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Sweet Sadie: My Italian Greyhound Rescue Dog

Updated on February 9, 2017
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Linda lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. She has been owned by two Italian Greyhounds.

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Sometimes I look at her and wish that she could speak. Her past is a mystery, just a few sketchy details that tell little about her life before I found her. It would probably be more accurate to say we found each other because I needed her as much as she needed me. It’s like that with rescue dogs I think.

Sweet sadie is a two year old Italian Greyhound and I loved her from the moment I saw her picture. She was described as a tiny Iggy (that’s what they are called by Italian Greyhound fans) that was a sweet dog. I was told she needed a home where she would have her own person and not have to share them with other dogs. They said she just needed a lap to sit on and someone to love her. It sounded easy enough, but I didn’t want another dog, especially not another Italian Greyhound. Let me explain.

The Back Story

For 11years, I shared my life with Luna, a blue Italian Greyhound with white Irish markings. Luna was smart and funny. She was a manipulative little clown who knew how to get her way with me. In a previous writing, I’ve described the endearing and not so endearing characteristics of her breed so I won’t go into them again. You can read about it by clicking here.

Luna was the four-legged love of my life, but owning her was sometimes like being bound by a ball and chain. She didn’t travel well in a car and I didn’t know anyone who would let her sleep in their bed if I left her for a few days. So, I didn’t go anywhere that would mean leaving her overnight. We spent every day and night together for 11 years.

Luna was an active, healthy dog and the only time she was ever seen by a veterinarian was for her spay surgery and for the required vaccinations. Like many small dogs, Luna did experience two seizures after getting vaccines, but had no other health problems… until.

Late in 2013, Luna developed a cough and a lump appeared on her hip. She was diagnosed and treated for bronchitis and the lump was thought to be a sebaceous cyst. We treated it as such, but it only got worse. Three weeks later there were multiple lumps appearing and I knew this was no cyst. A return visit to her vet on Friday evening rocked our world. We were told the cyst was a tumor and it had to come out. Her surgery was scheduled for Monday morning.

Being slightly intuitive can be a curse. All weekend I was haunted by the feeling that this was the end for Luna and me. I watched her suffer and did all that I knew to ease her pain. Nothing was working and when she looked at me, I could see in her eyes that our time was short. She knew, too, and when she looked at me, I sensed that she was saying goodbye and telling me that it had to be okay for both of us.

Monday morning finally arrived and a chest x-ray revealed that Luna’s small body was riddled with cancer. Her lungs were completely filled with tumor and there was no reason to put her through the surgery. A few minutes later, Luna and I said our final goodbye and she was gone. She took a piece of my heart with her.

Luna's Journey

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Picked from the litter at 2 weeks of ageThe cutest puppy ever.  Look at that face.She had attitude and knew she was beautfulLuna, the profile of a divaThe look said it allThe cyst that was really a tumorOur last morning together.
Picked from the litter at 2 weeks of age
Picked from the litter at 2 weeks of age | Source
The cutest puppy ever.  Look at that face.
The cutest puppy ever. Look at that face. | Source
She had attitude and knew she was beautful
She had attitude and knew she was beautful | Source
Luna, the profile of a diva
Luna, the profile of a diva | Source
The look said it all
The look said it all | Source
The cyst that was really a tumor
The cyst that was really a tumor | Source
Our last morning together.
Our last morning together. | Source

Grief and Loss

The loss of my Luna was devastating. My home, once full of Iggy joy, was empty and I had a lot of time to think. I thought of all the dogs I had read about lately who had been lost to cancer and I wondered why. Dogs didn’t die of cancer when I was a child so why now? Was it the quality of pet food? Could it be the introduction of this foreign body called a micro-chip? Was it exposure to household chemicals and cleaners or flea and tick preventatives? I began asking questions and sharing Luna’s story on my Facebook network of Italian Greyhound lovers. My intention was not to solicit sympathy. I just wanted to start a conversation; to get others thinking about the reasons our dogs were dying of cancer at such an alarming rate.

