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petz

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Memories of Jake

Jake was two years old and had just come in the shelter the day we took him home. He was a difficult dog at a young age and needed a lot of guidance. He was an energy bundle and extremely sensitive to humans. He grew up to be the best dog I've ever had - loyal and friendly to any creature that came across his path. Jake was funny in clever way and had a dark sense of humor - his tail aways in action and wagging in pure joy. He had an enormous amount of love for everyone and he showed it boldly. He could read us like a book but one needed a fine hand to understand him.

Jake had a few close-shaves in his life - he was run over by a car at the age of three as he decided to stop playing with us on a meadow and chase a scent he picked up. A collapsed lung and a displaced heart was the result but he was back and running after two months. Later along his long life he developed fatty deposits which we first had negatively diagnosed and removed. In the last months he showed signs of weakness in his hind quarter and we had an MRT done and a tumor diagnosed, deep in muscle and near the spinal cord. Surgery was not viable considering his old age, relapse rate and position of the tumor.

We decided to put him on a pain therapy to make his last days comfortable - we was ok and willing for two months, until yesterday.

He was at the stables and wanted to chase a passing by truck away - he ran his three steps and that was too much - he managed the stairs and came up but things where not OK at all - something happened, possibly the tumor broke loose and caused internal bleeding. His belly grew stiff and hard and Jake fell in shock in a matter of minutes. Jake made it very clear it was time to let go and he now needed rest. We rushed him to the vet and I put him down at 15:10 pm, 13th May 2010. Jake showed no signs of fear - just a faded, matt look in his eyes. It was not the Jake we knew, and he made it very easy for us to decide it was what he wanted. He slept away peacefully and is buried at his home.

Thank you pal for being with us 12 long years and showing me who I am. My best buddy. We miss you so.

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Hi,

I am so sorry that you had to say good-bye to your special boy Jake.  These first few days, weeks, months can be very difficult.  Try to remember the good memories when you're having a bad moment.  Your Jake sounds like such a special boy!!!

Thinking of you.

Karen






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I am sorry about Jake. It is so hard to say goodbye. 
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My condolences to you for Jake!  No matter how much time we spend with these guys, I personally don't know how to say goodbye, I'm still learning to live without my guy-but looking back on those good times...whew, he was the light of my life and still manages to make me crack a smile.  I wish you peace and happy memories to pepper your grief.
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Hi Petz!  My furbaby was named Jake also.....he was my best friend for 15 of his 17 yrs.  He was a rescue dog at age 2, found wandering the streets, and  had a heart murmur diagnosed from the beginning.  I was lucky to have him for so long.....CHF forced me to help him cross the bridge on 3 Feb of this year...I am so sorry for your loss and understand the pain you are feeling. 

Time will help.....some days will be better than others...it is almost 4 months for me now and I still have some very sad days.  I have adopted another rescue dog, same breed but different color and cut of ears.

These poems were posted by others on this site and I cannot take credit for them....I hope they give some peace and comfort....

The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak,

And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then will you do what must be done,

For this, the last battle, can't be won.


You will be sad I understand,

But don't let grief then stay your hand,

For on this day, more than the rest,

Your love and friendship must stand the test.


We have had so many happy years,

You wouldn't want me to suffer so.

When the time comes, please, let me go.


Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,

Only, stay with me till the end


And hold me firm and speak to me,

Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree,

It is a kindness you do to me.


Although my tail its last has waved,

From pain and suffering I have been saved.


Don't grieve that it must be you,

Who has to decide this thing to do;

We've been so close,we two, these years,

Don't let your heart hold any tears.



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I Haven’t Left At All

I saw you gently weeping as you looked through photographs
You paused for just a moment at one that made you laugh.
But as you turned more pages the tears began to flow
You whispered that you missed me but I want you to know;
I softly licked those stinging tears that down your cheeks did fall
I want to help you understand I haven’t left at all.

On those days that you are overcome with sorrow, pain and grief
I rest my head upon your leg to offer some relief.
When you take our walking path I’ve seen you turn around
Because I know you surely heard my paws upon the ground.

At night while you are sleeping I snuggle at your side
You stroke my fur as you touch that place where I used to lie.
You said it’s just your heart playing tricks upon your mind
But rest assured I’m really there, my spirit’s left behind.

I know your heart is hurting; it’s like an open sore
You think my life has ended and you won’t see me anymore.
But for those of us bound tight by love, death is not the curtain call;
It’s really the eternal beginning that waits for us all
So, dear Master as you live your life I patiently await
For us to be together when you pass through Heaven’s gate.
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txgal

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I Haven’t Left At All

I saw you gently weeping as you looked through photographs
You paused for just a moment at one that made you laugh.
But as you turned more pages the tears began to flow
You whispered that you missed me but I want you to know;
I softly licked those stinging tears that down your cheeks did fall
I want to help you understand I haven’t left at all.

On those days that you are overcome with sorrow, pain and grief
I rest my head upon your leg to offer some relief.
When you take our walking path I’ve seen you turn around
Because I know you surely heard my paws upon the ground.

At night while you are sleeping I snuggle at your side
You stroke my fur as you touch that place where I used to lie.
You said it’s just your heart playing tricks upon your mind
But rest assured I’m really there, my spirit’s left behind.

I know your heart is hurting; it’s like an open sore
You think my life has ended and you won’t see me anymore.
But for those of us bound tight by love, death is not the curtain call;
It’s really the eternal beginning that waits for us all
So, dear Master as you live your life I patiently await
For us to be together when you pass through Heaven’s gate.
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petz

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Thank you - all of you. These are sweet words at the right time. 1 week later and I'm still in tears. Jake left a huge hole in our space and time - He was always there, always grinning and wagging, always present. He knew our routine by the second, he knew things that I've just realized - the small things, our life in detail. And he gave us the largest gift he could give us at the end -he made it easy for us to know and let go. Still, the silence breaks my heart and memories are bitter sweet. 

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