Monday, November 23, 2009


As I sit here typing this, I am missing my dalmatian, Maddy. She passed away yesterday. I remember the first time I saw her and I will never forget the last time. She was diagnosed with cancer on her 9th birthday this year (June 2nd). We had to have her leg amputated and we prayed for a miracle. She was doing so well until the end of September, when I noticed she was coughing up blood. Ever since then, we knew she was going downhill. But, these last two weeks have been brutal. She stopped eating all food. She wanted nothing to do with it! But, she drank water all day. She peed constantly and she could barely hold it in. She has had very few accidents in her life, so I knew it was bad when she was going in the house. She began to lose weight rapidly and would throw up the water she drank. Little did I know, that would be the last thing she did. Yesterday, she was laying by her water dish trying to drink. She threw up and then gave in. Jeff and I sat with her until the end. I told her bye and Jaden even came in to say bye. What a strong and brave boy I have! I am so proud of him. I watched Maddy leave us. What a powerful thing I witnessed. I cried, Jeff cried, but the kids have yet to shed a tear. I believe I had prepared them well the past 6 months. They knew it was going to happen. Jaden said he wasn't sad because she is in heaven! He even helped lay her body to rest.
Tonight, we made a spotted cake and shared some memories of her. I loved her so much. She was my first kid! The house has such an obvious absence.


GB said...

Oh LeeAnn! Your story made me cry!! Thinking of you this week! Love, Gail

Ry said...