‘Supernatural’ Star Jared Padalecki Shares His Emotional Goodbye With Rescue Dog Sadie

Jared Padalecki is wrapping up the 15th and final season of Supernatural. His dog, Sadie, almost made it all 15 seasons with him. Padalecki shared his memories of Sadie and their emotional goodbye during the 14th season.

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Padalecki was a guest on Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside of You podcast on Sept. 15. We’ll have more with Padalecki on the end of Supernatural and other personal stories. But first, here is his tribute to Sadie. Supernatural returns Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Jared Padalecki got Sadie before ‘Supernatural’

Before Supernatural, Padalecki played Dean Forester on Gilmore Girls. That’s when he met Sadie.

“I had a shepard mix that I got from the SPCA in Los Angeles when I was doing Gilmore Girls,” Padalecki told Rosenbaum. “In between scenes, being a guest star on Gilmore Girls, number eight on the call sheet, they were like, ‘Okay, we need you to work at 4AM. You’ll finish that scene around 10AM and wen eed you back at 8 p.m. So I went to the SPCA on Sherman Way and got Sadie. This was June 6, 2003. She was a rescue, really classic coloring, the brown, the black nose.”

Sadie went everywhere with Jared Padalecki, ‘Supernatural’ or otherwise

Sadie and Padalecki were almost inseparable. She stayed in Vancouver with him while he filmed Supernatural. She traveled with him too.

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“She was an awesome dog,” Padalecki said. “I got her season 2 of Gilmore Girls and had her for three more seasons of Gilmore Girls. Then I had her for 14 seasons of Supernatural. She went to New York with me when I shot with Riley, New York Minute, she went to Virginia with me, she was my girl. I was single when I got her and she was around for everything.”

Sadie’s health started failing in season 14 of ‘Supernatural’

Sadie started deteriorating. Padalecki did everything he could to make her comfortable.

“It was the worst, man,” Padalecki said. “She had lost her hips, her back hips a little bit. I had this harness we had bought. You would kind of hold her back hips. Then her leash was attached to a harness on her chest. She couldn’t pee, she couldn’t poop. When I woke up and got to the living room here at the apartment, she looked at me like, ‘What are we doing?’ So, she wasn’t in pain.”

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Still, Padalecki worried he was being selfish holding onto Sadie.

“That was for a good four or five months where I was like am I being an *sshole because I’m so deeply attached to this dog?” Padalecki said. “Am I being a jerk? I need to let her go to the next world with dignity and her own integrity.”

How Jared Padalecki knew it was time to say goodbye

Padalecki said Sadie essentially told him when it was time for her. 

My couch here in the living room I had to get furnipads. I put them on the couch. So at night, I would lift her up and put her on the couch because she couldn’t hold her facilities. And, she was really embarrassed by it. She was still mentally there. Every day I would get up and she would wrench her neck around. She couldn’t move her hips but she would wrench her neck around to look at me like, ‘Where are we going, Dad? Where are we going?’ Then one day she kinda looked at me like, ‘Hey, buddy, I’m ready.’ So that lasted three or four days. At first, I was like maybe she didn’t sleep or something. Then three or four days, same thing. I was like, ‘Okay, I’m going to let her go chase cars in the sky or squirrels in the sky. It was hard. 

Jared Padalecki, Inside of You podcast, 9/15/2020

After tears, Jared Padalecki can remember Sadie happily

Padalecki was there for Sadie’s final moments. 

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“You want to be there,” Padalecki said. “You do. So I did. It was really tough. I remember it was a month or two but there was a day when I woke up and I was done with crying and moping. I was like you know what, man? My life is so much better, so many people’s lives are so much better because Sadie was in it. Now it’s just been smiles. She’s still with me.”