Missing Jenna

the loss of a dog tribute via Funky Junk Interiors

If you’ve been following Funky Junk Interiors for any length of time, you’ll recognize my canine model in many of my photos. This is our dear sweet Jenna.

Jenna left us today. She passed away after an emergency surgery. (continued with video)

2 days ago we were startled with a flipped stomach (common occurrence in older barrel chested dogs), so I raced her to the vet at 3am. I was given the choice to put her down or save her. After being told her chances were good, I chose life.

husky shepherd cross dog


She stayed in for 2 days and was released yesterday. But she just couldn’t hang in there. For whatever reason, God took her out of her pain today and is now at peace.

snowy tree

Jenna was a shepherd husky cross discovered from the pound. She was scrawny and had just had a litter of pups. But I just knew she was the one. She adored us the moment we met her. Her eyes and gentle nature told me so.

dog photography

At the time, we primarily desired a dog for security reasons. But the joke was on us, for she barely barked twice since the time we’ve had her. She was just one of those timid personalities that loved you to death.


And her name should have been Shadow. I barely made a move without her attached to my hip. My mom commented one time, “You don’t even realize it any longer do you? The way she follows you or watches you eat?” Nope. I just expected it. It was as natural as breathing. 🙂


My sweet girl landed in more photo shoots than I even planned on. But I smiled each time she’d wander into view. Her presence just added real life into any shot.

dog photography in fall

dog licking puddle in fall

Below is a video tribute to how much we adored having her in every facet of our lives.  We were so very blessed to have landed THIS dog. She was tailor made for us in every way.

Words can’t defy now much I will miss my shadow.

Love you girl, we are missing you!

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224 thoughts on “Missing Jenna

  1. Oh, Donna! I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes. It made me sad to read about your loss but also very happy to learn how much you loved Jenna and how both of you cared for each other in so many brilliant ways. Sending a hug of comfort over the ocean! May you find an inner peace when you think about her in the future.

    Lots of love,

  2. I’m So Sorry

    I was sorry to learn
    of your loss Jenna,
    And I Wanted to express
    My deepest sympathies.

    Not one of us
    Knows where our road
    Will lead us or where
    Our road ends.
    But in times of
    Sorrow, we receive
    Comfort from our friends.

    If there is anything
    I can do for you
    Anything at all…
    I’ll be here for you;
    Always your friend.

    My deepest sympathies
    To you and Cody.

    May God Bless You and comfort you in your hour of grief.

  3. My heart is breaking for you and your son. I know the heart break of losing sweet pets all too well lately. I currently have an old horse that is nearing the end. I take comfort in their memories and each bright spot they brought to my life. Even though they are free from pain, we two-legged creatures take some time for our hearts to heal. Again, so very sorry….. :'(

  4. I’m so sorry to hear this. I know how painful it is to lose your family member having gone through the sudden death of my beloved Newman last year. So very very sorry. There is nothing I can say to make you feel better other than to say…I know how bad this feels and to let you know I am thinking of you and your son. She was a beautiful dog and you could tell in the photos she was kind and just the perfect fur family member.

  5. I believe those come into our life is to continue the story of our previous life… they might be our friends…family…someone we know and care so much that in this life … they come and join us again. Jenna is at peace now… and definitely will join you again..when the time had come. to share more love and memories.

  6. Oh Donna,
    These are the posts I dread and love the most. Your sorrow is palpable. What a happy, contented life you gave your wonderful Jenna. She will always be with you! Their lives are so transient but our lives are enriched by their presence. My thoughts are with you, I know exactly how much it hurts.

  7. Donna, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet pup. I almost made it to the end of the slideshow without crying. My heart aches for you and your son. Take care…

  8. Donna, I am so very sorry for your loss!!! My heart aches for you and your son. I am glad that Jenna was able to find a home with you and that she was loved and cherished! Thinking about both of you during this difficult time.

  9. Oh Donna, I am so sorry to hear Jenna didn’t make it through the surgery recovery…for you and your son, it is a crushing loss, we love our dogs. Jenna was so sweet, you could see it in the photos, so accept my sympathies. xo

  10. Donna, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I’m sitting here reading this with my little Sami at my side, remembering all of my pups that have also gone to Rainbow Bridge. How lucky you BOTH were to have found each other…that’s a special gift. Hugs to you and your family.

