Shih tzu is ‘gift from God'
To surprise her loving husband, DeWayne Hensley, on their 50th wedding anniversary, which is June 29 and the same day he turns 71, Vicky Hensley wants to share her Pet Tale about the couple's “Angel Baby,” Sadie Jo.
Sadie Jo was a special gift from God, Vicky Hensley wrote in her Pet Tale letter. She was sent at the exact time when the Hensleys needed her. The couple, who live in Moore, had never had an inside dog, or any dog for that matter, for 14 years. But they often said if they ever got an inside dog, they'd like to have a shih tzu.
They were offered Sadie Jo by their nephew, Joey, when Mr. Hensley's father passed away.
“I loved her from the very beginning, but that was nothing compared to the love between Sadie and her ‘Daddy!'” Vicky Hensley wrote. “The love between them was very special.”
After three years, Sadie Jo became very ill and the Hensley's found out almost simultaneously that Vicky Hensley and Sadie Jo both had cancer. Hensley had kidney cancer; Sadie Jo had lung cancer.
“My cancer was found in time to save my life. Hers was not,” Hensley wrote.
The Hensleys chose to have their beloved dog euthanized by their vet, Dr. David Long.