None of His Vices
Also on that date, 25 year old Jake Baysinger of La Salle, Colorado was reported missing. An extensive search, on land and by airplane, was conducted by the Weld County Sheriff's Office, but they were unable to find Baysinger or his pickup truck. To grieving loved ones, that span of time can be an eternity. Each day spent wondering whether a husband and father was dead or alive is sheer anguish. To an animal guarding her master's dead body from scavengers in the wilderness, each day spent was just another day of complete devotion.
The body of Jake Baysinger was found August 10, on the Pawnee National Grasslands about 75 miles northeast of Denver Colorado. On that day, a rancher noticed a lone dog, and went to investigate. As he approached the German Shepherd Dog, she seemed relieved to finally see another human being. At her feet, the rancher saw why. She was still standing watch over her master's mortal remains. Emaciated and dehydrated from her six week vigil, the dog had apparently survived on mice and rabbits that came near. Though her body was weak from hunger and thirst, her will never wavered. No wolves or coyotes had disturbed the body of her loved one.
The cause of death was not immediately apparent but authorities found a gun nearby. The family was notified, and the dog was taken to the Humane Society Shelter in Weld County. On Monday, Baysinger's wife Sara and her 2 year old son Lane went to claim their loyal German Shepherd Dog, Cash. The Weld County coroner ruled Baysinger's death a suicide on Tuesday.
As I read this story, I could not help but wonder. Knowing the purpose of his trip, why did Jake Baysinger take his dog with him? Did she comfort him in his last minutes of personal desperation, not knowing what he might do? Or did she just routinely ride with him in the truck, and her insistence on going delayed his lethal purpose? Did he throw a ball far out into the tall grass for her to retrieve before he put the gun to his head? Did she hear a loud crack reverberating over the grass from her master's location, or was she forced to watch? Did she know his reason for the gun? If Jake Baysinger had known the absolute devotion of his dog, and no doubt the devotion of his young son, would he have still committed suicide? Would he have cared enough to live for those who would give their lives for him? Would be that we were all worthy of the devotion of two year old children and German Shepherd Dogs.
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."
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