In Memoriam: J.P. Junebug


For those of us who love dogs deeply, we know that the loss of them can be as grief-filled as human loss. Yet, the wider culture doesn’t quite understand that. I want J.P. Dogs to be a safe place to honor that grief, and celebrate the beloved dogs who have lived in our midst, and who have made Jamaica Plain an even more amazing place to live.

With that in mind, I was moved to tears by recently receiving an unsolicited email from Junebug’s humans asking if I ever post about dogs who have died. Yes, most definitely. And I invite any of you whose J.P. dog has died, to send me your photos and your stories, so that we can create a permanent memorial to your dear dog on J.P. Dogs.

About this J.P. Dog:

Junebug, June for short, was an English Bulldog, who died a few years ago, 6 weeks shy of her 12th birthday, from a stroke. (Continue for more photos)

About this J.P. Dog’s human: 

Junebug lived her whole life in Jamaica Plain, with her humans Alicia, Marvin, and Alexa who have lived in J.P. for 16 years. “Junebug believed that she owned our little dead end street in the heart of the Pondside neighborhood.”

Does your J.P. Dog have any funny quirks, odd behaviors, or defining characteristics?

June developed a close relationship with our UPS delivery man, Frank. Frank could hear June barking for a dog biscuit every time he made a delivery on our street (which was basically every day).  Even if he did not have a package for us, he would put a biscuit through our mail slot.  Their relationship inspired us to put together a photo book about it called “June and the Big Brown Truck”. The last photo below is from that book. (Note from the Dog Blogger: I wanna see that book!)

What do you love most about your J.P. Dog?

June lived a long life for an English Bulldog (12 years), but of course we would give a lot to get just one more day with her. She was stubborn, funny, always hungry, a bit of a snob, and the most beautiful dog we ever saw. I also love that she introduced us to so many wonderful JP neighbors! Junebug was a true original and we miss her every day.

Your J.P. Dog’s favorite outdoor spots in J.P.?

She truly loved our little street and on the odd occasion that she escaped the house off-leash, she could always be found somewhere on the street (usually sprawled in the middle of the it, especially if the sun was out and the asphalt was hot).  She was also fond of the Eliot School yard, and the Pond (if we could get her to walk that far).

Anything else you’d like to share about your J.P. Dog?

She was just so entertaining and loved attention from people…..if she could have known that there was a website for JP dogs, she would have demanded to be part of it. She lived her entire life in JP so it is really wonderful that you are including her. So, thanks for giving her that!

The photo immediately below was taken just after her “audition” for the role of Sandy in a Footlight Club production of Annie. She usually would not tolerate clothing of any kind, but she put up with the feather boa for the audition.

Note from The Dog Blogger: Thank you so much for sharing Junebug. Your love for her is so palpable, and my life is richer and sweeter for having finally ‘met’ her.

Photography: Junebug’s humans




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