Dog Has Cried Every Night for Six Months Since Mom Died

“We never had children but Jerry was like her child. He was there in the hospice when she passed away. He was sitting at the bottom of the bed.”

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Jeanette Scully spent months in agonizing pain, going to dozens of appointments before finally being diagnosed with the rare cancer that claimed her life.  Though her husband is doubtlessly grieving for her, their dog is missing her more than anyone could imagine.  He has cried for her every night since she died last August.

Though Jeanette was initially diagnosed with fibroids, the UK woman’s doctors struggled to diagnose her correctly after 58 appointments.

“Jeanette was going backwards and forwards to different medical appointments,” husband David explained to the Daily Mail.  “Jeanette would scream so loud she sounded like a fan at a football match. It was awful. She would say, ‘I know it’s not fibroids. David, please help me.’”

She found herself in an ambulance because of one episode, and was sent home with painkillers.  Their Collie-Alsatian mix Jerry knew it was serious.  He would always sniff at Jeanette’s abdomen, where she felt excruciating pain.  Since 2012, she also suffered from rectal bleeding and back, hip, and thigh pain.

 

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“She was in so much pain that she would be physically sick when she went to the toilet. She would fall on the floor and I would pick her up. It broke my heart.”

In May of 2015, David took her to a walk-in clinic, and at the sight of Jeanette, a nurse broke down in tears.  The next day she went to a hospital, where a CT dye scan revealed that she had a tumor that started in her uterus and spread throughout her abdomen.  But by then it was too late for anything to be done.

“By the time we knew about the cancer it was too late. The cancer was at a stage where they couldn’t do anything to save her or prolong her life. All of her insides were fused together.

“Jeanette never wanted to know how long she had left. She was hoping she would have another year.

‘In June I asked the Macmillan (a cancer charity group) nurse how long we had left with her. I was expecting her to say months to a year but she said, ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if she wasn’t here tomorrow.’ I just broke down.”

 

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The couple had been engaged for 21 years, and a month before she died, Jeanette and David got married.  It was one of the happiest days of their lives.

Not long after, she was moved to hospice care.  She died on August 11th, and Jerry was at her bedside when she went.

“We never had children but we had Jerry ever since he was a puppy. Jeanette bought him off a friend more than ten years ago and he was like her child.  He was there in the hospice when she passed away. He was sitting at the bottom of the bed.”

David says that since his wife died, Jerry cries in his sleep, and becomes distressed when videos and voice recordings of Jeanette are played.

 

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“Ever since Jeanette died, Jerry has cried and whimpered every night. I have to wake him up and say, ‘calm down, son.’

“I have videos of Jeanette on my phone, and there is one where she calls Jerry’s name. I was watching it a few weeks ago and he ran in with his ears pricked. He misses her so much. We both do.”

Though nothing will bring her back, David has filed a claim against his wife’s doctors and the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

“Jeanette was my life. My entire life has gone. I want to make sure nobody ever has to go through what she went through.”

Hopefully someday the pain of losing Jeanette will fade for both of the fellas who are missing her so dearly now.

 

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133 thoughts on “Dog Has Cried Every Night for Six Months Since Mom Died

  1. When my brother died in a car accident, his black Labrador would wait by the front door. Whenever anyone came up the walk, he’d perk up and look beyond the people until he realized my brother wasn’t there. He did this for months.

  2. What a horribly sad story. I’m so sorry each of you has had to go through such pain and sadness. Animals feel grief too, and I hope that you and he will find solace in one another.

  3. How sad …and they say Dog don’t feel anything a DUM animal , My Dog feels Love every day like this woman gave her dog and it weeps for the loss of her and her Love

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  5. there are many good animal communicators who could, at least. work with this dog, and have him felt heard. Check out the web site animalsinourhearts – Teresa Wagner is an expert in grief, as well.

  6. such a sad story, yes our fur babies DO know when we are not feeling well. They have a 6th sense and they know what feelings are, especially when they are loved. God bless Jerry and his daddy…… :'(

  7. People really don’t realize how sensitive animals are-when my aunt died i adopted her little one. One day after sorting some of my aunt’s clothing to donate, I had dropped her favorite sweater on a chair thinking I would keep it. I went off to do other chores and heard her little one crying, came back to find her on the chair pawing the sweater and crying.

  8. Oh my gosh this story broke my heart. Praying that in the continued company of each other that David and Jerry can find some kind of peace.

  9. Pathetic UK GP’s like always couldn’t do a proper check before it was to late, they’re just give you bloody painkillers ant let you go

  10. My mums dog was battling cancer the same time my mum was and when she passed away her little furbaby followed her the next day ? x

  11. So sorry for you & your sweet dog. I pray for peace to both of you. Precious dog doesn’t understand why she’s gone…so sad…

  12. It’s been 6 years since my husband died and even though we now live in a different house, when I mention his name in front of my dog, she alerts and immediately goes all over the house looking for him. Just kills me.

  13. My older baby is missing his dad so much. They were best buds. Barney would ride on Jim’s wheelchair and they were so close. I cry everyday and hold on to my Barney. We morn together.

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