2004- April 24th, 2006
A Eulogy for a
Great Great Dog
To all my Friends
Sorry to have to tell
you all about our boxer Jake. It may seem hard for some to understand
why we are having such a hard time over a dog. I think the best way
to explain it to you all is to send this open letter to Sherene that I
was struggling to send her. Sherene, I hope you donít mind;
donít think any one will ever know what Jake meant to you and me.
If they had the chance to meet him they knew what a fantastic, smart, obedient,
sweet dog he was. They will never know what I know about Jake, and
what he meant to us, and especially to you.
most, you wanted to buy a dog for the boys. I didnít see it at first,
but you giving us something that would become both of ours. He was
the first thing that was both of ours, both of ours that we could give
and share not just to your boys but to all our kids. Thatís what
made him so special and that is what makes this time so hard. I didnít
really want a dog at the time, but you saw how he could pull us all together.
It went right over my head.
knew this from the get go, and now I know why you walked so proudly with
him, and showed off his dog catcher trick to any one who was near by when
you had treats. You knew what he meant to both of us, and to all
of us. That is what made him special to me too, although, I wasnít
as quick as you to pick up on it.
thought it was just the way he was so sweet, loving and smart. He was truly
a joy. I loved teaching him and taking him everywhere. I loved wrestling
with him, I loved making him not look me in the eye at the dinner table,
and I loved that he wouldnít get on the bed while I was around. I
loved the way he pulled Joel through the house, and how we could never
keep the carpets straight. I even learned to love sharing my apples
with him. I loved how he got our paper in the morning and heíd
run down the steps so fast to get it that the cars on Rosa would slam on
there brakes. I loved the way heíd take Sunny by the leash and run
her about ten times faster then her legs could go, I loved the way he was
starting to figure out it was time for him to start watching out for all
of us, that that was his job. It was all these things but it was mostly
that he was ours to share with our family and friends.
a year and a half it was. He was fantastic. He slept through the
night with out yelping in only two days. He was house broken in about
two weeks. He learned to never leave the driveway and he new how
to love us like there was no tomorrow. He loved all our family,
especially all the kids; he was so gentle with T.J.ís young kids. He even
won my mother over. It was way to short and it wasnít fair for such
a sweet dog like Jake.
of all it wasnít fair for you. Weíll just have to continue doing the assignment
you gave Jake, which he did so well.
love you, baby