  11. A beautiful tribute to a wonderful family member! I know how important our furry family members are to our families and how much they enrich our lives and us theirs. Hoping that the wonderful memories of your darling girl will help ease the pain in your heart. Prayer and thoughta to you and your family. Hugs, Leena

  12. So so sorry for your loss. There are no words that I can say to comfort you, just know the memories will never die and she will live forever in your heart.


  14. Dear Donna ~ I am so sorry for the loss of sweet Jenna in your family. You and your son loved her and gave her a wonderful home. You have wonderful memories and fabulous photos, may these help soften the loss of her in your daily, earthly life.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  15. DONNA AND CODY – My heart breaks for you. It is so difficult to lose a pet because you love them with every ounce of love you have. My very deepest sympathy to you both. She was a great dog and a beautiful friend. I’m so sorry.

  16. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful friend and companion, Jenna..
    This is a pain very hard to describe but those of us who have also lost our Pals, feel your pain.
    Thank you for letting us share in your lovely tribute.
    (((Donna and Cody)))

  17. I’m sorry to hear about Jenna. I know how wonderful it is to have a dog and the terrible pain of losing one. Jenna was very fortunate to have you and Cody to love her and care for her for so many years. She will always be remembered and shared with others through your beautiful photos.

  18. with swelling tears i am so sorry it s like reliving losing my Jordan i can’t even watch the videio…..i’m so sorry for your loss

  19. What a beautiful girl! Words cannot heal a heavy heart and sadness that comes with losing a pet. They become our family members, and are only with us for a short time, but in that time they enrich our lives so greatly. I am so sorry for your loss.

  20. Jenna was lucky to have you. Nothing prepares us for the sadness that comes with each pet loss. Saying prayers to help heal your heart.

  21. My heart breaks for you. I could not even finish your slideshow since I was trying to watch through tears. You just reminded me that I truly need to take some more photos of my furbabies since 2 of them are 9 years old.

    Remember that you made her life worth living just as she did yours.

  22. So sorry, she looked like such a sweetie! What a loss. You gave her such a wonderful home, I bet your son is just heartbroken.

    You have so many beautiful photos of her.

  23. What a gorgeous darling to have come into your life 🙂 You were all so blessed to have had each other. I’m so sorry she had to go, but I am so glad you got the chance to call her your own xx

  24. Oh, Donna. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. You and your son will be in my thoughts. I know she is in a happy place remembering all the times you had together. Sending lots of love.

  25. so sorry fo your loss…i lost a pet 2 yrs ago,(she was very old), and we’d had her all her life, and it really is a tough loss. they truly become your friend.
    take care!

  26. I am so sorry. It is the hardest thing because we love them so much. I would recommend the book Dog Heaven. It is a children’s book, but it is so great for anyone.

  27. I’m so sorry for your loss sweetie. Hugs & prayers for you and your son as you grieve the loss of this adorable member of your family.

  28. Donna… this breaks my heart. 🙁 Every time I would see Jenna in your pics it would make me smile… because she reminds me of my husky who is also my shadow and mild mannered. So sorry for you and Cody!! Such a beautiful video tribute… My prayers and thoughts are with you today.


  29. What a beautiful tribute to your sweet girl! Am so sorry to hear of the loss of your fur baby. It wasn’t until I lost my Aikman in December that I realized how intertwined an animal is in our lives. The tears I still shed now are so worth the 11 years he gave me of his sweet presence. An animals lovers soul is just different..not better, just different. There is a quote from a child about why he thought animals don’t live as long as humans “The boy said, “Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a good life, like loving everybody and being nice, right?” He continued calmly, “Well, see animals already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”….She was incredibly blessed to have you and my thoughts will be with your family during this time. Rest in peace beautiful Jenna….

  30. I am so sorry for your loss. I think some people don’t understand how you are a pet’s world, and until the pet is gone, how much they were a part of yours. It looks like you knew just how much you fit with each other.

