Goddess Knitters

24 September 2009

...Jake...

running....chasing....endless energy....that's Jake.....


I got Jake from my husband for our anniversary 7 years ago. He actually had just been born and I had to wait 8 weeks, until he was old enough to leave his mom and siblings. I got to go see him when he was 6 days old. He could fit in the palm of my hand. So small. I went to see him at the breeders every few days and was so excited to finally bring him home.

Jake was definitely MY dog. As much as my husband doesn't like to have dogs in the house, I still snuck him in from time to time. Like the time he went missing for 3 days and we got a call during our annual Christmas party that some kind person had found him and was bringing him home. Luckily, the party was taking place in our barn and was almost over. I met the nice couple in the driveway, thanked them profusely(i may have even given them money, i can't be sure) and promptly took Jake in the house and put him on our bed. When my husband came in the house after the party was over he opened our bedroom door to the sight of me in bed and Jake laying right next to me. He said, "Oh, I see how it's going to be". He never made another comment when he would found this same scenario in the years to come. He knew that if I had had a bad day, when I went to bed Jake would be laying right next to me, usually snoring. He was little, but he was very loud.

Jake and Tucker were fast friends from the first day I brought him home. Even though Tucker is much bigger than Jake, it has never made a difference. They sleep together, eat together, go on walks together, and up until the past year have played together. Tucker has slowed down in his old age and Jake seemed to know this. Their playtime and walks have been geared down to match Tuckers pace. Not by me, but by Jake. He only seems to do just what he thinks Tucker can do. This is funny because when Jake came to live with us, Tucker did this same for him.
Jake's favorite thing to do is chase.......anything. He particularly loves to chase squirrels and deer that hang out in the hazelnut orchard that is across the road from our house. He loves our neighbor, Don, who is the farmer that owns the orchard. I know that if Jake isn't on the back porch then he is usually over at Don's. Remember, he's a hound and what hounds do best is chase varmints.

We live in a very rural area. Farm and orchard land all around us. We have lots of deer and squirrel. This is a perfect place for a beagle!

But yesterday doing what he loved so much, chasing a deer, Jake crossed the road and was hit by a car. Don was in the orchard and saw it happen. He said that it happened so fast, there was nothing he could do. He told us, with tears in his eyes, that it was like watching it happen in slow motion. Don said that the car probably didn't even know that they had run over him. Jake was moving pretty fast. By the time Don got to him he was already gone. I can take comfort in the fact the Jake never suffered. Don said he was sure that Jake didn't even know that the car was there. He was so intent on chasing that deer that nothing else mattered.

So now Jake is chasing squirrels and deer somewhere else. It's very sad for me. I loved that little dog. my husband may have said once or twice that I loved him more that anyone else, including him. It was a different kind of love.

There will be other dogs, but right now I can't imagine one that would take Jake's place.......


~The Rainbow Bridge~
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

~Author unknown
I will miss him.......

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26 Comments:

  • At 8:51 AM, Blogger Mary said…

    What a beautiful tribute! {{{{hugs}}}}

     
  • At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Rachel H said…

    Oh honey, I'm so sorry.

     
  • At 9:06 AM, Blogger Liberty's Yarn said…

    Oh hon, I am so sorry. Lots of big hugs from all of us.

     
  • At 9:16 AM, Anonymous marcy said…

    Oh Debbi! So sorry! Your dogs look exactly like our dogs on the green pillow. Until last Decemer. We received the same poem after our golden retriever Striper passed and it is beautiful. Our springer spaniel Maddy, my dog, is left holding our hearts and i swear soome of Striper got left behind in her. If Tucker has a new bounce in his step, you'll know where it came from!

    hugs

     
  • At 9:22 AM, Blogger Stilaholic Nartian knits said…

    Oh Debbie! My condolences & hugs!

     
  • At 9:28 AM, Blogger Mya said…

    I'm so sorry...HUGS to you.

     
  • At 10:56 AM, Blogger JustJen said…

    I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am. Jake's in good company, and will wait for you.

    Many hugs.

