Our last walk together

Mummy and I were about to post something funny on Instagram when we came across this posting …We stopped.  We read those few words again – and again. No!!!!

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.

Over the few short years we knew each other, the dogs brought us closer as George went over quite often to stay with them.  And Maddie came to us sometimes.

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?

Love you, Maddie.We will never forget you. I loved you like you were one of mine.
Big hug, Rachelle. She was with you when you began your adventure in London – and she became our connection.


  1. Kathy Shoulders

    RIP Maddie. Beautiful tribute to her May

  2. Tracey

    Aaarrh what such kind words & lovely memories you all share.Its heart breaking when they have to leave us,my thoughts go out to Maddie’s mom,Darcy,George & family.
    R.I.P Maddie
    Run free sweet girl x

  3. Cecilia

    Makes me cry whenever I hear the passing of a beloved pooch, reminds me of the pain I feel loosing mine just last year! RIP Maddie

  4. Ginny

    Tears for dear Maddie and my own Cavalier Riki 💞

  5. Gaynor Griffin

    What a lovely story about a lovely little dog! Run free over Rainbow Bridge! Xx

  6. Sarah Jones

    So sorry to hear of your sad news, they are only in our lives for a short time, but they leave us with a thousand memories RIP Maddie

  7. Cheryl and Susie

    Such sad news, beautiful memories of Maddie with Darcy and George, RIP Maddie.xxx

  8. Julie James

    RIP sweet Maddie 🌈

  9. Rita Betteridge and Gracie

    Run free at the bridge🌈 sweet Maddie. Loved seeing your pretty face and hearing about your adventures. (((((Hugs)))) to your hoomans although we didn’t know them.💔💜 xx

  10. Cheryl Adams

    I’m so sorry for your heartache! I’m happy you have beautiful memories to help ease your grief.

  11. Jill Keiser

    Your photos of Maddie over the years made me feel as though I knew her! I will miss her, too. RIP Maddie! Meet my doggies on Rainbow Bridge!

  12. Julie Mcevilly

    So sorry to hear your sad news. Lovely tribute to her and lovely memories for you to hold in your heart. Run free Maddie love Julie & Bailey xx

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