October 22, 1994 to July 3, 2008
This picture was taken just a few days ago, by my husband out on the deck of our home in Ann Arbor. She was sweet and gentle and eager to please. And gluttonous. 🙂 Even people who don’t like dogs liked Sadie. In some ways, she had a hard life. She didn’t have the life she “should” have had, because of health issues that started with an injury in puppyhood. But in other ways she had a wonderful life, full of people who loved her.
I’m really sorry I wasn’t there with her and with my husband last night when she took a sudden and dramatic turn for the worse and he had a terrible decision to make. Once her condition stabilized several weeks ago, I began to think she’d make it until I come home in three weeks. In a sad way, I can see a silver lining in her having gotten suddenly so sick right before I left home. It gave me the opportunity to really say goodbye before I left, knowing what that might mean.