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Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.
It what has been a tumultuous month or so, I finally had to say goodbye to my best friend last week. A tumour that had cropped up on her neck was surgically removed but caused post surgery complications and eventually she succumbed. She was only 12 years and 9 months old but crammed a lot into her short life.
Our girl Jada, was our family pet, growing up with two teenage children and being adored by both of them and their friends. She was the constant in our lives and even accompanied my husband and I on our seven month caravan trip around Australia. I have such wonderful memories of her running free on long stretches of sandy beaches, getting covered in red dirt in The Pilbara, swimming far out into the sea and sitting patiently whilst we stopped for coffee in towns along the way. Jada was the perfect travel companion!
She lived a full life with plenty of walks, romps in the surf, stick retrieving, sniffing trees, reclining on the grass, devouring juicy bones and occasional treats, drives in the car and lots of pats and back massages.
In memory of my beautiful girl and our travels around Australia I have prepared a collage of our adventures with her. She had a hell of a time and hope she is looking down on us from doggie heaven and remembering these sweet times.
Jada was an excellent swimmer and she loved to jump through the small waves in the shore break and even sometimes took on some big waves.
Like all dogs she loved exploring new places and sticking her nose into every nook and cranny.
Sometimes her expeditions took her into black muddy creeks or she rolled in russet red dirt.
She also enjoyed many long walks and hikes over all sorts of different terrain.
We always found it difficult to get Jada to pose for a photo sometimes as she would turn her head the other way.
Of course we snapped photos of Jada in strategic locations all over Australia for her Instagram page #JauntingJada.
At the end of a long exhausting day travelling, swimming, walking and exploring Jada would just slump in a heap at our feet wherever we were. She was a girl that knew how to chillax.
She was always friendly and amicable and made friends wherever she went.
Words cannot express the grief and emptiness that I feel every morning when I walk out into our backyard to find her not there anymore. Every time I walk to Burleigh Headland, where she loved to sit and watch the world go by, I feel a pang of sadness. Even though we got a replacement in the form of a new puppy five months ago to keep our old girl company, it is not the same as seeing the beautiful adoring face of our precious old Lab. She was one in a million.
You lived a full and happy life old friend. May you rest in peace forever more.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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