God saw she was getting tired
And a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around her,
and whispered "Come with me."
With tearful eyes we watched her suffer,
and saw her fade away.
Although we couldn't bear to lose her,
we could not bid her stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working paws laid to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
he only takes the best.
I remember the
first time I saw Sally. Lori Walburn owned her and brought her to
one of our co-rec softball games. I thought "what a pretty dog." But
then Lori got up to bat. Sally barked incessantly while Lori was batting.
I then thought, "what an annoying dog." Little did I know I would end
up owning her a few years later.
The next time I ran into Sally was a phone call from
an ex-girlfriend. A friend of a friend had a dog she wanted to get
rid of because she couldn't keep her off the furniture. I was living
in a rental house, and still had Willy and was possibly getting two
other dogs, Phoebe and Molly. The last thing I needed was another
dog. I politely said no.
About a week later, in June 1999, this friend of a friend
called me one evening. It turned out to be Ginnie Passaggiata,
Frank Pase's daughter. She said she was taking Sally to the pound,
and wanted to give me one last chance to adopt her. Being a softy,
and knowing this dog was probably on her way to euthanization, I said
to bring her by and we would see how it worked out. Sally walked through
the door, and I remembered thinking, "I've never seen such a fat dog."
But she had these warm brown eyes, and seemed to want to stay with
me, so I told Ginnie I would keep her for a week or so and see how she
got along with Willy. Willy was a loner, and I didn't think he would
want another dog around. To my surprise, Sally was a loner too, and they
peacefully coexisted, mostly staying out of each other's way. I didn't
remember Sally from when Lori had her, and Ginnie couldn't tell me anything
about her history.
I will always remember getting home from work and opening
the side door. Willy would come bouncing in, bouncing all the way
across the living room, and Sally would wag her tail and try; to hump
my leg. Weird.
I remember the first time I took Sally fishing. It was
a disaster. It seems she felt the same way about fishing poles
as she did about softball bats. As soon as I tried to cast, she
began barking incessantly and trying to attack the fishing pole!
Nothing I said or did could stop her from her constant attacks on the
pole. She even got it in her mouth and began running down the bank
with it. I got it away from her, but as long as I had a line in the
water, she was attacking the pole.
Around this time, I learned that Sally had belonged
to not just one, but three friends of mine. Mark Finley said he recognized
her. Sally belonged to his son, Adrian for a while. Other friends,
Kurt & Kathy Richter, used to dogsit Sally. It turns out Lori got
the dog from Mark. I don't know if Lori gave Sally to Ginnie, but I'm
glad she found her way to me.
In August 2001, Sally began swelling in her belly, vomiting,
wouldn't eat, and just didn't seem to have any energy anymore.
In an exploratory surgery, my vet removed five liters of fluid from
her belly, but said her organs appeared normal. I thought she had just
given up. After a trip to K-State for a battery of tests, Sally was diagnosed
with either leukemia or Hyper Eosinophilic syndrome (high white blood
cell count). We started her on prednisone, which made a world of difference
in her. Her appetite returned with a vengeance, and she commenced to
humping my leg again.
Her recovery was short-lived, however. In late September,
she began running out energy again and mostly laid around. Her
left front elbow began swelling, and eventually a bubble that formed
there ruptured. The skin around the rupture just kept tearing, and
her leg bone was clearly visible. The wound got infected, and Sally
was infested with fleas that just wouldn't die despite several treatments.
I decided to end her misery, and had her put down on October 10, 2001.
Although I didn't want her initially, Sally turned out
to be a pleasant and faithful dog. A few days before her demise,
a large, mean-looking Bull Mastiff appeared in our yard. I was
trying to coax it over to me to see if it was wearing tags. Sally
was laying on the other side of the yard knawing on a huge rawhide
bone she stole from the neighbor's dog, and was oblivious to the presence
of the Bull Mastiff. My coaxing apparently alerted Sally to the presence
of this intruder. She struggled to get up, but then, big bone hanging
out the end of her mouth and all, Sally trotted over to take on the
Mastiff, grunting with every step. Even with all her health problems,
Sally wouldn't hesitate to protect me or her turf. She will be sorely
missed. God Bless you, Sally, and say hello to Willy for me.