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11 October 2018 / leggypeggy

Joy and sadness packed into two weeks

Jake

Could you drop a piece of the meat you’re chopping?

Time for a little break from the beauty of western USA—more soon.

We’re back in Australia and have been on an emotional roller coaster over the last few weeks. I was overjoyed to have our daughters, Libby and Petra, home for a landmark birthday. More importantly, I was happy Petra was home to spend two weeks with her amazing rescue dog, Jake.

Petra moved to Vietnam last year for the Australian government. She thought about taking Jake but, once there, realised it wouldn’t be at all fun for him to live in an apartment with no garden, so he stayed with us.

Dogs in the garden

Jake and friends chill in our backyard

Jake and Indi (our dog) are great mates, and it was so easy to have him.

Earlier this year, when we were touring the wonderful national parks in the USA, we had a collection of wonderful people looking after the house and dogs. Back in June, Jake had his first major nose bleed.

Carers jumped on the issue. Jake was examined by the vet, got antibiotics and seemed fine. But another nose bleed happened…and another. More trips to the vet and things seemed to calm down.

Dog shaking hands

Feeling well enough to shake for a treat

We got home and another bleed happened. There was a surgery. Two masses were removed from his nostrils, a biopsy was done and the result was benign. That said, the diagnosis was nasal angiofibroma. This is a rare disease. What to do next?

To cut a long story short (feel free to ask questions if we can help your situation), we needed to do a CT scan. In Australia that costs about $3000, including specialist consultations. 

Smiling dog

A smile from Jake

We waited. Petra was coming home soon. Jake seemed happy enough and not in pain. He still bounced around and loved his food, walks and treats, but one look in his eyes and you knew something was wrong.

There were intermittent small bleeds that I could bring under control within a few minutes using a cold compress (namely, a bag of peas wrapped in a tea towel). Just before Petra got home, Jake’s breathing became laboured and he had another major bleed. I scheduled the CT scan for the day after she got home.

The news was terrible—the growths were not benign after all. An invasive cancer had consumed Jake’s right nasal passage and was invading the left. Nothing could be done, except to love him as much as we could for the next 12 days and have him put down the day before Petra went home. That way he wouldn’t have to watch her pack and see her leave.

Dogs on bed

Indi and Jake keep an eye on the neighbourhood

Instead there were extra walks, extra treats, extra bones, no furniture was off limits and the hugs were abundant. He even got a few stuffed toys to dismember. Mostly his breathing was quite good. Over those last days, many people stopped by to farewell Jake. He had a huge following.

Last Friday, the vet came to the house and Poor John took Indi for a walk. Jake slipped away peacefully and you can imagine the floods of tears that saw him off.

He’s over the Rainbow Bridge now and I hope he’s running with the dogs we’ve had to let go before him. Jake was a gorgeous, big-hearted, loveable dog. He will be hugely missed.

Many people have sent condolences to Petra. One included a link to some of the most beautiful prose, written in the 1940s by playwright Eugene O’Neill. It’s a farewell message from his dog. I hope you love it as much as I do.

P.S. All the pics here have been taken since August 2017. Jake loved the beach at Rosedale.

Dogs at the beach

Jake and Indi at the beach. The link just above is to a short video

 

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  1. efge63 / Oct 11 2018 3:24 pm

    Rest in peace… i am so sorry….

    I keep this in my heart…!!!!

    One last word of farewell, Dear Master and Mistress. Whenever you visit my grave, say to yourselves with regret but also with happiness in your hearts at the remembrance of my long happy life with you: “Here lies one who loved us and whom we loved.” No matter how deep my sleep I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 11 2018 3:47 pm

      Eugene O’Neill’s tribute to/from the dog is so beautiful

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      • efge63 / Oct 11 2018 3:52 pm

        Yes it is …. i have lost my dog and i can understand ….. Send you my love!!!

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 11 2018 4:06 pm

        Thanks so much. Love to you too.

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  2. a mindful traveler / Oct 11 2018 3:42 pm

    So sorry to hear Peggy. I had tears in my eyes just reading this. Such a sad time, our pets are part of our families.
    Thoughts are with you guys. Xx

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 11 2018 3:48 pm

      Thanks so much. I hope you have a chance to read the O’Neill prose I linked to above. It brings great peace.

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  3. Vicki / Oct 11 2018 3:53 pm

    I had tears in my eyes reading this post and also reading o’Neill’s farewell message. Pets are precious and no one wants them to leave, but then in sickness, time to consider their comfort and happiness before our own.

