Monday, May 24, 2010

Goodbye Maddy

Last week was hard. On top of all of my other stress, we had to put our precious dog Maddy to sleep on Friday. Maddy was nearly 15 years old. I got her when I was in college. 1995. Maddy had been struggling lately. She went deaf about 2 years ago. She also went blind gradually but had pretty much got to the point of not being able to see at all. She had been falling alot and was not able to get up. She was a very healthy dog over the course of her life but age had caught up with her and we felt it was best to make sure she was not in pain anymore. It was incredibly hard. I miss her so much. I miss hearing her little feet walk around the kitchen floor looking for crumbs. Sophie (our other dog) misses her too. We all do. But we know that she is in a better place now. A place without pain. We are left with the wonderful memories she gave to us. She is the best dog we have ever had, by far. She's been everywhere with us, through our entire married life. 3 cross country moves. My constant companion when we had no family around and Shaun worked long hours and many nights away from home. She was my snuggle bug.

Maddy right after I got her. She was a Christmas present from my parents after my childhood dog passed away.
Merry Christmas to me!
She was so tiny and was the cutest puppy I'd ever seen
She was so small that I gave her baths in the bathroom sink
She didn't think she was so small. Here she is chasing my brother's dog in the backyard (he was about 20 times the size of her)
They were buddies
We knew from the start that she loved food. My mom picked her out because she looked "healthy"
She loved ice cream
And climbing into the dishwasher
She thought Shaun's textbooks were boring.
She was adorable
She loved being next to us. On the couch, in our bed, wherever we were that's where she wanted to be.
She loved Shaun
She liked having her picture taken
She loved tennis balls
and snuggles
She had crazy hair
She looked about 20 pounds heavier when she hadn't had a haircut
She could almost swallow a tennis ball
She rode in the car like this....from Chicago to Atlanta
She stuck her tongue out alot
She was in our Christmas card photos
She got into anything that had food near it. This is what she did to some things in Shaun's backpack because they smelt like gum.
She loved to empty the bathroom trash can. Every time we left the house and forgot to shut the door. We have no idea how she got some of the things out (see the water bottle?)
She got a loaf of bread off the kitchen counter and ate the entire thing. She looked like she was pregnant with 10 puppies when we got home.
This is her cute face when she was begging for food
Shaun taught her some neat tricks (like keeping popcorn on her nose til he told her to get it)
She dressed up like Wonder Woman for our 80's Halloween party
She drove from Baltimore to Cleveland with Sophie driving apparently
She was loved.
She left us on Friday. Our vet came to the house instead of us taking her in to the office because she hated the vet's office more than anything. It was so hard to say goodbye to her but peaceful. We gave her kisses and pet her and she passed away in our arms. We've known it was coming for a long time but actually having to do it was painful. I wouldn't trade the pain for any of the wonderful memories we have of her and the incredible joy she brought us for nearly 15 years.
Goodbye sweet Maddy. Thanks for being the most awesome dog that we've ever known.

15 comments:

Lacey said...

Awe that made me cry. Maddy will be missed. She was an amazing dog and you guys gave her the best life imaginable. So sorry you had to say goodbye. Sending lots of love and hugs your way.

Jessica said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet baby.

Randi said...

Beautifully said and a wonderful tribute to how much joy she brought to everyone's lives. She was truly one of the sweetest things I have ever known. You are missed, Maddy! xoxoxo

Brittany said...

When we lost our family pet, it was as if losing a family member. It was mere heart ache! We had her cremated and she sits in a jar on our entertainment center. I always made fun of people who did that, until it happened to us, and we couldn't bare to not!

Sending you big hugs!

Sally said...

What a sweet sweet tribute to Maddy. I loved it. I'm so glad she went peacefully and what an awesome vet to come to your house. How's Sophie doing??

Band of Brothers said...

too too sad. so sorry for your loss:(

Gerri said...

So sorry for the loss of your sweet Maddy. You will meet her again at the rainbow bridge...she'll be waiting. My thoughts are with you.

Seizing My Day said...

Such a beautiful post for your sweet Maddy! My heart is with you ~ we have lost 2 pets in the last 12 months ~ and it has been harder on my heart than I could have ever imagined! =(
hugs!

Seizing My Day said...

PS I love Maddy's sweet face ~ I have a special heart for spaniels!! =)

Paging Doctor Mommy said...

My heart goes out to you! Losing a pet is never easy...

Allison said...

I'm writing this through my tears! She was adorable and made me think of my buddy Cyler who got sick and passed away about a year ago. I still think about him all the time as I'm sure you guys will with Maddy...

Grammy said...

Such a sweet tribute for the sweetest dog I ever met. So many memories. I knew she was special the minute I laid eyes on her. I remember how excited you were when you first met her. She had a great life and was so loved. We'll miss you Maddy girl.

shaun said...

I miss her. Sweet Maddy. Bye friend. We'll never forget you.

septembermom said...

I'm so sorry. What a beauty. Those eyes could melt anyone's heart. Hugs...

Sara said...

Thanks for sharing such sweet pictures. Hard to say goodbye to a member of the family.