What a dog!

February 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm 721 comments

Madison T. Dog
July 14, 2001-February 22, 2011

I lost my shadow this morning.

Last spring Madison developed a bump under his left eye, all of a sudden. I thought I had konked him on the head accidentally with the shower nozzle. It persisted.

Tests early in the fall indicated cancer. He wasn’t in any pain.  We decided not to put him through the discomfort of radiation treatment to prolong his life for only a short time. 

Silly dog; he never knew. He behaved just like always. Happy to do whatever was suggested, even if the highlight of his day was sleeping at my feet.

We thought the cancer was growing as the lump grew and spread above his eye.  It turned out to be a raging infection. He stopped eating, but never complained. We learned about the healing properties of Beggin’ Strips, a smell so strong even hand sanitizer has trouble un-stinking it from my fingers. The delicious aroma penetrated his swollen sinuses and he was on his way to recovery.

In November the right antibiotics did the trick and by the end of the year, the left side of his face returned to normal. We got our old dog back! A week ago yesterday our vet suggested perhaps it never was cancer in the first place!

What a happy day!

Routine blood tests on Tuesday were all “good news!” By Wednesday he was walking funny. On Thursday he was favoring his right front leg. After shoulder x-rays on Friday he was limping. By Saturday he refused to walk without a lot of coaxing. We wheeled him outside to do his business on a dolly. At 75 pounds he was just too heavy to lift. It worked great until his tail feathers wrapped around the back wheel. Not a peep out of him.

Sunday the three of us swaddled him in towels and wheeled him outside in a 28″ rolling suitcase (lid open) and then headed to the emergency clinic. We were told to make a decision in the next 48 hours, sooner if possible because the pain medications weren’t helping. A specialist was suggested, as was amputation.

One last-ditch visit to the specialist yesterday was in vain. Even after a page-long list of suggested tests, the earliest they would know anything was three more days, more likely a week, and then several more weeks for treatment to get at the root of the problem, which they could not identify. After five trips to various clinics and animal hospitals and evaluations by five different doctors, we brought Madison home.

After much soul-searching we decided to end his suffering. He died in our arms. It was so hard.

Remembering Madison

 

Madison loved to blog. I know that so many of you enjoyed his unique perspective. If you enjoyed his writing, please bark, woof, or yip in the comment section of the blog. If you would like to support his favorite charity, please consider a donation in Madison’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.

I’m going to stay low for a while, trying not to look over my shoulder too may times for the faithful friend who was always there.

Ami Simms

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  • 1. Denise in PA  |  February 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Dear Ami, I’m trying to type through my tears. I’m so, so sorry. You gave Madison such a wonderful life – and I know he made your life wonderful too. I loved reading his blogs and will miss his witty banter. Many hugs to you.

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  • 2. A.J. Dub  |  February 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Madison’s blog posts. He will be missed.

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  • 3. susan  |  February 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I know your beloved shadow is now playing with all of mine who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. These members of the family that we choose, will always be with us, watching and guiding us.
    Sympathy and tears and hugs to you and your family .

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  • 4. Alice Luchini  |  February 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Ami:
    I am in tears as I write this to you. I loved Madison’s blogs and really looked forward to them, sharing them always with my husband. We have 3 dogs now and have always had dogs. I’ve grieved for each one we have lost but we always get another to fill the hole in our hearts. Madison was truly special and was immensely blessed to have you as his faithful companion, owner, and best friend.
    Alice

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  • 5. Teri  |  February 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I’m sorry about Madison. My husband and I always got a kick from his blogs. We lost out Golden, Claire, last summer because of cancer so I know exactly how you are feeling. (((hugs)))

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  • 6. Sue Leenders  |  February 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Oh, Ami,
    I am so sorry to hear about Madison. I loved reading his blogs when you were to busy to write.

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  • 7. Kathy in Williamsburg  |  February 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Yip, Woof. Sniff. So sorry, Ami.

