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.

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This is my friend, Joyce.

1 This is my friend, Joyce.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Black Jack, here with his toy pheasant, was a champion field dog and became the perfect new companion for Joyce.

4 Black Jack, here with his toy pheasant, was a champion field dog and became the perfect new companion for Joyce.

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.

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.

His favorite toy was his bee which was a present from Aunt Kate. This toy was from the first collection of Martha Stewart Pets.

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.

His new relaxing life included a comfortable bed to enjoy the outdoor weather – never far from his new companion, Joyce.

7 His new relaxing life included a comfortable bed to enjoy the outdoor weather – never far from his new companion, Joyce.

When it was time to nap, the bee was always by Jack’s side.

8 When it was time to nap, the bee was always by Jack’s side.

Jack was very loyal to the family favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers and had his own Steeler blanket for naps.

9 Jack was very loyal to the family favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers and had his own Steeler blanket for naps.

This is Bella with her 4 puppies - 3 males and 1 female.

10 This is Bella with her 4 puppies - 3 males and 1 female.

Bobby and Lin took the puppies to the vet for their first checkup and shots.

11 Bobby and Lin took the puppies to the vet for their first checkup and shots.

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.

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.

Dayton and Ranger loved carrying their toys outside to play in the planters.

13 Dayton and Ranger loved carrying their toys outside to play in the planters.

Bo Jangles became an avid swimmer and was equipped with his own life jacket.

14 Bo Jangles became an avid swimmer and was equipped with his own life jacket.

Soon, the pheasant toy that belonged to his Grandfather, Jack, became a favorite toy to take swimming with him.

15 Soon, the pheasant toy that belonged to his Grandfather, Jack, became a favorite toy to take swimming with him.

Three generations of English Springer Spaniels now enjoy spending their days together - Black Jack, the grandfather, Bella, the mother, and Bo jangles, the grandson.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comments (12)

  • What a sweet and endearing post today.

    Thank you for sharing! :)

    gail

  • Good morning everyone,
    I like that bee toy. Very bright That would have made a nice pillow for the Springers. Those Bull Mastiffs are neat dogs too. Karen always says as painful it is to lose a dog, she would never willingly be without one. She is always hugging us and kissing us, telling us how much she loves us and how smart we are. She tells us we give her so many happy memories that live in her heart. I don't know how something can live in your heart but ............
    Well, guess what, no rain till later today and then rain all day for the next several days. Sooooooo, I better get out on the deck and get in some time out there before my Maddox Spot is all wet and soggy again.
    What are you guys up to? Enjoy the day
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good morning ladies,
    What a great Mom Joyce is. What a great home she's made for her special friends.
    It's going to be hot and stormy this afternoon. My new friend Tori will be coming to work in a few minutes. She is here at work on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. She's cute.
    Time for my morning nap!
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Morning all - How nice to read the history of Joyce's fur kids. Thanks for sharing and the pictures bring a smile; difficult to say which one is the cutest, they are all priceless. It finally stopped raining for awhile, but there's more on its way. ;(. Hope all my buddies are doing okay so far today.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hello Joyce, Black jack, Maddox and all my glue squad buddies,
    Welcomee to the glue squad! How nice to see the bull mastiffs and springer family. Abby really likes that bee toy. She enjoys her stuffed animals and rearranges them on a regular basis. Dogs and cats bring so much pleasure into their people's lives. We help them remember to laugh and live every day to the fullest. Maddox, hope you find a sunny deck spot.
    Mom is getting ready to go to the library before work.
    Hugs, purrrs, and high paws to all the glue squad!!
    James Byron Dean the persian boy cat

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad + Kate Lewis and Joyce Today! How nice that Kate was able to share such a nice blog today about Joyce and her beautiful dogs! Mom and I love that both of you love having dogs we both miss our dogs that die and Mom always gets new ones to keep her happy! I still miss my Cricket who taught me how to be a good boy! All of these photos and comments are great and I love meeting new dogs, cats, and people whenever I can! Maddox, Mom and I understand how Karen feels about dogs and we love them all, too! We will have rain today and tomorrow and it's just cloudy right now! Hope to hear from the rest of you Glue Squaders real soon! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Loved this...It is so awesoeme...Maybe a little partial as Joyce is someone we have known for 42 years...the dogs are so lucky to have Joyce as their owner...Miss seeing you Kate, hope all is well with you...I'm passing this on to Bo and maybe he can have one of the girls in the office link this to his website...xxx

  • Oh WOW, what beautiful dogs! :-) love all the photos, just adorable...Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs to all,
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • What a great story! Thank you for sharing this. Wishing for a long and happy continued life for all. :smile:

  • Hello Girls, G.K. & all my Glue Squad Buddies,
    Thank you girls for sharing this wonderful story about Joyce and her furry kids. Will they be blogging too? I hope so, to see how they are doing. Very late today. I patrolled my kingdom early and then my people sister, Sara came and spent the day making blankets under Mom's and my supervision. Mom can't make them with her "pain in the neck", but she taught Sara. So I am hot, tired and a bit grouchy I am not proud to say. I growled at Sara when she kissed me goodbye. I hate myself after that happens, but they are getting fewer and farther in between incidents. Have a GEM of an evening all.
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • So sorry, I meant Kate Lewis's friend, Joyce and her furry kids in my post. See, I am very tired. Better go nap.
    Love,
    Ruby

  • Wonderful tribute to a wonderful person that made her dogs special and they gave it all back because that's what dogs do. They make us feel loved unconditionally. Many of us would be lost without our companions.

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