August 3, 2003 - April 12, 2013
We have so wished she could have enjoyed at least one more summer at her ranch. And she would have really loved it this year, with the temperatures being so nice and cool.
|Jasmine, August 2003|
Almost ten years is a decent age for a Rottie, particularly one who had faced all the health challenges that Jasmine has. More importantly, with the exception of short periods of medical disasters, she lived a full and happy life. She never held back, her zest for life was phenomenal.
Almost ten years, was that enough? Not to us it wasn't.
But so wouldn't have been eleven or twelve. We might have felt a bit better about the time she's got but we would have missed her just as much.
"George Bernard Shaw lived (almost) a hundred years. Is that a lot? No, because he could have lived another hundred years and he'd still have something to say."
~Jan Werich, actor, playwright and writer
That's how I feel about Jasmine. She'd still have places to go, people to see, autographs to sign (literally), things to sniff, steaks to eat, love to give, lives to change.
|Boating. Not really Jasmine's favorite thing, so we didn't do it again.|
She certainly changed my file.
Through her journey, she helped other dogs and her story can continue to do so. That is her legacy. She also saved Bruin's life and is about to save another—we are looking to adopt a Rottie to honor her memory.
I've learned so much because of her.
I just wish I would have known what I know now from the start. Jasmine would have deserved somebody who knew what the heck they were doing all along. But our journey, as it were, has made me what I am today. It wouldn't have happened any other way. And it had to be Jasmine.
No other dog could have ever made me love so much, try so hard, learn so diligently. No other dog could have made me what I am today.
I've put everything into making her happy, taking care of her, learning how to conquer her medical issues and how to make her life good.
|Jasmine's "den" under the trailer.|
However much I wish things had happened differently, the love we shared cannot be taken away from us.
Jasmine, my life will be forever be different because of you, and I will love you always. It was a privilege to have you in our lives and we are grateful for for every day and every minute we got to spend with you.
While we mourn Jasmine's absence, we celebrate the gift of the time we did get to share.
Because Jasmine cannot enjoy her birthday steak today, we have donated 20 pounds of dog food to our vet's pet food bank. Because we cannot take Jasmine for her birthday walk, we are taking a walk down the memory lane.
We cannot give any more good things to Jasmine but we can honor her memory in everything we do.
|Jasmine celebrating her 9th birthday|
From the communicator:
She is doing just fine, she tells me, and she shows me an image of her running full out in a field, her nose up in the air as if chasing a scent, her ears flopping as she runs.
Jasmine, you are in our hearts forever.
The Bond That Cannot Be Severed
Memories Of Jasmine: Camping
Memories Of Jasmine: The Treasure Keeper
Memories Of Jasmine: Best Buddies
Memories Of Jasmine: The Lost Forest
Treatments Jasmine Benefited From The Most
Memories Of Jasmine: Remix 4
Memories Of Jasmine: Remix 3
Making The Last Decision
Memories Of Jasmine: Remix 2
Memories Of Jasmine: Remix 1
Jasmine's Last Happy Days Before The Final Crisis
The Last Act Of Love: Run Free, Jasmine
Pain, Reaction To Narcotics Or Something Else? Please Pray For Jasmine
It Just Keeps Piling Up
I Always Thought That A UTI Would Scream It's Presence
Taking A Break From Orthopedic Issues To Deal With Inappetence, Diarrhea And Listlessness That Come And Go
Positive Update, Though Little Clarity
Jasmine's Neck Setback Update
Jasmine's Neck Setback
Elbow Problem Or Root Signature?
Back To Where We Were Last May?
Jasmine's Disc Injury: Spanking New Ramp
Jasmine's Disc Injury: The Parole Hearing
Jasmine's Disc Injury: Mom, Why Can't I Go For A Walk?
Jasmine's Disc Injury(?) Day Three
Jasmine's Disc Injury(?) Day Two
A Time Bomb Ought To Go Off At Some Point, I Guess: Jasmine's Neck
OK, I Am A Sucker: We're Going Through With The SLIT
Jasmine's Episodes: Back To The Allergies Dilemma
This Is What Jasmine's Episode Looks Like
Gotta Try Everything Once (Or Twice): On The Quest To Figure Out Jasmine's Episodes
Thundershirt vs. Jasmine's Episodes
Jasmine's Mysterious Swelling And Another Experience With VetLiveThe Diagnosis Is In: Jasmine Has An Interdigital Cyst
Jasmine's Mysterious Swelling And Interdigital Cyst Update
Is Crawling Under Things Some Kind Of Secret Physical Therapy?
Is There No Place Safe? Jasmine's Acupuncture Session
Senior Sensory Systems Function: Zero Defects
It Looks Like A Keeper: Jasmine's New Integrative Vet
Jasmine's Acute Lameness
Jasmine Doesn't Like "Doing Time"
Our Of Jail Free Pass
When It's Looks Too Good To Be True … The Lameness Returns
The Day Of The Treatment
First Time For Everything: A Healing Crisis(?)
From Zero To Sixty In Four Days: Stem Cells At Work
The Calm After The Storm
If It Was Easy, It Wouldn't Be Jasmine
Practicing What I Preach: Jasmine's Semi Annual Wellness Exam
No Skimping On Oral Care
I'm Still Standing! (Happy Birthday, Jasmine)
How Dogs Think (Well, Jasmine Anyway)
Jasmine is Vet-Stem's poster child!
Rant About Quality Of Life Versus Quantity, And Differential Diagnoses
Jasmine Is Headed For Her Next Stem Cell Treatment
Jasmine's Stem Cells Are In
Arthritis? What Arthritis?
Guess Who Is An Ever-Ready Bunny And Really Liking The Bit Of Snow We Got?
Don't Knock It Until You Tried It: Animal Chiropractic
Jasmine's Fur Analysis
Back At Chiropractic Care
Our Own Emergency Vet Horror (Part I)
Our Own Emergency Vet Horror (Part II)
How The Oddysey Started: Jasmine's ACL Injury