At the photography site Photo.net , member Rene' Villela pays homage to his Black Lab who just passed:
In the memory of JIROH (my Black Lab) who passed the way today at the age of 11 1/2 years.
I went to choose him at the breeders home when he was 25 days old. I took him home 15 days later. He seemed to be the slowest of the litter and he was also the smallest. The first night at home he made a mess but on the second night he had already learned to use the pads and when we woke up in the morning the house was clean.
I started training him right away. Within a few days he knew the signs to sit and lay. I was amazed. At three months of age I was taking him with me to a trainer, not to train him but to teach me how to train him. I started training him to learn agility and freebie. At only 7 months we competed in a tournament together with some pros and amateur. He took the 7th place. Before becoming 1 year old I started to train him to become a rescue dog. At the age of 2 years and 1 month he passed his test and was the 1st SARD Search And Rescue Dog) in my prefecture. I retired him from All Japan Rescue Dog Association after 6 years of service at the age of 8.
I am happy he seems to have died fast and in peace within 30 hours.
His name JIROH, means second song and that is exactly what he was. We'll miss him!
Other members are posting photos of their beloved dogs in response to his post and photo of JIROH. If you love dogs and photography, you will want to take a look at the post.
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