  31. Oh my!! Such a BEAUTIFUL tribute!! I am so choked up after watching your video, I can barely see the screen to type the message. She was a BEAUTIFUL dog. The pictures of her are just amazing, its like she was just a part of the scenery, she is never “posed” in a picture, and not really looking at you while you are taking the picture – just like she is supposed to be there. LOVE, love, love the one of her reflection in the puddle, and the one of her paws in the sand. Dogs certainly have a way of getting into our hearts and leaving the pawprints there – FUREVER!! I hope you and your son continue to find comfort in your memories!! Bless you always!!

  32. I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your precious Jenna. You were so fortunate to have found each other and you knew it was a perfect match right from the start. I love your tribute and all the gorgeous photos, especially the one where she’s standing under the large tree in the snow.

  33. Donna,
    I admit I have not watched the video because I just can’t. I get weepy just thinking about it…. so with that I want you to know how sorry I am that I am praying for both you and Cody, that you will feel comforted during this time. Take care now.

  34. I am so sorry. My heart breaks for you and your son. What a beautiful tribute to Jenna. Tears started here as I hit play on your tribute. You were so blessed to have her in your life and she with you and your son. {{{Hugs}}}


  35. Oh, Donna! I’m so sorry for your loss of your beautiful Jenna! Our pets mean the world to us and I’ve been right where you are now and know how your heart is breaking. What a beautiful tribute to her. You both enriched each others lives. I’ll be saying prayers for you and your family.
    Shelia 😉

  36. I am so sorry for your loss. You all were lucky to have her, and she was lucky to have you all. What a wonderful life she lived, and your tribute shows that.

  37. Such a precious tribute for a beautiful girl…I am so touched and I am saying prayers for you and your son today. What a sweet life the three of you shared.

  38. I am so sorry, she seemed like an amazing dog. Your tribute was very amazing and special and showed just how much you loved her and she loved you.

  39. I am so so sorry for your loss! It is so hard to lose a special fur baby. I am thinking of you!

    I love the pictures, I couldn’t watch the video, I just know I will cry even more, but what a lovely tribute!

    Take care!

  40. Condolences on the loss of your fuzzy friend. Pets are so awesome, and you are lucky to have shared time with a sweet girl who clearly adored you.

  41. I’m so sorry for your loss! Losing a dog is losing a family member. Can’t even imagine what you must be going through. And my Coca sends her best wishes, too!

  42. Oh Donna, what a beautiful tribute. I’m in tears. Losing a pet/part of the family is so hard. My heart aches for your family. Your pictures are proof of the love you shared, the amazing life you shared with her and beautiful lasting memories. {hug}

  43. I am so sorry. Loosing a sweet dog is like loosing a family memebr. I fell in love with that dog after the camping incident. I hope that your son is doing okay about this loss. SUch a wonderful dog. Rescues are special. ((((((HUGS)))))

  44. Hi Donna-

    Your sweet Jenna – I am so sorry that her time here on earth is over. It is so sad when our four legged friends who love us no matter what are gone. I know what you mean when you stated that you knew at the pound that she was the one – bless her for bringing so much joy into you and your son’s life. XO The photos that you have taken of her over the years will be a beautiful way for you to remember her always.

    My best- Diane

  45. What a beautiful life you and Cody gave her. I am sorry to hear of her passing, I know all too well the big hole left behind after you lose a family pet. Take gentle care of you both for the next few days….your video was lovely.

  46. I am sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to a great dog. Rescues are the best! I am crying as if I knew her too. 🙁

  47. What an amazing video, all I can say is I am so sorry for your loss and you are so lucky to have had this wonderful dog come into your lives….

  48. What a beautiful video and touching tribute to a family member. I am still in tears since this touched home here, I recently lost a dog after having him for 12 years and he too followed me everywhere. Take care of both you and your son and let the tears flow, treasure the memories of Jenna they will help heal you both.

  49. Donna, I read your blog everyday or atleast every new post. I think your amazing. I dont believe I have ever commented on your blog but today is the day to do so… I am feeling your loss along with you.. So deeply sorry. Blessings Pam

  50. Sorry for your loss! My dog has been a big part of my life for 10, almost 11, years. She is like my kid, because I don’t have any. Hopefully you will find comfort in your time of sorrow.

  51. I woke up to 89 overwhelming touching messages from you… oh my. You have no idea how your encouraging words are touching me. Thank-you so very much for your kindness and understanding.