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  • 8. Sandy  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Ami, I’m so sorry for your loss — and ours, too. I always enjoyed Madison’s posts, and I know there is a huge hole in your heart.

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  • 9. Connie B. in Ohio  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Oh, Ami, I’m.so sorry! It’s heartbreaking to have to make that decision for our furry family members. I have tears in my eyes now. Madison was a wonderful dog, and he will be missed by all of your loyal readers. Hugs to you and your family.

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  • 10. Susan  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss (and ours, too!). What a wonderful puppy (they are always puppies!) and friend! It is so hard to lose them–they are family! Take care of yourselves!

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  • 11. Carol  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    What a joy Madison has been to your life, and to so many others. I have loved watching him grow up on your blog. My heart breaks for your loss.

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  • 12. bev  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    We are thinking of you. We know that nothing we can say will make it better. We are sending you a hug. Love Charlie, Lola and their human, Bev

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  • 13. Sandra Fiegi  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I am so sorry. I will really miss Madison. I loved his blogs. He was great.

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  • 14. Barbara  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Dear Ami,
    I enjoyed Madison’s blogs so much. Thank you for sharing him with us. I feel like I just lost one of my pets.
    Take care,
    Barbara

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  • 15. Lynne Dupre'  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I am so sorry, it is so hard for us to do the right thing. Lots of hugs for you and your family. I must go and have a really good cry now. Madison, I love you..woof woof Lynne

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  • 16. kate laucomer  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Woof, Woof, Woof… bye Madison………

    Ami, I’m so sorry for your loss. Through your writing and Madison’s blogs, he became part of the quilting world family. He will be missed!

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  • 17. Kerry  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Kitty purrs from Us..We know how hard losing a pet is! He was so appreciated, I’m sure he knew it!

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  • 18. Sue  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Oh no! I loved Madison’s blog entries. I will hug my two doggies extra tight tonight and I might even give them a beggin strip in Madison’s memory. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Sue

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  • 19. Bert in Rice  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Gentlest of virtual hugs to you on your loss, and a farewell woof to one of my favorite bloggers.

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  • 20. MaryAnne  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I feel like I’ve lost a friend. Hugs for you all.

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  • 21. Joan Ford  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Woof! (translation: so sorry!)

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  • 22. Susan Ramey Cleveland  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I am so very sorry, Ami. I know your heart is broken. God bless and comfort you.
    Love,
    Susan Ramey Cleveland

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  • 23. Christine Ross  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Madison was a very special dog, a faithful friend, a family member.

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  • 24. Joyce  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I know that your heart is heavy. I grieve for you loss. As I write this the tears are flowing and my Lab Rocky is licking my arm. He heard me cry like this just 6 weeks ago when we had to let his and my best friend go. Madison will really be missed. Hang in there Ami.

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  • 25. Alice Lynch  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Madison. He was an awesome dog, by all accounts, and I know you’ll miss him badly. May you have all the Beggin’ Strips you want in doggie heaven, and may Ceiling Cat grant you special privileges. Many hugs to you, Ami.

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  • 26. Mary Lou  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Our family always had pets, both canine and feline, while the kids were at home. But we NEVER had one as special as Madison T. Dog. I am grieving for/with you, while envying you the years with such a special friend. I’ll go back and re-read some of his blogs – as soon as my eyes stop leaking.

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  • 27. Teri in California  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    As with the others, I am in tears as I write this. I too lost a faithful companion about 8 months ago. It is so hard to let go of a family member. Know that there is a lot of support here for you. Take care, my dear Ami…you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Teri

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  • 28. Cindy  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear about Madison. It is so hard to lose a furr kid and I offer my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. He’s at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for you with all of my cats and dogs that have gone ahead. Rest in peace, Madison.

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  • 29. Mary Ann  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Will miss Madison’s blogs and comments. I send lots of hugs to you and your family as I know how you are feeling. We had to put our 12 year old Australian Cattle dog down December 3,10. He also had cancer and the vet’s gave him days and lots of pain. We too held him as he passed. We still miss him each day. Again hugs to you.

