Charles Schultz, author of Peanuts, wrote, “Happiness is a warm puppy.”
For more than twelve years, happiness for our family has been a warm and amazing dog named Maggie. With a capital M. When our son-in-law was a policeman in the little town of Canton, KS., he found her abandoned in the back yard after the renters had moved out. He and our daughter already had two large male dogs, but they knew immediately the Colorado couple who would agree to rescue this dog.
When we adopted Maggie, we had no idea that in the big scheme of our lives, Maggie would actually rescue us and prove what writer Roger Caras said, “Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.”
This was not the post I had planned to write today, but life had other plans. Yesterday afternoon, Maggie suddenly could not stand. Six weeks ago blood tests and a checkup showed everything was good, but in just a short time, a fast growing tumor formed between her ribs and against one kidney. Last night Jim and I sat with Maggie in the vet’s office, saying our good-byes and stroking her head until she quietly went to sleep.
My words are too sad to write, so I’ll borrow from Dean Koontz: “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is diminished.” Our lives are diminished without Maggie, but we’re ever so grateful for the many years she was our trusted and loyal friend and a beloved member of our family.
79 responses to “Love With a Capital M”
Oh Marylin, my heart is breaking for you and your family. I am so very sad and sorry to hear about your Maggie. May the wonderful memories you have of Maggie stay with you always. Much love and hugs. ❤
Thank you, Tracy. It was so sudden, but I doubt it would have been less painful to know it was coming. We do have many wonderful memories, and so do the grandchildren, so Maggie will be well remembered.
Oh, I’m so sorry. I’m so so sorry. I know how you feel and I am right there with you. I love Maggie. She will be with you all your life. And she’ll wait for you at the end. Dogs are family. I hate that they don’t live as long as we do. One day God and I will have a little chat about his mistake.
God should just make plans to hold this chat in a huge conference area because I think all dog lovers will want this answered, Julia. When my dad was in the last stages of Alzheimer’s, Maggie surprised us all by jumping up in his hospital bed and lying beside him. Now I’m confident that last night my dad was there, waiting to welcome her.
He was. I know this. My thoughts are with you.
Thank you, Julia. I know you understand this sad time.
We only just met in the blogging world but I am crying too for your loss. We had a fast friend rescue dog named Rozie – who died about a year ago. She looked very much like Maggie. And there were other dogs before her who added so much happiness and laughter to our lives. I know exactly how you feel and I am crying with you. ~Dor
We just met, Dor, but your comments make you feel like a friend. Your Rozie and our Maggie were both so special and added so much to our lives. Thank you for this sweet comment.
I am so,so sorry. I’ve known this pain and it is never easy to bear. You loved her and wasn’t she lucky to find you after bring abandoned! Many good years of memories that will never go away…..
Absolutely, Claudia. These are the treasured memories we’ll carry with us always, but right now it is very sad and difficult.
Beautiful testament to a special one in your family. I wrote a similar post (with pictures) a year ago February when our golden Henry passed – in a similar way to Maggie. We are still mourning. He is missed so much. Each of our dogs brings a light and a love within the house that will never be extinguished, even when they’re gone.
Now Henry has a friend! I think we will be mourning for a long time, too. I like how you describe each dog bringing a light and a love in the house that will never be extinguished. So true.
Oh Marylin: we know how much we have loved and been loved by the pain we feel at our loss. Maggie sounds like a wonderful dog and that you have been a wonderful family to her.
Our dog CJ, got our family through some difficult times and her unconditional love was, for us, a sign of God’s love.
I don’t think we will ever ‘get over’ the loss of CJ, as I am sure you won’t over the loss of Maggie – but also I am sure you will enjoy sharing many fond memories of her. Even after many years will still suddenly recall something she did and feel again the happiness and joy she gave you.
May you find peace and comfort in your grief. You have been blessed.
Thank you, Rod. There have been many times in the past twelve years–and I’m sure the future will have many, too–when Maggie’s love was indeed a sigh of God’s love for us. She was a blessing.
So sorry for your loss.
The photo on the trail is an amazing photo.
That’s one of my favorites, Elizabeth. The trail any time of the year is thick with trees and wildlife, but in the autumn when this was taken, it was almost golden. Maggie ran ahead then paused and looked back at us as though to encourage to come on this adventure with her.
I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. Pets become so much a part of our lives. The last picture with Maggie and your mom is precious. ❤
It was as if she knew, Darlene, that my mom was feeling overwhelmed by everything going on. So as the family kept eating and talking, Maggie just went over to my Mom’s recliner and lay down beside it. She lay there quietly as my mom napped.
Marylin, I don’t know what to say to you. I feel so deeply for you all. Keeping you in my thoughts.
