Jasmine has been and always will be the dog of my life.
She's the one who turned me from somebody who thought dogs were okay into a dog person. Well, let's be honest here, she turned me into a dog slave.
Jasmine was not only part of my life, she was part of myself.
Her passing was as if somebody ripped the marrow out of my bones.
My grieving process has been messy and I don't consider myself qualified to give any tips on grieving.
The things that helped me the most were photo and video memories of our times together, and working with the animal communicator. That has been a big comfort to me. I was very thankful to be able to remain connected to Jasmine on spiritual level.
I was not ready to get another dog.
While hubby kept saying he missed having two dogs in the house, and that JD really wants somebody to play with, I felt that I needed a good long time before I'd consider getting one.
But as it turns out, Jasmine wanted me to do this.
And so I started talking about it, and we started seriously looking for a dog to adopt.
It had to be a Rottweiler, or at least a Rottweiler mix. After all, it was to honor Jasmine's memory.
And then came Cookie.
Cookie is a sweetheart on four legs. She truly is.
Could she ever replace Jasmine? Certainly not. Adopting Cookie was never meant to replace Jasmine, but to honor her. Cookie now has a new life, thanks to Jasmine.
Cookie gets to reap the fruits of Jasmine's labor. And I know that pleases Jasmine.
As adorable and loving as Cookie is, I found myself guarding my feelings. No, I didn't want to fall for another dog as hard as I did for Jasmine.
But Cookie's sweet soul has its way of getting under one's skin.
While the place in my heart that belonged to Jasmine will always belong to her, I found out there is some extra room in there for Cookie. Cookie doesn't need to take Jasmine's place in my heart, they can reside there side by side.
Does loving Cookie and being loved by her make me miss Jasmine less?
No, it does not. There isn't anything in this world that could do that. I tell you one thing, though.
I am certainly too busy now to have much time for grieving.
Cookie is a youngster who just discovered there is more to life than the end of a lead line. And she wants to make the best of it. Keeping her occupied and out of trouble is pretty much a full time job.
I still miss Jasmine just as much as I did before we got Cookie. But I have much less time to dwell on it.
From The End Of A Lead Line To Casa Jasmine: Meet Cookie, Our New Adoptee
And So It Begins Again(?) Our First Health-Related Heart Attack With Cookie
I Didn't Know I Could Fly: Why Cookie Wears A Harness Instead Of A Collar
C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Chews For Dogs CAN Be A Choking Hazzard
Our First Health-Related Heart Attack With Cookie: The Knee Or The Foot?
Creative Solutions And An Incidental Product Review
Too Young For Pot: Cookie's Snack With A Side Of Hydrogen Peroxide
Memories Of Jasmine: House Training
The Wackiest Thing I Ever Did For My Dog
Today, Jasmine Would Have Been Ten Years Old
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