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  • 30. Laura  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I’s so incredibly sorry to hear about Madison. I’m another who enjoyed his blogs and comments on life..his and yours. We’ll miss him too as we look for his blog posts.. Please take this hug…..it’s all I can do….except donate..and I’ll do that too. Laura

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  • 31. Ruth Vanderwater  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    What a beautiful tribute! Having had animals, both dogs and cats, and having lost several along the way, my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

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  • 32. Marcia  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Ami,
    Writing this through tears running down my cheeks. I so looked forward to his blog posts. Losing a pet is just the same as losing a family member. Last year I lost my 16 year old furry buddy “Winslow” and 2 weeks later 9 yr old Harley. Sending big hugs over to you. So sorry for your loss.
    Marcia in Boston

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  • 33. Tama  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Madison was a beautiful, goofy, soulful boy and a great writer too! Although it was cut short, it sounds to me like he had a great life full of adventure, comfort, love and snacks. I will miss hearing from him.

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  • 34. Caron Mosey  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Oh, Ami… so sorry to hear about Madison! Our goldens were so special to us, and I know it will be difficult for you to adjust to Madison not being by you 24/7/365.

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  • 35. Skye  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I’m sorry…My heart just hurts for you as I’ve had to bury two my favorite babies 2years ago and know the pain you must be going through…Prayers and blessings that soon, what you will remember is only the best…He’ll be waiting for you at the rainbow bridge but until then, he can scamper around with my babies..hugsSkye

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  • 36. Merrie Jo Schroeder  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I’m also typing this through my tears. What a wonderful life Madison lived…how much happiness he brought to those who knew him. He will be greatly missed. Sending you lots of hugs.

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  • 37. LizA.  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Tears are streaming down my face as I try to write this and hug my Spotted one close. Madison will be truly missed by a lot of people. You have my deepest sympathies. Read this poem by Rudyard Kipling when you get a chance: http://www.petloss.com/poems/maingrp/powerdog.htm

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  • 38. Bridget  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing your Madison with us. Pets time is always so brief as they live their lives with no regrets and choose to share with us everything from their world. There are no words to give solace just the empathy from all of us who choose to love another species. You have lovely memories and photos to share the family stories, please take things slowly as the grief is so poignant.

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  • 39. Maria  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    There are tears rolling down my face as I type. There will never be anyone like Madison again, and he will live on in all of our memories and especially in your heart. His pawprints will be hard to fill. Others may follow him, and they will make their own prints, but his will lead the way.
    He doesn’t hurt anymore, and has many new friends. My Rena is there with him, I know, along with so many others.
    We are here with you.
    With love –
    -Maria

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  • 40. sharon  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    My heart breaks for you. I know the pain your going through. We had a dog Sandy and she looks like your sweet Madison. We miss her so much. God bless you and your family at this sad time.
    Hugs
    Sharon

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  • 41. Rita  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    All I can say is woof woof woof. And I do believe in the Rainbow Bridge where all our loving pets wait for us .

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  • 42. Lisa  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Nooooooo. I’m so sorry. Godspeed, Madison….I got to meet him several years ago at Dog Days at the Lugnuts in Lansing. I think of that every time he would blog….

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  • 43. Sequana  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Awww…..I’m so sorry, Ami. I can only imagine how much he meant to you and your family.

    Peace be on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge for him.

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  • 44. Maureen  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Oh, how I will miss Madison! His unique perspective was a valuable addition to the blog. I am so sorry for all you had to go through. Hugs.

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  • 45. Chris Chambers  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your best friend. He was such a special boy. We’ll miss him, too. (And his blogs.)

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  • 46. Leanne King  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I too am in tears :( I loved to read Madison’s blogs. He was such a character, and obviously very close to your heart. Rest In Peace Madison, may God enjoy your company as much as your Mom obviously did. Woof!

