Sad news from NRGRR's "Jacques" adoptive family:
Jack came to us from NRGRR on 2/28/2010, just a few months after his fourth birthday. He left us on 2/23/2013. In the short time between those dates he filled with love the hearts of more than just our family. His papers named him “Jacques," and although the dignity implied by the French version of his name was deserved, we thought “Jack” more becoming of his personality, and so thus he became.
He was a happy boy who was generally very calm, yet loved to run, loved his people, and loved to lie in the sun. He suffered with quiet dignity the burden of sharing our home with an egocentric cat. Jack often made eye contact with us, as if to ask “What would you like me to do for you?” And he would do whatever was in his power to please. He loved his toys, especially stuffed animal toys, which he would eviscerate quickly, within hours if not minutes, then carry about for months. We took great pleasure watching him nose through the big basket of his toys in our bonus room, wondering what process led him to decide which one he’d like to carry around or play with.
Curiously for a golden, Jack was afraid of water, and did not care particularly to retrieve. In a neighborhood filled with dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds, Jack was known to everybody. People who were strangers to us would roll down their car windows as they passed us walking, to shout out “Hey Jack!” As a family, we have definitely lost any cachet we might have had, now that Jack is not at our sides. It is hard to imagine a more gentle and loving spirit than Jack’s. We miss him terribly