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December 23, 2017 ~ December 7, 2022 (age 4) 4 Years Old
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On December 23, 2017, a beautiful black lab was born and in February 2018 she became our little black bundle of joy
named Sadie. She was always full of puppy energy wanting to run, play ball, chase a stick or chew on a wooden chair leg
Sadie grew into a beautiful, strong, loyal, and loving sweet girl. We often called her Sadie Bug or Sadie Girl and she
always knew that she was the “favorite” and the alpha of our little pack. She mellowed out after some obedience
training and was the happiest when her people were with her no matter what she was doing. Sadie loved riding in the
truck with her head out of the window, soaking in the smells and sun. She also loved to take walks and would rear up on
her hind legs and throw her head around like a pony when you were trying to put her collar and leash on her. If you
went outside with a ball in your hand, she would rear up and act like a pony too and she was our black beauty.
Sadie loved us unconditionally and fiercely and we loved her the same way. She was the best counselor if you had a bad
day and the best buddy if you needed a walk or ride to clear your head. She loved all her siblings but Rocky was her best
friend. He came into our lives by chance from an abusive situation and was so scared. Rocky liked to be in his crate
where he felt safe, and Sadie slept in the living room next to his crate for weeks until he was comfortable enough to
sleep outside of it with her in the living room. They played rough with each other, protected each other, and were
always together. He is so lost without her and wonders where she is.
Sadie tore her CCL in the spring of 2021 and had surgery at the beginning of the summer to repair it. She had lots of
things she enjoyed, but swimming in the pool and jumping in after a toy was her favorite. With her surgery, she was
unable to swim last summer because she had to rest her leg for it to heal properly. When she was given the all clear
from her doctor to swim and run again, we found out that she had lymphoma. She was so young, and we were
devastated. We wanted her to enjoy another summer so that she could swim and hoped that chemotherapy would cure
her. I promised her that I wouldn’t do anything if it made her feel bad and I wouldn’t let her suffer. She breezed
through her chemotherapy and was so brave and strong. She was in remission for a while and the next chemotherapy
we tried made her very sick so we didn’t pursue it. She was on prednisone off and on for a while to keep the cancer at
bay. About a month ago she tore her CCL in her other leg and was on pain medicine for that since surgery wasn’t an
option at this time.
Sadie was good until the day before we helped her cross the rainbow bridge. She didn’t eat or drink and slept most of
the day. She has been my work companion since covid at home and I knew she was tired. On December 7 th , 2022, we
loved her one last time and my husband and I held her and comforted her as she crossed the rainbow bridge.
I miss her smell, her whiny bark when it was “treat time”, her big girl bark when we needed to take notice of something,
but most of all I miss her greeting me each morning when I would get up and when I would come home if I had been
Just shy of 5 years was not nearly long enough to have you in our lives Sadie Girl but our lives are so much richer for you
being in it. You were so strong and brave, and we miss you will all that we have. Swim, run and jump all you want with
your healthy body.
Until we see you again sweet Sadie Bug! Love Daddy, Mamma, Jordan, Jackson and Kathleen