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Wagtails
29th May 2011, 06:57 PM
As many of you may already have seen, we are currently going through the agony of losing our precious old lady, Megan, after 12 long years of faithful companionship to her humans and devoted care of countless dogs who have passed by, whether as permanent residents or temporary guests.

She arrived with us at the age of 5 months in April 1999, primarily as a companion for our then old girl, Louie. But she was immediately thrown into the demands of TLC and motivator when I found myself hospitalised for cancer surgery and chemotherapy. It worked – I recovered!

Since then she has continued to be our most treasured darling – always independent of spirit, always calm and dignified in the face of troubled times, always giving selflessly of herself to those in need of guidance and reassurance. We thought we were so lucky when she appeared to have no sign of heart disease, and did not worry unduly when we realised she had gone totally deaf, until the dreadful day in 2006 when we realised that she was in fact suffering from the scourge of SM.

However, Megan was not one to give up unnecessarily! With the brilliant help and treatment of our wonderful vet, with all the support and advice from this forum, with good food, gentle exercise and a full diary of looking after others, Megan continued to live her extraordinary life.

And now that it is over, she is still helping others, because I registered her with the Cavalier Collection Scheme, and, thanks to Margaret’s good offices and the dedication of several researchers, our lovely girl is doing her bit to help solve the mysteries of some of the terrible diseases which have struck our beloved Cavaliers.

So, my darling Megan, we bid you farewell and a sweet good night, and will always hold you tight in our hearts, though we shall terribly miss……….

Your puppyhood charms
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/001Firstdayhomeaged4months5thApril1999.jpg


Your playful spirit
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/002WithteddyasbigasMegan.jpg


Your nicknames, like “Miss Wisp”
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/004MissWisp.jpg


Your loving companionship to our own dogs like Louie
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/000WagtailsatWagtails.jpg

Your sharing of our interests
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/005Birdwatcherextraordinaire.jpg

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/019CyclingatSlimbridgewithMAAug2003.jpg

Your soothing whispers to our guests
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/008Chinesewhispers.jpg

Your incredibly blonde ears
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/009Blondebombshell.jpg

Your favourite spot under the table
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/036Meganunderthekitchentable.jpg

Your love of toast from your Nan
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/098MeganscroungingtoastfromBobbie.jpg

Your winning ways
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/101Meganinherwinnersblanket.jpg

Your wise old face
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/106Eyeswideshut.jpg

Kate H
29th May 2011, 07:35 PM
Dear Marie-Anne

Your In Memoriam for your beloved Megan was lovely - her going will leave such a hole in your lives, but I'm so glad she made her twelfth birthday. Rubies seem to age particularly gracefully (though Oliver looks a bit strange with white eyebrows!).

Thinking of you,

Love from Kate and licks from Oliver and Aled :flwr:

anniemac
29th May 2011, 07:39 PM
What a great memorial and I am in tears. I am sure that megan helping you at that time created an extrodiary bond. I'm so sorry for your loss

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Desrae
29th May 2011, 07:41 PM
:hug::hug:Oh Marie Anne, what a wonderful tribute to a wonderful dog! We'll be thinking of you and we'll light a candle for Megan tonight.

gamefanz
29th May 2011, 07:43 PM
I am deeply sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. Many hugs ((((()))))


Becky

sins
29th May 2011, 08:09 PM
What a lovely pictorial tribute to Megan.I especially loved that photo of her draped in her crochet blanket.
I'm so truly sorry for your loss.
Sins

Charlifarley
29th May 2011, 08:12 PM
I too am so sorry to read about your loss of Megan. Your tribute is lovely and the photos are a stunning collection of memories for you.
:flwr::flwr:

Brian M
29th May 2011, 08:13 PM
Hello

A moving and warm tribute to a special little girl ,we all suffer with you at this time .:(

jasperpaw
29th May 2011, 08:20 PM
I am so very sorry for your loss, what lovely memories you have of Megan, she was beautiful. Thinking of you and your family.:hug:

Sydneys Mom
29th May 2011, 08:31 PM
The love you feel for Megan comes through in every word as does the pain you are feeling. What a lovely tribute to a beautiful angel.

James
29th May 2011, 08:35 PM
So sorry for your loss, your tribute to her is so moving, it has brought me to tears.

rip miss April

merello
29th May 2011, 08:50 PM
Marie-Anne, a beautiful tribute to Megan and thank you for sharing your special photos. I am so sorry for your loss and bless you for thinking of others at this time and letting Megan help with the Cavalier Collection Scheme. Will light a candle for Megan tonight,

Carolxx

Love my Cavaliers
29th May 2011, 10:02 PM
I'm so sorry Marie-Anne. Run like the wind Megan - young and free!