    When my cat passed away, I did the same thing. Post and video. I still read the comments today. It helps. It really does. No comment is redundant. They’re all special and unique to themselves and feel like hugs. I’m just completely overwhelmed in the very best of ways! xo to all!

  52. Donna, my heart is breaking for you and your family today. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts. Try to remember the great life you gave Jenna and all the love that she gave you in return. God Bless. lin [email protected]

  53. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Having fur babies of my own (one a velcro dog like your Jenna), I can definitely relate to your grief. I luved the video tribute and you can clearly see in all the photos how much Jenna loved and was loved by all of you.


  54. Very touching video for any animal lover to see — and any animal lover can empathize and understand the grieving. Thank you for posting and sharing. As an animal rescuer — it is so nice to see the happy adoptions; the human-animal bond is strong and sacred — and know that she is waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

  55. My sympathy to you and Cody. Our Sammy and your Jenna must be related….so very similar. I’ve always noticed her in your pictures which made them so very personal and made me smile. You were blessed having her in your family and I hope you’re comforted with those memories.

  56. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear friend. She blessed you here on earth and will greet you again one day in heaven.

  57. What a blessed life you gave your Shadow, Jenna; and such a beautiful tribute to her. One lucky family! I am sorry for your loss.

  58. The video was a beautiful tribute to your companion. I’ve cried over loosing more dogs than people. My heart feels for you and your son. Thank you for sharing this.

  59. They come into our lives & love unconditionally! I am so sorry for your loss of precious Jenna, It is gut wrenching & awful to lose them. There is a new angel with wings…and a tail!!! Cherish her always, she will always be with you!!!

  60. What a wonderful tribute to Jenna. I know your heart aches with the loss of her. Pets are such a special part of all our lives, and I totally understand how you must be feeling.

  61. Only a true pet lover knows and understands the feeling of losing a pet. It’s like losing a family member, your right hand, and friend! I am so very sorry for your loss!

  62. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Time has a way of mending broken hearts… and only God can give you the strength to come through.

  63. Donna and son,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear family member. May you have many happy memories of her life with you.

    Hugs to you both

  64. What a wonderful tribute to an obviously wonderful friend. My thoughts are with you and your son today and in the days to come. Take care.

  65. I also had a shepherd husky mix for twelve years – her name was Herself – the first time I heard her really bark she was almost 10 – I had left my son in a carriage on the sidewalk to go back into the house for something – someone approached the carriage and she barked – I did not know she had it in her . . . so I totally feel your loss – I still miss Herself, had her 8 years before my children were born . . . I have never had another dog . . will send you picture so you can see how much our dogs looked alike

  66. So sorry to hear of your loss, but it also sounds like you were truly blessed with Jenna’s great presence. I lost my dog about a year ago. It gets a little easier. My dog was like Jenna in that he followed you around. One of his many nicknames was ‘the supervisor.’
    Your post and video brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing.

  67. VERY lovely post in the midst of immense pain. Very courageous Donna. We’ve lost a few pooches, so I can understand the emotions. My advice: don’t wait too long before you enjoy the spirit of another pet. Pets and their humans NEED each other!

  68. Donna, you made me cry, I am living a similar situation with my dog Ally, she’s got a tumor in her belly and will be leaving us soon, I am so devastated by her sickness and seeing Jenna made me feel so much more tender than what I was already, I am so sorry for your loss, but as you said at the end of the video “till we meet again” are the perfect words. What a beautiful dog was Jenna, but what I like the most was the beautiful life you gave her, and how devoted she was to you. You will certainly meet her again and will remain together forever. Hugs to both of you and warm regards.

  69. Oh, Donna. I am so sorry about Jenna. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful tribute to her amidst the sadness you must be feeling. I (barely) managed to hold back tears until the very last clip of Jenna and your boy walking into that light. Sending hugs and peace to you and Cody.


  70. I’m so sorry for the loss of your loyal friend Jenna, you and Cody gave her a loving home,
    and were lucky to have found each other to share the goings on of daily live and exploration.

    From experience the memories shared will always stay close on the surface. I’m an old lady and found that you can’t replace a pet with another, all my pets have been pound rescues mostly seniors who I have tried to give a good old age all of them have left their mark and were loved till the end.

