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09/09/2004 02:04:35 AM · #1
On Monday morning, we lost our dog Maggie, a Border Terrier, and a member of our family for 18 years.

My wife and I were working out in the garden on Sunday. Maggie was romping through the grass reliving her puppy-hood and then ventured out onto the dock and became confused. She wandered back and forth and ultimately stepped off into space. Both my wife and I saw her fall and we jumped into the lake to rescue her.

She swam with all her strength but could not keep her mouth and nose above the water. When we pulled her out, she seemed winded, disoriented, but otherwise okay.

Over the next few hours she began to have trouble breathing. We took her to the animal hospital where they gave her oxygen and various medications. At 3:00 AM Monday morning, we got a call from the vet. She had fought a good fight but her heart had finally given out.

Poor Maggie. I feel so sad for her.

All this week she has been close to my thoughts, to my heart, and to my tears. I am sorry to burden you all with my sadness. But I felt I needed to tell someone. Forgive me, please.
09/09/2004 02:19:24 AM · #2

So sorry for your loss. She was obviously very special to you and your family. I'm gonna bet she knew she was loved.

09/09/2004 02:22:22 AM · #3
sorry for you loss, our animals are family to us.
09/09/2004 02:41:59 AM · #4
My condolensces to you. Yes, critters are family. But it sounds like she had a very good, love filled life. I'm sure you will have many special memories.
09/09/2004 03:28:14 AM · #5
I'm sorry about Maggie, and I'm sure you really miss her. Do you have pictures of her you can post?
09/09/2004 03:51:37 AM · #6
Very sorry for your loss :(

Think of it this way though ..... she got to play puppy one last time :)
09/09/2004 04:07:06 AM · #7
I´m really sorry for your loss. I have been there a few weeks ago and I can understand what you really feel.

09/09/2004 04:20:17 AM · #8
Sorry to hear of your loss. We have dogs as well and we know the heartbreak when one passes after many years of faithfull companionship.

09/09/2004 04:21:54 AM · #9
There is no need to apologize .. I know how you feel :( I have 2 cats, a hamster and 2 birds on the way .. so I know all about the joys of pets. They are family and I understand how you must be feeling .. I'm sorry it happened the way it did .. but it sounds like she had a great life and you should be proud of yourself for giving her that. Unfortunately a lot of animals don't have that luxery ...

I would love to see some pictures too =)

09/09/2004 04:23:14 AM · #10
No need for apologies Charles; but 18 years, and with folks who so obviously cared for her ... well, what more could a dog ask for?

09/09/2004 04:31:09 AM · #11
So sorry to hear of your loss. It really does hurt, we lost our dear terrier mix, Bob, after having him 15 years and it really did leave a void in our life. Hopefully, in a few months the sadness will lift enough to think about another pet, this really does seem to help the grief. We adopted a 2 year old Cairn Terrier 6 months after Bob's death and life does feel normal again. Now she is precious to us, too.

Your dear Maggie had a good long life.
09/09/2004 04:45:29 AM · #12
Originally posted by Digital Quixote:

....I am sorry to burden you all with my sadness. But I felt I needed to tell someone. Forgive me, please.

Charles, there is no need to appologize regarding this post. This is what a family (of sorts) is for - Been there, done that.
Sharing in this manner is a good way to cope and deal with a loss, and I for one, have found it easier to deal with by sitting down and writing it out, somehow taking a little of the overwhealming emptyness away.

We're hear to listen, share and help however needed.
Life really comes down to memories - keep them and cherish them as they can never be taken away.

My Condolences.
09/09/2004 04:48:32 AM · #13
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

I'm so very sorry for the loss of your dear family member. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
09/09/2004 07:10:52 AM · #14
Charles...I'm so sorry for the loss of Maggie. You and your family are in my prayers. You are so fortunate to have had 18 wonderful years of love and life with her, and she was lucky to have such a great family to share those years with.
09/09/2004 07:19:36 AM · #15
Thoughts and prayers from myself, Nimitz, and Tico. And I promise Maggie won't be lonely. Satin, Strife, Spunky, Monroe, Tiffany, and Trouble will all have been waiting for her when she crossed Rainbow Bridge. They'll make sure she has company until you guys can play together again.

09/09/2004 08:35:04 AM · #16
My condolences to you Charles on your loss of Maggie. I found it very hard when my cat of 17 years died a few years ago. It's a difficult time and my thoughts are with you and your family.
09/09/2004 09:15:08 AM · #17
Charles, don't apologize for sharing your grief with us - we are all honored that you think enough of us to do so. As many others have mentioned, Maggie enjoyed many wonderful years with you and more importantly, she enjoyed a life of being loved and there is nothing more precious in this world! Physically she has moved on but she still lives in your heart. Take comfort in knowing that the love never dies!
09/09/2004 09:17:19 AM · #18
Charles, my thoughts are with you and your wife. Maggie was a very special part of your lives, a member of your family. It is so very hard to deal with the grief when they go. She was lucky to have spent her life with you where she was so cherished.......and you were blessed to be able to share her 18 yrs of joy, you must have so many wonderful memories of your lives together. They do leave their footprints on our souls and stay in our hearts forever.

09/09/2004 09:38:39 AM · #19
I think we all understand the need to talk about things like this. I am saddened by your story, but just know Maggie's in a great place, and there's a really cool Fox Terrier named Ruby up there playing with her now, I know it. I know the pain may seem unbearable at times, and sometimes you do just have to give in to the tears. 18 years is more than a lot of dogs get in this world, and I'm sure she stayed with you as long as she did because of the love you gave her... and that love will always be there, too. Just knowing that keeps me going when I start thinking of my Ruby. The memories she gave me (and the gazillions of photos of her) are cherished every day.

You're in my prayers.
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