    I’m sure he will be missed – by Indi as much as Petra.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 11 2018 4:01 pm

      Thanks Vicki. Jake will be missed by a legion of people and dogs. Can’t think of one cat that will miss him. So glad you read the O’Neill farewell. It’s so beautiful.

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  4. Andrew Petcher / Oct 11 2018 3:53 pm

    Always sad to lose a friend!

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  5. Lynette d'Arty-Cross / Oct 11 2018 4:00 pm

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your dear doggy. And the Eugene O’Neill piece is so beautiful.

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  6. gerard oosterman / Oct 11 2018 4:06 pm

    Oh dear, so sad a story. Jake is missed but he had a good life. You can tell by his eyes he made many a friend feel happier. He did a lot of good with his big heart. What more could one ask for.

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  7. Cynthia Wright-Dellanave / Oct 11 2018 5:13 pm

    Beautiful tribute – the loss is so painful. Again thanks.

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  8. thewonderer86 / Oct 11 2018 5:23 pm

    Sorry. Jake sounds and looks like he was a great dog.

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  9. Ron and Lee / Oct 11 2018 5:33 pm

    It never gets easier to let them go free and cross the Rainbow Bridge. They give us so much joy in the few years we get to share with them. Big hugs.

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  10. weezaj / Oct 11 2018 5:51 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of this : (

    Hugs to all – am sure you’re still feeling it.

    xxxxx

    Louise Scrivener *Chinese Ducks Design* 0407 477 440

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 11 2018 5:52 pm

      Thanks Louie. Still expect him to be at my side when I reach for the cheese.

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  11. Amanda (@lambsearshoney) / Oct 11 2018 5:55 pm

    So sad to read this, Peggy. No matter how hard we try for them, we eventually have to let them go, but it’s never easy. I lost two within months of each other last year and it still breaks my heart to think of them.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 11 2018 6:05 pm

      Oh Amanda, so sorry to hear about your losses. Always so heartbreaking. I hope you have the chance to read O’Neill’s piece. It’s very comforting.

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  12. Emma Cownie / Oct 11 2018 6:30 pm

    So sorry, Jake looks like a wonderful dog. Being there for the end of a pet’s life is all part of owning a pet, painful though it undoubtedly is.

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  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Oct 11 2018 7:07 pm

    I’m so very sorry for you and for Petra for the loss of Jake. Dogs love so fully and sincerely, their absence is hugely felt in the lives of those left. I’m glad the whole family has so many wonderful memories of Jake – they will last forever.

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  14. trE / Oct 11 2018 7:25 pm

    I’m so sorry, Peggy. This brought tears to me eyes. He was such a handsome fur baby. I am sending so much love and I offer my condolences to you and your family. I know Indi will miss her buddy terribly. 😕

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 11 2018 9:48 pm

      Thanks so much. We all feel his loss so greatly. I keep waiting for him to appear at my side when I touch a packet of cheese.

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  15. ksbeth / Oct 11 2018 8:06 pm

    aw, i’m so sorry for your loss, but happy that he had his time with you, he was so lucky that way

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  16. beetleypete / Oct 11 2018 8:14 pm

    Heartbreaking indeed. At least he led a life full of love and companionship, but was so unlucky to get such a rare disease. We never forget our pets, and Jake will live on in your memories.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  17. derrickjknight / Oct 11 2018 8:16 pm

    Sorry to read this, Peggy. My condolences

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  18. weggieboy / Oct 11 2018 8:38 pm

    A very moving account, Peggy. Each time I take a kitty into my life, I forget that there is that time at the end that caps the joy I had for their lifetime. It sounds like you made the last days as happy as they could be for you daughter’s poor dog.

    This was what happened to my childhood dog, Peanuts, the cancer in the sinus cavities. I was in West Germany, stationed in the US Army, when my mother and father had to have Peanie euthanized, and I still cried when I read the letter telling about his last days.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 11 2018 9:51 pm

      Oh Doug, that’s one of the hardest things. Having them go when you can’t be there. Our Aggie was put down when we were in Thailand. I cried for a week. So you know how relieved I was that Petra could be here.

