Friday, March 27, 2015

Death of our dog Sadie

Mary Oliver says in her book Dog Songs
And it is exceedingly short, his galloping life. Dogs die so soon. I have my stories of that grief, no doubt many of you do also. It is almost a failure of will, a failure of love, to let them grow old - or so it feels. We would do anything to keep them with us, and to keep them young. The one gift we cannot give.
Our beloved Sadie was put down yesterday afternoon after months of up and down health problems. During the up times we kept hoping she could come back, and during the downs we felt such despair. Yesterday we took her out walking just a little bit.


My poor old girl. How I miss her.

34 comments:

  1. Oh Nan, I'm so sorry. RIP dear Sadie.

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  2. I'm so sorry that Sadie's time came, Nan. I know you will miss her dreadfully. She had a good life though. Take care!

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  3. Nan, I can only say I'm so sorry. Mary Oliver says it all. It is a deep,deep hurt , this loss of a dear friend.

    Been there too.

    Mary

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  4. Oh Nan, my heart aches with you! There's nothing quite like the love of a dog. After losing the last of our 3 labs I just can't do it again so we've decided no more dogs. For now.

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  5. Oh Nan, what a sad loss for your family. Hugs to you.

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  6. I am so sorry for your loss, I know how you feel. My old boy passed 22 months ago; I had him put down because of his suffering due to old age and poor health. Even when you know it's the correct, kind, loving choice - it is so difficult and sad. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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  7. I's so sorry to hear about Sadie. It's always hard to lose a beloved pet.

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  8. I am so sorry to read this. These are such tough days, when we lose a dear pet who was truly part of the family. Sincere sympathy.

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  9. I am so sorry, I know how it makes your heart ache. I lost both my dogs and cat last year and it's so empty without them. I hope you can look back on happy times which I'm sure they are many - I'm crying with you.
    Ann

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  10. How sad. I'm so sorry to hear that. I've been there, several times and I know you will never forget. As we get older, it seems harder, doesn't it. We long to keep our friends forever and it just can't be. That's a beautiful picture, one to treasure.

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  11. Sending hugs ...you made the kindest call but it still hurts...they don't live long enough ..But then they share that quality with any living thing that we love xxxx

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  12. I am so sorry
    Once I had a dog named Sadie
    and also had to put her to sleep.
    Now I have
    Callie
    my constant companion.
    Sending a hug...

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  13. Oh Nan, I am so sorry you had to do this. It is such a sorrow to lose one you love. Big Hugs.

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  14. so sorry for your loss, just lost our Maltese before X-Mas it leaves a big hole in our heart.

    Hugs to you

    Annie v.

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  15. Sending you, Tom and the kids my love and most heartfelt sympathy. I know you must miss her companionship terribly. Hugs, dear friend.

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  16. Oh my Dear Nan. I am so sorry for your loss. It was the right thing but that does not make it easier. Beautiful that you and Hazel got to go on one more walk with her. Her last gift to you. I am so sorry.

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  17. So sorry your dear Sadie has passed; hope one day you will meet again.

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  18. I am so sorry, Nan. My heart breaks for you. Sending hugs.

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  19. Nan, dear, I'm so sorry. It hurts so much, for such a long long time.

    It's the last love you show them, knowing when it's time to agree to ending their pain and looking them in the eyes as they go.

    Love,
    Dewena

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  20. Dear Nan, I am very sorry. All of us who have (had) pets know how that feels.

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  21. OH, Nan. I'm so sorry to hear about Sadie. Animals have a way of tunneling right into our very souls.

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  22. Thoughts of care and comfort to you. So sorry.

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  23. Oh Nan, I'm so very sorry you lost your dear Sadie. The death of a pet is one of the hardest things in this life and may God continue to comfort you as only He can. My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your friend. .... Thinking of you, Debra.

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  24. Nan, I'm so very sorry to hear about Sadie. Sending you warm hugs. xoxo

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  25. Oh Nan, I am so, so sorry. Great empathy from me. xxx

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  26. I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope the good memories help you through these dark days.

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  27. Nan, I am so sorry to read of your loss. My thoughts are with you. I know how much you must miss your dear old girl.
    Maureen x

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  28. Nan,

    Our 11 year old dobie and I2 year old shepherd died within a year of each other. Cancer and hip dysplasia. The house was so empty. The places they curled up in....the chairs they owned......their favorite digging holes....the fence they chewed down. Just so many spaces they filled. Empty. (Plus the family memories.....Maura and Max grew up with them. Or perhaps Sophie and Luke grew up with the children). We ended up with 6 corgis. And 2 months ago-----a shepherd pup. Such a handsome boy. Such crazy corgis.

    It's most definitely not empty around here anymore. What on earth were we thinking?! :)

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  29. Dear Nan,
    I am very sorry for your loss. What a sweet dog! I can tell by your photos of her and the way you talk about her. Sweet Sadie. Do you remember the song by Chas & Dave? "I Miss You Girl"? I listened to that when I lost my cat, its how I felt.

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  30. Oh, Nan, I am so sorry to read about your Sadie. I hope you will feel some comforting thoughts coming your way, knowing the grief that will flow for you.

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  31. Nan, sorry for your loss. Pets are such dear companions. That's lovely that you have that photo of her walk the day before.

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  32. I'm very sad to hear this, Nan. So sorry for your loss. Dogs always wind up breaking our hearts in the end. But it's part of the bargain we make when we allow them into our lives. And oh by the way, what would our lives be if we didn't? Like Mary Oliver says in your quote, 'I have my stories of that grief...' Yeah, I know how you feel. But Sadie would bless you if she could.

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  33. I'm sorry, Nan. That's an awful loss.

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