Over the next few days, words of compassion, encouragement, and support poured into my message file. Some shared their own tragic stories while others simply said they understood my pain. One comment stood out from the rest. It simply said “You need another Iggy and we’re going to find you one”. I wanted to scream “No… no… no…”. I didn’t want another Iggy. I didn’t want another dog. It was too soon. I wasn’t ready. Luna could not be replaced and she would never forgive me for getting another dog so soon. I replied to the message and expressed all these things. I thanked the person for caring so much and offering to help but made it clear that it was just too soon. I still needed to grieve some more.

First photo of Sadie
First photo of Sadie | Source

Karma, Kismet, or Kindness

It had only been a couple of days since I turned down the offer of finding me an Italian Greyhound when I received a message with a photo attached. The message went something like this…

“This little girl needs a forever home. She is in Pennsylvania and we will transport her to you in Virginia. She is two years old, weighs 8 pounds, and needs to be with someone where she can be the only dog. She needs a lot of attention and love. Say yes and we will start arranging the transport.”

I looked at the photo of this little dog and it was love at first sight. Her name was Sadie and she was precious. I didn’t want her, but I couldn’t say no. Sadie had already stolen my heart.

It only took a week for her to arrive. Her fosters, Barb and Buddy, drove the entire seven hour trip from Pennsylvania to Virginia rather than using the normal relay transport. They said they loved Sadie too much to traumatize her with multiple transfers and drivers. And, they didn’t want her to spend a single night with strangers. I was stunned by their concern and dedication to this little Italian Greyhound they had rescued from an ad on craigslist just two weeks earlier.

They arrived in the middle of a snowstorm. Barb and Buddy, their three Italian Greyhounds, another rescued Iggy named Charlotte, and sweet Sadie. One look at Sadie and I knew this was meant to be. Call it karma, kismet, or kindness; it doesn’t matter. It was magic. With tears streaming down our faces, Barb and I hugged, knowing that for one of us this was goodbye and for the other, hello. You see, Barb loved Sadie too. She had only had her for a few weeks, but it was long enough to love her. Somehow I think we all knew this was bigger than us. It was something special. This was about strangers being forever bound as friends through a shared love of a tiny, 8 pound, four-legged creature whose primary need was love. Karma?

Looking back, I am still amazed at how Sadie came to share my life. I often wonder how the stars aligned or fate prevailed to make it happen. Was it my kismet, Barb’s, or Sadie’s? I’ll never know. Perhaps it was one of the other kind souls who were involved. Yes, there is more to the story.


Sadie's foster (Auntie Barb now) sent me daily photos until Sadie arrived in person.

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The Difference is in the Details

To really understand, you have to know about the kindness of the other strangers who are now friends. This all began with a forum post on Facebook. I had written about Luna’s seizures on the Italian Greyhound with Seizures page. There, I was introduced to Cathe who lives in Minnesota and is the administrator of the page. Cathe had been a valuable resource for information on dogs with seizures. When I wrote about losing Luna, it was Cathe who said “We’ve got to find you another Iggy.” Cathe had her own network for finding good homes for Italian Greyhounds and she contacted her friend Christal who lives in Pennsylvania. Christal has been involved with rescue (The Sighthound Underground) for many years. She also knew that Barb had a rescue that needed a special home. Once Christal and Barb agreed that Sadie was a good fit for me, Susan, who lives in Florida, was asked to coordinate the transport and she is a wizard at moving rescues across the country.

Are you getting the picture yet? Sadie came to live with me through the kindness of some amazing people who give of their time, money, and heart to animal rescue. Their lives are dedicated to taking animals from sad situations and finding them a forever home. Through their efforts, friendships are formed that will last a lifetime and the lives of countless dogs are saved from neglect, abuse, or kill shelters. I choose to believe that Sadie’s arrival in my life is a little bit karma, a little bit kismet, and a whole lot of kindness.

If rescue dogs could speak...

I said in the beginning that I wish Sadie could speak. I want to know what makes her so submissive. When she cowers I wonder if she’s been kicked or screamed at or if she was terrorized by more aggressive dogs. I look at her tiny body and think of her voracious appetite and I wonder if she ever had enough to eat before she was rescued. I have more questions than answers and only Sadie knows the truth.