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  19. DizzytheDonkey / Oct 11 2018 8:48 pm

    I’m so sorry, and just reading this bought tears to my eyes. It’s so hard having to say goodbye to them. x Even though we lost little Brock in the Summer, I still can’t believe he’s not with us anymore. Brock went at home aswell, and I always think it’s the best thing for them. No vet stress, and so peaceful. xx Sending lots and lots of hugs. xxx

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 11 2018 9:53 pm

      No vet stress made a big difference. Jake always liked the vet, but hated the vet’s office. Maybe smells? But when Peter arrived at the house, Jake was delighted to see him.

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      • DizzytheDonkey / Oct 11 2018 10:06 pm

        Aww, that’s so sweet. Brock was much more relaxed with the vet being at our house, you could see him wondering what they were doing here, but he wasn’t stressed at all, and he went peacefully in his little bed. xxx

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 11 2018 10:08 pm

        Pretty much the same here. Jake never wondered why more people were around. He loved company.

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  20. Jane / Oct 11 2018 9:24 pm

    A heartfelt post. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. Sherry Thomas / Oct 11 2018 9:37 pm

    I am so sorry Peggy love you

    Sent from my iPhone

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  22. Yeah, Another Blogger / Oct 11 2018 9:44 pm

    A sad day.

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  23. theunassuminghiker / Oct 11 2018 9:46 pm

    I’m so sorry Peggy, it is really tough to let go of a beloved pet, even when you know it’s the right thing to do. We’ve been pet free for several years, I just don’t want to go through that again.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 11 2018 9:55 pm

      Thanks. Like you, I don’t want to go through it again, but I know I will. Dogs give so much joy.

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  24. Green Global Trek / Oct 11 2018 9:58 pm

    Oh I am so very sorry. I know well the pain and difficulty of saying goodbye to a beloved soul. So tough! How wonderful he was loved and loved you all and had such a good life. My thoughts are with you.

    Peta

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  25. Anna / Oct 11 2018 9:59 pm

    So sorry Peggy X

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  26. gigglingfattie / Oct 11 2018 10:54 pm

    Oh I am so sorry to hear this! It’s always such a tragedy to have to decide what to do over a loved ones health, and pets are no different.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 11 2018 11:02 pm

      In the end, we had no choice, but still so very hard to make the final decision.

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      • gigglingfattie / Oct 11 2018 11:44 pm

        Yes, I totally understand. Our family had to do the same thing about 5 years ago with one of our dogs.

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2018 10:42 am

        Always a hard thing to do.

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  27. shehannemoore / Oct 12 2018 12:22 am

    I’m so sorry. May he run with the dogs xxxx

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  28. Anthony / Oct 12 2018 12:35 am

    Run free…run free.

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  29. lexklein / Oct 12 2018 1:04 am

    This just about broke my heart, too. Yesterday was our dog’s theoretical 15th birthday, but we’d had to say goodbye to her a few months ago, and I’m definitely not over it. Poor Petra and you guys having such a bad surprise with Jake’s health. Hope he is cavorting with our little Wrigley somewhere out there!

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2018 9:28 am

      Sorry for your loss too. So heartbreaking. Hope you read the O’Neill prose (link above). It really is quite comforting.

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  30. sidilbradipo1 / Oct 12 2018 2:56 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of Jake! R.I.P.
    Now, he is an angel ❤
    Ciao
    Sid

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2018 9:29 am

      He could be a little devil too. Loved getting into the groceries if you didn’t get them put away quickly enough.

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  31. Phyllis Gaetz / Oct 12 2018 4:06 am

    So sorry your family had to endure this. I sent the o’Neil Poem to my nephew that had to suddenly put his dog down over the weekend. I remember “hearing” and “feeling” our Sammy around the house after he died.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2018 9:30 am

      Thanks Phyllis, amazing how their presence can be felt. Glad you forwarded the O’Neill piece. Very comforting.

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  32. magarisa / Oct 12 2018 5:58 am

    I’m sorry for your famlily’s loss. My heart goes out to you.

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  33. janowrite / Oct 12 2018 6:55 am

    So sorry for this difficult loss. 💕

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  34. Mackenzie / Oct 12 2018 7:23 am

    What a beautiful tribute… I am so so sorry, Peggy

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  35. ralietravels / Oct 12 2018 7:42 am

    Sorry for your loss, but happy that Jake found a good home for a time.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2018 10:39 am

      Thanks. Jake was a great addition to our family and will be hugely missed.

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  36. Gilda Baxter / Oct 12 2018 8:05 am

    So sorry to hear of your sad loss. I am glad that Petra had some special time with him at the end. I am sure she will always treasure that. Very hard for all of you to make the final decision, but you made the right decision for him.

