Saying Goodbye to Jojo aka Cujo
I just got the most beautiful email from Jojo’s mom, Julie, and I need to share it with all of you, to anyone who has lost a pet, this is so heartfelt.
“I am very sad to let you know that Cujo (JoJo) crossed the rainbow bridge this morning. Here is a little compilation of my thoughts…somewhat therapeutic, I hope, as I am pretty devastated, yet happy that we had our brief time together.
Loving JoJo was easy. From the moment I saw his smiling face on line at Muttville to meeting him in person, I knew we were destined to be together. Although he was 16, mostly hairless, and didn’t see too well, the energy and enthusiasm he expressed each day was a pleasure to behold.
He dove (literally) into his food. Loving every bite. He knew that if you had one foot in the water dish, it could not get away. Sharing the bed in the sunshine was always a good idea if your friends let you snuggle with them. Having a nightlight on made it easier to find the food at night. It didn’t matter where you were going, just toddle on and you’ll get there.
Losing Joe this morning (Friday) was a surprise. He ate like a champion on Wednesday and climbed into the big basket-bed on Thursday to nap in the sun with friends. Although he was less interested in food on Thursday, I thought it was just that he overdid it the day before, and was not worried until he seemed disoriented in the early evening. Warm baby food, a soft blanket, and my lap seemed to get both of us through the night. As his breathing became labored, I called his vet at 8 am to get him checked, knowing what may be in store.
Before we left, I got on my knees and thanked God for bringing JoJo into our lives, and for the 3 short but meaningful months we had together. I asked Him to make it easy on both of us if we needed to say goodbye. Taking in an older dog may mean not having as much time together as we’d wish, but the time we have is worth everything…to them and to Doug and I in helping them feel safe and happy and loved with their needs being met.
God was faithful beyond my expectation. As I pulled into the Clinic, JoJo went limp in my arms and left this world in his time, not anyone else’s. With the warm heater, the car engine lulling him to rest, and his head resting on my arm, as little chi’s like to do, he went with a single last deep breath.
To Sherri and Muttville, there are not enough words to express my thanks for helping JoJo spend the last 3 months with us. He was loved beyond measure, and I know I am a better person for being able to give him that love. Your work is incredible and the benefit to both animal and person is unending. Thank you with all my heart for being the angel that saves those in such great need and allowing us to participate!”
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