It is with a sad, broken heart that I lay here on the couch tonight without my best buddy, Jake. His kidney failure only worsened today and at 5:35 this afternoon he put this life in the rear view mirror and left me and his mom with a hole in our hearts and our lives. Those of you who knew him know he was the sweetest guy in the world and so smart and faithfully loyal. Now Lynn and I must face tomorrow morning without our best buddy by our side, a task we could see coming but never wanted to do.
7 months ago I wrote this song about my best buddy, stirred by noticing how quickly he was aging and slowing down. I hope this song is true and he's really now a pup playing frisbee with angels, waiting on us to join him. He brought so much happiness to our family and although we babied him he gave much more than he received. I just listened again to this scratch version of Jake's song and can hear when I start to tear up singing it. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to sing it again. My heart is so heavy tonight with the pain of this loss. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers through all of this. It means more than you could ever know. Jake Poteat... you were the best and life will never again be the same without you.