Travis: I’ll leave this to Des rewrite/update, she puts things into words 10x better then I. In mid May we rushed Sadie to the vet as she was lethargic, and it turned out she had a ruptured tumour on her spleen. Lougheed Animal Hospital did an amazing job keeping her alive until she was well enough to have the spleen and tumour removed, and putting up with us coming to visit her so often. She came home a little over a week later, and was later diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma, which we found out was a terminal cancer in dogs with a median life expectancy of two months. We weren’t ready to lose Sadie so soon, so we did plenty of research, and took her off Acana and started preparing each of her meals at home, and providing extra supplements which had favourable results in trials (extra couple months of life expectancy). We took her to an oncologist two weeks ago, and they found a small tumour on her heart, so she began Chemotherapy. She was finally acting fairly normal the last few days, much more lively. She went in for blood work on Friday to prepare for the next round of chemo, and we took her for a walk afterwards, and she fainted after the walk, we rushed her to our family vet who were once again great to deal with, I always felt like they loved Sadie. We weren’t ready to put her down, and our worst fear is her dying alone, so we tried to rush her to a 24hr emergency clinic in Langley and Sadie died on the way. Luckily she wasn’t alone, I laid with her on the floor of the van as Des drove and she passed away half way there. Sadie was the most amazing dog I’ve ever met. She was the cuddle monster (both human and stuffy), ball fetcher, swim fanatic, puddle masher, and toy lover. I never met a dog with so much love for all beings, and toys. She died way too early, we weren’t prepared for it, we tried to be but I hoped we’d at least get through summer. But we tried everything we could to keep her alive perhaps selfishly. She will be missed by many, and will always be part of our family, and could never be replaced. This was meant to be one or two sentences as a placeholder until Des wrote a real one… I also included a photo album below (over 300 photos) of Sadie from the first day we got her until a week ago.
Or a link directly to the album at flickr.
We went out to do a photo shoot for our annual xmas cards.
Last week we had three whole days of glorious sunshine. We took Sadie out the park, she rolled around in dandelions, she went swimming, she napped in the sunshine. It was absolutely fantastic. And course when it’s beautiful, I make sure I bring my camera along so I can take photos of our adventures!
Sadie looking cute in the grass resting after some ball chasing.
This is my most favorite of the photos I’ve taken recently. I love how her head is turned to the sun and how her tongue is illuminated by it.
Sadie playing chase with McGee, and almost keeping up with him. Sadie is not the fastest runner, so this is accomplishment.
Sticks, sticks more STICKS!!!!!
Sadie looking noble in the flowers.
So today, Mother’s Day I went for walk with my two babies Mallory (human) and Sadie (dog). We went to our favourite park where there is this field of dandelions. It looks so beautiful. Who knew weeds could be pretty? We went with my Mum and her dog McGee, and I got some nice shots of them frolicking in the flowers. It wasn’t the most beautiful day, but it wasn’t freezing cold and it wasn’t raining. After we were done, we realised that Sadie’s feet were completely yellow from all the flowers!
Mal and Sadie posing in the flowers!
Sadie and McGee fighting over the stick.
It’s hard to believe that 7 months ago this beautiful dog wasn’t in my life yet. Sadie has brought so much happiness and joy in my life that my heart often bursts with it. I cannot ever understand those it’s “just a dog” people. Sadie is the dog of my heart; and has filled a spot that has been empty since I lost my beautiful Madison, 14 years ago. Sadie is so loving, fun and sweet. Just a joy to have everyday. Everyone deserves a dog like Sadie, and I’m so lucky to have her.
Anyway we were out in the garden this evening, poking around at my perennials which are taking forever to grow and bloom because of the cold weather. The sun was beautiful and golden so I got a few nice shots of Sadie.
It was such a nice day yesterday we decided to go for a drive, and let Sadie swim in the ocean. There is nothing more delightful than watching her run through the waves. It was a little cold for the humans, but Sadie seemed happier than a pig in mud. She met a very adorable chocolate lab who was only 5 months old and delighted to find another puppy to play with. The romped and played and stole each others sticks. It was adorable.
Flying down the beach after Travis in search of sticks!
Beware the Kraken!!!
Sadie walks on water.
On Sunday Sadie got to go to the dog park with a couple of my friends and their dogs. Boomer an adorable yellow lab and Zoe a wonderful Bernase Mountain Dog. We had a great time, playing running and being worn out. After she was home she slept for the rest of the day! Bliss!
Since Sadie took that proverbial plunge into the river last week, she’s been a swimming fool. Everywhere we go and there is water, she’s in there like a dirty shirt. Luckily our local park where we go for most of our walks has a lovely little creek that pools in one area that’s just deep enough for her to go for a little swim. We also had a trip planned into Vancouver so we could go to the aquarium and we decided to bring Sadie along and stop for lunch at the beach so she could go swimming. She had an absolutely fantastic time swimming in the ocean, even though a doodle kept stealing her stick and the waves were scary at first. The best part of swimming is all the fantastic exercise she gets. She is so tired after her swim that she usually spends the rest of the day, sleeping in her dog bed.
My husband and I were commenting on the way home from one of our many trips to the park this week how lucky we got with Sadie. She’s such a sweet, cuddly, calm, mellow, fun loving dog. She’s so eager to please, and so easy to train. She’s just a dream. And I have to say she sure is beautiful.
We decided to go to Maple Ridge today to walk on their dyke system and stop at this great dog park they have so Sadie could run and play before having to spend the rest of the walk on leash. The dog park is situated right on the river, so the dogs can swim if they want. When we got there, Sadie went into the water and watched some other dogs go swimming, but was way too afraid to actually swim herself. We stood around for 15 minutes or so, while she played but determinedly stayed in the shallow part of the water. We decided to walk a little further down the river, so we could see if she would swim where there were no other dogs. And low and behold that’s exactly what she did. We got a few sticks and through them out not so far so she wouldn’t be too afraid of going in. She kind of eased herself into an area over her head and started swimming. After, we went back to the other area (it was decidedly less muddy) and after a little hesitation swimming in front of the other dogs, she was in full force; swimming out grabbing sticks acting like she has been doing this forever. It was amazing!
Going in, after the stick
Almost over my head….
Soaking wet! She looks so skinny with her fur wet!!!
A serious swimmer now!
Now with spring in the air we are anticipating the moment when Sadie makes the great leap into the water for a real swim. Today was almost that day. She went in deeper than she’s ever been in before but did not quite make that leap into the unknown. With fantastic almost warm weather on the horizon for the next week or so we are planning a few trips to places with dogs to swim so she can have a few more attempts. I cannot wait for her actually start swimming!