Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sleep Well My Dear Friend

I write with great sadness today. I had to end a life, a life of someone who has been with me for as long as I've had one of my children.

Someone who has protected me, comforted me, made me laugh as only she could.

Someone who was my daughters first 4-H dog, won her a 2nd place ribbon out of 15 dogs in Confirmation the first time out.

Someone who told me that Jim was the man for me. You see Sadie wouldn't let men touch her at all. She always put herself between me and any man. When she met Jim she crawled into his lap and licked his face.

Sadie was my first Siberian Husky. It was love at first sight, really it was as she picked me by never leaving my side (shoe lace chewer) when I went to play with her before I bought her.

Sadie was special, very smart, too smart as most Siberian Huskies are. Self thinking, problem solving dogs are a challenge. She made me a better person by meeting those challenges and making her a better dog. So much so that she was Service Dog certified.

My daughter and I frequently took her to hospitals, and nursing homes, hospices. Sadie just knew what each new person needed from her whether it be her calmly setting her head by a tiny hand, or doing tricks and smiling that Siberian Husky clown grin.

She lived a very full and well loved 16 years.

So today after her doggie doctor told me she was bleeding internally and there was no hope, I kissed her good bye, rubbed her ears, whispered I love you and your job is finally done.

Rest well my lovely Sadie Lady you deserve it.
~Your Girl~


  1. Jeni, so very sorry about your Sadie! What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful friend and companion.
    Rest in Peace Sadie
    blessings to your and your family

  2. I am just about to cry...so absolutely beautifully written. It is amazing how animals can touch our lives. I wish her all the best, and healing for you and your family who loved her so....

  3. I am very sorry - Sadie was a beautiful dog and your description was very touching.

  4. Jeni~ I am SO sorry!!!!!!!!! She was absolutely beautiful! My heart breaks for you, I am so glad you have such great memories with her...It is so hard to lose an animal especially when they are basically another family member! My heart and prayers go out to you...

    HUGS my Friend

  5. Sorry you had to say goodbye, it's so hard...such a special and beautiful girl! May warm memories of your Sadie help your family heal.

  6. Thank you, everyone, for your kind words and thoughts. They mean so much to me.

  7. It is so hard to say good-bye. I am so sorry for your loss.

  8. So sad to loose such a love! You and Sadie really had LIFE together. She was so special and you two were really bonded..she was so beautiful and smart.
    I am glad you shared her with us and please know I pray for your heart of healing, she was family~

  9. What a beautiful, special, much-loved girl, your Sadie was. Your tribute brought me to tears. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
    Why can't animals live as long as humans? It's too hard to say goodbye when we love them so much.




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