7 1/2 years ago, after a ‘May Day’ school performance in Hawaii, I surprised my son with a trip to the Humane Society. He found the perfect little puppy and we named her Sadie.
Like all puppies, she was a little rascal, and a pain to potty train, but she was always very loving and sweet.
As she got older, it was clear that she was no ordinary dog. I always used to say she was a guardian angel dog. As big as she was at 75 pounds, she was the most gentle dog I have ever known. She was blind in one eye, so we often called her “Sadie the One-Eyed Wonder Dog”
She became friends with a feral chicken who became our pet, they would sit outside together and they even shared food. Sadie was awesome. We had many adventures.
A few days ago, after suffering from multiple seizures, Sadie died. She had a very aggressive brain tumor. She was in a lot of pain.
I cried until I had no more tears.
It was very painful to tell my son, who is currently covered in chicken pox and already feeling miserable.
I know I am certainly not the first to lose a much-loved dog, but my goodness, it is very painful. Our whole family loved her dearly, especially my mom, who doesn’t even like dogs.
Feeling the need to be alone, I drove up to one of my favorite spots on the island, and stared out at the ocean for a long time.
I closed my eyes and said a prayer for my sweet Sadie. Feeling a little lighter, I opened my eyes and saw a beautiful rainbow. I like to believe she sent it.
We never know how long we have with our loved ones. But whether we can see them or not, the love is always there.
Rest in Peace my dear friend.