Saying Goodbye To Jill



January 2005-February 2016

Eleven years ago, my husband and I went to a kill shelter to look for a new family member. There, we found a tiny, 8-week old solid black puppy. Historically, black dogs have trouble being adopted, although for the life of me, I don’t know why!

My husband wanted a dog that would weight about 40 pounds. The pound staff said, “Yep. This dog will weight about 40 pounds.”

Hubby lifted the puppy’s HUGE paw and said, “There is no way this dog will weight 40 pounds.”

The puppy bounded out the cage, grabbed my husband’s pant leg, and began to tug and growl. How could I leave that puppy there?

Still, we took the puppy home on a “trial” basis.

We named her Jill, because you have to call a puppy something. And even if we decided to take her back, she needed a name.

Over the next eleven years, Jill traveled all the US with my husband and me. She lived in our house, had great food, never cold, never left out in the yard. One dog bed wasn’t enough. She had three piled on top of each other. (The Princess and The Pea!)

As you may can tell, she did weight 40 pounds as predicted…. 40 in the front and 40 in the back!


Yesterday, we had to let Jill go. Old age. Strokes. It was time. She was ready. We were not.

RIP Jill. You will be missed. And Loved forever.




About Cynthia D'Alba

After living away from Arkansas since I left for college at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, I have finally made it back to Hot Springs.

Posted on February 10, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. I’m so sorry for your lose. You and your husband gave Jill love, a lovely home, laughter, fun and a great life all things a dog loves. Sending huge hugs and prayer your way.


  2. I am so sorry that you are going through this at this time. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a beloved, loyal, faithful pet. I’ll be sending prayers and hugs your way.


  3. Aww, so sorry to hear this. *hugs*


  4. Oh man, I’m so sorry for your loss… They bring such joy for such a short time, so it is worth it!


  5. I’m so sorry for your loss, Cyndi. Jill had a great life with great parents. Sending you lots of love.


  6. You were both lucky that day Cyndi, you found a dog full of love and Jill found that forever home full of kindness and love. I’m so very sorry for your loss ❤


  7. We are never ready to let our four legged babies go.


  8. hugs. AND what a sweet bebe Jill was. Jillan


  9. Oh, my heart hurts. Our four legged friends are so important to our lives.


  10. I’m so sorry for your loss, Cyn.


  11. Oh, hon, I am so very sorry….we love them so much, and it hurts so much when they go… take care….


  12. I’ll sure miss Jill when I visit ,Jill was a sweet dog ,sad to see her go.


  13. So sorry to hear about Jill but also, how happy to hear what a wonderful life you and your family gave to Jill. {hugs}


  14. So sorry for your loss, but you did the right thing by her. Too often we let them suffer just because we can’t bear to let them go. She looks like a truly lovely dog.


  15. Oh no! I’m so sorry. I have soft spot for big black dogs, and she looked like a very sweet baby.


  16. so sorry to hear about your doggie….Jill seems like she led a happy life!


  17. Sorry for your loss, Cynthia. It sounds like she had the best life possible & a lot of love while she was with you.


  18. Cynthia in so very sorry. As you know I know that heartbreak call to well . Last year we had to let to go at the age of 14 my heart goes out to you and your family .


  19. Christine Woinich

    I understand the pain of letting them go. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts for you and your family.


  20. I am so sorry for your loss. Safe passage to Jill over the Rainbow Bridge and my thoughts are with you and your family.


  21. Charlene Whitehouse

    So sorry for your loss. If anything ever happened to my dogs I do not know how I could handle it. Hugs


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