Im Coming Home : Across The Rainbow Bridge

It wasn't until January that we realized just how empty our home could feel without our four legged best friend.

You see Sadie was the epitome of the "Marley & Me" story. She was 6 months old when Andrew and I met and we watched her grow old as she watched our lives grow. I never envisioned a time without her; and here we are 12 years later, little did we know how much of an impact her life would have on ours and those around us.


She was a whopping 85 pounds, of pure cuddly teddy-bear-ness in a large pit bull body. Often time the stares or the "oooh not a pit bull" would catch eye rolls from across the room. But anyone who met Sadie knew she was more human like than something to be feared. For us it felt like we were breaking the mold, showing people its not about the breed but about their owners and life that can make them who they are. For us, it was also pride that we raised a sweet and gentile member of our family.


Like any aging being she had her moments when we knew her time was getting shorter and shorter. Her gate was slowed, her ability to welcome us home with excitement slowed to a tail wag from her bed. The final two weeks we spent in bed with her on our Nuggets, crying and avoiding the inevitable. You see cancer has a way of doing that, shattering the future and all the plans you had, especially when that cancer is incurable. Like any loved one it felt no different, except moments of silence and tears unbearable as we are unable to have her communicate her needs. We had to make tough decisions for her. We said our goodbyes in our home, which was the most bittersweet experience. We found Compassionate Heart to work with us for saying our final goodbyes in home. Dr Rachel Fluegge arrived and was truly compassionate and allowed our time to feel that much more special.


Allowing your pet to peacefully transition in home is the most humane final act of love you can give. Not having to drive her one last time, not having to come home alone without her. So many reasons to allow her to feel loved and transition over the rainbow bridge in peace. Compassionate Heart also offers cremation with the ashes dispersed over a memorial butterfly garden at the Hinsdale pet cemetery.


Although our time with our sweet Sadie was far too short, we hope that others find comfort in knowing there are peaceful transitioning options for your pet.


A Bridge Called Love

It takes us back to brighter years, to happier sunlit days and to precious moments that will be with us always.

And these fond recollections are treasured in the heart to bring us always close to those from whom we had to part.

There is a bridge of memories

from Earth to Heaven above…

It keeps our dear ones near us

It’s the bridge that we call love.



We will love you forever sweet Sadie girl.





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