1 Zigracer 1 week ago We had to put our dog Jack down this morning. Any pet owner/lover knows how tough it is to do, because they are part of the family. I've been lucky enough during my short 57 years to have had a few really good dogs. Jack was in a different league. Jack was so intelligent and had a huge vocabulary. I'd swear that when we were spelling certain words (mostly pertaining to food) so that he wouldn't know what were were talking about, he could actually spell. Jack was almost always smiling and it was infectious. He did not have a bit of malice in his body. He was truly a good soul. I sometimes called him Saint Jack. Anyone and everyone who met him immediately liked him. We took Jack home yesterday from a critical care hospital so that he'd have his last full day at home, surrounded by those who loved him. It took a while to get out of the hospital because the staff became so attached to him in just two days. I know that when I first met Joyce, she fell in love with Jack. Luckily I was part of the package and human, so she married me. During the years I lived in Tolland, there would be times when I'd have Jack outside while I was involved in yard work or another project. Jack would get interested in the different smells that are the information stream for dogs and start to explore. Over time, he eventually developed a route. Along Jack's route, were chickens that one of my neighbors used to keep for the eggs. Jack would stop and play with the chickens. The neighbor didn't mind, because Jack was so gentle. On one occasion when I hadn't been home, one of the kids let him out and for some reason never tracked him down. When I returned home to no Jack, I started to get ready to go look for him, but a neighbor showed up with Jack. When I inquired where he found Jack, he replied that he found Jack inside his house playing with his own children who though he was so cool, so they let him in. Unfortunately the skunk Jack met near our patio a couple years ago. wasn't too thrilled with him So Jack spent his last day surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. Tim and his fiancee Alise were here, Julianne was here and Joyce was here. My stepson Eric had to FaceTime in as he was away with his dad. We spoiled him with all sorts of food, including chocolate - which dogs shouldn't eat. Jack loved chocolate and would steal it whenever he could. Everyone got to spend time with our Saint Jack and say goodbye. This morning was tough. Jack was in great spirits, smiling and wagging his tail. I made him scrambled eggs and chased it with chocolate. Jack ate two ice cream cups at the vet's just before it was final goodbye time. He passed peacefully with me hugging him at about 10:00.