Jasper and Holly
29th May 2011, 11:01 PM
What a lovely tribute to such a beautiful girl. My heart goes out to you.

Tania
29th May 2011, 11:12 PM
I have always thought Megan was very special, she always had a warmth that glowed in her beautiful face. Your tribute to her is lovely and my heart goes out to you.

Margaret C
30th May 2011, 12:02 AM
A very special little dog loved by two very special owners.

RIP Little Megan.

Curlyminx
30th May 2011, 09:43 AM
What a wonderful tribute. I'm sorry for your loss, looks like you have many wonderful memories to hold in your heart. Thinking of you x

Sabby
30th May 2011, 10:43 AM
I am so very sorry for your loss. What a lovely tribute to Megan she was a very special girl. You and your family are in my thoughts. Sending lots of :hug:

lindylou
30th May 2011, 01:36 PM
so so sorry to hear of your loss of megan
tears fill my eyes looking at those beautifull photo's

Sandrac
30th May 2011, 04:57 PM
What a wonderful tribute to a truly special girl. Thinking of you at this sad time. Megan will have her special place in your heart forever.:hug:

mishy
30th May 2011, 05:10 PM
So sorry you've lost sweet Megan. I too love that picture of her draped in the blanket. She was a little beauty. Run free Megan you will be truly missed.

matties mum
30th May 2011, 08:08 PM
So very sorry run free Megan
If It Should Be



If it should be I grow frail and weak
And pain prevents my peaceful sleep.
Then you must do what must be done
When this last battle can't be won.

You will be sad, I understand.
Selfishness might stay your hand.
But on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship take the test.

We've had so many happy years
That what's to come can hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer. So,
When the time comes, please let me go.

Take me where my needs they'll tend.
Only -- stay with me until the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me.
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know, in time, you, too, will see
It is a kindness that you do for me.
Although my tail it's last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.

Do not grieve it should be you.
Who must decide this thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years......
Don't let your heart hold any tears.


----Aileen

Kathleen
31st May 2011, 06:11 AM
What a beauty she was! My heart felt sympathy to you and all who loved her.xxx

goda
31st May 2011, 06:26 AM
As many of you may already have seen, we are currently going through the agony of losing our precious old lady, Megan, after 12 long years of faithful companionship to her humans and devoted care of countless dogs who have passed by, whether as permanent residents or temporary guests.

She arrived with us at the age of 5 months in April 1999, primarily as a companion for our then old girl, Louie. But she was immediately thrown into the demands of TLC and motivator when I found myself hospitalised for cancer surgery and chemotherapy. It worked – I recovered!

Since then she has continued to be our most treasured darling – always independent of spirit, always calm and dignified in the face of troubled times, always giving selflessly of herself to those in need of guidance and reassurance. We thought we were so lucky when she appeared to have no sign of heart disease, and did not worry unduly when we realised she had gone totally deaf, until the dreadful day in 2006 when we realised that she was in fact suffering from the scourge of SM.

However, Megan was not one to give up unnecessarily! With the brilliant help and treatment of our wonderful vet, with all the support and advice from this forum, with good food, gentle exercise and a full diary of looking after others, Megan continued to live her extraordinary life.

And now that it is over, she is still helping others, because I registered her with the Cavalier Collection Scheme, and, thanks to Margaret’s good offices and the dedication of several researchers, our lovely girl is doing her bit to help solve the mysteries of some of the terrible diseases which have struck our beloved Cavaliers.

So, my darling Megan, we bid you farewell and a sweet good night, and will always hold you tight in our hearts, though we shall terribly miss……….

Your puppyhood charms
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/001Firstdayhomeaged4months5thApril1999.jpg


Your playful spirit
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/002WithteddyasbigasMegan.jpg


Your nicknames, like “Miss Wisp”
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/004MissWisp.jpg


Your loving companionship to our own dogs like Louie
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/000WagtailsatWagtails.jpg

Your sharing of our interests
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/005Birdwatcherextraordinaire.jpg

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/019CyclingatSlimbridgewithMAAug2003.jpg

Your soothing whispers to our guests
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/008Chinesewhispers.jpg

Your incredibly blonde ears
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/009Blondebombshell.jpg

Your favourite spot under the table
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/036Meganunderthekitchentable.jpg

Your love of toast from your Nan
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/098MeganscroungingtoastfromBobbie.jpg

Your winning ways
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/101Meganinherwinnersblanket.jpg

Your wise old face
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/106Eyeswideshut.jpg

What a lovely way to honor her. I am so sorry for your loss.

