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.

11 comments:

joe_missy said...

What a sad day, I hope you and dad will be ok with your loss. Sadie was a very loyal dog and loved the two of you very much... I am sure she is enjoy very much where she is right now pain free.

Karen Williams said...

Roxanne, I am SO sorry to hear about you loss. It is fun having pets, but when the go it is heart breaking. She was a lucky dog to have had you as her owner.

Bri and the Gregster said...

Roxanne!!!
I'm so sad! I didn't even know, i feel like yesterday that i was there petting her!!! I don't know how you are doing it! I'm going to be a total wreck when my libby dies!!! I'm so so so sorry, i Loved sadie! she was a great dog! you and her were lucky to have had each other!

J&S said...

Oh, I'm so sorry about your loss. What a great dog. I hope you are able to find peace and comfort in the coming days.

Angeline said...

Roxanne,
Once again I just wanted to say that I'm so sorry that you are going through this heart break. Your post was a great tribute to Sadie. I feel like I knew her. What a great companion. Keep all of the great memories of her and cherish them forever. A true friend in deed.

buddy said...

We will miss Sadie! She is the first thing the kids look for when we come to Utah.
We love you
Love,
Tara

Jon said...

We are very sad!! I just told Katelyn that Sadie passed away today and she got a very concerned look on her face. She will definitely add Sadie to the list of people she frequently reminds us who live with Heavenly Father: Grandpa Great (Wadley), President Hinckley and now Sadie.

BriAnne said...

Always kind and loving, very sweet to my grandkids...that was Sadie!! Love Ya, Deedee

lvs2dance said...

Oh sweet Sadie...what a good dog you were. Thank you so much for taking such good care of my mom during her hardest times, it always made me feel a little better knowing that she wasn't alone when my dad was out of town. Any dog that is sweet and kind to all of my kids (even when they try to ride you like a horse) is always considered great in my eyes. We will never forget you and will miss you everytime we come to Danka's house. I hope that you are happy and enjoy being Jesus' pet until we see you again.
Love ya Sade.

Heidi Ashworth said...

Roxanne, I feel your pain! We have lost a couple of dogs and it is very hard. Especially when they are the good ones like Sadie. I'm so sorry!

Nikki said...

I'm so sorry your Sadie is gone. I am wiping tears away as I write. My mom's dog Ipo is such a highlight for my kids when we visit Utah. She just turned 10 this year. And I hope my kids (and me too!) will get a chance to see her again before she passes away.