Thank you, Don. I appreciate that.
Marylin, I am so sorry you and your family lost your beloved dog. You will keep a place for her in your heart . The photos are precious.
These are some of our favorite pictures, Gerlinde. The memories behind them make me smile, so I will be looking at them often.
Marylin, I am so sorry! No words. Just “feels.” 🐾
And I feel them, Jane. Thank you.
A sweet tribute – my sincere condolences to you. After we had to put Me-Too down, I couldn’t walk down the pet food aisle for months and months.
This afternoon as we were coming back from our walk, I almost broke into tears when a couple about our age were walking their two dogs, Marian. Too many memories.
I am so sorry. There aren’t words to comfort. Peace.
Thank you, Kate.
Marylin, my daughter has been the one who has had to deal with our family pets when they are ready to depart. I am grateful that she is the one that has said final good bye’s to several beloved kitties and dogs over the last few years.
Dean Koontz wrote a wonderful book called “a big little life” about his dog Trixie. Have you read it? What an amazing book. When I am feeling down, all I have to do is read that book.
Blessings to you all as you miss your Maggie. Surely she is looking down upon you all so fondly. She knows she was dearly loved.
I saw an interview Koontz once did, and he talked about Trixie, Joanne. But I didn’t know there was a book. I’m going to get a copy; I think we’ll be feeling down for awhile. Thank you for the recommendation, Joanne, and the blessings.
Oh Marylin, I am so very sorry. You have so many wonderful memories with Maggie. That makes doing the right thing very hard, but I am so glad you were there with her. I know she felt your love.
And it was definitely the right thing, Sallie. Being certain of that, and being there with her through it all, made all the difference. Thank you.
Oh Marylin, I’m so sorry to hear about Maggie. I hope you and your family are able to move past your grief with the happy memories of Maggie. I love the photo of you all in the leaves. Prayers for you and your family. xo
Thanks, Jill. Already we’re finding that talking about all the big and little, funny and touching memories is helping us. The photo of us in the leaves with Maggie and our grandchildren helps us all.
I am so sorry that you lost your sweet dog and I hope that the memories will keep her alive in the hearts of your family. A big hug
I feel that hug, Gerlinde. Thank you.
What a beautiful girl. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Thank you, Ogee.
Aah, Marylin – so sorry to hear your sad news. You are the second blogging pal to lose a dear doggie friend – I know how much they become part of your lives and family. I hope you have many happy memories of your lovely Maggie.
We do have many happy and wonderful memories, Jenny. Today when Jim and I started sharing our favorite memories of Maggie, one led to another and then another, and soon we were laughing over some of her cutest antics. It’s a process.
I am so sad for you. All of us who love and have pets can feel the anguish
Thank you, Maureen. It’s not a club we want to belong to, but there is a shared understanding among those who have lost a beloved pet.
It’s hard to give up an old friend, one so loving and loyal. When the family is ready, there will be many “Maggie” stories to share around the dining table because she is there with you in spirit. Am so sorry for your loss, Marylin and Jim. Your pictures and quotes express your heart so well.
You’re right, Lynne, and we are beginning to do just that, share Maggie stories. And we do feel like she’s there with us, watching and enjoying the stories, too.
We all will miss Maggie Moo. She was such a wonderful dog. For her sake I am so glad it was quick and painless. But, for us all it was so sudden and unexpected. We know that the dog lover, Grandpa Shepherd, is in heaven enjoying Maggie’s company, while Zoey is trying to get her to play! We can’t wait for you to get here so we can throw our arms around you and give you big hugs and loves!
Dad and I were talking about that today, Mookie. We like to think that Grandpa Shepherd and Opa Warner both were there to welcome Maggie, plus Fritz and Bootie, and yes, even Zoey. I like Will Rogers (I think it was his quote) who said that if dogs don’t go to heaven, then he wants to go wherever they go.
I’m so thankful to God that He used you to save and enrich Maggie’s life all those years ago. Beautiful photos and memories of your beloved pet that show her love and appreciation. Here’s another *hug* for you.
And we’re so thankful, Darla, that God used Maggie to enrich our lives after we saved her all those years ago. Thank you for your sweet words and the much appreciated hug.
Such a sad post. Many of us have been there and understand the depth of your loss. Very sorry but what a wonderful companion to have had.
She was a wonderful companion, Andrew, and we do feel a closeness with those who have experienced the depth of losing such a wonderful dog, cat, or any pet who touched their hearts. Thank you.
Dear Maggie. God bless her, and you, too. Heartfelt hugs.
I appreciate your blessings, Gallivanta. Thank you.
Such a sad moment Marilyn, I’m very sorry for your loss of Maggie. It’s really hard to loose a pet, they are the center of families with a different relationship with each member.
