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My spirit shall live on forever.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life in eternal peace and happiness.

canine cancer survivor our hero Jerry

Though my people held me this morning as my body was peacefully laid to rest, my spirit shall live on forever here in this blog and these discussion forums.

We’ll share more experiences from my last days after we’ve had a little time to process my passing. But for now, suffice it to say that I am in a better place. Breathing easy and running free.

Let me just share with you this little Irish Blessing we first heard at my dear old friend Don’s wake. It perfectly summarizes how we want you to feel …

An Irish Blessing

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free!
I follow the plan God laid for me.

I saw his face, I heard his call,
I took his hand and left it all …
I could not stay another day,
To love, to laugh, to work or play;
Tasks left undone must stay that way.

And if my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss …
Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss.
My life’s been full, I’ve savoured much;
Good times, good friends, a loved-one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief –
Don’t shorten yours with undue grief.
Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,
Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow.

50 Responses to “My spirit shall live on forever.”

  1. Ken&Arleen Weiland October 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Hi, Rene and Jim! We are very sorry to hear of your loss of Jerry. He was a great dog. Love, Ken and Arleen

  2. I will always think of
    as my little


  3. Oh, Rene and Jim,

    Peter and I were out of town and out of touch last week. My heart just breaks for you over Jerry’s passing. You guys gave him such an amazing life, so I know for certain that you gave him a good passing as well. We should all be so lucky in the end.

    Peace (and lots of virtual doggie licks, too!),

    Diqui (and Raven, Aiki, Zoey and Timber)

  4. Dear Rene and Jim,

    I just had a chance to visit your site today… I am so, so sorry for the loss of your beloved Jerry…. you have my heartfelt sympathy. Jerry was such an inspiration to so many…. thank you for enabling him to live the quality life that he deserved. He was so blessed to have you for his pawrents…. as you were blessed to have him in your lives. I’m sure he is looking down on you and thanking you for a wonderful life, and a peaceful passing. Please find comfort in knowing that when you set him free, you gave him one last gift… and that gift was given out of your enduring love for him… we take on the pains of broken hearts to ensure our babies no longer suffer. Heaven must be such a wonderful place with all these loving fur souls up there. May God Bless you… I will keep you in my prayers.
    Debbie, Fly & Kimber
    Rainbow Bridge kids: Princess, Sheba, Trouble, and Jerry Lee

  5. Rene and Jim,
    We’re so sad for your loss — Jerry has been, and will be, such an inspiration to so many people who need to hear his story. Thanks for sharing so much of yourselves. I hope Jerry and Barley have tons of fun together until we get to see them again.

    Carey & Gregg

  6. Carolyn Freeman October 7, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Jim and Rene – Im am so very sorry to learn that Jerry has passed on – like many others here, he had become a household name in our family as I would log on daily and read his blog and then report his progress to my husband. Jerry and his pawrents have been a tremendous life line of support to me while Winston (golden retriever from Seattle) was going through amputation and recovery. Jerry had the most fantastic life and was clearly completely adored. I will miss him hugely. I like to think of him running on 4 legs now, eating sticks and grass rolling to his hearts content..

    Carolyn and Winston

  7. Mate and family just logged on today for the first time in over a week. We did not know it was such a week of ups and downs for Jerry and just want you to know we are thinking about all of you. We will miss Jerry very much, and feel better knowing he is up there with Mate’s son, Blacky who passed in April. They look a lot alike and I am sure they are chasing a giant Kobe beef ball down a grassy hill in slow motion!

    We have been so fortunate to have found Jerry’s website. He has been such an inspiration to all of us (3 legged, 4 legged and 2 legged). Jerry helped us so much throughout our journey with Mate. We could not have done it without his support and encouragement.

    Our thoughts are with you all.

    Long live Jerry,
    Mate and family

  8. the mclaughlin tribe October 6, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear ’bout Jerry Dog. We just ran into old camping pics with him and all 4 of his paws up at Shaver Lake. He’s up there somewhere, running on all 4’s all over again. We’ll miss him this Christmas.

  9. Rene & Jim, there are no words to convey the sadness that we feel for both of you. Jerry will remain with us in spirit forever!

    Take Care
    Elaine & Family
    Riley & Schatzie

  10. oh guys, i am so heartbroken, i just saw this today.
    jerry was such an amazing dog and had such a wonderful spirit. i know we are so blessed to have met him and you both.
    with much love,
    michelle, stephen and sami

  11. Dear Jerry,

    It was a pleasure to meet you and your parents last September. Your energy and spirit will definitely live on and continue to inspire numerous others. I am positive that Finny was waiting for you on the other side with his big Irish Wolfhound grin and tail wagging. The two of you can play, and run, and prance and from time to time pause remember how loved you are by your folks.

    Much love,

  12. Lyrics from Long Time Traveller by the Wailin’ Jennys

    These fleeting charms of earth
    Farewell, your springs of joy are dry
    My soul now seeks another home
    A brighter world on high

    I’m a long time travelling here below
    I’m a long time travelling away from home
    I’m a long time travelling here below
    To lay this body down

    Farewell kind friends whose tender care
    Has long emgaged my love
    Your fond embrace I now exchange
    For better friends above

    I’m a long time travelling here below
    I’m a long time travelling away from home
    I’m a long time travelling here below
    To lay this body down…

  13. Jerry

    As if by some great providence, we met before our journey began. You couldn’t join us then but now you’ll be walking with us the rest of the way.

    May you and Malcolm meet and become eternal mates, my friend.

    We are all blessed by that spirit which is yours…

    Me & the Boys

  14. Oh Jerry, my heart is crying-run fast and run free, sweet boy. Go chase those butterflies at the Bridge till your people come to get you. Thank you for being such an inspiration to all!

    Love always,
    Kathy&Angel Maggie, Mylo, Rusty, Buddy and Pearl.

  15. Jerry had the BEST life with you!

    Somewhere (maybe here?) I read: “Not gone–just gone on ahead.”

    Love and strength to you both.

  16. Jerry I am going to miss you so, you were one of my first real dog pals and I hope to be half the dog you were. I know how much your parents loved you and I wish I could put my head on Rene’s and Jim’s laps to comfort them right now. I am happy to know that you now get to be free of your pain and that your life here was lived to the fullest. My parents are so very sad about your passing and I had to take over the typing since mom couldn’t stop crying.

    I will miss you Jerry and thank you for the wonderful times we had together.

    Love George

  17. Dearest Jerry, I know you’re running free and watching over your pawrents as they cope with their loss. You have been such a godsend to so many doggies and their pawrents. Your family was blessed with the time they had with you, and blessed you with all their love.

    Jerry’s family, please accept deepest sympathy from my family for your loss. We have seen from your blogs and forum comments that you are among the most caring people we know–and we wish we knew you in person. This website is a tribute to your wonderful nature and to Jerry, who will live on in our hearts for years to come.


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