Monday, June 18, 2007

Thank you

I want to thank you for the love and kindness that you have all sent our way during this horrible time. Our house is missing a brother, a son... I often called him the 'canine love of my life'. He was my Dude, my sweetheart, my dog.

My heart is heavy and I am trying to keep busy so that I won't feel his absence. I want to see him come around the corner so that I can ask him if he wants a hug. I want to stroke his long, silky muzzle and make his ears stand up. I want to see him laugh when I sprayed him with the garden hose. I want to apoligize for giving up.

I hope that he finds peace after this turbulent life. I will always regret that I couldn't find a way to make him whole. I broke my promise to him, to make it all go away, to make him a happy dog.

We are starting a foundation to continue our efforts to punish animal abusers. If Jack's first year had been safe, he would have stood a better chance to living a whole life. In the past, I have lobbied, called Members' of Parliament and Senators' offices, marched on the Hill and made noise to draw attention to this unacceptable problem. Now, I will find a way to put money behind this cause and make the lawmakers pay attention.

Please - do not stand by when an animal abuser can get live a 'normal' life but get to punish a dog like Jack every day, for the rest of his life. Even though that man was not in his life for 6 1/2 years, Jack lived in terror that the abuse would start again, that someone would attack him, that every noise would signal the start of the next barrage. Let's change our animal protection laws worldwide, together. Jack would be proud of all of us if we can do it. I owe it to him.


divarita said...

Dear Tara, You have 100% of our support and more. I am with you. Let's do this. Just call and I'll be there.

What a beautiful photo of your boy.

Many hugs from all of us.

divarita said...

I should also mention that our beloved Maggie was, if not subject to outright cruelty, subject to neglect. That's why she lost her ears and tail to frostbite and weighed only three pounds when someone finally took her to the Humane Society in the middle of a cold, cold February. So you can count on us to support you and maybe we can get "Jack's Law" finally passed. The current Prime Minister, whatever we think of him, is at least a lover of cats.
Here's one useful link:

Bumbershootska said...

Thanks, R - that means a lot to us. We'll find a way to ensure safety for these creatures - if we all work together
We sat out with our coffee this morning, in the quiet - no running to the fence to bark at the garbage men, no splashing in the pool...just quiet. Nash is no match for his brudder in the noise department. Thank God we have him. We've promised ourselves that he is (most likely) our 'last' canine child. Our hearts can only take so much

Renee said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. He was a beautiful animal. I'm glad our 'little kid' story was able to make you smile :)

Angelique said...

I haven't been online for a few days and I'm soooo sad to read about Jack. There really is no way to describe the pain that comes with the loss of a pet. They truly become a member of the family. I lost my cat a few months ago and I still have my moments of tears and miss her sooo much. I'm so glad Jack had a loving and caring place to live the remainder of his life. He had a safe place to call home. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Taz said...

((((Tara)))) Here for you too, in memory of a very special young lad, sweet Jack.

Patrizia said...

Stories like this always give me a heavy heart, not to meantion make me very sad indeed. Please allow me to give you a virtual hug - I know it's not a lot, but that's all I can give from where I am.


Bumbershootska said...

Thank you all so much. It's been a very rough week and things seem to build up faster than I can cope, lately. I think that I know where I stand now and that is giving me more strength than I've had in more than a few years. Funny how it's the really bad things that make you examine every corner of your life and be honest with yourself, eh? I am building up strength to move on and your kindness has been instrumental in this, Ladies