Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sadie

I have loved many people in my life. No love has been as unique as the relationship I have had with my dog Sadie. I would say "our dog" but really she is my dog. She was rescued from a crack house in New Orleans shortly before the hurricane. She lived there with her sister Polly, a sweet dog with a homemade crop job on her tail. I'm sure the dogs must have sighed in relief after being removed from squalor only to tremble in fear during the hurricane. 

Sadie is a survivor. She was airlifted out of the City by a rescue group and sent to a rescue in the Bay Area. Sadie quickly became my emotional support animal within days of moving in. At first we joked about naming her matches or Brillo which are tools used to smoke crack. She was scared of her own shadow. She also came with a case of mange that was so bad, she had to be treated with medicine designed for cattle. 

Sadie was there through many study sessions as I plugged my way through college and graduate school. She laid at my feet when I lost my first pregnancy. She licked my babies as if they were her own. She never questioned why I used drugs because she never knew that person. She knows me as a person who loves her. She is curled up to me night now. 

I got a tattoo of her face long before the children. She will always remind me of the love we can give when we are given a second chance at life- hers and mine. 

6 comments:

  1. I love that story.Everyone deserves a second chance,but not everyone gets one..I am really happy to hear of that happy second chance story.I was raised in New Orleans and I know a lot about the hardships that came with Katrina,(even with the animals) so to read your story makes me smile..Thanks for the bright spot in my day:)

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  2. Thanks! Animals are the best.

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    1. I love animals- sometimes better than ppl

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  3. Where did you get the tattoo? I don't recognize it.

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    1. From my arm. Its a portrait of my dog

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