Nicknames: The Bud, Old Coot, Jaykester, Jacob, Rambeaux's Jayke, Blond Boy, Pumpkin, Sir Pantsalot
Birthday: April 18th 1992
Likes: I like going to work and manage the office. I also enjoy camping and going for rides in my Jaykemobiles.
Pet-Peeves: Not going somewhere in the car and that vacuum cleaner is enough to make me leave the room. And I really dislike squirrels and chipmunks nattering at me from the trees when they know full well I can't get at them.
Favorite Toy: Paper towel tubes/egg cartons
Favorite Food: Any dog biscuit
Favorite Walk: Sandbanks Provincal Park in my Jaykemobiles
Best Tricks: Being himself.
Arrival Story: Jayke is our second Golden. He was born shortly after Bailey, our first Golden, crossed the Rainbow Bridge suddenly. Jayke was part of a litter of very happy and healthy puppies and we were fortunate enough to have first pick.
Jayke picked us by displaying his personality and that he really did want us to chose him! His full name is Golden Coral Rambeaux's Jayke. We had to change the spelling to Jayke as another litter from the same kennel had also used the name Jake. Something about using the same name, same kennel thing.
From the very beginning Jayke has always known who he is, what he wants and is a constant source of happy licks. Attitude above all else describes his approach to everything he has dealt with.
Bio: (As told by Jayke) rufff ruff bark bark bark ruff...Loosely translated as.....I have been through a lot after I was hit by a truck when I was just eight months old. I was lucky because the impact point was my shoulder and not my ribs. But because it was my shoulder, the impact crushed a major nerve and I lost most of my ability to control my leg movement. I really enjoy being around people so I am lucky enough to go to work every day. All the courier guys expect me at work because I look after shipping and receiving and I enjoy the treats I get from them.
Etc.: Canadian Golden Retrievers Extra Special Golden of the Month - May 2007, Dogster Dog of the Day - May 10, 2007, Pets with Disabilites - Pet of the month Nov 2006, Gorgeous Goldens - Golden of the Month
Tennessee Williams said "Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation." In some ways it still feels like in was only a few months have gone by since we said our farewells to Jayke.
We, and everyone that visits our offices, are greeted everyday with Jayke's portrait in our office. The picture shows his strength of character and his special personality that made Jayke what he was...one of a kind.
Our lives are marked by milestones...events that occur that etch the passage of time forever. December 11, 2007 is such a date. That is the date that we said our farewells to Jayke. It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years.
Jayke loved his hugs and he always acknowledged them with a gentle lick of thanks. So today, we celebrate the remarkable life of one very special Golden named Jayke with Jayke’s Big Hug Day.
We know that it takes the greatest amount of courage to say goodbye, but it’s also the greatest commitment of love to know when its time. So, please take the time today to give that special someone in your life a hug.
Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I'll miss you
Until we meet again!
Today is a dull, dreary, rainy day here. We haven’t seen much sunshine in the last few weeks. And today marks one month since the sunshine of our lives, Jayke, crossed The Bridge. After a month, I think we’re doing ok. There are some days that we still catch ourselves doing something for Jayke that was part of the routine of living with our special “Bud/Old Coot”, but we both have taken some time to grieve and to celebrate his most remarkable life.
Jayke is very much still with us. We miss his larger than life personality and gentle kisses of thanks, and we have also come to appreciate the tremendous support from his friends on Dogster. Some of the rosettes and special gifts left in Jayke’s honour have "timed out", but that doesn't diminish the thoughts of kindness or words of support that have been received over the last month. You should know that we prepared a book of memories of Jayke that includes over 15 years of photos, emails, paw mails, cards, letters and notices of donations made to various charitable groups that we received in Jayke’s memory. The word document of tributes from Dogster is over 40 pages alone! (Its now over 50 pages!)
We have come to realize that Jayke may be that once in a lifetime, very special and unique relationship we enjoy with our three or four legged family members. We know that we will find another Golden companion and look forward to raising another puppy or two when the time is right.
We are so grateful that we lived and shared our life with Jayke. We received a note from one of Jayke’s PWD pals, Gizmo, that we wanted to share.
“There is so much value in Jayke's story, because it really shows about true family love and doing whatever it takes to integrate someone special into your family. So many other families would have resorted to euthanasia (like with Gizz), and you saw so much deeper potential than that. The lessons there are huge. If only most people were so lucky to experience love like that in their lifetime. Thank you for all the love and joy and family experiences you brought to Jayke.”…..Thanks Gizz & mom
So to Jayke, our love forever and lots of big hugs. We miss you dearly. In our hearts we know that one day we will once again be in each others company.