Monday, September 29, 2008

Ode to Sady

Some of you have met our little dog Sady. Most of the people that see her think she is one of the ugliest dogs they've ever seen. My dad says so all the time. But me and chris both fell in love with her the first time we saw her, in a picture sent by email from the breeder we got her from.

We knew we wanted a Boston Terrier. Chris had always wanted one. I told him that was fine, but I wanted one who had an all black face, with just a tiny white stripe down the forehead. Sady is what we ended up with. Once we saw her, we knew we had to have her.

We got Sady in January of 06. She was about 8 weeks old when we bought her. I drove out to Columbia and met the breeders at a Waffle House and picked her up. On the way back to Nashville, Sady slept in my lap. We even stopped by Chris's work before I took her home for him to meet her in person. He loved her, and she loved him. From the moment we got her, she's been "in love" with Chris. She would even paw at his hands when he hugged me, or try to come and sit in between us when we would cuddle on the couch. He was hers!

She was pretty aggravating sometimes... all dogs can be. But the majority of the time, she was great. She was fun and playful. I couldn't stand her sometimes, but I loved her all the time. She was the first pet me and Chris ever got. The first dog that was ever "mine." Life was good and she got tons of attention from us. Until we had Taylor.

We were very worried how she would handle us having a baby. Obviously, Taylor was the most important thing to us, but we wanted to make sure Sady got plenty of attention too. And she did. Especially now that Taylor is older, she LOVES to play with Sady. She'll go up and tease Sady, then turn and run away, trying to get Sady to chase her. It's one of the cutest things I've ever seen. And Sady is so good with Taylor. Letting her tug her ears, pinch her face, and do all sorts of mean things to her. And all Sady ever does is lick her and love her back.

But then we found out we were pregnant again. Since I had quit working, money was tight. And we had to move in with my parents (where we're at now.) They are great and have been great about letting us have Sady here. Now that Maddie is a part of our family, our attention is divided up even more. Our girls are our number one priority. And we've realized we can't take care of our little sady like we used to. We all love Sady very much, and we feel so guilty for not taking care of her and giving her the attention we used to.

My family has been great helping out with both our girls and our puppy. They take Sady out to go "potty" probably more than Chris or I do. They make sure she has water and food when I forget cause I'm paying attention to two little girls.

So after lots of long talks, debating, trying to find a way to make it work out, and LOTS of tears on my part, We've decided to give Sady to a family that can take better care of her. I'm absolutely heart broken over this. I start crying every time I think about it. I'm sure the hormones are making this a bit harder for me than it would be otherwise... But still. Sady has been a great dog, and so good with our little girls. She's been a part of our family for almost 3 years and I'm going to miss her like crazy.

One of my oldest friends (he's not old, but he's been a good friend for longer than anyone else I know) is going to adopt our little Sady. Him and his wife are great people and they love puppies as much as we do. I know they will take great care of our little Sady, and that's a big comfort to me. But it still hurts to have to give her away. Atleast we'll still be able to see her and can visit whenever we want. I know they will love her and enjoy her as much as we have. Tonight is our last night with Sady, and I may let her sleep in bed with us again like we did when we first got her... after a good bath, of course. I'm dropping Sady off with my friend tomorrow, and it's going to be so hard for me to do.

We're going to miss you Sady. You've been a wonderful little addition to our family and we're greatful to have had a dog like you. I know you'll be very well taken care of! We love you Sady!

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