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Hi Jackie, 

I don't know where you found the picture of the Chihuahua, but oh my goodness did it make me look twice (more than twice), except for the colour of the nose, that looked just like little girl when she was young, especially the eyes.

Thank you so much for your wonderful support and understanding, and especially for your friendship.
Enjoy your week my dear friend, your friend always, Don
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Hi Jackie,
It seems it has been a while since I stopped by to see how things are?  The latest photos of Jim are amazing - he is so so photogenic and his personality so large it shines through each shot.  There will be giant piles of autumn leaves for Jim to run through and of course the odd errant leaf to chase down and 'bring to justice'!  You are so right, such pure and innocent joy at the simplest things...
Memories are that 'double-edged sword' - it seems too that 'other edge' is the sharpest and the most cutting in its sting now.   The joy, the happiness - the just being with seemed to be taken almost for granted each day we had.
Well Jim will be extra close by now as he keeps a special eye out on that new neighbour - perhaps Don is right, Bailey and Jim in cahoots - a Shih Tzu neighbour....hmmm...and a calm walk - it seems like perhaps you were walking with an angel too that day...
Change seems to come into our lives whether we want it or not...losing a good neighbour/friend -both canine and human is difficult...It is often a reminder of other changes, losses and gone by friends and family.
Yeah for your Mom - still showing off Jim's photos and talking of him...He touched and touches so many lives Jackie...he truly was your special little man!  [See, those stealthy secret-agent James Bond moves and skills of his have come in handy...still 'silently' and adroitly maneuvering his way into each and every day.  
May your heart be filled with Jim-moments and may your guardian angel find many ways to just say 'hi Mom, I love you!'

Thank you so much Jackie for your understanding, your support and care always.
Many, many hugs
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Hello my little Jim,  and I so hope you are still having lots of fun and games over the Bridge with all of your new ( and not so new now!) friends.   Its hard to believe that just 3 years ago you were still here with us, and still finding so much to enjoy in life, and although you had slowed down so much you still loved coming out with us in the car, still went on your walks - although they had reduced in time to maybe 10 -15 minutes!   How you loved to sniff those stinky lamp posts where others had left their "mark", and I often used to wonder if you knew which doggy friends had been there earlier?  You always liked being fussed over by our dog walking pals, but I would get so upset when any of them would remark on how much older you were starting to look - for 16 1/2 years I think I got used to them saying how wonderful you looked for your age ( and you really did - plus you could still out-run a few of those younger pups!), so to have it suddenly hit home that yes, you really were getting to be a little golden oldie did make me realise that you wouldn`t be with us for ever...      That thought was not a nice one Jim, and I suppose I did start treating you differently - I would watch the way you walked, the way you would take your time going up the stairs - trying to get you to eat just another little bit more of your food, and making sure you were always warm - most probably I got completely on your nerves, but I hope you know I was just trying to make things a little easier for you..       Anyway Jim, what I always try to do when "those" memories come to the fore, is to look back at all the pics from happier times, and you know what?   Remembering the good times that we 3 shared always brings a big smile!  Even after all this time, and from all the way from the Bridge, you still have the power to make me happy - and not just me, but Brian and Mum, and so many others!    So a huge thank you Jim, for being not just our dog, but our best ever little friend and soul mate - we all love you so very much. xxxx
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Oh, Jackie, such a sweet letter to your golden boy, Jim. I am quite certain Jim understood very well that his lovely mum was just taking care of him and I'll bet it made him very happy to feel so loved and cared for!

I understand what you mean about it having been almost three years and it's so hard to believe how quickly the time has gone by! It's like Jim and Bailey and all of their new friends, especially from this wonderful forum, were with us all just yesterday.

Jackie, Jim not only has the power to make you and Brian and your mum happy. Jim's stories and beautiful pictures bring smiles to so many peope here on the Rainbow Bridge forum! He always brightens my day!!

Charlie says to send hugs and lots of kisses to him English auntie! Wishing you and Brian a wonderful week Jackie with many sweet memories of your beautiful boy!!

Hugs, MJ 💚X
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Hi Jackie, Hollywood Handsome Jim always! Such a loving boy, always having fun with you. To this day, he runs and plays beside you. As they get a bit more distinguished, we really don’t notice the change as much...we adapt accordingly and move forward keeping them going with us. Always lively puppies in our minds, always our best little friends. Never to be parted from us, that can never happen. Oh how I remember the whirlwind when I finally realized the new reality. Our friends here then help us see the other side with them always near.