Thank you, Mary. She was a true member of our family for more than a dozen years, and everywhere we go, we miss her.
I’m so very sorry to hear about Maggie, it’s so true that once you’ve had a dog your life is never the same, they help you to get through so much. So sorry for your loss.
These last few days have been healing for us, Andrea. Wherever we go there are memories, and gradually more and more of them are happy, funny, sweet memories rather than the sad ones of her last day.
Oh Marylin! I am so very sorry for your loss. Much love and many hugs to you during your time of sorrow. XOXO
Thank you so much, Robyn.
Very sad news, Marylin. I know how much our furr-kids – dogs and cats – have been a part of our family. It’s never easy saying good-bye. Maggie sounds like she was a wonderful, loving dog and much loved. Blessings to you and your family and may memories of Maggie give you peace and comfort.
Oh, Marylin, I’m typing this through the tears in my eyes! So sorry for your loss. It’s true that pets leave pawprints on our hearts. She loved you, and you loved her well, too.
Maggie certainly let her pawprints on our hearts, Nancy. Grace was born several months after Maggie come to live with us–and Gannon was born 11 months after Grace–so many of our happiest memories and family pictures include her. She’ll always be in our hearts.
My dogs, Nacho and Macy, send licks, dog hairs, and woofs. I send you unconditional love as I am sure that Maggie shared with you constantly. Thinking of you.
Oh, that is so sweet, Nancy, and much appreciated. Please hug Nacho and Macy for us, and thank you.
What a sweet and sad post. Dogs are the best, true members of our families and mourned as such. Every once in a while, I think about how much kinder the world would be if we were all a bit more like our dogs ❤
And I agree. Absolutely. If the world had more Maggies, the world would be a much better place. Thank you.
Maggie… sleep well, my furry friend ❤ I know what you mean, I can't imagine life without them now…
Thank you, Lily. What a lovely comment.
May you take comfort in the wonderful memories of times shared with Maggie. Love shared with our fellow creatures on this Earth is to be cherished.
Amen to that, JM. The time we shared with Maggie is a cherished time for our family. She was such a gift.
Oh Marylin, I am so, so sorry to read this terribly sad news of your loss of your beloved and beautiful Maggie. She has shared in so many of your stories and posts and reading about her, how she came to you and your family and how she rested by your mom during her recent 97th birthday celebrations brings a tear to my eye. I know you will miss her terribly, but what wonderful memories you will always have of her. I still think of our two dogs to this day and cats and all the pets we have loved and lost. They truly are part of our family and we grieve for them when they leave. Sending you a huge hug my friend and a prayer to bring you comfort ❤
Thank you, Sherri. Maggie has played a significant and precious part in so many stories in my blog, as well as the lives of everyone in our family. I feel your hug and prayer even across the ocean!
Marylin, I’m so sorry to read about the loss of your Maggie. May all the warm and beautiful memories you have of her bring many smiles to your heart. Sending you hugs.
Thank you, Elaine. When we share the memories, now we’re smiling more and laughing at cute things, and remembering what a joy she was in our lives.
This is what i miss when i`m in school Marylin your beautiful post!
Jake, it’s good to have you back from school. I read your recent post and appreciated all your hard work and desire to keep learning.
And this one from our dear friends in Florida:
We are so sad to hear about Maggie. What a sad time for both of you. We know your feelings right now and send our warm thoughts for the both of you. We to are very sad that Maggie is longer with us. In our short visit last year, we got to know and truly enjoy Maggie and the warmth she provided both of us. I loved getting down on the floor with Maggie, talking and petting her. She just laid her head back on the floor in an elongated comfortable position and seemed to silently say thank you for being a part of our family if only for just a little while. She exuded comfort and calm. We will dearly miss her too. We have some wonderful pictures of all of us the morning we took the walk out through the the woods in the park. Maggie is in many of those pictures. Be assured, we will always cherish her in those pictures even more.
Thank you for sharing Maggie with us. Marylin, if you would like, please copy and paste this to your latest posting of which we both just finished reading. This message is especially meant for the two of you and for Maggie but it is also appropriate to share with your posting.
Our best wishes to you both.
Sharyn and Bill
Thank you, Sharyn and Bill, for sharing these wonderful memories.
Marylin and Jim
Mor-Mor and her blog friends have given you a beautiful memorial on this page. I cry as I read it. I miss you terribly, Maggie. I love you so much. I carry you now in my heart even as I carried you in my arms your last day.
Today we hiked in Brown’s Park, our first time without you, Maggie. It was overcast, cool and breezy, and we knew it would have been a perfect day for you to run and watch for squirrels. We miss you so much.