Friday, March 4, 2011

Maddie Update


So many of you were more than kind in your responses to my post a month ago about our beloved Maddie. About a month ago we were on the verge of losing her, but thanks to a great vet and some good drugs, she's doing fine.

OK, OK, she still has a slight skin condition that creates black spots on her skin, she walks a little crooked, has a few accidents from time to time, and as a result of her recent bout of geriatric vestibular syndrome, she has a permanent head tilt. The head tilt is just a little disconcerting, especially to HOB. I told him to just think of Maddie being very, very curious about everything.

Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, isn't it? Shortly after Maddie had passed through the worst of the syndrome, I hosted book club at my house. I stood proudly by my mottled-skin, crooked-walking, tilted-head dog as my guests arrived. One of the women came in and looked at Maddie and said sympathetically, "Awwwww....I've got one I need to put down too."

In my eyes, however, Maddie is just as beautiful as ever and has been given a new lease on life.

Can I tell you how happy I am to see her greet me each and every night when I come home from work? She may move a little slower than she used to and she may stumble just a little, but she comes out barking her excited bark and seems to say to me, "Welcome home. How was your day?" Her head tilt just seems to add to the authenticity of her sincere interest.

I give her a hug.

I can still see the young dog there behind the misted eyes.

I am so glad she is still around.

Thanks again for all your good thoughts.



62 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I am so please that Maddie is recovering, and that you have her with you still,
I had a diavetic cat that needed inuslin shots twice daily, she survived for four years like this until she developed gall stones and I had to part with her, she was with me at a most traumatic time in my life when I lost bith mother and husband within 2 months, she as a great comfort to me as I am sure Maddie is to you.

Have a good day.
Yvonne.

Seams Inspired said...

Oh, sweet Maddie! Thanks for sharing your heart today. And thanks for the update. Happy Friday, friend! :o)

Out on the prairie said...

Mine is still in bed, I got up so she takes my pillow.I am not one to spoil a pet, but I tried not to wake the cat at the foot of the bed getting out.Yesterday I took the dog in for a $30 trim, mine is $9.They offer many of us a simple part in our lives we obviously need.I have 3 friends who are vets and it hurts them when they have to put one down, they have seen your love for a number of years and now see your sadness.

faye said...

Yeah Maddie... nothing wrong with
a little head tilt.

Happy weekend Betty !!

Mamma has spoken said...

If she's not suffering there is no reason to put her down. So glad she is still with you, warts and all.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty .. glad Maddie is better .. I can quite understand her crookedness .. it was something I had to adjust to with my mother's strokes and her left-sided neglect ..

Enjoy your weekend together .. Hilary

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

I'm so sorry that she's having a touch time, but super happy that the vet was able to help. She really is beautiful!

Anne Gallagher said...

Yay Maddie! Love the head tilt. Like you say, makes her look curious. Give her a kiss for me.

Leah J. Utas said...

I'm so glad Maddie is still with you.

Flartus said...

She's more beautiful than ever because you can't help but appreciate every extra moment with her in your life, walking and barking.

My folks' dog had an opposite problem--when he tilted his head, his back end collapsed! He lived a happy life for at least another year, and he was beautiful for every moment (blind, deaf and wobbly, but beautiful). ;-)

tracy said...

Aw, what a beautiful gal! Old dogs are so special. Our last one lived to be about 17. I look at photos of him now and realize how old he looked, but while he was around he always was a puppy to me.

Maddie is very lucky to have such caring and loving humans to share her life with. Hopefully we'll all be treated as well in our golden years.

baygirl32 said...

glad she's doing better.

Pearl said...

JUst catching up, Betty, and have to tell you how beautifully written this piece is. It brought tears to my eyes.

Best of wishes/intents to you, your family, and your lovely pup.

Pearl

Liz said...

you are such a great dog mama, BB! good for you for seeing the pup and standing beside her.

that comment had to cut like a knife. hang in there!

Nicolasa said...

Thanks for the Maddie update! Happy to hear she is doing as well as she can be right now! :-)

Old Kitty said...

Awwwwww BB!!!!! I'm so glad to hear that adorable Maddie is doing just fine!!! She's beautiful and her little head tilt just makes her more endearing than ever!! I'm so glad she has you to protect and stick up for her. There is life - plenty of vital life - in the ol' girl yet!!! Hugs and paws up to you both! Take care

Marlene said...

