Grieving my Miss Sadie
Last Thursday, 9-20-12, was the last day of the summer. It was also Sadies last day to live. The night prior, I let her out of her pen so she could be with her "babies" our 2 kittens. She liked to sleep out on the deck on a cool summer night... so I let her. Little did I know she also enjoyed sleeping on the road right in front of our farmhouse. Our road is little traveled. We live on 10 acres. Sadie loved to herd the cow in when the cow would wander out of her fence. She loved to play in the creek and pick up big rocks and show us her treasures.
She loved, loved, loved our 5 children and they loved her. She was loyal, and friendly. She only barked when she perceived danger to us. She loved when our kids would sleep out and would stay by the cabin all night watching the campfire. She loved chasing butterflies. Early thurs. a.m. @ 5:30 our neighbor was speeding past our house. Dear Sadie was fast asleep in frong of our house on the road. We were awakened with a horrible sound of Sadie. My husband ran out of the house. Our neighbor saw what he thought was a pile of leaves. So instead of driving around the "pile of leaves" he ran straight over top of "the pile of leaves". Only to realize it was not a "pile of leaves". Sadie survived the ordeal and ran off into the woods. My husband and I got a flashlight and went to try and find her. She left a trail of blood as she ran down our familiar path to our campground. But we could not find her. Finally right after lunch, after being completed exhausted I found her curled up in a little ball on the front porch. I thought she was fine, until I looked at her marred face and shattered jaw. I can't get it out of my mind. I raced her to the vet. They were very kind and compassionate, but we all agreed it was best to put her down. I have never, ever had to loose a pet this way. But she was more than a pet. German Sheps. are more than dogs. I think you all know what I mean. Our family lost our best friend. Will we ever find another like her?