he gave us.
Rest easy my sweet boy… we all love you…you will forever be in our hearts