Thursday, November 13, 2008
Jake - The Dog Who Won't Give In
This morning after I dropped Zack off at school, I decided to take a longer walk through the neighborhood. I normally take a bit of a walk after I drop Zack off, but today I went much further. I walked past my old house on Vincennes Way. Nothing much to see there - same old house, same old yard. But what was interesting for me was what I saw across the greenbelt behind my old house. It was a dog. Not just any dog, but Jake! Jake is a dog that is an institution in the neighborhood. He was a middle aged dog when we got Bailey back in 1996 and he is still alive! He is 16.5 years old going on 17! This might not seem really old to those of you who do not have dogs, but this is ancient for a dog. Especially for a Labrador Retriever like Jake. I am utterly amazed that Jake is still alive. He is such a strong and powerful dog. Of course it is sad that so many other dogs in the neighbor are gone. But it is good to see one of Bailey's contempories is still going strong. Bay and I have such good memories of our times with Jake so long ago in the past.