Sadie’s little body tells me she’s been a mother. The vet records that came with her tell me she received her vaccinations. Her wagging tail and eager kisses tell me that she’s happy now and that should be enough for me. Still, I wish she could speak so that I could know what else was missing in her life before. I want to make up for what was missing. Instead, I am left guessing and doing the best I know how. I think that’s enough for her though, because in her own way, she tells me that she loves me too.

Sweet Sadie has found her forever home. She will never need to be rescued again. She is loved and will never know hunger or abuse again. She will spend all the time she wants in my lap and she will always have new squeaky toys to destroy. We will treasure each day we have together and tell our story to all who will listen. It’s an important story about love and kindness and the need for more people to get involved in rescue. Until backyard breeders and kill shelters are put out of business, there will be a need for dedicated and caring volunteers. So, if Sadie could speak, this is what I think she would say…

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Sadie's Message

“Please don’t buy a puppy from a pet store or a backyard breeder. Search for rescue groups on the web or in your local area. Spay or neuter your dog. There are too many unwanted puppies in the world already. There’s a dog out there that needs you as much as you need them. Please adopt through rescue and save a life. You will also meet some amazing people and make some forever friends.”

A Note from the Author

Sadie was the perfect dog for me and it was no accident that we found each other. It was an emotional journey though. I was not prepared for it, having never rescued before. When you consider adopting through rescue, consider also that the person who has your dog may also have fallen in love with it. It can be hard for all involved. Barb and I both loved Sadie. We had to work through the feelings of me taking Sadie away from Barb and Barb having to give her up. Ultimately, it came down to what was best for Sadie and that was to be the diva in a one dog home. Barb knew that and did the most unselfish thing of all. She gave Sadie up. As a result, she and I are bound forever by the heart of a little Italian Greyhound. We are sisters by different mothers and we are friends. There are many pleasures to be found in adopting a rescue but some come with an added bonus. Sadie, for all her smallness, has bound Cathe, Christal, Barb, Susan and I together and I will always be indebted to each of them.

© 2014 Linda Crist

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    Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

    Dear Linda,

    Thank you for sharing all about your "Sweet Sadie" ... how beautiful. This is truly a beautiful story of that unconditional love and friendships that are found when we least expect it. I am sorry about Luna. Your photos are so beautiful.

    Everything you have written is so true and I am so glad you have "Sweet Sadie" to love unconditional too. Our beloved pets add so much our lives and we certainly can learn a lot from them.

    Up and more and away

    Blessings to you and Sadie for a lovely long weekend ahead

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    Caren White 3 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

    I think our pets know how sad we are to lose them so they send us another pet to love. Last summer I had to put my beloved Maine Coon to sleep. I was devastated. Three weeks later, I saw an urgent plea on FB for a foster home for a blind senior cat who had been dumped and almost starved to death. Long story short, I ended up adopting her. She bosses me and my two cats around and somehow has filled an enormous Maine Coon sized hole in my life with her tiny body and big personality.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Sweet Faith, I have been away for so long and I am so happy to hear from you. Sadie has been a real gift and is the sweetest dog I've ever had. We are adjusting nicely. Thank you for spreading your light on my hub and my life. Hope you are doing well these days. I may not be writing much but I do think about my friends here.

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    Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Such a beautiful heart warming story! I have had my heart torn out more than once by dogs and cats. I have never had a dog for years because of death or relocating; etc which is harder with a dog and one I dearly loved that even slept with me but I could never get her trained for the pee pee. I got her in bad winter and she hated the cold snow and so I bought her papers and she would do her business on it but she just peed anywhere she took a notion and I just could not go on of course with that and found no way to solve it. She was a peek a poo, the best little guard dog you could want. I got her a very good home though that made me very happy like your friend did for you. ^^

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello OldRoses! I agree with you completely. I am sorry for the loss of your Maine Coon kitty. It is so hard but as someone told me, when one leaves, they take a piece of your heart with them but they leave room in your heart for the next. I sorta like that concept. You're an angel for taking a senior into your heart. Thank you for visiting and sharing your precious story.

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    Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    What a beautiful story! I too, would love to know my rescue dog's backstory.

