This past weekend we lost our beloved Jack. Because we loved him like a person, he deserves a proper send off.
Jack aka Jackie Bear, Man dog, Jack Jack & Jack dog was born July 24th, 2003. When it came to finding the perfect dog, he chose us. Out of a litter of 16, he sat quietly amongst the puppy chaos and stared at us with his wise brown eyes. He was a handsome, gentle, loving, playful, and protective companion. He took his job of taking care of us very seriously. Jack would always wait on the hiking trail and stand guard on the front porch. He was patient with all of the little people we had acquired over the years even though it meant he moved further down the totem pole. Jack tolerated dress ups, fished bath toys out of the tub, stole stuffed animals to sleep with and parked right under the dinner table at meal time. He wore many hats or shall we say collars, he was the foreman always making sure everything was in working order. He was the lifeguard retrieving sticks and keeping an eye on the kids at the lake. He was our happy wanderer always up for a hike, mountain bike ride or a trail ride with the horses. He loved to help deliver the mail on our whole street with the mail lady. He loved to lay right in the middle of all of the action and play traffic controller. He moonlighted as a college mascot accompanying Meg to work on campus. We called him the dog park ambassador, because he had to greet everyone. He loved to spoon and would snuggle up to any willing participant. He enjoyed going to the park where he was loved by all the children. He was very busy in his 5 years.
Jack was loving and loyal to the end. Our last night when he was so sick, he mustered the strength to say goodbye and let us know that he would be okay. He let us love him until it was time to join his sister Ellie in that big dog park in the sky. He was an old soul trapped in his 5 years young body. Jack was our gentle giant. He will be missed everyday.
Jack was preceded by Ellie, Cleo and a whole host of four-legged friends. He leaves behind a huge fan club. Services will be held at one of his most favorite places in the world, Montana.