Rescue Journal

Thank you, Carol.

 ·  Jul. 6, 2008

I haven't had the opportunity to speak to you since the night of Madison's stroke. I didn't speak to you then, either, Chris did, since I was too busy convincing myself that Maddie was going to die to carry on a conversation.

When Maddie went down, we immediately called you, because we knew that you would be able to help, and you would, in any way you could. I couldn't hear the words you were saying, but I heard the confidence, the knowledge, the intelligence and the concern just through the cadence of your voice. You made us all feel more grounded during what was a terrifying experience.

You handle crises like this one on a regular basis, and could have said "It's no big deal, she'll be fine." As it turns out, it was no big deal, and she is fine, but you took our fears, especially my fear, seriously, and gave us good, solid advice. You can't know how much it meant to me to have you on the other end of the line when I needed someone I could trust.

Like Chris said, "If we needed her to come she wold have been here in forty minutes."

Maddie is okay now, and hopefully there will be no more incidents anytime soon, but I want you to know how very much it meant to me, and to Chris and Angelina, that you were there to help us get Maddie through this one.



lol...the stroke probably affected her memory and she has forgotten how very effective that particular face was.

Chris T

Yes, she does have that face down to a science but we haven't seen it since the stroke. Maybe she thinks she is getting enough attention for a change?


don't forget her long suffering "eyeore" face, that is her very best one!


You don't keep score, Carol. That's one of the things I love about you. :)

You need to learn to accept a sincere "thank you", though, because regardless of how cranky, whiny, bitchy, hard-assed and/or cynical you sometimes cast yourself as being, there are many of us who think you are pretty damn wonderful. When you know what to say and how to say it to a family worried that a loved one is dying is one of those times.

Madison is a very good dog, and she does have a great face, and for several horrible, heartbreaking hours, I wondered whether we would ever see her awesome smile or her twinkling eyes again. Maddie came back from the dark place she was in, and we are very thankful.

I won't bring it up again because I know it embarrasses you, but you helped me, us, a lot.



yeah, like you guys haven't helped me so many times i can't even count!
i am glad maddie is good for a few more miles yet, she is a very great dog (with a very great face!)