Jenny the Lurcher
The Rainbow Bridge
Jenny our Lurcher had a trauma on 19th December 2006 age seven and a half.
This was a very swift progressive paraplegia producing compression and degradation of her sciatic nerves effectively paralysing her rear quarters. Unfortunately the prognosys was not good, she would have been paraplegic with no possibility of recovery. She lasted forty-eight hours.
This was a very similar trauma to that which affected our first deerhound.
Hounds with long backs which are very active can be prone to back problems.
As you will see from the photos Jenny lived an extremely active life.
Jenny came to us as a puppy from the SSPCA at Cambuskenneth Stirling
She soon grew into those paws, we'd been told she wouldn't be big!
She turned out to be a greyhound/collie cross and from then on we were smitten with hounds.
She did at times suffer joint pain but never ever let that get in the way of a swim or a run.
Glucosamine tablets certainly helped.
Jenny was pack leader no matter whose pack! She had four new dogs in her life and at times
you could see her raising her eyebrows when another new pup appeared on the scene.
We miss you girl
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....
They will not go quietly, the dogs who have shared our lives. In subtle ways they let us know their spirit still survives.
Old habits still make us think we hear them at the door. Or step back when we drop a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place the food dish used to be, And sometimes, coming home at night we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new friends and a new food dish to fill, That one place in our hearts belongs to them...and always will.