It is with very sore hearts that the crew of Istaboa must post the passing of our beloved mate Sadie.
Sadie, the Grande Dame of our family for almost 13 years, has been laid to rest. We hope there is a special heaven for dogs because we know Sadie and Sam, her brother we lost 2 years ago, are running through the woods, fields, and beaches…together once again.
We are thankful she made this last cruise with us and gave us all the warm memories we will cherish forever. We believe it was her big heart and sweet soul that got us all home together.

She was the sweetest dog we have ever been lucky enough to share time with.

24 Responses to “Sad times”

  1. Anonymous
    9 August 2007 at 6:05 am #

    I will miss the old yellow girl greeting us as we walk down the dock. She was a sweetheart. I believe the hardest I ever cried was when we lost our yellow lab Gem. He was the best dog I have ever had the pleasure of keeping company with. I love the pics of Sadie!
    David & Paula

  2. Anonymous
    6 August 2007 at 12:29 pm #

    What a beautiful tribute to such a wonderful gal. She will be missed by all.

  3. Anonymous
    4 August 2007 at 7:32 am #

    My heart goes out to you and Mel. You have lost a member of the family.
    I fell very fortunate to have met the four of you. Bernie and I share your grief. Hope to see you again someday.

    Bob Gant

  4. Anonymous
    3 August 2007 at 8:13 pm #

    Bill and I are very touched with the photos you sent and sorry as we can be about the news but really happy for all the great times you’ve had with Sadie. We share your sorrow and shed our tears with you. Thank you for keeping us posted. Radar is quite a baby dog.
    Bill and Priscilla

  5. Anonymous
    3 August 2007 at 2:55 pm #

    I’m sadden by this loss!!! I have special thoughts when thinking or seeing this kid, I always had time, many pets and rubs for my buddy SADIE…………… I’ll miss her as you guys and her “little buddy” RADAR………………….CHIP

  6. Anonymous
    3 August 2007 at 2:54 pm #

    Dear Bob, Melanie and Radar,

    We are very sad to hear about Sadie. She had a great life with a wonderful
    family and we were all fortunate to know her.

    Nancy, Ron and Maggie

  7. Anonymous
    3 August 2007 at 2:53 pm #

    Dear Bob and Melanie,

    We loved Sadie also,,,and,,,there is a heaven for dogs. Shirlee’s beloved “Sharky” will give Sadie a big “woof” upon arrival and be lasting friends forever.

    David and Shirlee

    Key Largo

  8. Bob, Melonie, Sadie, and Radar Taylor
    3 August 2007 at 2:53 pm #

    You really don’t know how badly I wish I could jump into one of those
    pictures. I envy you being able to take walks with her and having her head
    in your lap. No one will ever be able to Hula like Sadie! Do you think Sam pretended not to see her when she arrived — played it cool? My bet is yes
    because she got to cross the Gulf and he didn’t. But — I am sure he came
    around and they are laying butt to butt once again.

    Courtney Kaufman

  9. Anonymous
    3 August 2007 at 2:51 pm #

    Very sorry for your loss. It doesn’t take very long for them to be like family. I feel like we got to see her on her last days. Glad we stopped by.


  10. Anonymous
    3 August 2007 at 2:51 pm #

    Bob, Mel & Radar,

    I am so sorry about Sadie. She was such a sweetheart. Sadie will be missed greatly by me & Will. I will never forget those 2 tails slapping up against the wall when my alarm would go off while staying at your house. Who knows, maybe Sam, Sadie & Rebel are all playing together now…

  11. Anonymous
    3 August 2007 at 2:35 pm #

    Dear Bob and Melonie…we are soooo sorry for your loss. Sadie was a beautiful lady with a sweet, sweet spirit and Jay and I are glad to have met her.

    We know your hearts are bruised, having been there ourselves when we lost our beloved Mercedes (our 12-year of cocker spaniel) a few years ago.

