Family pets bring so much joy for hopefully many years, but losing them really, really hurts.
Today the Olsen family lost our baby girl Sandy.
She’s the little girl in the background behind our other dog, Charlie.
This is the most recent picture I have of her besides the one I took of her today short before she went to doggy heaven. This was taken in October at the dog park.
She was 12 years old and lived the best life a dog could live. Mom and I had a feeling all weekend that she may be dying when she wasn’t barking at the garage, snipping at strangers, etc for the last couple of weeks. This morning (Monday) she could not even lift her head off the ground. The vet didn’t open til 7:30, so until then I just held her and cried because I had a feeling when we went to the vet he’d have bad news. Dad had JUST left to go on a business trip a couple hours before, so it was up to me and mom to handle this one. 90 minutes in the vet proved that her liver was failing and she had a tumor. We didn’t even have to make a choice about what to do. She was hurting and knew she couldn’t live like that. We chose to stay with her and hug and pet her while she went to sleep. She was very peaceful and never knew what hit her.
I haven’t lost a close pet since I was 10, but this one hurts so much more now that I’m an adult. I know it was time for her to go, but we’re just going to miss her around SO much. I never would have imagined that I cry this much over a dog; however, I am very glad that her passing was not a long drawn out ordeal, and that me and mom were able to get off work and be there together with Sandy.
The only positive of the day was going to the mall to get our minds off of Sandy and finding the most gorgeous dress for my mom to wear at my wedding. IT IS STUNNING and she got SUCH a deal.
Invitations are stuffed and being dropped at the post office tomorrow morning before work. A few more will go out later this week because I’m still waiting on a few addresses.
This wedding is really coming together. Jamie and I are still over the moon with happiness and eagerness to be husband and wife.
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