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  • 47. Cheryl  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    OHHHH Ami! I’m so very sorry & can hardly type through my tears. I loved Madison as if he were my very own. What a dear Golden! He truly is waiting over the Rainbow Bridge, romping and playing with all the other loved dear beings.

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  • 48. Kelly M. Smith  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Oh Ami! I’m so, so sorry. *HUGS*

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  • 49. Sandy A.  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Dearest Ami,
    Thank you for letting us all know the sad news about Madison. Woof! I can truly understand your loss and the pain you feel. I had to put my cat down just last week, so my memories are very vivid.
    I loved Madison’s blog and through that I found I loved Madison too. What a sense of humor that dog had!! He will be sorely missed by so many but he is lucky to have had such a wonderful life! All dogs go to heaven and I bet he’s happy to see some familiar faces.
    My prayer’s for you and your family!!
    ARF! ARF! Slobber and BARK!

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  • 50. Bonnie Hernandez  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Ami,
    I’m so sad for you and pray that you can feel the comforting presence of Jesus during this time. I’ve grown to love Madison through the blog and stories you have told. I grieved with you when you lost your mother (I lost mine to Alzheimers, too, so I could relate to what you were going through) and as a quilty friend, I will grieve with you as you miss your good friend, Madison. Bonnie Hernandez

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  • 51. singingquilter  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Ami – big hugs to you. I know we will all miss Madison. A very sad day.

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  • 52. Andrea Sue Seale  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I am sooo very sorry for your loss of Madison. I know how terrible it hurts for I have been there, too. I pray that God will give you comfort and I truly believe you will see him again…..

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  • 53. Rita  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    WOOF!! BARK! YIP!! Double WOOF! I’m so sorry for your loss. We’ve grieved for our lost pets, too. It’s hard.

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  • 54. Julia Langel  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    That rapid loss of motor function sounds like how I lost my wonderful collie three years ago. I was inspired by Madison to get a golden, and Murphy has been a complete delight from the moment I met him. Murphy and I have both enjoyed Madison’s blogs and will miss him.

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  • 55. Mindy  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Ami, I know how hard this is for you as I have been through this many times. Just know that Madison thanks you for giving him such a wonderful life. He was a very special boy and has a special place at the end of the rainbow bridge. He will be watching you from the other side.

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  • 56. Mary Ellen  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    God Bless Madison. Our prayers are with you and your family Ami. We cherish the picture of Madison with the dyed panties – my fella’s being the only pair of briefs in the picture. Yes, we still have the briefs and panties. Madison was a wonderful blogger and seemed to have inherited your amazing sense of humor and love of mankind and womankind and dogkind, etc. He will be missed by all of us, but nothing like the sadness you must feel. So very sorry.

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  • 57. Christina Inge  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Ami, my heart goes out to you. He was a beautiful dog and will be sorely missed.

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  • 58. Sue Atteberry  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Dearest Ami, my tears are making it difficult to type this. I know Madison will be missed by thousands, but collectively not as much as by you. I always had an immense chuckle out of his blogs. He was truly the best. Please accept my sympathy and my hugs. Know that Madison and your mother are having the grandest reunion ever and so glad to be together again. Luv u girl.

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  • 59. Mida  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    So sorry–he was a very very special dog. His loss will be felt by all of us.

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  • 60. Nanette Thornton  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    WOOF WOOF WOOF

    I am soo sorry, I lost my Chester also a DEVOTED Golden after 14 wonderful years. It was 6 years before I could think about getting another dog. Mom and I now have 5 pugs and a peek a pom, but Chester will always be my favorite, he was in such pain when diagnosed with hip displasia (sp?) but he would still follow me where ever I went in the house as he always had to be by my side.

    I know I will see him again on the Rainbow Bridge one day and he will come running with that big doofey grin.

    If only people were as faithful and honest as a dog. I will definately miss Madison’s contributions to your blog.

