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Today I lost my Best Pal. Jerry Lee R.I.P.

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Jerry Lee has been my constant Companion, always at my side, since he was 10 months old. The late Paddy Hughes, who at one stage worked with the German Shepherds in Dublin Airport, got him for me from a Breeder in Carlow. Paddy knew that I wanted a companion so spent many months looking for the right dog for me. And boy, did he get me the very best German Shepherd that I could ever have wished for.

Jerry Lee was a quiet dog by nature, although he’s undergone Protection Dog Training prior to my acquiring him. Paddy phoned me up and asked me to call out to his house in Dunshaughlin. I left my eldest daughter Lisa and son Tom to the Airport as they were off on holidays to Lanzarote before driving excited to see Paddy. When I arrived he brought me down to see Jerry Lee. He put a lead on him and had me walk him. From that moment we developed an instant bond which was never to be broken. Later that day I brought him home where he met Rachel, my other daughter and within a short time he had sussed out that there were more than the two of us living there. The next weekend he met Lisa and Tom and a great family relationship was started.

Over the years he has stood with me at the side of a soccer pitch watching Tom progress in the game. When Tom headed to England he missed him but delighted at his many visits home. He also went to work with me and would sit behind my desk as good as gold for as long as I was working. He also delighted in attending meetings with the Bank and I can tell you that he didn’t suffer them fools at all. He would stare them out of it and make them feel uncomfortable, which I must admit gave me great satisfaction. Upon the birth of my Grandson ‘Toes’ Jerry Lee was always on hand to keep a watchful eye over him. I only hope that the pup he has been grooming for me, Nala, will be even half as good. Big boots to fill.

Last night his back legs became paralysed and when I got him to the Vet this morning, the prognosis wasn’t good. In order to spare him any pain or disappointment I decided to let my Best Pal go. I am heart-broken as are my children but we all feel privileged to have known the most intelligent, loving and loyal dog anyone could ever imagine. I know Jerry Lee is now in a better place and hope that Paddy and indeed my late father enjoy his companionship until I meet with him again.

Love you Jerry Lee. Good Bye Pal and I will meet up with you again soon.

LegalEagleStar, Easter Sunday , 8th. April , 2012

Written by LegalEagleStar

April 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your beautiful dog. I had to have my best pal (he was German Shepherd/Doberman cross but more German Shepherd in every way) put to sleep a month ago and it’s the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with in a long time. They become such an important part of your life. It’s really sad when the day comes for them to go. Heartbreaking. Take care Tom.


    April 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

  2. So sorry to hear your news, Tom. Losing a dog is awful but it was an act of great love to let him go. My thoughts are with you.

    Philip Nolan

    April 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

  3. I’m so sorry. Thinking of you x


    April 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm

  4. RIP Jerry Lee…


    April 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm

  5. Ah Tom, I’m so sorry, a pet can be as much of a family as as much of a friend as any human. Best wishes.

    Alan Brophy

    April 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    • what a beautiful tribute.made me cry jerry lee.


      April 8, 2012 at 10:39 pm

  6. Tom et. al.,
    Sorry for your loss. Jerry Lee
    sounds like a fantastic friend and
    companion. He probably would have
    loved Texas and especially San
    How are your attempts to
    improve your Irish BAR coming? I
    have been enjoying your BLOGs,
    and I dare say I’ve learned a bit


    Samuel D. Dibrell

    April 9, 2012 at 2:12 am

  7. Tom,

    So sorry to read about the loss of your faithful companion, Jerry Lee. Sounds like he served you well.


    April 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm

  8. Jerry Lea sounds like he had a truly living family indeed.

    God bless him and your family.

    Beir Bua
    Michelle Moloney King

    Michelle Moloney

    April 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

  9. Oh, dear. It’s always so sad when this happens. RIP in the happy hunting ground.

  10. So sorry for your loss RIP Jerry Lee…


    April 9, 2013 at 4:28 am

  11. Knowing he is in a better place……waiting for you…….when you will meet at the bridge….. God Bless!!

    John Crowley

    April 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm

  12. What a sad day losing your beautiful Jerry Lee – he will always be with you in spirit. X

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