     
  • At 1:16 PM, Blogger Alicia said…

    I am so, so sorry. I lost my Luke doing the exact same thing earlier this summer. We live out in the country and he never saw a thing. Its heartbreaking nonetheless.

     
  • At 2:41 PM, Blogger cupcakefaerie said…

    I am so sorry. More hugs.

     
  • At 4:48 PM, Blogger Angeluna said…

    What an adorable little guy Jake was. Debbi, I'm so sorry. I have tears after reading your loving tribute.

     
  • At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Debbi,

    So sorry to hear about Jake - he was such a cutie! I was afraid of the ending when I saw you using past tense verbs. Lots of thoughts and hugs coming your way.

    Love ya,
    fraudbuster

     
  • At 6:12 PM, Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said…

    I am so sorry Debbi. Your heart must be very very sad today. Big big big hugs and prayers.

     
  • At 6:44 PM, Blogger Linda said…

    Oh, Deb, I am so sorry about Jake. It sounds like he was a great dog. Big hugs for you.

     
  • At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Tece said…

    I am so very sorry about Jake. It's very hard to lose a close doggy friend, I know.....thinking of you.....

     
  • At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Julie (aka Beadnit) said…

    I'm so sorry to hear about Jake. I know how you feel. Hugs to you.

     
  • At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Wen said…

    I am so sorry. Sending love to you and your husband and Tucker.

    (I am totally crying over here.)

     
  • At 10:26 PM, Blogger knitter said…

    Oh, I am so sorry. I know how bad it hurts. I lost my 16 year old cairn, Snuggy, on August 2. When I read your tweet, I held my breath. Then I found your website and I really held my breath. My Snuggy fell in the pool. We had a fence, she was so confused in the end, and persistent. She was diabetic and mostly blind, lots of confusion, old doggies get senile, just like us. Somehow she made it under the fence. I still cry when I think about her. She was definitely my best friend. I wrote a tribute to her on my blog,
    allthingsknitterly.blogspot.com . Jake and Snuggy are definitely in a better place. The Ranibow Bridge site had a quote I liked. It read as follows " A dog is the only creature on earth that loves you more than he loves himself". My heart goes out to you.

     
  • At 10:52 PM, Blogger Scarlet said…

    Oh, I am so sorry! The dog that we have now, Connor, is my once-in-a-lifetime dog, like Jake is yours. I feel your pain. But Jake knew how much you loved him, and he had a wonderful life with you. He'll be waiting for you at the bridge.

     
  • At 1:25 AM, Anonymous Päivi said…

    I am so sorry about Jake. I know how you feel. It's very hard to lose a close friend :( I've lost 5 of them, one cat and four dogs...
    Lots of hugs to you.

     
  • At 10:37 AM, Anonymous sam said…

    I'm so so sorry. I hope your memories of him can help ease the pain. Hugs.

     
  • At 10:13 PM, Blogger Angela said…

    He was clearly a special boy. Good thoughts coming your way...

     
  • At 8:03 AM, Blogger Cathy-Cate said…

    I am so very sorry to hear about Jake. But grateful that you shared his story and pictures with us.

    He will always be in your heart and never truly gone all the way.

    Love and hugs....

     
  • At 1:00 PM, Blogger Spinny Bunt said…

    Big hugs. I understand.

     
  • At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Melissa said…

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful dog. Hugs!

     
  • At 5:13 PM, Anonymous SarahSeattle said…

    I am weeping with you. Before our dog (a sheltie named Lichen) died, I had a dream of her running over a great swath of rolling hills, chasing swallows who would swoop in front of her to encourage the chase. She always looked forward to the swallows in the spring, as did we. She died that morning.

    Jake is doing his favorite thing, and will greet you in due time. You will miss him until then.

    Hugs and more hugs, Sarah

     
  • At 7:28 AM, Anonymous Evelyn said…

    Oh Debbie-
    I'm so sad for you! We loved Jake, and I was wondering why we haven't heard his bray for a while.

    Remember K'Trina coming over looking to play chase with Jake? Jake with his smaller turning radius. K'Trina pushing him to get going again when he flopped tired.

    And Bubba leading Jake and K'Trina off on some naughty wild wander?

     

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