Member Spotlight: floodjlc
Jason and his wife Kara
Hello, my name is Jason. I am 32 years old and live in Chittenango NY. My wife and I have been married since Oct. of 2008 and met in our hometown of Massena NY. We both enjoy being as active as possible. She runs marathons, we both snowboard, we both love working out and I skateboard as much as my body will let me. I am a manager of a movie theater and my wife is a registered dietician. I also run a small video production company called Final Edit Video Productions where I do small projects here and there.
I have had a dog my whole life and we both just love animals. I got my first dog in kindergarden, his name was Brownie and he was a hound dog. He was such a wonderful dog and I couldn't have asked for a better friend. I had him until I finished my freshman year of college. That June when I came home the vet said it was time to start thinking about putting him to sleep. He went deaf, blind and could barely walk he was in so much pain. It was the saddest thing for me to see my one time strong active dog so frail and in so much pain. I made the decision to do it and it was the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my life. Two nights before it happened I just sat up with him and pet him the whole night until about 5 am. His last night I just wanted him to rest and be at peace. When I brought him to the place I went in with him as they did it. Everybody kept telling me I should not go in with him it will be too hard. There was no way I was going to let him go in there without me, he was my dog and with me almost my entire life. I will never forget that last breath he took as his head lay in my arms it still breaks my heart to this day.
A couple months after Brownie passed I got an Akita puppy who I named Shadow. He was such a strong loyal loving dog. He had so much personality and loved his family so much. I was with him less as I was back and forth at college and eventually moved out on my own. I did not want to take him away from his home so he kind of became my dads dog. This past June Shadow passed away at 13 years old. My dad went outside to take care of him in the morning and Shadow was lying under the canoo in the shade where he liked to lay, his head resting on his two front paws. He never woke back up that morning. My parents and myself were both heartbroken with the loss of another friend. Shadow was fortunate enough to have no problems up until his death, no arthritis no pain no nothing. And I am very thankful we did not have to make the decision like we did with Brownie.
And now to our wonderful Bulldog Winston. My wife Kara has always wanted an English Bulldog so we decided to finally get one back in 2008......there was a slight problem though, our apartment complex did not allow pets. We have lived there so long and were so sick of not having a dog. So I decided to try and cheat the system. Our complex did not allow pets but it had to allow a companion animal due to the law. So my wife went to the Dr and made up a whole story about how she gets extremely anxious when she is home alone (I used to work a lot of nights) and how she knows if she had a dog it would calm her down. After enough coxing she convinced the Dr. to write a letter to the owner of our complex saying we have to get a dog due to Kara's medical issue. He tried fighting it but lucky for us one of my friends is a lawyer and helped us out. Well the owner had no choice but to allow it (He was not a happy camper). So now we had to do our research and find a breeder. We found someone we liked and took a trip to NJ to pick up Winston. It was love at first sight. I kept telling my wife on the way there if anything is sketchy about this place we are not getting a dog from them and lets not rush the decision lets talk to them for a while first. Well we arrived I saw Winston picked him up and said, Yup he's mine I will take him. My wife still laughs at me about that. But with that big pile of wrinkles in my hand and his brown eyes staring at me I could not resist I instantly fell in love with him.
Winston was an instant hit with everybody at our apartment complex. It was funny because EVERYONE knew Winston's name even though most people did not even know my wife and I. I would take him out to do his business and people would be yelling Winston and coming up to us and petting him. Winston has had quite a few issues since we have had him but he is still loving life. Winston suffers from epilepsy and at 8 months old he started with the seizures. It was such a scary thing and we had to rush him to the vet hospital because he would not stop seizing. He also suffers from elbow dysplasia and he will drag his front paws when he walks. Its sad because he thinks he is such a little athlete but we cant walk him on any hard surface or his paws bleed. So its grass walks only for us.
My wife and I moved into our first home this past November. We were so excited to give Winston his own yard to play and run around in. Four days after moving in one of any dog owners worst nightmares came true. We lost him.
Winston is a true fighter who never gives up and we are both so very lucky that he is in our lives. Since moving in to our new home he has seemed to be a lot more healthy. I am wondering if it is because we have hardwood floors throughout so there is less dust than there was in the carpet in our old apartment complex. The snow has finally melted here and he loves his yard so we could not be more pleased. Also there is a very nice canal right down the road from us with a nice groomed trail for walking, perfect for Winston and his paws! I cant imagine our life without Winston and on the same note I love him so much I don't know if he could ever be replaced with another bulldog. My wife insists that we will always have a bulldog though....ha ha. Funny thing is that even though it was supposed to be her dog he has a stronger bond with me. He never leaves my side for more than a minute. When Winston and I are home together all day he is usually sleeping at my feet. Kara will come in and he will run to her and great her and 2 minutes later he is back by my side.
Thanks everyone for reading and sorry it was so long winded.
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