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    Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

    I know you said that you did not want another Iggy, but it really sounds like Sadie is going to be a great member of your family. Take good care of her!

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    HappyMikeWritter 3 years ago

    How nice person you must be . I think you wrote it well and the message of your loved dog about not buying pets from shop but rather seek in rescue center made me smile. I also have a dog and also 2 cats which comes from rescue center. I would never exchange any of them at all.

    Thank you so much for sharing your loving, caring article and I hope many people will read it so they can see important message hidden in it :-)

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi rebeccamealey. Thanks so much for reading my Sadie's story. I wish that all these little rescues came with a journal of where they've been. The down side of that is that their stories would probably break our hearts.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey Dr Mark. I knew you would enjoy hearing that I had another Iggy You're right though. We are happy and taking good care of each other. She's a very different dog and that helps conquer the notion that I replaced Luna. Nothing is further from the truth. Thanks for sharing my new adventure. Did all your pups find their forever homes too?

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    HappyMikeWritter - thank you for the visit and for adopting your pets from a rescue group. I appreciate your comment very much.

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    A beautiful story, Linda, and Sadie is the biggest winner of them all. We recently rescued a ten year old Aussie, and she is a sweetheart. Yes, there are adjustments that need to be made, but bottom line is Holly is happy.

    Sending hugs to you this Memorial Day weekend.

    bill

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, my kindred spirit, I am so happy that you have a Holly. lol She's a lucky girl. Sadie is adorable and such a character. We're learning to share this house that we both think we're the boss of. Her story is not my best piece of writing but I haven't written in so long and I had a little time today. For this piece, the message was the important part and I hope that came across. It felt good to just sit at the keyboard and explore thoughts again. I hope to find my old writing passion soon. As always, it's a real treat to find you in my comments. Sending hugs to you and yours and hoping you are taking some down time to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day and having a little fun too.

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    Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Excellent, The hub is great but the story is even better. Long live rescuers!

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Eric. I'm rusty but the story felt important to me. I appreciate your visit and your comment.

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    Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

    Thank you for sharing your story and tender feelings about this. It reminds me of the National Mill Dog Rescue organization I have 'liked' and I follow on Facebook. Like you, a lady fell in love with a Greyhound.

    That Greyhound had been in a puppy mill for many years, never out of her cage. The dog was no longer able to produce for the abusive mill owners, so she and other unproductive dogs like her were to be put up for sale in an auction. This lady, Theresa Strader, heard about this auction. She knew puppy mills were purportedly bad, but wanted to know how bad and she wanted to rescue one dog. That's when she met Lily, the Greyhound. Lily had deformities from abuse, lack of food and confinement by chain. Lily had never experienced simple things like grass to lay upon or sunshine on her face. Theresa rescued 13 dogs that day including Lily. Lily died seven months later even though Theresa, a nurse by profession, did all she could do to help Lily recover. Lily's passing had such an effect on Theresa that she vowed to rescue more dogs so that she would not feel Lily's death had been in vain. Theresa incorporated the non-profit, National Mill Dog Rescue. Now Theresa, her staff and many volunteers work relentlessly to rescue dogs from puppy mills across the United States. They educate the public through their Facebook page about many things -- including the fact that 99% of dogs in pet stores are from puppy mills even though the staff at the pet stores are sometimes naïve about it. The NMDR Facebook pages also direct you to their web site where the rescued dogs are listed with photos and short biographies. To date, The National Mill Dog Rescue (of Colorado) have rescued, rehabilitated through fostering and then have adopted out (to thoroughly-screened homes) more than 6900 dogs.

    I'm happy for you that you found your Sadie and that you found her through your search for answers of Luna's passing. I believe your Luna will be very proud of your generous heart -- when she sees you again.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Pamela Kinnaird W ,,, wow! What a story. I have tears streaming down my face, both for the dogs that suffered and for the heroism of Lilly's rescuer. Those with hearts that big really are the unsung heroes of this world. As you related the story I could sense the tenderness in your heart and feel your compassion. That alone made your expression of joy for Sadie and I so, so meaningful. That you so very much. I miss Luna just as much today as I did in the first days after her death but like you, I think she is happy that her leaving left a place for Sadie to take refuge. I genuinely love little Sadie and promise her every day that she has found her forever place with me. I am so glad you visited my hub and felt compelled to leave a comment. You made my day. I will look up NMDR on facebook too and become a fan and supporter. Blessings to you. You have a heart of gold.

