Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jessie, Wonder Dog of the North

Yesterday I mentioned my previous German Shepherd Jessie, and how much she loved snow. Remembering her always brings a smile, because she was the greatest dog that ever lived.

She was intelligent beyond anything I'd ever experienced with a dog. I'd read somewhere that the average German Shepherd has the language comprehension of a 2 year old child, and Jessie certainly matched or exceeded that. We would caution- "watch what you say around the dog!"

Jessie beat the odds multiple times, overcoming a run-in with a car as a puppy, a 'discovered in the nick of time' spleen that was about to rupture, and lymphoma, living to the ripe old age of 13 - old for a German Shepherd. The years since her death in 2004 have only served to elevate her status as the greatest dog that ever lived. It's funny, the beloved pets of our past become more saintly with each passing year, and we tend to forget they ever did anything wrong. Or at least that's what I've heard. Jessie never did anything wrong, so I wouldn't know.

That dog loved the cold and snow of northern Minnesota. She was born and raised in the south, so I was surprised to discover how quickly she adapted to life Up North. One of her favorite games involved her orange ball. I'd toss it into a snowbank, and she would pounce with delight on the spot where it had disappeared and proceed to dig it out (maybe she was part terrier??). At other times she had to put up with me and my antics, like making her pose with the snow dog I created.

Then I decided that Snow Dog looked lonely and needed a Snow Owner, so I created one. She obliged me by posing with the whole family.

"Good dog Jessie! Now we can go play with the orange ball some more!"

What a great dog she was, the best that ever lived.

(in spite of herself, she was curious)


  1. Thank you for sharing memories of Jessie; she sounds like a remarkable companion to have been blessed with. (((BIGHUG)))

  2. I was lucky enough to know Jessie and she was all that and more (St. Jessie).

  3. Even though i didn't know her long, she liked us from what I can recall!

  4. Jessie was the most remarkable dog I have ever known. I loved it when she herded me into your office.

  5. Jessie was the best!!! A true gentle spirit. I miss her still. Love, Theresa

  6. I loved reading this! We just lost our beloved German Shepherd, Max, last May. He was a rescue dog we had for three years - I think he was 15 when he died. He ended up in a wheelchair for the last year and a half of his life due to degenerative myelopathy and was the most amazing dog I've ever known. I love the pictures of your Jessie with the snow dog, so cute! What a beautiful girl.
    If you're interested, Here is some of Max's story:

  7. Thanks everyone - yes, Jess was one special dog. More than just a dog - she was a kind, wise and wonderful soul. Even though she's been gone 6 years now, I still think of her often. Heather, I loved reading about Max. Thanks for sharing that with me!

  8. That's adorable. Jessie sounds like she was an amazing dog :) She was a gorgeous girl.