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Dog Heaven

June 30th, 2010 · 11 Comments · Uncategorized

I got a package in the mail today from Maggie’s Oncology Vet Hospital,  called Bay Area Veterinary Specialists or BAVS.  Mag had her amp surgery there and our Oncologist is there, Dr. Cecile Siedlecki.

I opened the package and found this book:

It is a book written to help children understand and cope with the loss of a dog. It is simply written with colorful illustrations.

When I opened the front cover I found this:

I took Mag to BAVS in March right after our regular vet diagnosed the melanoma tumor in her mouth.  We sat with  Cecile for close to a hour  discussing options and deciding on what, if any treatment to pursue.  Cecile has always been open and honest with me about Maggie’s cancers and treatments.  She was completely supportive of my decision not to aggressively treat the melanoma at that point in Maggie’s life.  After we were done talking Cecile took Mag in the back because she wanted to try and get a picture of the tumor in Mag’s mouth.  I thought that it was a little strange since we were not going to treat the cancer.   I now know that she wanted to get a picture of Mag for this book.  At that point we both knew that it was Mag’s last visit there.

In the book God makes biscuits for the dogs, and because he has a sense of humor he makes them in funny shapes.  He makes kitty-cat biscuits and squirrel biscuits and ham-sandwich biscuits.  My favorite are Ice-cream biscuits.


11 Comments so far ↓

  • majorbubbatank

    What a fabulous vet you have! The one I went to in Denver used to make clay paw prints that they painted and fired to commemorate a pet’s passing. I bet Maggie is enjoying an ice cream shaped biscuit right now.

  • jerry

    Ice cream biscuits?

    Now THAT is doggie heaven.

    I’m going to go look for some now.

    What a pawesome vet team you have. WOW! It was nice to see Mag’s pretty face on the book. How cool.

  • jack crowder


    Simply amazing!

    What a wonderful thought and what incredible people they are to take the time to put your book together!

    the chauffeur

  • maggie

    That was soooo sweet, Karen! What a nice surprise for you that they did. Bring tears to my eyes…..

    Tracy, Maggie’s Mom

  • Tehya's Mom

    Oh my gosh what a beautiful gift! Something that you will treasure forever.

    Darlene (Angel Tehya’s Mom)

  • etgayle

    very touching!! definitely a forever gift – ice cream buscuits sound delicious!!

    gayle & charon

  • Carmen (Catie's Mom)

    Fantastic vet and team, touching, beautiful gesture.


  • jakesmom

    What a wonderful gift from your vet team… You can tell that Maggie really made an impression on them! 🙂

    Angel Jake and Wolfie’s Mom

  • dsimas

    I would love to read that book. 🙂

    I never told you, but the day after Maggie crossed the bridge, it was spooky: I was driving home from work and thinking about Raven and then Maggie, etc. I mean, I was *thinking* about her and I saw a person walking a pug on the shoulder of the highway, which was ironic enough, but as I passed— it was a tripug!! I about had a wreck with the rubber necking I did. It brought tears to my eyes. I was on a highway so I couldn’t pull over. This was in Grass Valley, CA.

    You are still in my thoughts and prayers. 🙂


  • anyemery

    Karen, what a wonderful gift from Maggie’s oncologist. We have some books from Cynthia Rylant from when my kids were little – as I recall they have great illustrations. Now I’ll want to add this one to my collection!
    I’m still keeping you and Tani in my heart…

  • Fortis'dad

    Karen, I posted to this topic when you placed it on the forum but I just want to say once again what beautifully kind gesture by your vet and his team.
    You and the Pugapalooza gang are in my thoughts. (that’s a tongue twister for sure)

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