Monday, February 2, 2009
Picture taken Summer 2007.
Name: Black Jack
DOB: Unknown; born 1992
Joined our family: March 1996
Her story: Black Jack was dumped in our yard. I was outside playing and saw it happen and named her Black Jack (I thought that she was a boy at first glance (didn't check for sure) and had just finished watching Black Beauty where one of his names is Black Jack). She was friendly and my mom let me keep her. My dad came home from work and promptly pepper-sprayed her, thinking that she was another stray. He soon learned that she was my new dog.
Black Jack and I are best buddies. She would walk me to the end of the driveway every morning to wait for the bus and was waiting for me at the end of the driveway every afternoon waiting for me to get off the bus. We played constantly and she loves to jump on things. I fully obedience trained her... I was 9 and she was my first dog I ever trained.
If I didn't ride the bus home and went with a friend instead, Black Jack would mope down the driveway after the bus came. She would lay under the truck and refuse to eat, drink, or even move until I came back home. No amount of coaxing or treats would make her move or eat (not even hot dogs, one of her favorites). As I got older, she got better about this. I think it's because I was home less and less.
Black Jack is 17 years old now and isn't as active, but still loves to go exploring in the woods (she goes to the gait and scratches at it and we let her out to roam until she wants back onto the property) and she loves to go with us when we walk or ride horses. She adores car rides and ducks her head down when we pass under bridges. She is now deaf and has limited sight due to cataracts, but she gets around great and still dances around and wiggles her butt when she sees me come home from school (her tail is docked and she's so cute when she does the happy dance).
She's the sweetest dog, but stands her ground and is a dominant female. She is wonderful with other animals and never chases cats or rabbits or anything like that. I know that the end is coming soon, but I think that she'll be the type to be healthy and running the day before she goes naturally. That's the best way.