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  • 61. Nora J  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Madison. I will certainly miss Madison’s stories and his beautiful pictures. I’ve been through this with a dog and 2 cats and I know it is not easy. But, thank goodness, their memories remain with us forever. Praying that your memories will help to lessen the pain in your heart.

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  • 62. Laura  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I feel for you. Every time I lose one of my dogs, my heart breaks. I know Madison was a blessing in your life, and his posts blessed my life with laughter.

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  • 63. lori  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    it’s been almost 9 years for me and you never stop missing them.
    keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • 64. Helen & Rocco  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    So, sorry, Ami. Rocco and I (and Duchess before him) loved Madison’s blog and thought he was a great guy. I hope he and Duchess get together in heaven and chase lots of tennis balls together.

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  • 65. Joan  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Having just lost our Molly less than a month ago after a very long and difficult illness, I have great sympathy for your loss. Dogs like Madison and Molly are not really dogs but little hairy people and no one enjoyed his blogs more than our family. His commentary on life will be missed as he never failed to bring a smile to my face. (and some days I really “needed” it). I hope you will take some solace in remembering all the good times and the many lives he touched.It just makes me feel so sad……
    Joan
    +Madison’s Black Lab Fan, Abby
    Pine Grove, CA

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  • 66. Lynn  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Typing through tears. I’ve been there. Such a difficult thing to do but the only responsible and loving option. I so enjoyed Madison’s posts! We are more of a cat family, so sending you a very heartfelt meow.

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  • 67. Kathyl  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    My heart is broken for you. Everytime I hear of another crossing to the Rainbow Bridge, my mind goes back to the day we had to do the same thing. You were fortunate to have each other and I know you’re going to miss him terribly….and at the strangest times. Indulge me for a quick story. One day while making a meal, my kitchen timer started beeping. My daughter and I immediately looked around, then at each other. That timer used to set off a frantic round of barking by our Boomer. We were both waiting for it……..and he had been gone a couple years by then. At least we could smile by then. Hugs for you all!!!

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  • 68. Maureen  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Howling in grief. I will so miss his blogs and his sly humor. While I never met him in person, I always felt like he was my friend too. My Littles (Madge & June ~ Both Scotties, & Britt ~ Parson Russel) would like you to know that they send you licks to help you feel better. Howls & Woofs & Arrooos to Madison to tell him Godspeed. And all three wish they were as versatile as he was, as he was their Hero-Dog. He will be missed and remembered. God Bless you Ami. And God Bless Madison.

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  • 69. Joan Barber  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I always looked for Madison’s perspective in your blogs and newsletters and read them first, then went on to read teh rest of the story. I will miss him very much.

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  • 70. Mary Kirwin  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Mournful Woof. I have a theory that the grief we feel for a pet is catharsis for all the grief and pain we endure during our lives. It’s so sad. Take good care of yourselves.

    Hugs,
    Mary and Rosey (the cuteness)

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  • 71. Sharon Palmer  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I am so sorry for your lose. Madison will be greatly missed by so many. He was a wonderful dog and a great blogger. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • 72. Carol  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I’m so sorry. I loved reading Madison’s posts-he always added sunshine to my day. You did the right thing in letting him go and not making him suffer. He will be missed by all of us who love you and your blog.

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  • 73. Sue  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    OMG…. writing this thru tears… I loved Madison so much. He was a delight and you were lucky to have him.. I feel like I knew him right from when you got him and he was in training to be a guide dog…… I lost my little Abby this past June so know how much you will miss him. Hugs are going your way….

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  • 74. Jen Houck  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    It is always sad to lose a faithful friend. I am so sorry for your loss and I will miss reading about him. I hope you will continue to reminisce about Madison once in a while.

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  • 75. Kathleen Snow  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Gosh, Ami, I’m not even a dog person and I’m sitting here crying! I loved Madison T. Dog’s posts and my heart aches for you.

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  • 76. Jeanann Montney  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Ami, I too share in your grief. Rest In Peace, Madison.

