Saturday, September 3, 2022

A Tribute to Sarah





January 30, 2010 - August 31, 2022



This blog post is about a very special Yellow Lab name Sarah.  From the day we adopted her from our breeder on June 21, 2015, Sarah traveled with us on every camping trip.  Prior to adopting her she had 3 litters and 18 puppies.  She made friends wherever we went.  Sarah would rollover on her back and wait for me to notice.  She wanted a foot tummy rub.  She loved them.  Last night I gave her last one.  Today started like everyday.  Getting up, feeding her, giving her pieces of banana, and putting her out.  The only thing on our mind was tomorrow mornings surgery to have a Spindle Cell Sarcoma removed from her left side.  I think deep down we thought it was cancerous and hoped the surgery would say different.  At noon today she had a major seizure.  I held her and tried to comfort her. She struggled to stand up and then started wandering around the house.  She was lost.  Attempts to touch her were met with a move in a different direction.  We  struggled to put her collar and leash on.  She didn't want to leave the house. We rushed her to the Vet Hospital.   She stood or sat the whole ride and we could tell she was stressed.  Every time she got in the car or truck she laid down and rarely got up.  They gave her an IV and discussed several options.  We decided that we didn't want her to suffer and at 1:42pm she slipped away peacefully.  We were so looking forward to a successful recovery from surgery and another trip to Galveston Island State Park in a couple of weeks.

Sarah's first camping trip was Mounds State Recreation Area on August 17, 2015.  Sarah went on 38 camping trips with us.  She camped in 32 states and two Canadian Provinces (Ontario and Quebec).  Her favorite places to travel were Texas, 7 trips, Montana 3 trips, Wyoming 3 trips, Colorado 3 trips, Michigan 3 trips, and Maine 2 trips.

June 21, 2015 Father's Day.  Just after we brought her home, almost 5-1/2

Sarah's first camping trip to Mounds State Recreation Area, August 17, 2015

October 3, 2021, Susan B'Day


Vermont - 2015

Hailey & Harper

Green River Lakes, Wyoming, Square Top Mountain, approximately 2016

Devils Lake State Park, Wisconsin, 2016

Pictured Rock National Lake Shore, 12 Mile Campground 2016

Posing for Holy Pictures

Camping Galveston Island 2019

May 3, 2020

Paradise Divide looking out over the Slate River Valley above Crested Butte, CO in 2020

Flathead Lake State Park, Finley Point Unit, Montana, August 17, 2021
February 4, 2022, Carmel, Indiana

Hailey & Sarah, July 4, 2015

Hailey & Sarah, October 31, 2015

Sarah at Galveston Island State Park - 2016

John, Hailey & Sarah at the school, January6 21, 2017

Galveston Island State Park - 2018

John, Heather & Harper at Charlestown State Park - 2017

Lillian & Mack, September 17, 2017

Getting ready for Halloween, October 31, 2017

Galveston sunrise March 2022

May 30, 2019 Ontario Canada

September 19, 2019, Montana

October 4, 2019, Douglas Lowry Cabin, Montana

Texas Hill Country - 2020

Yampa River, Colorado, September 2020

Near Lake City Colorado September 2020

Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado, October 5, 2020

Christmas Day, December 25, 2019

Lillian, Mack, & Lennox, April 18, 2020

Galveston, TX - 2019

Hailey & Harper - July 12, 2021

Red Cliff Campground, Montana, Gallatin River, August 2021
Keeping a watchful eye on me while I was fishing

Hailey & Sarah, October 16, 2021, at John's

Galveston sunrise - March 2022


The week before we headed to the Dunes. Our daughter and grandson stopped by to put Sarah out and visit while we were in southern Indiana for the day., August 2022

                This was Sarah's last trip to Indiana Dunes State Park and Dunes National Park, August 2022

 Sarah waiting for me to bring her food out.

Some time with her blankie