Sunday, 6 January 2013

The Day Jake Bought a present...

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Wicked Uncle Cliff shuffles
Wicked Uncle Cliff came to stay for New Year. He is a Courtesy Uncle and not a blood relative, not that he could be any closer to our family. We have known him nearly 30 years now and he was the boyfriend that my daughter left home for 20 years ago. They split up but he continued to be our friend as he had been before they became a couple. Writing this explanation is so much more complicated that actual life!

Anyway, when they were together and living in Manchester, Cliff was offered a German Shepherd dog in exchange for a motorcycle. Cliff was working in a pub and the man used to come in with his dog and Cliff always thought it was awful that this man should have such a lovely animal and be so cruel to it. The man said he had a job offer in London but he couldn't afford to get there and had no way of taking the dog. Cliff offered him a motorcycle in exchange for the dog and the deal was accepted.

This dog was Jake. We went up to visit soon after and I fell in love with this huge but incredibly gentle animal who listened intently to everything I said and then looked at Cliff to make sure he understood.

Jake was now being fed good food. He had his own bowl and water dish. He had a ball to play with and was taken for a walk twice or three times a day. He no longer had to rattle pebbles against his teeth or pick up chips in the street although that habit took a little while longer to break. He would walk alongside Cliff and ignore every other dog even if they yapped in his face. Put him on a lead and he immediately started to pull and choke himself.
We walked to the petshop one day to get him some food and biscuit and while we were there he examined every box of toys but didn't touch them. Then he spotted the ones that are made of animal hide and he carefully lifted out the biggest one and brought it to Cliff.
"Do you really want that?" asked Cliff. Jake carefully stood on his hind legs and put the bone-shaped thing on the counter, then he looked Cliff in the eye. "OK, if you're sure you want it" said Cliff and it was added to the list. He gave it to Jake to carry home.
When we got back to the house Jake put the chew onto the chair that Cliff preferred. Cliff picked it up and put it into Jakes's bed and then sat down. Jake went to his bed, picked up the chew and took it to Cliff, dropping it into his lap.
"I don't want to play, Jake, take it and lie down" Cliff never shouted or raised his voice so this was said quietly, almost conversationally. Jake just looked at him. Cliff tossed the chew into Jake's bed and then Jake went and lay down. Over the next two days Jake persisted in putting the chew onto Cliff's chair at every opportunity until we suddenly realised that he was not wanting to play he was giving it to Cliff as a gift.

He had chosen the thing that he most wanted in that shop and brought it home for Cliff because Cliff had given Jake a safe home with food and fun and lots and lots of love. I think that this experience has to be one of the most precious things I have ever seen. Jake lived to a very good age for a German Shepherd - until his hips began to fail and he could no longer walk far. Even now when we think of him we have a smile on our faces as we remember special, precious times with a very intelligent dog. So intelligent he could speak Arabic, but that's a whole other story.

20 comments:

Jennie said...

Oh what a lovely story - so touching - thank you for sharing - it has really made me smile - a very intelligent Jake I think! J xx

Sian said...

I've got a lump in my throat reading this story..it's one of those stories that sticks with you, you know? A perfect reminder to us all to have a look round us at what is held dear by those we love - and why. Brilliant!

Thanks for getting us thinking for the start of the new year

Chipper said...

That brought a tear to my eye. Thank you. But now I am really curious about the arabic?!?!!?! LOL

Sabrina S. said...

I have never heard of such a story.Thank you so much. It's truly precious. Happy 2013. Cheers from Bordeaux, France

Miriam said...

I knew your story would be wonderful, but it is even better for the telling and the reading. I have tears running down my face...xxx

scrappyjacky said...

What an amazing story....it brought tears to my eyes as well.

Louise said...

I've got a lump in my throat after reading your wonderful story! thank you for sharing.

Barbara Eads said...

A "courtesy" uncle---that's a new one on me. What a beautiful story. I'm going to copy your link and send it to my sister in Texas. She, too has a dog that communicates with her. She'll love your story as I did.

Missus Wookie said...

Oh that is lovely - what a lovely way to say thank you. Thank you for sharing it. Jake was a very clever dog indeed.

Sheena said...

What a touching story :)
many thanks for sharing x

Melissa said...

What a wonderful story - a great story of the love between man & dog.

Mary B said...

Now that is Love.

Cheri said...

I'm just smiling. Jake was obviously a very special dog and knew when he had found the right owner. Isn't it funny that sometimes pets are better at saying "thank you" than humans? Thanks for sharing!

Jo said...

That is such a lovely story, Jake sounds like an amazing dog. As an owner of a rescued Belgian Shepherd, this story also made me cry because I know just how loving they are.

Alison said...

What a lovely story....dogs really are amazing creatures!
Alison xx

Elizabeth said...

OK, that brought tears to the eyes of this old lady. Some of our best memories involve loving pets, and this one is surely a loving pet. Thanks for sharing.

Irene said...

A very precious story indeed, one that gave me goose bumps. Jake was definitely very special.

Barbara Eads said...

I passed your story on to two of my sisters. They both have German shepherds. I heard back from the one in St. Louis. She said that after reading your story, she had to get off the couch and take Shadow out for a walk!
Just goes to show, you never know how far reaching your stories might be!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Like Jacky, I got teary eyed over your story. What a sweet man and sweet dog. Both of our dogs are rescued dogs, and they both seem grateful and are extremely loyal.
Thanks for sharing,
Rinda

Gail said...

What a wonderful story, it brought a lump to my throat. Dogs are truly special. Courtesty Uncle, that's a new one on me but I really like it and think I'll start using it.