This post made me cry. I can tell she's a very special dog.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad she's doing better! And who on earth would make such a comment?

Jules said...

I was almost afraid to scroll down but sure glad I did. It is a "How was your day?" bark. I get those too. :)

And my Bamba, Shadow and Mouse are sending tail wags and nose kisses her way.

Have a great weekend!
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Baby Sister said...

I'm glad she's still around too. I'm sure your love helps her a lot.

Lin said...

Ouch. Boy, sometimes comments like that sure hurt, don't they? Maddie will tell you when it is time to put her down--and she may just go there on her own when she is ready.

I'm glad that she is doing better. As long as she isn't in pain and is acting fine, there is no need to let her go. God whispers in your ear when it is time--and you will just know.

That said--enjoy your time together! We all tilt a little when we get older. Heck, I'm leaning as I type. Give her a big hug for me, Betty!

Georgina Dollface said...

I'm glad she is doing OK too. Our furry-friends love us just the way we are, so of course, why wouldn't we love them, just the way they are? Lovely post. - G

Mary said...

Hi BB how lovely for Maddie to have someone like you to love her. Have a great weekend together. M.

Daisy said...

She looks like a very sweet dog. I'm happy she is such a good companion for you. She is lucky to have you to love her too. :)

Madi and Mom said...

BB Maddie is beautiful from the tip of her precious nose to the tip of her happy to see Mom tail....I often wonder if people hear what comes out of their mouth....good grief how dare someone say that.

I don't think there is anything more heartwarming than to be greeted by 200% unconditional love.

Have a good weekend and give Maddie an extra hug tonight from
my Madi and Me.

Parsley said...

I LOVE her!!!! She's precious and perfect! Give her a kiss from her Auntie Parsley.

Lydia K said...

What a furry sweetheart! She's adorable. I hope you have lots more time with her!

LittleSilkDress said...

She is absolutely beautiful, BB. I want to curl up with her and give her a giant hug. Will you give her one for me? So glad you and your family were granted more time with her.

GreatGranny said...

I'm so glad you've still got your precious Maddie. She has such a sweet look.

Brian said...

I think Maddie is a beauty! I'm so glad she has you to make her heart smile!

Cool Gal said...

There is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog.

Yay for Maddie. She is so beautiful!

Linda said...

Love allows us to see past a person's (or dog's) outward appearance and to focus on the living essence of that person (or dog). While outsiders look at Maddie and see an old dog, nearing the end of life, you look at her and see the pup (and loving friend) within; and it comes as a surprise when others don't see the same thing. It's natural, but it's a little hurtful when others miss the special beauty that seems so obvious to us. Thanks for helping us to see Maddie through your eyes.

Shan said...

Ack! I saw the title of this post and could feel the burn of tears. I'm so glad she's doing so well (if mottled skin, head tilt and crooked walking are reasons to be put down I'm in big trouble!). She truly is a beautiful dog.

Whew!

Shan :+)

Cake Betch said...

I think she's ADORABLE! God love em, you can't live with them and you can't live without them.

Karen said...

Such a sweet picture of Maddie! Glad that she is still with all of you and feeling better!

Bouncin' Barb said...

She's very beautiful. I wish her long good health to come.

Hilary said...

Aww I'm so happy to hear this. She's such a sweet love.

Camille said...

I love Maddie and your committment to her. We had a beautiful handicapped Cairn Terrier and very few understood why, oh why, we kept her happy and going strong for many years when the lethal injection would have been the easier route. You clearly get it - and your blog today made me puddle up. You're a good woman.

Cheeseboy said...

I am always so amazed by the bond that owners make with their dogs. I hope Maddie continues to live a full and awesome life for both your sakes.

gayle said...

Awww! Maddie is beautiful!

mskanorado said...

Maddie is so beautiful and the head tilt is adorable. Now, I have to know - did the book club woman know you thought you almost were going to have to put her down or did she just make an unbelievably bold comment like that? Because if she just said that .. um, how rude. Anyways, thanks for the update! Here's to many more years!

Ann said...

