As many of you know that we suffered a great loss in our lives last week. Jesse (our Springer Spaniel) was attached by 2 pit bulls in our backyard. He suffered a big gash in his chest/neck area, several bites on his nose, his canine tooth was twisted, and all the bruising in his entire body was too much for him to recover. After being in the hospital 4 days and having 2 operations, he passed about 1:20am Saturday morning.  This has left a BIG hole in our lives. Our house is too quiet, not that Jesse was noisy. But with two dogs, playing and following me around it was louder.  I think of all the places he would normally be and he isn’t there……So please understand while I work through this tragedy that I won’t be posting regularly.

Jesse would sit and just survey the yard. I took this photo not too long ago.

While I was taking a shower, this is how he would lay on our bed. On my husbands pillow, one leg up. Not on the blanket I have on the bed for him…….

He was my husbands dog. When Dave was having some anxiety issues, Jesse was always right next to him. It was like he knew something wasn’t right. We found out yesterday that his mama is a hospice dog. I guess the apple doesn’t fall from the tree…..He was such a sweet boy. We miss him so much.

Thank you for your patience,


  1. Oh my gosh! This is terrible. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. We are so very sorry for your loss. Jesse was a beautiful doggie.. I loved seeing him each time I visited your home. I pray that God will bring you and Dave peace and comfort. I cannot imagine your loss. hugs!!!!!

  3. Deanette Linville

    So sorry about your loss! Jesse was a beautiful “fur baby”! Will be thinking about you and your family!

  4. Oh my I am so very sorry for the loss of your fur baby. Prayers for strength . He is always by your side watching over you and your hubby.

  5. What a beautiful & precious dog!! I’m so sorry that you & Dave are going through this & I’ll keep you in my prayers.

    • cindeewilkinson

      Thanks Cheryl….He was my husbands dog for sure. Helped him when he was having anxiety issues.

  6. Cindee So sorry for your loss Beautiful Jesse who loved and was so loved. Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Cynthia Berquist

    Oh Cindee,
    So very sorry for your loss! There is never a good time to lose a pet, but having it attacked is horrible. Our thoughts are definitely with you as our beloved, Westie was suddenly murdered by a coyote. Please try and take all the time you need. With Much Sympathy!

    • cindeewilkinson

      Thank you Cynthia. I’m so sorry for losing your fur baby. Its so hard. But to not have any pets in our life would be even harder.

  8. I am so sorry. For You and Your Husbands loss!! Jesse looked like such a wonderful dog and companion!!

  9. Cindee,
    I am so very sorry. It is always hard to lose a dog but a sudden, tragic loss like this is heartbreaking. I hope you find peace soon.

  10. Oh, I am so very sorry! Our dog is a member of our family and I am sure yours was too!

  11. This breaks my heart! I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  12. Oh, Cindee, how awful to lose that handsome boy and especially in that horrifying way. As long time dog (and cat) owners as well, we deeply sympathize and are so sorry for you and your family.

  13. I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. Out pets are so much a part of our families that when something happens to them we grieve deeply.
    He sure is a beautiful dog. I’ll be thinking of you.

  14. Ruthie Williams

    I am so very sorry for your terrible loss. What a needless tragedy. We have dogs and a cat, a very special part of our family and it is so very hard when we lose one. Bless your hearts…I can’t believe how awful this is. My heart goes out to you all. My thoughts and prays are with you. What a sweet precious family member, a sweet blessing Jesse was…may your special memories carry you through this very difficult time.

    • cindeewilkinson

      Thank you Ruthie. Yes, his memory goes on. We have a scrapbook of Jesse. Need to add more photos.

  15. Words cannot even come close to expressing how sorry I am for your loss. My heart breaks for you and your family. You are in my prayers.

  16. I’m so sorry about Jesse. Pets can be such a wonderful source of support and joy. I love hearing about dogs who help people in so many different ways. May God bless you and your family and heal your hearts.

    • cindeewilkinson

      Thank you KJ. He was a great comfort to my hubby when he was having some medical issues. Knew just what to do. I don’t know how, as he was never trained.

  17. Oh, Cindee, I am so sorry to hear about you losing your precious dog! I have tragically lost a dog that I dearly loved, so I truly do sympathize with your pain. I will remember you and your hubby in my prayers. You have some beautiful photos of Jesse, so maybe (when you are ready) you could put them together in a little album/scrapbook using some of the sweet SU! doggie stamps and accessories. That helped me work through the grief. God Bless You, Tina

    • cindeewilkinson

      Thanks Tina! I already have the book of Jesse. Will be adding lots more photos. My grandkids love to look through my albums.

  18. Evelyne Herrault

    Tellement désolée. Il était si beau .

  19. As a pet owner myself, I know how difficult it is when we lose a “four-legged family member”……..I do hope that the owners of those pit bulls have taken responsibility & have helped with the expense of vet bills. I know that doesn’t help much but it is something!! So very, very sorry about your best friend.

    • cindeewilkinson

      Thanks Karen! Not sure how all of the financial things are going to pan out. The dogs have been put down. But he still has two other Pit Bulls…….

  20. Cindee, although we have never met I do follow your blog and love all that you share. After reading this post, my heart just broke for you. I completely understand your pain and sorrow having suffered a sudden loss of our sweet Jack Russell. They really do leave paw prints on our hearts. My thoughts are with you and your family and hope the wonderful memories will help to ease your sadness and help you smile again soon.

  21. Gloria Plunkett

    Cindee my heart breaks for you and Dave, please know you’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  22. Cindee – I’m so sorry for the terrible tragedy, and your loss of sweet Jesse. You and your husband have my most sincere sympathy. I can see by the pictures that Jesse was well loved. What a handsome boy. I know he will always have a special place in your hearts and minds. My thoughts go out to you all.

  23. Sharon Broussard

    I am so sorry for your loss! Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers!

  24. I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Your pictures of him are wonderful as are your memories.

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