If you are turning to the obituary section today, or viewing the local paper online
You may be looking at the picture above and thinking in your opinion, "oh gosh, it's a dog".
If so, we will counter that thought with our opinion, that he was so much more human than canine. If in fact you truly believe that he couldn't possibly have made a difference during the over 10 years he was on earth, think again. You may just be missing more joy in your life than you know.
Jack became a member of the Brown family when we were lucky enough to be given the privilege of bringing him home.
He was a neighbor, a best friend, a companion, a confidant, a co-worker and so much more.
Whether it be 2AM, 7PM, midnight or anytime around the clock, he was always ready to go. There was no leaving without him, nor did we ever want to.
Jack was everything every "real" human should try to be. He loved everyone unconditionally, was solid and loyal to his family without question and treated everyone as he wished to be treated.
His first goal in life was to bring us happiness, which he achieved every minute of every day.
His second was just recently receiving his therapy canine certification.
He was planning to spend some of his retirement days this fall visiting nursing homes and assisted living facilities making people happy.
He knew every checkout counter that stocked treats and made his way there to get one before any shopping could be done, every drive thru that liked to see him and the Starbucks that served the biggest and best puppuccinos. Those tiny paper cups some serve didn't fit his large naturally tattooed tongue. Jack also never met a peanut butter cup he didn't like.
If he were here he would want to tell every neighbor, friend, business, auto shop, garage and office building that always welcomed him with open arms when he arrived, "Thank You". He genuinely loved all of you.
Special thanks go to Steve Jacobs, DVM, MSPT and Tina Stortzum, DVM at SportsVets Animal Medical Center in Savoy, Illinois, your expertise, honesty, understanding, advice and genuine caring made our last day with Jack so comfortable. Giving us a glimmer of hope with the best surgeon possible, yet preparing us for the worst, let us spend the last 24 hours with Jack, smelling the lavender mint of his shampoo and watching him walk at his home through the golden fall grasses that matched his soft gleaming golden coat.
And to Dan Brady of Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Jack's
hometown of Bloomington, Illinois, who answered several calls when we needed assistance, opened doors at 11:00 pm and made possible everything we wanted for Jack happen swiftly with professionalism beauty and dignity, for this we are eternally grateful.
Jack leaves behind at his 8.5 acre rural Twin Grove home, where collars and leads are not allowed, sidekick Rudy, the toy poodle whom he taught to be a retriever. Dinah, his feline best girl of 9 years and two people with whom he has traveled thousands of miles. Two hearts that are shattered completely yet filled with memories of joy and love.
Keep looking for us behind you Jack, one day we will be there to start another incredible journey together.
Forever in our hearts,
Sheryl and Larry Brown
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