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  • 77. Sharon Decker  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Woof, Woof, Woof! Thank you for all the good times, Madison. My heart goes out to you Ami and your family. The quilting world has lost a great class assistant.

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  • 78. Chris M  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Woof! I am so sorry, Ami. My thoughts are with you and your family. And Madison is with Lily and Jam and and Callie and Fred-the world’s largest weiner dog, and Nibs and Heidi 1 and Heidi 2 and Cricket and Spinner and Maggie and Harley the cat.

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  • 79. Robin Dissen  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I feel like I did when I read “Marley and Me”. You’ve made Madison real for all of us with his witty blogs. So very sorry for your loss. We will miss his adventures. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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  • 80. Bonnie  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    So sorry to hear about Madison. Bailey (my 80# shadow) is wondering why I’m sad. We’re sending slobbery kisses your way.

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  • 81. Gerrie  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Just went through this not too long ago and I am in tears with you. Sending big hugs. We love our new pup, but no one can ever fill the void left by Maggie.

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  • 82. Theresa  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! I’ve followed your life with him since he first joined your family and am heartbroken to hear of his struggles and yours with his health . I will very much miss hearing about him and from him. Great soft hugs to you all!

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  • 83. Bonnie  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Loved that Madison! Maybe now he can meet and play with our Babydog.

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  • 84. Mary Lou Nutterfield  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    My thoughts are with you, Ami. I always loved Madison’s blog. We lost our Wally Sept. 6th and still grieve for him. Thanks for sharing Madison with all of us.

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  • 85. Mary Carlson  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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  • 86. Maggie Szafranski  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I know you will miss Madison. He was a true friend. I will miss his blogs.

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  • 87. Kim Plamondon  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Madison. I met him 2 years ago Thanksgiving when Tiffany was watching him. I instantly fell in love with him, he was an amazing dog.

    Kim (Tiffanys Mom)

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  • 88. Barbara Campbell  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved friend. I can’t imagine how sad you must be. I’ve lost two furry companions in the past two years and it’s always hard to say good-bye. You and your hubby are in my thoughts and prayers. Know that you will meet up with Madison again at the Rainbow Bridge.

    http://rainbowsbridge.com/Poem.htm
    Hugs,
    Barbara

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  • 89. Sue  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Ami,
    I am so saddened by the loss of your loyal and faithful friend. You had a difficult decision to make and did all you could. He is no longer suffering. He loved and was loved. You will meet again across the Rainbow Bridge. May God bless. Sue in Missouri

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  • 90. Linda  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Oh my goodness. So sorry to hear this. I have loved hearing about Madison and will miss him. I am raising a CCI puppy and hope she will graduate some day to help someone. His blog inspired Oreily, our assistance dog in training, to write her blog. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Blessings.

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  • 91. Kathy Kent  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Always read about Madison and his adventures. We recently lost our dog of 14 years and it only took 3 weeks to get another. A 3 year old rescue, English Setter. He is perfect for us. Dogs fill the void which we all need. Keep up your spirits. there is hope that we will all meet our loved pets at the Rainbow bridge.

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  • 92. Linda Deaton  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I had to wait for the tears to stop. My whole family knew about Madison because I would read your blog and his. We will miss him so much!

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  • 93. veryterryquilts  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Oh Ami – I’m so so sorry. I know you’ll miss him terribly. I wish I could say or do something to help. I will certainly donate quilts in his memory. I hope quilting will help you grieve. Take care of you. Love, Terry

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  • 94. dee m  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Madison is telling tales beyond the Rainbow Bridge I’m sure. Thank you for sharing him with us, he will be missed by us, too. My mom lost her Maltese to Cushings last week…liver was one big tumor. Lost our dog in 2002, think of him still. Madison T Dog will always be with you in heart and spirit. Hugs.

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  • 95. Joanne  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I know how it hurts.

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  • 96. Nan  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your much beloved dog Madison. I have no words other than these to express my feelings of grief. I am so sorry. He will be missed by all of us.

