January 26, 1996-May 2, 2011
I'm grateful that Sadie came into our lives 15 years ago. Sadie was a great teacher, friend, and companion. Sadie was a Golden Retriever that had been hit by a car and needed a back leg amputated. She was hit again several months later and had a collapsed lung and a hip fracture in her remaining rear leg. We developed a special bond so I was relieved when her owners didn't pick her up. Sadie was a special gift. She had a joy for living that a missing leg and severe arthritis in the other back leg couldn't stop; she refused to be a victim. She showed compassion and unconditional love to all creatures she encountered. Sadie loved kids and they loved her. They asked for her even after they grew up. Sadie slept outside of the kennels of severely ill patients; it soothed the owners to know that their pet was not alone over night. She started slowing down several years ago and gave me the insight to study acupuncture. Her great response to it helped make me a believer. Over a year ago Sadie developed kidney failure. She kept her zest for life. Sunday and Monday she let us know that she was ready to go. She and I went outside in the sunshine, said our goodbyes and I gave her last injection. We held a memorial for her at our staff meeting and every one shared Sadie stories. There wasn't a dry eye in the room. I can still see her sitting next to me in the convertible with the top down, her hair and ears flying back and a smile on her face. She was loved, she gave love, and she will be missed.