    Give yourself time to remember, my heart goes out to you both, your blog has been an inspiration to me.


  71. I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful Jenna. Thank you for sharing the lovely tribute to your wonderful friend. My dear friend Carol also lost her dog, unexpectedly this past Tuesday, right before he was to undergo emergency surgery. Heaven welcomed Jenna and Buddy this week. I bet they are playing joyfully together.

  72. I feel your pain and I am so sorry. We lost our 14 year old best friend in April. My oldest “human child” is 12. I always called Buster my first child. That was the hardest time in my life, and for our whole family. What kept us going was the distraction of PeeWee, one of Buster’s puppies that we kept from the last litter that he fathered. Unfortunately less than 2 months later, she got out of the house while we were unpacking from vacation and was hit by a car the day before her 4th birthday.I wish I could say it gets easier. But we do go on with our lives and I try not to think about them. But it’s like your mother said, they are a part of us and we don’t even realize it. Daily routines turn into memories because you just expect them to be there. Simple tasks like cleaning my kitchen and dining room floors remind me that there is nobody there to clean up food that my kids drop. I made pancakes this morning and I always made an extra one for Buster. I pray that you will use your wonderful memories to get you through each day. I stronly believe that we will see our beloved pets in heaven on day. I had a casket built for my Buster. We said our final goodbyes to him with a funeral in which I shared memories of him with my family (there were about 16 there). That gave me closure. Saying my final goodbye to him broke my heart, but I knew he was at peace. And, like your Jenna, he no longer suffers and has a new young and healthy body to run. And they are watching down on us.

  73. A Parting Prayer
    Dear Lord, please open your gates
    and call St. Francis
    to come escort this beloved companion
    across the Rainbow Bridge.

    Assign her to a place of honor,
    for she has been a faithful servant
    and has always done her best to please me.

    Bless the hands that send her to you,
    for they are doing so in love and compassion,
    freeing her from pain and suffering.

    Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss.
    Help me remember the details of her life
    with the love she has shown me.
    And grant me the courage to honor her
    by sharing those memories with others.

    Let her remember me as well
    and let her know that I will always love her.
    And when it’s my time to pass over into your paradise,
    please allow her to accompany those
    who will bring me home.

    Thank you, Lord,
    for the gift of her companionship
    and for the time we’ve had together.

    And thank you, Lord,
    for granting me the strength
    to give her to you now.


  74. Sincere sympathy in the loss of your friend. As someone who’s been there, I know what you are going through…
    I can tell from the photos you post that Jenna loved her family and her home. You gave her a great life.

  75. My heart aches for your loss, losing a pet is like losing a family member, because they are family. How lucky Jenna was to have found you and your family and too have been so loved and so well taken care of. I hope you find comfort in all of your memories and in the fact that she was loved and happy. hugs Tobey

  76. So very sorry for your loss. Here is a poem for you during this time of loss….
    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    • So Beautiful Diana…..
      Thank you for letting us all know of this special home called Rainbow Bridge.


  77. I’m so sorry for your loss, Donna. What a beautiful tribute to your wonderful friend. Our Simon died just this past Wednesday – still feels like someone ripped my heart out. I’m sure your Jenna is at peace now. Brightest blessings, my friend.

  78. Donna, I am moved to tears for the loss of your furry friend. This brought back fresh memories of loosing my akita months ago. I know your pain because they are our family members. We share so much with our pets and they depend on us for all their needs. When we can’t fix their pain and sickness it rips our hearts out just like if it were our child. What Jenna and my Dakota gave to us was worth more than we could ever return ……unconditional love. Always by our side, our obedient furry friends. I pray that the Lord will comfort you and your son dring this time of sadness. Hugs from a far away blogger friend.

  79. I’m sitting here at work crying my eyes out for you, your son, and Jenna. I’m so sorry that life really stinks sometimes and we have to go through these things. But I know all the love that she gave was well worth the pain you are going through now. God speed to you Jenna.

  80. Oh Donna, I am so very sorry for the loss of your loyal Jenna. What a beautiful tribute full of special memories. Those “feet” photos at the end were so sweet. Hugs and prayers, Laurel

  81. My heart goes out to you. I looked through the pictures as the tears flowed down my face when I looked down at my dog sleeping at my feet. I’m so sorry that you are going through this.

