Bless Your Old Heart and Soul Jake - 1997-2010 by Vickie Emms

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June 4, 2011 – missing you and still loving you old sweetheart :-))

Featured in Nutts About MUTTS – July 2010

Featured in Pets Are Us – July 2010

Featured in The Rainbow Bridge – July 2010

Sad news about Jake. While we were on our vacation, Jake had to be put to rest due to his failing health. We noticed he was failing quickly before we left and had made arrangements should it have to happen a vet was to be called to the house by our pet sitters.
Bless your sweet old heart Jake, you were a good dog. He was 13 years old. In this photo taken at the end of May, the shine in his eyes was hopeful that had many more months to be with us – it was not to be.
Jake was a rescued dog from the streets of Winnipeg, where as a puppy he was brought home and raised by a daughter, then my in-laws, then us, when they moved last spring and couldn’t take their pets. He was a Golden Lab X, with what who knows, since he was found.
We loved you old boy.
If I die before I wake, feed Jake

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  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesover 4 years ago

    am so very sorry, vic.

  • thank you Vic, it was a worry before we left, and it happened.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...over 4 years ago

    I am so Sorry Vickie that you weren’t there to send him off
    it makes me cry because I know the feeling I hope this helps brings some “Memories for Tears”

  • thanks so much my friend. That’s one of my favorite songs, thanks so much for giving me the chance to hear it tonight. Hugs

    – Vickie Emms

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...over 4 years ago
  • thank you Jason, that was nice, I just listend

    – Vickie Emms

  • thank you Jason, that was nice, I just listened to it

    – Vickie Emms

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    AWWWWW Vickie, I’m sooo sorry … bless your heart … and bless dear Jake. So so so sorry. What a sweet, loving face he had … so sorry. A hug going out to you and your family …

  • thank you so much hon, this is the second time I lost a dog while on vacation, it hurts,,,,,,,,,,,
    I accept the hugs hon

    – Vickie Emms

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    you know what, hon??? we lost Kizzy the cat when we were on vacation a few years back. She was very old, and had had some health problems, but we thought she would be okay. To be on the safe side, though, we boarded her at the vet’s … sure enough … we got the call. And I know they did everything they could … the doctor who called was in tears. Bmail to follow …

  • I got your mail hon and it meant so very much to me.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...over 4 years ago

    I remember the Hug you gave me that Saturday, and I just want you to know that Hug is held out to you when ever you need one ;.O)

  • I’ll take it Jason, it always helps to know someone cares with a kind heart.

    – Vickie Emms

  • jules572
    jules572over 4 years ago

    Dear Vickie, the hardest thing is losing a pet, they give unconditional LOVE and ask so little in return. Know that Jake is happy in Doggy Heaven and maybe he’ll meet up with our much loved baby…Jules

  • thank you Jules, he’s with all the others now that I’ve lost and there have been many. This is still raw for me. Maybe he didn’t want to pass while we were home. Your words are precious, thank you

    – Vickie Emms

  • Nanagahma
    Nanagahmaover 4 years ago

    Oh, Vickie, I am so sorry to hear this. It’s so hard to lose a pet, no matter how long you own them. They have a way of wriggling their way into our hearts that no human being can! I’m sure it must have been especially hard knowing that he died while you were away!

    We had a similar incident with our dog, Daisy. She had been battling Cushings Disease for well over a year. The day before I left to go to my daughter’s because of her delivering a new grand baby, I noticed that Daisy’s one ear was drooping lower than the other. And one side of her jowl was hanging lower. It didn’t seem to bother her much, although she was slower in eating her food, and I noticed some drool hanging from her mouth after drinking. The day I left she ate, but some food had been pocketed in the drooping side of her mouth. I thought, “oh no, great timing, I have to leave and you don’t look so good!” As I checked on her progress every day the report started coming back worse each day. Two days after my daughter delivered I had to go home because Daisy wasn’t eating or drinking. I got home and she came right up to me and just layed her head in my lap as I petted her. I was able to get 3 cups of water into her with a syringe which she readily lapped up. I was up with her most of the night since she was breathing hard and having difficulty walking far at all. During the night she came into our bedroom a couple of times as though looking for me. I got up and gave her water. Calmed her down until she fell asleep then went back to bed. By morning it was pretty obvious that she couldn’t keep going on like this. We had even brought her to the Vet the day I got home. We tried some stop gap treatments but her blood tests for her liver were very abnormal and her lungs were harsh sounding. So the next day we had to put her to sleep. . . oh how hard that was! She never whimpered or complained the whole time she was ill, but she was obviously in distress. So I know what you’re going through. Daisy was 10, she wasn’t here long enough as far as I was concerned! There are a few pics on my website about her if you are interested.

  • oh what a sad story Sandy. Yes we love our pets to death, don’t we. That’s why we have them. I also worried about a cat I had to leave at home (we took 2 cats and a dog with us). I felt maybe she was missing us too much since she is 13. She never travelled, while the others did. But she was gleaming when I came into the house that evening, she was doing very well. So losing Jake meant he couldn’t hang on anymore. We knew he was sick but you know, maybe, just maybe he will get better. His arthritis just took over and he no longer could walk, and when he was laying in his poo, I then asked the neighbour over the phone to call in a vet, which they did. He was loved and he knew it and he loved us, he was so happy for his months with us. Thanks for writing.

    – Vickie Emms

  • loralea
    loraleaover 4 years ago

    so sorry to hear when someone looses their pet

  • thank you for writing Laura Lea, yes specially since this is the second time losing a pet while on a holiday

    – Vickie Emms

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 4 years ago

    I am saddened of you losing Jake, but it seems he had a good life, think about the wonderful times you had with him and it was so nice of you to give a new home to Jake, it is always hard to find new homes for older animals. Bless you for that!

  • thank you Eeva. Yes it was discussed long before my in-laws had to move that we would take Jake. The other dog and two cats were readily adopted, but no one wanted Jake. There was no issue there, he loved it with us, he became more active and I have those memories of him snuffling in the bush and playing with my other dog as best he could on his old legs. He was happy

    – Vickie Emms

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