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Jag #38083
01/21/12 06:41 PM
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Jim Garvie Offline OP
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Eleven years ago, our first Rottie girl, Annie Fay (Ch Nordike's Ruffiann V Mobster) had her second and last litter of puppies. There were eight in all, 7 girls and 1 boy. And, ironically, the first puppy to pop out was the boy. He became Red Boy and later, Jag (Annihaus Canine Mutiny NJP). This litter turns 11 on February 1 and, last week, Jag came to live with us for a while. He had broken his right front leg in an altercation with his younger brother and his owners are unable to care for him during the recuperation period. So, off he went to the Annihaus Convalescent Home.

Here are a couple of pictures of Jag when he was in his prime. He had a gorgeous headpiece, much like his daddy, Rueger (Ch Der Hagen's Rueger V Adelant).



But he wasn't just another pretty face. He loved to run and jump and it wasn't long before he was running in Agility.



He actually ran in a lot of Agility Trials but Jag was always an independent thinker. He believed that he was much better at designing Agility Courses than the judges for those events and so he tended to run his own courses most of the time smile. But with such obvious glee that people would line up outside of the ring just to watch Jag's freestyle runs.



Well, Jag no longer runs or jumps much. But he still has attitude and although we were expecting a dejected old man to come here for his mandated crate rest, we got instead, the same old Jag. Stubborn. Strong as an Ox. And full of life and love. He's accepting the crate rest reluctantly. But when I take him outside, he has every intention of going his way regardless of the leash suggesting a different way. And, more often than not, I give in and we go his way. He has made one concession to his infirmity: he expects his grandma, Linda, to hand-feed him. So, he lays down on the floor while grandma is mixing his food, I lay down with him and we cuddle, and then Linda feeds him. He's gotten old but he's the same puppy that I delivered some 11 years ago. Here's Jag in the yard last week.



Like all of us that have entered into our mature years, Jag has gotten a little more white around the muzzle but he's still enjoying life and we're delighted to still be enjoying him. Wish him a quick recovery.

Jim


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Re: Jag [Re: Jim Garvie] #38084
01/21/12 09:27 PM
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Great report, Jim. Shows your love for your dogs.
Thanks for sharing.


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Re: Jag [Re: Jim Garvie] #38091
01/23/12 01:42 PM
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Hey Jim,

Agreed - great story. That third shot of him going over the hurdle is awesome. The look is just precious. Well done.

James

Re: Jag [Re: James Morrissey] #38105
01/24/12 03:24 PM
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Thanks both to Don and to James. Jag is feeling pretty chipper this week. This morning, he dragged me around the yard so he could pee on every vertical object he could find. And with over a wooded acre, there are a LOT of vertical objects. He's dealing with the crate time very well. He eats like a horse. And he's telling me when we go outside that while he likes my company, he's perfectly capable of motoring around the yard with that splint on his leg. I have him on a leash and I tag along to make sure he doesn't over-do it. Attitude. That joie de vivre that makes you just smile. Jag has it to the max. I love this boy.

Jim


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Re: Jag [Re: Jim Garvie] #38251
02/13/12 08:27 PM
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On Saturday, Jag's splint came off and he went home to his "regular" family. He had gotten very picky in terms of eating and had gotten noticeably weaker. We asked the vet to run a geriatric panel on Saturday and today, the results showed highly elevated levels of renal failure. At noon, his owner called us and told us that he was failing rapidly. We drove up to the vet's and the three of us held Jag as he was eased along on his trip to the Rainbow Bridge.

We, as breeders, have shared the joy of holding those puppies in our hands as they draw their first breath. A moment filled with joy and tremendous expectations. And we've all-too-frequently held them in our arms as they drew their last breath. And celebrated a life full of unconditional love from them and, hopefully, as much love as they could bear from us and their owners. That last moment is very sad. But we are tremendously grateful that our owners have asked us to be there with them.

Without the joy, there can be no pain. Without the pain, there would be emptiness. Jag, we loved you for those 11 years you were here on earth and we'll continue to love your memory for the rest of our lives. You were a great dog.

Jim


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Re: Jag [Re: Jim Garvie] #38254
02/14/12 12:20 AM
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I'm sorry

Re: Jag [Re: LauraJ] #38258
02/14/12 04:04 AM
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Hi Jim,

We are very sorry.

James

Re: Jag [Re: James Morrissey] #38263
02/14/12 07:48 AM
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It's always bitter if you have to let a friend go to the happy hunting grounds.
My thoughts are with you and his family, Jim!


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Re: Jag [Re: Jim Garvie] #38265
02/14/12 12:04 PM
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I'm sorry for your loss, Jim.

Re: Jag [Re: Kerri] #38269
02/15/12 12:23 PM
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What a wonderful life Jag had! Of course it always pains me when our breed has to leave us so soon in life. Rottweilers are such fabulous companions and it makes it so very hard to say good bye to each and everyone of them. It sounds and looks like Jag was very much loved and a very happy boy, just look at that huge Rottie smile he has coming over the jump! Says it all! Godspeed Jag....

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