Sasha: Queen Shepherd


Our heavy hearts invited the rain to stay for the entire day. Our beloved Sasha passed away yesturday afternoon. She lived a long life of fourteen years, celebrating her birthday in December. Our beautiful white shepherd was often confused with a wolf. She is much smaller than one but her beauty and grace tricked many people into thinking she was one. My husband and I could start howling and she would join in, elegantly arching her head back and closing her eyes.


I loved rubbing my face in her big bushy mane. Her mane consisted of the long white hair that was eventually shed all over the house. Although, her regal fur coat was the perfect attire for her persona of being the queen. She got along with all dogs, as soon as they realized she was the boss. She never submitted while every other dog would. I always felt like she needed a crown.

Sasha Drawing WM

Though she was a royal, it did not go to her head. She was smart, compassionate, and polite. She loved children. I have never met a more caring dog then she was. When my son was an infant, she would also watch over him. Even though she had a tongue the size of Texas, she always gave him a delicate kiss on his cheek. If the other dogs around were wrestling, she would bark at them, grab them by the scruff and demand they settle down! There was no rough-housing allowed indoors, especially near the baby!

She was the greatest judge of character. There were few people she disliked but the ones she did always had a way of proving her judgement right. After the first couple times of getting “burned”, we completely avoided people that Sasha didn’t approve of.


She loved to go swimming and was great at it. Tennis balls were her favorite toy and she would eagerly retrieve them when thrown in the middle of the creek. She had a strong paddle, swimming to the deep and back in no time. She was also one of the fastest dogs I had ever known!


Sasha certainly was fit to be a queen. She had looks, intellect and charisma. All who knew her, loved her. Aside from being a huge sweetheart, she was a peace keeper. She will be deeply missed. The tears are rolling in like the rain so I am saying goodnight.

Good night sweet Sasha. I know you are at peace now. I know in your next life you will forever touch the hearts of your new family, just like you have ours.

Until next time,

“A heart of gold stopped beating, two willing hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.”

Our kitten comforted her in her last days.

7 responses to “Sasha: Queen Shepherd”

  1. […] am still familiar with the heartache that accompanies such a tragedy. With the recent passing of Sasha, it is rewarding to be able to help someone else that feels the same sting. I hope I can do this […]

  2. Cheryl Avatar

    Meg, you so aptly described Sasha’s amazing love and personality. Thank you for giving her such a loving home and taking care of her when I no longer could. I cried for weeks when I had to let her go but the amazing care and love you gave to her helped me realize that she was meant to be yours. I read this with tears in my eyes, she was a very special dog and you and your family are very special people as well.

    1. Free Spirit Meg Avatar
      Free Spirit Meg

      Thank you so much for everything. You changed our lives forever that day. Sasha was truly one of a kind and she deserved all the pampering she recieved. It even got to the point where she had her very own couch!! We loved her dearly and we are forever grateful for the time we had with her.

  3. Rosie Avatar

    So sorry for your loss Meg – it’s heartbreaking when we lose our pets isn’t it, but it does help to remember the happy times spent with them, like you’ve done here. Sasha was certainly a beauty and you have wonderful photos of her.
    Rosie x

    1. Free Spirit Meg Avatar
      Free Spirit Meg

      Thank you. She was a true treasure!

  4. Laurie Avatar

    I am so sorry. It is very hard to have to say goodbye to a beloved member of the family. My thoughts are with you.

    1. Free Spirit Meg Avatar
      Free Spirit Meg

      Thank you.

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