Jack has walked on

Hello, friends. I have sad news to share. After several months of increasing difficulties and a few terrible days, On Tuesday the 16th, my sweet, gentle Jack left this world. In the end, he could no longer walk, so his wonderful veterinarian came to us, and our boy gently drifted off to sleep on his favourite spot in the kitchen. He died in my arms, surrounded by love.

Right now, I’m not able to talk about all of the things that made Jack special, but I’ve shared many of those things with all 0f you over the years, so I know you understand when I tell you that my heart is broken. I’ll be alright in time. I know this because I’ve walked this road before and understand that grief is the price of love. Today, though, that grief is raw, and I’m struggling for words, so there isn’t much more I can say. I’ll be around, but you may not hear from me for a week or so.

Wasserhund’s King Jackson “Jack” Brown. My Sweet Bubba.


  1. Tethys says

    All my sympathy on your loss.
    Jack and his walks will be missed.

    (Virtual hugs, cookies, tea, and a box of tissue).

    Grief is always difficult. Take all the time you need.

  2. Bruce Fuentes says

    I had the same situation with our dog Max in the fall. He was slowly failing then took a tumble down the steps and could not walk. I feel your pain. Losing a a dog has been the most difficult time in my life. In some ways it is worse than losing my parents. I was close to my parents and we talked every week, but I only saw them once or twice a year for a few days at a time. Max was with me every day. There when I got up in the morning and there when I went to bed.
    It still hurts and that is what love is.
    Jack was a lucky dog and you were a lucky human.

  3. springa73 says

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Jack was a wonderful friend and companion and we got to see some of that through your writing. He was always surrounded by love with you as a friend.

  4. Rob Grigjanis says

    That’s pretty much how our Max went, about twenty years ago on a bleak winter’s day. Not a dry eye in the place, including the vet and his assistant. I will always miss him.

    Thank you so much for sharing your love for him in your posts. My face is wet.

  5. johnson catman says

    voyager: I do not have words. From your posts, I recognized the signs that paralleled the pain of my wife’s loss. Her companion had been with her for his whole life. She was with him for his birth, and she was there for the last moments of his life. She was heartbroken and devastated. I hope you are able to draw on the love of those around you to help ease the pain of your loss.

  6. DonDueed says

    Very sad. I hope you will be able to find some comfort in knowing he had a wonderful life with you and your many adventures together. Please take care of yourself.

  7. chigau (違う) says

    All the love I have.
    Condolences to all of Jack’s family and friends.
    no ononononon

  8. flexilis says

    So sad. My old hiking partner Duke has been gone one and a half years now. I miss him every day, though he could be exasperating too. Thank you for sharing Jack with us. Keep safe.

  9. rq says

    Sooooooo many hugs….
    Jack was a very good dog. Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Happy trails, Jack!!


  10. says

    All the hugs. I never had the privilege to meet Jack in person, but it feels like we all got to know him through your stories.
    I’m sure the fairies in the woods are taking great care of him now.

  11. Nightjar says

    Oh no, I’m so sorry, voyager. Jack will be missed.

    Thank you for sharing with us the joy Jack brought into this world. We all know what made him special. Please take care of yourself. ♥

  12. kestrel says

    I’m very sorry you lost him, but I’m very glad you had him in your life, and I’m so glad you shared him with us. It was a joy to read about him. He will be missed.

  13. Jazzlet says

    Oh voyager I am so sorry, I so wish they lived longer. I know you gave Jack the best of homes and times, that he loved you as much as you love him.

    I felt with Thorn that she made the decision easy for me, it was still awful, but not as bad as with dogs that went on having the odd good day in the midst of so so and bad days. It sounds as if Jack made the decision simple for you like she did for me, what a good boy.

  14. says


    So sorry about your loss.

    I have buried five dogs in my life, I know how you feel. And although I never met Jack in person, I feel that way again too. Dogs are indeed family.

  15. amts says

    He was loved and will be missed.

    ” “Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you’re going to lose a dog, and there’s going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can’t support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There’s such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions.”

    ― Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year

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