Thanks, friends, for your kind words of comfort.
Sadie was born in our house, one of a litter of 15 puppies that Lindsay's dog Samantha gave birth to 8 years ago. She would have been 9 this year.
It will take us a while to get used to not thinking about her - I found myself at dinner last night thinking about needing to feed her. She was always ready to go out with me to feed horses, though if it was cold she'd wait up by the house!
I'm washing up her food bowls this morning. I don't want to have Rachel do that. I am leaving out her jar of doggy treats - Kamryn loved to give her those. We'll share with our canine friends who come for visits.
I've always said that I'm not a 'pet person;' that I was busy raising kids and that we had pets because of the kids. Those things in a sense are true, but I've loved our dogs, and will feel the loss. For the first time in nearly 15 years we are without a dog.
A few have asked whether the person who hit her stopped. No, they did not. Our neighbor stopped when she saw her and let us know, then called her daughter, also a neighbor, who is a vet tech. She gave us good advice, gave pain relief for Sadie, and the vet said that she wouldn't have done anything different overnight either.
Thanks again for all your kind words and prayers. We are appreciative.