I think Maddie's head tilt is just beautiful. They give us so much and ask for so little in return. I don't think I would have known what to say to the comment about having one that needed to be put down. I'm pretty sure that I would have been very annoyed by that.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I want to give her a hug too. I'm sure the lady didn't mean anything by it, but it's a bit rude to say "hey, you should kill your dog," isn't it? Or is that just me being sensitive?

Catherine said...

Maddie looks so sweet and as cute as can be to me!

I don't know, I'm sure there are days we all look like we should be 'put down'. I don't think I would like your friend to see me early Sunday mornings ~ sleep in my eyes, age spots and wrinkles, hair all awry, arthritis medication worn off through the night... nope... it's not pretty... ;o)

So glad pup is feeling a bit better ~ our four legged friends give us so much joy!

Happy Weekend Betty!
xo Catherine

Cindy Caudle said...

I think Maddie looks beautiful. I am glad she is feeling better. That lady doesn't know what she is talking about. Maybe she should look in the mirror. Our fur babies are precious to us. Have a good weekend.
Cindy

Pat Tillett said...

I think your "friend" should have left with her head tilting one way or the other! That wasn't a very nice for her to say!

I'm so glad you feel that way about your Maddie! She is a part of your family! As long as she isn't sufferring, then you guys all have much more times together!
She's also soooo darn cute!

Lazarus said...

That's awesome news, great post from all perspectives!

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

With her head tilted like that, she looks very puppy-like. Not a day over 1.

Peggy K said...

Betty, I'm sure you know how much I enjoy any updates on Maddie. It's great news to hear how she's doing.
I'm always amazed at the insensitivity of some people who clearly don't see their own dogs as one of the family, and therefore treat all dogs that way.
I'm so happy you have Maddie in your life. And I'm so happy you share that with us.

Tracy said...

Oh Betty,
Beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder and those eyes of your friends as well...she is absolutely beautiful and that comes from the heart for ALL God's creatures. She continues to have purpose in your life and that of your family.
Hugs to you!

Tracy said...

Oh Betty,
Beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder and those eyes of your friends as well...she is absolutely beautiful and that comes from the heart for ALL God's creatures. She continues to have purpose in your life and that of your family.
Hugs to you!

ds said...

Maddie is beautiful, and so are you for still seeing the puppy behind her eyes, her joy in being with you, and the curiosity in her tilted head. I hope you have many more years together!

Deborah said...

Oh what a darling dog, I'm so glad she's alright x

Leanne said...

Sweet maddie - so glad to read the update. Woof woof!

Claudia Del Balso said...

Hi Betty,
Maddie looks just as beautiful. I am so happy to hear that she's doing well even if she moves a little slower. Her spirit is still the same and most importantly her loyalty and love for you is definitely there.
Keep enjoying Maddie!
Bless her little heart ;)

Graceful Moments said...

It's never time to let them go until they are not able to find any joy in seeing you! Sounds like Maddie has a long way to go before that happens! So happy for you and for her and I think she's beautiful!

Susan in the Boonies said...

If you and Maddie are happy, then I'm happy, too.

Sending you both some love!

Cricket said...

You know, the official position of the Church is that animals do not have souls (dang Aquinas). I think someone missed something there. I, for one, have no problem praying for you and your beautiful dog.

Who says there are no dogs in heaven? What kind of talk is that?

Pat said...

Thanks for the update. She is so, so sweet! She looks beautiful to me!

Barbara Shallue said...

This brought tears to my eyes because as I read your words I saw my sweet old man puppy Charly. I'm so glad she's doing better. I know you're cherishing every minute you have with her, so I won't give you needless advice.

john said...

You're right ; Maddie IS beautiful. Whilst her skin and fur may be temporarily less than Westminster quality, she obviously has a depth and beauty of heart that transcends her physical appearance. You can just tell by looking at her, even in tiny little photos.
Of course, I'm [mean and] tacky, but I would lie in wait for the book club moron. Next time she had an illness, even a cold, or her hair wasn't completely in place, or she even complained of soreness, I would ask what types of flowers she preferred. When queried as to why, I would undoubtedly reply "Well, [insert whatever imperfection here] is wrong with you, you ARE going to be euthanised aren't you?!?"
But, of course, I'm naughty...

CherylK said...

Oh, what a darling she is. You know, as long as she's not in any sort of pain and is comfortable she's probably very happy just being with you. Give her a smooch on the nose for me, will ya?