Montreal Times pet of the week – Meet Jack the wonder dog
Montreal Times pet of the week – Jack is a Shih Tzu who is about 16 years old – and an adorable bundle of wonder. Right from the start, when he was adopted from the SPCA, this little canine was a phenomenon unto himself. He lives with his ‘forever Mommy’ Dawn and her son Wyatt in Westmount and is very proud to be Montreal Times pet of the week.
“We adopted him on 9/11… September 11, 2001. We were called the evening before and told we could pick him up at 9:00 the next morning,” explained Dawn. “I dreamed that we might call him Jack. Then my son Wyatt woke up and said ‘Mum, I think we should call him Jack’… a fun coincidence? He was such a sweetie when I arrived at the SPCA… I said ‘Hi Jack’ and he melted into my arms and licked my face from top to bottom.”
When they arrived home with him around 9:30, news of the planes hitting the Twin Towers had just broken. It occurred to Dawn his name might have a special significance – ‘Hijack’ and ‘Hi Jack’, another coincidence?
“He’s really Wyatt’s dog and loves him so much. Jack waits for him when he goes out by the door.”
Jack is complimented daily by strangers when he is out for his walks because ‘he has a wiggle and light bounce and is mistaken for a puppy all the time’.
“His favourite hobby is eating and he loves to sleep, a lot. His favourite toys are his stuffed dolphins, each one he uses as pillows.”
Dawn has a Reiki practice in her home and Jack’s bed is under the massage table – with his dolphins. When her clients come over he remains there until the session is over and they leave.
“He is part of the process and in fact, clients prefer not to come if he is away at his Aunty Dars in the country. Instead, they will wait until he is back for their appointment!”
Jack recently went through some major surgery and with a heart condition it was very risky for him to go under anesthesia, but he miraculously came through, with flying colors, and bounced back in a couple of days.
“We’re so very grateful to have him in our family!” Dawn said. And is it any wonder?