Sabastian's Love Story


I cannot express how thankful we were! You gave Joy some comfort. You took a weight off my shoulders. You gave Sabby the chance to stay with his Mom. I would like to thank every contributor of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund for your time, care, dedication & the resources that make this possible. That is true Love!!

SABBY'S OTHER MOM

A Letter from Sabby's Other Mom

Sabastian was coughing constantly...a deep, racking cough. Was I going to lose him too?

My wife Joy got through her final days (before cancer finally took her) by feeling the abiding love of our 15-year-old Lhasa Apso, Sabby, who stayed cuddled on top of her day and night. They had always shared a bond that went deep into their souls, but the sicker Joy got, the more it seemed they couldn’t get enough of each other.

We got Sabby when a friend’s Lhasa Apso had a litter of nine pups. He was the runt, but he was a survivor. Seven of his siblings died with Parvo, but he never got it. I think it was because he was destined to be our life-savior.

For the first few years, he did the normal cool dog things. He followed us everywhere & even learned to howl with us—his “pack”. He rode in a pouch attached to my chest. He always traveled with us. Heck, once he even got arrested when we went out whale watching & he decided he was not going to be left behind. So upon our return we had to ascertain his whereabouts & then go down to “bail him out”.

Then Joy started passing out. Whenever she did, Sabby would lick her until she regained consciousness. On more than one occasion, I think he saved her life.

Toward the end of her life, Joy was very tired & weak. Sabby seemed to know he had a part in giving her the comfort & peace to live on. So when he started hacking & we worried he had pneumonia or possibly congestive heart failure, I feared what would happen if they had to be apart.

With all the medical bills, we really couldn’t afford to go to the vet, let alone get any testing done. I was to the point of crying because I was so worried about him. That’s when Miami Valley Animal Hospital & Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund got involved. The x-rays came out fine & tests showed he had a respiratory infection. They began treating it that very day!

I cannot express how thankful we were! You gave Joy some comfort. You took a weight off my shoulders. You gave Sabby the chance to stay with his Mom. I would like to thank every contributor of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund for your time, care, dedication & the resources that make this possible. 

That is true Love!! 

SABBY'S OTHER MOM

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