Tuesday, July 8, 2008
One of my Heroes
Today was a very difficult day for me. I lost a companion of 8 1/2 years and the most genuine and loving creature I have ever known. Sadie, our beautiful golden retriever, passed away today. I have never been one of those people that call their pet one of their children and I have never allowed anyone to call me Sadie's mom, but I only hope that I can be like my Sadie dog as I grow older.
She was full of grace and genuine concern and tolerance for all around her, especially the very youngest of my dear little grandbabies. Once she even made us aware of one of my grandbabies that had wandered away and Sadie came after us and took us right to her. She was loving to all, even those that treated her poorly, and always came back with a forgiving spirit. She would put her head under your hand so that you would pet her on the head. She loved to have her back haunches scratched and would back up to you to get you to do it. She knew no strangers and would greet and lick anyone that came into our home. When Steve would go out of town and it was just Sadie and me, she would sleep at the top of the stairs leading to my bedroom to make sure that I was safe. She was a source of light during a most challenging time in my life, she would comfort my wounded heart and be a salve to my discouraged spirit. She was another beating heart in an otherwise empty house. I could go on and on about the comfort she gave to me personally because it was done on a daily basis.
I do not know how it is decided which of us are human and which are animal but in my opinion my little Sadie Dog has earned her place in the highest kingdom. Sadie I hope you are waiting for us to join you some day, but for now I hope you run in the sunlight on the green grass and feel the wind blowing back your ears.