Jacob | Jake | Jake | Jaz | Jenna | Jeter | Kirby | Lady | Leo | Lu | LuLu
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France
Jacob was my first Border Collie experience. It proved to be a real culture shock. By the time he was 4 months old I realized that he did not fit into the way my husband and I lived. I had to decide whether to return him to the breeder, or make changes to our lifestyle. I chose the latter, and in doing so made one of the best decisions of my life.
For nearly 13 years Jacob and I shared a very special bond. He taught me to enjoy the simple things in life, like herding sheep in a downpour, and running an agility course. And he taught me about unconditional love. Because I was open to the experience of this cross species relationship I believe I am now a kinder, gentler person than I was before he came into my life.
Jacob and I spent the last months of his life saying our good byes, and preparing for him to leave. When the time came there was no doubt he knew he was free to go. He passed away peacefully in his sleep just hours before he was scheduled to be euthanized. No dog was ever loved more, and he will always have a very special place in my heart.
Jake was born in 1999 and we adopted him from a rescue when he was 3 years old. I saw him at a adoption event at a pet store. He was sitting wagging his tail and looking up with those big cocker eyes that said “take ME home!”. He moved with us to 4 different homes and 1 multiple state move. Jake was always such a calm, relaxed dog he didn’t care where he was as long as he was with his “people”. He got a sister dog a few years after we adopted him and then 2 human brothers. Jake was always great with the kids letting them pet him and play with his ears. He would have been 15 years old this November. Jake was a comfort and a companion for us through many years of joys, losses and changes. He will be missed greatly.
Last week, Jake (short for Jacqueline) went over the Rainbow Bridge with the help and kindness of Dr. Alt. Jake was so smart, loving and a little neurotic as she was a white German Shepherd. Jake was so smart! She could open our patio doors going in or out. She was too stubborn to close them. We would heat and air condition Fairfax County if we forgot to lock the doors. She loved being vacuumed and would stand in the way when I was vacuuming the floor until I would vacuum her for a few minutes. She also loved being blown by the leaf blower. She made us laugh! We loved her dearly. She was with us for over 12 years. She gave us so much happiness and many great memories. Jakie, we will see you again but for now you will always be in our hearts.
Margaret and Jeff Hofsass Burke, Virginia
My sweet boy, Jaz, came into my life 11 years ago as a big, fluffy puppy – a description that he never outgrew. He lulled you into thinking he was a calm, easy-going couch potato, and then he would gallop across the yard or race through the house because he was ready to play and get into a bit of mischief. His “sisters” Kara and Roxxy especially loved to tackle him in the snow or a pile of leaves, and he would be ready to play – he would even keep playing after they gave up. I have been blessed with a number of wonderful dogs over the years, but Jaz was really special – not because he had any particular trick or skill, but just by his calm (most of the time!) and steady presence. He was loved and will be missed.
Our sweet precious Jenna was with us for nine years, two months and six days. It seemed a short time but she gave us a life-time of memories. God brought Jenna into our lives through a neighbor’s girlfriend when she was five years old. She came to us at the perfect time. She has been such a blessing to us! Our Brown-Eyed Girl was our sweet, spunky, Furry Friend–our beautiful Eskie (American Eskimo Dog). Jenna was well-behaved but not always obedient. She was a part of our daily routines. Even though our Puppy-Love couldn’t talk, she communicated well with us. Jenna let us know when she was hungry, needed to go out, wanted a walk or when it was time for us to go to bed. We miss our Jenna but we will always remember the joyful times we had with her.
Jeter found us during an adoption event, a puppy found as a stray. We fell in love with him right away. He grew to be a gentle giant, 108 lbs of pure devotion. He loved rides in the car, long walks to the creek for a swim, and playing catch. He even tolerated the second dog we adopted 5 years later. He was our best friend, guardian, and confidante for 8 years. We miss him very much, but we know he is running and playing at the Rainbow Bridge. Julie Marissa Wolf
We adopted Kirby from Westie Rescue almost 12 years ago. He was a quirky little dog who liked to bark and play with his companion Zoe (adopted together). He hated having his feet touched and being picked up, and he was very stingy with kisses. But he was always gentle and sweet. Whenever we would sit on the floor he would lay right up against us. He always followed us throughout the house, moving from room to room. In our years together he welcomed two babies into the household and was understanding with them as they learned to “make nice” to him. His coping strategy was to walk away. He also had to “learn” a new neighborhood and house when we moved to our new home. We were very sad to say goodbye to our “little buddy.” Life just won’t be the same without him.
