Sadie had been really lethargic, she was staying to her little bed a lot. Also drinking a lot of water, but not as much food. Last Thursday evening she wasn’t feeling well at all. On Friday (November 4) we took her to the vet first thing in the morning. The vet took x-rays and blood work and saw that her white blood cell count was off the charts (she had cancer) and her uterus was dangerously enlarged. They recommended we put her to sleep because she was going to decline fast and her uterus could painfully rupture.
Thankfully we were able to schedule the procedure for Monday, giving us time to be with her for the weekend.
I was very thankful for the clarity of the diagnosis. Our vet usually has a surgery available and will readily do anything and everything to prolong life…but it was very clear to us all given the results of her testing and her age (almost 14 years old).
We had the most wonderful weekend with her! She had a few issues that made sure we were carrying her around in a blanket, but for the most part she was able to just sit on our laps or next to us. We spent hours with her. She would turn her head and just stare at me with those impenetrable eyes. I think she knew what what going to happen. I would never trade those days for anything.
Monday morning, November 7, Skye said goodbye to her at home, then Dave and I drove with her to the vet. We sat in the car with her and both held her a bit. Then Dave took her inside. He said it went as well as could be expected, he was able to hold her…they gave her a sedative and she fell asleep peacefully, then she was gone.
All of you pet people know how this is!! You know how it is to be in your home and you think of them as you enter each room! Where is Sadie…oh…I’m going upstairs…come on Sadie! …oh….there’s a shadow in the corner of my eye! Sadie!…oh…it’s a constant reminder that they’re gone.
For the last 13 years she was always there! I’m trying to train my mind so that every time I think of her I try, instead of being sad and spiraling downward, being thankful for the precious time we had with her. Thank You, Lord, for all these amazing years of joy and happiness with our girl!
Yes I do desperately want another dog…we don’t all agree on this subject 🙂 so we are giving it time…maybe I need to go hang out at the dog park (I’d be the crazy lady wanting to hug all the dogs !)
God has sent so many encouragements! Flowers from several sweet souls …shout out to chewy.com who refunded the money for a case of food AND sent us the most beautiful flower arrangement, friends and family have been so supportive- they know how much we loved Sadie!
Life is so bitter sweet!!! Dave’s theory is that Sadie is in heaven sitting on Marilou’s lap 😉 (don’t worry, we do somewhat know the theology in this, we just like this picture!)
Forgive me while I add a few more photos…I went way back in the archives…
We love you, Sadie!