  82. Oh, I hate to read this. It really is like the loss of family member. They are so dependent on us yet ask for nothing but a little love.
    I debated whether or not to even click on this post since we went through the same thing in January. It’s still a little too fresh. I know how much the comments meant to me so I couldn’t not click on it and read what happened. I’m so sorry for you and your son but you rescued her and gave her the life she deserved while she gave you probably so much more. Hang in there and take care. We lasted about 5 months before we broke down and got another pup. The house seemed empty and the hole in our heart needed to be filled.

  83. Oh my. She looks like such a sweet doggie. Bless you for giving her such a wonderful home when she really needed it, and it seems like she has paid you back a hundredfold. You will miss your furry friend…

  84. So very sorry for the loss of your sweet dog. I’ve gone through this myself more times than I want to think about and I know the pain you’re feeling. Hugs to you and your son.

  85. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your girl was blessed to have you as her mommy. She loved you as you loved her. May you feel her presence and comfort in the coming days and weeks ahead.

  86. How sorry to hear you’ve lost yet another beLoved pet.
    My heart breaks for you to go through it again.
    She’s with God now, and your kitty was probably there
    to show her the way.

  87. Donna, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful girl Jenna. What a sweet tribute video. Sending you hugs.


  88. Donna, I am so sorry for your lost. Don’t know why but I always watch for Jenna in all your posts, I think it started with your camping trip when she got sick. She just seemed like such a beautiful kindred spirit. I sit here with tears in my eyes. Obviously she loved you very much. My best to you and your son, Jo Ann

  89. You have my greatest sympathies. It’s said that a dog is the only animal that will love you more than it loves itself. That love continues on no matter the boundaries.

  90. Oh, Donna, I’m just so sorry! She was just beautiful. And a true companion it seems. Our girl, KC is 16 and has been on a slow decline for several months. We aren’t ready to let her go yet but I think she is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know she will give us a signal when the time comes. Whether you know it is coming or not, doggie death is difficult. You realize what a presence they have once they are gone. Bless you & your son. And your sweet doggie’s soul.

  91. Crying my eyes out as I try to type through the tears. My husband and I have two dogs and we love them so much. Pets are truly a part of the family. I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute you made to honor Jenna.

  92. I’m so sorry to hear about your furry baby girl. Dogs are such great companions and such a part of our families and life.
    I know you must have a hole in your heart.
    Many blessings from our home to yours at this heartfelt time…………..
    I loved your video and pictures……..

  93. Donna, I’m so sorry to hear the news of Jenna. I will miss seeing her in your photos. She was a bright spot in your posts. I think I can speak for most of your readers…we grew to love her. You always captured her gentle spirit in your photos.

  94. Donna, please know that you and your son are in my thoughts and prayers. It’s never easy to say good bye but even more difficult when it’s someone who obviously brings such joy into your lives. Thank you for sharing Jenna’s story and know I will continue to pray for you both.

  95. oh, no, Donna ! oh, I loved seeing her in your photos ! So much like the tiny guy we brought home two years ago. found on the side of the road on a freezing rainy night. He had lost most of his hair to mange. Now he’s gorgeous. I know he and our others will break my heart some day, but I would rather live with the joy and love they give me now. I am so sorry for this great loss in your family.

    very truly,
    Pet Lover

  96. Donna, I am so, so sorry about your Jenna. That pain is so real and only a pet lover can understand how deep that is. Sincerely, Christie Three Pixie Lane

  97. So very sorry for you and your son, Donna. Jenna was a beautiful dog and I have enjoyed your photos of her on your blog. We would like our pets to be with us as long as we live and in our hearts they will be. Patti

  98. Donna … I loved your Jenna too and always enjoyed her in your photos. She was so beautiful and I know you and your Son will miss her deeply, but remember the blessings you brought into your life.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  99. Donna,
    My heart echoes all the love that has already been expressed. I am so sorry for your loss! You were given the gift of love given and received. There is nothing more precious than that. Thank you for reaching out and sharing this with us, your loyal followers, though I think of you as a friend.

