In Memoriam – Sadie

October 28th, 2020 by Laurie Brush

Sadie’s Story:
Sadie was born in 2008, but did not make her way to our family until early 2011.  Our family was thrilled to welcome in our beautiful, rambunctious new black lab, and she immediately became both a companion and an exceptional guard dog.
Sadie enjoyed opening the pantry and eating her favorite people foods, mostly bread and peanut butter.  She once opened a jar of peanut butter all by herself, although her family is still not entirely sure how she managed without thumbs.  In her younger years, Sadie enjoyed sneaking out the door when her young family members would open it.  She would run enthusiastically through the neighborhood before eventually returning for dinner and water.  Although she slowed down in her senior years, she still enjoyed a good game of fetch in the backyard.  Sadie was always thrilled when a bunny or squirrel would find themselves in the backyard, as it meant that the chase was on.  Although she never caught one of these small critters, she never stopped trying.
Sadie walked with our family through a marriage, the birth of a baby, a move into a new home, vacations, trips to the beach, and many other memorable and everyday events.
Sadie crossed the rainbow bridge peacefully at home on Saturday, October 24th, 2020.  Despite being diagnosed with cancer, Sadie continued to enthusiastically catch treats and play tug of war until her very last day.
She leaves behind her Mom, her Dad, and two sisters all of whom loved her more than they had ever loved any other dog before.  In addition to her immediate family, Sadie leaves behind two sets of human grandparents, as well as her best friend canine, Roscoe, who will all miss her dearly.
She was very special.

In Memoriam – Monkey Bair

October 20th, 2020 by Laurie Brush

Monkey’s Story:
My wife and I adopted “Dobie” from the Lake County Animal Shelter in Crown Point, Indiana only a few months after getting married. We changed his name to Monkey due to his unusual curly tail and his boundless energy.

Monkey loved being in the sun, chasing birds, destroying squeaky toys, eating snow, and long walks around parks and the neighborhood. He had a particular dislike for the rain and fireworks, both of which would set him into an intense tizzy. Every storm and Fourth of July brought lots of sleepless and emotional nights.

Monkey helped us grow and mature into being first time dog parents and, later on, human parents. He took his role as the protector or guardian of the household very seriously. We will always remember him as our “baby” and for all of the ear kisses he gave us.

Monkey passed away at home on September 10, 2020 after a lengthy battle with a number of chronic medical conditions.

Monkey’s final months and last day were incredibly difficult and painful, but they would’ve been much more so without the help of Dr. Hoss. She was patient, kind, and generous throughout the entire process. From the outset of our hospice journey, we always felt comfortable and at ease interacting with her. While words will never express our sentiments adequately, we truly valued her empathy, compassion, and professionalism.

Compassionate home care for your companions!
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