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.