Carla Cassidy Books – Don't Turn Out The Lights!

October 31, 2010

Ode to a Dog

Filed under: Uncategorized — carlacassidy @ 8:33 pm

I’m back from my cruise (more on that later) but came home to find our fourteen year old miniature schnauzer, Sabra wasn’t feeling well.  Intially we thought maybe she’d just missed us, but within two days I took her to the vet to discover she was in congestive heart failure.   We had to tell her goodbye.

As crazy as it sounds, I don’t think I’ve ever known real grief before.  I’ve thought about it, written about it, but this was the first time I think I really experienced it.

Sabra had such personality that I didn’t realize how much she filled the house with her energy, how much she made my husband and I laugh and how addicted I’d become to her very presence in the house. 

It has been a quiet, sad house for the last week, but each day is a little better.   I never dreamed how the absence of a furry friend could be felt so deeply.  I now know grief.

Anyway, just wanted to get that off my chest.  In the next couple of days I’m planning on blogging about our first cruise!  We had so much fun we booked another!

Take care and happy reading!



  1. I’m so sorry for your loss, my friend.

    Comment by Heather Snow — November 2, 2010 @ 6:44 am | Reply

  2. Carla, I just saw your post regarding your beloved dog. I understand how you feel. The 1st of September we took our giant Great Pyrenees and Golden Retriever mix into the vet with what we thought was a bug bite and instead found out he had bone cancer and within a month we had to make the hardest decision of our lives and that was to put him down. He was only 7 years old and it tore us apart. My husband and I miss him everyday and not a day goes by that we do not think about him. He was dearly loved, he was so big he was like a person. I would have never thought that an animal could cause me to grieve so badly but it is losing a part of your family. It is so hard.

    Cherrie Corn

    Comment by Cherrie Corn — January 4, 2011 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

    • Cherrie,
      I’m so sorry for your loss! Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my furry child. The vet called the other day and had a poodle that needed a home, but I told her I just wasn’t ready. Besides, my husband retired three weeks ago (and that’s another story – I now have a full-grown child home with me everyday!)
      Anyway – my heart is with you!

      Comment by carlacassidy — January 9, 2011 @ 2:31 am | Reply

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