On August 13, 2012 @ about 1225 hours, I gave K-9 Sage Her last command. The command was to travel on to the rainbow bridge. I told her that I couldn't go with her on this trip, that this trip she would have to go without me. She understood.
Before she left we had a short game of frisbee that she enjoyed. Then Kathy and some friends blew up about ten balloons. As soon as she saw them she was off! She popped all of them in record time but then her back legs began to fail her. We had placed the catheter in her leg earlier that morning so that it would be an easy transition for her. After the balloon popping was done I gave her the permission to go and in doing so I was able to fulfill my promise to her that she would never suffer or be in pain.
Sage is my hero. I miss her terribly. Her spirit of a lifetime of service will live on through the Sage Foundation For Dogs Who Serve.
Many dogs provide hard, dangerous and loyal service beside their human handlers in wars, crime prevention, and natural and man made disasters. When these dogs are injured or fall ill, often as a direct result of their work, their services are terminated; their fate, uncertain.
Our mission is to promote the welfare of dogs who have faithfully served (often in harm’s way) in wars, police work, crime prevention, and rescue efforts through education and increased public awareness.
We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit foundation so that you may donate funds and support to meet these goals. Your donations are tax deductible.
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The Sage Foundation For Dogs Who Serve
P.O. Box 3514
Roswell NM 88202
Photo at top of rescue dog at work on 9/11 is courtesy of the estate of Bill Biggart.