The last fourteen years have been the greatest gift and you have been a bright spot in my life. Now, we are facing some tough decisions. Sandy, your body is failing, even though your spirit is strong and willing. You are unstoppable in most situations, the most determined dog on the planet. You were diagnosed with cancer two years ago, it spread to your lungs, and you have a cough that sounds almost human. The vet gave you 4-6 weeks to live and you are too stubborn to give in. You kept on going for two more years but now I can feel the clock winding down. Going for walks is too difficult and those hind legs of yours seem to have a mind of their own.
Last month I took you to the vet for your vaccines, and the vet sat down on the floor with me, while she looked you over. She looked deep into your eyes and said, "Wendy, it's time to think about letting our old friend go. She is trapped in a body too feeble to house her big spirit." I drove home and cried saying, "I just can't do it, I can't make this decision. It's not my call."
Where the Red Fern Grows , you and Skoopi just can't live without one another.
Thank you Sandy for being my friend and companion for the last fourteen years. You were the best friend any gal could have. I know you didn't mean any ill will when you ate my earrings, 4 necklaces, and wedding rings. You are forgiven. Will you forgive me for trying to make you swim? You are a Labrador, a water dog after all.
I will miss having you lay on the couch with me every evening, You were my armrest for a thousand plus movies. You were my companion during the day and when Mr. Man was gone. Mr. Man never did figure out that you slept in our bed on the nights he was out of town. One time you jumped into our bed on accident when he was home. You saw him lying there and jumped off, giving me a look of, "Oh shoot, did I just blow our cover?"
There are so many things I will miss and my heart hurts thinking about you won't be there by my side. You have the snortiest snore I have ever heard. The first night we brought you home, you would howl like a dog followed by a snort that sounded just like a pig. I have always thought you were half Labrador, half Pig. Plus you have an appetite like a pig as well. You will eat just about anything, especially metal. When the kids were in highchairs you quickly learned to lay nearby to catch the falling food. You gained 10lbs with each toddler.
Mr. Man has had the toughest time coming to this decision. Sandy, we didn't want to have to do this, but we know it's the right thing to release you from your body. You can not stand it when people are in the hot tub. You come over and bark and try to get us to get out of it. It's as though you think we are being cooked to death. Last week, Mr. Man and I watched you come out of the house with wild determination to let us know, "YOU ARE BEING COOKED! GET OUT!" You climbed down the back step only to have your hind legs come out wildly flailing behind you. You flailed and ended up rolling down the step with a flip, it caused your cough to flare up. It was a sad sight to see. We want you to be able to run and jump again. Mr. Man wanted you so bad that he talked to our landlord for a year to try and get him to allow a dog. When I saw Mr. Man with you as a puppy, I knew he'd make a great father some day.
One day Sandy, we were home alone in our little house in LA. Mr. Man was gone on a trip, and there was a knock on the door at 9pm. I opened it and it was a man who claimed to be selling cleaning supplies. He told me, "Put away your dog and let me come in and clean your windows." Something didn't feel right, and you growled at him and started barking ferociously. I did not let the man in. The man then said, "Is the dog going to bite me?" I said, "Yep, I think you should move on to another house" and closed the door. I'll never know that man's intentions, but I what I do know is that you made a great guard dog, when it counted.
Sandy, I can not help but think of you when it rains. It rained non-stop when you were a puppy. That second night we had you home, it rained buckets. I got up at 3am to let you go outside to "do your business" and you just wanted to play in the mud. Mr. Man came out to join us and we stood in the rain holding hands watching you play. Mr. Man whispered, "My life just keeps getting better and better. I love my life."
Then it rained buckets as I drove you to the vet, in a box on the front seat. I had never been more terrified in my life. You prepared me for motherhood and you prepared me for those trips to the ER. You were the silent loyal companion, who was always on my side.
I know you are just a dog, Sandy. It may seem silly to write a note to you, but you are my dog and I love you. So now I am giving you a gift of going peacefully onto the next life. May we be reunited many years from now. Thank you Sandy, for the memories, for being my friend, and for loving me with your whole heart.