Sunday, February 01, 2009

My Sweet Sally Jane

I've had a black corgi for almost 5 years and have loved her so. She died early this morning. I noticed this past week, she just wasn't her spunky happy dancing self. She would always greet you with with a wagging tail and my husband said she looked like she was dancing. She was so sweet, very loving. But when I realized something was terribly wrong with her, I quickly took her to the vet. He said either someone poisoned her (I really can't image this happening because she was just too sweet to everyone) or she got a hold of a rodent that had ate rat poison. I so hoped she would make it and while I will miss her dancing self, I'm glad she's not suffering anymore. Yesterday, I noticed she hadn't eaten anything and her breathing seemed hard. I checked on her all night and this morning she seemed to be resting, but when I went back into the room to check on her I could just tell...

I had wanted a corgi for as long as I can remember first seeing one at Tasha Tudor's home and in her books. The first time I saw the add for her it read, free to good home, mom is a brown corgi and dad is a black wandering dog. I instantly fell in love with her. She was so cute and rolly polly. I pondered on what to name her and Sally Jane just seem to fit, but we always just called her "girl". It's funny how attached you grow to animals, like family. I will MISS you Sally Jane!!

Thank you to each and everyone that has left me such sweet and heartfelt comments. I am so appreciative to you all!!


  1. So sorry for your loss. I know that you have many happy memories of your sweet Sally to remember her by. Take care of yourself.

  2. Dear Theresa, I am so sorry. Thinking of you. Debbie

  3. So sorry to hear about your loss...especially when so unexpected! Here's to you Ms. Sally Jean...xo...deb

  4. Theresa, How awful! My heart is breaking for you. It is so hard to lose a beloved pet but in such a sudden and too early way is much harder. She looks like she was a dear. Dogs are especially hard to say good bye to because their whole existence seems to revolve around giving and receiving love. We lost our 7 year old lab to cancer on New Years day 2 years ago, it came up suddenly and in a day she had to be put down. I'm glad it was quick for her but I sure wasn't ready. Losing a dog to aging is hard enough but a younger one is so sad. I hope you have the strength to find another dog to love, it sure helps. Animals are one of God's great gifts to us and dogs top my list. I will be thinking of you, Pam

  5. Blessings to you Teresa, I am so sorry that your sweet Sally Jane has passed. We have been through this with several of our pooches and it's always hard. I pray that you are comforted in her absence.

  6. My heart goes out to you. How horribly sad. It is hard enough when our beloved pets die of old age or illness, but poison is just senseless and incredibly cruel. I know Sally Jane got comfort from you in her last minutes and knew your love. You gave her a good life with lots of love and care. Good luck with getting over this.

  7. I am so sorry to hear of your loss! My prayers are with you.

  8. Ohh, dear Theresa. I am so sorry to hear about your little fur baby Sally Jane. My heart goes out to you.

    The Texas Woman

  9. Oh Theresa, I am so sorry for your loss. I'll be thinking of you today. I know you'll have happy memories to feel the void of her happily dancing around your feet. Many hugs and prayers are sent your way.. ~lynne~

  10. Oh, Theresa...I am so, so sorry.
    :( I can tell you loved her a lot. She knew it!


  11. Theresa, you are in my thoughts, and a tear in my eye. My Sadie Girl had the same thing happen to her about 2 years ago. Lucily my vet got to her in time, gave her a blood transfusion and saved her. It was a long recovery. My schnauzer will get into anything in the yard, they thought she got a mouse or bird that had gotten into poison. I know you feel like your heart has been ripped out. I will be thinking of you....I know you will miss her!

  12. Theresa...I am so sorry to hear about your dear Sally Jane ...I have lost beloved dogs and I know how you feel! Thinking of you - take care. Angie

  13. Theresa,
    I'm so sorry to hear about Sally Jane but so happy for her that she had a loving, happy home where should could dance any time she wanted... I'm sure she danced a lot having you as family to her. You're in my thoughts, sweet Theresa.

