Maggie wakes me in the morning
gently blowing her warm breath on my face
when relaxing at night she plonks her hindquarters on my knees
with both back feet off the ground she sits on my lap
waiting to have her ears scratched
As I write this she is lying beside me with her head
resting against my leg
When we come home she is first to the gate and she gently bumps
her head against your side and gives a rub
Babies and very small children are her first love
as she gently lowers herself to their height
and rests a head on a small shoulder and gives a great sigh
as if this is who she was meant to protect
she has gifted us with four phantom pregnancies and
we must pay proper attention to each of the carefully
selected babies as they are washed, cuddled and cared for
for 6 long weeks, then each is returned to its proper
place in the toy box, until next time!
If someone looks threatening to her family she
goes from gentle giant to
snarling fury and
God help them if they were to make a threatening move.
She play fights with Souk for hours and there is lots of growling
very large bared and snapping teeth
but when they stop there is not even a damp mark on Souk.
They run together over the paddocks and the sight of two
sight hounds at full tilt is magnificent to watch
For not quite 5 years Maggie has been
a warm, gentle, affectionate,
intelligent member of our family
Not always the most obedient,
but at least she does give our commands
her full attention before she decides what she is going to do!
and a few times today I have wondered if living with Maggie
is worth the anguish
as we sit waiting for the results of the biopsy
I know the answer is
But tonight it is so hard to think positively.