    Sending love and light,

  100. I’m so sorry for your loss and can relate. It will be 3 years in September that we had to put our beloved Max down and it still brings tears to my eyes as I’m typing. We rescured him from people who hadn’t treated him well and I believe he thought we saved his life and that was what his mission in life was to do for us. He was a great watch dog and would have done anything to protect us.

    There were actually an incident of stangers stopping by and he went crazy. I didn’t underdstand it at the time, but later found out those two guys had robbed a neighbor earlier that day. I always knew that dog had our backs and I loved him so much:-)

    You are in my thoughts at this time and one thing that made it easier for us was we had another dog already and have since added one more to the family. I just like having two dogs and they are such good buddies.

    Take care,

  101. Oh nooo, So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful, faithful companion. Thank you for sharing your beautiful tribute. I enjoyed seeing her “grace” your posts. I know you and your son will miss her dearly.

  102. I’m so sorry for your loss, Donna. Animals hold such a special place in our hearts and it’s so hard when they’re gone. I lost my sweet kitty almost a year ago and there hasn’t been a day that goes by that I haven’t thought of him since. Hugs to you.

  103. My heart goes out to you and Cody. It’s so hard to lose such a loving pet. They become part of the family and leave such a huge gap when they’re gone. My thoughts are with you. Sharon B.

  104. This is a beautiful and touching video tribute to your loving dog Jenna. I lost a precious dalmatian friend of 14 years in 2008 and I still miss him every day. Now we rescue pitbulls destined for euthanasia. We have four of them so far. They help to fill the void and are so loving and appreciative of having a good, safe, loving home. Most have been through terrible times by the time we adopt them. Sometimes it helps to carry on the love we feel for our pets by loving new ones. God Bless you and your son as you heal from your sorrow.

  105. I’m so sorry, Donna. We lost our Max in 2002 and I swear that I still see him out of the corner of my eye, following me around during the day as I putter around the house and yard. Our furry kids never really leave our hearts or our memories. There’s just nothing else in this world like the unconditional love that they have for us. I’ll be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Mary

  106. I’m so sorry, Donna. There’s nothing that can prepare you for the sudden loss of your beloved pet. I know there’s a hole in your hearts and an empty echo around the house. How lovely she snuck into so many of your photos so you have many sweet reminders of your gentle girl.


  107. Donna,I am not a blogger but I enjoy following your blog so much and always loved seeing your beautiful dog. I am so, so sorry for you & your son’s loss. It is painful beyond words when we lose our furry best friends. I know the pain well, so I am crying here with you. Although it is hard to imagine right now, you must consider bringing another new furry best friend into your lives right now. I’ve found that bringing another loving, faithful dog into my home and hugging it and loving it is the only way to ease my broken heart. Hugs to you, very much!

  108. I’m so very sorry for your loss Donna. I originally had stopped by from seeing a link to your blog, but as I was reading thru your posts, I stopped immediately when I saw this post about Jenna’s passing. I had a “shadow” cat named Mr. Boober, a giant mush almost 20 pounds who we called our “gentle giant” because he was rather timid for such a big guy. He followed me everywhere, and yes I didn’t even realize it half the time because it was just part of what our days were like. Jenna was such a gorgeous dog, and I love the photo especially with her among the autumn leaves in the large puddle. I hope that your memories of Jenna can help you through the grief of losing her. I know there’s a giant hole right now in your heart…and I wish you much peace during this time. It is truly heartbreaking.

  109. I had to wipe the tears standing in my eyes before I could type my post. So so sorry for your loss; you were blessed to have found her, and she gave you all the joy she could. You did the right thing to try to make her well; we would spend any amount to keep our loved ones with us; sometimes it just isn’t meant to be. I have loved your blog and follow your great ideas and incorporate them into my own gardens and home, but never posted before. I couldn’t help but tell you my thoughts are with you and Jenna today.

  110. :'( aaawww, that makes me so sad… (I’m the one who wrote to you a while back about Jenna, curious what her breed was because I grew up with the same.)
    wherever they are, I know for a fact Jenna and Belle are getting along famously!
    love and hugs to you.
    what gorgeous shots of her!

