I never met Jazz, but I've
kept him close to my heart.
After a strenuous bike
ride on the Alpine Pedal Path, my husband and I made a quick pit
stop at the Big
Bear Discovery Center.
With raised voices, an
excited, animated young couple
was sharing their plight with one of the center's volunteers.
"We lost our dog on
the path," said the woman. "He was off-leash and
chased an animal -- maybe a deer or a coyote -- deep into the woods. We've been searching for him
for hours. It's going to be dark soon, and we have to drive back to the city... "
"He looks just like
her," said the man, pointing to a leashed black lab sitting
obediently at his
side. "This is his sister."
"His name is
Jazz," said the woman, as she began to cry.
All week, I couldn't get
Jazz out of my mind. I prayed for his safety. I tried to
imagine his situation. How frightened he must be. Lost,
cold, hungry and alone. In the woods. Without his
humans. Without his sister. Without the comforts of a pampered
I prayed for Jazz, the young
couple and for Jazz's sister. How terrible they must have felt
as they drove down the mountain without him. A glorious weekend in
the mountains had ended so sadly.
Over the following two weeks,
I saw this LOST DOG ad in the local paper: Jazz, black lab, lost
near the Discovery Center.
I never found out if
they ever found Jazz.
I pray that Jazz has made it. That maybe, just maybe, a good human who doesn't read
the local paper adopted him, believing he was an abandoned
dog. A human who will keep him on a leash when they go walking
in the woods.
>> The Woodland Trail
Big Bear Lake
for lovable dogs awaiting adoption at the
Bear Mountain Dog Rescue
in Big Bear Valley.
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These pages are
dedicated to the memory of Laki
and the good and kind people at
Bear Mountain Dog Rescue.
Big Bear Lake