January 7, 2010


Today I lost one of my greatest friends, my dog Maggie.

On Thanksgiving eve she had to have emergency surgery to remove a tumor on her spleen. She hadn't been eating or drinking and didn't have any strength to get up. They ended up removing her entire tumor and the tumor was causing severe blood loss. She received a total of 4 units of blood. After the surgery the vet estimated that she had another 2-3 months.

This time, all of a sudden she fell when she tried to get up. Her gums were very pale and she just looked so worn out. My family knew it was time to let her go, we couldn't bear to put her through any more surgeries and to be honest, I don't think there was much else that could have been done surgically at this point. We didn't want her to suffer and she never looked like she was ever in any pain.

Maggie was my family's first and only dog. As a kid I never wanted a dog because all of my friends' dogs were kinda smelly and their houses were too (sorry friends) and quite frankly I never really was an animal person. But as soon as the little golden retriever puppy ran through the basement door on Christmas day 10 years ago, I immediately fell in love. I am totally biased when I say this- Maggie was the cutest, most lovable, and friendly dog I have known.

Maggie, just like her sister loved food. Her favorite foods were carrots, pizza crust, fortune cookies, and whipped cream. Every time I eat these foods, I'll always think of her. She also enjoyed carrying around as many of her stuffed animals in her mouth as possible, playing in the snow, getting her tummy rubbed, and ripping up tissue paper.

Maggie was always there at the bottom of the steps when I was leaving for work and she was always waiting at the garage door when I got home. It's weird not having her around and I'm not sure I'll ever get used to that. I really miss her, she wasn't just our family dog, she was a member of our family.

I miss her and love her more than words can say.


  1. I'm so sorry about your losing your beautiful doggie. I went through this about 6 years ago and I still think of her so often, and with total love. take care.

  2. Coincidentally, I posted about the passing of our fourteen year old golden on the same day as you.

    We share your pain in this loss.
    One Dog Down