Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Sweet Dreams, Sadie

Sadie had been dumped by someone near my place at Newman Lake and was sort of taken in by one of the neighbors. Eventually Sadie became the neighborhood dog and everyone fed her and so on. Unfortunately, no one took responsibility and she usually had no place to go on cold winter nights. When I was out at the lake, especially in winter, she would show up, eat, and stay for awhile and then leave, not seeming to mind the cold. Sadie seemed to do OK but as she got older I became concerned for her well-being. I would have brought her back to Spokane but at the time I traveled a lot and wasn’t home enough to care for her. So, when a friend mentioned that she wanted a dog I knew exactly what to do. We zoomed out to Newman. Sadie was waiting as usual, jumped into the car and laid down in the back. It was like she had been waiting to come home...at last...all this time...

The friend had a fence put up around her place and Sadie took to it and her instantly and vice a versa. Sadie seemed very relaxed and content in her new home, but oddly lethargic. Then one day, about 6 weeks after Sadie moved in, she collapsed and was taken to the clinic. Sadie was terminal, suffering from cancer that had metastasized throughout her body. My friend was devastated; I was also shocked but grateful that this kind and devoted creature had a few comfortable weeks at the end.

5 comments:

The Real Mother Hen said...

wonderful story, thanks for sharing...

HollyGL said...

I'm so sorry for your and your friend's loss. I know from experience how attached you become to an animal in a short amount of time - sometimes instantly.

Sadie was lucky to have found you both.

kevin said...

Thank you both for reading the post and responding with such kind words.

Mark said...

That was a wonderful think you did for Sadie and your friend. Sorry for the loss, however, the few weeks your friend had her was very valuable for everybody!

wendy said...

Sadie got the best friends she could have found...and they acted...when she needed them the most. A wonderful story; you have the gift of perfect timing.