Always In Our Hearts

Thursday, July 26, 2007

A Hero Dies

Jake, one of the brave search and rescue dogs at ground zero on 9/11, died Wednesday in Utah after a long battle with cancer. He was an abandoned dog who was rescued off the streets at 10 months of age, and was one of the first rescue dogs flown into New York on 9/11 to search for survivors.

Mary Flood rescued Jake and later became his handler. When she first found him he was disabled and on the street dealing with a broken leg and hip. He eventually became an elite search and rescue dog - one of the most highly trained dogs in the country.

After he took a last walk in the woods and a dip in the pond near his home in Utah on Wednesday, he was allowed to leave his pain-racked body and head on to the Rainbow Bridge... where he is now free.

We salute you, buddy! You lived well!



Asta said...

Stanley my Love,
You made me gush ..Jake had a gweat life, and was a twue Mommi and Daddi were here and too close for 9/11 and saw all the sowwow of people looking for loved ones..jake and others like him did a wonderful sewvice ..I hope his last days were peaceful and full of good smells..thank you
smoochie kisses
your Asta

PreciOus said...

I salute to Jake too. He lived a honourable life, a forever hero.


Oscar Airedale said...

Sorry to hear about poor Jake, but wow, what a dog! Run free at the bridge brave boy.

Oscar x

Grammie said...

He will now be pain free and able to run and play with all the loved ones that have left us.

Ben_Benjamin said...

Oh this is sad...
Jake was a hero and he will be the hero forever!!!

Amber-Mae said...

What a brave boy he must have been. I salute to him too! I must say, he IS very gorgeous. What a lucky boy he has been to be saved from the streets & taken cared by those two good samaritans & to be trained to a rescue dog. RIP Jake!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Maggie said...

What a gorgeous boy! He'll forever be a hero!

Love ya lots,

Ume said...

Jake was a hero, n would oways be fondly remembered.
*paw up, salute*

Cricket Louise said...

Stanley, I'm so proud of your salute to Jake. He was an inspiration to us all. What a puppy hero.
Cricket Louise

Ruby Bleu said...

Hey Stanny...
I read about Jake yesterday and it brought tears to me and my Mom's eyes. So sad. He was such a brave boy!!!

I hope he is off playing with all our friends over the rainbow bridge!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

fee said...

how very extraordinary jake was. i wish him love and good health wherever he is now. thanks for telling us about him, stan. i'm going to cry again...

Chilli the Dog said...

Awwww..this is so sad to learn about a hero only after he's passed on!

But I sure he had lived a strong and fruitful life, a true hero!

Jake will continue to live on in the memories of those he's rescued. And now it's time for him to take a well deserved rest over at rainbow bridge.

Goodbye Jake


Bogart said...

Run wild & free Jake!!!!


Sparky said...

Poor Jake... he will be remembered. He's runnin' happily in heaven now.


Suki said...

Jake will forever be remembered for his courage and bravery and will be missed by many. I hope he is finally at peace.

Thanks, Jake, for everything you did to help us out at such a difficult time in our nation :)

Puggy kisses
Suki (& Katy)

Frasypoo said...

Thats a sad story but such a wonderful one.
He was a true hero

Lorenza said...

Hi, Stanle.
Jake is a hero. He is a great example for all of us. I am sure he will be always remembered.
Take care

PerfectTosca said...

Rest well, Jake. You are a hero in the eyes of all the people and all the dogs in the world who know what you did in the aftermath of 911.

Sophie Brador said...

oh my god, Stanley, you made me cry. It is 2 am and I have had some wine after a b-day party, but this is the most touching story. What a beautiful dog and a great story. Thanks for sharing it.

Sophie's mom,