Over a year ago I posted about helping out a disabled gentleman with his Sheltie. We had gotten to know him and his wife casually through a mutual friend who also had a Sheltie. They got a retired show dog from Meadow's breeder named Jake. When the wife fell suddenly ill with ALS we helped walk Jake and took him and our dogs over to visit her in the nursing home every few days. She passed a year ago. We continued walking Jake to get him out and get a bit of exercise. He is 9 years old and a gorgeous Tri. This morning the owner called us and said he thinks it's best for Jake to go back to the breeder now. She said she would take him back at any time and we had told both of them we would be happy to transport when/if that time came. Since we are going up tomorrow anyway we will bring Jake with us, which makes the trip bittersweet. The dog is the gentleman's only real company but he is being selfless about the dog. Ironically, since he's been ill for some time they had gotten Jake to be companion for the wife because they were sure he would pass away first. So sad. But breeder told us they love Jake very much and he will stay with them until the end. She is a very kind and reputable breeder IMHO.