All I know about Jessie's first
six months of his life is that he was born somewhere in Indiana... sometime in the last part of March 2000.. Since one of our sons was
born on the 22nd of March, we thought it would be nice if both, Jack and Jessie
would share birthdays.
The people who owned him previously, didn't want him anymore...he
had become a burden...Jessie is anything but a burden He is
the sweetest, most loving little guy.
I really was not sure I wanted another pet...since I lost my beautiful, precious little girl Misty-back in June of 1999...please
visit her site......
Memory of Misty"
Somewhere deep in my heart I wanted and needed
a new pet, but yet I felt so much
guilt toward Misty that I could not even consider bringing a new puppy
home..... besides, I was not sure I wanted to go through the heartache
of losing another one someday!!!!.As far as I can remember, I always had
a dog to love-I am a dog person....Just the thought of getting another
pet made me feel disloyal to my little girl....I felt like I was
abandoning her...I hope she knows how much I love her.
After nearly 15 months, I began looking at the ads in the paper...I knew
it would have to be a little girl....well Jessie and Jake had other ideas about
that...Jake is my dear friend Jeanne's pet...After I lost Misty, Jake
became my friend and he gave me so much love that I said "maybe a
little boy wouldn't be this bad after all" ...We went to look at some Border Collie puppies....oh yes-it would
have to be another Border Collie just like Misty...I couldn't find one I
liked...I couldn't feel the connection with any of them...
Then Tom saw the ad in the paper about Jessie.....of course, Jessie was
no little girl and he was 6 month old.......but I was willing to go
check him out.
When we arrived at the place, he was on a leash in
the front yard...he was so scared and
yet when I got down on the ground and called him, at the
time his name was C.J., he came to me....very cautiously. He went
straight to my jacket pocket and started sniffing it. Tom asked me
if I had any dog treats in it and I replied "I don't think
so" (I always have a few cookies in my pocket....just
in case). Well it so happened I had one. .He
went to Tom and made friend with him too.
Tom inquired about his shots and we were told that he had never seen a
vet in his short little life.. I told her that I needed to think about it, and if we would
consider getting him, I wanted to have him checked by our
veterinarian... All night long I thought about the little guy,
about what would happen to him if we didn't take him
We went to pick him up at 1PM, and I told the lady that she might as well
tell him good bye right then, because, if he was healthy he was not going
back, so she gave us his leash, his favorite toy and a chewy
bone...I even forgot to ask her how much she wanted for him..
I believe, in my heart that Misty had something to do
with this...I know some people will think I am crazy, but its all
right...My precious little angel girl was sending her mommy another little
angel to love...Misty knows what her mommy needs...
Jessie-6 months old
Getting acquainted in his new backyard
He was scared and very nervous-we were total strangers to
him. While we were at the veterinarian, he was the best little guy ever...got
all his shots, and went through all the tests like a little trooper.
He was beginning a new life, so we gave him a new name....thus he became
I took him around the house and told him it was his new home ..when we
first got Jessie he had a big problem with other people...as soon as
he would see someone he didn't know he would become very scared... he
would back off with his tail between his legs... bark and growl... He is doing much better
We took a big gamble with him that first night....Jessie grew up as an outdoor
puppy, and there was no way I was going to leave him out all
night...I put some paper by the door and before bedtime I told him what
it was for (most likely he had no idea what I was talking to him about)
and to bed we went...I put a bed for him in the bedroom and we didn't
hear a whimper from the little fellow...I got up the next morning and he
had not done a thing in the house....he was so proud and to this day, Jessie has never
done a thing in the house. He wants to please so much...He learned quickly where the cookie jar
was and when we say "what does a good boy gets Jess-he sits in
front of the cookie jar...He is very smart and so loving...and yes----