Thursday, December 9th, 2021: Broken hearts this week. A tribute to our fallen canine Jared. And other things…

You might have noted we have been away from the microphone this week.

To explain, let me tell you what has been happening this past several weeks, and I hope you will relate.

First, our oldest dog, Jared, had been slowing down of late. As the cooler weather arrived, we noted that he was breathing in a labored fashion. Then, a couple weeks ago I noticed he was coughing and hacking.

This all happened very quickly in terms of when it started, when we noticed, and what happened Tuesday.

We took Jared, who was almost 13, to our Animal Clinic, and after a visual exam, the doctor wanted to get a couple of XRAYS to see what was happening. By this point, Jared’s breathing was getting mre and more rattly and raspy.

The XRAYS(MIND YOU, i AM NOT AN ACTUAL DOCTOR) clearly showed that there was a lot of soft tissue growing inside of his lungs that should not have been there. It was a worst-case scenario. Systemic Metastatic cancer in his lungs and quickly spreading throughout his body.

At that point we didn’t really have any choice. He was struggling just to take a breath. He was weary, tired and had run his race bravely.

As much as it may hurt, we had to let him go.

We first met Jared(affectionately called Jare-bear) on August 18th, 2009. He had us a hello. He needed a home. He needed love. And so we adopted him from a rescue shelter. He was a very enthusiastic puppy. At one point, his teething problem threatened to put us out of house and home, a he attempted to chew a hole in the house. The balusters on the front deck were nearly shredded into toothpicks that first fall. somehow, Jared lost his appetite for wood, and we became inseparable.

Jared loved to talk. If he wanted attention, he would sit in front of us, or close by, and would just start jabbering in low throat tones. I eventually started talking back to him and we developed a series of howls and he would try to harmonize.

As we said our last goodbyes Tuesday, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. I bawled from the depths of my heart and soul.

How we managed to go through the motions the remainder of the day is only by the grace of God. Yet there was a peace, in knowing that our boy was no longer suffering, and in believing that we shall see our boy again.

Also, these past several weeks, we have had computer-based problems that prevented us from delivering our show live as we would like.

I located a robust computer and put all my technical skills to the test. That process took a full 4 days.

I can happily report we appear to have solved the most serious problems, and things should get back to normal soon.

Emotionally we are spent, weary and in need of some time to recover from the loss of our Jared, and to focus on each other for a few more days.

And next week, we have some human medical issues to deal with, so we will be gone Monday the 13th. Will hopefully be back LIVE Tuesday the 14th.

Until then, we will schedule some best-of shows and ask for your prayers.

The 24-hour news cycle will survive a few more days without us.

Thank you all very much.

JJ, Susan and Allison