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Maddie Gone But Never Forgotten

January 2nd 2009 3:09 am
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12/1/2008 - It is with a heavy heart that I have to write about our Maddie Girls death. It was quick and unexpected. She had a normal day, went on her walkie and enjoyed the sights and smells. She came back and rested as usual, had dinner as usual, had her little bit of lettuce while I made salad for dinner for us as usual. When we set down to eat neither she nor Misty came to "watch" like they usually do, this was the first sign that something was not usual. I checked them and Maddie was in her little bed and she didn't seem as if anything was wrong so I went back to eat. I went back and forth several times during dinner because it seemed odd that they didn't come even when invited. Louie came along with me the last time I checked and Maddie stood up and threw up, I thought, Oh, that's what is wrong, she has an upset stomach. She went in the hall and laid down and I cleaned it up. I cleaned up after dinner and she was still laying on the floor in the hall looking at me. I still had the feeling that something was not right even though she seemed OK. It was close to the time for our vet to close so I quickly called and asked to bring her in. I felt a little silly, after all dogs throw up all the time and nothing is really wrong with them, but Maddie had never, ever thrown up. She let me carry her to the car, she hates to be picked up and she let me hold her in the car, she hates to be held, I was getting more concerned. When we got there they took us almost immediately, they took her temp and it was OK, they tried to get her blood pressure and couldn't in her back leg so tried in her front leg and couldn't, I should have known then but she "looked" OK, just sort of quiet. They took her back to do x-rays to rule out a twisted stomach and see what her bladder stones were doing and to put in an IV. They said both were OK and they didn't see anything really wrong except that she had fluid around her heart and they wanted us to transport her to the emergency clinic to be watched for the night and we were to bring her back in the morning. They went to get her paperwork ready and to call and make arrangements for us to take her. They came back and told that, she was scaring them and that they had almost "lost" her three times back there and they were afraid that we wouldn't be able to get her there alive. They took us back to see her and she clearly wasn't there any longer, so we chose to let her go while we held her and buried our faces in her fur, giving her kisses and telling her how much we loved her. She was the most special dog, there will be and are others but I don't think there will ever be another that I will love so much. She is still Mama's best girl.


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