Teresa
31st May 2011, 08:45 PM
Absolutely, absolutely a beautiful tribute...what a happy contended dog your pictures tell a story of...thinking of you...Teresa xxx

meljoy
31st May 2011, 09:26 PM
Im so sorry to read this. My heart felt sympathy to you and your family.
:hug::hug:

robbieswan
31st May 2011, 09:39 PM
What a great memorial and I am in tears. I am sure that megan helping you at that time created an extrodiary bond. I'm so sorry for your loss

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after seeing these pictures I am now in tears too..Your canvas wrap will help her live on. :l*v::l*v:

emmastewartliberty
31st May 2011, 10:09 PM
Such a moving memoriam. I am so so sorry.

Nicki
1st June 2011, 07:28 PM
I fell in love with Megan through Marie-Anne's beautiful photos and stories about her - Marie-Anne and I became close after the loss of my Ruby, Teddy - another very special Cavalier.

I am so sad that I did not get to meet Megan, her wonderful nature and joy for life shines out in the photos, she was such a very special friend to you through some very difficult times, and to all your house guests and companions over the years.

Your tribute is just lovely - I heard today a description of empathy - your pain in my heart - and that seems so appropriate.

I wanted to share this with you:


Tribute to a best friend

Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor....
then I remember,
it's where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound....
then I remember,
It's where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road,
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can't be yours....
your golden voice is still.
But I'll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I'll wrap these treasured memorials
in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend
until we meet above.

susandavis1
2nd June 2011, 09:37 AM
Maria-Anne, I'm so sorry to hear about Megan. What a beautiful tribute to her, she was such a gorgeous girl. Sending you hugs at this sad time :hug:

susandavis1
2nd June 2011, 09:37 AM
Marie-Anne, I'm so sorry to hear about Megan. What a beautiful tribute to her, she was such a gorgeous girl. Sending you hugs at this sad time :hug:

mommytoClaire
3rd June 2011, 04:08 AM
What a beautiful tribute to an obviously special, and well loved companion and friend. Some, though we try hard not to pick, just become our 'heart' dog. Megan was so lovely. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Wagtails
6th June 2011, 04:33 PM
Just wanted to thank you all so much for all the lovely tributes to precious Megan. It really does help to know that so many people, from so many different parts of the world, are sharing our heartache and really understanding our loss.

Megan is now back home with us in her beautiful casket with her name inscribed. The hardest part of letting her go to Cambridge was the few days that we no longer had her here with us. But otherwise I can't praise the Cavalier Collection Scheme highly enough. MargaretC was just wonderful in her support, both practical and emotional, and I've had several lovely messages from the researchers to thank us for thinking of them when Megan died.

If anyone else is thinking of joining the scheme, please don't hesitate to PM me if you would like to hear more from first-hand experience. It isn't the easiest thing I've ever done by far, but so worthwhile to know that Megan has contributed to the long-term solution for some of our Cavaliers worst nightmares.

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/MegansmemorialcornerEMAIL.jpg

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Megan%201998-2011/MeganwithherpalsandflowersEMAIL.jpg

Karlin
6th June 2011, 08:19 PM
Marie-Anne, I m so so sorry for your loss. :flwr: What a lovely profile you have given us of Megan and your deep love comes across. And thank you for having her continue to help all our dogs by being part of the Collection scheme. I love your beautiful cavalier zone of pictures and gorgeous drawings and what a nice place for her to be now.

Chamberlain
6th June 2011, 08:38 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. Your pictures of dear Megan were very touching. Thank you for posting them.

mommytoClaire
6th June 2011, 10:49 PM
What beautiful drawings of your pups. Do you have someone you know that will do them for you? I just love the whole area you've dedicated to them.

I am glad Megan is home now. She was always there, in your heart, but now she is resting there too.

Blueroses
8th June 2011, 11:52 AM
Having just read through this for the first time, I am now sitting here sobbing, so how on earth do you feel? You seem such a wonderful caring person, and Megan was truly beautiful. Your tribute to her and her life is remarkable. Your 'Cavalier corner' is amazing and all the wonderful pictures. You don't know me, I don't know you, but please accept my heartfelt sympathies at such a painful time. x