Friday, May 07, 2010


thank you all for your emails and notes of concern.

actually, something did happen.

last monday, may 3, we took my little man jake in to have him put to sleep.
anyone who has read this blog over the years knows what jake means to me.

it was the right thing to do. he was a month away from turning 17, but over the last couple years both his sight and hearing were failing, his body was shrinking, he was just...getting old.
i thank God every day for the wonderful gift he gave me in that little dog.
but, of course, i still miss him so much--he was here with me every day, slept next to me every night--and i am lost trying to go through my day without him.
still in shock.

and so the perhapablog will be going on a short hiatus.
until i can think again.
i'm sure you understand.

thank you.

"We have not to gain his confidence or his friendship: he is born our friend;
while his eyes are still closed, already he believes in us; even before his birth,
he has given himself to man."
~Maurice Maeterlinck
from "My Dog"


Christian D. Leaf said...

Our condolences, Todd. Hang in there, my friend.

Brian said...

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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Anonymous said...

Sad news... So sorry to hear it, Todd. Will keep you in my prayers.
Hang in there.


Eric Henson said...

I pray for God's comfort for you and that,in faith, you will not only bounce back but be stronger than ever before. Take your time and rest. We'll be here to support you no matter what.

dicecipher said...

Very sad to hear it. It is always hard to lose a pet.

Warren said...

Keep him in your heart, Todd.

And Brian, that was beautiful.

southern fried bigfoot said...

Todd - best thoughts, wishes, and prayers to you and yours.

Rich Woodall said...

Thanks for sharing Jake with all of us, he's a part of the Perhapa-family that will be sorely missed.

The poem at the end reminded me of a Jimmy Stewart poem... one of the things I remember from Johnny Carson's run on the Tonight show...

Makes me cry every time.

Scott Weinstein said...


I am so sorry for your loss. Jake was truly one of a kind. I know this is a difficult time for you. My thought are with you.


Jason Copland said...

So sorry to hear about Jake, Todd. My thoughts are with you, man.

Leanne said...

Oh, Todd, I'm so sorry. I'm thinking about you guys.

Cooper said...

Oh, man. So sorry, Todd...

Matt Wieringo said...

Jake was a good boy. I'm so glad Suzanne and I got to meet him.

~ Wendy ~ said...

Jake has touched many lives because you were kind enough to share him with us. Please know that he'll always be there with you .. in your memories, in your heart. Thinking about you .. keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. .. and missing you.

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Tim Perkins said...

Hi Todd,

I have just been catching up with things here at the studio, following the technology breakdown issues here at Wizards Keep over the last few weeks and saw your sad post on the loss of Jake.

I am so sorry for your loss and if you have read any of my Blogs over the last couple of years you will see that my little pal, Bentley "Bogtrotter", is thought of in exactly the same way, as your little pal is.

We have had two dogs that sadly passed away and both times it has been hard to bear, but the memories both have left us cannot ever be lost and what great memories they are.

Brian's touching post here is a wonderfully written bit of inspirational prose and says it all really.

Elric, our first dog, a black and white Border Collie and Elvis, our second, but Blue Merle Border Collie still have their photos on display here and I am sure they hang around the house for real, as oft times our other dogs, including my best pal, Bentley, seem to see someone else around the place.

I hope your heart can find solace and your memories will help do this for you.

For what it is worth, when Elric died I have to admit I found it impossible to work for an entire week and every song I heard on the radio almost brought me to tears and sometimes it did, as I realised just how much time we had spent together over the years he was with us and how much I missed talking to him.

Like others have said here, hang in there.

Oh, yeah and Bentley says, "hi" too.

Best Wishes,