Monday, May 4, 2009

Forever in Our Hearts

Jake 6-8-98 / 5-3-09

Moment by moment I sat here trying with all my might to stop that enemy called time. This is the moment that I have feared. Then one day as I noticed the grey on your muzzle and realized time had been marching on and our moments together were too precious and not to be wasted. Today that fear became a reality.

You came into our life at 7.5 months old. Little did we know the impact you would have on our hearts.

You became a great obedience competitor and you and daddy made an excellent team. You enjoyed traveling with daddy and the bond the two of you had was remarkable.

You changed tears to smiles for all the residents in the nursing facility you visited on a weekly basis doing what you did best, a dedicated K9 Therapy Dog, who took his job very seriously, and knew your job well.

You helped the many children at the libraries during the Reading To Rover program, sitting, and listening to the children read to you, helping them gain the confidence they needed.

You were daddy's Demonstration Dog, at all of our public obedience demonstrations, and people would come and crowd all around you waiting to pet you and shake your paw.

You were also daddy's demo dog at our training classes, and you would always make daddy proud, being on your best behavior, while our students would watch you with amazement, and tell daddy they wanted their dog to be just like you.

I have been blessed to witness the love you and daddy have shared. The bond that connects your inner souls. The way your eyes light up when daddy comes through the door every evening, and trotting to him in the gallopy horse fashion that you have.

You have been my guardian, my protector, my confidant, my inner strength, my best friend. You have been my Hero, and have come to my rescue on more then one occasion.

I held on to you, to that moment; your last and my first without you. I felt your last breath and still I held on. But time stops for no one.

We have had a wonderful journey together, You, Daddy and I. You have touched the hearts of all that have known you. I know you will continue to touch all who are waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge.

Princess needs you now; she has been waiting to be reunited with her very best friend.

Run free, big boy, you will be greatly missed, but our love will never die, you will always live on in our hearts.

Rest in Peace, My Sweet Boy.


Stacy Disarrayed said...

Oh my heart goes out to you! I have tears in my eyes for Jake.
I'm so sorry for your loss!

Daniela said...

Oh T, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet baby boy. My heart breaks for you and your hubby. Huge hugs and kisses on the way.


Anonymous said...

I am crying for you, T Dear. This is so sad! So very sad. I wish I could say the right thing, I wish I could help some how.

Thank Heaven he had you and your husband! HE is and still is BEAUTIFUL!


Unknown said...

There are no words that I can give to you to ease the immense pain you feel. I have been in your shoes and know all too well the deep pain you feel at this moment. A cold wind blows through the heart of those who hold their beloved when they leave this world. I know.

There will come a day when you will hear the familiar sound of collar tags and catch a shadow out of the corner of your eye. It will be your sweetness leading you to another that needs you. Once you have brought another into your home and life...the shadow will disappear and be at rest knowing you are, again, whole and in good company.

flydragon said...

Oh T, I'm so sorry.

RoeH said...

Wow. It's so hard to lose an animal. I'm so sorry for you. But you wouldn't have wanted life without that beautiful friend by your side. You'll see him again. Of that I am sure.

troutbirder said...

One never gets used to this. Four times for me. That cycle which is life. We hold those memories tight and someday smile again. Hail and farewell Jake.
troutbirder and Baron

Laura said...

I know the pain and sadness you feel, and I'm so sorry for your loss. You sweet boy will be a guardian angel to the family until you see him again one day ~

Andrea said...

I'm so so sorry for you loss. It sounds like Jake was a wonderful dog and very well loved. You are in my thoughts.

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Oh T, I am soooooo sorry, I know how you and Mr. T must be feeling. You are right though, Jake is running with Princess, now. They'll be there, together always for you.

Andrea said...

Seems like Jake gave more back than a lot of folks I know. He is beautiful and always will. I am so, so sorry for your losing him. He obviously touched so many lives!

Katt said...

My heart aches for you, T. So sorry about Jake. Take comfort in the fact he had a great life with you guys! (((hugs)))

♥Caroline♥ said...

I'm so sorry T....He's in a better more pain.

Sounds like he had a wonderful fulfilling life.

You will see him again one day and he will be around you always...I can tell my "Mini" visits us.


Dog_geek said...

I'm so sorry, T. Jake was a remarkable dog - it sounds like many, many people will remember him fondly.

Rob said...

T, I am very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful dog Jake was and forever will be in your hearts; but I truly believe you will re-unite with him again. He will visit you in your dreams, his spirit will remain by your side and eventually you and he will be together at what they call "Rainbow Bridge".

♥Caroline♥ said...

