||Deceased, Twelve years old|
||Chocolate Labrador Retriever|
gave our family twelve+ years of happiness and joy. Labs are
generally very faithful and loving dogs. Maggie was exceptional...
My husband and I purchased Maggie as a wedding gift to each other
when we were married in August of 1984. At the time my husband owned
a Black Labrador named Jasper. At first Jasper did not like Maggie
but soon they became best friends. Maggie was a very self-sufficient
dog. She would bring her water bowl to you when it was empty to have
it refilled. Since we lived in the country, we could open the door of
our home to let her outside to do her business and have her return
with a bark to be left back in.
Maggie had three beautiful litters of puppies - two chocolate litters
and one black litter. She was a wonderful mother to her puppies but
would let friends and relatives hold and cuddle them. Maggie loved to
play Frisbee, go swimming at the state game lands near our home and
generally loved all people.
Maggie became ill in early 1996. She began to have stomach problems
and could not seem to digest her food. We tried medications and
special diets which barely helped. She lost nearly twenty pounds and
her quality of life went down hill. In October of 1996, which was
about a month after we purchased our current Labrador,
we had to make the decision to put Maggie to rest. I
had begun to prepare myself mentally and emotionally for this
inevitable event for almost a year prior. Maggie had a good long life
and I felt confident in my decision. I stayed with her while the vet
gave her the shot and held her paw until she went to sleep. We had
Maggie cremated and took her ashes to her favorite hiking and
swimming spot. She will forever be in our hearts. Although I still
feel a great sense of loss I am truly glad Maggie was a part of our
lives. You can see Maggie, Jasper, and Casey all at
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