Friday, January 15, 2016

Memories of Sadie

1 week ago we lost Sadie and after Dad/Ed wrote such a nice eulogy, we thought we better compile some of our fondest memories before we forgot about them!

Here's some things she loved and we loved about her:

  • Coaxing her to eat by rewarding her with a "w" or walk

  • Loved belly rubs and running off the deck

  • Pawing everyone for attention

  • Loved her first toy from Aunt Anne - a duck

  • Galloping around the house when she knew she was going for a walk - she looked like a puppy again

  • Treats from Maeve - check out this video here 

  • Loved sitting behind Maeve's nursery chair - so protective!

  • The winter booties that we made her try on and she walked like a horse and they fell off right away after taking 20 min to put them on - check out this video here 
Some typical (or maybe not so typical) dog pleasures:
  • Eating the whole package of cooked bacon at Thanksgiving when Eric was busy preparing the other food

  • Eating the ham at the cabin and leaving the wrapper

  • Sitting on the red couch and snoring loudly - check out the video.

  • Licking the deck near the grill

  • Didn't bark that much - only when the gate or a door moved that she didn't like

  • Eating Kate's warm gloves at the cabin - that's the only thing she every destroyed besides her first stuffed animal that she eventually got the stuffing out of

  • Getting food off the baby's tray - check out these videos here  Sadie licking food tray and Maeve feeding Sadie.
Things she hated:
  • Hated football and loud yelling

  • Not taking pictures very well - only for Aunt Anne

  • Wouldn't fetch

  • Didn't like the water

  • Hated thunderstorms - hid under and behind the bed

  • Scared of the toaster
Some things that scared us:
  • She ran away when Eric had a lot of people over working on the house. Our neighbors found her but she was probably missing for 30 minutes

  • Getting her face caught in the window on the first day we got her - we rolled down the window too much and thought she was going to jump out so we rolled it back up and scared her. She wasn't a very good rider in the car 

Ragom, Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota, the rescue organization where we got Sadie posted a tribute of her on their website. Here is background information about their Rainbow Bridge memorials.

"Just this side of Heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. YOU have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together. . ."

Here is Sadie's specific memorial (Sadie's Rainbow Bridge Memorial) where you'll see the posts from pre-adoption and then the write-up that Eric submitted along with pictures. The first person that fostered Sadie was actually our grad school friend Stephanie's mother-in-law. When we adopted Sadie it was funny to put it together that our friends had already met Sadie. Unfortunately Sadie didn't get along well enough with the resident Basset Hound and puppy so another foster mom took her in and that's where we went to meet Sadie in June of 2012.

We will miss her dearly!


  1. Beautiful memories and tributes! Reading the Rainbow Bridge story brought many tears to my eyes. I think I have become a dog loving person even though I have never really had a dog of my own. Thanks, Sadie, for helping me to appreciate all the special qualities of a dog. I will miss you!

  2. So many beautiful and loving memories! I have cried so much reading this post, I have a hard time commenting. I love the Rainbow Bridge! She will be dearly missed, love you ~