We knew Maddie hadn’t been well. She had been on medication for her illness. When we went to Norway in December, we stopped in Oslo for a couple of days to see her. We took little walks around the block – as she wasn’t into walking much.It was around Christmas time and the hoomans had fun dressing us up!
On the last morning before we left Oslo to carry on our journey, we took Maddie with us for a walk. We had stopped to pose by a pretty store window. It was that strange blue winter light …And this was our last photo together.
Goodnight Maddie. Thank you for being a part of our lives. We will always remember fondly our times together. Run freely and happily at the Rainbow Bridge. We love you and we will see you again someday.Madeleine “Maddie” 2009-2018
May’s comment: Maddie was a neighbour and she was the connection between us and her owners (Rachelle and Stefan) when they lived in London.
All too soon, her family moved to Oslo – and this was her last day in London with us before she left. She came to our Hyde Park Doodle meet.Not so long after, we got news that Maddie had suffered a “heart failure” due to her mitral valve disease, which is apparently common with Cavaliers. But Maddie never stopped enjoying her food and she never stopped being curious.
I have always loved the way she slept in her bed whenever she came to stay over, or even when we were in Oslo and she came and slept in our room.And looked at me with her big brown eyes.I loved how she blended into our hallway runner.And was very much a part of our “pack”.When we saw her in Oslo last December, we could see she was struggling physically – though she never knew it. We had to stop her from getting too excited running up the stairs! We weren’t going back to Oslo any time soon and knew deep in my heart it would be the last time we would see her. Even then, reading Rachelle’s Instagram post hit us hard. How can it be?