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Memorial created 08-19-2010 by
kristen crouse
April 12 1996 - August 18 2010

In loving memory of our Sadie who we love so much. Sadie will be greatly missed and be in our hearts forever. This has had to be one of the worst days of my life.

It all started when I moved out and got married and I decided that I wanted a dog. My husband at the time went  out for his daily run and saw a shoe box moving picked it up and there she was she was so little and was a fur ball. I fell in love with her instantly I knew right then and there she was going to be the best dog ever. I found out April 1 1996 that I was pregnant with my first child , I was a little worried as to how Sadie would react when the time came for me to have the baby, well I think Sadie felt my pregnancy with me every time I ate she would eat fruits meats anything whatever I ate she ate with me she would always get on the top of the couch and lay up there when I would lay on the couch,if I got up to go to the bathroom she was right there with me even when I took a shower she would be right there waiting on me. She always greeted me when I came home from work or a dr's appointment.

At the time my husband was in the Air force and we had orders to report to England, well because of the quarantine law they had over there is was way too expensive to take her with us and I refused to give her away or sell her,I told my husband he was just going to have to go by himself I just could NOT part with my sweet baby. So I asked my parents to keep her while we were in England well they agreed to keep her and I just felt a huge relief because I knew I would not have to give her away and she would be well taken care of. I must say she was still a puppy at the time so when I got on the plane to leave it was very hard but like I said I felt a huge relief on having to leave her behind because I knew she would be well taken care of. Even though she tore up the window sills , scratched the door all up and loved to shred toilet paper my parents still took to her and loved her . I came home as often as I could and when I would first walk in she didn't realize who I was until I called her name and she would come running up to me so happy to see me as I was happy to see her. She loved going in the car riding loved being outside catching a ball.

I finally came home from England in 2001 and had my sweet baby girl back for good. Over the years she was the same as she had always been. We moved in 2009 and I started to notice a decline in her health as well as losing weight , I took her to the vet and told them of my concern with her losing weight and just kind of not wanting to do much but lay around. The whole time I was thinking she had some sort of cancer the vet decided to do some blood work on her that day changed EVERYTHING for both of us one of the test she had came back and said that her kidneys were starting to shut down, I changed her diet and started making her homemade meals that were for a kidney diet she did really well for about a year then all of a sudden she got to the point to where she just wasn't interested in eating or going outside to go to the bathroom. So I called the vet and made an appointment for her to be seen my god that was the worst day of my life. I knew she was suffering and she was in pain and the best thing I could do for her would be to have her put to sleep it took me awhile to decide what I wanted to do , I had to put my stubbornness aside and think about what was best for her.

The decision I made was to not let her suffer or be in any more pain so off to the vet we went it would be my last trip in the car with her the last time she got in the bed and slept with me the last time she would see her sister Alexis and her male companion Max. I will never forget the look she gave me as the dr discussed how the procedure would go I stayed with her and all I could do was cry and tell her how sorry I was but I knew in my heart it was the best thing for her and she would no longer suffer I just had to keep telling myself I was doing the right thing. Sadie was put to sleep on August 18 2010 at 5:30pm it was the hardest thing I ever had to do and when I came home without her my daughter as well as my other dog Max were completely lost .My house was like one huge ball of sadness. Max moped around the house for a little over a week and just wasn't the same. I stayed in my room for a week only time I came out was to go to work and as soon as I got home I was in my bed. I had decided when I first found out that Sadie was sick that I was going to have her cremated I just could not see letting the vet dispose of my sweet Sadie after 14 years with her the love we had for her and the love she had for us will never be forgotten. REST IN PEACE MY SWEET SADIE I HOPE YOU ARE PLAYING HARD AT THE RAINBOW BRIDGE! I will see you again one day and until then please continue to watch over us all. WE LOVE YOU SWEET GIRL



Sadie and Max in there first snow storm
The snow was so deep they made a path so they could go potty
I think this is self explanatory!
We had so much snow she could hardly move in it !

You can look at her and tell she is just worn out and tired of fighting.

A Parting Prayer

Dear Lord, please open your gates
and call St. Francis
to come escort this beloved companion
across the Rainbow Bridge.

Assign her to a place of honor,
for she has been a faithful servant
and has always done her best to please me.

Bless the hands that send her to you,
for they are doing so in love and compassion,
freeing her from pain and suffering.

Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss.
Help me remember the details of her life
with the love she has shown me.
And grant me the courage to honor her
by sharing those memories with others.

Let her remember me as well
and let her know that I will always love her.
And when it's my time to pass over into your paradise,
please allow her to accompany those
who will bring me home.

Thank you, Lord,
for the gift of her companionship
and for the time we've had together.

And thank you, Lord,
for granting me the strength
to give her to you now.



Even though I got Max because I love shelties so much it took Sadie a little while to get use to having another dog around. But in the end they loved each other so much


The last picture of Sadie and I and little did I know this would be our last day together

      Beyond The Rainbow

As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.
I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.

I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful -- lush and green and wide!
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.

I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright
That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced the night.
'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold
And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.

For although we may not be together in the way we used to be,
We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.


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