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Case of the Month

Loveable Sassy.

Loveable Sassy.

Robert Ogle will never forget the day he first saw Sassy. About ten years ago he was at a dog pound looking for a companion for himself and his girlfriend. As he strolled through the facility, he noticed a dog with a bad hind leg and a woman and her daughter standing in front of the kennel. The daughter said, “I want that dog,” but the mother replied, “You don’t want that one, it’s crippled.” So Robert loudly declared, “That’s good because that’s the dog we’re going to take.

It was one of the best decisions he’d ever made in his life. Sassy was a wonderful, little Sheltie whose eyes glowed with love and intelligence.

“She was a dog among dogs,” remembered Robert. “She was completely loveable and friendly, just a fine dog.”

Even the raccoons who lived in Sassy’s back yard in Silverado agreed. Robert would watch Sassy trot over to the back screen door and wait while raccoons would toddle on over to her. They’d stare at each other nose to nose through the door and none of the animals made a move on each other. After a few friendly sniffs all the animals move on to other pressing activities. Robert was amazed because he knew that if the raccoons really wanted to, they could have hurt Sassy.

Sassy was part of a tight knit animal and human family, consisting of Robert, his girlfriend, and their cat named “Hello” after “Hello, Kitty,” but the apple of Sassy’s eye was Robert.

 “My girlfriend and I got her together, but my girlfriend thought Sassy would be good company for her especially while I was at work,” Robert explained. “But then, it turned out that Sassy liked me best. My girlfriend would be in the back of the house with her girlfriend and they’d be talking to the dog, but as soon as I walked in the door, it was as if Sassy would say ‘See ya!’ and she’d come running out to be with me.”

Sassy showed her love to Robert in many ways. One of his favorite signs of affection was when she would tuck herself in between him and the arm of the chair he was sitting in and watch TV with him. Another cherished memory was of how Sassy would softly chew his fingers while he slept. Robert swore you could look into her eyes and know almost exactly what she was thinking, she was wonderfully intelligent.

Sassy started to have health problems. Last February he took her to the Pet Hospital in Orange County and, much to his dismay, discovered that she had a large tumor in her chest. He had no idea how he was going to manage to pay for the necessary surgery when Dr. William Wiatt brought up the existence of the Angel Fund. Robert couldn’t believe it when all the paperwork went through and Sassy was able to have the surgery. “It was unforgettable,” he said. “And I thank everyone who’s a part of the Angel Fund for this wonderful help.”

Dr. Wiatt performed a radical mastectomy and removed a one pound tumor. Unfortunately the cancer returned quickly after the surgery.
“Deciding to put her to sleep was the hardest thing I’d ever done, but I knew it was best for her, so that made it easier,” said Robert.

Toward the end, Sassy would follow Robert around everywhere he went. The night before he put her to sleep, he slept on the floor with her, and when she whimpered in pain, he whispered to her, “After tonight, you’ll never have to be in pain again.”

 “She was a great dog, and I miss her every day,” Robert said. “I’ve got pictures of her on my cell phone. I’ve got an entire photo album dedicated to her. There’s not a day I don’t think about her. She was the best dog I ever had. She loved people, and most especially, she loved me.”

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