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We would like you to meet Jack.  Jack comes to us from UnderDog Rescue of Florida (Donate, Donate, Donate).  Jack apparently was a stray - and was picked up in the Panhandle region of Florida.  He was in a high-kill shelter - and not doing too well when he was rescued by Katie who worked very hard to save Jack's little life.  She has a farm where she fosters dogs until they are healthy enough to be adopted.  Jack recovered enough and was ready to be permanently adopted - so Donna, from Bradenton Underdog Rescue picked him up and brought him down to SW Florida.  We met him - on Saturday - February 9th, 2008 - in a Walgreens parking lot - in Ellenton, Fla.  Donna said: "Take him today if you want" - We thought about it for 2 minutes, fell in love with his sweetness - and decided he would be a great new member of our family.  Of course we did not have any bed, food, dishes, leash, collar, toys, treats, or anything dog related any more.  Especially for a little dog like this!  So we went directly to Pet Supermarket - and bought the place out.  We got him home - settled him in - and he has been doing great ever since.

Jack was 3 years old on February 9th, 2009 and is a Jack Russell / unknown mix.  He is 21.5 lbs of pure terrier.  He is quite a handful - If he is quiet - he is probably up to 'No Good'.  He has tons of energy - interspersed with copious amounts of sleep.  He loves to chase critters around the yard.  Squirrels, Birds, Geckos, Frogs, Toads, Spiders, Crickets - you name it - he chases it.

We want to thank our neighbors here in the Towers Plaza - specifically the wonderful ladies at Heartland Health Care.  They have welcomed Jack to the neighborhood by showering him with toys, treats, and tons of lovin'.  He gets all excited whenever one of the ladies walks through the door.  We appreciate all that they have done for us.  They were very supportive when Samson went to Heaven - and have been fantastic to Jack when he came into our lives.  Thank You - more than you will ever know!  

On a very serious note:  If you want a dog or cat - go to a Rescue.  The 'Rescues' do just that - they rescue animals from kill shelters.  The dogs we adopted from the rescues are very thankful for being rescued and just turn out to be the very best dogs!  We found Jack on Petfinder.com. and we highly recommend you do the same.  There is a door into Heaven for people who Rescue pets.  There is nobody closer to Heaven than Katie, Donna, and the UnderDog Rescue folks.  Please Adopt.  If you don't give a pet a chance - who will?  ADOPT - ADOPT - ADOPT!  Jack has brought a ton of fun and laughter to our lives - and we have only had him since the beginning of February!

One last note:  A very special THANK YOU to Katie Tener.  She single-handedly saved Jack from certain death.  The following is an excerpt from her email to me - about how she found Jack (get a tissue):

"Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you have done for him. You would have been shocked to see what he looked like when he came out of the shelter. We weren't even sure if he would survive the ride home he was so skinny with an upper respiratory infection. He had given up hope in the shelter and the light had faded from his eyes. People literally would pass by him, say what a cute dog, and he would cough. This was all it took for them to dismiss him so easily. I couldn't, just couldn't, leave him in the shelter that day. Once they start to cough in the shelters, they tend to put the dogs down. Jack had no chance there. I held him all the way home from Panama City that day (a three hour drive to our home). I cried over him and begged him not to give up. I promised him if he would give life a fighting chance a family would be found for him that would love him the rest of his days. I'm so glad that promise has come true! Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for loving him and showing him the best that life has to offer.

You are right... rescue animals make the best pets! Some how they know how close they came to making the trip to the "bridge", and they are forever grateful to those who make the effort to make life worth living. The people at UnderDog Rescue are great and we are thankful to them for taking Panama Jack and letting him have his "happily ever after!"

Well, I can assure you - Jack has a permanent home filled with good food, toys, treats, lots of attention, exercise, Vet visits, and anything he needs / wants for the rest of his natural (and hopefully LONG) life.  God Bless you Katie.

This past Tuesday, April 7, 2015 our beloved Jack passed away.  He came down with Anemia last June - and really never recovered.  Our Wonderful Vets - Dr. B & Dr. Walsh did everything they could for him.  Unfortunately the strong drugs and other complications caused some kind of infection - and he eventually succumbed.  I miss him dearly.  He was such a good boy. RIP my little buddy - my heart has a hole forever.

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