10 July 2020
Remembering Sugar Rae
This post is written for family, but it's about a situation that all families and pet-lovers eventually have to face. "Sugar" was a yellow lab who joined the Eau Claire (Wisconsin) branch of my family fourteen years ago. I'll let the family describe her in their own words, and I invite readers to share in the Comments setion their own memories and stories about the deaths of favorite pets.
"To those that knew her, she was the sweetest, most loyal, and unconditional dog.
She loved to "subtly" nudge u, so u would pet her; she loved playing catch, up until the end, when she could barely walk, much less run...
she loved sleeping on your foot, so you couldn't get up and leave her; she loved chasing the deer when we lived on the golf course; she loved getting her belly rubbed...
she loved eating the peanut butter out of an empty jar; she loved playing in the snow; she loved "smelling the roses" on her walks around the block...
she loved drinking out of the hose; and loved taking long naps, in what we will forever call "the Sugar Shack."
In hindsight we were fortunate to spend the last 107 days of Sugar's life with her, literally almost every minute of every day because we were in locked-down stay-at-home/teach-from-home mode. She got more walks than usual, petted more than ever, and was loved and cherished more than ever.
Her struggle to breathe was painful to hear and see, and that alone reassured us that her time had come. At the vets we wiped away tears, and Sugar bravely managed to stand for a final family portrait.
It's hard to see a pet suffer, and it's harder to do what we had to do, but we are reassured that she went peacefully. R.I.P. "C 'n H Pure Cane Sugar Rae Van Alvarez." U stole our hearts, and we love u. May we all learn more from our dogs."