goodbye little Maggie



Posting days: Sunday and Wednesday and, sometimes, maybe, extra bits in between.


Sunday June 23rd 2019


This is little Maggie, one of my favourite dogs.




In April, when I took the photo, her human, J. told me that Maggie was off her food, seemed sad, and wasn’t herself.  I recall that J. and I wondered whether Maggie could be grieving for terrier Harry, who had recently died. He had been her companion since she’d joined the household as a lively pup.

Despite much attention and careful monitoring, Maggie deteriorated. She was at the vet’s, having tests, when I last saw J.

Today I see J. walking towards the car park. Maggie isn’t with her. Sadly, the vet’s diagnosis was a large, inoperable stomach tumour.

Maggie was a lovely dog, kind, gentle, obedient and very lively. She always insisted on greeting her human friends. In the parks, she often materialised by my side well before J. hove into view, and would sit waiting for a fuss and half a gravy bone.

I miss her.

J., of course, is deeply saddened by her loss, but wanted to give another dog a forever home as soon as possible.

When J. first met Isis, she was intrigued and wanted to know all about her. She said that  when it was time for her to have another dog, she would approach Dogwatch U.K.

And she did.

First she adopted Sophie.




Then Ruby.



On Friday, she collected Rory





Both dogs accepted him straight away, and he appears to harbour no ill feelings towards cats.

In fact, they all seem to be gelling nicely.






Three sad losses.

And a brilliant new home for three needy dogs.


*Isis came from the Aeza cat and dog rescue and adoption centre in Aljezur, Portugal. For information about adopting an animal from the centre, contact or


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5 Responses to goodbye little Maggie

  1. Jane McKears says:

    I am always delighted to hear that humans are giving loving homes to rescues


  2. Amber Lipari says:

    Awww, Maggie was a real beauty. So terribly sad – but how wonderful for those lucky dogs! The circle of life…


    • Yes. It’s always sad to lose a dog, especially before she’s enjoyed a full life span. And it is wonderful for the adopted dog. They couldn’t have a better home. Ruby is obviously a previously abused dog. She’ll not come near people outside her family. This is the first time I’ve managed to take a photo of her. She adores her human and asks for a lot of reassurance and affection. I gcan’t imagine that she has ever been loved before.


  3. Indeed, and 3 at a time is especially heartwarming.


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