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  37. janesmudgeegarden / Oct 12 2018 8:26 am

    I felt so sad reading your post- so beautifully stated. I’m sorry to read about Petra. It’s so painful to lose a beloved pet.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2018 10:45 am

      Thanks. Always hard to lose a pet. Most of our pets have lived long lives, but Jake was only seven or eight. Hard to say an exact age with a rescue. He was such a happy fellow.

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  38. CarolCooks2 / Oct 12 2018 6:43 pm

    So sad…Our pets are such a big part of our lives but Jake is now over the rainbow bridge peaceful and happy…One of my favourite quotes…
    “Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big.” – Erica Jong

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  39. Alison and Don / Oct 12 2018 8:02 pm

    Sorry for your loss Peggy. This is such a sad story, but at least Petra got to spend some time with Jake before you all lost him. I can feel how much you all loved him.
    Alison

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  40. Jacqui Murray / Oct 13 2018 1:46 am

    I can’t stop crying for Jake. I know he’s in a better place, and my two dogs are already playing with him, but the world can’t afford to lose such a bright light. Sigh.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 13 2018 10:13 am

      Aw thanks Jacqui. Jake was such a delightful dog and a real trooper. When Petra is in Australia, she fosters dogs that might otherwise be euthanased at the dog pound. She’s part of ACT Rescue and Foster. Jake was her eighth rescue and was a foster fail. Meaning she couldn’t give him up to anyone. Had to keep him for herself.

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  41. Lynz Real Cooking / Oct 13 2018 9:23 am

    So sad! Sorry for this loss Peggy!!

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 13 2018 10:15 am

      Heartbreaking. Petra and I were saying that this is the first dog we’ve lost that was under the age of 10. Most carry on until they are 15 to 18.

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  42. Sunshinysa / Oct 13 2018 10:37 am

    I’m so sorry. We too had to say goodbye to our Labrador who had cancer. We remember him with joy and love.💞

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 13 2018 11:57 am

      Sorry for your loss. Amazing how our dogs fill up our lives so much.

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  43. Doggedly Yours / Oct 13 2018 11:12 am

    Dogs remember their friends…both canine and human.

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  44. Sy S. / Oct 13 2018 11:43 am

    It was with sadness, that I read about you Peggy and Petra losing Jake, your beloved dog. Dogs do not live a long life, but still in all you both can recall the unconditional love Jake had given to all. And it is really humane not to let a serious health issue linger on, but to let Jake go over the rainbow bridge.
    A home is not a home without a dog… and I am certain you will both have other wonderful dogs in the future. Give Indi a pat on the head and a few words of kindness… and loving appreciation for another special companion. Having another dog in your home like Indi, helps in your time of sorrow.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 13 2018 11:51 am

      You’re right Sy. Having another dog helps to fill a bit of the hole. Indi has been quite subdued this week. I hope she’ll be pleased to see her buddy, Scout, who will stay with us later this month and into November.

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  45. toutparmoi / Oct 13 2018 3:58 pm

    Sad news. It’s always hard making that final decision, even when we know it’s the right thing to do. My condolences to Petra, you and Poor John. It’s good the vet could come to Jake, so there was no stress for him at the end.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 13 2018 4:00 pm

      We were so relieved that the vet would make a house call. Jake was completely calm up to the end.

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  46. myexpressionofthoughtsblog / Oct 13 2018 11:07 pm

    He is an adorable pet . May his soul rest in peace! Being dog lover sometimes it’s painful to depart

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  47. Invisibly Me / Oct 14 2018 2:35 am

    I’m glad Libby and Petra have been back home as that was good timing so that Petra could spend quality time with Jake. Poor little guy, I had tears when I read about the cancer not being benign, the nose-bleeds, how he was put down the day before your daughter left (which was the kindest thing so he didn’t have to see her leave). I’m so sorry about Jake 🌷 It sounds like he was incredibly loved, and was lucky to have such a wonderful home and family to live his best life with.xxxx

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 14 2018 9:06 am

      We knew he had to be put down, and we thought it was kindest for him not to see her pack or leave. That would have been cruel. Jake had a great life once he was adopted by Petra and then when he stayed with us. A very much loved fellow.

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  48. ortensia / Oct 14 2018 8:57 am

    I’m very very sorry Peggy,all my love on the way❤️

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 14 2018 9:07 am

      Thanks so much.

