The 2016 Angel is a Border Collie named Jake, who was owned and
loved by Jenn Phoenix. Here's what she had to say about Jake:
Jake, our first Border Collie, was rescued from N. Richland Hills
Animal Shelter’s death row and was the best $75 dollars we ever
spent! His people had surrendered him due to not liking noises, kids,
ars, etc. Yeah, right. He charmed Peter and I immediately and
proceeded to open up a whole new world of squeaky toys, rescue
and dog sports to us. He taught us about clicker training, agility,
Frisbee, and started us on the path toward rescuing nearly 100 dogs
over the last decade and a half.
Jake competed in USDAA, NADAC, ASCA, and AKC agility while
enjoying being the Border Collie Rescue Texas booth ambassador at
many festivals and events. He twice made it to Grand Prix semi-finals
at Cynosport (running clean even though mom didn’t walk the
course!) and competed on highly ranked DAM teams multiple years in a row. Frisbee tricks and watching fireworks with the family (yes, really) were some of his favorite activities. Jake helped raise Jordan and was her first agility dog, doing a number of demos locally with her. Jake also welcomed Michael into the world and was always ready to go for a ride in the car. Through Jake our family has made so many friends in the dog world and has opened our eyes to the simple joy of a thrown tennis ball.
Unfortunately, at age 11, Jake developed lesions on his heart due to hemangiosarcoma and was gone within 72 hours.
Rest in peace knowing that you’ve let a great legacy behind!