I finally found an apartment in a house in a small village with a good size yard where I could keep all three of my animals. I invested in a insulated dog house, straw and a double flap for the dog house door. It was still early fall which gave Jep enough time to work in a good winter coat. My biggest concern was his warmth and comfort.
This was all before I heard all the sins of tying up your dog, I just did what I had to because it was the only way I could keep Jep. There was no other way during that time period of my life. I didn’t know I was committing a horrible crime and I don’t think Jep thought so either. It definitely propelled me to get out there every day as much as I could to see and be with him, no matter how long it was for. All I knew is I loved that dog and he loved me and we were in it together. I tried every which way to make his life better, because it wasn’t quite my ideal at the time and I just did what I had to, to keep my furry friend with me. Giving him up wasn’t an option and if that meant tying him up than that’s what it had to be. And even if I could go back, I don’t think I would do anything differently. There was a lot of sacrificing during that time period, but never when it came to my animals. And every time I remember Jep, I remember fun and love and all the things that make the world go round. And I still smile every time I think of him.