2015 certainly was an exciting year, if not also a very sad one for Jacks Galore. We had a record number of adoptions as we watched 83 little jacks and their mixes wander out of our kennels into loving forever homes. We very sadly said goodbye to nine sanctuary jacks who will all be terribly missed. They graced our home with their lives and love for just a few months to many years, and let us know that they are the reason we do rescue.
Wee little Milo who came to us with a liver shunt at the age of four only to leave our embrace within the year. He already lived longer than any of us anticipated, but his amazing love for life, his joy in playing with other dogs, and infectious smile saddened us all when one morning suddenly he told us it was time. Our elder statesman Simon, who for many months rambled on with Alzheimer’s, and got to the point where he could no longer function as a dog. Scout, a youthful Jack who we thought we had saved from the ravishing disease of Lepto, only to fail again and leave us. As his body stopped fighting the disease, he came into our home so that we could allow him to relish the fact that he was loved, to know what sleeping in a human’s bed was, to be showered with kisses and hugs and when it was time for him to go he knew the strength of our warmth as we held him as he crossed the bridge.
All of those who left us have their ashes placed in our sanctuary graveyard, where in the spring the flowers blossom and the trees shade their place of rest from the sun. Squirrels and Chipmunks dance on their stones, and the birds sing a song of joy.
We took in some tough cases, some who we were unable to help, but some who blossomed and went on to their forever homes. Poor, sad neglected Tony who was promised a home but when he came to us lasted only a mere few days until his body could no more. And in his place Satchel 15, failing in health when a breeder dumped her crew at a shelter, found a new lease on life after a dental and some proper medical care and now is flourishing in his forever home with many Jack pals and a mom who adores him. And the highlight of the year? Of course that had to be Angel; Dixie Angel Dudley, our three legged amazingly willful spirited car accident victim, who showed us all that the desire to live, to play ball and to be loved is in every dog no matter their circumstances or their past. We learned from her that all of us should try, that every Jack deserves a chance. Maybe not all can make it, but it’s certainly worth giving it a shot. Ensconced in her wonderful forever home, with abundant toys, plenty of dog beds and human love that only a few will ever attain, she continues to amaze us with updates of her tenacity and jackness.
Daisy and Lulu Lucy who had been here seemingly forever, found their spot with adopters who looked beyond their idiosyncrasies and now say nothing but wonderful things and question why everyone passed them by. Our dogs went to different states including Maine, Maryland, California, so many in Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut, and even one to Canada to a rescue who is helping one of our ferals heal.
We are grateful to all of you who made our fundraisers successful this year, for all of you who purchased T-shirts, and tote bags, who partook in our raffles, who donated towards our matching challenge, to all of you who sent boxes of toys and blankets, and to those who just wrote us a note of encouragement or condolence. We are so very thankful to those of you who have signed up for a monthly membership so that we know we can count on an income that allows us to make plans on pulling dogs in need of help. Vetting is still a major part of the cost of rescue, and when it’s done right, it can add up. Good food is another expense of rescue, and we make sure that all of our dogs get the highest quality meals.
But every single one of you has been important to us both on the website and through Facebook; because your interaction, your words of encouragement, your kindness and above all your support is integral to running Jacks Galore. Rescuers and adopters need to remember that we need to look at the dog for who they are, look past their possible quirks and foibles, the long tail, the cherry eye, the underbite and crooked walk and realize the dog that you adopt is not the dog you have a year later.
Rescues blossom, they learn to trust, they engage in their world when they are given the chance; that’s why rescue is rewarding, fun and enjoyable. Every Jack teaches us something new, every Jack that passes through our doors gives us something in return, teaching us new lessons or opens our eyes to something we never considered before. We look forward to 2016, the list of jacks asking to come into JG is already long, but the applications are coming in, and we hope we can match the homes with the right jack.
We will once again give it our all, we will try to successfully rehome every Jack that asks us for help; and all what we ask in return is that you open your hearts, your souls, and your home to a Jack in need. Happy New Year.