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, I believe in Kismet. You and Sadie were destined to be together. I know how heartbroken you were over losing Luna. It's never easy and the mourning never seems to stop. I'm happy you and Sadie found each other. You both have fulfilled an empty space in each other's lives.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey Sha! How the heck are you these days? Thanks for sharing my Sadie story. She's such a love. Like you, I believe in kismet too and I am convinced this little pup is a product of it. I think Luna approves too. lol

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    I'm good, Linda. How the heck are you? I haven't see you around. I think we're due for another rendezvous at the witch's tower. What do you think?

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    Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    Linda, I have missed your beautiful words! I cried throughout this hub both in happiness and sadness. I am so sorry to her of your loss of Luna (and will go back and read that hub.) but so happy you and Sadie have found each other! I understand about rescues as I have 3 kitty girls in my home now. I have one cat, like Sadie who has been a mommy at one point and has clearly been frightened, bullied or beaten. We lost our Finn (my only male) this past March an I am still broken hearted over him. Like you, I had the forums for support and a very close relationship with his foster mom. And of course, his sisters! This was a beautiful hub and I am so happy to see you here! Up+ and pinned.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Randi! I'm so glad to hear from you too. I've missed my friends here so much and I've missed writing too. I'm sorry I made you cry though. Animals just have a way of getting into our hearts. They are so innocent and give us so much. I'm a cat person too Randi but don't have any now. I've said goodbye to so many animals over the years and it never gets easier, does it? Sadie is a real sweetheart and is such a different dog than Luna that it never felt like I was replacing Luna. She would never have stood for that anyway. lol Thank you so much for welcoming me back with such sweet comments. Hugs coming your way.

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    moonlake 3 years ago from America

    We rescued a little Chihuahua last April and we often look at him and wonder what he went through. He never eats his food if we're standing by him. He runs in gets his food and eats someplace else. I can't just bend down and pick him up he runs but if I sit down on the sofa he will get in my lap. He is now very spoiled and runs the show around here.

    Sorry about Luna. I loved all your photos Sadie is a cutie. Voted up

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Moonlake, I can feel the love in your words. And like you, I wonder about the life of your Chi before you adopted him. He's a lucky little guy to have you to spoil him. Thanks for the visit and for your compassion. I appreciate the votes too but they are the least important. lol

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    MizBejabbers 3 years ago

    What an awesome, beautiful story, Linda. I think that some things are just meant to be, and Sadie was sent to be the new love of your life, perhaps even by Luna. I think these precious souls that we love so much do things like that. Years ago, I had a black cat named Sylvester that I adored. He had been a street kitten that the kids I adopted, and, despite a lot of money in vet bills, he was never very healthy. Then we acquired two solid black kittens that looked like baby panthers, and they all got along together. At age 5, Sylvester died, probably of a stroke, and I was broken hearted. Then Mr. B noticed a change in Seaball, one of the twins, now 3 years old. Sylvester had the habit of stretching out on my lap despite the fact that he was a very large cat, and all of a sudden Seaball started stretching out in the same position. He also acquired some of Sylvester’s other traits, including food preferences. I later read in my metaphysical studies that a beloved pet will stay around and share the body of another pet – share, not take over. Later when Seaball was dying at age 19, a little black kitten appeared on our back deck a month before he died. He is our beloved Tas, and we think Seaball called him for me.

    I’ve read this in several sources, and they advise getting another pet of the same breed within a month of the death. You can take this as a grain of salt if you wish, but maybe Luna chose Sadie, and they are together with you.

