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A decade she was there
always watching me grow.

A decade she was there
through sunshine and snow.

A decade to laugh,
a decade to cry,
a decade to watch as her years went by.

Always a smile, never a frown,
she was constantly there whenever I'd turn around.

Wading in muddy rivers, racing through golden fields,
throwing snowballs for treats, catching unsuspecting birds for meals.

She was my protector, she was my friend,
she was my precious companion until the end.

Watching her brightness dim made the tears run dry,
and the limp took away that glorious freedom,
as each stumble and crash made the sobs escalate.

She was cradled in my arms until the her last breath,
her never ending grin lasting even in death.

Sadie May
Rest in peace, my friend.
This is dedicated to a very good friend of mine.

My lovely dog, Sadie, who passed away in the summer. If you watched me back then, I'm sure you can remember that.

She was with me for nearly my entirely life. We got her as a puppy, and was told she was born in May. So we just made her birthday May 1, and had her middle name as "May." She was twelve years old and still a rambunctious animal, which lead to her downfall. She jumped off of the old play set we have in our backyard from when I was still young, and landed wrong, causing her spine to become...well, messed up.

We watched her deteriorate for a month before we finally realized she wasn't getting better. She was in so much pain, her doggy smile was gone...and she couldn't walk because of the spine problem, so she was constantly falling down.

Sadie died in my arms on June 15, 2012, after being euthanized on a home visit by the vet. I don't think I ever cried as much as I did that day. I can still remember the feeling of her going limp, and the way her head rolled and her neck kind of did this crack when my dad tried to take her away makes me cringe even now.

I miss her dearly, but I'm glad she didn't have to suffer any longer.

I know this poem is totally off in terms of stanzas and rhyming and stuff, but really, I just typed. I started looking at old pictures just now, and got really teary and emotional. I had to vent a bit. Sorry.
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It's just so sad...I started to cry.

I am so sorry about Sadie, but you had twelve wonderful years with her at least, right? That's what matters, all the years you spent with her.

Rest in peace, Sadie.
Espada-Kitsuki Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw... the poor dog. I've always love animals, and this poem puts all your experiences with her beautifully.
PrussianPersephone Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you.
This was very sad. It's always upsetting when it's time for a pet to pass on. Really makes you realize how important they are in our lives.
PrussianPersephone Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. It really does. I don't want to think about when my cats will pass on.
Noah-Kun-666 Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand you how sad you must be. I've had many pets in the past 14 years, and I know what it's like to loose one. My whole family tells themselves- me included- that we won't get another pet because it's so sad to loose them, but about ten seconds later, "We're getting a puppy." or "We're getting a kitten."
PrussianPersephone Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My dad wants a new dog, but my mother and I are standing firm. We just can't deal with that, and we don't have the time to really take care of a puppy or dog now that I'm almost finished with high school and their jobs are taking over their lives.
Noah-Kun-666 Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know what you mean. We have three dogs at the moment, and I'm begging my dad to just give them to someone else, because I know I won't be able to handle them dying. It's only a matter of time, too. The oldest one is six now, and with her being overweight, it's only a matter of time. We've tried everything, but the weight just won't go down. Her pup is three now, so he's not too far behind. The youngest- a poodle- is two.
LilRedBird101 Jan 8, 2013   General Artist
My dearest sympathies. I understand your sadness. *Hug*
PrussianPersephone Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much.
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