We met Jazz 11 years ago. She was a tiny, brindle pup. At nine months, she had been rescued from a puppy mill in Montreal and we found her through BoxerRescue. It was the start of a beautiful friendship. It took her awhile to get used to the loud noises of the city - my husband and I still laugh at the memory of carrying her across the street to the park because the streetcars made her stop in her tracks and not budge. We later had two children, and Jazz was so gentle and welcoming. It wasn't long before she became their protector, and their playmate. The years with Jazz were wonderful. She was calm, yet wonderfully wiggly. And she was never sick, until three years ago when we noticed that she seemed stiff and a bit shaky and an xray confirmed that she had developed a debilitating, untreatable spinal disease which made it difficult for her to use her back legs without pain. Though she could no longer walk for long periods, or play with other dogs, Jazz would still try to chase squirrels in our backyard, often stumbling. Soon she could no longer climb stairs in our house and no longer visited the children's bedrooms as she liked to do. The last few months were tough, as she also developed what our vet thought was a neurological issue that affected her front legs. She began to flip her paws under and cross her legs until she'd collapse. We carried her everywhere until she could no longer hold herself up and the decision that we dreaded and could not believe seemed to have been made for us. On May 9, 2013, Jazz went to sleep in my arms. Our house is incredibly quiet now and we often think we hear her paw-steps, even though she hadn't walked on her own for a long time. We love you, Jazz. Thanks for so many good times. And thank you, BoxerRescue for helping us meet this special girl. We'll love her forever.
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