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22 April 2018 - 6:09 pm
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Oh Alex, I'm so sorry. I have been working out in the yard all day and just getting in to catch up. I'm crying with you, girl. It's so freaking heartbreaking, and it is not fair 😥

Obviously there was something unforeseen going on. You did everything you could to help your boy, and he left here knowing that he was loved. 

None of that can take away your pain, I know that. But remember, he lived a good, full, long life with you. His spirit will always be with you and your boy WILL watch over you. Just watch for the signs. 

My deepest sympathies are with you, sending you a big tight cyber hug 🤗

Jackie and Huckleberry ❤️


Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Phoebe, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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22 April 2018 - 7:32 pm
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Thank you everyone. Your words are so kind and so helpful. It is true. This cancer sucks and just changes everything. I just wish I would have seen that he was too weak for this procedure but of course he never let us to believe he was hurting or growing weak. On hindsight we can see some of the signs but he was always sooooo stoic. I have literally never heard him yelp. He would hold out his paws for nail trims, I could draw blood on him at him and he would give me his paw and just turn his head but never moved, never fliniched, never anything. I took xrays on him at work and would lay him on his back and tell him to stay and he wouldnt move until the xray was taken. He is the best dog and the strongest most selfless dog Ive ever met. Its all kind of just crazy insane waves and emotions right now.

My fiance and I have been watching all the amazing videos of him and look back on all of our photos and boy, he really was loved and he was happy and he was just the coolest freaking dog ever. Jake was my aunts dog up until the last 3 years when she just left him. We kind of just took him in May of 2015 and he's been with us ever since. When we first had him at the house he was so use to being an outside dog that he didnt really understand being inside and on the couch or bed with us. But he quickly learned this was a dog's house and he opened right up. He use to bark and would grab a toy and would be soooooooo excited when we would get home the first month he was with us because he just couldn't understand that someone was actually there to greet him and love him every single day. Quickly, he realized he didn't need to do that anymore for attention, he did it because he wanted to. Re-watching and looking at al the pictures, just reminds me how happy a dog he was. Always wagging his tail, always smiling, always happy. And oh boy did he love swimming. That was his favorite thing in the world. He use to literally dive for rocks in the deep end of the pool and could swim all the way to the bottom to get it. He would take himself swimming down at the beach and I would just sit on the shore and he would run into a wave and body surf it back. He loved to play ball and we would take him to the tennis court with us and use the ball machine so he could chase them and he would be so excited. When we got home from a walk (they got/get 2-3 a day) he would run to the front door (we didnt need to use a leash with him) and he would wait for us at the front door as the slow pokes mossed along and as soon as we got there he would just start doing his happy happy bark almost like it was a thank you bark. He knew when he needed cuddles and would lay his head in your lap or when you need to laugh and would start doing his rollling around and give you the best smile. 

Oh but this boy was sooooooo sneaky. Our saint bernard doesnt eat all of his food right away (of course Jake and out other two didnt even take a breath when the eat) and the saints bowl usually sits out for 15-20 mins. Well Jake is sooo good and he would just walk by taking a bite while we were just not paying attention, holding the kibble in his mouth and going out of sight to eat it. He would do this over and over again until the bowl was pretty much done. When we'd catch him he would always act so surprised. He was so smart and just so good. He truly did love unconditionally. He never complained. He would also make sure we were ok first. If i was having a bad day he would literally sit on his hind legs, I would go on my knees and he would literally give me a hug around my shoulders. All that mattered to him was he was around us. 

Gosh this is only the tip of the iceberg all the amazing things about him. When I get a chance I will share some more pictures of him.

I miss him so much. Its never long enough. 

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22 April 2018 - 8:28 pm
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Hey Alex ( I hope that's ok)

He sounds like an amazing dog. So smart, so intuitive. This all just happened too fast and without obvious reason. God that is the hardest 😥

I would love to see more of his videos and pictures when you feel able to share. He was such a smart boy and truly appreciative of the home you gave him. Most rescues are, and you did rescue him and save his poor life. 

There really are no words to express how awful I feel about what happened. It just sucks, plain and simple. 

The kibble story you told made me laugh. Only smart souls do that kind of stuff. Surrounding you and your family with light and love. I cannot even begin to express how badly I feel for all of you.

Just remember, his pain is gone and he has flown on over the bridge where he will watch over you.


Jackie and Huck ❤️❤️❤️


Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Phoebe, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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22 April 2018 - 9:26 pm
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I love the stories you've shared about Jake! Like you said, its never, ever enough time. But boy oh boy, was he a lucky boy to have you step in and save him. And it sounds like he sure enjoyed paying you back by being his sweet self! You couldn't have known this would turn out this way - you did all you could, and he had excellent care. I should know, since you have been so kind to my pups when we come in!

Kristin & Clyde

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22 April 2018 - 11:38 pm
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I am so, so sorry to hear this. You write about him so beautifully and with such love, I cannot help smiling, even as my heart aches for your loss. It's just so precious the life you gave him and the joy you shared in that. Please do not berate yourself for doing everything you could to try and help sweet Jake. You could not have known. You gave him a chance. Had you not done so, you would probably have second guessed that too. Jake never complained because he had what he wanted, your love, and you will carry that love, and the Spirit of Jake in your heart forever.

Meg, Clare and Angel Pie xxx 

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 

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