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Dog Name: Jake
Breed: German Shepherd
Submitted by: Doug W.

My Faithful Puppy Jake

As I sit here looking out the window at the winter blizzard flurries, I am reminded of a cold wintery day about 20 years ago. My wife and I had decided to leave early in the morning for a short hunting trip. We quitely tiptoed around the kitchen, careful not to make too much noise as we made a quick breakfast and a few sandwiches for later. After bundling up as warm as we could we set out for the day. Our little german shepherd pup Jake watched us drive away. He was only about 5 months old. We had rescued him from an animal shelter. We always felt like there was something about the way we got him that endeared him to us, and made him love and appreciate us.

We told him to stay, but as I think back on it now, I think he didn't want to be abandoned by his family. I am sure that he didn't understand that we were only going for part of the day and would be back in 7-8 hours. Once the truck door shut we didn't really give Jake another thought. It snowed all day and when we did return later that afternoon we quickly discoverd that Jake was nowhere to be seen. We had that little panic feeling that hits you when something happens that makes you fear the worst. After a quick search around the property we decided to drive the county road and see if he had wandered.

To our utter delight and amazement we found our little pup about a mile down the road shivering and cold sitting beside a utility box at the side of the road. He had a cone of snow piled up on his head that was taller than he was tall. He was so cold and scared! When we pulled over and called him to us you could see a visible relief of stress come over him as he chugged over the snow up to where we were on the road. We gathered him up warmly and took him home. We ended up haveing many experiences with Jake over the years. He was just one of those special dogs that become more than just a pet. He really became part of our family. I'll never forget the impression I had that Jake just knew we would come back for him. He had waited in that spot for who knows how long! We loved him for his faith and friendship and can't wait to see him again someday.



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