Thursday, January 12, 2017

Our most devoted Rottweiler is gone. Axl 2001-2017

Axl's legacy will live on forever. There has never been a more devoted Rottweiler than him.

For several months it had become obvious that old man Axl was having trouble walking. His hind legs just didn't seem to work right and his feet were slipping when he tried to stand and walk on our hardwood floors. His devotion to duty was so great he never once voiced a complaint or sounded a cry of pain, he just wanted to keep on doing his job, being near his Mom. No one ever said he couldn't sleep on the job and being very old he took lots of naps, at times almost at Jacqueline's feet. After all he only needed to walk to go out and pee or go to the kitchen for meals or water. A few days ago I thought I found a way to help him. I bought a package of Pawz rubber booties and the minute I pulled a pair onto his hind feet he was able to stand and walk as good as new.

Then last night without any warning Axl suffered two massive seizures less than 3 hours apart. After each one he fell into a deep sleep and I thought he was never going to last the night. This morning I found him wide awake but unable to stand on his own so I called a neighbor to help me carry him out to my van and I took him for his last ride to our long-time Veterinary doctor who put him to sleep. 

I can tell you today that tears of joy and tears of sorrow all taste the same.

Arrangements were made for Axl to receive a private cremation and his ashes will be placed in his Mom's casket when she dies. That way they can spend eternity together and wait for the rest of our family to join them.

Rest In Peace old man, you've earned your long nap. Wait for Mom at the bridge.

It has been my profound honor to have known you.

Eulogy from a family friend


  1. My condolences -I love your posts about him. He was the most amazing dog -his service and devotion to your wife was a really beautiful thing.

    Jocelyn Chang

  2. via email:
    I’m so sorry Nelson. He was a wonderful boy.


  3. via email:
    Nelson, I am so sorry. You and Jacquelyn were blessed to have such a wonderful friend and companion. My heart hurts for you. Pat

  4. via email:
    Oh Nelson. I am so very sorry. My heart is so heavy this morning. I know the pain you are in and it just plain sucks. Every time I go through it I don't know how I'll get through it again. But we do. I am certainly thinking of you, Jacqueline as well as Ruff and Bess.

    (Axl's first mom)

  5. via email from New Zealand:
    With tears in my eyes I express my deepest sympathy to you and Jacqueline for your loss. 16 years is a good age for a big man and now that last photo with Mom’s hand on his head is all that more poignant.


  6. via email:

    We are very sorry to hear this. Axl was a beautiful dog and you are a wonderful pet owner. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Kenton County Animal Shelter

  7. via email:
    What a wonderful dog he was.
    I am so sorry for you but glad for all the wonderful years he gave you.

  8. via email:
    Nelson, so sorry to hear the news. I cry every time you lose one of your rotties.


  9. via email:
    Nelson, I am so sorry to hear about Axl. I know that you will have the comfort from Ruff and Bessie, but there will always be a void. Axl did his job doing what he loved the most, so now its time for him to be with the rest of the animals that crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Blessings and love to you and Jackie. Marge

  10. nelson so very sorry for your loss', Axl lived a long happy life, but it is never easy to let them go when the time comes.. we lost our rottie this past oct, and it still is painful

  11. via email:
    Dear Mr. Abdullah,
    Axl was an absolutely incredible dog and his memory will live on in the stories you share with us all. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife, Jacqueline.
    Dr. Emily

  12. Nelson
    My Heart Breaks for you and Jacqueline... I'm sure that with every memory of him is a story and laugh, for he truly was a gentleman and a scholar... He will now be tending the kids in heaven looking down on us with pride and love...
    All of our thoughts are with you over there

  13. via email:

    Nelson, Sorry for the loss of Axl, Heaven gained another Angel.

  14. So sad to read about your loss of your sweet boy Axl, but what a wonderful and long life he lived with you, Jacqueline, and his furry brothers and sisters. I have no doubt he'll look out for each of you until you all are able to meet again. Love from Chicago.

  15. via email:


    I am so sorry to hear about Axl. And I know how hard it is, to take that final drive--and to wake up in the morning, and realize anew that he is gone.

    You and Jacqueline are in my prayers. And Axl, for he also is God’s creature and served with all his heart.

    Please know that your blog has been a great blessing.


  16. Mr. Nelson, I had tears in my eyes as I read your post this morning. Just a few days ago I left a comment on your most recent picture of Jacqueline and Axl - that picture is even more beautify to me now.

    I recently finished reading "A Dog's Purpose, and it's stuck with me over the past few days. I want to leave you with this quote from that book. "The job of a good dog was ultimately to be with them, remaining by their sides no matter what course their lives might take. All I could do now was offer him comfort, the assurance that as he left this life he was not alone but rather was tended by the dog who loved him more than anything in the whole world."

    1. Cinny, Thank you for your beautiful comment and the quote from the book "A Dog's Purpose". You may want to know that they made a movie from this book due out soon. Internet Movie Database has a preview worth watching. I wrote a blog post about the movie last August. Sunday, August 28, 2016 You're going to love this movie. You can watch the trailer right on this blog page.

  17. via email from Great Britain:

    Hello Nelson,
    what sad news. You will miss poor 'ol Axl, a devoted pal. Your photo and email of Jackie patting him on the head is a comfort I hope, almost uncanny. I hope Jackie doesn't miss him too much, and you too of course.
    go give those other two a big hug from 'auntie' beryl.
    be well and happy

  18. Trying to stay the tears in my eyes from falling as I type. I'm so very sorry for your loss. It's so hard, but yet it's what we must do for them when the time comes.

  19. via email:


    I am so sorry about Axl and my heart is broken for you.. He was a wonderful dog, and I know how devoted he was to Jackie. There could never be a better companion. He was the ultimate service dog. I know he is in a better place and when the time comes he will be waiting across the bridge.


  20. Nelson, I just read this post. So sorry for your loss. You had a great dog in Axl.