That's my old "Sally the Cabana Dog" pictured above on Thursday afternoon. She loved to sit with me out in my backyard and watch the sun slowly set as night fall began. We've been doing this routine forever. On Friday night, Sally had gone outside around 10pm. I went out to check on her, and she was confused and had trouble walking. I believe she had a stroke. I got her back inside and she just slept without moving. She wasn't in pain, but I knew the end had come for my old 14 year old buddy. Or as Riley always called her, "old girl". I said my good-byes yesterday morning as I left with a heavy heart and headed out to Country Roads. I knew it was the last time I would see my old girl. Bryce was coming to get her to take her to the vet.
I'm not writing this post for everyone to feel sorry for me or sad. After all, Sally was fourteen and had lived a long happy life! I'm writing this to urge people that want a cat or dog to go a shelter or a rescue group. When I got Sally, it was less than a year after my divorce, and my other two dogs had died. I went down to the Seal Beach Animal Shelter. For some reason, Sally caught my eye. I was told she was found wandering around Main street in Old Towne Seal Beach. I went back home and picked up Bryce to see what he thought about adopting her. At the time Bryce was only 14 years old! Yes, my old girl was with us a long time. We made the decision to have Sally join our family. So the thoughts and message I want to leave with all of you is if you are looking for a family pet, a cat or dog, PLEASE go to shelters or rescue groups. There are so many dogs and cats just waiting for a forever home. And like Sally, they will warm your heart each and every day!