Longtime readers of these newsgroups are already familiar with Maggie and her health issues, but for those who aren't:

Our 13-year-old Labrador Retriever, Maggie, has had liver cancer for several years (that we know of). She'd been kept alive and fairly happy with a combination of conventional and herbal medi- cine, but last Saturday she quit eating. Tests revealed that her kidneys were failing, so we made the decision to euthanize. The vet came to the house today.
She'd been up and down all morning, but very unsteady her back legs had begun splaying out to the side and she wasn't able to stand properly. About 11:00 I noticed that she was about to fall over, so I made her lie down on her left side (she's been bothered by pain on her right side for some time) in the living room. She never got up.
The vet came about 1:00, and we gave her her release. I'm pretty sure she wasn't in much pain, but she was obviously uncomfortable and disoriented from the chemical stew coursing through her blood- stream, so despite the suggestion from the vet that we could just let her go naturally if we wanted within hours, she said we opted to proceed. There was no struggle or anything like that, but she did require a full dose of the euthanasia drug obstinate to the end.
Goodbye, Sweet Girl.
Pics of Maggie and some of her friends can be found at my website (URL below).
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Mark Shaw contact info at homepage > http://www.panix.com/~mshaw == "The longer you go, the more the music gets into the walls." -Muddy Waters
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Goodbye, Sweet Girl.

I'm sorry to hear this, Mark. It's good that she went at home where she's comfortable.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
the end. Goodbye, Sweet Girl. Pics of Maggie and some of her friends can be found at my website (URL ... info at homepage > http://www.panix.com/~mshaw == "The longer you go, the more the music gets into the walls." -Muddy Waters

Mark I am so sorry to read this.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
I can't even gather the right words to express
my sorrow.
Gwen
so sorry Mark - you gave her some great years.
Janet Boss
Best Friends Dog Obedience
"Nice Manners for the Family Pet"
Voted "Best of Baltimore 2001" - Baltimore Magazine www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Goodbye, Sweet Girl.

Godspeed Maggie
Karla
Goodbye, Sweet Girl.

I'm so sorry, Mark. Godspeed Maggie.

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
*Remove shoes to reply*
Mark, I'm terribly sorry to hear this. You were a good 'Dad' to Maggie.

Debbie
My condolences...I hope you feel better soon.

Kristen and
Kali CDX, CGC, TDIA, TT
www.kristenandkali.com
Goodbye, Sweet Girl.

Godspeed, Maggie..
And goD bless your family.
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