Monday, June 11, 2007

Bye, Juno

Juno Williams
born February 1993 in Beauford, Victoria, Australia;
died June 11th, 2007 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Juno was born of working dog stock on a farm in rural Victoria. The runt of her litter, she was sold as a pet instead of being kept on with her Jack Russell Terrier brothers and sisters. Through a chain of events no one can quite remember, she joined the Williams family even though she "didn't have a spot".

At the age of one, Juno left Australia behind and immigrated to Canada. She arrived mid-winter but she took the sudden change in her stride; she soon learned to leap and bound through deep snowbanks. Juno drew smiles as she walked through the neighbourhood keeping warm in her Aussie Driza-Bone coat.

Juno was always a "ball dog" and never a "stick dog". Although she was very clever, her family was not clever enough to teach her any tricks beyond "sit" and "down". Like most JRTs, she understood many words and gestures. Juno was never sociable with other dogs; her small stature made her feel nervous and vulnerable around fellow canines. Despite her shyness with strangers, she had many human fans.

Although she never spoke of it, Juno may have been haunted by her unfulfilled destiny to hunt vermin as a farm dog. She took out her frustrations on the small mammals that are found in Canadian suburbia. Mice, chipmunks, bunnies and even a vole paid the ultimate price to Juno's innate killer instinct.

In later years, Juno withdrew from family life and her hobbies. The loss of her vision and a series of illnesses made day-to-day living challenging. She passed on quietly today in the company of her favourite people. She will be fondly missed.


Krissy said...

That's so sad. I'm so sorry.

Tan said...

What a little character...sorry to hear he's no longer with u :(

J-Dawg said...

I wish her well on her journey to the Big dog park in the sky!

unrepeatable said...

such a lovely and touching tribute. i'm so sorry, it is never easy to lose someone you love.

Andrea said...

It was definitely her time to go; her life wasn't easy recently. I feel better to know she's out of such discomfort.

Note: Juno's asking price in 1993 was $60 (Australian $). Crazy that such a bargain price could be applied to a lovely companion.

Island Uncle said...

dogs like Juno, and cats, and all pets we adopt into our families, are a huge piece of our mental health. They melt our coldest nature and unconditionally love us for who we are. Or aren't.
We adpot them and accept responsibility for them, despite the indifference or entitlement they may display !
Its been proven that humans who do not respect or abuse animals often treat other humans with that same disrespect.
Knowing the spirit and imprint that Juno left in this world is one more reason we need to take better care of each other. And our pets.

Juno was one of those pets that

Dave said...

My sympathies. Mine is a now-13-year-old mutt named Chewie (after the Star Wars character, not an oral fixation), and in amazingly chipper health. I'm anticipating a quick decline, but it's not started yet. She was also $60, but it's hard to even associate the cost with her at this point - she's family.

Anyway, great picture of Juno.

Jorge said...

Sorry to hear about Juno passing. It seems that he had a great time with your family and he even got to travel to another continent. I love my little guy and don't even like thinking of when it may be his time to go.
They become truly a part of your family and you miss them when they are not around.

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