Jessie’s Jewelry Box is a fundraiser in honor of a sweet gem of a Springer named Jessie. Springer lovers from around the country gather online to bid on jewelry items, all of the proceeds of which go to the Springers in SSRI’s care. Here is Jessie’s story as told by Cathy Thomas, her foster mom:

I have been a member of the Facebook Springer group Clayton Nation since the beginning.

After the recent loss of our dog, we missed having one in the house, especially our son Jarret. When I saw the picture of Jessie standing in that cold shelter, her face full of fear, and due to be put down that morning, I knew that we could love her back to life.

The woman at the shelter told me that her owners had just opened their front gate and pushed Jessie out and then called the pound saying that she was a stray!! I told Clayton Nation that if someone could pull her from the shelter we would foster her. Well CN worked its magic, and before I knew it, she was pulled and taken to a vet. I found out that an organization called Senior Spaniel Rescue (now Springer Spaniel Rescue, Inc.) had saved her. My husband Allen and I made the 2.5-hour drive to pick her up.

When we got to the vet and they brought her out, I immediately fell in love with her and cried happy tears! We brought her home and when Jarret met her, he fell in love too! We had a mobile groomer come over and shave her down because of her badly matted fur. It was then that we discovered how emaciated she was, but beautiful at the same time.

After a few days, Jessie realized that she was in a real home with people that loved her and started prancing around in her own little way, her head up and coming up to be petted and snuggled. People sent her wonderful gifts. Jackets to keep her warm and a raised bowl so she wouldn’t have to bend over.

Jessie responded to all the love that she received, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to save her. The vet thought that she had a brain tumor and possible spinal lesions. She was going downhill quickly and the tough decision had to be made. We knew that we had given Jessie what she probably never had – a loving home and a boy to call her own! It was with that happy thought that we sent her over the bridge. Allen, Jarret and I holding her paws and stroking her head and crying. I think all of Clayton Nation cried with us. We all lost a jewel that day.

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