~Sassy Sue Hendricks~ August 8, 2001-July 18, 2014

~Sassy Sue Hendricks~   August 8, 2001-July 18, 2014


Sassy's journey to the Rainbow Bridge came so fast. My daughter, Ashley, and I came home from a girls' day out and Jeff showed me a big spot of serous sputum where Sassy was laying, I just thought she had a abscessed tooth, so I immediately took her to the vet to get it lanced.  I couldn't see inside her mouth very well, but did see what I thought was an abscess.  Turned out to be a squamous cell tumor; aggressively fast growing (she had just been to the vet two weeks ago no sign of it), inoperable, and a horrible death, so I had to make the decision to send her to the Rainbow Bridge right then and there.  The vet called Jeff at home to tell him; I was in complete shock. 

When I was holding her after her strong sedative, she yawned and I saw the tumor.  I nearly fainted, she never gave me any idea she was uncomfortable.  Always so independent and such a happy girl.  They let me hold her for a long time while she was sedated, just feeling her breathing and little heart beat helped, but it was so hard.  Then I was with her as she passed.  

Jeff and I have had Sassy since 6 months into our marriage. She was as close to our child as second marriages at our age could have.  We will take her ashes to Jalama Beach Campground, she loved it there.  Daisy Doo is getting extra love, and when we are ready, we will adopt a little friend for her from the rescue where I volunteer. Arizona Pug Adoption & Rescue Network   www.aparn.org

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Comment by Di's spoiled kids on July 24, 2014 at 7:56pm

Yes it is so hard to watch one of out beloved pets leave us.  I stayed with all mine till the end, and it is so hard, but I think they feel us there, and it makes it so much easier for them in the end.  Or at least I hope it does. 

Comment by Konrad Jaschke on July 24, 2014 at 5:41pm

Yes I think everyone should get one of DI's knit pugs when a loved one goes on to the rainbow bridge.  I need to convince her to knit some non pug ones for my Jake and hopefully not too soon Abbey. :(

Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on July 24, 2014 at 4:31pm

For those who have messaged me about the darling knit pugs, they were designed by our own Pugslife friend, Di.  These were donated to the Arizona pug rescue for our last silent auction.  Here is Di's contact information: 


Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on July 24, 2014 at 4:28pm

Julie and Konrad, you shared words of experience and wisdom.  Thank you so much.  <3

Comment by julie foutch on July 24, 2014 at 11:32am

She was such a very rare gift to Pam and myself as konrad has said there have been so many sad chapters but,also many new ones as i know we all are very blessed to be able to share our lives with these precious four-pawed wonders.I need to say one thing,they are never really gone as they will live forever in our hearts and they will be forever by our side in spirit.

Comment by Konrad Jaschke on July 23, 2014 at 2:24pm

I am so sorry for your loss.  She was such a little beauty!  Having these little guys is so rewarding, but its so hard near the end.  I'm going through it again with my Abbey (non-pug) and just went through it with my Jake (non-pug).  Its really hard.  So many chapters of our lives are closing with new ones opening up.  

Give Daisy Doo a big hug!!!

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