I haven’t actually introduced my dog Jerzee on this blog, so I thought I would take this opportunity to do so.
I got Jerzee as a Christmas present from my then boyfriend in 2006. This was two months before that boyfriend became my fiancé and later my now husband. He was smart about getting me Jerzee before proposing. He knew the way to my heart.
Jerzee is super smart. I showed some of the tricks that she is able to do in an earlier post. I know a lot of dog owners swear that their dogs understand them, but she really has picked up a lot of words. I’m not really sure exactly how many words she knows. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with the tone of my voice more than actual words. Still, it’s cool to be able to say things and she just does them.
Jerzee is also helpful. She has been so great with my transition into becoming a Behavior Foster Volunteer with the SPCA. Whenever a new dog comes into our home, both of our dogs accept them into our pack, and help make the socialization process that much easier. Of course, it helps that there are treats involved.
But my favorite thing about Jerzee is what she has meant to me these last couple of years. When I had my first miscarriage, I had it at home. She never left my side that week. When I came home from the hospital last November, she stayed by my side then as well. Whenever I’m having a bad day, she just seems to know. When I’m face down on the floor, crying and praying, all of the sudden, I feel a little nose pushing its way to my face, reminding me that God is here and present, even if it’s through a canine connection.
Jerzee is such a blessing in my life. Dogs obviously mean so much to me, but Jerzee has an extra special place in my heart. She helps me with my foster dogs. She helps me when I’m down. She is an amazing example of unconditional love, and one of the greatest earthly gifts that God has given me. I’m so thankful to have her in my life!