Simon is a 13-year-old rough coat shorty jack who came to us via Russell Refuge with his gal pal Gabby, a smooth coat a wee bit younger at 11. Both sadly were no longer able to live with their parents and dad was very upset at having to give them up so late in their lives. They had been his since they were pups.
We humans can experience sudden changes with our living arrangements that can catch us unawares, so make sure you have relocation or adoption plans for your dogs and any other critters you may have in your family. If you never need to use the backup plan, all the better, but nice to be prepared just in case.
Simon is blind in one eye now, but the other eye manages fine to find the treats dispensed in the morning after breakfast or any other time of the day we deem treats are “necessary” or asked for. Sliced apples and carrots are his favorite and an occasional cookie is a crowd pleaser as well. Simon sleeps a great deal now, but like Fitzie enjoys the loops through the woods on the property where he can find good things to smell and munch when we are not looking. No longer able to jump up on the bed, he is satisfied with a soft dog bed where he is close to all the others at sleeping time. He loves to annoy Jackee at ball time. Simon will stand next to Jackee waiting for him to drop the ball for a toss, and then jumps in and grabs it and wanders away. To make sure this does not happen too often, we give Simon his own identical ball (it has to be the same as Jackee’s, mind you, no other will do). He then holds it and chases Jackee when the ball is thrown. Of course Simon then leaves it at the catching point and walks back without it, making for a lot of walking back and forth for the human to get HIS ball before the next toss can begin.
Gabby on the other hand loves to be vocal, she can bark with the best of them, preferably at dinner when we are eating and the chorus begins. Still very active, Gabby has a degenerative spine with an arching back and hind legs that fall to one side as she runs. We had a thorough vet exam done with x-rays and it appears at some point there might have been some trauma. Gabby is not in any pain, her hind legs are just one step behind her front when she runs. It doesn’t slow this gal down though, she gallops with the pack after squirrels with a gusto of the young. Two very kind and gentle dogs, they took quite some time to settle into the routine when they first joined the pack but now are well ensconced in the JG routine and enjoy the sunny days where they can lounge and snooze outside on the decks.
These two still have a lot of life and years left in them, so again I encourage you to consider adopting an adult jack and perhaps even a senior to add to your family. They give such pleasure when they come and snuggle, letting us know they are grateful for the second chance at a long and leisurely life. The seniors ask so little from us but give so much back in return. So please make arrangements for your dogs in case the unavoidable happens and consider reaching out to a senior dog in need of a home.