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Dear Jak, We will always remember how you came into our lives. Do you remember all those times you would come running through the field to greet me,(mommy), when I would come home from work? I just felt so bad for you being homeless. I never wanted to have a cat, but you had me wrapped around your heart that day you came limping with your cut paw pad. Daddio and I knew that you weren't going to be homeless much longer. I brought you to Auni Nanis to fix you all up, and from that time on, you didn't have to worry anymore where your next meal was going to come from. Out of anything I have done in this world, taking you in has been my favorite thing. I can't stop thinking about you. I wonder all the time if you are ok. I hope your not sad. I am sure that you are with your biological mommy and daddy, and maybe Jill. I hope your getting along with Sasha, Ginger, and Nutmeg. I know they are all bigger than you, but don't be afraid. If you are, we will keep you safe, so don't you worry. Daddio and I feel really bad that your last vacation to MV was so aweful. We didn't realize how sick you really were. Thank goodness for Aunti Nanis, huh? But most of all, we want you to know how much we miss you. It's so lonely here without you. We have your picures everywhere, and have made you a pretty memorial in our backyard. We figured you would like it there. I haven't taken you off the answering machine yet because that seems to perminant. We hope you know we did everything we could for you. You were the best. We know how much you loved us, and we will always love you. Thanx for all those special memories, and for letting us be in your life. We will never forget you. Love, Mommie and Daddio. 11/29/04 Hi peanut. I just wanted to see how you are doing. We've received some really nice sympathy cards and ackowledgements from some of your new friends mommies and daddies. It sounds like your doing good. We MISS YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!! It's just not the same here without you. We talk to you everyday, and we hope you can hear us. Oh what I'd (mommie) do for a pat from your big mittens, or a head bump. I really miss coming in late from work, jumping in bed, and listening to you pur so loud as you cuddle up next to me. Remember you'd wake daddio up when you'd pur so loud? And then we'd giggle. Don't worry, it's those funny things that keep me going, and the thought of you watching over us. We miss you lots. I'll talk to you soon. Love, mommie.Hi peanut. It's 12/23/04 and its almost Christmas. Daddio and I can't stop thinking about you. We're so sad that you're not here. It's just not the same. I can't wait for daddio to open your present. He's gonna love it. Merry Christmas, Jak. We hope you're happy now. Hugs and kisses. Mommie 1/16/05 Hi Jak, it's me mommie again. Daddio and I want to thank you for sending us Harley. That was a very nice Christmas gift and we're taking good care of him. He's not so well behaved as you were, but we know he's just a kitten. We hope you can hear us when we talk to you. And Harley knows you rescued him and he wants to send you a big hug! I'll talk to you again soon. Happy New Year, peanut. Love, mommie Hi Jak, it's Feb.4,2005. Daddio and I wanted to let you know that Harley got really sick and is at rainbow bridge. He left us this morning, and we were hoping you have met him. He's very little, black and white, and only 2 lbs.He's adorable,lovable,and really wants to hang out with you. He wants to be held and hugged constantly, so please take him under your wings,hold him, and play. He really likes soccer. We hope you are ok. We're always thinking of you. We miss you very much. Love, Mommie and daddio. 7/21/05 Hi Peanut. It's mommie. I'm sorry its been so long since I've written. But please don't think we've forgotten you. Matter of fact, I thought you might like to know, that daddio and I went to "Best Friends" in Utah in May. It's so beautiful there. We've sponsored a few cats there in your memory, and we're going to place some wind chimes in the Angels Rest Pet Memorial Park in your memory. We thought you would like that. I can't believe its been 10 months already. Your picture still rides around with me everyday. We rescued 2 kittens 6 weeks ago. One is a tuxedo like you, but he has more black around his face. The other is mostly black. There names are Tedy and Bear. They're cute, but you'll always be are first. Well, I just wanted you to know that we think of you all the time, and we're still VERY, VERY sad. I love you lots. Love, mommie. Hi Jak. Today is your 1 yr anniversary. I can't believe it. Today I am going to fix up your memorial site and place a new stone daddio