A long holiday

I have no idea how I’m going to explain this to my children, or how the conversation will go…but we’ll miss ya Maggie. 🙁


  1. Oh, I’m so sorry. My cats were middle-aged by the time the kids came along, so they started dying when the kids were a little older (early elementary, late preschool or so). Very interesting how they reacted to the first one. A week after we buried her, one of the kids wanted to dig her up to see if she’d gone to heaven. The other kid wanted to dig her up to see what her body looked like after being buried a week. (Kid one = atheist at age 8, kid 2 = loves science.)

    But when we put our dog to sleep 2 1/2 years ago, there was a lot of crying. A whole lot. The kids at least knew it was coming and had a chance to say goodbye, which made a huge difference.

    Be honest and don’t give too much information. If they have questions, they’ll ask. Don’t tell them anything that you don’t believe.

    Now I want to go home and hug my dog.

  2. Oh, man. I look at Miss Goldie and her grey muzzle every single day and wonder how I will survive when she goes, because I love that dog so much.

    I hope it all goes ok.

  3. It’s so hard, I know. Thankfully Squeaks was only 6 months old when we had to put down our 13 year old dog. Now I’m already hoping that nothing happens to our current dog, as Squeaks would be devastated.

    Good luck with that conversation. I’m sure you’ll come up with something to say that will make it easier on them. You have a way with words and you’re a good mommy, so you’ll make it easier on them.

  4. This one really got to me, too. Not that I have children (and can only imagine what that throws into this equation)–but just the mere concept of what you’re going through breaks my heart. However, knowing you as I do (at least, back in the Orlando Magic drinkin’ “seen Bob?” days…) I know you’ll handle it beautifully. Sending you a big hug from fucked-up Florida =)

  5. I’m so very sorry 🙁 We lost our beloved Max in August, and it was so hard on the kids (he was 14). The only comfort was that we were blessed with a new puppy the next week (we are convinced that Max sent her to us to help us heal).

    ((((Tender hugs)))))

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