January 17th was a very sad day

It’s taken me a month to write this because I start crying!  In January 2004 this little lady was given to me from my husband for a Christmas gift.

Sassy was born on December 8, 2004 and she came to live with us six weeks later.
Sassy was born on December 8, 2004 and she came to live with us six weeks later.
Everyone instantly fell in love with her!
Everyone instantly fell in love with her!  She was also the runt of the litter.

Due to the fact that it has taken me two weeks to get this far in the post I will just show you some of our pictures of her as she grew.  It’s just too hard to put into words what a special dog/pet/family member she was!!

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Sassy twelve years later!!
Sassy twelve years later!!

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Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

23 thoughts on “January 17th was a very sad day”

  1. Oh Rita and to think I was able to talk to her when I was there. It’s so hard losing our pets they become part of the family unit. Cry my dear friend. It is ok. She came into a warm loving home and was a very happy girl. Much love. Imagine me giving you a strong hug.


  2. I am so sorry to hear about Sassy… it is so painful to loose a member of the family. I dread and try not to think about loosing our 3 boys… I just hug them and pet on them a little more when those worries pop up. I want as many positive memories as I can get. I pray God will help you though this trial and bring you some sort of peace about it, even though that seems so hard. I am so sorry for your loss.


      1. I’m glad you have those memories. Our oldest puppy boy is already 8, the middle 6, and the baby kitty is 1. So I am taking lots of picture like it seems you did to keep these times with me forever. I hope the loss is getting a little easier each day, but she will always be in your heart 🙂


  3. Oh dear. Sweet Sassy was such a love and took good care if you. Tho farm life is a cycle nothing can prepare us for the loss of our special fur babies. Hugs!


    1. Isn’t it crazy how we get so attached to our animal friends and you’re right it is a cycle but nonetheless heartbreaking.
      I hope you are well and happy and would so love to see you and John again. I hope you are enjoying retirement as much as I am. We’ve so much to catch up on! Love ya pretty lady and hope to see you in the spring.


  4. Please accept my sympathy. I know how much your heart is broken right now and I am so sorry. It seems you were a very good dog mommy and I am sure she had the best life possible. Hugs, hugs, hugs.


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