Goodbye Maggie May

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This past Saturday morning, we lost our Maggie May. She fought a year-long battle with osteosarcoma and lived life on her own terms right till the end. That morning, she was happily awaiting her breakfast when she collapsed and died within moments.
maggie canine osteo
When you have a dog that is terminally ill as Maggie was, you measure each day into ‘good days’ and ‘bad days’. Friday had been a good day with no indication of what was to come so suddenly the next morning. She’d gone for a walk in the morning, and she only does that on days she feels good. She visited the vet in the afternoon for some blood-work to check that her new chemotherapy meds weren’t affecting her (she passed with flying colors) and in the evening, she played her nightly game of ‘find the food’ and even had an extra bully stick treat all before turning in for a normal nights sleep.
We don’t know exactly what happened. She was fine one moment and gone the next. Her vet suspected maybe a heart issue or air leaking from her lungs into her chest, but she went quickly and painlessly. I’m sure her last thought was “Yeah, it’s breakfast time”. If you have to go, that’s the way to do it.
Maggie was only with us for four years and for the last year we were fighting osteosarcoma of her shoulder. She taught me the meaning of bravery. She never flinched at any of the tests or poking or prodding done to her. She handled all of her chemotherapy treatments like a pro only showing 2 mild reactions that quickly resolved. She had an iron like fortitude.

Maggie was not an affectionate dog. Her years as a neglected breeding mom gave her many scars, both external and internal. We worked hard to win her love and settled for her friendship. She liked being around people – she loved going to the vet and just mingling, but she rarely sought out attention or a pet unlike her attention-hog brother Jack. She would let us pet her, but usually only for short stints. Evenings were her most social times, mostly because she was trying to manipulate us into getting her ‘find the food’ game set up.
She had a mind of her own and was the most independent dog I’ve ever had. If she didn’t want to go left out the driveway on her walk, she was an immovable force. If we put her food down in a different place than normal, she may choose not to eat. She would often leave the room when we entered. Even after four years, she kept one-eye on Steve all the time even though he doted on her. She still held onto those early scars of mistreatment.
running with dogs

We miss her like crazy and talk and reminisce about her incessantly. It’s been four years since we lost Becca and I’d forgotten how difficult it is to lose one of your pets. It will take some time for the hollowness to fade.
In the meantime, Jack’s getting an overdose of attention and loving, but he’s just drinking it in. Goodbye sweet Maggie May, we love you.


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  1. Sweet kath

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  3. I’m so sad for you and Steve, and so sorry for your loss. You gave Maggie such a good life and I’m sure she knew how deeply she was loved and cared for, even if she couldn’t express her own love openly because of her past. You did everything you could to fight that damn cancer and I’m sure she fought as hard as she could too. It’s so sad no matter how it happens, but at least for her there was no deep suffering at the end, and less agonizing for you not to have to decide when that time would be. I think we all, dog and human, would choose to die peacefully at home with our loved ones if we could.
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    • We do take some comfort in that. I agree, it’s the way to go.
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  4. So sorry for your pain. Our beloved dogs are never with us long enough. Bless you for giving her the life she deserved after her awful beginning.

  5. No matter how long they’re with it, it never feels like enough time. Maggie was one very lucky dog to have been adopted by you. So very sorry for your loss.

  6. So so sorry, but oh so glad you were able to love her for those 4 years as she should have been loved throughout her life.

  7. Sending gentle hugs

  8. I’ve read your posts before about her traumatic past and independent streak. They just made her seem so brave to me. She overcame so much. I’m glad she passed peacefully and quickly and at home with her family. I’m so sorry for your loss.
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  9. Sorry to hear that,

    But maggie is always in your heart as you and steve in her are great parents for her

  10. Run free with our Katie, dear Maggie! It’s often harder for humans to lose us when we are not so affectionate because they feel they couldn’t show enough love, but your types know and have your own special ways of feeling love. We thought you had been a family member for much longer than just four years, but we know they were the best four years of your life!
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  11. I am so sorry for the loss of your Maggie May. Our pups’ short lives really are their only fault.
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  12. Sorry for your loss, I hope she finds my Matthias and they can have quiet times together!

  13. Oh, Kate, my heart is broken for you, Steve, and Jack. Maggie was a lucky girl to have y’all. I’m sure she loved you in return even though she couldn’t “express” it the way other dogs can. She left this world knowing she was loved – and always will be – and ready for her angel wings. She is watching over you now,, just as Callie is watching over Sam, Shadow, Ducky, and me. I’m happy for her that she went peacefully and painlessly, surrounded by her family. There’s no better way to go for any of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hugs to you and Steve, and kisses for Jack.
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    • I know they are having a good romp up there…
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  14. So sorry for the loss of your beloved furry family member Maggie May!

  15. This breaks my heart. I am very sorry for your loss.

  16. I am so sorry! I know your pain, I feel your loss, I share your emptiness. Thank God for your memories. They will sustain you – forever. You gave Maggie a marvelous life and probably the best year any dog could ask for – filled with love, care and understanding. God bless you all. Please give Jack a hug from Harley, Jaxson and I.
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  17. That’s a lovely tribute to your girl. You were so lucky to find each other. To get a year after a diagnosis of osteosarcoma is great – and a testament to what great care you took of her. You are so right – if you have to go, ‘Yay, it’s breakfast time!” is a pretty good last thought to have. I hope that sooner than you’d think you’ll be remembering her with more smiles than tears.
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    • We were amazed that she was still so strong and so happy that we were able to love on her.
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  18. I realize all too well that words provide little comfort at a time like this, but please know that the three of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sad for your loss. It made me smile watching Maggie become a braver girl with your support. She might not have been overly affectionate, but she knew that she was finally safe and loved. Thank you for that. ♥
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  19. I’m so sorry for your loss. Hopefully all the tender moments and sweet memories of your Maggie girl will provide you and your family comfort. ღ

  20. What a lovely tribute to Maggie. You guys gave her the best rest of her life, so much love you gave her and she gave you! Thank you for rescuing her and sharing her life with you. I’m so sorry for your loss.
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  21. I have thought of you so many times in the past few days. I remember that we were warned that some osa dogs just collapse and die. I’m so sorry that you had to experience it. She was a lucky dog, having you two doting on her all the time. Her last four years were filled with love, and she had only you to thank. I can tell that she had an equal strongly effect on you.

    Hugs to all of you.
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    • For such a dainty girl, with a quiet personality, she absolutely did get into our hearts. Thanks for your thoughts.
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  22. Oh I am so sorry to read this. I know she was ill, but still it is a shock. She will be missed.
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  23. I”m so very sorry for your loss. The pain is nearly unbearable. Glad you have Jack and Steve. Maggie was very lucky to have you all. I send love and light. And big hugs. 🙁

  24. I’m so sorry to hear this. Maggie was so very lucky to find you and have you as her family. Sending you love and healing thoughts.

  25. I’m so sorry for the loss of your sweet, independent girl.

  26. I feel for you. Losing a loved one is never easy. And you gave Maggie such a great life while she was with you! That you should be happy about. I saw this movie trailer the other day and your post made me think of this trailer again and how much I want to see the movie. I tear up just thinking about my dog and what I would do when the time comes. I love her so much! The movie is A Dog’s Purpose: It makes me smile to think that a dog is off making someone else happy. 🙂

  27. Just catching up after being gone for the summer. Maggie couldn’t have landed in a better home or received better care. When my ticket’s punched, I hope to go out like Maggie – well loved and eager for breakfast.

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