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Dear Sarah Doggy,
I am writing to you, my sweet sweet old friend, near the end of your beautiful life. You have brightened our lives for 14 years now. I will never forget the lessons you've taught me in our time together. As I sit here writing this and crying, you lay by my feet, comforting me.
From the day we brought you home with us you were so sweet. You were wild and cute and energetic and full of love. You quickly became a big part of the family. You went on road trips with us, you ate when we ate, you cleaned up after toddlers, you fit in perfectly. You taught me to remember to have fun and see the world through your excited eyes.
I loved you from the moment I met you. I knew you’d be with us for a long time. I also knew that one day you would grow old and we’d have to say goodbye. Your endless energy as a young dog made that idea seem so far away. You taught me to live in the moment, enjoying each day.
You finally slowed down a little as you got a little older, but you were still full of life for so many years. You loved going on walks, where you wanted to lead the way. You loved going on car trips across town. You were so much fun and were a special part of our lives. You had become a daughter to me, a sister to the kids and a grand doggy to grandparents. You helped me understand family in a new way.
Your pace of life eventually slowed and while you still enjoyed life, we could start to tell you were getting older. We thought it would be fun for you and for us to add a sister pup to our lives. She really needed us, especially you. She’d had a really hard first couple of years. She needed someone to be by her side and show her a new way of being. That is exactly what you did for Leiah. You helped her feel comfortable and she helped you feel younger again. You taught me more about compassion than any human ever has.
Last year you welcomed kittens into your life in such a sweet, kind way that surprised us all. You let them curl up next to you and you let them drink from your water bowl. You taught me the importance of being a good friend and that it's never too late to make new friends.
You've lived an incredibly full life. You've been all over the Pacific Northwest, over mountains, on beaches, hung out with goats at farmers markets, been hugged by so many children, and loved by practically everyone you've met. You were always so accepting of others, without judgement. You taught me what love should be like, unconditional and limitless.
You've seen the kids turn from toddlers to teenagers and everything in between. You've gone from being chased by screaming kids to being loved as a best friend. You've loved every second of it.
Now your days are numbered and still you find ways to share your love. Although you can't do much anymore, somehow you still find a way to follow me wherever I go. You know I need to know that we still have our special bond. You can barely see, hardly hear, and yet you always find me.
When the time comes to say goodbye, I know it will be one of the hardest moments of my life. You've always been by my side and it will be a big adjustment to not have you right there with me. I know now though, that even though I can't imagine my life without you, I will be okay because of all that you're leaving me with.
You're leaving me with amazing memories of our times together. Memories of snuggles, kisses, hugs, friendship and family. So many memories of so many amazing moments. Memories that will last long after you're gone. I will never forget you, my sweet sweet old lady Sarah doggy. Thank you for all that you've given to me and all that you've taught me. I will love you forever.
Love, your Mama
P.S. As I finally finish this, after putting it off for a week, I am laying on the floor near you. You are barely holding on, but the love we share keeps you going. That love will keep me going too. It's okay to say goodbye now SarahBear.
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