by Anura Guruge
TODAY — prior to …
Maya was euthanized, at home, around 1:20pm today.
[Since we discovered that vets will come to your home, we have opted for this. It is SO MUCH less distressing for them. They are at home. They have not been carted to the vets. It is well worth the additional cost.]
She had very severe cancer, with a HUGE tumor on her flank & numerous others all over her body. We did not want her to suffer. She was fine till the end and was chasing squirrels 3-hours before. But, this was the right time.
She would have been 10 in May.
I have had quite a few dogs but I spent more time with Maya than with any of the others. Timing. She came into my life as I was ‘retiring’ (or at least NOT working for money) & ramping up the amount of time I spent running/walking. She loved to walk & even a month ago she would go for 4-mile walks with I.
She was ‘my girl’. I tended to call her ‘girl’ or ‘my girl’ more than ‘Maya’. She knew she was ‘girl’. She responded to that. I also happen to call my 14-year old, my youngest, ‘girl’. Sometimes my daughter will inquire, which one are you talking to! Often they would both come when I called out ‘girl’.
She was happy. A very happy dog & there was no reason for not to be. She was spoilt.
We still have Braxton, our Harrier. So, I have a dog & we went for our evening walk. Yes, we will get another dog ‘soon’. But, it is unlikely to be another golden.
Her last birthday. Her 9th. May 2020.
Click pictures to ENLARGE.
Attribution WILL be enforced.
Maya has been to the McDonald’s at Alton Circle, for burgers (and of late ice cream), for her birthday, for the last 8-years. This year, with the pandemic, I had thought about making burgers at home — since I stopped getting takeout. But, at the last minute I decided to relent. We would just get burgers for the dogs. Nothing for us — and we skipped the ice cream too. We also didn’t picnic in the McDonald’s parking lot. An empty Hannaford lot was next door and that would give us more separation.
It all worked out. Didn’t like the takeout experience. BIGGEST concern — my CREDIT CARD! I had to hand it over & it came back — unsanitized. Yikes.
Well, the dogs didn’t care. They liked it, and that is all that matters.
We have been celebrating the dogs’ birthdays for 15-years or more; even when we lived in Gilford and just had Ulysses (our big Golden boy). In those days, in Gilford, it used to be an ice cream cake from ‘Hannaford’ (or whatever it used to be called in those days). Ulysses, who had grown up under my care, like all my dogs, liked his chocolate — and BEFORE you even ipen your mouth to say anything he lived a very good, active life, with very little wrong with him, until he was past 13. For a big dogs, that is quite brilliant.
Teischan, a great lover of birthdays (albeit, her’s her all time favorite), does a great job of keeping track of the dogs’ birthdays. I have been told, near daily, for the last 2-weeks, that it was going to be Maya’s 8th birthday and that we are going to McDonald’s. Suffice to say I have pictures of such birthdays going back years. A trademark of all these pictures are the dogs LICKING their chops in anticipation! It is classic. They know what is coming. Just search on ‘Maya birthday’ or ‘Braxton birthday’.