"We were playing fetch when she stopped suddenly and wasn't able to catch her breath," Ceicys said. At the vet, a large tumor was discovered in Sadie's chest — before the couple could even schedule the surgery to remove it, a blood clot related to the tumor caused Sadie's death. "We were left with a house built for a dog, no dog, and huge holes in our hearts."
A month later, though, the couple saw Dexter and Rita for the first time — a video of the pair showed up on Kari's Facebook feed. "The very first time I saw the video, I knew that Sadie was bringing us these dogs from beyond the Rainbow Bridge to us, to live the life she loved so well," she said. "We knew these dogs were ours and we needed to step up and take them in. There was no way we were allowing them to be separated after they had been through so much."