Flat Jack Writes Home


If only I had brought my swimming gear.

Mom would not let me pee on this rock. She said something about Sacred and Profane and Arrest.  

There are some very funny looking hoomans in Ireland. 

Mom would not take my picture with Bonnie of Enniskillen. I think I am in love. 

Wish you were here. Until next time. 

Flat Jack

Flat Jack’s Pilgrimage


Flat Jack really gets around. Recently he has been seen in Cape Cod, New York City, Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest, and Vienna. 

He is leaving soon for a pilgrimage to Ireland, where he hopes to meet an Irish Wolfhound. 

Real Jack and Arya wished him luck and supervised all the packing. Bon Voyage, Flat Jack!!

The Travels of Flat Jack


Last year, Flat Jack traveled to Scotland with his mom. He called home using an old fashioned phone. And he had a picnic in the Scottish countryside.

Later on, Flat Jack went on some trips with Auntie Deborah.  He loves to travel. He even went to Scotland again. But much of his travel with Auntie D. has been in the west – Arizona, Oregon, etc.

Flat Jack travels on airplanes, on trains, in buses, and in cars.  He can go on foot or on bike.

Flat Jack would love to go with you on your vacation. If you would like to take Flat Jack with you:

  • Print out one or both of these images of Flat Jack.
  • Glue the image to a piece of cardboard and cut around the dotted lines.
  • Pack Flat Jack to travel with you.
  • Take pictures of Flat Jack and send them to Mom through Facebook. Or email to jack@betharichardson.com.

Download Jack at the Pool. Download Jack in Tartan.


Flat Jack – On the Road Again, Part 2



Flat Jack was invited on an adventure by his friend, Deborah. He’s traveled to Oregon to her home and then to Arizona to be a guest at the Western Jurisdictional Conference. Deborah took him to a museum of musical instruments. His mom is missing him, but knows he’s having a terrific time.

Flat Jack, still on his trip to the west, visited the Museum of Musical Instruments in Scottsdale, AZ. He is a music-loving Scottie and was pleased to find a wee bit of Scotland clear out in AZ. “Now, this feels like home!”


“I like this hooman. But where’s his head?”


Flat Jack is interested in learning to play the bagpipes. He wonders what Mom will say when she hears about it.




Jack’s host and tour guide sent this note with the pictures,

Here’s to let the Homefront know that each evening when darkness falls and quiet (if not cool) envelops us, Jackie misses home. I assure him that all is well – he is on a good adventure – and that the hoomans and Arya know what he is up to and are enjoying his photos. Arya is on squirrel watch for him. I would let him call home but those woofs just all get muddled on a cell phone link, ya know.

We have pancakes at the hostel each morning. He likes to sleep in – or try to chase That Cat With the Crinkly Ears. Maybe he will sample a pancake tomorrow – but the syrup may be sticky. Can’t go to WJC as a sticky beast.

Flat Jack reminds all visitors to Arizona, “Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And drink some water.”


Flat Jack — On the Road Again


1 Flat Jack arrives in West Linn - June 28 2016

Flat Jack is on the road again. This is his first trip without Mom. Flat Jack is visiting the United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdictional Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

He first arrived at his host family’s home in Oregon after an exciting journey with the U.S. Postal Service. (Jack has been a pen pal with the numerous cats who live with his host in Oregon.)

Next, off to Arizona. He quickly realized that he was overdressed for the climate in AZ, but he does look dashing. He was warmly welcomed by the friendly hosts at the conference.


Jack enjoyed a night out on the town with friends. His first look at Asian food. Yum!

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Jack greatly enjoys the exhibit hall at the event.


Flat Jack is considering volunteering as a service dog for UMVIM.


Jack studies up on the business of the conference. He enjoys the speakers and the reading. But his favorite part is meeting new friends.


Thank you to Jack’s friend, travel guide, and host, Deborah!!

Reflections from Flat Jack



Dear Hooman Friends,

Mom says I was bitten by “a travel bug.” There were midges in Scotland, but I don’t remember seeing any traveling bugs.

I had such a fun time on my trip, I’d like to go again. Mom said I can go if you want to take me. I don’t eat as much as not-flat Jack. And I pack very easily into the side pocket of your suitcase.

If you want to take me with you on a trip, just let Mom know and she will send me to you.

Flat Jack