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Oliver Jones

d. May 20, 2024

On 5/20/24 I said goodbye to my boy Oliver, a sweet Boston Terrier with batman-like ears and a mischievous streak which I adored. When I met Oliver, he was full of spirit and energy but over time diabetes took its toll on him and eventually stole his eyesight. Oliver was brave and took the pokes and needle sticks of insulin shots daily and loved to get paid in cheese for his participation. He leaned on me even more when his eyesight went from the diabetes, and this made our bond even closer. We still had fun and managed to make it work somehow. We were conquering diabetes and became experts at how to manage it and worked as a team. But then the dreaded diagnosis of Lymphoma came along with the news of a very limited time left. It was so unfair. Why cancer? I held Oliver even closer every night and told him how soon he would be pain free, running again and seeing again. I made a promise that we'd be together again one day but until then he would need to go ahead of me. Silly to say such things to a dog maybe, but Oliver and I had a special bond. He was my boy, a beautiful gift that came to me when I needed him the most and he needed me. I then gave him the last, hardest gift that sooner or later, all of us who love a pet will have to make. As Oliver left this world, nothing was left unsaid or unfinished. He understood how completely he was loved and that he would always be my boy. I watched him slip away, happy that he was free from his illnesses, but heartbroken that it was goodbye for now.  
 
 Oliver had lots of friends who were on the same diabetes journey. What a wonderful group that helped me keep him healthy. They were there for us, and we owe them so much! He also had several friends in town with his most favorite, at Wal-Mart. Strangers always wanted to stop and talk and fuss over him. He seemed to make friends everywhere. He was loved so much and had two dog brothers that tolerated his mischievousness. His most favorite thing was his blankets that he would cuddle and fall asleep into every night. I will cherish those. 
 
 Regardless of what was happening around me, Oliver was there, always making me laugh and getting me through my hardest days and keeping me grounded. God makes his little creatures, and they are a gift to us, and you are by far the best gift I've ever received. I will never forget how you smelled like sunshine and always put a smile on my face. Rest easy my boy and remember what mommy whispered to you. Until we meet again…
 

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