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    RIP, Jack, ?/01 - 5/30/13

    Anyone who knows me, or my shop, either virtually, or physically, knew Jack. He passed last night around midnight after a rapid, and unexpected decline from Splenic cancer. Last week, happily running, this week, gone.

    Probably the finest example of canine class, ever minted, and I mean that without any hyperbole. Sometimes you run across an animal so special, they defy logic, and that was Jack. He came from our local animal shelter, emaciated, obviously ignored at a minimum, more likely abused to some extent. Good food, lots of love, grooming, and a place to call home, and work, overcame those issues in a few short months.

    Calm, steady, ready to go at the drop of a word. First guy to try and worm himself inside your sleeping bag while backpacking, cause hey, he wouldn't want you to get cold or anything. One paw, then a nose, then the head, next paw, you get the idea. However, when a bear wanders through camp, he's the first up and out of the shelter, making sure Mr. Bear gets himself gone, no regard for his own safety, till afterwards, when he shakes for the rest of the night going, holy sh*t, what the hell did I just chase?

    Met everybody who walked in with calm, peaceful, caring eyes and body. My wife said he had a cowboy wag, not fast and furious, but slow, and deliberate, like a old hand, finally getting into town after a long ride.

    Not one to chase balls, fetch? Screw that, you go get it, you threw it after all! But throw a stick in the water? Game on. Must, clean, ALL sticks from the water, forever. He'd even hide them so you couldn't throw them again, as he went back for one he saw, that you didn't throw.....

    Clocked him one time at 23 mph, carried that for almost a mile, and looked beautiful doing it.

    He's climbed more peaks, hiked more miles, greeted more customers, friends and family than I can enumerate.

    Not one for biking, loved it, but found the deer that dashed off, far more interesting, lost him once due to this, and gave up. True, his only fault, but since he was a dog, I can't honestly even fault him for it, because that deer did look like FUN!

    You will be missed in so many ways, I've only begin to feel them, and my tears are making it hard to type anymore, so I'll let the pics do the res of the job.....
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    Beautiful obituary. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

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    Very nice words...sounds like a best friend to me! Very sorry for your loss.
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    Looks/sounds like a great friend. Sorry for your loss.
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    I am sorry for your loss of your dog Jack. He was so lucky to have you!
    The bond we have with our pets runs deep and their lives are just way too brief. I gave my dog Rocky a little tighter hug
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    Glad you two got to hang out. Sorry for the loss.

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    RIP, Jack, ?/01 - 5/30/13

    That's a beautiful and lovely hound. I'm sorry hrs gone. I indeed feel your pain. You and Jack are fortunate to have shared a happy life together.

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    Great write up. Interesting the way a saved dogs tend to save there liberator.

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    Great dog, great love, great life. I lost my favorite dog last fall and think about her every day. The right dog can own a piece of your heart forever.
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    Huge lump in my throat. Glad he had you to appreciate him.

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    Thanks everyone, for the kind words. If you have a pet, give them a huge hug tonight, spread the love......
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    Sorry to hear about your beloved companion. Sad that man's best friend doesn't live as long as we do as humans.
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    My condolences. Great pictures and memories you have forever. Thanks for sharing him with us.

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    So sorry for your loss. just this last 8th of February, I too had to say goodbye to my Best Friend, who was 19 years old. Kidney failure and lung cancer teamed up to do him in.

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    Friends like that are hard to come by. Best wishes.
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    Wow, what a write up, and I too am sorry for your loss. Sometimes, the loss of a furry friend like this can be harder to deal with than a human relative. Truly, unconditional love with an animal like this. I will hug my boys (Boxers) Walker and Blue tonight and will have a thought of Jack while I do so. Damn, now I am starting to choke up.....time to end this post. Peace.
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    So sorry for your loss. Gonna give Sebastian an extra squeeze when I get home.
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    RIP, Jack, ?/01 - 5/30/13

    Hey Mendon,

    Evocative words painting beautiful images to honor the passing of a friend. My condolences at your loss.

    They work their way into our hearts and take a piece of us when they go....

    Take care,

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    RIP, Jack, ?/01 - 5/30/13

    A wonderful tribute. So sorry for your loss.
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    Sorry about your loss. One of our dogs just passed away also. She got run over by a pickup in our driveway, managed to survive that but couldn't fight off the infection that set in about three weeks later.
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    Sounds like you gave him 12 great years of life!!!

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    Looks like a beautiful friend and loyal companion. Sorry for your loss but at least he didnt suffer long. watching that is much worse. rip

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    Re: RIP, Jack, ?/01 - 5/30/13

    Rip jack. Great obit, and deep condolences. Maybe he's in dog heaven now, chasing that stick in the water, sleeping in that sleeping bag that smells like you, waiting for you to come many years from now. Maybe we are all a part of one consciousness. Maybe he's part of you now, looking out at the world through your eyes and silently alerting you to that deer on the left on the 7th mile of your favorite trail. Maybe you'll hear him then, telling you that you could chase that deer. You gave him a great life. Rip jack.

