Mr. Jackson, Friend to All, Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge

Mr. Jackson, formerly Jax, passed over The Rainbow Bridge on Sunday June 11th with family present, Dara Demaree and Kris Fraggos, at the easy age of 13.

Mr. Jackson was brought home to us in 2005 from Louisville, and made the journey to Dayton where he enjoyed living the high life with his new folks.  Jumpin’ Jackson is what most people called him when he was a younger pup since he greeted everyone face to face and thought he should stand up like people.  Later in life Jackson had a best buddy named Jack the Cat that he became friends with and was a neighbors cat. Jack the Cat and Mr. Jackson used to walk around the neighborhood, Jack never more than a yard behind as he made sure Jackson was safe.  We then made the move to another neighborhood and the cats owner told us that Jackson and Jack the Cat were such good buds that we need to take him with us when we move.  Jack the Cat moved with us.

Mr. Jackson then got another buddy Named Bailey-Ann, again from GRRAND in Louisville and they played together all day, everyday.  Every day was a new wrestling match and Jackson always made sure that Bailey-Ann got to win every once in a while. Bailey-Ann got so excited to wrestle that she even kinked Jackson’s tail leading up to an ER visit.  But, a few weeks later they were back at it again!

The next long term visitor was the Shih-Tzu named Miss Katy which Mr. Jackson had no idea what to do with.  She ran around and barked and had to be put in her place occasionally.  Miss Katy sure did like to lay next to Mr. Jackson but for whatever reason he kept his eye out for mischief coming from her corner.

Miss Kitty came into our world from The Animal Adoption Foundation and he again had a little cat friend.  They weren’t to be the best of buds but had a mutual respect.  On Jackson’s last day we found Miss Kitty rubbing up on him cheek to cheek knowing he wasn’t feeling well and trying to comfort him.

He survived a broken tail, a para-thyroid tumor, blindness in both eyes, many many visits to Dr. DJ Haussler for his eye cysts and a baseball sized tumor on his spleen to finally succumb to the long fun filled life he led.  Our vet Dr. Joe D’Amico cried as he called when he got the report that Jackson had passed as he saved him two separate times.  He was “such a good boy.”

Mr. Jackson was a 100% mama’s boy who was always up for snuggling with anyone. His big heart and smiling face will be missed greatly by all of his buddies and parents Kris and Dara.

We can’t wait to find another Mr. Jackson someday from GRRAND.

Kris Fraggos, Dara Demaree
Springboro, OH