Ashley is my best friend, and Cady was her world.
I was privileged to know Cady for a short while, and Ashley put her trust in me to photograph their last day together. Cady was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor after a series of seizures began. Ashley had gone to great lengths to give her the longest, happiest life she could. At one point, Cady needed cuddles on the living room floor, they brought the mattress in there and made the living room into the bedroom.
Ashley wanted to give Cady the best day she could, and so Cady was treated to a lunch fit for a Queen (chicken strips, hamburger patty, and French fries), and for dessert she tried peanut M&M’s for the first time (those were a hit!). Then we were off to a local hiking area to meet friends and family so they could say goodbye. While we were there, she got to enjoy a second dessert: a cake made just for her. Our last stop was to Starbucks for a Puppachino just for her. She visited with a few more friends and took a nice nap in mom’s lap.
Once Cady enjoyed one last sunset, we headed toward the vet’s office. Cady took her final breaths in the arms of her momma, one last snuggle, one last kiss. Since I could not do justice to describe the bond between Ashley and Cady, Ashley wrote this:
My Best Girl
I don't even know where to begin. I got Cady almost eleven years ago from a shelter down in Texas; it was love at first sight with the adorable polar bear looking puppy. I promised my grandma she wouldn't get big (even though her paws said otherwise) and we spent the better part of a decade loving each other the best way we knew how.
She taught me a million things about unconditional love and living in the moment--lessons that I didn't even realize you could learn from a dog. Not that she could ever be called 'just a dog.' No, she was my best friend, my constant companion and source of comfort. Cady loved her 'Lambie' and going on car rides: Destination Anywhere.
She would sleep through the night as the little spoon but would also stay up with me if I needed her snuggles. She had many nicknames (Shady Fan, Bug, Doodle, Noodle Head, Doe Butt...the list goes on and on...) and loved learning and performing tricks--anything to make her Momma happy. She brightened the day of anyone who encountered her and was your friend for life in exchange for some butt scratches. She was my best girl and I am so blessed to have been chosen to be her mom. Rest in peace, sweet girl.