Do you remember the Australian shepherd that we babysat for earlier this summer? Kathy just called to tell me that Maggie died yesterday. The vet thinks Maggie had a stroke. Dan and I both came to love Maggie and we know how badly John and Kathy are hurting right now.
Last weekend, Maggie and her mom and dad were camping at Muskellunge State Park (John, the dad, is a DNR officer there). Kathy had taken Maggie for a walk along Lake Superior shoreline (across the road from the park) and got some very nice pictures of Maggie sitting by the shore. She said it was like Maggie was posing for her.
Yesterday when John came home about 3, he said Maggie wanted out and had a hard time getting up but managed to get outside. When he went back a couple minutes later to check on her, she was on her side, laboring to breath. He came back in and called Kathy at work and then called the vet. Kathy got home as quickly as she could but by this time, Maggie had dragged herself under the deck. She was still alive but was in a bad way. John and Kathy managed to get Maggie on a tarp and pull her out from under the deck and load her in the truck. John broke speed limits getting Maggie to the vet. When he arrived, Maggie died. The vet came out and examined her and said she was sure it was a stroke. Maggie was only 10.
John and Kathy are taking care of Maggie at home. Just like we did for Chewy and Nick, John has built Maggie a coffin and they will be burying her at their home. They have all of her favorite things in with her.
It has been over a year since we had to have both of our beloved pets put down, and there are times we still catch ourselves going to empty our water glass into one of the dog dishes, or little things remind us of our missed “kids”. Anyone who has lost that important member of their family knows exactly what John and Kathy are going through and what lies ahead for them.
(If you want to see Maggie's photos and the story we wrote about her "vacation" while she stayed with us, go back to June 7, 2009 post. It is after the photos of the hummingbird)
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