Jake Break

Jake came into our lives full time in July but I didn’t officially introduce him here. So I’m taking a quick Jake Break to do just that.

Lucky Dog, Jake

Jake is a Rottweiler/Hound mix and was rescued a couple years ago by my daughter and her husband (Marj and Eric). It turns out that his original owners may have thought he was a cute little thing, but when he reached full size perhaps he overwhelmed them. Whatever the reason, he was turned out on the street to fend for himself.  A neighbor took him in. Marj and Eric met the neighbor and Jake at a dog park. Actually, Lula, their dog, made the acquaintance of Jake and they seemed to really enjoy each other. When M&E found out that the neighbor was going to take Jake to the pound the next day they didn’t blink and said they would take him.

Jake had no manners and a host of issues and M&E spent a bunch of time discovering his inner, lovable Jake. But in a household that already had two cats, a high-energy Pit/Catahoula mix and humans who were juggling jobs and school, I could see he was a handful. So I asked them if he would want to be a farm dog and got a resounding NO! They would all miss him too much and they didn’t want to abandon the twice-abandoned dog.

Then as they planned a trip east for their wedding (driving with the two dogs in a Yaris!) they gave it some more thought. We had recently lost our Chocolate Lab to old age and were thinking about what we wanted to do next.  When they visited it seemed like a perfect fit (for all of us) for Jake to stay on Lucky Dog Farm. He now spends much of the day running around helping us and gets lots of outdoor time. (He would get more except he thinks deer, bunny, mice droppings are there just for him to snack on and it makes him sick. If anybody knows how to cure a dog of this passion, let me know). Despite his fearsome appearance, he is the biggest baby in the world and would be content to be a lap dog if he could fit in a lap (he does try)!

So that’s Jake!


7 thoughts on “Jake Break

  1. John House January 11, 2011 / 12:32 am

    I have a rottweiler / shepherd mix named Lilly. Other than being all black she looks a lot like Jake. Lilly will be 12 years old next month and is still doing pretty well considering her age. She has been and continues to be a true blessing in my life.

    Long live Jake!


    • jenpm January 11, 2011 / 1:20 pm

      Thanks for sharing that! Jake is a blessing too. He makes us smile every day.

    • jenpm February 10, 2011 / 4:29 pm

      Come see us! But even Jake is getting buried in our huge snow drifts. We’ll understand if you want to wait a bit 🙂

  2. Jess February 10, 2011 / 3:03 pm

    Awww…Reese and I miss the big goofball!!

  3. Eric February 17, 2011 / 5:31 pm

    There is a lot of lovable Jake in there, isn’t there? Can’t wait to see him again! We’re so happy he’s found such a good home, even though we miss him dearly, it is a daily relief to know he’s in a Jake-sized place 🙂

  4. Connie February 6, 2013 / 1:44 am

    Just in case, I wanted to comment on Jake getting sick from eating wild animal droppings. While it can be a trial, if you can manage to put up with this behavior for a while, he will stop getting sick from it. It’s just because his gut needs to develop the means to digest this. Same as when puppies get something different – as often as not it will make them sick, but only once or twice. After that they develop whatever they need to process it.

    • jenpm February 6, 2013 / 2:25 pm

      Thanks! It’s been a while since I wrote the original post and he does seem to be less impacted these days … even though his passion for undesirable (in my mind) snacks remains strong!

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