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      • ortensia / Oct 14 2018 6:00 pm

        ❤️

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      • Nilzeitung / Oct 17 2018 9:29 am

        Heart-Genuine was tearful history, and the linked prose. Thank you for your trust and share I try to exchange it always as possible with humor to accept everything.

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2018 12:06 pm

        Thanks so much. Appreciate your visits.

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  49. Chris Riley / Oct 14 2018 10:22 am

    Heart wrenching story, and the linked prose. Thank you for sharing.

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  50. paolsoren / Oct 14 2018 11:56 am

    There is no man who has sunk so low that a dog won’t love him. A dog is arguably one of Nature’s greatest creations.

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  51. IreneDesign2011 / Oct 14 2018 6:39 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss, Peggy. Jake seemed to have given and received much love, so I’m sure, that he had a great time with you and your family. It is always difficult to let them go, but nice it is possible, so they can avoid suffering more than necessary.
    Last year in May, my dog Odin started bleeding from the nose too. He was examined in many ways, but our vets didn’t find a reason for the bleeding. He got antibiotic and then I gave him injections with K-vitamin daily to stop the bleeding. The vet showed me, how to do this. One day it stopped the bleeding and he hasn’t had that challenge since then. I did also fear for cancer back then. Send you loving thoughts in this tough time ❤

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 14 2018 7:23 pm

      Thanks Irene, you’ve had so many health challenges over the last year, you didn’t need an ailing dog. I’m so relieved to know that Odin is doing okay. At first, they thought Jake had a fungal infection or a grass seed in his nose. Maybe that’s what affected Odin.

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      • IreneDesign2011 / Oct 14 2018 7:47 pm

        Thank you Peggy. Odin was tested for grass or other strange things in his nose, even for cancer, but they were not able to find the reason and he did bleed through a month on daily base.

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 14 2018 8:34 pm

        Oh dear, so good to know that the bleeding has stopped.

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  52. chattykerry / Oct 14 2018 11:14 pm

    I am so sorry, Peggy, for you and Petra. He had a wonderful home before he died and was truly ‘rescued’. A lovely memorial post. K x

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  53. Jolandi Steven / Oct 14 2018 11:25 pm

    How terribly sad, Peggy. Sending all of you a big virtual hug.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 15 2018 9:44 am

      Thanks Jolandi. It’s been very sad, but I think Jake is still with us in spirit.

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  54. barkinginthedark / Oct 16 2018 1:33 pm

    LP, i love animals far more than most people and i feel your loss. Jake is gamboling happily on in his next green pasture. continue…

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 16 2018 4:03 pm

      Thanks, in addition to gamboling, I suspect Jake is stealing bones that belong to other dogs.

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      • Sy S. / Oct 16 2018 10:39 pm

        Peggy,

        What was the dog bone story about one of your dogs stealing a lamb leg? and the guilty dog had the big bone… something to that effect. Was it Jake?

        Aside- My dog gets into trouble by surfing off the kitchen table for anything of interest… besides food, a plastic empty bottle to crunch on for example…. Once he got a big Roast Beef, I guess possession is Nine 10th of the Law. He is lucky the dog police did not nab him LOL For all the money lost from food and other items, I have been threatening him to go out and get a “Part Time” job to pay for my money lost, LOL.
        He must have a lucky ‘Rabbits Food’ hiding somewhere in the apartment. My Irish Terrier Laddy me Boy (8 1/2 yrs old), and has more then 9 (cat) lives!

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 16 2018 10:55 pm

        Jake was a food thief, but it was Scout who got the lamb bone. I remember you saying that Laddie was a kitchen table surfer. And he looks tall enough to be hard to keep up with. He’d better keep his lucky ‘rabbit’s food’ nearby. Hahaha

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  55. barkinginthedark / Oct 16 2018 5:42 pm

    hhaha…go Jake. continue…

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 16 2018 7:10 pm

      He also used to steal any food left unattended in an accessible grocery bag. Cost me $220 to get the chocolate bar out of him. But that’s another story.

