A Happy Dog – In Memory of Jasmine


When I left the room,

You would follow.

When I came home,

You would dance,

And sing,

So loud,

That the neighbors knew,

I was home.

You were sunshine,

You were the beauty of the full moon,

You were joy,

You were happiness,

You were love.

And most of all,

You were my dog.



I didn’t realize what a rough week this would be for me, even for an old Vampire. I celebrated my birthday a week ago today. Last Friday all of the fish in my aquarium died (another post, but maybe not), my own mother forgot it was my birthday, then I thought I was going to lose my dog. She’d had a stroke. But Jasmine stayed around until Monday morning. At twelve years old she was old for her mix. As friends said – she went over the rainbow bridge. It was fitting in a way, because we could see the Rainbow Bridge in Folsom, CA from the trail we frequently walked on.

I’ve lost my walking buddy. I’ve lost a sweet friend.

When people would ask me what kind of dog she was I’d say, “a happy dog.”

Jasmine came from the Sacramento County Animal Shelter (the pound) twelve years ago this month. We adopted a small eight week old pup, a white ball of fur covers in bits of tar. Someone had found her by the side of the road near the river.

Jasmine was smart. She didn’t need a leash because she’d never run away. The only time she would panic would be when she thought I was leaving her. She was protective of everyone in our family, including the cats. Everyone who met her loved her.

She made me laugh.

She was the best dog ever.

I love you Jasmine.


~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman





  1. Along with her story, and the platitudes, you didn’t mention the fact that she was also beautiful, J. Know what you felt when you lost her – been there too, but she’ll always be alive in your memories……, and there’s always the “rainbow bridge”. Hugs !

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