Jake


Basset Hound/Labrador Retriever
Picture of Jake, a male Basset Hound/Labrador Retriever

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Home:Grande Prairie, AB, Canada  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Nicknames:
Jacob, Jakers, Jakum

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
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 Intelligence 
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 Friendliness 
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 Playfulness 
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 Disposition 
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Quick Bio:
-mutt-pound dog

Birthday:
February 14th 2004

Likes:
Garnering attention from any person in a 50 feet radius and sleeping!

Pet-Peeves:
That he can't jump on the bed the way his brother, Sporty, can

Favorite Toy:
Beef chews

Favorite Food:
Treats after tricks

Favorite Walk:
Where ever his brother is!

Best Tricks:
He's not much of a trickster, but he has recently learned to beg. He can come, sit, and lie down.

Arrival Story:
We already had Jake's brother, Sporty (from a pet store), and we always regretted not getting two puppies instead of one. We were in the market for a second dog so I always looked at the SPCA advertisements in the local paper. Imagine my surprise when both Sporty's brothers were featured! The original owner had surrendered them (he bought them both from the pet store the same day we got Sporty). Not five seconds later I was on my way to the SPCA to bring one home. Both Jake and Shadow (their other brother) were in very rough shape. Shadow had a twisted front leg and Jakes front paws were severely turned out. Becuase my decks are both very high of the ground, I brought Jake home becuase I thought he would have a better chance of a) climbing the stairs and b) keeping up to our very active Sporty. After a small adjustment period, Jake and Sporty are positively inseperable. If you're wondering about Shadow, he got adopted by an elderly couple and is surely having a terrific life! :)

Bio:
Jake has come a long way from when we first brought him home. On that first day, he could not walk up or down stairs, jump, or do much of any physical activity. He could barely even walk. Today, Jake is a very active, happy dog who can even leap onto the couch - something we never thought we'd see him do. Jake is a perfect companion to his brother and to us. He is exceeding all of our expectations by learning new tricks and gaining strength daily; we are very proud and happy to have him.

Forums Motto:
I love love!

I've Been On Dogster Since:
February 21st 2005 More than 9 years!

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Dogster Id:
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Adventures of Jake and Sporty


Goodbye, My Handsome Boy!

January 12th 2009 4:17 pm
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Well, it's been a while since May, the last diary entry we did for you. You were able to give us eight more months of joy, and we are so thankful for that.

Today, we had the sad task of sending you to a better place, where you can run and jump all you like. Thank you for being a part of our lives; we will miss you every day.

Love, Mommy

 

To My Dearest Jake;

March 22nd 2008 9:48 pm
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You are a special soul who has too little time for this world.

A few days ago, when you started to have trouble with your back legs, I was hopeful that you could overcome it. After the medicine the vet gave you, I was so happy to see the improvement.

The next day, when you could not use your back legs, I was heartbroken. To see you sitting with calmness and love in your eyes, but not being able to walk anywhere, was too much for me to bear, but I still had hope.

We are lucky you have such a nice doctor. The steroids he gave you seemed to be helping, but soon we could see that you were having more troubles. When we went to see him today, I was worried that we would have to come home without you; I'm glad you came home for another try.

As the hours go on I can see that your condition is slowly getting worse.

Jake, I love you so much. We knew that you would eventually have trouble when we picked you up from the SPCA; I thought I would be better prepared for the day that seems to be soon approaching. I don't want to let you go, but know that I must.

You are so loving, happy, and kind. I love your laid-back personality, your misshapen paws, and your big brown eyes. I love the softness of your fur and the eager wag of your tail. I love remembering our camping trips and discovering that you love swimming.

If someone who did not have the good fortune to have met you asked, I would tell them about the time you and your brother got out of the back yard and made it 14 km; I would tell them about the life in your eyes that grew as you shared your life with us. I would tell them about how affectionate you were, and about how everyone loved you. I would tell them about your front paws, how they were twisted, and how they never stopped you from being you. I would tell them about the first day you came home with us. I would tell them about how you would sleep on your back with all four paws splayed in the air.

You are so important to me, Jake. You're my best friend, you're my confidant, you're my special light. I am going to miss you. I am going to cry a river of tears. I am going to remember you. I am always going to love you.

Mommy

 

Lonley. So Lonley!

October 28th 2005 8:30 pm
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Today my brother went away for the whole day. It's cold outside so I had to stay in my room by myself forever! But mom gave me lots of treats before she left so I guess it's not all bad...

When Sporty, mommy, and daddy came home I was so happy. I haven't been without my brother all day since I came home. Good thing I'm a good sleeper!

At first I didn't recognize my brother - he smelled way different. But, soon we were just as though he never left - positively inseperable.

*Sigh* I guess being alone all day really makes you appreciate what you've got!

 
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