Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Thursday Morning: My beautiful girl, Maggie, has gone home to heaven. I'm Ok, just going inside myself for a little while.
Thurdsday Night: A friend found my purse where I had dropped it in a car park - and I am getting everything back, including the cash. I had not even cancelled most cards.

I started this blog to focus on art and animals and with the aim of focussing on the positive. This week is beyond blah so I will simply give you a quick update and be back when the wheel turns.

Maggie has had two feet of bowel removed yesterday in major surgery. Apparently the improvement we saw on Sunday was a result of the relief felt when her bowel perforated. The vets said if she survived last night she had a 50% chance. I have just left her tonight and she is as well as can be expected - but they won't improve the odds for at least another 5 days. The perforation led to peritonities (sp?) - that is a lot of infection.

To add to the blah I have managed to lose my purse today. At a time when what will become thousands of dollars are being committed to Miss M, this is a huge issue. I don't think it was stolen - I think in my tired haze I have left it somewhere silly. However I am going to have to cancel cards if I do not find it soon.

I am spending as much time as possible sitting in Maggie's cage at the vet, and trying to give little Archer time too - while turning up for school occasionally. Life is busy.

Those of you who pray, then please pray for my Maggie, for the irritating cough I have, for finances and that I would find my purse. Please also give thanks that Maggie has made it this far, that there are wonderful vets caring for her and that so many lovely people are helping out walking and dog sitting Archer.

Goodnight friends


One Crabapple said...

Oh my gosh. The last thing I expected was this. After the good news the other day - everyone getting better....I wish I lived closer. I would hunt up that purse for you ! I hope by now things are looking better. I sure am thinking of you and Maggie and praying things turn around.

I have so many more feelings but no words ...xo.

Arty Lady's blog said...

I hope Maggie is improving - at least she is putting up a brave fight.

You are going through a rough time - I hope someone kind hands back your purse.

Thinking of you

Janet said...

Oh, I'm so terribly sorry to hear about Maggie. My heart goes out to you. I'll be sending you lots of good thoughts to get you through this sad time, and also to help locate your missing purse. Take care of yourself and come back to us when you feel up to it.

Ev said...

Oh my goodness Julie, I am so sad to hear of Maggie's problem. I do hope she recovers quickly. I am thinking of you and sending my best wishes for her to improve quickly. I would say I can't believe that this has all happened at once but it is exactly the sort of things that happen to me. Best to get them all over and done with at once.. The fact that Maggie made it through such an invasive op at her age speaks volumes and I sincerely hope she keeps improving hourly. Wish I was closer to give you a hug.

Doreen G said...

Julie -what can I say that you don't already feel.
My heart aches for you Julie but you have your faith and it's times like these that we know who is in charge and He has a plan for Maggie which at this stage doesn't include you- but we can't question His reasons we just have to believe.

Jane P said...

Sending very positive doggy thoughts from Benny and hoping lost purse finds its way home

Jacky said...

Hi Julie,

Just wanted you to know that you and Maggie are in my prayers. Sending love, a BIG hug to you and your animals.
Jacky xOx

Dotee said...

Oh Julie, I am so sorry to hear that Maggie is struggling. I will keep her in my prayers tonight. And send prayers that you will find your purse too.

So many more words I want to say but my heart will need to speak directly to yours.

Much, much love

Dotee xoxo

Judy said...

Hi Julie, Whilst we all can't be there physically with you, we are there spiritually with you.
Hope you find your purse.
To Maggie-
A prayer for animals:(translation reads as follows)...

Hear our humble prayer, O G-d,
for our friends the animals,
especially for animals
who are suffering,
for any that are hunted or lost
or deserted or frightened or hungry.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for all those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be
true friends to animals
and so to share the
blessings of the merciful.

xox Judy

lklight said...

I'm so, so sorry Julie.

Dot said...

I woke up at 5am this morning and wanted to check your blog to see if there were any updates.

Julie , I am so,so sorry to hear about your Maggie girl. My heart is breaking for you.

No more words as tears are streaming down my face. Just lots of love from me to you.

Wish I was there to give you a big hug. My heart is reaching out to you.

Dotee xoxo

Me said...

I am very, very sorry. Providence gave you small balance with the purse being found but I know your grief will be long...I am glad you have a new friend in the house to help in the grieving.

Natalie B said...

Hi Julie

I just got a message through blogarithm that your blog had been updated and I immediately thought "great some more art from Julie". Then I read your sad sad news and my heart just dropped. I'm so terribly sorry for your loss and I know it is great as she was so much more than your companion/family/friend. Time is a great healer, but you will never forget your beautiful Maggie. Biggest hugs to you Nat & Emma xxx

Ro Bruhn said...

So sorry Julie, you're having a lot of bad luck with your animals at present. Life seems to happen that way, things will get better, but for now, take care, we're all thinking of you.
Very glad you found your purse (something positive)


Megan Pickwell said...

So sorry to hear of your loss Julie, may you remember the wonderful memories of your dear Maggie, and feel better physically yourself as you work through the grief.
I am so pleased your purse manifested.
warm thoughts,

LisaOceandreamer said...

I haven't been by lately as my mind was elsewhere on another loss. I am SOOOO very sorry Julie, this was not what I expected to read here. I am completely at a loss for words.
I am sending you love and many comforting hugs.

kelsey said...

I join the others Julie in feeling your loss, Maggie's been like a "child" in the background of your posts for such a long time and we'll all miss her. Cry freely, it does help and then one day you'll be able to think of her without the tears coming. Hugs to you ;-}

Dot said...

I took the day off work today for some time out and have spent the morning thinking about your loss.
Thinking about the special connection you had with Princess Maggie.

And I know she has been there for you through the ups and downs of the last 9 or so years. Your constant companion and friend.

I remember making the little ' Maggie' canvas a while back and was struck by her beautiful face and expressive eyes.

I know she is now at peace, out of pain and watching over you.

Love you

Dotee xoxo

craftyhala said...

So sorry to hear of your loss.
I have three cats and am grateful for every day that they are here.
Be well,

Kristen Robinson said...

Julie I am so sorry to hear this my heart aches for you this is so very sad. Sending you love!


Ev said...

Glad you have your purse back. I sent an email yesterday to your bigpuddle account shortly after the message on the blog, I hope you got it - no need to answer just know I am here and feel your pain.

Arty Lady's blog said...

Dear Julie, I am so sorry about your Maggie - I know words don't mean much, but as a fellow animal lover I can imagine what you are going through.

My thoughts are with you.


Anonymous said...

Oh Julie,I have just returned from holliday and couldn't wait to catch up on your blog, only to find I was overcome with tears to read all the beautiful well wishes from all your friends. I know dear Maggie is in a peace filled place where she can watch over you and the boys with love in her heart.Dogs leave paw-prints accross your heart! My hugs go out to you and you will be in my prayers, take care,lots of love from Charmaine x