What Killed Jack?

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    JediSnoopy

    [1]Oct 22, 2007
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    In the "Little House" books, Jack got old and slow and finally the family found him dead one morning.

    In "Cast-offs", Jack seemed perfectly fine - save the foxtails in his ears. He was running away from Laura and wanting to play with toys and gave no indication that there was a problem. I'm no dog expert, but I've had dogs in the past and notice that they slow down, seem listless, don't eat, etc. when there is something wrong. Jack didn't seem to have any of those issues, even though Pa said he was getting old and slowing down.

    So, did the foxtails kill him?

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    ecgirl08

    [2]Oct 22, 2007
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    It's possible that the foxtails contributed to it, but for the most part, Jack was old and tired, and that's why he died in "Castoffs." Laura felt guilty for not taking better care of him, but poor Jack just got old.

    I can't imagine finding my dog dead like that. It makes me cry just thinking about it

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    lhotpdisney

    [3]Oct 5, 2008
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    What are foxtails?
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    catsmeow3

    [4]Oct 5, 2008
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    Foxtails are a kind of sticker.
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    lhotpdisney

    [5]Oct 6, 2008
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    Ok thanks

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    80stvfan

    [6]Oct 19, 2008
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    Good Ole Jack. He was good dog, and faithful compaion, and protect of the Ingalls family. In movies and TV shows like little House on the prairie, the pets are sometimes as good as the human characters.

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