On My husbands Birthday Aug 31st 1995 we got a call from our Flat Coated Retriever Breeder. She wanted to know if we knew anyone that wanted a Sweet puppy that needed a good home-Born June 28th. She was free- as she had Luxating Patella in both of her knees. And would need expensive surgery in the future to repair them.
Hmmm we couldn't think of anyone that wanted a dog. Then We thought- Do we want another dog? Jazz our other Flat Coat was about 3 at the time. No- We have enough going on in our lives with 1 dog. And our 2 daughters who were 5 & 7.5 yrs. I was also still recovering from losing my Mom 4 years before, I felt Stressed.
We thought all day long about the puppy & asked a few people we knew what it was like having 2 dogs. The next day we went to see this sweet puppy- So I could get a Puppy Fix. Well she was Literally the sweetest Puppy ever!
And we came home with her! We named her Jade. (Which means the Girl No One Wanted)
She was the best Dog from day one. She loved Jazz & Jazz loved her. She was so Gentle with the kids. Not a Nippy Puppy at all. She Hated her Kennel! She would Claw & chew & try to get out of the kennel when we werent home- She would fill the bottom with Saliva- Sometimes so much we thought she had peed!
So the 1st night with her in the kennel- we got no sleep. The 2nd night we tried the kennel in our bedroom. Still she totally freaked out in it. Howling & Whining, Scratching the Door & Sides.
Finally we took her out of the kennel & she went & slept on top of Jazz : )
From that day on she slept loose in our room- Never had one accident.
She was a True Geekster too! Not built like a Normal Flatcoat. So Fun. All she wanted to do was play. She didnt care about eating like 'normal' Flat Coats. Her bad knees did not keep her from Running or playing.
And so our fun life began with a 2nd dog.
On Dec 28th 1995 Life stopped. My Sister (my Best Friend) Died unexpectedly. Exactly 6 months after Jade was born...You see she was sent to me to help me through this tragedy. And she did. She sat with me for hours on end while I cried for months. She cheered me up-She Kissed Away my Tears, She got me through. (I was a stay at home mom) So it was just me & the dogs usually during the day.
Life Continued. We thought about having her knees fixed...But they were not bothering her & she would need to be in a Kennel for 4-6 weeks while she recovered from the surgery- something we knew she would Hate.
In April I noticed something inside of her nose- I watched it for a week - It did not go away. On April 20th 1999 - My Sisters Bday. We found out Jade had cancer. We were devasted. We could not cure the cancer. We choose a simple Pill Chemo for her & Prednisone. it would not save her...But would help her in the next few months feel good & enjoy life. The vet said she had 3-6 months to live.
Well she lived 6 very Happy months. Except when she had pee accidents from the prednisone...This was the spring that I was Extremely anemic (Hemoglobin was 7) And I spent a lot of the day on the couch...I had no energy. I let her out every hour to pee & thats about all I could do.
But sometimes we didn't make it outside fast enough & poor Jade felt so bad when she had an accident...I told her it was ok & Id clean it up.
Jade made it past 6 months by 8 days. She felt Good All of those months...Up Until the very end. We made the decision when we found her laying near her water dish- needing a drink- but too weak to get one.
We all said goodbye. We took Pictures in the front yard. And went to the vets together.
Jade died Oct 28th 1999. She was the Best Dog I ever had.