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Help Jake the GSD Hero

$12,997 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 222 people in 6 months
Created December 2, 2018
35034726_1543787468862255_r.jpegJim is alive because of Jake, one of his 3 GSD's. They lived in Concow up the hill from Paradise. Concow was hit very early in the morning by the fire.  In the early morning hours (3am) Jake started to bark and nudge Jim to get him up. Jim thought it was a bear or other critter in the yard that was causing Jake to be so agitated, but when Jake wouldn't quit, Jim got up and looked behind him, the sky was RED. Jim grabbed Jake and two other dogs, the 3 urns  which contained all his departed family members and all the cash he had. Jim says he doesn't know how but he got his 3 dogs into the truck with the urns in his arms and made it out - but just barely. His truck parts were melted as he drove through a wall of fire. In order to stay in a shelter, Jim had to relinquish his dogs to a shelter in Oroville. He went by everyday to check on them  but the shelter would not let him see his dogs but was told they were fine. As it turns out, Jake had been transferred to another organization the day after arrival. There he was housed outside in the smoke and cold, perhaps thinking a big healthy dog stood a better chance in that environment than another. Days of breathing the concentrated smoke and cold temps took its toll. Jake is very ill. He is on oxygen and IV drip and is currently being treated at Sage Veterinary Hospital in Concord. Jim is so distraught over Jake and the PTSD from his horrible experience.  (He also tried to save his neighbor but could not get her up before the fire took over. She perished).  Sage has offered to cap his expenses at 11K.  As of  December 1, 2018, the account has reached $16K. Jim has scraped together $2,000 and has given it to Sage, all he had.  He is retired and living off SS. We talked to Sage and Jim yesterday.  He managed to borrow a flip phone and the vet calls him every day for Jake's update.  All Jim can talk about were his departed dogs, his current 2 dogs and Jake. Jake saved his life and all he wishes is that Jake can come back to him. When asked is he needed anything immediately, he was adamant that he needed nothing, except to have Jake by his side. Not even with a stitch of clothing, photos - everything is gone.  He sounded really upbeat, strong and insisted he didn't need anything personally, he said 'Nothing matters, except the living creatures'. He is scared that Jake will not make it. Our team is making sure he is getting the best care at Sage and updates will be given here as we get the reports in. We're asking for your help at the minimum of paying off Sage's Bill first and if there are any funds left, it will be given to Jim for the care of his 3 dogs. The 2 dogs were re-united but is showing symptoms of smoke in the lungs, kennel cough and runny nose. I really want you to know that even though Jim lost 60 years of everything in the fire, all he could think of is Jake. 
LOVE IS EVERYTHING. IT KEEPS YOUR SOUL AND SANITY TOGETHER. 
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YOU ARE AMAZING. We raised over $12,500 net for Jake. Thanks to each and every one of you, Jake is HOME with Jim and getting stronger every day. About a week ago. Jake had to go back to Sage in Concord as Jake was coughing. They did a biopsy on the lung and found that it was still not healed from the smoke damage. Antibiotics were changed and I'm happy to report Jake is only coughing once a day instead of 100 times a day. We talk to Jim every day and he's so happy and excited that there is improvement. Jake's food is supplemented with squid oil, vitamins, minerals and bone broth. He's walking with a harness his neck is not compromised. Hopefully we will be able to get an updated photo soon, and although we will get round to thanking everyone personally, Jim is very grateful and appreciative of all the love you have shown him. Bless your heart. We won't be accepting any more donations but we wanted to keep this page open for a final update on Jim/Jake with photo and then we will close the page permanently. All of you take care and be safe !
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Wow - there are amazing people out there. We couldn't have done it without you all. Due to your generosity, we have surpassed our goal ! We're going to be closing this account out, so Jim can move forward to the next step. We check on Jim and the dogs every night. Jake is still eating like a bird, so we have suggested a few extra goodies to put some weight on him. He has extensive lung damage, but hopefully it isn't permanent. Still a little runny nose and coughing at night, he is not getting worse though and that is good news. Jim has not left his side but did report Jake was playing a little more and is happy to be with his fur siblings. We will be visiting him this weekend so we can get some proper photos of everyone. Jim, Jake and the other 2 dogs will always be part of our rescue and we will continue to ensure proper follow up care is given. Thank you Sage for all that you have done for this pup. Marin Humane Society will also be donating some beds, toys etc. which will be picked up this weekend. There are thousands of stories like this, but the first step always needs to be made, in order to make a difference. You are that first step and we are forever grateful to you. More updates can be found ongoing at Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue's facebook page, as we talk to Jim every day to get the update. I hope you all know how special you are. These pics are Jake kissing the camera man, Jim's house and some folks from our rescue.
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Jake was able to be re-united with Jim ! Jake is not out of the woods yet, he still has pneumonia and his lungs are somewhat damaged and lost 35 lbs. Jim still insists he doesn't need anything but the red shirt on his back which he washes a lot! We're happy to be able to get him home. Thanks to Suzanne Kernek, Sage for covering his remaining expenses and to Marin Humane Society for setting him up with beds, toys and other goodies. Our rescue sent him home with 4 big bags of food and he will remain in our rescue family of friends. I know we had asked for donations for the medical expenses but we just found out that Sage will cover the remaining expenses. Jim had scraped together $2,200 and sent it to Sage. We would like to propose that this money be given to Jim so he is able to care for the costs of his 3 dogs who all need ongoing medical care. Since your donations were meant for Sage, if you would like to get a refund, please let me know. You can send me a message at Susan@bayareagsr.org and I will send you back your donation. We will keep this page on for a little while longer and again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The rescue will continue to monitor and keep in touch with Jim regularly to make sure that everything goes smoothly. From us all doing our bit, we can make this place a little happier. There are lots of Jims and Jakes out there, but we are grateful to you for this very worthy cause.
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