  111. I’m so sorry for the loss of your girl. I know the heartache you feel too well. Last year we said goodbye to our Ginger and you commented on my blog and it truly meant so much to me that you took the time. I’m sending big, warm, comforting {{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}.

    xo, abby

  112. Words just don’t do… so sorry for you, and your sons, loss. Jenna was a beautiful girl, and I loved all of her many appearances. She will be missed, but if you’re
    like me though, I believe we’ll all be together again some day. God bless.

  113. My goodness everyone… you’re still visiting, commenting and emailing. I’m just blown away! Thank-you so so very much! I love your comments and are reading them over and over again. You are just amazing! xo


  114. I am so sorry, Donna! I have been out of town and away from my computer and did not know! The loss of a sweet fur baby is so difficult. They fill such a big place in our hearts and leave such a huge hole when they are gone. I am sending hugs your way…Debbie

  115. Oh how my heart breaks for you and your son. I so know your pain as I just had to say good-bye to my dear dear kitty Henry 13 days ago. Thanks for sharing her with us. I to would always look for her in your post. She has a beautiful spirit!
    Hugs from Illinois.

  116. Donna I am saddened to hear of the loss of your sweet Jenna. Pets are so special and as you said bring real life to our lives each and every day. Jenna is now with your other furry friend and together they play again. Hugs to you in your time of sadness. XO Iris

  117. Donna and Cody, I too fell in love with your Jenna when she became ill on your camping trip. What a truly beautiful dog she was, and with a personality to match. I am so sorry for your loss, and I hope your memories will comfort you both. Linda S. in NE

  118. What a beautiful, beautiful tribute to who sounds like a very sweet member of your family. We lost our Max a month ago and I know the ache you feel…I am so sorry you have to walk through it. I pray the ache lessens, the knot loosens, just a bit more every day.

  119. Donna so so sorry to hear about Jenna! 🙁 I have really enjoyed seeing her in your pictures. No words can comfort the pain that you are feeling. I know from past experience that waiting for a bit then looking for a puppy, not to replace Jenna, but to allow you to fill the gap in your life that has been created will help build new memories.

  120. donna, I’m so sorry you lost your best friend. we’ll miss her in your posts as well. She was well loved with a wonderful life and added that same love to your live. May she be at peace and without pain, now….

  121. Your video tribute to Jenna was beautiful. The ending was perfect as she headed into the light. May the love and memories of your sweet Jenna help ease the pain of loss. Thinking of you and your son. ~Susan A.~

  122. I’m so sorry you are missing Jenna so much. Our dog will be 16 in September and know she won’t be with us much longer. Jenna got to visit so many beautiful places with you – you saved her life when you found her and you tried hard this week. She had a wonderful life with you and I believe all our fur-friends will be waiting for us someday. Hugs

  123. Wow. I don’t even know you and I teared up at that video. So beautiful. So sad. Animals are part of us and in many ways the exact same. Only better. “sniff”

  124. I’m really sorry and can feel your pain. The way you describe her make me believe you will miss her for a while… But it also seems that she had a wonderful life with you! … My cat is called Shadow, because he’s always around me!

  125. So terrible sorry for you loss. These furry 4 legged creatures are part of our family and steal our hearts. Beautiful post and video.

  126. Hi,
    I’m so sorry about your Jenna. I truly think it’s harder to lose a pet than a human. Pets give us such unconditional love. I had to put my cat down two years ago and I still miss him. I’m sorry too for your son – he must be heart-broken.
    Take care,

  127. Wow.. I’m balling my eyes out at your beautiful tribute. I am so very sorry for your loss. While watching this story, I couldn’t help but remember your story of how YOU came to be.. your new life you discovered through such pain and misery. And it became so very clear that not only did you & your son provide a loving home for a homeless dog, but Jenna provided a strength and unwaverering love in your new journey that the three of you took together. Your images are beautiful. You honestly live in a place of heaven on earth. Simply gorgeous blessings~ karyn

  128. What a beautiful tribute to your beloved Jenna! I just happened upon this post, and after watching your video, I have a huge lump in my throat. It’s so very hard to heal from the loss of our fur kids. My heart still aches from losing one of my own fur babies last year.

    Thank you for sharing glimpses of Jenna with us. She was truly a gorgeous girl. I hope you have found peace and begun to heal. ♥

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