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He loved our student dinners

It’s always hard to say good-bye.

There are so many sayings about our pets, but the truism that they become part of your family is true. To be sure, this was the case for our dog Jake, who many of our readers will remember from previous blogs: Dean (and Jake) on CampusOur dog Jake has separation anxiety, and A new home for Cheryl, Joanna, Jake and me.

Unfortunately, Jake passed away last month. He was diagnosed with metastatic hemangiosarcoma, a tumour that is quite rare in humans, but estimated to account for 5-7% of all tumours seen in dogs.1

Jake was a Portuguese Water Dog and lived with us since he was 7 weeks old until last month, when at age 9½, he started to suffer badly after what was likely an internal bleed. We were comforted by the kindness of Kingston veterinarian Dr. Meredith Galbraith, who at our home, assisted with euthanasia.

Jake was the most wonderful pet. True to the breed, he was a “people person”, and loved everyone he met. He especially loved medical students! Jake met over 550 of them at our student dinners, and was always “the hit of the party”. Heather-Ann Thompson helps Cheryl and I with the dinners, and whenever she would arrive, Jake would go crazy with excitement, in anticipation of meeting our students a few hours later. He would welcome every student with exuberance, and during dinner, he would go from student to student, putting his head in their laps, pretending to be friendly, but secretly looking for food.

Jake endeared himself to my daughter Joanna, her husband Jordan, my son Josh, his girlfriend Laura, my son Gabe and my mother Rita. But to be sure, he was “Cheryl’s dog”, and the love between them was profound. Much to my chagrin, Cheryl referred to Jake as “my main man”!

While still grieving Jake’s loss, but determined some day to get another Portuguese Water Dog, two weeks ago we made the not atypical “mistake” of visiting a breeder (referred to us by our Head of Radiology, Annette McCallum) with the intent of organizing another dog months down the road. Of course, you know what I’m about to say next. Yes, meet Sophie (aka Sophia), who is now 11 weeks old, and while certainly not taking Jake’s place in our hearts, is certainly keeping us busy! Sophie is wonderful, rambunctious, playful, and of course, brilliant.

We still have two student dinners left this year, and we are very excited for them to meet Sophie. No feeding the puppy though!

If you have any stories about your beloved pets, respond to the blog, or better yet, please stop by the Macklem House, my door is always open.

Richard

 

  1. http://www.wearethecure.org/the-road-from-despair-to-hope

Emma Woodman

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:53

Richard,

I’m so sorry to hear about Jake; it was clear that you and Cheryl loved him very much. I am not surprised, however, that you already have a new adorable puppy. It’s hard to work in the Macklem House with so many dog-lovers and not cave in. That, and Portuguese Water Dogs are the cutest of all. Best of luck with Sophie! If you ever bring her by the office, give me a call and I’ll sneak by for a visit.

Emma

Emma Woodman

reznickr

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:54

In reply to by student

Thanks so much Emma,

Please come by the office any time, or feel free to drop by the house, I’m sure Cheryl would love to see you.

Richard

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Stephen Archer

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:55

Richard and Cheryl: Sorry to hear about the loss of Jake. Dogs are some of the “nicest people” I know. I met Jake and he was a great old beast….even socialized well with Heads of Medicine!

Stephen Archer

Kunal Jain

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:56

Dear Dr. Reznick and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Jake’s loss. Having a dog myself, I can understand how much a dog (or any pet for that matter) becomes woven within the mesh-work of the family. It must have been a wonderful 9.5 years.

On a separate note, I am happy to hear that you are welcoming a new family member, Sophie! I look forward to meeting what I’m sure can best be described as an energetic puppy at one of the coming dinners (I look forward to meeting you and Cheryl again, as well).

Best,
Kunal

Kunal Jain

Elizabeth Eisenhauer

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:57

So sorry to hear about Jake’s death – but glad you had Meredith to send him peacefully away at home. Am sure he is frolicking without fences somewhere there is lots to sniff. Jake’s exuberance made everyone smile. He never had an “agenda” or carried a grudge – he just wanted to be sure you knew he cared for you (as only a dog can care). Welcome to the new puppy Sophie!

Elizabeth Eisenhauer

reznickr

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:57

Elizabeth,

Thanks so much for your kind words. You have captured Jake’s spirit very well.

Richard

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Branden Deschambault

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:58

Lost my old girl, Sookie, last year Dr. Reznick. Jane, Dr Winthrop and multiple staff and residents on OBGYN (rotation at the time) were incredibly accomodating. Totally buy into the notion of a pet grievance day in Canada. Thoroughly enjoyed Jake’s presence when I joined yourself and Cheryl for dinner. My condolences sir.

Branden Deschambault

Dear Branden,

Thanks so much for your kind words. I hadn’t heard of “pet grievance day”, but think it would be helpful.

All my best,

Richard

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Andrew Pipe

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:00

Sorry to hear of your loss of Jake…Dogs are trusting, kind and affectionate and encourage us to be the same…I’m looking forward to meeting Sophie!

Andrew Pipe

Stephen Bagg

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:01

Richard and Cheryl,
I was also saddened to learn that Jake had moved on, but have very fond memories of meeting him a few months ago at one of your Medical student dinners. He was extremely bright, social and polite … which clearly was a successful formula that charmed all of the students who have enjoyed a meal and good company at your dinner table.

I recall the grief and void that one feels after losing such a loyal companion, and still about “my girls” … Daisy and Lily .. who we lost a few years ago, and have not yet replaced (although I am working on this with Kelly). I am certain that Sophie will help you fill that void, but of course Jake will never be forgotten.

Stephen Bagg

Steve,

thanks so much for this very kind note. If you want to borrow a new puppy, we will be home for the next 72 days straight, and pick her up anytime.

Richard

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Bill Moore Meds ''62

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:02

Richard, thanks for telling about Jake’s passing. Please accept my condolences — while he ROP and Sophie learns to welcome students into your home. We had a much-loved dog and much later a 22-year-old cat that we lost.

I hope entertaining students in your home and welcoming blog-recipients/others to your office represent the best traditions that Queen’s Medicine has and will continue. Many things change but affection for pets and alma mater should prevail.

Bill Moore Meds ''62

Thanks Bill,

I will work hard to carry on the traditions of Queen’s Meds that you and others have shepherded over the years. Thanks for the kind words.

Richard

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Ronald Twiddy

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:02

Dear Cheryl and Richard,
There are tears from Nat and me for your beloved Jake. An incredibly special bond connects us with our dogs. I know how much you both treasured that creature. His presence in your lives was a joyous blessing. Sadly, our pets leave us way too early. All the best for a spectacular new chapter in the Reznick house with Sophie. Kindest regards, Ron

Ronald Twiddy

Kathy O'Brien

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:03

Richard, what a lovely tribute to Jake and a warm welcome to Sophie. Someone told me that our pets only live a short time because they have such a big job of love and care when they are with us. It is always heartbreaking to say goodbye to these family members but I wish you and Cheryl many years of fun and adventure and love with Sophie. Warm regards, Kathy

Kathy O'Brien

Kathy,

Thanks for the lovely note. You are so right, they become such a big part of our lives, way more than most of us would expect.

Appreciate the warm wishes.

Richard

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