Mr. MAGOO McCONNELLAdopted: 21 November 2011 Crossed Over: 01 March 2013
Nietzsche said, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” My question is, how much strength can we bear? Almost two months to the day of losing Web on December 28, Mr Magoo and I took our last trip together this afternoon. As I held him, he crossed over “the Bridge” taking with him another piece of my heart. If there is any comfort to be found, perhaps it is in Psalms 145-9, “The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.”
Our time together was far too short, but over the course of 21 months, this wonderful dog gave so much. He was such a good dog. Scratch that. He was a GREAT dog whose huge love and courage belied his small size. I could not have loved him more. The pain in letting him go is tempered some only by knowing that he truly LIVED his last months as he should – a real DOG – in his own home; policing the squirrels, birds and varmints in his yard, with doors to guard, visitors to greet and carefree days spent in safety.
Magoo stands as a testament to the beauty and value of older rescue dogs that have so much to offer when given the chance. Every family and every dog is unique, but I would ask, if you ever think about dog adoption to please not ignore the old ones just because of their advanced age and take into consideration the senior’s calmness, companionability and strong desire to please. And never, ever believe that an older rescued dog can’t bond as strongly as a puppy. That is a myth, for if anything the old rescue dog bonds stronger, as many have experienced fear, hunger, neglect, ill health, abandonment, abuse and loneliness. That last is the hardest on them and though unlike humans, they are far nobler creatures without the capacity to harbor ill will or bitterness for the hardships and cruelties suffered upon them, I believe they never truly forget the loneliness and so, are forever grateful to have their own family. And so not one day passed that Mr Magoo was anything but blessing and a joy.
Until we meet again. With Much Love, Adele McConnell