The Good Witch

My family and friends often ask why don’t I write about my dogs on the blog? Well, in a nutshell, it is because this is after all a food blog, but over time, I have come to realize it is also a blog about us too. With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I would share this photo of my Boston Terrier, Mrs. O’Mally, from Halloween 2004. She was such a good sport when it came to dressing up.

Mrs. O’Mally
November 28, 1998 – October 22, 2008
This photo was taken on Monday, October 20, 2008. Mally was resting on her pink blanket in a little pen. The neurologist we saw earlier that day recommended that I keep her inactive and quiet to help her recuperate. But due to complications from Cushing’s disease and a ruptured disc, I had to put her to sleep on Wednesday (yesterday). She was unable to use her back legs and the pain had gotten much much worse overnight. I think it is a blessing that we are able to put our beloved pets out of their misery when the time comes. When I took her back to the veterinarian for the second time yesterday morning to control the pain, I knew it was time. And I was convinced that Mally was giving me the same message, “it’s time, mom.”
She was my sweet companion for almost 9 years. I rescued her when she was one year old. After rescuing Mrs. O, I have since rescued Homer and then Wilson from Boston Terrier rescues. Homer was with us for a relatively short time. He was older when I got him and had been abused and had many health issues. We gave him a loving home for his final years. Of course I still miss him terribly. Wilson is 5 years old now; we got him after Homer passed. Aside from being sad and wondering where Mally is, he is doing fine. A couple years ago, poor Wilson was brutally attacked by another dog, his eye severely damaged. And then, as if things couldn’t get any worse, his previous owners decided to dump him at a shelter. Boston Buddies rescued Wilson, but were unable to save his eye. Yet, in spite of his bad experience, Wilson is a love bug. I read about him on their website and soon after, he came to live with us. He and Mrs. O’Mally were great pals. To see a photo of Wilson, just scroll down to the very bottom of my blog.
In honor of my little Mally, I would like to suggest to those that are thinking about getting a pet, to please consider a rescue. These precious beings seem to be so grateful to finally find a safe, permanent loving home. Wilson came from the Southern California Boston Terrier Rescue. These folks are so dedicated and compassionate. Please check out their website to read about the dogs that are looking for their “forever home” and if you have Kleenex handy, take a look at the In Memory page, to read heart-breaking yet heart-warming stories about Bostons that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Dear Sweet Mally –
Thanks for being such a wonderful companion, rest in peace, girl.

20 thoughts on “The Good Witch”

  1. I’m very sorry to hear about Mrs. O. She looks like a very sweet dog.

    I can’t wait to move out of an apartment into a house and adopt a dog.

    (I hope you don’t receive this message 3 times – blogger is acting up)

  2. It would seem that EOK is taking over comments so far. Your story about Mrs. O really touched me and I’m glad you shared. It’s a hard thing to do but I believe it’s therapeutic. I have two black and white Shih Tzus and I know how they worm their way into your hearts and become loyal and wonderful companions.
    Mrs. O is now at the Rainbow Bridge and feeling no pain.

  3. Oh Lori Lynn, I’m so sorry about your Dear Sweet Mally!! It sounds like you provided a wonderful life for her, and she for you!
    Big Hugs,

  4. The dogs I’ve loved and who’ve loved me…thoughts of them always make me smile. Which is more than I can say for some of the people I’ve known. RIP, indeed, Mrs. O.

  5. What an adorable picture. A real treasured one now. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I know the feeling well, having put two of my cats to sleep at the ripe old age of 16 and 18, but it wasn’t easy and I still miss them. My heart goes out to you. Marla

  6. Having just lost a pet, this post has me crying anew. I am sorry for your loss and I know that Mrs. O’ found a loving home with you and for that you are twice-blessed.

  7. Much love and sympathy to you. I’m glad you got to have Mally as a part of your life for as long as you did. What a blessing.

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I think it is one of the hardest things and you have one of the best attitudes. When I get a dog it will be from a rescue.

  9. I am sad. Thank you everyone for your kind words. I wish I had the energy to respond individually.
    Thank you so much.

  10. I’m so sorry to read that your Dear Mally is gone.

    I grew up with Boston Terriors, and I adore the breed.

    From a fellow BT lover, my deepest sympathies.

  11. Oh, I’m crying as I read this post. What a sweet little thing Mrs. O’Mally was! I’m so sorry you lost her. As you know, I’ve been going through a loss, too, and I know how painful it is and what a hole it leaves in your life. And how agonizing it is to see them suffer and to have to make that decision. I feel for you, so very much.

  12. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet Mrs. O. I hope you & Wilson find comfort during this tough time.

    xoxox Amy

  13. I am so very sorry for your loss….I also had a Mally! She was a wonderful yellow lab and had to be put down also at 10 years old in the final stages of cancer. It was so hard but the right thing to do. Then several years later I lost my rescued cocker spaniel, Aubie to heart disease. What wonderful companion friends they are and how hard it is to give them up. Again, I am sorry for your loss.

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