Today is the day I said goodbye to Savvy. Savvy has been my companion for almost 12 years. He’s been trained as a service dog and a therapy dog, passed his Canine Good Citizen test, his Delta Therapy dog test, and proven himself a true ambassador for his breed. He’s done so much, but I can only cover a few of the joyful highlights.
Savvy has taught children about dog safety.
He was an avid activist, participating in protests against breed specific legislation and even attending California legislative sessions to stand against breed specific legislation.
He’s provided kisses at Chako’s UC Davis Kiss-A-Bull booth, and he even tried his hand at documentary work when featured in Beyond the Myth, a documentary about breed specific legislation.
He enjoyed his service dog work.
He also loved being one of Santa’s elves, delivering presents to those in need during the holidays. Some years he brought gifts to children; other years, he helped animals. Here he is delivering beds and other goodies to the Yuba animal shelter.
However, life is short, and all lives eventually come to an end. Savvy’s life came to an end a little too soon. He should have lived to a wonderful age of 15 or even 16, but Lymphoma stole the last few years from him.
There’s no right or wrong way to say goodbye to a friend. In my case, I focused on making Savvy’s last days as good as they could possibly be.
He got a photo shoot thanks to his good friend Joni Moore of Pawtography and Moore.
He went on small field trips
He took quick car rides to enjoy the sights.
He even visited some of northern California’s dog-friendly wineries
He slept in.
He even got tucked in to keep him warm on the chilly mornings.
He snuggled with new toys.
Savvy got special food from his friend Kris with VibraPet (chicken and steak, yum!)
Of course, he also got Hamburgers, since life is too short to always eat well.
His friends threw a party for him.
And, on his last day, Savvy got more hamburgers, with fries, and all the yummy junk food he could eat…
Before he took his final sleep, free from the misery of lymphoma.
Goodbye, Savvy, my friend. Follow your buddy, Joey, like you did when you were just a wee pup.