My Sadie girl came into my life in 2003 and I was lucky enough to have her unconditional love and companionship in my life for 12 wonderful years. She was a constant in a world that can sometimes be confusing and unsure. Her cute little face was there to greet me at the end of each day. Her silly spirit constantly made me laugh. She loved so deeply and without words. We had our own silent language, although I was convinced one day she’d speak up and say “Okay, I’ve been quiet for 12 years, here are my thoughts on your life, your friends, and your sometimes questionable dating choices” and we’d open up a bottle of wine and discuss. (Actually, that thought terrified me. Can you imagine the opinions that would come?!)
Sadie taught me the meaning of loyalty and acceptance. Adopting her came with its issues, of course. She was two when I brought her home, so there were things in her personality that were simply unadjustable. But I learned to love and accept her quirks as she learned to put up with mine. I often wondered who would give up such a sweet pup and why. Whatever the circumstance I was always so grateful that they had, because it gave me the opportunity to have her in my life! How lucky was I? We were a team, no matter what, our bond never wavered. Not many can say that, even about their favorite human! The relationship with a pet is something truly unique and special.
Sadie was diagnosed with bladder cancer last summer and given three months to live. Hearing that news was something no one can prepare for. I wasn’t ready for what I was about to face, but I did everything I could to give her comfort and make her last days with me happy and fulfilling. The day I decided it was time to put Sadie down was one of the hardest days and decisions of my life. But, it was my time to be strong for her and give her the gifts she had given to me for 12 years; Peace, comfort and selfless love. Nothing is more important than that. I would’ve done anything to keep her with me forever, but being able to show her the same respect and honor she had shown me for so many years was a true blessing in the end.
I decided to organize Pints for Pups in honor of Sadie. It’s my way of remembering where she came from and how much we both grew and learned from each other. It’s also a wonderful way to show appreciation to the shelters and their dedicated volunteers/employees who work so hard to create better lives for less fortunate animals.
Please join me, every last Wednesday of the month, and celebrate all of the wonderful rescue pups out there and the light they bring to our lives! Who knew drinking a pint would make such a difference? 🙂
Cheers to you, cheers to Sadie, and cheers to finding forever homes!
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