God Sent us Jake - The Black Lab

Jake - Our Black Lab

Black Labrador Retriever
Black Labrador Retriever

Our Rescued Black Labrador Retriever

I have always said that things happen for a reason. Be them good or bad, whether we ever know what the reason is, or not, I believe there is someone, whomever your God may be, behind the scenes of everything that happens to us. Sometimes you can look back on your life and realize why something happened, sometimes you just have to wonder and have faith that there was a reason you may never know.

I have always been an animal lover. I would probably have more dogs, cats, birds, and any other type of animal that needed help, than I could take care of, if my husband didn’t “keep me in check”. If I see a stray dog on the road and I think someone has abandoned it, I will stop, put it in the car and take it home. Sometimes you don’t find the animal that needs help, it finds you. Such is the reason I believe God sent us "Jake”, our black lab.

Looking Toward the Barn
Looking Toward the Barn | Source

True Story

My husband and I live out in the country. It’s a beautiful place, something we had always wanted. Our house sits in the middle of the 40 acres, nestled back in the trees. We have large windows and glass doors so we can see the many deer and turkey that come through our place.

One evening, just as the sun was going down, my husband was looking out the windows and suddenly dashed to the door saying he just saw something large and black run past the barn. Both of us step outside wondering what it could be. We don’t see anything right away, but can hear leaves crunching as something is running through them. About now I am a little nervous, it was really getting dark outside and the sound wasn’t coming from something small and it sounded really fast! Just as my mind is racing wondering what it could be, out from behind the barn comes a large black dog, running right at us! All I could think of was, “I sure hope he is friendly!”

What Do We Do?

I wouldn’t say he wasn’t friendly, but he was scared! He was a big black Labrador Retriever. As soon as he saw us he abruptly stopped. His tail went between his legs and he dropped his head. He was cowering at the mere site of us. My husband and I called to him, but he wouldn’t come. As we began walking slowly towards him, we could see him start to shake. He was scared to death! The poor dog had a rope attached to his collar and it was obvious that he had escaped from his owner. It was really dark now and we couldn’t see a lot of detail at the time. We took him to the porch and gave him some food and water. We went ahead and tied him back up to the porch as we knew that if he continued to run around in the woods with the rope dangling he would get caught up in the trees somewhere and starve to death and we couldn’t get the rope untied from his collar. We would check him over for fleas, ticks and any minor injuries the next morning.

Terribly Abused

Early the next morning we went out to check on him. As we approached him, again he would cower. As we went to pat him on the head, he would duck as though we were going to hit him. He had eaten all his food and most of his water was gone. As we looked him over we found a horrible sight. The rope that was attached to his collar had been there so long that it was matted together and could not be untied. It was obvious that he had been tied up somewhere for a very long time! Of course, we cut the rope from the collar. The collar had worn most of the hair off of his neck as though he had been straining against it for a long time. This poor dog had scars all over his body! Some were old, some were more recent. He had been beaten repeatedly for a long time. No wonder he would cower when we came close to him. His coat was dirty and dull. His eyes were red and watery. It didn’t look like he had been starved, but it was obvious he had been terribly abused! We knew then that there was no way we were going to return this dog to his owner. We were keeping him!

We Named Him Jake

Our daughter, Jenna, was still living at home at the time, I guess she was about 13 then. She had a friend whose pet black lab had recently died, so she decided she was naming our new dog after him. Thus the new addition to our family became “Jake”. It only took Jake a couple of days to warm up to us. It seemed like he knew that we were not going to hurt him. We had removed his collar to let the damage around his neck heal. We worried a little that he might run off, but that was out of the question. He took to my husband right away and Johnny couldn’t go anywhere without Jake right by his side.

Trail to the Back of the Property
Trail to the Back of the Property | Source

The Golf Cart and the Cliff

We have a golf cart that we use to go from one place to another on our property and Jake loved to ride on the golf cart. All we had to do was get close to that golf cart and Jake would be jumping in the middle of the front seat! We would take him with us to check the mail or pick up the newspaper, etc. Sometime we would take him for a ride just for the fun of it. One day in particular we all three loaded up on the golf cart and drove down the trail to the back part of our property where we were doing some work on a small cabin. There is a creek that runs through the property there and there is about a 100 foot drop from the top of the hill where we were, down to the creek.

