About J

Jasper is a Vizsla dog. He’s actually the best Vizsla dog in the world, but of course I’m biased. He loves swimming, cuddling, digging in the snow, laying in the sun and sleeping. Oh, and anything made out of peanut butter. This is the story of his life. And someday soon, his death. I hope you’ll come to know and love his as much as we do.

p.s. You can follow the adventure by joining Jasper’s Facebook group.

p.p.s. Jasper passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 3, 2010. This blog is now a tribute to the nine beautiful years he spent with us. We also hope it will provide some level of comfort and insight to others who have pets with cancer.

Jasper in his favorite dog park


11 Responses to “About J”

  1. Donna Kliniewski June 29, 2010 at 5:47 PM #

    Hi! I am so happy to meet another Vizsla LOVER. So sorry to hear about your baby’s illness…I don’t know what else to say about it.

  2. Karen Lampman August 12, 2010 at 6:10 PM #

    As a V owner myself I just can’t imagine…..I can hardly see the keyboard through my tears right now…

  3. ami klegstad August 31, 2010 at 11:00 AM #

    I came across your website/story from your photos on Sarah Beth’s Photography blog and am truly touched. As my 4-year old vizsla sleeps curled up on the couch right now, I am all teared up reading your posts. I can see the love and joy you have for Jasper through the photos and know it’s exactly the same love I have for my own. I cannot imagine my life without her. There is no greater dog companion in the world, other than a vizsla! I love the quote your vet said about dogs living in the moment and not waiting for the next birthday or christmas. It’s so true! If only humans could be as wise as our dogs. Thinking of Jasper and sending lots of vizsla licks from our Lucy!!

    • treubold August 31, 2010 at 12:11 PM #

      Aww, thanks for such a nice comment. 🙂 Lucy is lucky to have such a great companion, and yes, Vizslas are the best! Four is still really young, so I hope you have many more happy years together!

  4. Jill September 17, 2010 at 12:52 PM #

    I found out about your blog through SaraBeth’s blog. Since following, I have always wanted to comment. I lost my first dog 5 years ago. I have a second, a little girl who healed my heart and completed my home again after I lost my first. After I got her, I wondered “how was I so lucky to get the two best dogs in the world?” I read these entries and the tears fall, you describe the emotions so well, I find myself thinking “yes, that is exactly how this process felt.” My first girl had congestive heart failure so I had a year of “waiting” before she passed-a year spent in and out of the vet, scary ER visits, meds, scans…it’s so hard. In your case, cancer, I can’t imagine and I am so sorry. I am sorry for the worry that I know you feel, the overwhelming sadness, and for all that Jasper is having to go through. I am comforted by how devoted you are to him. Today I leave this because you wrote this: “I know I’m supposed to be enjoying the brief time we have left, but I keep getting caught thinking of the moment we’ll have to say good-bye.” This feeling I also know so well. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    • treubold September 17, 2010 at 10:29 PM #

      Jill, thank you for such a touching message. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss and all that you had to go through, too. Messages like yours are really amazing and mean a lot to me. The way you wrote about the “waiting” is exactly how I feel, too. It’s such a roller-coaster of emotions. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, and I wish you all the best.

  5. Bill Phillipy March 18, 2011 at 11:02 PM #

    You stood up for your dog and did a great job. Your dedication stands as a tribute to his memory. Today (3/18/11) at 4:00 PM EST, we had to euthanize our beloved Vizsla “Reggie”. He was 11 years old, and had advanced Lmyphosarcoma. Reading your story has provided some solace, but this is heartbreaking. He was our 3rd Vizsla and the 2nd to die of cancer. What a terrible outcome this is, but life must go on.

    • treubold March 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM #

      Bill, I’m so very sorry to hear about your loss. I know words are never enough, but I’ll be thinking of you today.

  6. Lynne Powers October 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM #

    I am so very sorry about Jasper. He sounds wonderful!
    My 1 year old vizsla is curled up on the couch with me, and my 11 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback is asleep on her cushy dog bed. The ridgeback has cancer. I hold my breath every time I step into the house after I have left her…
    I lost my oldest ridgeback in February of this year. She was 14. She beat cancer when she was about 5.
    I lost my youngest ridgeback (she was 8) last march to mystery ailments, but in the end her kidneys failed. Both died in my arms, the oldest with “assisted” euthanasia.
    Thanks for sharing your story.
    I wish you peace.


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