Wishing you, Jim, Brian and your Mum many happy smiles with Jim connected closely to you each day. Lots of hugs to you all from your friends,

Dawn, Randy and Molly xxx

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Hi Jackie,
 
There's that handsome boy of yours, look at those eyes, oh my goodness Jackie, Jim's eyes melt my heart, I can imagine how they melted yours each and every day.
Your post really resonated with my own heart and thoughts, with how you say you watched Jim walk, always making sure he was warm, and being sure he ate enough, I did all those things too and I really miss doing them now, I loved taking care of my little girl, and I guess somewhere in the back of my mind I realized it wouldn't last forever, but the day to day activities and the way she forged ahead regardless of the obstacles she faced always made me forget that she truly was older now, even though her fur had turned grey/white, I really never saw her as old, she was my little girl and I knew I wasn't ready for her to leave.
 
I smiled with how you said all your fussing with keeping Jim warm and such probably got on his nerves, Jim's a true boy in how we need to make it look like we don't like when our Mums fuss over us, but I'm sure your handsome Jim loved each and every time you fussed, and I'm sure he knew how much his Mum loved to do so.
I'm glad to read how the pictures of Jim bring more happier times now, that is so beautiful Jackie, it takes time, and for those who are new here, I hope they can see that in time, they too will be able to smile, and of course the tears are never far away, but the smiles are so much more often and that is what we all strive for, to be able to smile for the love they gave and continue to give us, as you said, Jim still has the power to make you smile....even from afar.....
 
Give my best to Brian, tell him to raise a cold one, I will be sure to do the same. Always my biggest wishes for such peace, love and healing to you both, may your wonderful hearts always feel Jim's powerful love.
 
Your Friend Always, Don
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hi Jackie, i just love, love, love all the pics of your Hollywood Handsome Jim, and how he earned that name with being sooo handsome! You were such a great mom to him, always keeping him warm and making sure he had the best life possible....and keeping him going to 16 1/2 y/o, that is amazing!!! and yes, 3 years, where does it go?? this thing called Life, we cannot stop the hands of time, but i sure wish we had the power to so we could just engage in all the love for our babies and hold that clock still.

Thanks for the beautiful pics and for all the posts on Jemmas thread...........soon enough we will be posting about our Jim and Munki as their 3 years will come upon us.

Thanks for your friendship and kind words thru the years, have a blessed day!!

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Hi MJ, Dawn, Don and Cam - thank you so much for your wonderful replies, and I`m sure Jim will be beaming with pride at all of your lovely comments!!       We`ve been on this forum for a long time now, and I hope that any newcomers will read all our posts and find some comfort in that it is possible to continue to have a strong bond with our babies, even though they have "gone ahead" of us for now...     I know when Jim first passed, I really did think that was the end - but how wrong I was!  And that in part is down to all of you lovely people here who have shown such understanding - not just to me, but to so many others here.... it truly feels like we are part of a special family!  
 May our babies run free over the Bridge, enjoying making new little friends, and having all the joy and fun that they so deserve until we are reunited with them once again...

                                                                                     Big hugs,   your friend Jackie xx

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Jackie 

once again what beautiful photos of your jim and just to ask do you practice photography as all the photos you post are just so beautiful and just seem to capture the moment and as far as your letter to jim above it brought a tear to my eyes as that's exactly how I feel about my cade now as im driving him and myself crazy I know being an over protective mom but how do you not when they mean everything to you as they truly become your heart and own it ,and jim ,yourself and the rest of your family shared a wonderful life and i know jims looking down at mom with a smile and posing for another photo as how do you hold the happiness you gave each other in ,hugs to yourself and jim.


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Hey Jackie. I wanted to thank you for all your warm wishes for Deborah and I did pass it along. She so appreciates all the good thoughts sent her way. It is so wonderful to have so many friends on a forum, friends that are always there for you no matter what they may be dealing with at the time. So thank you so much.

Oh my, the pictures of Jim are so beautiful, so handsome. He truly does have such a sweet face, like Don said, his eyes can melt your heart. When you described how you took extra steps to care for him as he aged touched my heart. You had me remembering all the little things we would do for Nicky as he began his golden years. Nicky was the 'strong one', he really wasn't into cuddling like China. But as the years went by, he relied on us more. So for the last year of his life, we had to pick him up and carry him outside to help him, and I would 'steal' a long, long hug as I carried him. He seemed to not mind, he knew we were helping him so he 'gave in', lol. I treasured each time I carried him. I'm sure Jim loved all the extra fuss for him as he aged, they know, and secretly they love it. I want to wish the best for you, Brian and your Mum. May you have a peaceful weekend with a loving closeness from Jim. Again, thank you for your kind words.

Your friends, Charlie and Deborah

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Jackie 

just stopped by to look at a beautiful jim photo and say hello to your both .

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Hi Jackie,

I love reading your letters to sweet Jim. I know what you mean about feeling so proud of comments about how good they look for their age... it's reassuring in a way that we have more time with these wonderful souls. You wrote:

"We`ve been on this forum for a long time now, and I hope that any newcomers will read all our posts and find some comfort in that it is possible to continue to have a strong bond with our babies, even though they have "gone ahead" of us for now..."