As Johnny and I are cleaning up around the front of the cabin, I hear the golf cart start up. There is no one else around except for us and Jake. As I look over my shoulder, I see Jake sitting in the golf cart. The only problem is, he is sitting on the gas pedal! We had left the key on, as we didn’t expect the dog to drive off in the golf cart! If you have ridden in a golf cart you know that all you have to do is push the gas pedal and the golf cart takes off. Well, let me tell you it works the same way for a dog. I guess Jake had got tired and hot and decided to sit in the golf cart in the shade. He was so big that there was not enough room for his backside and he ending up sitting on the gas pedal. As the golf cart started to move, it scared him. The more it moved the more scared he became and the harder he sat on the pedal. I was running behind him yelling at him to come, but he was too scared to jump off. He was headed right for that 100 foot cliff!

There was really no reason for that golf cart to make the turn that it did, but it turned slightly to the right and went into some trees. (Remember, I told you someone else is pulling the strings.) When it hit the trees, it hit fairly hard and we heard Jake yelp. We are not sure if he was thrown out or if he jumped out of the golf cart, but he was headed for the house at a dead run! We jumped in the golf cart and took off to the house to check on him. He was waiting on the porch for us with no injuries and was just happy to see us. Yes, he was back on the golf cart in a couple of days.

Labrador Retrievers are Wonderful Dogs

Labrador Retrievers are known to be the most popular dog breeds in the world and Jake was no exception! He was still a little afraid of other adults but he wasn't afraid of children. He loved to play with the grandkids when they came over. Even after all he had been through, Jake never snapped or growled at them. They would run and play for hours at a time. When we would come home of an evening, he would be waiting at the top of the hill and race us to the house. He would always win, as he would take a short cut through the pasture. You could just tell how appreciative he was that we had saved him.

God Takes Jake Back

Remember I told you that things happen for a reason and sometimes you just don’t understand why. Jake never wandered very far from the house. After all, we had 40 acres in the country for him to run and play. He had never wandered past the pond out to the road, until that day. Jake had gone out to the road. I found him as I was going to check the mail. He had been hit by a car. I won’t go into details as it is quite sad, but Jakes life had been cut short that day. We buried him in a special place out back with a previous pet of our sons that had died.

When I told our daughter Jenna, of course she cried and asked why that had to happen, that she loved Jake so much! What I told her was that God had sent Jake to us that evening several months ago, because he wanted Jake to experience love. He wanted Jake to know what it was like to have people that loved and cared for him. I told her that we gave Jake the best part of his life and for whatever reason, God wanted him back. She was fairly happy with that answer, but I believe it whole-heartedly! Jake showed us every day how much he appreciated how much we loved him and how we took care of him. And everyday we showed him that people aren’t all bad and that we loved him very much. I truly believe that God sent Jake to us for a reason. I thank God for giving us to Jake!

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sgbrown 10 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I'm sorry about the so recent loss of your beloved dog, Colby James. It is so hard losing a loved pet and I know that you are grieving right now. We lost our Siberian husky, Meisha, 2 days before Christmas this year and it was very difficult. We still have our yellow lab, Sadie and she is about 12 years old now. Yes, we will always remember Jake as I am sure you will always remember Colby James. If it makes it any easier, I do believe that dogs go to heaven and they are both up there playing together right now! :)


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fanci_foto 10 months ago

What a great story, It made me cry. We lost our Colby James yesterday and reading your story made me remember all the crazy things that boy did. His memory will be with me forever as I am sure Jake's is with you.


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sgbrown 21 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you, colorfulone! Jake was such a good dog! I was so sad when his life ended, but I hope that we gave him a happy life while he was with us. Thank you for your kind comment!


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colorfulone 21 months ago from Minnesota

Sheila, your Jake sounds like he was a wonderful friend to have. I had a Black Lab once upon a time that was well trained for hunting, and he loved jumping into water. - Lovely hub and gets my Thumbs-Up!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you, Mongoon! This is such a nice comment. I am so glad you enjoyed my article. We still think about Jake often, but we know that we have him the best life we could while he was with us. Your comment has made me smile!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy! Sorry for the delay in replying to your comment, it has been a busy couple of days! We are starting a new snack machine business, and it may kill me.

