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Jake’s House- A Tribute to Our Best Friend

ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY, 7, 2010 YOU CLOSED YOUR EYES AND FELL ASLEEP IN MY ARMS FOR THE VERY LAST TIME. ON THAT DAY I TRULY LOST THE BEST FRIEND I HAVE EVER KNOWN. I KNOW YOU ARE NOW AT PEACE AND IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO HOWEVER A HUGE PART OF ME IS NOW GONE FOREVER AND CAN NEVER BE REPLACED.

YOU FOUGHT AND BATTLED AS LONG AS YOU COULD AND WE NOW KNOW YOU ARE RESTING COMFORTABLY.

YOU WERE NOT ONLY OUR MOST LOYAL COMPANION BUT OUR PROTECTOR AND GUARDIAN AND OUR TRUE BEST FRIEND.

I CHERISH ALL THE LONG WALKS THAT WE TOOK TOGETHER ALL THE FUN AND GOOD TIMES WE SHARED AND THE JOY THAT YOU TRULY BROUGHT INTO ALL OF OUR LIVES. YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR US AND NO MATTER WHAT TYPE OF DAY WE HAD YOU WERE THERE TO GREET US WITH A BIG SMILE AND A WARM WAG OF YOUR TAIL. YOU NEVER CARED HOW WE LOOKED, OR WHAT WE WERE WEARING, OR HOW MUCH MATERIAL THINGS WE HAD. YOU LOVED US UNCONDITIONALLY.

IT IS BECAUSE OF YOU THAT I WAS ABLE TO RECEIVE MY TRAINERS CERTIFICATION AND BECOME THE DOG TRAINER I AM TODAY. YOU SHOWED ME WHAT THE WORLD OF DOGS IS TRULY ABOUT AND OPENED MY EYES TO WHAT THE CANINE WORLD TRULY IS AND HOW IT FUNCTIONS. YOU MADE OUR TRAINING EASY AND FUN AND I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET ALL OF THE DAYS THAT WE SPENT TOGETHER LEARNING AND GROWING TOGETHER AS MAN AND CANINE PARTNER. WHAT YOU WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN SUCH A PERIOD OF TIME WAS TRULY AMAZING. THE TWO AWARDS THAT YOU WON WHILE IN TRAINING WAS A TRUE TRIBUTE TO WHAT AN AMAZING DOG YOU TRULY WERE. YOU PICKED THINGS UP SO EASILY AND SO QUICKLY AND MADE MY JOB SO MUCH EASIER.

AT THE TIME I WAS NERVOUS ABOUT OUR TRAINING BUT BECAUSE OF YOU I NEVER QUIT OR GAVE UP. YOU GAVE ME THE CONFIDENCE TO SUCCEED AND TO CARING ON AND RECEIVE MY CERTIFICATION

I WILL ALSO CHERISH ALL THE TIMES WE WERE ABLE TO GO TO WORK TOGETHER ON NUMEROUS LESSONS. HOW LUCKY WAS I TO BE ABLE TO GO TO WORK WITH MY BEST FRIEND SO MANY TIMES. CLIENTS WERE SO IMPRESSED AT WHAT A WELL BEHAVED, OBEDIENT, SMART AND BALANCED DOG YOU WERE. I WAS SO FORTUNATE TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU THAT GOING TO WORK ON LESSONS WAS SO MUCH FUN IT WAS NOT A JOB IT WAS A TRUE JOY. NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO SAY THAT AND I WILL CHERISH EVERYONE OF THOSE MOMENTS FOREVER.

YOU NOT ONLY MADE ME A BETTER TRAINER AND HANDLER BUT IN A LOT OF WAYS YOU MADE ME A BETTER AND HAPPIER HUMAN BEING. YOU SHOWED ME WHAT A TRUE FRIEND REALLY IS AND WHAT TRUE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE IS ALL ABOUT. I TRULY BELIEVE I AM A BETTER PERSON TODAY BECAUSE OF WHAT WE SHARED AND ACCOMPLISHED TOGETHER. YOU MADE ME LOOK AT LIFE IN A WHOLE NEW WAY. YOU NEVER GAVE UP ON ME EVEN AT TIMES I WAS DOUBTING MYSELF OR WAS TEMPTED TO GIVE UP ON MYSELF. I COULD HAVE NEVER ASKED GOD FOR A MORE GIVING PARTNER OR A MORE LOVING TRUE FRIEND.

IT IS SO SO HARD TO CONTINUE ON WITHOUT YOU AND AT TIMES I FEEL SO SO LOST BUT WHEN THAT HAPPENS I THINK OF YOU AND ALL THE TIMES THAT WE SHARED TOGETHER AND WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED TOGETHER AND AS HARD AS IT IS IT MAKES ME FORGE ON. YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN AND SHELLEY AND I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH. YOU HAVE ALSO LEFT A HUGE VOID IN HER LIFE AND IT IS HARD FOR HER TO CARRY ON WITHOUT YOU BUT YOU AFTER ALL YOU WERE “MOMS” DOG IN SO MANY WAYS. YOU LOVED HER AND WERE ALWAYS THERE TO PROTECT HER AND WATCH OVER HER. I WAS NEVER WORRIED IF SHE WAS ALONE IN THE HOUSE WHEN YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE TO WATCH OVER HER. SHE LOVED YOU WITH ALL HER HEART AND MISSES YOU SO SO MUCH AND I KNOW THAT YOU REALIZE THAT WE BOTH DID ALL WE COULD FOR YOU.

YOU ALSO KEPT SUCH A LOVING WATCHFUL EYE ON WENDY AND WOULD PROTECT HER TO NO END. SHE MISSES YOU AND LOVED YOU SO MUCH AS WELL. YOU TRULY WERE HER FRIEND FOR LIFE.

I KNOW YOUR NOT HERE WITH US TODAY YET I KNOW YOUR ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS AND WILL NEVER BE FAR AWAY. AS HARD AS IT IS WE PRAY THAT YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE YOUR MEMORY WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS AND WILL ALWAYS BRING A SMILE TO OUR FACE. WHEN I START TO HURT AND FEEL REALLY SAD AND DOWN I WILL THINK OF YOU AND HOW YOU TRULY TURNED MY LIFE AROUND.

I DON’T HAVE TO LOOK LOW AND HIGH I JUST HAVE TO SEARCH DOWN INSIDE AND KNOW THAT WE WILL TRULY NEVER BE APART BECAUSE YOU HAVE FOREVER LEFT YOUR PAW PRINT ON MY HEART.

WE MISS YOU SO MUCH AND LOVED YOU WITH ALL OF OUR HEARTS.

REST IN PEACE MY TRUE BEST FRIEND YOUR MEMORY WILL ALWAYS BE KEPT ALIVE AS WAS MY PROMISE TO YOU.

LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER,
NICK, SHELLY AND WENDY TOO