A 13-year-old dog has been grief-stricken since the sudden ᴅ.ᴇ.ᴀ.ᴛ.ʜ of one of her owners and stopped eating until she got to say goodbye, she took it as any grieving family member would.
Sadie, a 13-year-old dog, was raised from was a little pup by Andy Baillieu. Julia Beaulieu’s husband ᴅ.ɪ.ᴇ.ᴅ from a sudden ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ a few months ago. Beaulieu explained that Sadie was adopted into the family when she was just 8 weeks old and was as shocked as the rest of the family when her husband ᴅ.ɪ.ᴇ.ᴅ. When people came to take his ʙᴏᴅʏ away, Sadie tried to wake him.
“Once they stopped working around him, she came and she laid with him and pushed at his hand almost as if to get him to pet her,” Beaulieu said. “She was daddy’s girl — she was his and he was hers.”
Sadie was ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ, Sadie lost about 10 pounds after just ten days of Andy’s ᴅ.ᴇ.ᴀ.ᴛ.ʜ. Every day, the dog would wait at the window of their home to see if her dad was coming home from work. “She was so ᴅɪsᴛʀᴀᴜɢʜᴛ and ʟᴏsᴛ. Around 2:30 or three o’clock she’d listen for his truck, she’d go stand at the window and look. She was waiting for him to come home.”
So when it came time for her husband’s memorial service, Beaulieu brought Sadie along, so the dog could say goodbye. She did not eat anything until she said goodbye and got closure from her dad’s ᴄ.ᴀ.s.ᴋ.ᴇ.ᴛ. “She hadn’t eaten since he ᴅ.ɪ.ᴇ.ᴅ, so I thought by letting her see inside the ᴄᴏꜰꜰɪɴ and seeing him there, maybe it was going to give her some closure as it did for me,” she said.
“I let her stand up and look [in the ᴄ.ᴀ.s.ᴋ.ᴇ.ᴛ] and she had almost a look of shock on her face. She stood there… and was quite puzzled by it and then she just seemed to relax and just stood there with me.”
A photo of Sadie and Julia at the ᴄ.ᴀ.s.ᴋ.ᴇ.ᴛ reveals a tender and heartbreaking scene.
“It really showed the connection between humans and their pets and how tight it is,” Jeremy May of Elements Cremation said. Having dogs at funeral services is a growing trend, May said. “They’re family,” Beaulieu added