Jenny our beloved springer spaniel

by Jay and Gwenna Hill

Jenny was one of a kind…to say the least.

Showing attitude the first day we picked her up, she continued her alpha female tendencies throughout her life. While she loved her “pack” and select others that gained her trust, she had little patience with other dogs or people that tried to infiltrate her narrow comfort zone. As far as her canine friends, there was little doubt that Jenny ran the house and yard. Yet, while she was quick to enforce one of her rules with one of the boys, she was quick to make up and reassure everyone that things were okay by licking the other dog’s faces. This activity became known around the house as “Jenny’s Kissing Club.”
Jenny was a joy to have as a pet, as she was up for just about anything we ever did. While she may not have enjoyed some of our activities, such as tubing down the river, she wasn’t about to be left out. Jenny got to run in the mountains, swim in streams and rivers, go for rides in the truck, sleep by the fireplace, and ride on the 4-wheelers. She loved to go with me fishing along the Snake River, as she loved the company of her canine friends and the outdoors where she could sniff, smell, and explore things of interest. One of her favorite past-times was to wait until one of the boys dropped their chew bone or let their attention wander, and then she would steal it. Jenny was a master at rawhide bone theft, and was quick to show her pride as she strutted around the room with the bone in her mouth while offering a victory growl.
Jenny had a lot of nick-names, but the one that stood out was the name of “Lou Lou.” Jenny was known for her tail wagging, as her tail rarely stopped wagging throughout her life. She was a model for good behavior, including when it came to cleaning her teeth, getting her haircuts, getting a bath, and just about any other activity. Jenny responded well to direction, and she trusted Gwenna and me to the fullest extent possible. In essence, Jenny was a model pet.
Perhaps Gwenna said it best on the day Jenny passed, “Jenny had only one job, and that was to make my heart smile every day.” Jenny did her job every day that she lived. With both Gwenna and I holding her, Jenny passed on July 25, 2008, of pancreatic cancer and was 12 years, 5 months, and 18 days old at the time of her death.
Sleep well our friend.

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Sep 29, 2010
by: Estie

What a beautiful springer! We lost our first springer, Yogurt, to hemangiosarcoma on July 28, 2005. She was 13 yrs old. Yes, it was awhile back, but we still miss her - even tho' our lives have been blessed with our two ESRA springers, Cassy who we got in October 2005, and Sammy who we fostered in April, 2007. They have taught us so very much - what's more important than each day, and brought us so much entertainment and......exercise!! Yogurt opened the way for us becoming involved in springer rescue, and our lives became much richer because of it. Yogurt was also a liver & white springer. You never quite get over the loss - it holds a special place in your heart. And the other springers that come along each get their own place in your heart!

Sep 23, 2010
by: Michele

She was absolutely beautiful! I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing our pets is so very difficult and only pet owners can truly understand this.

My Casey is a liver and white too. She will be 12 next month. I see signs of aging in her and I know one day I will be faced with making the same decision. It's something we don't want to do, but at the same time we're lucky to be able to have that option. We don't want our beautiful 4 legged friends to suffer.

I hope you will realize how much love you have in your hearts for a new dog. Not one that can take the place of Jenny, but one that will allow you to love and laugh and remember your Jenny with smiles instead of tears.

Take care -

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