June 12th, 2013
Saluting Special Companions
Posted by F&S
MSLO employee, Kate Lewis, has been a friend of ours for many years and she has a special posting today about her friend, Joyce and Joyce’s special dog companions. A warm welcome to Kate.
Francesca and Sharkey know that longtime friends are very special and it is really wonderful when a friend values the companionship and faithfulness of a pet. I have a friend, Joyce who has those Special Friends – Black Jack and Bo Jangles – in her life who make each day enjoyable. For many years, Joyce had the friendship of bull mastiffs, four in all – Laf, Dar, Max, and Stone. Bull Mastiffs were bred by English gamekeepers in the 19th century to assist English wardens or gamekeepers guard estates. After the passing of Stone in 2008, Joyce decided she needed a smaller dog. Her friends, Bobby and Lin, bred English Springer Spaniels and participated in field trials with their dogs. First held in England around the turn of the 20th century, a field trial gives a handler, and his or her dog, the opportunity to compete in the field with their peers in this retrieving sport. Black Jack was a champion field dog and became the perfect new companion for Joyce. In 2011, Joyce decided that Black Jack needed a companion. Black Jack’s daughter, Bella, who lives next door, was bred and a new generation was added to the household with the arrival of 4 puppies.
1 This is my friend, Joyce.
2 This was my favorite of Joyce's Bull Mastiffs, Maximilian. Max was given a miniature of himself by his Aunt Lorraine for Christmas one year.
3 The last Bull Mastiff Joyce owed was the regal Stone Cold Jackson. He was a brindle color which is a striped overlay over the basic coat color.
4 Black Jack, here with his toy pheasant, was a champion field dog and became the perfect new companion for Joyce.
5 After getting used to a house filled with area rugs and furniture, Jack found it easy to hang out in the kitchen with all his toys, inherited from his Bull Mastiff brothers.
6 His favorite toy was his bee which was a present from Aunt Kate. This toy was from the first collection of Martha Stewart Pets.
7 His new relaxing life included a comfortable bed to enjoy the outdoor weather – never far from his new companion, Joyce.
8 When it was time to nap, the bee was always by Jack’s side.
9 Jack was very loyal to the family favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers and had his own Steeler blanket for naps.
10 This is Bella with her 4 puppies - 3 males and 1 female.
11 Bobby and Lin took the puppies to the vet for their first checkup and shots.
12 The puppies grew and had fun playing with each other. Bo Jangles, on the left is the one Joyce selected. Dayton, on the right, went to a wonderful home in Springfield, Ill.
13 Dayton and Ranger loved carrying their toys outside to play in the planters.
14 Bo Jangles became an avid swimmer and was equipped with his own life jacket.
15 Soon, the pheasant toy that belonged to his Grandfather, Jack, became a favorite toy to take swimming with him.
16 Three generations of English Springer Spaniels now enjoy spending their days together - Black Jack, the grandfather, Bella, the mother, and Bo jangles, the grandson.
17 The dogs got a renovation to their sleeping room. The room was painted red and numerous dog prints were collected to surround them with many friendly faces while they slept.
18 Black Jack is 15 years old now and has been the perfect Special Companion for my friend, Joyce. I hope that everyone celebrates their friends and the special companions in their lives.
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