Jake was such a great dog and seemed to be so appreciative of our love. I just wish we could have been together longer. Thank you for your kind comment and pin. I appreciate all your support, my friend! :)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Sheila,

I thought that I had read this previously but will now pin it since I have just joined Pinterest. So glad that Jake found you and found love if even for a brief time thanks to you.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Suzie! I really thought you would like my article about Jake. Our stories seem to be a little alike in places. I didn't mention how much I enjoyed the pictures on your hub! Thank you for you kind comment, vote and sharing! Have a WONDERFUL day! :)


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi sgbrown,

What a truly wonderful well written piece on how Jake became part of your loving family. As I said things do happen for a reason and you echoed here beautifully. I love the golf cart story, it is so similar to our Coco loving Mike's beach buggy car!! Your explanation to your daughter I found so touching. Jake was blessed by finding a very giving family who loved him unconditionally and gave him respect. Voted up ++++++ and sharing!:-)


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

What a wonderful story, and I do believe God sent Jake, just as He did our three-legged dog, Brownie, when I was a child. Voted Up, awesome, beautiful and interesting. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Sally! Thank you for your kind comments. I do believe that things happen for a reason, as with Jake. If I hadn't been so afraid he was going to get hurt, I would have laughed. It had to be funny to see! Thank you for checking out my hub and your kind comment and votes, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I enjoyed this beautiful story illustrating the belief I share with you (although I think of it a bit differently): Everything happens for a reason, even though you may never discover what the reason is. Clearly Jake and your family were meant to be.

The golf cart episode is hysterical! I can absolutely see big Jake sitting harder on the pedal, trying to keep his balance (or whatever advantage he was trying to gain), only to make the situation worse. Voted up and beautiful.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Dina. Thank you for your kind words, I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. We really loved Jake, it's a shame that he had such a short life with us. Thank you again for visiting and voting on this hub and have a wonderful day! :)


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Dina Blaszczak 4 years ago from Poland

Hi SG, just got to read this beautiful article of yours that made me smile and my tears run all at ones. Great story of love and care, full of emotions.

I do believe that things happen for a reason too, my mother taught me this.

Thanks for sharing this! :)

My kind regards,

Dina

P.S.Voted up and beautiful.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello wmhseo. The black lab is one of my favorites too. Thank you for visiting my hub! Have a great day!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello moonlake. I'm sure Alex had a wonderful and happy home for that year. Rescue dogs do make the best dogs! I think they appreciate the fact that we rescued them. Thank you for your kind comments. :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Your Jake sounds like our Alex. We only had him for a year rescued from the pound but he was the best dog and gift I believe.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you q. I really like to think this is true. Thank you for stopping by my hub. I truly appreciate your kind comment. Thanks you! :)


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quester.ltd 4 years ago

Jake was a gift! and you were God's gift to him

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Alicia. Thank you for stopping by ny hub. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I agree it is horrible for people to treat animals so badly. Thank you for your kind words. Have a wonderful day!


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I'm very glad that Jake had a happy time with your family after his miserable past. It's horrible that some people treat dogs so badly. Thank you for sharing Jake's story.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Peggy. I thought you would like it. It is sad that human beings can be so cruel. Thank you for your kind words, vote and share. :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thanks for pointing me in this direction. This is a such a heartwarming story and yet sad. Sad that there are people in this world that would hurt and abuse any of God's animals. Heartwarming, knowing that there are people like you who do all that they can to help and care for animals and show them love. Thanks! Voted up, useful and will SHARE with my followers.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Tonu1973! Thank you for stopping in and visiting one of my hubs and for your kind comment. Jake was a good and loving dog, I am really glad we could show him some love before he had to leave this earth. Thank you again, and happy hubbing! :)


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Tonu1973 4 years ago from the outer reaches of reality

Thank you for sharing your touching story. I have an adopted dog and we feel that he has completed our family. I am glad that your family got to share your lives with Jake and that he was allowed to be as a dog should be, happy.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi jellygator! Thank you for your kind words. It sounds like you have a house full! :) I am glad to find another animal lover here. :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Brett! Thank you for commenting and sharing my hub. I'm glad you enjoyed it! My heaven will be a place with lots of animals in it, so I'm sure Jake is already there, waiting for me. (I hope he has to wait a very long time!) LOL :)


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

I follow Brett's hubs, and saw yours via his sharing it. What a fantastic story! I completely get what you mean about sometimes, they find you. We don't have 40 acres here, just 1/2 an acre with a 3 bedroom house, but it's enough room for four dogs (two of them rescued), two cats, two parrots (both rescued and both quite loudly vocal), a guinea pig, and a teenager. Whew!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

What a beautiful and warm story, it sounds like he has found a much warming home now and is already having adventures! lol

Voted up and SHARING!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi pjpitts! Thank you for your kind words. I am always happy to meet another animal lover! I think rescued or "saved" dogs in our case, are very appreciative! I agree, Jack did find his way "home".


