Jaffa’s Story ~ Hazel Bowyer, Victoria
It was a day to remember, when we finally made the decision that our home needed that extra special love of an Airedale again….
After learning from Sue Forrester, back in January ’05, that this little five year old girl needed a new home, we responded by making an appointment to meet!
Of course it was love at first sight, and we knew immediately that Jaffa was right for us. We noticed how shy and timid she was, but her gentleness could not be ignored.
It wasn’t easy for Jaffa to come into a new home alone…so there was some adjusting that had to be made, for her and us!! It took her a good two years to blossom into a more confident, happy girl. And we look at her now and marvel at the journey she has made.
Being as quiet as she is, we were stunned when we introduced Jaffa to her Airedale friends at our first ‘Beach Day’ encounter! She was very inquisitive, but the moment she reached the beach and saw all the Airedales galloping around, she was beside herself with excitement and could not stop barking!! (she may even have come home with a sore throat!)
And, just to let you know, she still doesn’t bark…except a quick ‘woof’ at smaller dogs and mischievous cats when we’re out walking!
The years have passed and Jaffa is now enjoying her ‘senior’ years. She suffered a mild stroke not long ago, so we’re enjoying her unconditional love and returning same, keeping her comfortable and happy in our ‘airedale’ home!
Thank you to the Airedale Rescue team, for the wonderful work you are doing in the rescue of our beloved Airedale companions!
On 28 August 2013, we received this email from Jaffa’s Mum Hazel:
Dear Sue and Bill,
Need to jump in the ‘deep end’ and let you know about dear sweet Jaffa…..
Just to fill you in on the last few months…Jaffa has been ‘slowing up’ somewhat, mainly because of her heart murmur/condition, but also a big sarcoma that was removed from her lower back a few months ago. It was a big operation for her, but she bounced back until a few weeks ago.
Yesterday she suddenly deteriorated to the point where she was a very unhappy puppy – in a lot of pain, coughing a lot and couldn’t walk comfortably. Since the weekend, we’ve also been watching another big lump coming up near where the other one was.
A trip to Kirsty (our vet) indicates that she probably has another tumour deep down, her heart rate is slightly elevated, but not a specific concern. We have decided that Jaffa won’t go through more surgery, but for quality of life, we need to control her pain and quickly.
Today she was pumped with antibiotics, pain relief by injection and an increase of her oral heart tablets. Tomorrow we go back to Kirsty to check on Jaffa’s progress overnight.
Sadly, this is a day to day thing now, and if she’s a ‘poor puppy’ tomorrow still, and the medications haven’t helped, we have to make the decision whether Jaffa goes over the ‘Rainbow Bridge’. If she’s just an ‘off puppy’ tomorrow, then we may keep on with the treatment. We’re not going to stretch this out for our sake….quality of life is paramount.
So sorry to bring this sad news, but want to keep you both ‘in the loop’.
We do hope you’re both well and your family of Dales!!
Love from here
Hazel and Geoff xx
29th August 2013
Thanks so much for your lovely words…
Sadly, we let Jaffa go to that ‘better place’ over Rainbow Bridge this morning. With heavy hearts we held her close, and she slipped away very peacefully.
Unfortunately, the medicines she had yesterday didn’t show any improvement in Jaffa’s condition…she was still a very tired girl and there was none of her ‘sparkle’ that we know so well.
She is now sleeping peacefully, with all her other friends in that beautiful place!!
Our tears come and go, and we will miss her terribly, but we know that her pain and suffering couldn’t continue.
Thank you for all you do with the Airedale Rescue. Geoff and I feel very privileged and grateful for the opportunity to love and care for Jaffa for the last 8 years.
Love to you all