Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Saying Good Bye to Sadie

A boy & his dog!
"Mom, Sadie's gone" were the words I woke up to at 5:15 this morning as our son stood over me whispering in a shaky voice. He had gotten up for swim practice and his little beagle, Sadie, who sleeps right next to him, had passed away sometime in the night.  I wanted so badly to comfort our son.  He's over six feet tall now and when I reached up to hold him, I had to stand on my tippy toes.  He tried to be brave but I could feel him shaking in my arms.  That broke my heart more than anything.  Oh, if we could just protect our kids from the "bad stuff".  I held him for as long as he would let me.  My neck was wet with his tears.

We had rescued Sadie from the pound several years earlier and had done everything we could to have her be an inside dog.  But she just wouldn't have it!  She would scratch and have accidents and try to dig out, all over the house.  So, she had free reign of the yard.  We brought her inside every night and she slept right next to our son's bed.  She was always kept inside when it was cold or extremely hot or during any kind of bad weather.

Sadie, Harley and Roxi
Sadie was so sweet and happy.  Nothing upset her except when the other dogs would try to eat her food!  All three dogs got along well but she pretty much thought she was the queen.  One time, she and our german shepherd, Harley, got out and went down to the neighborhood pond and went swimming and chasing ducks.  Then they wandered  through the automatic doors at  a Walgreens Pharmacy that was down the hill from our house.  The manager kept them in her office and fed them and let them out to swim in the pond a few more times until we got home from work.

Sadie was a bundle of love and sweetness and never growled or snapped at anyone.  We will miss her greatly.  She was a part of our family.  Don't ever hesitate to get a dog from the pound or shelter.  They are precious and need lots of love and will give it back many times over.

We love you, Sadie!

From His lap,

22 comments:

  1. Huge sympathy to you all. May the loss you feel now be replaced forever by such wonderful memories as these.Lx

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  2. Thank you, Lorraine! She was pure love and sweetness!!!!

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  3. Ah, what a nice tribute to Sadie. Erin, Rodney and Morgan, I'm so sorry for your loss.
    Susan

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  4. Your post made me cry. Losing a good dog has to be one of the hardest things to deal with in life. I'm so sorry for your loss and I hope you will all remember the good times.

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    Love the site.
    I will be back very soon.

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  6. Sorry to hear of your loss, very sad. But you wrote a beautiful tribute and I am sure your son appreciates your comfort more than he can say.

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  7. Thank you everyone, for your words of comfort. Pets are such an awesome way to teach us unconditional love and responsibity. She left great gifts with Morgan and the rest of the family!

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  8. Aww I am so sorry you lost one of your family members! :( I can understand how close you can become to your family dog and it's heart retching when they are pulled from you one way or another.
    My heart goes out to you and your family

    By the way I am following you through Voiceboks.Com blog hop!

    ~Kirsten~
    www.theemtmommy.com
    www.kirstiesbowtique.com

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  9. :(! It'a a hard day when this happens. What a blessing that Miss Sadie was able to peacefully go in the night.

    I feel so bad for Morgan. It's OK to be sad right now. You have lost a treasured family member. Be blessed and cheerish your memories of this sweet girl!

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  10. Awww, I'm so sorry, sweetie. It always puts a hole in one's heart to lose a furry, devoted friend. Give your son an extra hug from me. Saying a prayer for you all.

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  11. So sorry. We've had 3 dogs pass in the last 28 years. Have two rescues and one from the breeder now. It's never easy. I hope you are familiar with the Rainbow Bridge.

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  12. Aw, so sorry to hear about Sadie, sounds like she was a great dog. David

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  13. I am so sorry about Sadie. Sending peaceful thoughts and wishes for comfort your way.
    Ruth

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  14. that's great that you had a ceremony, it won't be long before the pain is gone and he is left with all the sweet memories.
    Carol

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  15. I'm so sorry to hear about Sadie. It's so hard to lose some one you love. Hugs to you all.

    Thank you for stopping by Peaceful Wishing. I'm following you back from Follow Me Chickadee.

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  16. Oh Erin,
    If we could only hold them a little longer! I am sorry for your families loss... I know it is difficult. Times like these I wish I could jump thru the PC and give you a hug!
    take care,
    Lisa

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  17. Sorry for the loss of Sadie. I know how hard it is to have a family pet pass away. Our pets become one of the "kids" in the house. Part of the family.

    My girls have been begging for a dog for a few years now. My hubby and I decided when we move into our next house, with a bigger yard for a dog to run, we will finally agree to getting them one. I'll have to be sure we check the pound or animal shelter first.

    Blessings,
    Rosann

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  18. My son asked me to thank everyone for the kind words. I overheard him telling someone that Sadie went peacefully and that he is okay with that. I'm so proud of him.
    ~Erin

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  19. It broke my heart listening to Sadie's story. My 17 year old niece recently lost her cat Rainbow that she had for 12 years, so I know how you and your son felt. Take comfort in the funny and warm moments (and you seem to have a lot) that Sadie shared with you and your family. Those treasured memories will never leave your hearts.

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  20. I read this and felt sad for your family, and especially your son. I had visions of a 6foot guy just needing him mom and felt very happy for the both of you that you had that kind of a bond. Thank you for your lovely post, and my thoughts are with you. You are right, animals do serve such a wonderful purpose and can bring so much to our lives!

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  21. You stumbled upon my blog via voicebok and I am following you back. My eyes were welling up reading this post. I'm sorry for your loss, dogs play a big role in my life so I know the pain you must feel. Wishing you and your's all the best!

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  22. Hi Erin! I'm following you from the voiceboks blog hop. I'm so sorry for the loss of your pet. I know how much animals can become a part of the family. My condolences...
    Gina
    www.totallyfullofit.com

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