    I know that people think I’m crazy when I say this, but I’ve seen it happen in a succession of our cats in the last 30 years. I’m so sorry for your precious loss. When you hold little Sadie on your lap, think of Luna, too, and tell them that they are precious little souls. I think you are well-blessed, my good friend. You are special to the animal kingdom. Voted up+++ and shared.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Miz B...you have sprinkled sunshine on my day again. I don't think you're crazy at all. I know, beyond any doubt, that Luna chose Sadie for me. Luna had a sense of humor and Sadie is everything Luna wasn't and had wished her to be. Luna loved to sit on my lap but it had to be her decision, never mine. Sadie would be content if I just sat in a chair with her on top of me...forever. On those nights when I'm starting to feel confined because Sadie has been on my lap so long, I hear Luna giggling and saying "You always said you wished I would sit on your lap longer, Is this long enough?" So yes, they are both here with me.

    I loved your story of your kitties. I call them "walk-ins". Is that the correct terminology? I've always loved cats too and had dozens of them. When I had to put my beautiful Timber kitty down about 8 years ago, I postponed getting another. she too was one of those special souls that came in a season for a reason. lol I still so by the shelter occasionally to window shop but have not yet found the one that Timber would choose for me. I will know them when I see them. It's hard to leave them all there in the shelter but I can't save the m all and I know there's one who is looking for me.

    Thank you so much for being my friend and for always putting life in a broader perspective. Sending hugs your way!

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    Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

    Hi, just getting back! Yes, all of them found homes and we had a bunch of people in line waiting. That is the way it should be for all dogs and puppies--more homes than puppies available. Thanks for remembering them.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    DrMark, I will never forget your kindness when I was dealing with Luna's illness and loss. You expressed that you wished you could send me a puppy. It was the thought that meant so much.

    I don't know how it is in your area but here, the situation with Pits is nothing less than horrible. I looked at my local shelter's web site this morning and about 85% of the dogs they have for adoption are Pits or Pit crosses. There are few responsible breeders (if any) here. Most are gangsters breeding without care or concern in an attempt to get that one bad-ass dog for fighting. The rest get chained to a porch and neglected or turned loose to be picked up by animal control. It is maddening. They are the most misunderstood and mistreated breed of all.

    So, thank you for the good news!!!!

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    Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

    I am so sorry you lost your dog to cancer and the same thing happened a few years ago to my mother's dog. The cancer came on quickly. I fully agree that finding a dog or a cat from a rescue group is the way to go. I am happy you received a little miracle to love who needed you as much as you needed her. This is a heart touching hub. I love dogs and cats.

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    MizBejabbers 2 years ago

    @ Moonlake, your story is similar to our Cici, an ocicat we adopted from a veterinarian's office. She had been surrendered because "the dog was here first" and she and the dog didn't get along at all. At first, she acted similar to your chi. For months she ate very guardedly and was a greedy little thing. At our house she gained weight rapidly and now weighs almost 12 lbs. We've had her for 14 months now and noticed that after the first 9 months her eating habits began to change. She now will walk off and leave food in her bowl, and she doesn't try to run off Tas, our other cat. At first she hissed and slapped at him if he approached his own bowl to eat. Now we feed them dry food from the same feeder, although any canned food gets put in individual bowls.

    Just give your little fellow time, and he will develop the confidence to eat with the rest of the family. He was probably starved out by larger animals like Cici was.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Pamela, thank you so much. I hate to hear these stories of loss of a beloved pet. They give so much and when cancer strikes, it seems we can do so little for them except help them cross the bridge without suffering. Sadie is my little angel dog and something tells me Luna had something to do with our finding each other. Thank you for your sweet sentiment.

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    Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This is such a beautiful story, Linda. I am so glad that Sadie found her forever home with you and that other people were so generous in their actions so that she could come to you!

    Like you, I am very concerned about the high incidence of cancer in dogs and in finding the reason for this. I'm sorry that you lost Luna to the disease. One of my beloved dogs also died of cancer and one of my sister's did too. I wish the cause or causes of the disease could be found and avoided.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Alicia, thank you so much. Your kindness means a lot. I am sorry that you and your sister lost dogs to cancer too. It is horrid. Sadie has been a dream dog and I can't even allow myself to think about losing her. Oh they have a way of getting into your heart, don't they?

    I'm going to write more about cancer in dogs. I'm no expert but I just can't help but think it is environmental exposure to so many household chemicals and commercial foods. We HAVE to find out, don't we?

