I received the following email from Karyn on Saturday, August 12th, 2006 --
i want to thank all of you for the bottom of my heart for caring so much about Maggie and reaching out to her. It has meant so much to me. I have received so much...from well wishes and support to care packages and donations for her medical. I think it is safe to say that Maggie's life has inspired much.
It is with tears and a broken heart that I am writing because Maggie lost her fight last night at around 8pm.
We received a call from our vet that she was struggling a lot to breathe and that her gums were white, etc. He said her body was shutting down and going into shock. I rushed to the vets office to be with her.
She looked even worse than she had before (which i thought was impossible). She was so weak that she could not hold up her head and it would flop to the side if it wasn't supported.I comforted her the best I could and let her know how much I (and everyone who knew of her) loved her and that her life mattered. I told her that she would no longer feel any pain and would soon be in a much better place, getting the life she deserves.
When the vet left to get her injection. I had my face near hers and continued to speak to her. It was then that she proved to me that she knew she was loved. She lifted her head all the way up and stretched her nose out and touched her nose to my cheek and gave me one gentle kiss. Her head immediately dropped down after. she died as peacefully as her condition would allow.
I will hold her in my heart forever and will never forget her and all of you for loving her.
of course, when this type of situation happens, we try to turn a negative into a positive. This morning we rescued a tiny staffie bull from a bad area shelter. she was living in a garage in a crate way too small for her. her front legs are bent at a 45 degree angle b/c of this. She has marks all over the place and appears to have been a bait dog. Of ocurse being a pit, she is so forgiving of humans and is a sweet little girl.Her name is Katie and her life was saved in honor of our Maggie.
love and prayers,
Well, this is heartbreaking -- and looking at poor Maggie's pictures makes it all the more difficult.
Karyn is wonderful for what she did for this girl, that is without question, and Maggie was loved and she knew it when she left this life.
Karyn's shelter is dealing with a $4,000 vet bill for Maggie's care -- if you are interested in helping defray that cost, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you in touch with her.
Rest well, little Maggie -- you inspired us all, and we really thought you were going to make it.