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Thursday, December 09, 2010

R.I.P Dear Jake 21/7/01 - 7/12/10

Dear Jake

On Tuesday 7th December dear Jake lost his fight. Less than a week from diagnosis.
We are in complete shock. 2 weeks ago he looked and appeared perfectly healthy. He was being his normal pain in the butt, barking at everything and always being where he shouldn't and generally enjoying his life as normal.
Jake was a fantastic little dog with a HUGE personality and attitude.
As you read below 2 weeks ago he was taken to the vet because he had funny breathing. Last Wednesday he was diagnosed with Lung Cancer & a Heart Murmur. Everything seemed ok with Jake and we were just waiting for the results of the tests they did.
However on Monday he started to go downhill quickly. He completely stopped eating and was having to be syringe fed & even then he was spitting most out. He started trembling badly and showed little interest in anything. The only time he perked up was when Laura got his lead to take him for a stroll to relieve himself. On Tuesday morning the deterioration continued and he started to vomit frothy white stuff. He just lay uncontrollably quivering and looked pitifully thin.
We rushed him to the vet and he said there was nothing that could be done. The Cancer was very aggressive and Jake was struggling. We had to make the decision that everyone dreads and gave him sleep.
 Laura is inconsolable and I am also hurting so much. We are now going through the *what ifs* and *if only* scenarios that everyone must go through.

Jake was a manic little character and mega fast. In his agility career he only ever had about 7-8 clear rounds , which made him advanced( Grade 7)He was either absolutely fantastic and unbeatable ,or completely terrible! He developed a problem with his back legs and suffered with the heat which would make his back legs go weak. He was so hyped by the agility , by the time he got in the ring he was totally exhausted and would misjudge jumps & knock poles badly.When the new heights came in and he was measured medium it made it even harder for him, so he was retired 2 years ago after he had competed at the KC Medium Olympia Semi Finals.
He has left a huge hole in our hearts and in our house . He was only 9 years old.
Rest peacefully little man. You annoyed the hell out of me sometimes ,but boy how I really miss that now and wish you were still here to carry on annoying me .


  1. I am so sorry to hear this terrible news! RIP Jake. Eventhough we don't know you but I know how much your family love you. Our thoughts are with you Rosie and Laura. X

  2. It's always the naughty characters that leave the biggest hole. The new year has to be better? and that's just round the corner now. Thinking of you all. Jane