  14. Theresa~ I am so sorry. My heart hurts for you. ~Mandy

  15. Oh! Theresa I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. I know what you mean about being attached to our animals. My baby Otis is my best friend, following me everywhere. Sally Jane is in doggy heaven now resting. Take care and I'll be thinking of you.
    Here's a big hug for you from me~Lisa

  16. As I sat reading blogs this morning with my own Corgi, Coco, by my side, I came to your blog and saw the picture of the sweet dog. "Ooh, a dog story,"I thought. But the story wasn't a happy one and it made me quite sad to learn what had happened to Sally Jean, I think perhaps even more so since Coco was there "reading" stories with me.

    It's hard when you lose a pet and I'm so very sorry, Theresa, to hear that you have lost your dear Sally Jean.

  17. Theresa, I am so sorry about your "girl". I am sad and my heart is heavy for your are in my thoughts and prayers. The loss of a pet is like losing a family member. Our furbabies so quickly become a companion and friend, a part of our life and family. She will wait faithfully for you at Rainbow Bridge and join you once again. I feel your pain...


  18. I am sooooooooooo sorry to hear of your loss. Bless your hearts, I know it's so hard losing a sweet pet like that.

  19. Heartfelt blessings your way. Being a huge animal lover and rescuer, my heart breaks a little each time a beloved pet leaves a loving home. It is a beautiful thing she is no longer suffering and that she had warm hearts surrounding her.

  20. Oh, that is so sad! It should comfort you to know that you gave Sally Jane a loving home for so many years! I will be thinking of you!


  21. Theresa, you are on my mind. I am truly so sad for you. This "poem" came to my mind...thought you might like to read it.

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

    Author unknown...


  22. I am so sorry. Pets can bring such joy.

  23. I'm sorry for your loss of Sweet Sally Jane...:(

  24. Oh Theresa...I am so sorry! You are in my heart girlfriend!
    Big Hugs!

  25. Theresa;
    I am so sorry about, your dog. I know how diddicult this is.

  26. Awe...I'm so sorry Theresa. My heart goes out to you. Debra

  27. Theresa, I'm so sorry about your pup. They really do become such a part of the family and are such good company. I don't comment much, but I visit here almost every day to be inspired.

  28. Oh Theresa, I am so heart breaks for you. Wish I had magic words to make it all better for you.

  29. Oh, Theresa, I'm so sorry to hear about your dear Sally Jane. How awful. And she wasn't even old, which makes it so much worse. She looked like such a sweetheart dog.

  30. Theresa,
    I'm so sorry to read about your loss of your dear Sally Jane, its amazing how the right friend finds you and even in the short time they occupy your heart, they completely take over. You and your family are in my prayers.

  31. Theresa, what a tragic loss... I am so sorry!! I am sending you a big {virtual} hug!!

  32. Oh I am so sorry the same thing happened to our cat a few years ago, people need to just set traps not use poison, because of things like this. Lot's of Hugs so sorry. Diane

  33. I am so sorry about your sweet corgi. I have lost some sweet pets in the past & I know how hard it can be.

  34. Dear Theresa...All my love and a little doggy prayer for Sally-the newest angel in Heaven...Love Tiina...

  35. I'm so sorry. I know how hard it is to lose a furry friend...just breaks your heart. Focus on the happy and hopefully it will make you smile once again soon. Hugs!


  36. I'm sorry this is long, but I felt compelled to send it to you. I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my precious Pom, Cookie, a couple of years ago, and another little one last year about this time. I hope it helps. Vickie

    "Lend Me A Puppy"

    I will lend you for a while
    a puppy, God said.
    For you to love while she lives,
    and mourn when she is dead

    Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
    or maybe two or three.
    But will you, till I call her back,
    take care of her for me?

    She'll bring her charm to gladden you and should her stay be brief,
    you'll always have her memories
    as solace for your grief.

    I cannot promise she will stay,
    since all from earth return, but there are lessons taught below
    this puppy is to learn.

    I've looked the whole world over
    in search of teachers true,
    and from all the folks on earth
    I have chosen you.

    Now will you give her all your love, not think the labor vain?
    Nor hate me when I come to take
    my puppy home again?

    And my heart replied,
    "My Lord, that will be done."
    For all the joys this puppy brings,
    The risk of grief I'll run.

