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Jackson, Samuel and Luke

Posted by laurie on March 21, 2013

My apologies to Therese for misplacing this email. Jackson passed away on January 29. Therese writes:


It is with great sadness however, that I tell you that we lost our other little beagle boy, Jackson, on January 29th, he was 16 years old, and made it to one year almost exactly from the passing of his older brother Samuel Lee Dean. We adopted Jackson when Samuel was a year old to be Samuel’s best buddy and he took his job seriously, there was no where Samuel went that Jackson didn’t go – including several escapes from the yard that lead to tours of the neighborhood (once he was even escorted home in a police car!). Jackson loved to go out in the yard in the middle of rain and thunder only to come back in several times to get dried off under a large bath towel – then run back out the doggie door again! He barked a beautiful song with his brother and sang whenever he got his ears rubbed. Jackson was a true beagle, NEVER missing out on any food, he loved long walks with his brother and finding any piece of paper to carry along the way. His favorite place was on the end of the couch by me his beaglemom. He loved playing in the fresh snow and burying his nose in it smelling the ground below. We miss you and your brother so very much, but take solace that you are both free of pain now, running and barking again with each other!

And this is Luke:


This is our Luke Anthony whom we rescued last year after the passing of our Samuel Lee Dean. Luke weighed all of 12 pounds when we brought him home and had a giant gash on the inside of his hind leg. He was house-trained and quickly learned from brother Jackson, how to use the doggie door. We worried someone had beat the bark out of him, but after the first week he proved that was false when a stranger crossed the other side of the street! He loves to lay on his back with all legs in the air, cuddle on blankets, and chew EVERYTHING, a pair of slippers, 3 pair of eyeglasses, woodwork, rugs, boxes of Kleenex, toilet paper, and towels. He’s not too keen on car-rides yet, but neither was brother Jackson when he was young – this too shall pass!

40 Responses to “Jackson, Samuel and Luke”

  1. NJ said

    I wish to extend my sincere sympathy on the loss of Jackson. It is a good thing to think of him across the Bridge with his older brother and all DD family members which have passed.

    Luke is a fine looking boy.

    • Susan in DE said

      Wonderful beagle boys, and wonderful tributes!! We all understand the love and the feeling of loss. Thanks for sharing!

      • Bailey & Gypsy & Trents dad said

        Couldn’t have put it better. Thanks for sharing.
        So sorry for your loss..

    • Kate (Gandolf's mom) said

      Absolutely agree. So sorry for your loss.

      • Sue ~ Barney , Jodi, & Huggy Bear's Mom said

        My heart breaks for you. Love your tribute to you boy. Luke Anthony is a beautiful and typical beagle it seems. You are in our thoughts.

    • Therese Rasnick said

      I know we have all been there and it just kills a part of us when they leave, we thank you for your thoughts!

  2. Jacqui (a.k.a. Phoebe and Nathaniel's mom) said

    So sorry for your loss. But after reading your story, I can easily see how special all of your beagle children are and were. They will always be angels with tails.

  3. Scott (and Scout) said

    Thoughts are with you and yours – including Luke Anthony.

  4. Carolyn Campbell, Reno, Nevada said

    Very sorry for your loss in Luke Anthony, I know he was a very special boy and so is Samuel Lee Dean. Prayers goes out to your whole family!

  5. Kaye - Bode's mum said

    Therese, so sorry to hear of your loss of both Jackson and Samuel. Jackson had that wonderful senior-muted coat that you know means he was soft as could be. I’m so glad that Luke had the opportunity to learn from big brother Jackson how to be a(n) (almost-but-not-quite-yet) well-behaved member of your family. Thank you for adopting a boy who obviously needed your love and care!

    • Therese Rasnick said

      Thanks Kaye! Jackson did have the most wonderful soft lucious coat and was a great big brother to Luke, he trained him how to use the doggie door. Today, Luke came running in with an icile to eat and then proceeded to shiver and cry – another trait his big brother had!

  6. Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

    All the boys are beautiful. I am sorry for your losses of Samuel and Jackson, but I know Luke is doing the best to fill your house with beagle love!

  7. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    Very sorry for your loss. Jackson and Samuel were very handsome, love the picture of them nose to nose 🙂
    Luke is a cutie, his expression is priceless

  8. Angela said

    Sadness reading about your lovely memories of Jackson, then I scroll down and see the sweet picture of your little Luke. What a beautiful beagle boy!

    • Therese Rasnick said

      THanks Angela, I know it’s something all us parents of 4-leggers have shared, the price of loving comes high but with great rewards!

  9. Sam and Sweetums' Mom said

    You painted a wonderful picture of Jackson and how all of you benefitted from being a family. My heart is out to you on your loss. Luke looks like such a cutie. Perhaps he might get a sibling in the future!

  10. Gretchen Kasch said

    What a sweet story about your dogs. Sorry for your loss.

  11. Mark & Bobbie said

    Therese, we are so very sorry for the loss of your boys Jackson and Samuel .

    Luke looks right at home and mighty cute. Now it’s his turn to teach another beagle how to be good.

    It took our rescued beagle Daisy 6 weeks before she barked, we thought the same thing that they must have beat the bark out of her. It will be 2 years in April and she still is not as vocal as her brother Dexter.

  12. Carol, Libby's mom said

    Jackson and Samuel are so dear. They must certainly be having a great time playing on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. Luke is clearly a sweetheart ensconced in the corner of the couch or chair. Is that his favorite spot or is anywhere he settles his favorite spot? Please let us know if you get a rescued beagle companion for Luke. He might like having a cohort in crime. Bless all of your hearts.

  13. Jackson Pack - Abilene Texas said

    Beagle hugs and kisses from the Jackson Pack. We are sorry for the loss of two babies and commend you on being brave enough to adopt again.

  14. Julie - JB & Cassie's Mum in England said

    So sorry to hear about Jackson; he looked such a lovely boy. Luke Anthony looks adorable and it’s wonderful he now has a loving home with people who will chase all those bad memories away for him – our Cassie likes to roll on her back and have her belly rubbed too!

  15. Therese Rasnick said

    Thanks to Laurie for posting the photos of our beagle boys, I logged on today and was at first confused to see them thinking I was in my photo file then realized what a wonderful tribute our friends in NJ had done for us. We have watched the Kramer family from the first day we got our Samuel Lee Dean, and gone thru their happiness and sorrows that sharing lives with our 4-leggers brings.
    They have helped us, trained us, advised us, and now shared the tears our heartbreak brings.
    THANK YOU Laurie, Phillip, and all our friends who love and have-loved our beagle boys and girls

  16. Karen S. said

    I am very sorry about your loss. Your new beagle is gorgeous!

  17. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    Jackson and Samuel Lee were beautiful boys. You wrote a beautiful tribute to them, Therese.

    Luke is a stunning boy. Those eyes and ears – so precious!

  18. Rebecca Campbell said

    I have a soft spot in my heart for elderly Beagle boys. Jackson and Samuel Lee are together again. What a beautiful tribute to your boys. Luke looks like a sweetie. May the years bring you much joy.

  19. Martha Mathews said

    So sorry for your loss. What beautiful boys Jackson and Samuel were! I hope they’ve met my Shiloh over the Bridge. Luke is a sweetheart and how lucky to find his forever home with you!

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