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  56. The Lockwood Echo / Oct 18 2018 3:22 am

    Oh my, I’m sobbing like I knew him. Don’t these animals leave big holes in our lives and hearts? What a wonderful tribute you’ve paid to Jake. The photo of him and Indi looking out of the window, and the one on the beach, just beautiful. I personally think it’s a privilege to be able to prevent or stop an animal’s suffering. Makes it no less one of the hardest decisions ever to have to make in life. I hope as you and your daughter look back over his time, you’re able to squeeze out the sadness with lots of smiles and memories.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 18 2018 11:20 am

      What a beautiful, heartfelt comment. Letting go of Jake was so heartbreaking, but he brought so much joy to Petra and us (and his many fans) that we can find many reasons to smile because of him. I used to say he should have been a builder’s dog. No builder could walk past Jake with giving him a cuddle. Often they would say ‘I used to have a staffy like him and I miss him so much’.

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  57. Phil Huston / Oct 18 2018 8:34 am

    So hard to lose a dog because they love us without qualifications or boundaries. Their hearts so much larger than ours, their forgiveness boundless, their lack of assumptions, failure to see failure or obstacles, able to rebound from severe trauma to a tail wag with no more than a simple pat on the head. We would do well, as is often said, to be the people our dogs thinks we are. Anyone who says animals don’t have souls, or feelings, has never seen one on their last night, their fututre known only to you, stick their nose in the wind and follow the moon with their eyes, stronger than their condition allows, part of something grander that they understand and we do not.
    Condolences in the extreme. Dogs are part of the fiber of our lives, and leave a drafty hole when gone.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 18 2018 11:23 am

      Thanks so much for such beautiful condolences. Jake was one of the happiest dogs I have ever known. He oozed personality and has left a very drafty hole indeed.

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  58. psychologistmimi / Oct 19 2018 11:36 am

    So sorry for your loss!

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  59. Sascha Darlington / Oct 21 2018 1:55 pm

    Sorry for the loss of Jake. He sounded like a happy and loving dog. The O’Neill piece was a wonderful find.

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  60. jeanleesworld / Oct 21 2018 2:12 pm

    Oh, this brings the tears to my eyes for the dogs I’ve had to hug goodbye. You filled his life with love and happiness, and now he can run free with your love without any pain on the other side. Prayers for your heart, my friend. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2018 2:17 pm

      Thanks so much, Jean. Was so horrible to hug Jake goodbye, but we were fortunate to have been able to hug and love him.

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  61. adventuredawgs / Oct 22 2018 8:44 am

    I am so sorry to read about Jake. He was such a lucky dog to have wonderful people that cared for him, even taking into account that he wouldn’t have see your daughter pack. That’s a special love.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 22 2018 10:10 am

      Aw thanks. As a dog lover, you’d know how dogs get concerned when suitcases are being packed and there’s a chance they’re not going too. We couldn’t do that to Jake.

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  62. Nancy / Oct 23 2018 7:34 am

    There is nothing more heartwrenching than losing a member of our families. I remember when my beloved cat passed and how I grieved. I am so sorry for your loss. Poor Petra. ❤ He was well-loved and well-cared for. I always wonder if we will see our pets again. Wishful thinking. 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 23 2018 10:45 am

      Thanks Nancy. Seeing our pets again is a good thing to wish for.

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  63. livinginleuvenbelgiumeurope / Oct 26 2018 2:48 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Jake will live forever in our hearts.

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  64. MeRaw / Oct 27 2018 7:24 pm

    So very sorry…
    What a fabulous, well-loved dog.
    x

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 27 2018 8:30 pm

      Very much loved. I can still sense him at my side, especially when I’m cooking.

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  65. hiMe / Oct 28 2018 5:38 pm

    Jake was a lovely dog! So sad to read! And Petra is in the land I escaped decades ago. Glad to catch up.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 28 2018 5:45 pm

      How nice to have you stop by. I thought of you when Petra was posted to Ho Chi Minh City.

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  66. inesephoto / Oct 29 2018 10:33 am

    So very sorry for your loss. What a sweet, happy dog. Run free, buddy.

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  67. Alexander Lautsyus / Oct 29 2018 10:40 am

    Sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, all of us experience this kind of event. It is part of our existence.

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  68. Miriam / Nov 2 2018 9:11 pm

    I’m so so sorry for your loss. I know how much our pets become part of our family. Cherish those special memories with Jake.

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  69. etiliyle / Nov 5 2018 7:50 pm

    Stay strong. 💕

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  70. J.D. Riso / Nov 12 2018 9:14 am

    Oh, Peggy. I know this is belated, but you have my sympathy. It’s always so terrible to lose a beloved pet. RIP sweet soul.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 12 2018 9:43 am

      Jake is still solidly in our hearts and, every now and then, I sense him brushing against my legs.

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