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Last Friday the decision was taken, with a very heavy heart, to help my old greyhound Jake on his way.
He has been progressively getting frailer, and was almost blind, but was happy enough.
Unfortunately he picked up a bad virus that robbed him of his remaining strength.
His weight plummeted, and his muscle wasted, and within 4 days he was unable to support his own weight.
After a sleepless night, I came down stairs to find that he had crawled to his water bowl, and his head was just resting on the lip of the bowl.
He'd had enough.

His favourite vet called round that afternoon.
I made Jake his last bowl of tea which he loved, then he went to sleep calmly, with his usual dignity, with his head resting on my knee.

Today would have been Jake's 13th birthday.

So long old lad, you were a good pal.


So sorry to hear that.  Sleep tight Jake.  
Yorkshire Geordie

A friend to the end. RIP Jake.
They do tend to become an integral part of the family and are a great loss when they quit, I know.

So sorry to hear this Jakey.
Sleep well Jake

Beautiful Jake - loved to the end
Run fast and free at the Bridge, young again

We've had greyhounds and they are super dogs. I feel for your loss.

So sorry for your loss but you can be sure he'll now be running around in those meadows over the Bridge.

Bye Jake, sleep well.

Very sorry for great loss but great memories and photos, be a hole in the family from us and ours

You may have seen this before, it says everything really;

-The Last Battle-

"If it should be that I grow weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep
Then you must do what must be done
For this last battle can't be won

You will be sad, I understand
Don't let your grief then stay your hand
For this day, more than all the rest
Your love for me must stand the test

We've had so many happy years
What is to come can hold no fears
You'd not want me to suffer, so
The time has come, please let me go

Take me where my needs they'll tend
And please stay with me 'til the end
Hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see

I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you do for me
Although my tail its last has waved
From pain and suffering I've been saved

Please do not grieve, it must be you
Who has this painful thing to do
We've been so close, we two, these years
Don't let your heart hold back its tears"

So sorry for your loss.

Jakey, sorry for your loss. He was a bonny chap and you gave him a very dignified end. x

So sorry to hear about Jake  

Sleep well Jake, you were a loved boy.

<<We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.    

Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.

We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan. >>

So sorry to hear of your loss  

That is sad, but you were with him till the end, and he had the best of lives. Think of him running free now, and enjoy your happy memories - they will overcome the sadness in time. There is always such a big hole in our lives when we lose one of our four legged friends, but time will help.


Thanks folks.
Well, we got Jake's ashes back today, so some day soon we will scatter or inter them in the family grave.
Don't know what the council would say about that, but the plot is bought and paid for, and  there are 5 generations of the Jakey family in that grave, so thats where the old lad is going....back with his family.

A really nice thought.

That's lovely - where he should be. I had a former colleague who had a dog which died shortly before he did. The dog's ashes were saved and buried in the same grave as his master when the time came. They belonged together.


That's wonderful Jakey.

Sounds like a perfect place....x


Great idea, we have two places outside our bedroom window one side of drive for dogs and house side for cats under trees

Sleep tight Jake, gone but not forgotten.

so sad for you - tears in my eyes - but 13 is a good age and I bet he had a wonderful life with you

darkbrowneggs wrote:
so sad for you - tears in my eyes - but 13 is a good age and I bet he had a wonderful life with you

to you
Dave C

Very very sad news mate.

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