An Unexpected Sadness.

Last night was a typical night at the The Lyon Residence. After dinner, Mr. Sweet Greens played on the floor with our dogs, Lilly {Old English Bulldog}, Sadie {Miniature Schnauzer} and Noodles {Pug}. After they played, all three dogs retired to their favorite spots to chew on a doggy snack.

This morning, when Eben and I went downstairs for breakfast, we let the dogs outside. Lilly and Noodles about knocked me over to get out the door, however there was no sign of Sadie. This isn’t unusual however, because Sadie is a 12.5 year old dog who lost her hearing a couple of years ago. I spotted her sleeping underneath the dining room table, snug as a bug. When I reached down to nudge her, I was overcome with grief and sadness as I realized that she had passed away.

Needless to say, today has been a very sad and exhausting day for The Lyon Family. It has been nothing but tears and sadness.

Sadie was a lovely little dog with a heart of gold. Mr. Sweet Greens gave her to me the first year that we were dating. She was the perfect, 1st Hanukkah present. Up until today, she was always full of love and ready to go on a walk at a moment’s notice. She was definitely the alpha female in our household and Lilly especially loved her. They went everywhere together and loved to sleep snuggled together in their doggy bed. Lilly would spend countless hours grooming Sadie, and Sadie would quietly and contently allow her to do so. When Lilly realized that Sadie had passed away, she sniffed her several times and then moaned a few times. She has been wandering around the house all afternoon looking for Sadie. It is heartbreaking.

I have nothing but love, gratitude and lovely fond memories of my sweet little dog. Memories such as the time she spent the day in my step-father in law’s mail truck {he is a postal worker}. Or the night that she pushed Mr. Sweet Greens’ father out of bed. {She always was a bed hog}. I will also remember that she loved to wander, sniff and roll in anything that was rotten or deceased. Sadie was a lover and a snuggler, who wanted nothing more than to snuggle up on your lap for the afternoon, which was fine with us.

I want to thank you, Sadie, for making our family complete. You taught me what it was to love an animal unconditionally. You taught the importance of friendship and love. You made me laugh and smile and reminded me that life is full of fun, whether you are laying the sunshine, running in the park or sniffing every flower in your wake. I love you.

In memory of Sadie Lou Lyon.
July 14, 1998 – February 23, 2010.


I would like to thank everyone who sent their warm wishes, kind words and thoughts to us. We really appreciate your love and supporting during this difficult time.
Thank you so much.
Sweet Greens.

16 Responses to An Unexpected Sadness.

  1. Amy / Handmade Evolution February 24, 2010 at 12:35 am #

    so sorry to hear about sadie πŸ™

  2. Allie February 24, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    oh, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We lost our beloved Dodger (at age 14) this past summer. Our furry companions truly do make life complete. Here is a link to a story my friend Pam posted for me when Dodger died – it gave me some comfort:

    Take care, I’ll be thinking of your family and keeping you in my prayers. Hugs, allie

  3. Danielle February 24, 2010 at 12:55 am #

    So sad for your loss, Jennie. I hope those happy memories you mentioned bring you healing.

  4. jengd February 24, 2010 at 1:16 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear about Sadie!

  5. Anonymous February 24, 2010 at 1:27 am #

    I just can’t express how sorry I am that your little fur baby has moved onto the next phase of her lifecycle. I have been there too many times and know how it feels. My eyes are full of tears for you. Hugs to you and your family! xoxo

  6. Richard & Natalie February 24, 2010 at 2:12 am #

    Jen, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Its amazing how our pets become such a part of our family that we don’t really understand what a hole they fill until they are gone. I hope the good memories give you comfort and remember I’m thinking of you and will keep you in my prayers.

  7. Tuesdays with Lily February 24, 2010 at 2:14 am #

    πŸ™ I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I was reading this and tearing up because I know how much animals can affect our lives because they are truely part of our family. Thinking of you and your family during this time.

  8. Jennifer February 24, 2010 at 3:18 am #

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Schnauzers are such wonderful dogs. Your Sadie looks just like our Mickey. Wishing you and your family lots of love and comfort during this difficult time.

  9. Andrea H February 24, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Aww I am so sorry for your loss. ((big hugs)) for you and your family.

  10. Jenifer reshadar@gmail.com February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I know how pets become part of the family and that their deaths can be a huge blow. My grandmother died a couple days ago and so I share your current feelings of grief. I am glad that you have a close family that can help to share in and ease your pain.


  11. fashionfrugality February 24, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    Aww, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is absolutely like losing a human family member. πŸ™ <3

  12. Feral Moon February 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

    I’m so sad and sorry to hear of your loss. Shh sounds as if she were a wonderful dog.

  13. TheEclecticElement February 25, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    I am so sorry for your loss-I don’t care what people say, when you lose a pet, it’s just a horrible as losing any human family member.
    My heart is with you guys in your time of terrible loss πŸ™

  14. Bonita12 February 25, 2010 at 3:25 am #

    πŸ™ I’m so sorry. I know your pain. We put down our 12 yr old dog a few years ago and still talk about him every week.

  15. jc February 25, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    My deepest sympathies for your loss. My dog died 2 years ago and I cried like a baby for weeks.

  16. Sweet Greens February 28, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    Hi Everyone,
    I want to thank you for your love and support this week. You have made me feel so much better. Sweet Greens has such a wonderful community of people who love, care and support each other and I am grateful to be a part of it. Thank you for being the best readers out there.
    Sweet Greens.

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