Your story was one of the first I read when I came to the forum a year ago. It helped immensely to go back and read your earliest posts, where the grief you described mirrored my own heartwrenching early grief, and then to read your more recent posts and letters to Jim. The love for him just as strong, but the raw hurt replaced by a quieter, more manageable sadness, and eventually some smiles and happy memories too. 

Thank you for that, and for being such a good friend to me and so many here on the forum. I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with smiles and signs from your handsome guy.

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Hi Charlie, Pamela and Heather - thank you for your lovely words.    Charlie , like you with Nicky, we sometimes had to pick Jim up and carry him, but for him it was mainly up the stairs and at first he would struggle, but then I think he realised we were only trying to help him so he would relax and let us help. He loved sitting on our bed and watching everything going on in our road - something he could do from lying across the back of our chair in the living room - but he could see so much more from upstairs on the bed!!  Looking back he was the perfect "Neighbourhood Watchdog" - we would hear a loud woof from upstairs, and then somebody would either walk up our driveway, or walk on by the house! 

 Pamela, hoping you are ok - and Cade and Bailey too!   I bet Littleguy keeps a watchful eye on the two of them - as well as always checking to make sure his mum is doing good!  

 Heather, I know you will have had a tough few days with the first year marker of Norman`s crossing the Bridge.  These days can play havoc with our emotions,  but know that he is always there with you - I always think that every sweet memory of Jim is a gentle little "nudge" from him, letting me know he is still here with me - albeit in a different way.   I`m sure Norm is always looking for special little ways to let you know he is right beside you too...

                                                                                               Big hugs, your friend Jackie xx

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Hello there my lovely little Jim, and I hope you are being a good boy over the Bridge!  Well Jim, another Bonfire night has been and gone, and with it so many memories of just how scared you were of the loud bangs from the fireworks...    We tried absolutely everything we could to relieve your fears, from differing medications,  to hormonal plug in`s, and even consulting a specialist doggy behaviourist who came up with the idea of trying to "sound proof" a crate.  A couple of times, we would drive you into the countryside in a bid to find a quieter place to spend a few hours with you, but nothing ever really worked...     You were just extra extra sensitive, and it was heartbreaking to see just how distressed you would become - I even remember saying that it would be a blessing if you became deaf, and indeed, you did lose much of your hearing the last year or two but you were still so uneasy around the 5th November....       

  Jim, it goes without saying that you are still such a huge part of our lives - so many times we find ourselves remembering all the quirky little things you did, all the unique ways you had that made you YOU,  but both Brian and I are finding it hard to believe that it will soon be 3 years since you left..   Where on earth has all that time gone?  I know we were so lucky to have spent 17+ years with you, but I suppose we all want so much longer with our best little friends...       Now I`m sounding maudlin Jim, and you more than anyone hated to see anyone unhappy - so instead, I`ll say a huge thank you for all the wonderful times we shared, all the times you had us laughing at all the daft things you did, and more than anything, thank you for all the love you gave to us!  We had, and still have our handsome little Once in a Lifetime dog,  our special "Sunny Jim" !! xxxx Scan0013230x320220x310.jpg  P4240905225x310.jpg  Scan0002230x320220x320.jpg 


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Hi Jackie,
 
It always saddens me to read how the fireworks scared Jim so much, I was touched to read the efforts you and Brian made to comfort Jim. We were lucky in that the fireworks never bothered little girl, she would actually watch them with us, I think she has shown Jim that they are nothing to be afraid of now, so now he can enjoy the show just like everyone else.
 
The photos of your Hollywood Handsome Jim always warm my heart, but the one with Jim "laughing" makes me laugh as well. I picture Jim sitting around with all his friends telling and re-telling the hilarious story about the day he rolled around in that goat carcass that he found at the beach and how he proudly stunk up the car for the whole ride home, Jim telling all his friends how his Mum and Dad had to roll down all the windows and still had to stick your heads out of the car as the stench was so overwhelming, and then how his Mum got stuck with the chore of bathing him to get rid of that stench......I can see Jim's friends rolling around with laughter as Jim shares this hilarious story......it made me laugh, thank you Jim, thank you Jackie.
 
May your wonderful heart be rewarded with the soft hugs of Jim's gentle, loving paws. I am glad you are at a place where you can remember the beautiful and "daft" things that Jim did to make you smile and laugh, it does take a while to get there, but man does it ever help with the healing.
 
Give my best to Brian, always let him know he is thought of often, and be sure to tell him to raise those pints in honour of our loved ones.
To you my dear friend, I wish for you to always know and feel the love and light that is your handsome Jim, bringing with his love, peace, healing and many more smiles.
 
Your friend always, Don
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