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    Wow, that was a tough read. Very sad day for sure but what wonderful memories you will have for your lifetime. I worked K9's for six years and have a little bit of an understanding of what it means to spend so much time, both at home and at work, with your dog and then they are gone. Keep in mind he loved every moment with you because you showed him the love that he deserved. I am so sorry for your loss...........
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    Dogs are better than most people. It's a very sad day when you loose a dog you love. Sorry for your loss.

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    Sigh.....

    Thanks again for all the kind words everyone. Much appreciated. Glad to know so many understand the loss, as well as the tie that develops with so much time spent together. Best friend in so many ways.

    Odd as it seems, our younger guy, Hudson, who's been with Jack since he was a puppy, seems totally unfazed, which is easier, if he were mourning too, it seems like it would make things worse. As it is, he just demands food and a good ear scratch, just like usual.

    Buried him yesterday at our friends farm, wrapped in a favorite blanket, a few favorite toys (enjoy "get well bone" Jackers). Man, those first few clods of dirt were the worst. He'll have sunflowers and purple cone flowers planted on top, man did he love to munch those leaves......
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Sigh.....

    Odd as it seems, our younger guy, Hudson, who's been with Jack since he was a puppy, seems totally unfazed, which is easier, if he were mourning too, it seems like it would make things worse. As it is, he just demands food and a good ear scratch, just like usual.
    Not odd at all. That is the difference between Human and animal. We are burdened/blessed with grief and the understanding of time for the rest of our lives. Five minutes to a dog does not mean any different than five years.

    I had to put down one of my five friends a month ago. I still grieve, but the other four just demand love. It's a torture we all endure, but love brings the smile.

    Good luck and quick healing. Think about bringing another rescue into your life.

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    Beautiful words! Dogs are such amazing creatures, and we are truly blessed to have them as friends!
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    Sorry to hear that, sad times. They are truly mans best friend.

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    My sincere condolences in your loss. I shed a tear just reading about Jack's story. I'm so glad that you were able to rescue him and he bring so much joy to you in return.

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    I've lost dogs of my own, so I feel your pain. Very sorry about your friend. Thank you for sharing his life with us.
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    I was a big snivveling mess after reading and seeing the pictures.
    Sorry to hear about Jack. Looks like he was an awesome dog.

    Makes me revisit memories of my own past friends. Dana, Zach, Bogart, Max and Chloe... See you guys some day.
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    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Sorry for your loss of such a good friend. The pain will fade but the memories will last forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    I believe this 100%.

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    RIP, Jack, ?/01 - 5/30/13

    So sorry, mcs. Thinking of ya.

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    5/30/13, a very sad day indeed. So sorry for your loss. RIP Jack, another one's of man's best friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    Funny, I'm not even remotely religious, and yet, I find I can fit this into my mind without blinking an eye.

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Funny, I'm not even remotely religious, and yet, I find I can fit this into my mind without blinking an eye.

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    He's so beautiful! So sorry for your loss. RIP Jack!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Funny, I'm not even remotely religious, and yet, I find I can fit this into my mind without blinking an eye.

    Thanks.
    Yes, me too. I don't believe in any sort of afterlife. I'm typically dismissive of mawkish sentiment. But I like this one. Probably the mark of someone who has loved a dog.
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    thanks for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    Yes, me too. I don't believe in any sort of afterlife. I'm typically dismissive of mawkish sentiment. But I like this one. Probably the mark of someone who has loved a dog.
    Without going too far OT, I dare say, good dogs are likely the most Saint/Christ/Prophet like actors our world is likely to meet, so yeah, it works for me without hassle.
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    MCS,
    Thanks for taking the time to share.
    Reading your kind tribute has turned me into a pile of gooey sentiment, that only a true loss can bring.
    Jack was a lucky dog, you showed him kindness, and in return he gave the rare gift of unconditional love.
    Feel your loss, and know that Jack is out there chasing that Deer of his dreams..

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    Man, I am sorry to hear about that. Jack seems like he was The One. Anybody who has ever really bonded with a dog knows what I mean. Sounds like he had damn good life, kudos to you.

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    I am positive that he thought of you in the exact way you thought of him. You made HIM happy, and he probably thought of you in happy dog thoughts as the greatest master in the world. Think of all the happiness you brought to him. Makes it just a hair easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shyfly13 View Post
    He's so beautiful! So sorry for your loss. RIP Jack!
    Absolutely right. Those pictures really show his personality and feels like we all knew him. Hang in there, C!

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    I would love to say that it get's easier as you get older. It hasn't in my case. Dogs and cats die way too young. You have my condolences.
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    That was a beautiful, touching tribute, and I'm really sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my best bud Lucy a couple of years ago. I then rescued Macy- or did she rescue me? It's funny how dogs know exactly how to pick you up when you're down. Cherish your memories of Jack, and when you're ready, get rescued by another pup that needs a home.

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    Dogs make great best friends. Be happy you gave Jack a good life, I'm sure he was happy.
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