The Mag Tag

Here we are, 3 months without Maggie, and they have at times been very difficult months for me.  Not because she is gone, but because life sometimes just deals you and your family and friends some tough cards.  I miss her every day- but I have been fortunate enough to find a way to apply the lessons that Mag and her two cancer journeys have taught me.  Is there a reason that bad things happen in our lives?  I don’t know that I can answer that, but what I do believe strongly is that you have to learn from all the experiences in your life- and often the hardest experiences teach the most profound lessons.

And so we continue, and find reasons to celebrate in our lives.  Obie has been with us almost two months.  His eye injury is healing, and he is starting to come out of his shell.  Tani is doing well, a bit more energetic since she dropped a little weight, and she is accepting and sometimes even showing interest in her new little brother.

I have finally framed and hung up the ‘Mag Tag’, along with a few things that are reminders of good times.  I originally painted it last March on the set of ‘Rent’, a show that I was helping to build.  You can read the original forum post here for the back story.  After the show ended my buddy cut it out when they were striking the set and saved it for me.  I got a picture of Mag with it which is the picture you see in the header here at  And now it hangs in my bedroom, a daily reminder to ‘be more dog’!

Here is what the tag looked like on the set:

This is Mag with the tag:

And this is the tag as it appears now in my bedroom:

The trim is from Mag’s last harness, the brass plate on the lower right has her name, etc.  The star on the lower left is from the angel wings that our pal Caira Sue’s dad gave Maggie last January.  The charm on the right is a three paw charm with Mag’s name on the back.

Here is a close up of the charm:

And of course Mag’s Tripawds bandana, which she wore to the Monthly NorCal Tripawd meetups since she got it last November at our first meet up.  I have taken her bandana to each of the meetups I have attended since Maggie passed.

And here are Tani (left) and Obie with the Mag Tag today:

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.

5 thoughts on “The Mag Tag”

  1. we love the way you’ve framed the mag tag – such a great tribute to a brave girl. even when we don’t want it to, life goes on. you really grasp the importance of living in the moment. thanks for sharing!

    charon & gayle

  2. What a wonderful tribute to Maggie! Thank you for sharing it with us. And what a wonderful reminder to have to live in the moment like our canine friends. They certainly teach us alot, don’t they?
    HJBG, Zuzu and Susan

  3. I have already commented on the forum but just wanted to say again here what a beautiful tribute to Maggie the Mag Tag is. It is so very special and I know how much it must mean to you. You have given me lots of ideas for creating something for Fortis. Thanks for sharing this Karen.

    Fortis and Brett

  4. Karen,

    Thanks so much for sending the link to your blog – I loved ‘getting to know’ Maggie and your other two precious pugs through your posts! The Mag Tag is such a wonderful tribute…gives me some ideas to consider for Chance.

  5. Chance’s Mom,
    I’m glad you found something here that helps a little. I just sent you a Private Message too (PM).


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