Friday, December 19, 2014

Dr. Jake C Harleton MD, R.I.P. -- 12/17/2014

Some time has passed since I last wrote and it very hard to say what is on my mind.

This is old news that many of you reading this will already know.  The third member of our family, Dr. Jake C. Harleton MD, passed away on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.

He had been in failing health and on that day went to the special place God has made for all the animals He has created.  I believe the Pope has it right!

On December 9, after we received the ashes of 'The Doctor,' (as a good friend affectionately has labeled him), our Priest, Mtr. Beverly, read poems to Herb and me in the Garden park by our church, St. Andrew's by the Sea.  We said prayers during the Memorial Service and it was comforting to us to give closure to our grieving.  We ended the visit by telling humorous dog stories -- our little friend George, Sandy, Tusker, Boomer, Woof-Woof-Willie, and the 'roof dogs' at The Point at North Shore.  The stories made us laugh and the pain becomes less.

Photos from 'The Doctor's facebook page are here.  They are public and not restricted to facebook members.

Dr. Jake is well and healed, running and playing with our previous pets, Tinker Bell, Champ (for whom Jake was named), and Dr. Pepe Le Pew.  As many have told us, he waits for us at The Rainbow Bridge.

Picking oranges in Bayview

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   November and December of 2014


  1. Wilma and Herb, We are so sorry to hear about Jake, he was so loved and lucky to have you for his humans! Hugs, Cindy and Gerry (Celtic Sun)

  2. And we were lucky to have him for ten years.

  3. Dear Willie and Herb,

    We are saddened to learn about your sweet Jake. We so enjoyed meeting him during those few days at Pleasant Harbor. Every tug needs a Dr. Jake.

    We hope the holidays have brought you some cheer.

    Sally and Kevin

  4. Sally and Kevin, you make our hearts glad with your comments. We find ourselves still 'looking around the corner' to see where he is, and I know when we get back on the boat this Spring, it will be hard. We put a photo of him with Santa under the Christmas tree, and it makes us smile.