    We'll shelter her with tenderness,
    We'll love her while we may,
    And for the happiness we've known,
    Forever grateful stay.

    But should you call her back Much sooner than we planned,
    We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, And try to understand.

    If by our love we've managed
    Your wishes to achieve,
    In memory of her sweet love,
    Please help us while we grieve

    When our cherished puppy departs
    this world of stress and strife,
    please send yet another needing soul to love for all her life.

  37. Theresa, I'm so sad for the loss of your sweet dog - she had a beautiful little face! I know you must have loved her very much. I'm also sure that she must have had a very happy life living with you! She may be gone, but she'll never be forgotten!


  38. Dear Theresa, after seeing the long list of comments, I know you must be feeling some comfort and lots of love from all those whose life you touch... be good to your sweet self in these next few days and know that many are sending you love and peace... Your friend Linda

  39. So sorry to hear this!!! May she frolick in the stars forever!

  40. Hi Theresa, please know you are in my thoughts. Our "furry friends" as our jar on the counter at my store reads (we collect monies for the SPCA)are so special. I'm a big animal lover and rescuer and reading your blog brought tears to my eyes. Please know, as you must realize now, that many of us are thinking about you right now and hoping your heart isn't too heavy for too long. There is just something very special about animals! Take care, Sue

  41. Theresa, I am so sorry you lost her. I know exactly how you feel. Just two weeks ago we lost our little sheltie Justine. She was such a good friend. I also know what you mean about becoming part of your family. Please know that we are all praying for you. Loads of hugs, Patricia

  42. My heart is heavy for you, I know so well the loss of a dear pet, I wish you to find comfort in the memories of the joy she brought you. I am so sorry... Jacque

  43. I am so sorry Theresa for the loss of your sweet Sally. The loss of a beloved Pet is so hard, I will keep you in my prayers.


  44. Dear Theresa, I so sorry for your lost. We have 3 dogs and dread the day that anything happens to one of them. It is so hard to lose a pet...thinking of you and your family. Sharon

  45. We never have our beloved pets long enough. I too lost a special pet almost a year ago. I still miss him dearly. I am so sorry for your loss.

  46. i'm crying and i'll leave it at that.
    i'm sorry. i'll keep you in my thoughts. our pets are family too and we love them as such....
    take care theresa....

  47. Theresa, I am so sorry to hear about your little dog! She will always be dancing in your memories....xo Cindy

  48. Oh,dear, I am so sorry about your special little "girl". I know your heart is aching. Hope you can feel a hug from north Texas.

  49. Theresa, Just wanted you to know you were on my mind & in my prayers today... Pets do leave paw prints on your heart, but hopefully your happy memories will help your family through this. May Sally Jane dance in Heaven forever. Luv Ya, Jo.

  50. Theresa, Thank you for sharing with us about Sally Jane so we can be remembering you for your loss. I am so sorry she is gone, as our pets are such an important part of our lives. Please know I have prayed for you today. Sally Jane was adorable and I know you will miss her terribly. carrell

  51. Oh Theresa, I am so sorry. I was sitting here with my dog tied to my side as he barks his heart out at the carpet cleaner, right as I opened your post. Good or bad, they are our family and I am so sorry for your loss.


  52. I am so sorry to hear of your loss,Theresa. I know how much you miss Sally Jane. My thoughts are with you!

  53. I'm so sorry for your loss! Pets are our babies.

    Wanted to share this sweet story w/ you...

    A Dog's Purpose

    Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

    I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the
    family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the e uthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

    The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

    Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

    He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a
    good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The six-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

  54. Theresa, I am so sorry for your loss. The love our pets give is so special. Take care,


  55. My heart goes out to you and the terrible loss of your friend.

  56. I so hate this. No great words. But, lots of love your way. ~Mindy

  57. I am so sorry this happened!! Thinking of you!


  58. Oh Theresa my heart just breaks for you and your sweet little Sally. I sending hugs and prayers your way:)

  59. Sweetie, I'm so sorry about your Sally Jane. Our family has lost two pet friends this year, so we can relate. Take care!

  60. Oh, This is so terrible, I can't even imagine losing a pet over something that doesn't make sense let alone natural causes. My heart goes out to you and I know your pain. I'm hoping for the pain to subside in you and in due time you'll be alright soon.

