|Mark and Jack with The Dutchess - waiting for a sausage roll delivery on His Day|
Every dog lover wrestles with this decision. But Jack sent us a clear sign. Not one of distress or pain or urgency. He sent a sign that what was happening inside him was now in its own motion, past its tipping point from being hidden to being obvious and irreversible in its nature.
|Jack's Cherry Tree|
We knew every hair on his head, every wrinkle in his brow and the meaning of every sigh, wag and snuffle. Annie, The Dutchess has never known a life here without him. She too is lost without his sentinel's presence. Everyone who loves a dog knows this feeling.
Every spring when that cherry tree signals the warmth of spring that every Ridgeback loves we will see again the Dog that changed our lives. We are pretty sure there will be no rabbits around that tree, just Jack snoozing and waiting for the world to come around to his way of thinking. No more tears now, just good memories and snippets of philosophy from the World According to Jack that bring us laughter and insight in equal measure. Cheers to you Jack.