bought for you when we were at MV. It reads, smile. You always did. Today, I bought a lottery ticket and won $100.00. Thanx. I know it was because of you. I just had to smile, because I know you are watching over us and you told me to buy that ticket. We still are very sad and we still hurt. Our hearts are still broken. Well peanut, I just want you to know we are always thinking of you. But, I think you already know that. I hope you have adjusted well, and are playing a lot. I love you and miss you so much. Love, mommie. Hi Jak. Today is your 2nd anniversary. They say time heals all wounds, but for some reason, this wound won't heal. Your daddy and I miss you just as much today, as we did the day you had to leave us. Your step brother Tedy is sitting next to me, and he really seems to understand how sad I am today as I write to you. WE MISS YOU LOTS AND LOTS!!! We hope you are taking good care of Harley and Sasha. We're sure you are. We love you honey. Love, Your Mommie. Hi Jak. Today is 11/12/07. I still think of you constantly. Tomorrow, I should be receiving the bracelet I had ordered from the ASPCA in your memory. I can't wait to get it. And in September, I got a new frame for you. It may be 3 yrs. later, but it still feels like yesterday. I really miss you more and more as each day passes. I love you. I hope you are ok. Love, your mommie. Hi Jak. Today is Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. I am so sorry that I haven't written lately. I have not forgotten about you or Harley. Actually, daddy and I think of you often. I even have your picture in my cruiser and on my phone. I look at you all the time. Daddy and I bought motorcycles....thats right, we both ride Harleys.....so tell Harley that and I bet he'll tell you that he knew some day it would happen....Tedy and Bear are still Tedy and Bear....LOL .....Guess what? Daddy and I are going to Nashville, TN tomorrow to see the CMA awards on Wed. night....how cool is that? .....I'm sorry, I don't mean to sound like we are having so much fun without you.....this is just our way of filling the void we have without you and Harley......We miss you guys so much that I still cry often.....please watch over Harley........We love you and miss you both very much.....Love, mum xxoxoxoxo Hi Jak. Today is July 5, 2010....Daddy and I miss you constantly.....Just the other day, we went to MV and I was wearing my vest because we were on our bikes. On my vest, I have an angle pin next to yours and Harley's memorial patch and the pin fell off. Luckly, I noticed and Daddy fixed the pin so it won't fall off again... We are confident that you saved our lives when we crashed on our bikes Sat. night when that guy drove right into the back of us... Thank you soooooo much for looking out for us and keeping our injuries to a minimum......We know you were our angel that night.....Thank you, thank you, thank you.......we love you and keep you in our hearts......tell Harley we think of him, too......we miss you both bunches:-( Love you, Mommy and Daddy XOXOXO Hi Jak. Thanksgiving is now over. We are getting ready for Christmas. I still think of you everyday. I have your picture now tattooed on my right shoulder blade. I am so sorry that the artist didn't capture your loving content face. I'm not sure if I want another artist to try to fix it or not, but it really bums me out that he didn't capture your expression. They say time heals all wounds. I don't believe it. You had to leave us 8 years ago and I still cry for you. I really lost the best part of me when you had to leave. But, I want you to know, that you have made me a better person, as I have SOOOOO much love for animals. I try to do the best I can. Just like the other day I really tried to save 2 horses that were in a trailer accident. Unfortunately, one had internal injuries and had to be put down. But its because of you, that you taught me how to love, and I thank you for that gift. I want you to enjoy the Holiday Season. Words can't express how much I miss you!!!! I love you.......Love, Mom 11/24/2012 December 5, 2014: Hi Jak. It's mommie here. I hope you are doing ok. We miss you very much....But I'm your mommie and I think I miss you more........ I'm supposed to, right? Anyways, it's Christmas Season now, so I thought you might like to have a Christmas Tree. I know how much you loved to hide under it in the presents....lol......Can't you believe 16 years ago today your daddio proposed to me? Yup, its been 16 years. Sure wish you were with us that long. My heart still aches so much, but that is ok. That way, you are always with me. We miss you soooooooooo much. Hugs and Kisses Jak....... Love, Mommie & Daddio.

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