A farewell to Sedi

The Abandonada….

She was with us for eleven year

sedi_3We never knew where she came from or how old she was.

She showed up on our doorstep in Andorra, eleven years ago tomorrow, half starved, with a rope around her neck that she had, obviously, chewed off.

She snapped and growled at us when we tried to get near her.

She refused to leave and set up home on our terrace.

Andorra has a policy of not putting animals down so both the French and the Spanish would bring unwanted pets into Andorra and abandon them, often tying them to trees so they wouldn’t follow the family as they drove off.

She had decided on us as her new humans.

I told her she could stay but she was going to be picked (her shots), chipped (her ID), and spayed.

She agreed.

sedi_2She was feisty, playful, protective and independent.

She’d survived on her own, after being abandoned, and it showed.

She loved her stuffed animal toys, took herself off on walks without telling us but always made certain she knew where we were.

She loved to play with balls, ropes, sticks…. anything, both alone on the lawn and with her humans.  Her favorite toys were pine cones, and they fell from the trees just for her.

We took her on long walks, with a walking group, in the mountains.  I was usually in the lead and mon mari was usually in the back.  Sedi walked three times the distance of everyone else, running back and forth, checking on her two humans.

sedi_hiddenShe always ran off ahead, then turned to wait, whenever we walked.

She was always in the way… sprawled across the kitchen floor while I cooked or sprawled across the shop while mon mari worked.

Except when she went off into the woods and hid…..

She was boss dog in our house – and with every other dog she ever met.

girls_4I was never quite certain who was pack leader: me or her.

She had a stroke in October of 2009.  We didn’t expect her to live.

As I said, she’s a feisty girl.

Her back legs finally gave out – she could no longer stand without help or take more than a few steps without falling.

Her spirit stayed strong.

She will be missed.



Born: 1998 ??      Died: February 28, 2011


25 thoughts on “A farewell to Sedi”

  1. *hugs* what wonderful words you found for this truly great soul of a companion. She was a pretty girl too and she made a perfect choice when she decided on her new humans to live with. *bigs hugs* to you Katie I know she will be greatly missed tho she is romping free now.

  2. I knew this was coming and still it’s a shock. My heart goes out to you and ton Mari. She leaves a big hole in your life, as did Emma. You will be stepping around her in the kitchen for many months, even tho’ she isn’t there and you’ll be sad.

  3. Katie – I am so sorry to hear she has passed, and so soon after your other dog. She is beautiful. Bless your hearts for taking her in, giving her the love she so deserved.

  4. So sorry – each pet that shares our lives makes an important contribution to our happiness and well being, we mourn them greatly when they leave.

  5. Oh, Katie. I’m so sorry you lost both of your girls so closely together. The story of how she came to you is just heartbreaking — there is a special hell somewhere for people who abandon their animals. And a special heaven for the people who take them in.
    Such a beautiful dog. My heart goes out to you and ton mari at this time.

  6. Kate, we are so sorry to hear this… even though it might have been anticipated, it still is heartbreaking to read. Your eulogy for Sedi is beautiful writing, and explains perfectly your love for her. By your pictures, she was a beautiful girl, and by your sentiment, she was a top-notch pack member. I’m sorry for your loss.

  7. I am so sorry that you are going through this again so soon. You will notice such an emptiness in your home. Your beautiful words for Sedi are touching. She was so loved and cared for. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless.

  8. How wonderful that Sedi found you when she was abandoned, Katie. And I’m so sorry to hear that she is no longer with you. How lonely it must be.
    Lovely photos.

  9. Let Me Go
    We’ve known lots of pleasure,
    At times endured pain,
    We’ve lived in the sunshine
    And walked in the rain.
    But now we’re separated
    And for a time apart,
    But I am not alone-
    You’re forever in my heart.
    Death always seems so sudden,
    And it is always sure,
    But what is oft’ forgotten-
    It is not without a cure.
    I’m walking now with someone,
    And I know He’ll always stay,
    I know He’s walking with you too,
    Giving comfort everyday.
    There may be times you miss me,
    I sort of hope you do,
    But smile when you think of me,
    For I’ll be waiting for you.
    Now there’s many things for you to do,
    And lots of ways to grow,
    So get busy, be happy,and live your life,
    Miss me, but let me go.

  10. Thank you all for the sympathy, kind words and beautiful poem…. I’m starting to cry again just reading them all. She left a big hole in our lives… I still look for her in the mornings and listen for her during the night….
    Thank you for your thoughts.

  11. Beautiful Sedi! I knew she wasn’t doing so well and just now saw this. I’ve always enjoyed reading about your various dogs. I hope the new puppies help heal, but I know each dog is so unique. I really hope she’ll be waiting for you on the other side of the Bridge!

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