In Memory of Sally (1997 - 10/4/2013)


Dear Sweet Sally,

I can still remember when you came into our lives. Sue and J.D. found you wondering around their neighborhood in Short Pump over 14 years ago. They thought you belonged to a neighbor but found out no-one knew who you were. They tried to locate your owner but couldn't.

So, I pet-sitted you one week-end along with their dog, Oscar. They wanted to know if I wanted to adopt you. I had Mats and Bogie at the time and they were both getting up in years. You seem to be fine with my dogs so I decided to keep you. You were the perfect dog for me. I couldn't believe someone didn't come to find you. You were already spayed, house-trained, youthful but not too energetic. Oh well, their loss was certainly my gain.

You were wonderful. You got along with other dogs and were always the first to meet and greet a new foster dog. You were neither too shy nor too aggressive. Thank you for welcoming the new dogs. You kept me warm in your younger years by curling up in my lap or my bed (even though you weighed 50 pounds). We miss you so much. I miss giving you carrots or cauliflower or tomatoes as I am making my lunch. I miss letting you lick cans of soup, etc. that I am using to make something to eat.

But most of all I miss the essence of you - always happy to see me, always trying to get up (even when you could not walk anymore) to greet me when I got home from work. I still expect to hear your toenails on the floor and I will always remember you!! I'm sure the dogs you know who left before you greeted you when you crossed over the Rainbow Bridge - Woody, Bogie, Mats, Oscar, Petey, Duce, Hampton, Sugar, Mya, and many more ...



I explained to St. Peter,
I'd rather stay here,
Outside the Pearly Gate.
I won't be a nuisance,
I won't even bark,
I'll be very patient and wait.
I'll be here chewing on a celestial bone,
No matter how long you may be.
I'd miss you so much, if I went in alone,
it wouldn't be Heaven for me...