|~The first day we met Jake~|
Some of you may remember that at the time I'd compared Jake to nearby Selma mansion (a historic property and former plantation in Loudoun County, Virginia, that is best known as the residence of Armistead Thomson Mason, a Senator from Virginia 1816 - 1817). I'd just read an article on the abandoned mansion and was taken by its history and story. So much so that I'd stopped by to see it myself and taken pictures. Jake was with me that day.
|~Jake February 2016~|
I had no idea what the next year would bring for Jake. Jake had been taken to the shelter to be euthanized by his owner because he was unable to walk. The shelter thought he had some good days left, and asked if he could be turned over to a rescue. Thankfully, they agreed. Our trip to the vet that day in February was when he was given the diagnosis of spondylosis.
|~February 2016 - Coming home from the vet~|
For Selma Mansion, its well thought out restoration is well underway both inside and out. The work is being chronicled daily on a Facebook page. No detail appears to be too small, and it appears that no expense is being spared either - You can click here to see the Facebook photos.
So, today, as we celebrate a year with Jake, it seemed only fitting that we take a short drive over to take pictures of Selma .......
and of course Jake too.
Jake does look a dear patient bloke. I'm not sure what you mean by the prednisone affecting his appearance, he doesn't look overweight to me, and when I was on the blasted stuff I blew up like a balloon! Now I'm off to check out Selma Maison!ReplyDelete
Hi Virginia! A side effect of the continual use of the prednisone is causing "muscle-wasting," and it is starting to really show on Jake's face.Delete
Jake, never give up hope. You'll get to see that mansion finished in all its glory.ReplyDelete
Selma Mansion and Jake, handsome together, and getting all the TLC that they each need and so deserve. Jake, what a happy smile,and to know that after one year, you are standing, walking, and going for a drive to visit the very same mansion that is also looking wonderful.Kim, your heart must be overflowing with happiness for them both, an old neglected home being restored so wonderfully, and a beautiful boy.ReplyDelete
That's wonderful for both of them. Love seeing old things given a new lease on life!ReplyDelete
The look of pure contentment on the face of every dog you've rescued never ceases to amaze me. They know they're safe at last. In spite of the side effects of prednisone, Jake hasn't forgotten how to smile ! He reminds me so much of our much missed Duke, who was part Retriever - though we have no idea what his other parts were. Seeing him run and climb we thought there was some mountain goat in there !ReplyDelete
Lovely to see the house restored to it's former glory.
there is nothing i can add to these wonderful comments!ReplyDelete
they have said everything that's in my own heart.
and OH! ... that smiling face!
and I think the mansion is smiling too.
and I KNOW I AM ... because of you. and beloved jake...
who just deserved a chance. xoxoxo♥
Happy Jake Selma is with you . . .ReplyDelete
Love that Happy Face . . .
Oh my . . . Selma Mansion is getting more than a "new dress!"
What a beauty . . .
I've been following the mansions progress on Facebook since you first mentioned it. What a transformation the building has made. Jake sure was lucky to have found such a caring home to spend his remaining time with.ReplyDelete
Jake looks so happy to be with you. What an amazing mansion too :-) Nose licks and love from Moth xxReplyDelete
Amazing the difference a year can make in the life of a wonderful dog and a beautiful building!ReplyDelete
He got quite a reprieve when you came along! He does look happier! Yay for Jake!ReplyDelete
Selma is coming right along, isn't it?
Hello< I am so happy for Jake. It is great to hear good news about Jake and the pretty mansion. I hope they will have a maid to help clean that big place. HUGS to Jake. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!ReplyDelete
Jake,, we keep rooting for you!ReplyDelete
Here's to many more sunny days ahead.ReplyDelete
Oh bless him, even with his health issues, he looks so happy.ReplyDelete
Nice to see the pictures of that large house too, nice it is being saved.
Hurray for Jake! What a sweet happy face. How interesting about the Selma mansion; so nice to to see a fine old home saved. The renovation must be costing a fortune.ReplyDelete
It was a very good year for both! Wow. I remember you posting pictures of the Selma mansion. It is gorgeous and they sure have made some improvements. As for Jake...you made all the difference. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Such a warm and moving story. So wonderful that Jake had a good year. Here's to another!ReplyDelete
It makes me so happy that the beautiful old building is getting the care it deserves. If Jake thinks about chasing cats, he must be doing well.ReplyDelete
How beautiful they both are! I remember that post well from last year. So happy for Jake. What good care has been given to him certainly is giving him many days of grace that he almost lost if it had not been for you.ReplyDelete
So happy for them both Kim, see what good loving can do, makes my heart happy. Lovely mansion, don't see them around these parts, looks like Graceland almost.Hugs Francine.ReplyDelete
Yay for Jake!!!! He's so lucky to be with you, helping him along for this wonderful year. And I'm so glad that Selma is getting TLC too! Wonderful news all around!ReplyDelete
Jake is looking good while on Prednisone! I looked like a Macy's Day Parade Balloon when I was on it!! That mansion sure is something. I am glad to hear Jake is doing better! It's so sad when people drop them off at the shelter....I don't know how they can do that....sigh. So very thankful for angels like you who take care of these beautiful souls.ReplyDelete