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I am so sorry you have lost such a good friend. It is good to know he was so well loved.


I followed a link here and so this is my first visit, but I had to leave my condolences at the loss of your beloved friend. I am so very sorry, but I am sure he knew how much he was loved.


I thought this was already posted so forgive me for repeating.

We lost one of our best pals last night in Charlotte's dog Jake.

I think I met him about six years ago when he and Charlotte were walking by my house in Irvington. I was on the front porch with my beloved black lab, Ben.

Ben got very excited and ran out to greet Jake.

While they were "checking each other out", I introduced myself to Charlotte.

The rest, as they say, is history. I knew that day they would become close pals to my family.

We fondly referred to him as a "push button" dog who would do pretty much anything you ask for some petting.

God Bless Jake. I hope he finds Ben to play with again.


Oh Charlotte, so sorry to hear your news. I love how you loved was so refreshing in this mixed up world. So sorry for your and your family.

*hugs* to you sweetie.


I know first hand the sadness you are feeling. My heart goes out to you and your family on the loss of this special member of your family. He knew how loved he was :)


i am so sorry for your loss. we lost our beloved pup this year, and it was just heartbreaking. give yourselves time to grieve your sweet Jake!


I recently found your blog and I am so sorry to read about beloved Jake. Our time with our furry friends is so short. You were lucky to have each other. Jake will be forever in your heart.

Daisy Cottage

Charlotte, I am so so very sorry to hear about your beloved Jake. God bless him and you. My heart is heavy in knowing the pain that you are going through. When I lost my 16 year old doxie,who also died as we held him to say goodbye,my heart broke and part of me went with him. I,too, pictured my Dad who had passed on years ago, scooping my "baby" up and caring for him for me. I SO understand what you are going through .. only time will make you feel better. And you will.. but in the meantime, please know how MUCH we care and we are hurting for you. I'm just so sorry.


Rest in peace, Sweet Jake. I'm thinking of you today, Charlotte. *hugs*


i am so sorry. i am so glad he was in your life, even if it wasn't for as long as you would wish. *hugs*


Oh Charlotte, this just breaks my heart. I'm glad he isn't going to suffer anymore, but...I don't think we are ever ready or prepared to let go of them. I know I'm know, and yet I know that I too will face this one day. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.


Charlotte and family,
I am so sorry. You are all in my thoughts. -tonia

Michelle Fox

Oh sweetie, I lost a brother, a dad and a beloved heart breaks for you and it will take lots of time, prayer, and more time.
He is at peace and someday, you will be too.


I am so sorry to hear about Jake. Losing a pet is like losing a member of the family. My thoughts are with you.


Oh no. I was so hoping for a different outcome. My deepest condolences to you for the loss of your dear friend.

claudine hellmuth

Oh Charlotte I am so sorry to hear this! Sending love and hugs! It is so hard to lose a furry family member.


Dear Charlotte, I am soo sorry. I wish I had words of comfort. I hope one day will come when you olny have happy memories. Clarice


I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.


Sending hugs of comfort to you across the heart aches for all of you.


I am so very sorry about your boy. I had a few tears reading about Jakes passing. We all know from your posts how much he was loved and he most certainly loved you back.
I'm happy that he was able to stay through Christmas and spend time with the whole family. I'm sure that it meant so much to all of you and obviously to Jake too or he wouldn't have put forth the effort.
God bless you all and know you're in my thoughts.
Warmest regards and much sympathy.


I am so very sorry, Charlotte. I know he was a good and noble dog. I am sorry for your loss of his companionship.


Charlotte - I was shocked to read this post - I had so hoped that there was a chance he was going to be ok. He left too soon! Know that you are all in my thoughts.

Angie Grimm

I am so sorry to hear about Jake. It sounds like he is going to have some awesome company.
My sincerest condolences to you and your family.


Charlotte, I have been reading your blog for a while now and hoping so hard that Jake would make it through. I know how special pets are in our lives and how they are such members of the family. Please know your readers are sharing your loss.

Michelle Legler

So very,very sorry for your loss. It's been 14 months since my little Zoe passed on. I still miss her dearly. The vet sent me a little card with her paw print and her name and her life dates.So very nice. I'm getting ready to frame's taken this long for me to be able to deal with it.
Hugs to you and your family.


Charlotte, My shock and surprise at this news is only overshadowed by my extreme sadness for your loss. I know how the loss of a pet feels and my heart goes out to you with strength, love and support at this very sad time. Rely on your memories of sweet Jake to sustain you and hopefully time will heal your heart.

Hugs, Linda


I have been reading your blog and must send my condolences to you and your family. My dog, Winston, passed away at the age of 8 nearly 4 years ago. I will never be over it. Dogs are angels who bless us with their constant love while they are with us. The only comfort I had when Winston left us was to know that he was being greeted by his buddy Star and by my brother. I am so sorry for your loss.


Aw, I'm so sorry. When I read your last post about Jake, I was so hoping that somehow they'd be able to help him.


I'm so sorry to hear about Jake. He was obviously very loved.


I wish I knew the right words to say. I am so sorry for you and your family. I know Jake is in a better place. Following his path.


I am so sorry for you all Charlotte!


I am so sorry about your loss.
Hugs to your family!


I'm so sorry that you've lost your dear friend. Know we are thinking of you.


To have loved and lost, is better than not to have loved at all. My heart goes out to you and yours... Blessings.


I'll bet if Jake could have picked a place to go it would have been in the arms of someone who loved him... take comfort in that Charlotte and take care..

suzi finer

Just hearing about someone losing their dog makes me well sorry that you had to lose such a beloved friend.


I'm so sorry, Charlotte. I've been there and I know how hard it is. People who love their furry friends as deeply as we do, are at a disadvantage when it is time to say goodbye but just think how much better Jake's life was having lived with people who considered him part of the family, rather than just a pet. He was blessed to have had you as his family and you were even more blessed to have had the privelidge of sharing a home with such a warm and loving dog. I know his spirit will always be with you.

Julie Thompson

Here's a quote that I hope makes you happy...

"Folks will know how large your soul is by the way you treat a dog." - Charles F. Duran

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