Learning Tani

This is Maggie’s little sister Tani:

Tani is almost 10 years old, and is missing her big sister.

We said good bye to Maggie two weeks ago and marked the occasion with a trip to the vet.  Just routine stuff, we got a little behind on Tani’s vaccinations over the past three months.

I am trying to decide how Tani is doing.  She has never in her life been an only dog for this long, her previous mark for being alone was six days.  For some parts of the day she seems fine, for some I am not so sure.  She is still very clingy most of the time, always right by me.  Then sometimes I don’t see her and after looking I find her laying somewhere where neither of them used to lay. Sometimes she looks sad to me, but that is probably me projecting my silly human emotions on her.

She tends to be very poky on walks- I told her the other day that she was slower than a three legged pug… but I’m not sure if she is missing Mag, sore, or just bored. Tani has her own host of medical issues, including arthritis in her back, epilepsy caused by hydrocephalus, inflammatory bowel disease, and the normal suite of pug stuff, including eye issues.  She actually does really well, if you didn’t know her history you would never suspect she has all these problems.  She is a happy girl who loves her squeaker toys and food.

Lots of thoughs and emotions over the past two weeks.  I really want to get them written, but when I sit down here my fingers don’t work so well.

So for now here are a couple of pictures from what turned out to be our last weekend together.

Sharing a stick at the park.

In the truck, ready to go home.

Author: krun15

Maggie was a little black pug born in 1999. On September 7, 2006 she lost her left rear leg to a mast cell tumor. Because of lymph node involvement Maggie went through a 6 month chemo regimen. She was given 6 to 9 months after her amp, but she beat mast cell cancer! In the winter of 2010 things started to slide; in the course of about 2 months she had 2 MCTs removed, was diagnosed with incontinence and kidney failure, and then the big blow- oral melanoma. She lived her carefree tri-pug life until she crossed over on June 2, 2010.

11 thoughts on “Learning Tani”

  1. I think Lani is probably feeling out of sorts. She may not specifically know that she misses Maggie, but she probably feels out of balance…Like something is not right. Give her some time. When I had two dogs and had to put the older one down, the younger one definitely began to snug up to me. I don’t know if it was because he missed the older dog or if, without competition, he felt like he was able to do so.
    Hang in there.
    Opie’s mom

  2. Awe Karen, Some nice pictures of your girls at the park.
    I feel badly for both you and Tani…. I imagine this is tough for Tani being alone for so long and not used to it and her clinging to you is normal stuff?

    Hugs to you and Tani through these really TOUGH times without your Maggie…


    Tracy and the “other” Maggie

  3. what a charmer – buddha within! thanks for sharing the pictures, it has to be rough on both of you, thankfully you have each other to lean on.

  4. I thought all pugs were poky! 😉 Just kidding. We hope Tani gets back into the new swing of things soon. Please know that we all miss Maggie.

  5. Tani’s a little heartbreaker, Karen. What a lovely expressive face. 🙂

    I know this time has been difficult for you. Warm thoughts to you both.


  6. I’ll give you lots of big, sloppy kisses to make you feel better, even if you do get snippy with me sometimes. I keep hoping that with time you’ll grow to love me as I love you, Tani.


  7. Oh, those pictures are great, Karen. They both look so happy! It’s got to be tough on Tani – and you probably are a great comfort to her, as she is to you. We are keeping you in our hearts. Enjoy a poky walk for us!

    Sending some hugs,
    Holly and Zuzu and Susan

  8. Oh Major, Could it ever really work between us?
    Its not that your a different breed, its not that your a tripawd, its not even that you are so much younger, its just that…..

    your so TALL!


  9. Hey Tani!
    I know the answer to all your problems!!!!! I will give you Monkeybutt! Yes, I will! He’s a real gem but because you are so heart broken I will spare him! I’m nice that way!

    But let’s not tell my mommy – I’ll surprise her later! And let’s meet some place where no one can catch me giving him to you, I mean – no will see me gifting him to you (as not to spoil the surprise to mommy)!

    I know mommy will be delighted for the nice gesture I’ve done. And remember…
    Possession is 9/10th of the law – once you got him – you can’t give him back!

    Comet, the Coolest Catster

  10. Oh Comet, the CC-
    Such a heartfelt generous offer…

    But I think it would be just too great a sacrifice for you- I can not accept.


    p.s. Tani says HELL NO!! I am the MB around here!

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