Sunday, November 21, 2010

Carolyn Westbrook: At the Plantation

(Pictured here: Victoria and Jack)
Back home at the Plantation and all of you that know me, know how I always talk about our big, black lab, Jack. He was the protector of the house and all who live here. He kept the skunks, coyotes, and everything else away, and was always waiting at the end of the road to welcome me home. He would run beside my truck and lead the way into the drive with tail wagging and his big ol' tongue hanging out. We have had many dogs and still have three others, but none would take the place of Jack. Just before I left for NYC, as I had to walk down to the barn to get something, Jack ran before me, as he always did, to make sure that all was clear and to protect me.

He would stand in front of me and hold me back, many times, while he chased a cat out or a huge buzzard that was once nesting there. We noticed that he had been limping and the vet suggested arthritis. During the Halloween Weenie Roast and Hayride, I noticed he was having a hard time getting around. We took him for an x-ray and bad news...bone cancer. He did not last long and he passed this week and it was a very teary good-bye. He was one of our family.
He will be sorely missed and reminds us of how important it is to be thankful for the little things and enjoy every being that is in your life, as we never know when that can change. So, this Thanksgiving, I will be reminded once again, to count our blessings and to thank God for all of the creatures and blessings in our life. I appreciate every one of you that support me through the things that I am able to do.
Happy Thanksgiving to any and all who are reading this and my thanks to you!!!

xoxo Carolyn
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tracy mooney said...

Hi Carolyn, Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm very sorry to hear about Jack. Tracy

Patricia said...

My heart goes out to you.....I know how you feel. Dear Jack is in heaven now, running, chasing balls, eating treats......

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Sounds like Jack was a wonderful dog, I know he will be missed... so sorry for your loss! Blessings~~~ Daphne

Sissy said...

No words....just tears.

trash talk said...

I am so so sorry. He was such a sweet gentle giant. Our dogs are part of the much so that it's so hard to say goodbye to them. I truly believe God made dogs just to love us in those moments when no one else will.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. It's truly been an amazing year for you...and you deserve it...nobody works harder for it than you!
Blessing my friend...


Trisha said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your "family" pet. How heartbreaking to lose such a loyal friend.
Trisha Evans
A Vintage White

Stephanie said...

Carolyn - my heart breaks for you! I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. I have a Vizsla - my Riley - and I wonder sometimes if I love her too much. I can't imagine not having her. Thank you for the reminder to be thankful and to cherish each moment!

Debra@Common Ground said...

So so hard to lose one of our pets, when they are really part of our family and "loved ones". Sweet tribute to you friend, Carolyn. Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

Verbena nested treasures said...

I am so sorry Carolyn. I Understand your love for Jack as I have my love Ellie who is always by my side. I believe Jack will always be with you now you have a new guardian angle. Chin up. xo Laura

Sandy said...

I'm so sorry to read about dear Jack. Dogs are angels before they pass, even.

Thanks for all the pictures, and I'm so amazed at ABC Carpet -- I drive past it every Friday and never knew it was so nice. The one out in the outlet center by me isn't great.

Congratulations on your beautiful new book -- loved your show pictures!

P.S. – I’m having a Jeanne d’Arc Living Christmas Giveaway!

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

Victoria said...

Your sweet spirit always comes thru in the messages your write. I, for one believe, Jack is just waiting for you now at the end of another drive. Peace be with you.