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pjpitts 4 years ago from United States

Jake was lucky to have found you and you were lucky to have him! I am so sorry he got hit! Thanks for sharing, I am an animal lover too, and most of my current cats and dogs needed a home, my dog Jack was dumped out in front of our house last year, skinny and dirty, ran into our yard and never left! He is the most wonderful friend, my husband always says that jack just found his way home. I call him my angel.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi ElecticFusion! :) I am so glad you enjoyed my hub. If I was rich, I would have more animals than I could properly take care of. Thank you for your kinds words, you made my day! We still have a yellow lab, her name is Sadie, and a Husky named Meisha. Meisha was a resuce dog, my daugher, who is just like I am, bought Sadie at the Wal-Mart parking lot and brought her home, years ago! I am glad to meet another animal lover! :)


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EclecticFusion 4 years ago from Tennessee

Oh, this made me cry! Well, it made me laugh too. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I loved this article! You are a very gifted writer and a very caring person. I'd like to thank you for giving Jake the love he needed. So many people would have just looked the other way, but you didn't. You loved him and he loved you.

I wish more people would do that for animals. In the United States we have so many lost and unloved animals. We just need to share our love! You didn't see Jake as a bother or just another dog, you saw his personality and you both were richer for the love you shared!

Voted up and beautiful! Thanks for sharing this lovely story!

P.S. I have a beautiful black Lab named Polly!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Oh! Thank you soooo much! I would want to know. Thank you for commenting. Have a wonderful day!!!


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tammyfrost 4 years ago from Oregon

I like black Labs. It is funny he was in the Golf Cart. Thanks for sharing your story. Just a hint on spelling and I find these all the time on my Hubs...you wrote Golf Card instead of cart at the top of Hub.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you so much Peg. I feel for those animals that are mistreated and not really loved. I wish I could take in more of them. I would have a zoo if my husband didn't keep me in check. Thank you for your kind words!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Both the title and the picture drew me in to your hub. I couldn't resist reading about Jake since he looks so much like our Tony. Labs need companionship and crave it. Besides the obvious torment he had suffered, he lacked the bond with someone who loved him until you came along. Thank God that he found you. Yes, indeed. What a beautiful story and told so well. Peg


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Alma. Yes sometimes dogs are better friends. Thank you for your kind words. Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Michael! It infuriates me to see animals mistreated! Hooray for you rescueing those poor dogs! You are a good person. Thank you for commenting on this hub. I am happy to be following you here on hubpages. I wish you much success!


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Alma Cabase 4 years ago from Philippines

Awesome....at some point dogs are better friends than humans..LOL

Good hub!

Regards,

Alma


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

SG, I to am a dog lover. I rescued two dogs that i currently own. One is a small husky that i found in a fenced area that was about five feet by five feet with 5 other dogs and he had never been touched by human hands and the other dogs always took his food and beat him up , so I took him home. He is now going blind but he has his own yard now and the only way he gets around is by his sense of smell, but he does it.

The other is a doberman pinscherwho was chained to a tree in a yard that some scumbags were using to train their pitbulls to fight. She was skinny and they would not even give her water. so I stole her from them and now she and the little husky(Tiny is his name) are friends , she takes care of him.

Animals can teach you love in many different ways.

Nice Hub!

Much Love

Michael


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Janet! Im not sure what prompted me to write that this morning...maybe Jake was thinking about us! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Amy, that is a remarkable story about the dog on the Today Show. I'm very glad he is going to be ok. Thank you for stopping in and reading one of my hubs!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Great love story. I saw an unbelievable story about a dog during the Today Show last week. A young man who regularly took his kayak on the river to fish was astounded to find a very large, exhausted dog paddling behind in boat. He managed to drag the shaking dog into the boat and got him to the vet. He was microchipped and they were able to track his caregivers. It seems his primary caregiver had been killed in a one-car accident and he had bolted in panic and fear. He had been paddling in the river for several days. He was returned to his remaining family to recover. He is still exhausted by the ordeal and they must carry him, and spend hours cuddling and caring for him. His prognosis is good in this extraordinary story of endurance, hope and love. And, yes, I believe everything; the good and the bad, happens for a reason.


Janet Brown 4 years ago

What a great story!!


Jenna 4 years ago

I LOVE this article!

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