The saga of Jake — another Alaqua success story

Published: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 06:02 PM.

To her amazement, she quickly had 30 comments, most expressing disgust at the dog's owners, along with a dozen offers to transport Jake from Bay County to Freeport, and a couple of offers to give him a new permanent home.

Hood said she has taken in only a few other 15-year-old animals.

"There was just something about his face that just tugged at my heartstrings," she said. "I have a dog just like him. He has old soulful eyes. It just broke my heart. You hate to pass judgment, but I didn't want him to die alone in that shelter. So, when I got the message that it was his last day before being euthanized, I just decided to take him and let him know some happiness in whatever time he has left."

 The next day, Hood posted pictures of Jake with his new owners, and at his new home in Destin at Kelly Plantation.

"We usually take a week to process animals, but, with his age and circumstances, I wanted him to spend the first night in his own bed instead of at the shelter," said Hood.

Laurie and Jodie Kelly saw Hood's original post and since they already have one Lab, they felt he might fit in nicely with the family.

Indeed, Hood said that the Kellys report that Jake fits in like he had lived with them all his life.

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