It is always difficult losing a pet; however it has to be even more difficult to lose a service dog after 12 years of friendship, spending every moment side-by-side. One of our own Garaventa Lift family members, Paul Bryan, had his service dog Jack pass away last week. Jack’s health was deteriorating and was no longer able to enjoy life. He was laid to rest on Wednesday, September 28th.
Jack was born in 1997 and began his service with Paul Bryan in 1999. He took Paul all over British Columbia, pulling him through even the most inaccessible towns. Paul Bryan is in a wheelchair, needing Jack for assistance with difficult terrain and opening the odd door. Even after Jack had become too old to serve, he still went everywhere with Paul as a companion. Paul said “I try to leave him at home but he’s not use to it, so I still take him even though he’s no longer working”.
PADS (Pacific Assistance Dogs Society) dogs are trained to not be left alone at home for more than four hours at a time from an early age. All volunteer trainers and dog sitters have to commit to taking the dogs everywhere, and are required to provide written permission from their employer to ensure this happens. Pacific Assistance Dogs are life changers, providing assistance to people with a number of disabilities. They can make a huge difference to people and their quality of life. To learn more about PADS visit www.pads.ca.
For the month of October we will donate $1 for every Facebook like to Garaventa Lift on Facebook in Jack’s Name to the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society.
Jack was a wonderful dog, very friendly and loving; he will be missed by all of us, and most of all by Paul.
If you have a story or a few words of support for our good friend Paul, please leave a comment and know that the message will be passed along.
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….