Jake, March 13, 1994 – June 18, 2007 22

A Pink Blanket

Originally uploaded by mstephens7

I appreciate all of the kind emails, Flickr comments and notes on Facebook about Jake. Thank you.

And thanks to Karen, who found the words I couldn’t find today to describe just how meaningful and important the social Web can be:


22 thoughts on “Jake, March 13, 1994 – June 18, 2007

  • Alison

    Much sympathy from another librarian whose life has been made better by a wonderful dog…

  • Michael Golrick

    It is important to go through all the stages of grieving. In unpacking I found photos I had taken of the “dogs of my adolescence.” A long time ago they were matted and framed. For years they were packed away. In a new home, with a new life, they are back on my walls as a memory of the times together. Keep the photos, keep Jake in your heart.

  • erik boekesteijn

    Dear Michael, My thoughts are with you. So sorry I never got to meet Jake. I believe his beautiful companionship will not cease to exist. He will be with you and Steven always.

  • Amy Kearns

    This is often shared in times like these – not sure if you’ll appreciate it or like it or find it comforting, but I thought I’d share it:


    The Rainbow Bridge

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  • Iris

    I’m so sorry, Michael. I couldn’t let myself comment here while I was at work because I knew I’d end up in tears. I remember losing my first dog and being shocked at how much I’d come to expect that particular pet in my life. But I’ve never been shocked by the depth of these bonds since then. These animals are dear, dear friends.

  • Mary Jo

    Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and Steve during this difficult time.

  • Chad

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m definitely keeping you in my thoughts. Judging by the pictures you’ve posted, he had a wonderful loved life.

  • Rachel

    So sorry to hear about Jake — even though I only know him through your photos, I can tell he had a wonderful life with you.

  • Diane Chen

    Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. My dogs are such a part of me. I can feel the emotion in your photos and wish you could feel all of our sympathy for you at this time.

  • Joe Sipocz

    I’ll always remember Jake as the first dog with a web page. He was always a great dog to hang out with, too. Thinking of you,


  • Michele

    Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. I know Jake had a wonderful life with you and that he was so very much loved.

  • Juliette Loebl

    I’ve been out of the web loop for a bit due to papers and such, and a friend just told me about Jake. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.

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