Oh my Maggie Mae… I hate to see you go.

I just don’t know where to start. You see, I am about to lose one of the best friends I have ever had. She is part of our family and is my Australian Cattledog Mix. 

 I guess I can start with this first post, introducing Maggie Mae here on Virily.

Please go check this post out above. I wrote it shortly after I joined Virily in May. One of my first few posts..

I haven’t been on many adventures the last few months as I am dealing with Maggie Mae’s terminal cancer. The vet only gave her a few weeks to live a few months ago. 

She has been part of the family, I adopted her when my now 30 yr old son was 15. 15 years ago I adopted a 5 year old Aussie.Yes, she is now 20 years old, but this will be her last year. Next week I will be taking her to the vet to get her put to sleep. She is now in too much pain and I can’t watch her suffer. 

I decided to write this before she passed because honestly, this is going to be one of the hardest things to do, and don’t know if I could write it later. 

These last few months I took her to all of her favorite places, and she would lay in the sun and watch everything around her as if taking it all in for one last time. Her face seems nostalgic as she watches the leaves fall and the birds fly around.  She got all her favorite things to eat, and got to spend time with her people and dog friends too. 

I thought I would pass this poem along for those who might of recently lost a pet. You might of heard of the rainbow bridge poem. Even if you don’t agree in an afterlife it shows a great perspective. If only there were a rainbow bridge. 

Here is the poem: Author Unknown

Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone someone here, the pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so the can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. 

All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. 

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carry him faster and faster. 

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in a joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of you pet, so long gone from you life but never absent from your heart. 

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together. 

I will leave you with some great memories. 

She went on many hikes …

She gave me tons of photo opps..

She watched my sons become adults.. and loved to just lay around and listen to my youngest son play..

She loved cats too! And raised many, always so gentle with them.  

She found out what human babies were, and welcomed Ethan (my grandson) into her pack. 

She even raised one wolf hybrid.. Meika 

And my moms tiny chihuahua mix. 

A Blue Doberman, named Kali… Maggie mae was the alpha of the dog pack. 

Maggie and King the Pit Bull in a race! Neck and neck.. 

Such fun!

Lily the Black Doberman and Keizer the Husky Great Dane Mix who owns my son and daughter in law. 

I can fly over the water!

I climbed through logs in Tennessee! And saw my first snow storm. 

Went to Florida where I met some good friends, and got to swim in the clear warm Gulf of Mexico. 

Good bye Maggie Mae. 


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Written by Kim_Johnson

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  1. I felt sad 🙁 I recently lost my little sweet companion too. it is to early to be there but I can’t help, it is so sudden that I can’t even accept until now that she’s gone 🙁 Farewell our Pruchel too! 🙁

  2. Oh Kim, I’m so very sorry. I can imagine how badly you feel. I’ve been there several times and it’s never easy. I have 3 dogs my older one is Frani and she has pancreatic cancer and and fighting for her life. My 6 year old dog’s name is Lebron and her intestine fall out 5 times after being spayed. I know that this is easy for me to say, but try to remember the good times and the happy memories you had with your dog. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  3. Breaks my heart to read this. Oh my goodness Kim. I am so sorry. I know the pain of losing a beloved pet(s). Look at all the memories you have. I know it will never be enough but you gave her a great life. Take comfort in that the best you can.

  4. That is heartbreaking, Kim. What shines out is that you gave her a full and wonderful life, and she repaid you many times over with love and care for all her/your pack. Her pain will end soon, but yours will not. I know this is hardly a comfort, but it really is something that you and she generated so much vitality and life between you. Be as strong as you need to be, but don’t bottle up the inevitable tears. Big hugs, my friend ?

  5. Whatever I write will not reduce your pain. But you can help her to ease hers. And she knows it. Many years ago I lost my dog. She was not good at health. I did not want to put her to sleep. One of the walks in the woods did not come back. We were looking for her, I was waiting for me. But in vain. The vet told us she was hiding from us to die. Let’s not watch her torture.

    • Thank you Elenka I appreciate your comment. And is true about them going to the woods to die . I even watched my first dog walk right out in front of a car on purpose, she had cancer as well, and was very old and street wise. It was her time and she knew it. I know Maggie does as well.

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