Maude took her last breath, on our couch, her head resting on my hand, my head resting on hers.
Maude didn’t take a piece of our hearts when she passed, she made them whole in a way we didn’t think possible from her life. To imply her passing is a loss completely negates all that she gave to us through the years, during a life we, and no one else, were chosen by the cosmos to share.
My condolences and heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone who never met our Maude.
Maude’s best friend in life was the Joy we know as Stella. Stella left us too soon, several years ago, from soft tissue carcinoma which metastasized so fast, treatment was futile.
They say all dogs go to heaven. That wasn’t the case with Stella. Heaven itself knew it wasn’t good enough for her. Stella went straight to the right side of whatever entity you believe created this crazy world.
Stella loved Maude very much, and I know for fact that when she saw her best friend and sister in line to enter Heaven, she went right to her, huge smile on her face, tail stump going a mile a minute and said, “I missed you so much Maude! You can visit Heaven anytime, but you’re going to stay with me!”
Maude is with Stella now, in a place most of us will never be good enough to see. She’s OK.
10/15/99 – 2/24/2014
Forever her Daddy’s Girl.
Forever in our hearts.