He’s Gone

Goodbye my friend.

Jack has died. This blog is my way of coping. So many of you good folks said so many kind things to and about Jack through the years, I need to let you know. Thank you.

It is now 12:15 am February 2, 2022. He passed about 11:45. He had done poorly on his walk yesterday. When we got home I carried him to his bed and he seemed to slip into a semi-coma with laboured breathing and a shallow pulse. We moved his bed to the living room and I made up one for myself next to him. I lay beside him, petting him, cuddling him and thanking him for all the wonderful years. I looked out the window through a brief break in the clouds and saw one faint twinkling star. “The Jackstar” I mused and then dozed off.

A short while later I was awakened by three gentle strokes on my arm. He emitted one last breath and was gone. I know what the strokes were but will always choose to believe that he said goodbye. I sit here now in the dark quiet with a stiff glass of rum beside me and type these words through tear-blurred eyes. Jack was a very special character, unique in many ways. He touched many hearts, both canine and human. He had no enemies. He was the son I never had and the reincarnation  of a puppy taken from me when I was an infant. I will miss him forever.

Author: Fred Bailey

Fred is a slightly-past middle age sailor / writer / photographer with plenty of eclectic hands-on skills and experiences. Some would describe him as the old hippy who doesn't know the war is over. He is certainly reluctant to grow up and readily admits to being the eternal dreamer. He has written several books including two novels, 'The Keeper' and 'Storm Ecstasy,' as well as 'The Water Rushing By', 'Sins Of The Fathers', 'The Magic Stick', as well as an extensive inventory of poetry, essays, short stories, anecdotes and photographs. His first passion is the ocean, sailboats, voyaging and all those people who are similarly drawn to the sea. He lives aboard 'Seafire' the boat he is refitting to go voyaging, exploring new horizons both inner and outer. This blog is about that voyage and the preparations for it. In spite of the odds against it, the plan is to sail away this fall and lay a course southward. If you follow this blog your interest may provide some of the energy that helps fuel the journey. Namaste Contact him at svpaxboat@gmail.com

21 thoughts on “He’s Gone”

  1. I am so sorry to hear. I got to meet him on Gabriola in 2013. I know he was a special boy. Nothing can replace the hole and it’s okay to grieve.
    A couple of years ago, I spoke with a medium. My dad was there, communicating. Then, a boxer showed up, perfectly described. I DO believe these souls are waiting for us on the other side of the rainbow 🌈 bridge. 💜

      1. Thank you Laurie.
        I’ve just buried him under a holy tree between the confluence of two salmon streams in a place he love. Now to pick up the pieces.

  2. That”s terrible news Fred, we’re so sorry.
    Why is it we can love our dogs so much, even when we know deep down the inevitable heart ache that comes when they’re gone!?

    There will be a day when memories of Jack bring more smiles than tears – hopefully that day will come soon.

    Thinking of you,

    Bernie and Gina

  3. Dear Fred. What a wonderful life…both of you! Jack was truly your soul companion. Ole and I wondered last summer if he would be waiting for you to come home. We’ve enjoyed every picture and story about Jack, thank you for sharing him with all of us. RIP Jack🌈, you were so very loved.

  4. HI Fred,
    Sorry to hear that and having had similar issues.
    He was blessed in that he went on his terms and not some human induced criteria.
    I am sure he is now in a very good place.
    Time shall heal.
    All the best

  5. So sorry to hear this, Fred. Even though you knew his time was near, it’s nonetheless hard to say goodbye and I’m sure the grief that you are feeling is profound after so many years together and so many great memories. You’ve written a moving tribute to a very special, much-loved companion.

  6. You shared your love (and your photos) of Jack with your readers Fred. Each beloved pet leaves their love and memories and it takes time for your sadness and loneliness to change into remembering all those memories of beloved Jack. Learned that over all the many years letting a dear pet dog leave us and then finally become a beloved memory. Yes I have hundreds of photos and memories of Goldie, of Dee, of Peaches, of Diesel.

  7. sorry to hear about Jack. it is never easy to lose a best friend and dogs are certainly that and Jack was the epitome of that. Glad you found a wonderful place to lay him to rest. Remember all the good days with fondness.

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