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July 10, 2007

Farewell to Jayanta

On 7/10/2007 at 3:16 PM Tracy Wessel wrote:

It is with both relief and sadness that I write you to ask you to bid
farewell to Jayanta, aka Jay Jay and Edgar. Jay Jay was helped over
to the rainbow bridge today between 1:30-2pm, his body finally
surrendering to age and the complications of renal disease and spinal
degeneration. The truth be told, his body was ready - his legs and
kidneys had failed him. His heart however would not stop. He required
4 200lb doses injected to the heart - Jay Jay, in his heart, did not
ever want to leave my side. He will always be my boy, my guy, and the
most devoted dog I have ever known.

Jay Jay has touched many people with his angelic presence, in many
ways he was a therapy dog. He spent his last days with me and one
last trip to the beach, a visit from friends Dave and Joan, and many
loving pets, scratchies and massages.

He leaves behind a message that old dogs deserve loving arms and a
good death. I hope to memorialize him with a fund at some time, to
assist with the care of aging dogs so that they can be more
adoptable, or can remain in loving homes that lack funds to care for

Jay Jay and I are grateful for all your support and kindness to him
and I over the last four years (rescued in June of 2003).

Farewell for now My Handome Prince. Can't wait to see you again.

Jay Jay's page
Jay Jay stories to come to his page:
Save me from the Ram
Move the sheep up the hill
Bring the turkey
Catch the Ball

July 11, 2007

Another wonderful BSD at the Rainbow Bridge

It is with puffy eyes and a lump in my throat that I write about the
passing of Jayanta, aka Jay Jay or Edgar owned and adored by Tracy Wessel.

He’s always been “Edgar” to me as he is a large boy and the name Edgar
suggests to me, in a person, a man that would be the head of a
corporation, head of the family, the strong one that keeps everything together.

Edgar came to live in my home with Tracy Wessel several years ago, a
rescue, who’s story is sad. He had been on a farm after being thrown from a
truck. He was full of foxtails, could not hear as the foxtails were filling up
his ears. He was dysplastic as well. Tracy, with her modest income, took this
boy in, loved and adored him and made many sacrifices for herself to keep
him in good health. When Edgar looked at you, he showed so much
appreciation for everything he had. Being an older Belgian, estimated to
be now about 12 ½ years old, he was not a strong candidate to be adopted.
During the past several years, Tracy pooled her resources to save him and
many times I got the call that he would probably be put down, then he
would bounce back. It was very difficult, even though I expected this, to get
the message.

Jayanta, Edgar had “true heart” in it’s fullest sense. I’m sure Tracy, in
all the efforts she has put into keeping him out of pain and enjoying the
life he had, she could never feel she gave as much to him as he gave her.

Edgar was let go Tuesday afternoon up in Portland OR. He had his last
trip to the beach and played ball on Sunday. He loved playing ball. I will
never forget the deep kind eyes of this boy and the true character he was.
This is the character I appreciate in a Belgian.

Edgar celebrated life and with all of his aches and pains and previous
trauma, he held onto life with all he had. He wanted mostly to give his
devotion to Tracy.

Chris Libs, Skydance Ranch
“Beti”,(my beloved first BSD and service dog for my disabled son) at
Rainbow Bridge Feb 10, 2006 will welcome Edgar and since she is probably
running the show up there, will make sure all the angels welcome Edgar.

>>>Note from Tracy
Thank you Chris
I'm feeling pretty off balance right now. He was my anchor and my partner.


Bless you for giving him a great home. I'd like to make a small donation to a rescue organization in his memory...can you recommend one?

Sanya, Hug A Dog

>>>note from Tracy
Any needy dog, rescue, etc. Or there is this senior dog rescue:

Just beautiful. Thank you, darling. Yay, Jay Jay, you're off on another
adventure! Woo-HOO! Send us wet kisses!

All Thoughts Work™

>>>Note from Tracy
My Grandmother came to get him because he wouldn't leave. Now she's
showing him how he can see me everywhere.


In Response to Chris post on Belg-L (Rainbow Bridge)

From: Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:20 PM Subject: Re: [BELG-L] Another wonderful BSD at the Rainbow Bridge this was a wonderful tribute to a dog who sounded like a real gem. i would like to offer my condolences. i live near portland too. so sorry.
From: Judith Kline Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:23 PM Subject: Re: [BELG-L] Another wonderful BSD at the Rainbow Bridge I am so sorry for the loss of this boy, but grateful that he had such happiness in his later years. Judie
Just read an email that Chris posted to Belg-L. Just wanted to extend my condolences on the loss of Jay's never easy and having recently gone through it and unfortunately having to faced that decision again in the near future, I know what you are going through. Kim, Big Mountain Belgians

>>>Note from Tracy
Thank you. I feel very off balance and lost. Puppy is very comforting and
sensitive. It is sometimes hard to know the vast space one being fills
until they are gone. Can't even make dog meals and feel all is right.

Am burying him today. I am sure things will sort themselves into a new way
of being soon.

Thanks again.

July 12, 2007

How to Bury a Dog

Thu, 12 Jul 2007 08:05:38 -0700

Many thanks to all who sent condolences.


Yesterday I and my two Belg girls trucked Jay Jay's body down to
Corvallis to be buried on the beautiful land occupied by Dave and
Joan, a place perfectly restored to it's natural state. When I
arrived, I saw the most perfect and beautiful grave ever...Dave dug
all day in the hard ground - it was a perfect rectangle with lots of
room for my boy to rest. Jay Jay was buried with one of his tennis
balls, a cute lamby, and for a pillow he received a flannel pajama
top that Chris had given me for Christmas. It had little sheep on it,
and Jay Jay wore it on chilly nights after I shaved his overgrown
coat. One final stroke on a beautiful black paw, and then a little
Tervlet with an uncertain name (Digger?) began the process of
covering over the finest dog I have known.

I never new burying a dog could be so fun. Placing him close to the
earth and feeling the dirt around him...we took turns covering him
over and Dave spread seed pods in the dirt, and Joan piled rocks
around the edges. When we were done, I ran my fingers through the
dirt. I felt I was petting Jay Jay. It was such a delicious sweet, handsome Prince who I could now feel in the
earth! And then we drank a toast and the Belgian's celebrated - four
adult black dogs, a black puppy, a tervlet, and a juvenile black dog
all milling about - well really the puppies were racing around. Kylie
guarded the grave for a time. We sat there and drank a toast to Jay
Jay and the exquisite view that nature provided from that vantage
point. The beautiful stone markers of Obsidian and Lava reflected the
care that went into preparing this site as a loving place to honor
the memory of our beloveds.

I promise that Jay Jay was smiling and celebrating his new
weightless, bouncy, pain-free form.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I can still feel the vast empty
space left by my boy, and yet I feel him all around me. And I feel
complete in knowing I did what he wanted in putting him close to the

In Loving Memory...

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