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Frank and I lost our dear boy, Jack, on February 22nd, 2022.   He would have been 14 on April 1st and we are incredibly grateful for the long life he lived with us.  This gentle, stoic, and handsome boy brought us many years of devotion, loyalty, and true happiness. 

Jack was a friend to all.  From small children to adults both young and old, he was quick to make everyone feel relaxed.  He loved to visit folks in convalescent homes, including his beloved trainer Dany Canino, who always called him “Jackson Browne”.  Jack made kids of all ages feel safe as he welcomed their pets and scratches.  He loved to lean on everyone, and if you sat on the ground, he would turn into an 80-pound lap dog every time. 

Jack loved going to the ranch and running around to explore and hang out with the pack.  He would greet everyone, investigate and discover everything new, lay outside of the arena waiting patiently for us to be finished riding, then come and rest under the covered patio.  Ahhh… what a great time he always had at the ranch. 

When Jack’s long-time friend “Shadow” passed away, he chose “Reggie” to be his new brother.  He taught Reggie the ropes – how to play nicely, how to chase the “feetie” toy, how to walk politely on a leash, how to lay down quietly and relax, how to take food gently, and even how to get in and out of the pond! He was the best role model any little brother could have ever asked for.  He was our rock-solid dog who would never react to any other dog that was out of line.  He would simply look away and ignore their antics.  He was trustworthy beyond expectation.

Jack lived to take his walks.  On his final day, he was animated and happy when I took out his leash.  We had a lovely stroll in the morning, and then it was time for his final nap.

It is empty under our dining room table now, but we are so lucky to have had Jack in our lives for nearly 14 years.  This big, red dog who brought comfort and joy to everyone he met will be sorely missed by all, but will forever hold a huge piece of our hearts. 

RIP sweet boy…

“Jack on the Rocks”      
2008 – 2022   
CGC, CD, RN, RI, RA


Written by Jennifer de la Torre

Dear Jennifer and Cindy,


Most recently I have been “reflecting” on my time with you and Cindy. Training Connor then Sully with you two, was such a rewarding time.  I believe Connor and I were in the first class when you started, Time for Obedience. Beyond fortunate, I found you two -Time for Obedience. Never could I have imagined my dogs could be so well behaved, a joy to all who meet them. To me, the most impressive words you helped me teach our dogs; OUT and WAIT. Both dogs have been off leash and spotted a rabbit, squirrel, or cat. Who knew…. a dog, my dogs, would stop a natural instinctive pursuit of prey, because he was taught the word “out”, and what it meant. Amazing, many times after I used “out “ or “wait”, I would smile and think of my time with you guys, I’m sentimental like that….

Reflecting, because we lost our Connor to lymphoma. So important, you know how much your dedication to training dogs means to me. A  life long gift.💞Also, just as important, the pictures you took of Connor and I (the second time Connor and I took your class, just for fun) ….I will TREASURE forever…..such a gift…..Thank-you,️ 💞Thank-you💞

As all our pets, we know, their time is short on this earth. They are all special to us with their unique personality.  However, Connor owned me…. He came to our family just after my Mom passed, and my fibromyalgia was at it’s worst. He was connected to my emotions like no other. Because of this special relationship, the pictures you took at our last class, are beyond special…

So grateful for you and Cindy.

With love and appreciation,

Ruthann 

​July 2022