Jester at 10 1/2 years, summer 2004:         
                   Photographs by Randy Flacksbarth
                   J e s t e r
      Born February 25 1994     Passed away July 10 2009

Jester never missed a day of work in over fifteen years, making friends with
hundreds of people he met in the neighborhoods of my various job sites.
Never fenced, never tethered, never supervised, he changed lives everywhere
he went.   Happy mobs of children routinely flocked to him.

JESTER'S MUSIC VIDEOS  (further down)

We make videos of our pets in order to help us remember what good lives they had. Jester was a very public dog, so he's been given this website with his videos.

Some of the sympathy cards I've received: The First Time I Met Jester (from Will) Walking by Meier's house (minding my own business), out of the corner of my eye, I saw a "wolf like" 120 pound ball of black fur headed right at me! I froze as I took in the eyes, the muscles, the ferocious looking and massive jaws. Jester froze too. Then, to my temporary relief, he turned and dashed off. But, then he was back! But this time ... he had his "throw toy" in his mouth! He wanted me to PLAY! Many times after that first contact, Jester saw me and brought me his beloved toy! Jester turned his life into one of joy and service ... Roger, Jester was truly a great dog and we feel priviledged to have had him hanging out in our yard when he was young, playful and endlessly patient with our boys. When you came to paint our house that summer, our older boy Andrew was quite frightened of dogs, especially large ones. But he saw how gentle Jester was when our younger boy, Eric, began to play fetch with him. Pretty soon, Andrew's fears were completely conquered, and he began to play with Jester as much as his brother did. Jester had a wonderful personality - a therapeutic presence just by being himself. Roger, We are so sorry to hear about Jester passing on. He was a wonderful soul, and I'm so glad we were able to get to know him. Jester certainly lived a full life. We'll always remember him - and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  How good a dog was Jester?  Click here.

     Turn up your speaker's volume, 
           then click on a "streaming" link below.  

I'm sorry I can't adequately describe the sight of Jester running figure eights through a large happy screaming mob of little children, all of whom were trying to catch him. This scene was repeated often when Jester was age 7 through 10, as there happened to be a lot of small children living in our neighborhood those years. Unfortunately I had no camcorder available those years. Please picture it, then enjoy Jester's videos:

3 minute slide show      Meet Jester                streaming
                         12 yrs plus  
12 minute music video    Life Story?                streaming

                         Puppy to 12 years

     (No that's not me in the video.  It's my brother Duane.)

5 minute music video     Cabin Trip                 streaming
                         12 yr 8 mo

                         (There's a pause between the two
                         songs; make sure you see all of it)
6 minute music video     Cabin Trips                streaming
                         12 yr 11 mo 
                         - 13 yr 2 mo
Jester's resurgence:

3 minute music video     Judy Judy Judy             streaming
                         13 yr 6 mo
5 minute music video     Because                    streaming
                         13 yr 9 mo

                         (There's a pause between the two
                         songs; make sure you see all of it)
9 minute music video     I Remember You             streaming
                         14 yr 0 mo
6 minute music video     Kisses                     streaming
                         14 yr 9 mo
3 minute music video     And When                   streaming
                         15 yr 0 mo
June 25 2009

3 minute music video   Trail of Distant Years       streaming
                       15 yr 4 mo

3 minute slide show    Superior Hiking Trail        streaming
                         11 yr 7 mo

2 minute music video from 1996.

Blujay chick kisses Jester
moments after leaving its nest.                     streaming



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