Just a quickie for 27th August

Fandango’s one word challenge today is Magnet.
Forgive me but how could I not write about our baby?

This was Maggie the day we brought her home on March 11th 2005.

We took her to the vet the following day for a check up where she was registered as ‘Puppy’ because we didn’t have a name for her yet. Our vet was so pleased we got another dog so quickly after losing Barney (6 days) and said we had a good pup.

Maggie was a sprollie, her Mum being a two year old Welsh collie and Dad a liver and white springer spaniel. She was one of ten, seven bitches and three dogs, and by the time we got to the farm (thank you GPS else we would never have found it), one dog had been reserved and we had the pick of the rest. She chose me. I was on my knees in the courtyard wearing ten puppies. They were hanging onto my hair, under my hands, pawing my knees but she climbed up on my lap, curled up and went to sleep. The guy put her back and she did the same thing, so that was that and we brought her home, Β£100 well spent.

Coming out of the vet’s, she was in Hubby’s coat, and he couldn’t go ten paces without someone coming up to him and saying ‘Aw, puppy!’ and giving her a fuss. She loved it.
I said she was a people magnet, and her ears pricked up. We modified it to Maggie, and thus she was christened.
She was about a year old here, and I sent one of the photographs to the farm to let them see how she’d turned out.
This was on the boat in May 2016.

These were taken in November 2019, exactly a year before we lost her.
The canvas picture below was taken in February 2019, just after her 14th birthday.
I miss her more every day.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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24 Responses to Just a quickie for 27th August

  1. scifihammy says:

    What a beautiful post. So lovely to see Maggie again, especially those early pics πŸ˜€
    She’s still with you in your heart. πŸ™‚

  2. Sadje says:

    Aww, such a sweetheart

  3. They are a part of you, that you cannot explain to other people. They are not just a dog, but family. We lost our beautiful mongrel three years ago, (German Shepard Dad, mongrel Mum) I loved him so much, and I was the first thing he saw, and the last. I remember introducing him to our cats. He soon found out who was boss.

    • Oh I know where you’re coming from. Despite Covid restrictions, our vet allowed us to stay with Maggie and we were holding and loving her when she breathed her last.

  4. murisopsis says:

    She was a very good dog. Perhaps it is time to start looking for another??

    • We are Val, but puppies are so expensive as breeders have put their prices up out of all proportion, even for cross breeds, where they are asking in excess of one thousand pounds. Local rescue centres aren’t open to the public, that is if they have dogs available. There are plenty of ads for dogs wanting forever homes further afield or from abroad, but when you read the small print, you ‘buy’ from a picture and pay up front, which is non refundable. In many instances, you are not allowed to meet the dog you are adopting first, so how do you know it’s the one you’ve seen?
      We are firm believers that the dog has to choose us, just as Maggie did, and Barney before her. There will never be another Maggie, or Barney, but our next fur baby will be loved as much.

  5. What a beautiful dog! She’s still a people magnet, she went right to my heart and jumped in. Wonderful tribute to her, a delight to read.

  6. Fandango says:

    So cute. They do light up our lives, don’t they.

  7. willowdot21 says:

    She’s so beautiful πŸ’œ

  8. AW! What a sweet tribute to a beautiful dog! ❀ It really doesn't get any easier, does it? 😦 I'm thinking about you today and your people 'magnet'. Thanks for sharing how she came to get her name. That's so clever! She was a lovely girl and you at least have some wonderful photos to remember her by. ❀

    • Thanks Melanie. It doesn’t get easier, but I am glad we were blessed with her for as long as we were. There are over 130 different pictures of her in my blog and I remember when I took them all.

  9. She was such a cutie. That kind of loss is something that we’ll never forget. With time, the memories will stop getting clouded by grief

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