    Your blog and the accompanying photos of Sadie and Radar are so beautiful and so special at this time in your lives. We both cried as we read your words and shared the pictures.

    Thinking of you with love,

  12. Bob, Melonie, Sadie, and Radar Taylor
    3 August 2007 at 2:34 pm #

    Dear Bob and Mel,
    I am so sorry that you have lost your sweet and beautiful Sadie. I know how you feel and there really are no words that help right now, but please know that Johnny and I are thinking of you and are so very sorry for your loss. I notice from the dates of her sweet life that she was two days younger than Roo. That certainly was a vintage time for good friends to be born. Much love and comfort to you in this hard time.

  13. Bob, Melonie, Sadie, and Radar Taylor
    3 August 2007 at 2:33 pm #

    Hi Guys

    I am truly sorry to hear of Sadies passing, I am sure she is in a better place, my thoughts are with you.


  14. Anonymous
    3 August 2007 at 2:32 pm #

    My thoughts are with you; how terribly sad for your family. Her pictures are wonderful and though very teary eyed, brought back fond memories of my Mac. He seemed to know my every mood, sad, happy, quite, excited, and was by my side for all of them. She seems to have the same personality. My sincere condolences to you and Radar.

  15. Anonymous
    3 August 2007 at 2:28 pm #

    Hi amigos,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet dog sadie. I know she lived a wonderful life
    with you two wonderful people. What more can you ask for than a life of pure fun and happiness.
    She will be missed by all that knew her. Keep the faith and best regards to you both.

  16. Daniella
    3 August 2007 at 1:55 pm #

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful dog. I’m sure Radar is missing Sadie very much! Your in our thoughts…

  17. Anonymous
    3 August 2007 at 10:55 am #

    What a beautiful tribute!
    Our thoughts are with you all.
    Craig & Tracey

  18. Joanne
    3 August 2007 at 10:52 am #

    Oh, I am so, so sorry for your loss.
    We lost our beloved Black Lab, Savannah this past March and we know how all of you (including Radar) are feeling right now.
    I kept up with your travels through Abaco and thankfully you had Sadie there with you for that memorable trip.
    Hugs and prayers to all of you.

    Joanne and Steve
    Delray Beach, FL

  19. Anonymous
    2 August 2007 at 11:50 pm #

    Sorry to hear of the loss of Sadie. I read you blog in search of info on the Abaco’s to help in our trip planning. Great diary of your trip and I truly loved hearing the adventures of Sadie and Radar.

    My heart goes out to you all,

  20. Carol Croop
    2 August 2007 at 6:49 pm #

    Bob & Melonie,
    I knew when you first described Sadie to me that Radar was going to have a great friend. I’ve so enjoyed the photos of him growing up with Sadie. I know all three of you are heartsore today. Our dogs bring so much to us in their lives.
    Our fondest regards,
    Carol, Roy, & Radar Sr.

  21. Anonymous
    2 August 2007 at 5:19 pm #

    We spent time with you and your crew of Sadie and Radar in Green Turtle Cay and know the feeling of losing such a wonderful Family member.

    Our thoughts are with you.

    Rich and Ronnie
    M/V Two Drifters

  22. Karen Stevens
    2 August 2007 at 5:06 pm #

    One of the godparents anyway is grieving along with you today. I always marveled at her magical spirit that EVERYONE recognized immediately. Sadie was the nicest, sweetest dog I ever knew. I’m so glad I’ve spent the time I have with all of you.
    Prayers and love to all of you,

  23. Bailey
    2 August 2007 at 4:26 pm #

    Sorry for your loss. We never met you or Sadie, but cruise with our little pooch and understand how precious are our canine friends!
    S/V Zancada

  24. Anonymous
    2 August 2007 at 3:20 pm #

    Bob & Mel (and Radar),
    Our hearts break with yours. We will miss Sadie, but are heartened by the memories of the good times you all shared with her.

    We love you all…
    Janie & Mike