Madelynne passed away January 15, 2006. She was 14 years old.
She had what appeared to be a mild seizure. She did not have the after affects she usually had.
She seemed to be OK. We curled up and went to sleep. I woke up at 4 AM and checked her. She was breathing and she licked my hand. I woke up again around 6 AM and she was gone. She died in her sleep, curled up with her mommy. Itís the one thing I am thankful for, I always worried sheíd die in a vetís office amidst drama and panic.
Just before I woke at 6, I was dreaming Lestat had come to me. I hope this means he was there waiting for her, so she wasnít afraid or alone when she left her body. I guess we never know these things for sure, but I can hope.
Madelynne was the best friend I ever had. She was closer to me than any one, human or animal. She was truly a brave spirit. No matter how sick she was, she always fought to live. 7 years ago the vet sent her home to die. She fought every minute until she was out of danger. She was left disabled, and eventually went blind and had occasional seizures, but she adjusted. At 14 years old, she could still move faster than the other dogs on 2 legs and she still barked her reinforcement when Iíd give them a command. She was always there when I needed someone, she let me know how much she loved me every day. She could not have been a better friend. I feel lucky I had her in my life for so long. I will miss her for the rest of my life. Itís hard to get used to her being gone. She left a huge space that is impossible to fill. Itís been 5 days since she died and I have not gotten a full nights sleep yet because I keep reaching for her and sheís not there. Even as I type this, it feels weird not to have her on my lap.
I am comforted by the fact that Madelynne is with Lestat now. They always loved each other, and she grieved hard after his death. If I have neither of my babies in flesh, at least they have each other while they wait for me. They loved each other in life and I am positive they will find each other in spirit.
Our friend Troubie went to Rainbow Bridge two years ago. She sent this poem through her Meowmie. Thank you Troubie for thinking of Madelynne,. I know your Meowmy misses you as much as I do Madelynne.
To my furiend Madelynne
We have a way of knowing when your life on earth is through
I am waiting here with open paws for a welcome, just for you
I know youíll miss your mommy, as I do mine each day
She will know you think of her as you relax and play
You will feel young and whole again, like you are reborn
Your mommy will also know this, to help her not to mourn
Days here are pleasant and nights are peaceful too
Your thoughts will be warm and happy of those who love you
One day before you know it, though it may be years
A face will come before you shedding happy tears
Youíll kiss the face forever of the one you were so fond
As time has no limits at Rainbow Bridge in the great beyond
By Troubie, from the Rainbow Bridge
My friend Sue sponsored a kitty from Furr Angels in Madelynne's memory. Thanks so much for thinking of her Sue.
Madelynne was adopted from a county shelter, a month after she was supposed to be to put to sleep. She was dumped there by a breeder, who had wanted to breed her for profit and was shut down when they were caught selling too many puppies without a license. Once she wasnít profitable, the breeder didnít care what happened to her. She was a healthy 5 lb 8 month old pekepoo at the time. She would have been euthanized and discarded as if she never existed. It was only because of one animal control officer with a kind heart that she lived long enough for me to adopt.
The one thing I can do that does justice to her memory is to stress that millions of animals are put to sleep in shelters every year. Before buying from a breeder, please visit your local shelter. I did, and the result was 14 years of happiness with the best friend I ever had. Rescues and no kill shelters can be great, but if you become frustrated because of their policies or just not finding the pet you want, please do not overlook your local shelter.
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