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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  1. 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


  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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….

  9. 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.~

  10. 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

  11. 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”

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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,

  15. 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

  16. 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. ♥