We love you.
We won’t forget you.
You are a good boy.
You were Nana’s best friend and companion. We will never be able to replace you but will have you in our heart and love you forever. Love and kisses, Your Family
Leo was a lovely, no a beautiful dog. He died of liver cancer the day he
was diagnosed. He was strong until that last day. Then he told me he hurt,
he was tired, he wasn’t hungry, it was time to go. He is in my heart and
part of who I have become. I will always be Leo’s Mom. He has moved onward
and upward; and I move forward. Thank you Leo for spending your precious
life with me.
Leo P. Grzywacz
June 10, 1997 to January 2, 2014,
Forever My Sweet Leo
Lu came into our lives about 16 years ago. We all fell in love with this handsome, white-haired boy at first sight. Big, beautiful, and expressive eyes that looked kohl-lined. Regal and fluffy tail that was always wagging. Elegant gait that I joked mimicked my mother’s walk. Stubby little legs that had others draw comparisons to a mop (in an endearing way, of course).
But he didn’t win our hearts on looks alone. Lu was one of the sweetest dogs you’ll ever meet. Family and friends always commented on his docile nature. He rewarded loved ones and strangers alike with his doggie smile, waving tail, and constant companionship.
He never asked for attention. Instead, he simply followed family members everywhere; he was our shadow. It was a great comfort and joy to have him by our side as we did everything— wash dishes, brush our teeth, and read in our beds. He just wanted to be with us.
Besides being adored by his many admirers for his sweet nature, Lu also made friends with his boundless energy. He would run in circles around the living room to show his excitement. He zoomed down the stairs when the doorbell rang, beating everyone else to the door. He would stand on two legs and stare out the window when cars came and left. It was hard to leave the house to go about our daily lives knowing that a little white pompadour with gorgeous eyes was waiting for us at home.
Even when age began to slow him down, Lu continued to be a sweet-natured boy, never a grumpy old man. He slept more. He moved about less. He no longer was able to jump into the passenger seat in the car. He didn’t hang his head out the window during car rides anymore. But he still sat or laid quietly beside us, or near us, wherever we were. He still greeted us at the door when we got home from work to let us know how much he missed us (and was ready for his walk!). He still let us hold us in his lap for a few minutes before wriggling free. Though time was taking its toll on him, he still filled our days with joy and love just by being him.
Mommy misses seeing Lu at the door, waiting for her with his wagging tail and talking eyes. We miss him dearly, but we are happy for him that he spent a full life with us and that he no longer has to suffer from illness. He touched our hearts in ways we could never imagine. We don’t believe that there is a dog more special than our Lu out there. We will always love him and remember him. And we hope that we’ll get to see him again someday. Thank you, Lu, for all the love, fun, and joy you brought into our lives. We love you so much.
Dear Dr Alt and the Burke Vet Clinic Family,
Wanted to write and thank you for your services from 2006 to present and taking such wonderful care of my beloved dog, LuLu.
Not sure many of you remember her, but she came from Peru, had bladder cancer (some was removed with surgery) and then travelled with me, my husband and our cats to Japan last August. We did not know how long we would have her with us, and everyday with her was a true gift. She had 14 years of an incredible life!
She passed on May 29th, 2015 in our backyard here in Japan. The Japanese, being extremely respectful of death, were quite accommodating to our needs. After she passed, she was cremated and given back to us in a lovely, free standing box with a ceramic urn (containing her ashes and bones) inside.
Thank you for everything –
Aimee L Clatterbuck-Moore
LuLu Aldana Clatterbuck Moore
Every day was a gift with you! You were a little dog, with a large personality and we will miss you terribly! Thank you for being a part of our lives! Besos chica linda; te queremos mucho!