Saturday, July 10, 2010

Remembering Maggie

This is really painful but I feel I have to do it as part of my grieving process.

Today Maggie was 14 years 2 months old and laid to rest.   She was rescued when my husband was in college when she was only 4 weeks old as she was taken from her mother who was badly beaten by her owner and had to be put to sleep.   Jay says she fit in the palm of his hand and he fed her milk from bottles.  I hear many stories about Maggie from the college years... eating rat poison in the fraternity house and being rushed to a regular ER... being hit by a car... she was truly invincible, even up to the very end.  I don't know that Maggie would have ever passed on her own.  She loved life.  But when her arthritis and hip dysplasia got so bad she could hardly walk or even get up to go to the bathroom we decided she wasn't truly living as "Maggie" and needed to be let go.

I've known Maggie as long as I've known Jay and she's been there for it all.  I can't even begin to imagine how hard this is for Jay.  I believe my sadness is only the tip of the iceberg compared to his.  Our younger dog Mason has never known life without her and he is walking around lost... because he truly is.  We will move past this difficult time and she will of course live in our hearts and memories.   We take solace in knowing she is no longer in pain, was loved by many and lived a long full life.

Her remains will be spread at North Beach in Seabrook... where she spent many days running and swimming, where Jay proposed to me and where Grandma and Grandpa Olen's ashes were spread.  I know she will love it.

Thank you so much for all the kind words and thoughts.  It really means so much.

RIP Maggie.  We miss you already :(


  1. Oh, Tyler, that's so hard! I cannot imagine having to say goodbye to Sammie -- hopefully not for many years, still. I hope the blog helps with your grieving -- the picture is, for what it's worth, just stunning!

  2. I'm so sad for you guys, crying after reading that and hugging Tikka just a bit tighter than usual. Your words are as beautiful as you and the pictures you take and I'm sure your love for Maggie made her life with your family full of joy. I'm sure just like Mason, your and Jay's heart is a little lost right now too and I'm praying you guys have as easy a time as possible and remember all the wonderful memories Maggie had with your family. Shewas truly blesses with a long life ( I know it's never long enough),but I'm sure she's sending you licks from above.

  3. What a beautiful tribute Tyler.

  4. I'm so sorry Tyler. You gave Maggie a truly beautiful life. This is an amazing tribute.

  5. We feel for you guys. Give a hug and our thoughts to Jay too. That is a really touching and special pic of him and Avery too.

  6. I am truly so sorry for your loss. I have tears in my eyes. Much love to you all.