|Jake as a puppy in 2002.|
Jake's mission in life was to make people feel better, show love to everyone, "torment" his canine sister (she loved it, and adored him), have fun, and spread smiles.
Jake also had the uncanny ability to smile. No, really, he did. And it was in context, too. His family thinks he learned by watching them smile. When someone in his life smiled or laughed, Jake would bare his teeth in the biggest, most intentional grin you could imagine. In fact, his grin was so huge that it would often send him into fits of sneezing. He would smile when his family came home after a long day of work. He smiled when he was fed. He smiled at his grandparents when he visited them at their home. He smiled at his canine buddies. He even smiled at people on the street who stopped to pet him. His granddad affectionately called him "the smilin' fool." Jake just seemed to want everyone to know he was happy to see them.