    Again, thank you for taking time to read about Sadie and sharing my joy. She's a real joy and a real gift.

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    Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

    Since Sadie is only two, you have a good opportunity to put her on a whole natural diet. No, I am not talking about that commercial junk that the companies advertise as "natural". It is not. If you want to feed her correctly, read my hub about the paleo diet, and if you want to get into it more deeply read the books by the Australian vet Ian Billinghurst (or Dr. Lonsdale, another Aussie).

    I cannot promise you that this is going to prevent her from getting cancer, but it might, and there are a lot of other benefits. As you know, IGs are prone to periodontal disease and a diet based on raw meaty bones helps clean the teeth. (I have another hub on this with some illustrative pictures.) Her skin will be healthier too, but you do not mention if she has housetraining issues, like so many IGs. The diet is not going to help with that!

    No idea on the household chemicals. I think dogs are exposed a lot more than they used to be, but unfortunately all the evidence is anecdotal.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Dr Mark - I have looked at raw feeding and to be honest, I am intimidated by the whole process. I don't know why. I'm going to read your hub and I will also check out the books you referenced. I know I need to embrace raw feeding.

    Sadie came to me eating Canidae Pure Pro grain free kibble supplemented with Weruva wet food. I haven't changed that yet because she loves it and her poop is so healthy. Thankfully, Sadie has great teeth (unlike most IG's). But, I am brushing them and have had my Vet check them. Housetraining, oh gosh, I don't think there is an IG on the planet that is really housetrained. Is there? Sadie does great about 98% of the time but that other 2%...well, like I said, she's an IG.

    I just keep thinking about all the chemicals that our four-legged friends are exposed to these days. Think Swiffer Wet Jets, air freshners, carpet freshners, etc. They all end up on the floor. Little paws end up in little mouths. I have no science to support my concern but I have stopped using anything that could end up on my floors and cause harm. It's the least I can do.

    Like humans, some dogs will just get cancer no matter what. I get that. My experience with Luna was so heartbreaking and I just want to do what I can to protect Sadie. She's such a sweetheart.

    As always, I appreciate your visit and your knowledge. Thank you for sharing yourself and expertise here. I'll be checking out your information.

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    Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Linda - I am so happy for you and Sadie. I remember reading the hub you wrote when you lost Luna. I don't understand this cancer thing either. Last November we discovered that my eight year old cat (otherwise the picture of health) had cancer all through his jawbone. I was shocked, horrified and of course grieved for a long time. It does seem as if more and more animals are getting cancer. So heartbreaking.

    But I am so pleased for you and Sadie. Blessings. Theresa

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Theresa, thank you!!!! I am so sorry about your kitty. Humans make their own choices and not always the right ones so I understand that humans can and will get cancer. But our pets....they are totally dependent on us to choose their food and their environment. We can't always control their DNA though, can we? It's just heartbreaking to lose one, no matter what the cause but cancer, I think, makes it especially hard.

    Sadie has been a dream dog. She doesn't replace Luna but she has made her own place in my heart. Thank you for caring!

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    Jessica Marello 2 years ago from United States

    Thanks for sharing your lovely story. My parents have a dog, but I personally have only owned two fancy rats, both females. Back in April we had to put our oldest one (almost three years!) down due to mammary tumors. While not malignant, they grow large and steal nutrients from the rats. Female rats are especially prone to them due to their mammary glands.

    She looked like a wreck when we put her down - she was losing weight, had trouble standing and moving around the tumor. Tumor removal is expensive, even for such a small animal, and she was so old we didn't want to take the risk. Now our surviving rat has two of her own tumors, and it breaks my heart to see them sometimes. Like you, I don't feel like I can own any more after these girls, but maybe I am wrong. Maybe I just need to meet the right furry friend.

    Voted up and shared. :)

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Dreamhowl. I apologize for such delay in responding to your comment. I don't know how but somehow I missed seeing it until now. I am so sorry about your rats. It doesn't matter what species, a pet is a pet and the grief is the same when you lose them. They do bring us joy and comfort so I hope that you have decided to love again. It's worth it.

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