A Tribute to Maggie
by Lori Rankin
(Winston Salem NC)
This past Friday, Sept 2nd at 4pm, our beloved Maggie dog of almost 12 years died peacefully in my arms, surrounded by my beloved Kristin and our other dog Leo. One month ago, she was diagnosed with an advanced form of lymphoma so we chose to make her comfy with steroids and enjoy every second of her. Her last month was amazing. She got to run, roll in the grass, eat and be loved.
Maggie was my first dog and my constant companion. She was always so protective of me, which is why I had to make the decision on Friday. She was never going to give up or let me down. Maggie was courageous and a silent warrior, never telling me if she hurt or if she was in pain.
She loved to run and roll in the grass. She loved to sniff the flowers. She had her own timetable and her own routine and she let us know when we were off of it. She understood English and could eat off of a fork. She knew when I was hurting, sometimes stopping me on our walks so that I could kneel down and bury my face in her fur.
She moved with me to 7 different places. She taught me so much and asked for so little. If I saw myself through her eyes, I would love me just as is. She did. She loved Kristin and she knew that I had finally found love. That's why she could let go.
Wherever you are, my Maggie, I know you are free. I will forever love you and remember you always.
I explained it to St. Peter
I'd rather stay here
Outside the pearly gate.
I won't be a nuisance,
I won't even bark, I'll be very patient and wait.
I'll be here, chewing on a celestial bone,
No matter how long you may be.
I'd miss you so much, if I went in alone.
It wouldn't be Heaven for me.