On Monday afternoon, our wonderful friend and companion, Sadie, a flat coated retriever mix, passed away. Sadie was 16 years old and had been a part of our household for over 14 years. She managed to leave on her own terms. We had finally decided to have the vet come visit and help Sadie along. However, about an hour before the vet arrived, Sadie, surrounded by friends and family, took a big stretch, looked at Kim for the last time, and quit breathing.
Sadie was never “just a dog.” She was a gentle soul who loved everyone unconditionally. She loved her walks, was a great hiker (summitted several 14ers), a hunter, and a lover. She left us with many, many wonderful memories. We buried her in the Nottingham Family Pet Cemetery in Avon next to her good friend Bonnie. It is a beautiful spot near the Eagle River. There is a photo below of the sun setting over her grave. She will be sorely missed. I am a better person for having had Sadie in my life.
The photos below clearly show how much Sadie was an important part of our family. The bottom photo was taken recently. It shows Molly looking for Sadie, her soul sister, at the top of Mt. Sherman in Colorado. We know she is out there somewhere.