Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Once again, the sadness has entered our life. Our little girl Sassy has died.

I had to put Sassy to sleep today. As she closed her eyes for the last time her face was wet with the tears that had fallen from my cheeks. She was a brave little fighter but there was nothing the Vet could do to fix the problems with her kidneys and liver that suddenly overcame her only a week ago. She was our little sweetheart for 11 years and filled our lives with joy every day. Tomorrow she will be buried next to her adopted mother Mocha at the Highland Pet Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. 

We adopted Sassy when she was only 7 weeks old, she was born in a Humane Shelter on January 15, 2003. She was the offspring of a pair of Rottweilers that had been picked up by the Kentucky State Police in 2002 during a drug raid near Bowling Greene, Kentucky. The drug dealer though the Rottweilers would protect his property but when the police came they greeted them like company coming to visit. Those two dogs were so gentle the police turned them over to the shelter for adoption and while there Sassy was born. Her mother and father were placed on a farm in Indiana. Here are some photos I took of her over the years.
This is Mocha on the left with Mo's father Nikko on the right.
Sassy had torn both ACLs when she was young and had surgery to repair them but over the years the repair caused her more problems which resulted in a long-time pain management program. All the while during her life she had a unique way of greeting everyone with a loud, happy Woo Woo call and I started calling her my Woo Woo Girl. 
Sassy's adopted mother Mo was our full-time papergirl and Sassy often accompanied her when she went out to pick up and bring in our newspaper. I thought that Sassy would follow in her mother's footsteps but she did not. Mo died in 2008.
May 20, 2011 seems so long ago.
And happier times, just rolling in the leaves.
I will miss you my little sweetheart and your sad expressions that always touched my heart.


  1. Oh Nelson..I'm so very sorry for your loss. My heart dropped & tears welled my eyes the moment I opened & saw your headline today. No words can ever make you feel better but take comfort that you had given her a good life and loved her with all your heart. I'm so sorry you had to make this sort of decision, decisions like these which I dread & fear always.
    God speed little Sassy...Nelson, do take care...

  2. I'm so sorry for your loss. I haven't had the misfortune of going through this with a dog yet, but my eyes well up just thinking about it. Sassy seemed like such a lovely dog, and you're both certainly lucky to have had her. RIP Sassy. Thinking of you all x

  3. Crying at my desk at work as I read your words. I am so, so very sorry for your loss. They do take a piece of our hearts when they leave and they can never be replaced. Beautiful pictures and beautiful memories. Thank you for sharing your Rotts with us.


  4. I'm so, so sorry. Losing a beloved dog is never easy. She was lucky to have had you in her life.

  5. I recently found your blog and made a comment in March on how beautiful your babies were. I now with a heavy heart read about Sassy... I cry With you... It is never ever an easy decision to take that final Drive, but it does need to be done. We took ours on the 13th April. Our Boy, Demon, was just so weak, would not eat and looked to us for help. 11.5 great years with the gentlest giant! I sobbed for 3 Days...
    I know the healing will take a while but the memories you have shared will prevail...

    Much Love
    (Demon's Mom)
    South Africa

  6. Hi, i'm from mexico. i found your blog and i love it how you share your life with your littles friends, i have one of 8 months and he stole my heart, i'm so sorry for sassy but i know that she is
    very happy in the heaven.

    Sorry if i don't write very well but i tried :-D