  61. Oh Theresa,

    Tears are streaming as I write. I am so very sorry of your loss of your precious Sally Jane.

    Our sweet furry babies bring so much happiness and it's sad that their time in our lives is so temporary.

    When those sad moments come, remember her dancing and all your happy memories and take comfort from it....and from all the love and support of those around you.....just look at your page...

    Blessings my sweet friend....I pray this sad time passes quickly for you.



  62. So sorry to read about your loss and understand your heartbreak after loosing my beautiful lab Ben five months ago. I'm also a Tasha Tudor fan and always loved seeing her corgi's. I've never seen a black corgi before ~ Sally Jane is gorgeous and your post is a wonderful tribute to her.

  63. So sorry you lost your Sally Jean. I've always loved corgis too & thought if I ever get a dog that's what it will be. It's so hard giving up a good friend. You're in my prayers. Jan

  64. Theresa, I'm so sad to hear about your sweet little Sally Jane. We are all thinking about you. Take care.... Maggie

  65. I am so , so sorry about Sally Jean. Love that name and she looked like she was so cute. It is like losing a family member, I know. She was so lucky to have you!

  66. oops, I meant "Sally Jane" not "Sally Jean"! Sorry.....

  67. I remember her when I was at your house. I am sorry she is gone. She was your good friend.

  68. The memories will sustain you, thinking of you dear

  69. Hi, I can't believe I just found your post on Sweet Sally just surfing around different blogs.
    As a corgi lover, and rescuer,
    I am so sorry. A year or so ago
    I fostered a black corgi mix that
    looked exactly like Sally.
    She'll remain with you always, in
    your heart. I subscribed to your
    blog as well, as it looks very
    Please write if you need to talk
    about Sally - I'm a good listener.
    Linda in Connecticut

  70. Me too...I know how sad you feel right much you miss that activity from the corner of your eye that was always going on. Sally Jane seems to have had the most loving home...with loving parents...all animals should be so lucky....Judy

  71. Hello Theresa,
    I am SO sorry for the loss of your darling Sally Jean. I am a huge animal lover, and a firm believer that they are just the best thing that ever happened to us poor human beings... I am so, so, sorry and I hope your heart heals soon and I know you did the best you could for her, and she must have had a wonderful life while in your care.

  72. It's so hard when we loose our babies! I believe she was holding on until you checked in on her that final time. Susan

  73. My sympathy to you for your loss. It is always sad to lose a dear pet, especially under sudden circumstances.
    I do pet adoptions for shelter dogs in Montgomery County, and have two rescue pets of my own. You are in my prayers.

    Yours, Cathi

  74. Miss T, so sorry to hear about your doggy. I will be thinking about you, you just don't realize how attached you get to them. Much love, Lauri

  75. My dear T, so sad about your loss. Thinking of you.


  76. You have my heartfelt sympathy. It is so hard to loose a beloved pet who really is a family member. Try to let the good memories boost you up and keep you going.
    Jean in Virginia

  77. I'm so sorry about your sweet little doggie! She was beautiful.
    You and Sally Jane are in my thoughts.

  78. Oh Theresa..... I am so sorry your dear one is gone....
    She sure was a cutie pie..... so sad to see our furry family go..... sounds like she was very loved....

  79. Hey Sunshine. We are so sorry to hear about this. A year ago last week our Little Bear died and we still shed tears. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    J & J

  80. I am so sorry about Sally Jane. I know you must be heartbroken.

  81. Theresa, I just read this post and I'm so sorry for your loss... Sally Jane is so beautiful. I've been through this same thing with a few of my own this past year and I can tell you that time will eventually lessen the grief. I especially related to the fact that she was your "girl." My kitty who passed away last December was Mr. B, but to me he was simply "my boy." Comforting hugs to you... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

  82. Hi Theresa,
    I stopped by after you visited my blog and I wanted to say hello. Your blog is great and I really enjoyed seeing all of you photos and fun happenings! I'm very sorry for your loss of Sally Jean. She was adorable and I cannot imagine someone harming a poor innocent animal like that. I'd give you a hug if I was there.



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