We had to let our Sadie cross the Rainbow Bridge yesterday.
She was almost 13 years old, and had been our faithful companion and friend for almost 9 years. Registered as Sunset’s Nanaimo Joy, she was originally called ‘Moxie’, but that just didn’t suit her in our eyes (and ears), so we renamed her Sadie.
She arrived from the kennel in Nanaimo with friends and Grizz picked her up as he was on his way to the campground we’d booked for that weekend.
She was trying to figure out who we were and why she was there with us. And then she got off her leash. If you think bassets can’t run, think again. Grizz had a time catching her!
But she settled in fairly quickly, and wanted to be nowhere if she couldn’t be near to us.
Last year she had an episode when her hind legs collapsed, and that was when we discovered her back was full of arthritis. Then she had another episode of what appeared to be significant pain, and we learned that she had an enlarged liver. That was when we knew her days were beginning to be numbered.
In January she had a toe removed for a cancer, and we decided that would be the last surgery we would allow for her.
Early yesterday morning, I could hear her feet moving against the laminate floor, but they weren’t going anywhere. When we looked we found she couldn’t raise her hind legs. We gave her an extra dose of pain meds, and after a bit stood her up, and she was able to walk but obviously suffering. Our decision was made for us, we couldn’t allow her to suffer.
Now our house is extra quiet, and gradually the tears will subside. We’ll miss Joy-Moxie-Sadie, but we know she’s at peace and no longer in pain.