22/6/2007 We are very upset to hear that Jack passed away yesterday, in his foster mum’s arms, after a brave 4 month fight against cancer. Sleep tight little Jack.
June 2007: Another message from lovely Jack:
It’s me again. Just wanted to tell you that I’m having a great time. I’ve lost some weight, which is great for chasing the squirels, and I’ve been looking after Ben, while he has been riding his bike. I took him round the park twice!! Don’t know what he would do if I wasn’t there to look after him!
My foster mum, and her boy Glenn gave me a bath. I didn’t like that, but I did like the rub down afterwards. So now every time I can find some nice soft squelchy mud, I have to and have a good root around in it.
Foster mum has now got the hang of tickling my ears, I’m working on teaching the children now.
We all went out again yesterday. This time we had a bigger boy and girl. I showed them where all the best mud and trees were, and I ran with them and chased a ball. They were good fun. I also showed them how to go in the water, but I couldn’t teach them.
Well I’m off to bed now. Been a busy couple of weeks, and I have to make sure that my foster mum gets her kisses and cuddles during the night.
Take care everyone. Speak to you soon,
Love jack.xx P.S. Pictures to follow.
Here I am playing with my best mate, Sammy:
Here, I’m following Ben on his bike:
And here, I’m looking for squirrels!:
May 2007: Jack has sent us the following message and a photo story too!:
Hello Folks, Jack here. How are you all keeping?
I want to tell you all about my week. It was great. My foster mum had to go and look after her fella who was ill, and I got to go to the heath every day for long walks. Guess what! I didn’t have to wear my lead, and I was really good, and waited for my foster mum to catch up with me, and I sat down, when she called stay.
A week last sunday, my whole new family took me to a big park with my friend Sammy (he is a Bichon cross) and we had a good run without leads, and I had a wee splash in the water, with my Lucy and Jessica, and they laughed when I shook my coat all over them.
I went in the water yesterday, and nearly bumped into a goose. It was great fun, cause I got all muddy, and I was able to run and sniff and wee everywhere.
Cuddles are good too. Sometimes I give my carers a cuddle, and each morning I give my foster mum a good few kisses, before we get up to face the day. I’m sure she loves her kisses. I’ve taught her how to scratch my neck until I come over all flustered, and how to chase me, and when she does that I just have to kiss her.
My vet has given me tablets which help me a lot. This week I am going to the park to help Ben ride his bike again. I have to follow him all the way round the park, because without me there he might fall and hurt himself.
Hope you like the photos of me. I posed with Jessica for some of them. She gives good snuggles.
Well I’m off to bed now. Mum has put clean covers on the bed, and my paws are itching to mess them up and make them comfy.
Love Jack. xx
I’m so handsome
Doesn’t she ever put that camera away?
Sleeping beauty and her prince
She’s awake. Does that mean I have to get up?
Aahhh, Lucy, such soft hands!
Jack is an 11 year old Jack Russell Terrier who came into the care of the Oldies Club as his owners had to go into a nursing home.
It was reported on taking Jack that he had a growth on his sheath. Our vets decided to do a sample check and found that it is a mass cell tumour. He also has another lump. We have been advised by the vet that he could have six to eight months with us and that surgery would not extend his life and be quite difficult for the area.
We have therefore decided to let Jack have a happy life and not put him through any more trauma. Jack will remain in the care of a dedicated Oldies Club foster family for the time he has left.
His fosterer has told us this:
“Well, what can I say about him. He is a handsome old man, who still likes to play. We thought for a while that he didn’t like cuddles, but how wrong we were!
He now has pride of place on my bed, and during the day, if he needs time out, he trots off and sleeps on the bed.
He gets tired very easily, and he has lost a bit of weight. At weekends he has chicken and rice, or steak and rice, and takes us for a nice long walk. So far he has made a few doggie friends that he meets in the park, and is fine off the lead.
Children seem to love him, and he them. Everyday he meets my grandson from school, and gets strokes from the children in the playground.
I am sure that he does not have a bad bone in his body. My 2yr old granddaughter Jessica holds him on his lead, and he walks beside her nicely. He loves the car, and knows which one is mine already. He’s fully housetrained, has a beautiful personality, and I’m so thankful that you are allowing me to keep him, until his time comes.
Rest assured, he is loved very much, and will be well taken care of, loved, and looked after. As you can see by the photos, he really is a poppet, so handsome and those eyes talk to you.”
The Oldies Club would like to thank Christina for supporting us by looking after Jack and making his final months as happy as possible.
If you would like to help us care for another dog like Jack, please read about our Sponsor Scheme. Thank you.