I forgot to mention that Jake and I shared the same birthday. Except I am older..June 8th is a wonderful birthday ;)

Unknown said...

Oh T
What a wonderful post about Jake. So sorry about your loss. He sure brought alot of joy to your life.


Jane said...

I am so very sorry that this has happened! I know how very painful it is. Please take care of yourself during this difficult time.

Many cyber hugs coming your way,


Jan said...

I have tears in my eyes reading this. You gave him a great life. You are amazing. Im watching my cats play this morning and I am reminded by all that you do for animals. Please dont ever stop.

Dana said...

Im so sorry T. This is the only downside to loving and owning fur babies, their time with us is way to short. Jake was an exceptional son and you guys gave him a wonderful life. Im sure he and his bestfriend are having a good time in heaven:)

Lisa said...

I am so sorry for both you and Jake's Daddy.......He was such a faithful friend to all...WOW! What a boy!

I know you will both miss him. A loss such as this is so very hard....I know the hurt will never be wish for you and your husband is; You will both grow stronger each day and the pain will replaced with joyful memories.

Much Love, Lisa

Carolina said...

Oh dearest T, I'm so so sorry for you and your husband that you've lost your lovely Jake.
Yep, you did it again. Made me cry.
It has such a big impact if you lose a beloved pet. I really feel for you both.
Big warm hug and kisses.

(I've just been catching up on your blog, read that your health is somewhat better? And Lacee is doing fine, yippee. I hope all goes well with Jarie and Karl and people who don't take care of their animals should be....uhm.....locked up in cages! Such cruelty!)

Jan Mader said...

I'm writing through my tears...or at least trying to. I am so sorry for your loss. I understand too.

Each time I lose an animal I swear I can't go through it again and then another rescue appears. I have decided that my past beloved dogs (and cats and horses) legacies live on in the other animal lives that I touch.

Meanwhile, thank you for following my blog. I would be honored to follow yours...hope that's okay.

Also, sometime (because I write for a living) I may put together an anthology of animal stories. I have a feeling you have a few stories to tell.

Betty said...

I just returned and read heart hurts for you and your husband. I'm so very sorry about Jake. I'll call you soon. Love you.

Phyllis said...

I'm so sorry; it's so very hard to lose a beloved pet.

Suzuki said...

I am furry sorry fur your loss :(
Big licks to you

Tee said...

Our deepest sympathy and condolences ... we feel so sad for your loss.


Anonymous said...

peace and prayers for you

gp in montana

Colleen said...

Your dog was so beautiful and I know you and hubby will miss him terribly.

Unknown said...

Hi T
Hope all is okay without Jake.

tula monstah said...

Jake was a very special boy. I'm so sorry for your loss. You'll always have wonderful memories of everything Jake brought to your family & so many others.

hugs& kiss kisses


Maude Lynn said...

I am so, so sorry.

Dana said...

T. You are a wonderful mom to all your fur babies so Happy Mothers Day to you!!!

Unknown said...

Hey T
You haven't been on in a while.?? You must be missing Jake. I love looking at his photos posted.


Jane said...

I hope you are doing okay! I've missed seeing you blog. Thanks for the kind comments - let me know how you are when you get the chance,


Lisa said...

T! I am so happy to hear from you. I was thinking of you and your sweet Jake today......I hope you and your husband are doing okay....or maybe just growing stronger..... sometimes that is all we can do.

Thank God for Sharonda that night! and how about their meeting again? me chills...I can't help but wonder what God has in mind for those two...

Also, thank you so much for your great comments...I am always so surprised when someone tells me they really like my writing...other then my mother. :-)

Take care my friend!


Unknown said...

Hi T
It was good to hear from you! And those kind words I'm honored to be the best boy in blogland. Wowee! and getting your furry face off vote It's my lucky day.

Keep that pack in line! Jake's spirit will lead the way!
Flippin upside down for my belly rub

♥Mimi♥ said...

I don't mean to intrude on your mourning, but I've noticed that you haven't posted since your precious dog passed away.

I love so much your visiting my blogs and your kind comments.

Scout and Freyja said...

Maybe what you could do for your first entry back would be to write about something wonderful. An adoption you know about. Something fun one of your other pets has done. Maybe a cute thing one of your friends told to you.

I know it's hard. One day I'll write about my Starr but when I do I'll have to have a couple of boxes of tissues handy. She passed away 5 years ago and I still can't talk about her for long without breaking into a sobbing, snot nosed mess.

Susan English Mason said...

You must have been very proud of Jake. He helped so many people and will live on in your hearts.

Lola Smiles said...

Run free beautiful Jake! RIP sweetie! xox

wigglebutt wags
Lola Smiles