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Isabelle-Our “Barking Backup” Story and Memorial Page


The J and J Midday Show with Jim and Justin

Jim and Justin are the "J and J Midday Show" on WION. (Left to right above it's Justin then Jim)  Jim was at the helm of WION's weekday morning show for 15 years, then decided middays suited him better!  So, weekday mornings still has music and information, just no Jim. Justin joined WION in early 2021, training on the midday show, and just "stayed!"  The quick banter btween the two, […]

Isabelle helps with the website for WION! 


Isabelle came to Jim Carlyle at 10 years old in 2020.  She’s part of the WION staff now, often contributing the sound of her bark, her tags, and her playful chewing of the ball on the air during the midday show.  She’s also the station watchdog, and comes with Jim to work every day.  Listeners have asked for her to have her own time on the air with us, and sometimes it’s planned, sometimes it’s not.  She “owns” Jim Carlyle, and seems happiest when invited guests come to the studio, or at home with Jim and his friends.

Truth be known, she was a stray…reported on Facebook to a local group. When Jim’s buddy “Leftlane” started getting texts asking if HIS dog was loose and the answer was no, “Lane” looked  at the posts and was determined that this dog (Isabelle) was sister to his. “Littermate.” Isabelle spent a Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at the local shelter, then “Lane” went to see her. She came right up to him behind the fence in the kennel, and they agreed to have him take her in case the dogs were sisters. The chips verified identical ages, there is one common birthmark, and they ARE, indeed sisters. Reunited between ownership by two buddies after so many years.  Jim often says, “It’s like a bad Disney Movie”…Truth be known, when you add up the chance that Isabelle would be loose, then in need of a new home, and find her way through “Leftlane” and the local shelter to Jim is nothing short of a heaven-sent gift, and very much  meant to be.  The Late Pastor Ken harger would have called it, “a divine appointment.”

Isabelle has proven to Jim Carlyle, and hopefully to others, that an “Elderly” pet is not a bad thing. They deserve good homes as they age as much as the cute little young puppies do!


From Jim Carlyle’s Personal Facebook  March 12th, 2024,  “Isabelle, RIP, Sweet Girl.”

On Monday, March 11th, and with an extremely heavy and breaking heart, I witnessed Isabelle returning to her maker in the presence of two of her favorite uncles.

I held Isabele’s head, and two of her favorite uncles, including the one who saved her were petting her as she slipped away from us to her maker.


I had less than three years with Isabelle, but her incredible spirit stole a HUGE part of my heart…which will not be allocated to any other furry family member again….
I’m devastated ….and my home is too quiet. I got to read to her something I wrote about her being in my life. I got to pray for her before she departed and after. Her Uncle T. who saved her from the shelter and gave her to me got to spend time with her in the daytime, and her other uncle “B” who accompanied Isabelle on this departure and was with us was visibly hurting due to the love we ALL have for Isabelle and the times we’ve shared with her. I’m so glad they were there….words can’t describe the love in that room between Isabelle and each or us, too.

I never thought I’d love a little dog as much as I loved her.

I bet I have THOUSANDS of pictures and at least HUNDREDS of videos that I’ll be SO glad to have as time goes on. My morning walk with her today was me, with her spirit along-side. Makes me glad we carry cameras with us for all those special moments in our lives. I miss her more every minute.

I’ll write more for her FULL chapter in my “radio” book…but for now, I’ll leave it with this…my thoughts on her life with me, her uncles, and our WION Radio family:

Isabelle’s assignment on earth was to be loved and she certainly WAS….but more importantly it was to give and spread UNCONDITIONAL LOVE as only certain dogs can. She went home to take her final exam from God….and I’m sure, VERY sure, that on that assignment, she got not only an A-Plus, but “Extra Credit.”

I miss you, Isabelle. We all do.

You’ll always be my girl….and, I’m SO SORRY I couldn’t fix what was wrong. I’m SO sorry. But, I LOVE YOU.




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