A personal note about a new product
Hi everyone, Michelle here. This year has brought some personal challenges for the sugar sisters. You may have noticed in February that we were a little slow in promoting our holiday specials and that we did not get to do the Scavenger Hunt we planned for that weekend. Here’s why. . .
Our family was dealt a blow this year with the loss of our beloved pups, Molly and Bailey. Molly and Bailey were our golden golden retriever family dogs. They were sister and brother age 11 years, 8 months. Molly was my special girl, and Bailey was raised by my parents. If you know the Sugar Sisters, you know that we are very passionate about our children, including our furbabies.
Bailed was diagnosed with lymphoma in January. He passed quickly—-just within weeks of being diagnosed. One week he was playing hide and seek and visiting with his Molly, the next he was gone. At that time Molly was also sick. She had gotten sick right after New Year’s Day. I remember asking the kids if they had given Molly any of the New Year’s ham because she was allergic to pork. She started vomiting and just couldn’t stop. With treatment, we thought that she had some stomach upset and it would resolve. I worried about how she would do with Bailey passing and if she would sense it. They lived just a little over an hour from each other, but still saw each other often.
Sadly that was not an issue we had to deal with. After weeks of vomiting and illness, Molly girl was diagnosed with a large, inoperable tumor in her stomach and just a short five days later we held her as she transitioned to her forever home in heaven with her brother waiting to greet her. Although it is comforting for me to know that she is up there with him, playing tug of war with their beloved stuffed animals, I miss her so much. My grief is raw and fierce. She was my companion, my girl and my best friend. Nothing is the same. Her other brother, Moose, is depressed and anxious. I worry about him so much.. I worry for all of us as it is just a very sad time right now. My kids have never lost their pet dog and I have never lost a dog daughter. It.is.hard.
I noticed this about losing my furbaby: it is made harder by the lack of a formal way to grieve. It is lonely. We don’t gather for a memorial service. Nobody brings over a casserole and no one sends a plant. I am not saying I want casseroles and plants—-rather, it is simply lonely and not well acknowledged. We don’t gather to share our grief, tell funny stories or discuss our loved one. Our pets are a part of our family and the loss affects us deeply. Wherever I was at home, Molly was there. Whenever I left, she wanted to come. Now, she is gone and there is a hole in my heart. When the hole heals I know that her pawprints will remain all over it forever. There will never be another dog like her, nor like Bailey.
So, I decided to create a treat to send someone when they lose a pet. No, it doesn’t take the grief away. But it is a way you can let the person who has lost their pet know that you share their grief, that you know how important their pet was to them, and that you are thinking about them. Because it’s hard to ship a casserole, right?
Similar to our Birthday Cube boxes—-our Molly box will be a Cake Jar with pink buttercream and a Pink heart sugar cookie with a pawprint on the heart. Our Bailey box will be the same but a blue version. Of course, in Sugar Sister fashion, we will include a touching original poem. I enjoy writing poetry as a way to heal and perhaps others will feel the same.
There’s more. We wanted to do something with purpose—-so that our beloved pet’s legacy lives on. We will donate $1 from the sale of every Molly and Bailey box to an organization that funds dog cancer research. I had hoped to cure my Molly—-I couldn’t—-but maybe our Molly and Bailey will help to be the cure for another pet. You can find our cake jars for shipping on our site at www.sugarpathshop.com.
If you made it this far, thank you for reading our story. It is only a glimpse into it. We would love to hear about your pets too—-send us notes or pics or poems. We promise to read them all and hope it helps to heal our hearts a little more quickly. Also, thank you so much for being a part of our Sugar Path family—-you make it possible for us to do things that help others. As an independent owned business it is wonderful to be able to do things we are passionate about, such as help to fund cures for disease.
Michelle and Nina
Here are a few of our family pics of Molly and Bailey. RIP sweet babies.