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  • 97. sharon m  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    so very sorry for your loss, madison was a very special dog…

    sharon & misty (a madison fan of the woof woof variety)

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  • 98. Jan  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    So sorry to hear about Madison. His funny blogs will certainly be missed.

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  • 99. Susan  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I sit here with tears in my eyes and an aching heart for you and your family. I know Madison will be missed as much as any other family member. My prayers are with you.

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  • 100. Denise in NYC  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    What a sad story, but what amazing and adorable pictures!! A real beauty…

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  • 101. Paula in Tulsa  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Lots of tears tonight — its just so hard to lose someone you love so much. Know that we all loved him, too. Stay strong and remember the feel of his fur and the love in his eyes.

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  • 102. Jo Ann  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Dear Ami,
    So sorry to hear about Madison. I loved his blogs and his “human” feelings about you leaving and going away without him. Sometimes we become so attached to our animal friends – we lost our last one a few years ago and it has left a void in our lives. We look forward to another “Madison” – perhaps “Madison II”???
    Take care, Jo Ann

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  • 103. DJ  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    My heart hurts for you. I wish I could give you a hug in person but I guess a cyber hug will have to do. Madison will be missed by so many of us. Take care of yourself. Thanks for sharing Madison with us.
    DJ

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  • 104. Peggy  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know Madison left an empty spot in your heart, but MANY wonderful memories for you to treasure! He was beautiful!

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  • 105. Stevie  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    What a good boy to the end!

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  • 106. Dale  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry to hear about Madison. My husband and I looked forward to his posts. He was such a support for your mother and I think you too. I hope a new Madison is in your future.

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  • 107. Deb G. in VA  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Madison. I loved reading his blogs. He is in a happy place now, where he will never feel pain again. It’s so hard to lose a dog that you love like a child, but the pain will get easier and you’ll remember all the good times you had with him. I know from experience that talking about him helps.

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  • 108. Cathy  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Dear Ami
    I am so sorry to hear of Madison’s passing. He will be waiting and watching for you. I will always remember him with love.

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  • 109. Sheila G. from California  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    A weepy woof for Madison. He will truly be missed in our household. I’m sure our Maggie has found him up there and made him feel welcome. God bless you and your family.

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  • 110. Gail B.  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I am beside myself with tears rolling down my face. I’m glad nobody is home to hear my sobs and see me right now. I can’t imagine your pain. Madison brought so much joy to so many people. Thank you for sharing this very special dog. Madison will be in our hearts forever. My prayers go out to you for your (our) loss.

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  • 111. Marianne  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Oh you and I have lost a friend. You could pet him I could just look, but I loved him, also.

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  • 112. Jan  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    yip, woof, woof, sniffles and tears.

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  • 113. Janet  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Ami, I am truly sorry for your loss. Madison was “one of the lucky ones” as my dog rescue friends always say. I am happy that he is no longer suffering, but I am sad that he is no longer here to spread his never ending love. Thank you so much for sharing him with all of us. He brought joy to so many people and he lived a full and wonderful life. Bless you all. Janet Howse

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  • 114. Liz Whitehead  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, Madison will be missed. I especially enjoyed his blogs and stories of his life. We will miss him. Take care and a big woof from me and the Whitehead gang (Duke, Shadow and Chloe)

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  • 115. Kat  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Ami,
    Madison was one heck of a good person in a doggie body. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.
    Healing thoughts to you and the family.
    Kat

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  • 116. Sandi Tygar  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I am so sorry – sitting here broken hearted, I always enjoyed Madison’s blog posts… I will miss him so much!!!

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  • 117. Cathie Jones  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I, too, write through tears. For you. For Madison. For my old Suzie who lived an amazing 17 years. And for my two 8-year-olds, who are on the downside of their years with us.

    Dogs should not have to die. They are much too valuable.

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  • 118. MsJan  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. No words are adequate at this time, but a loud and shrill miniature Schnauzer yowl from Gator and Ace-the-Wonder-Dog.

    Feeling your pain in California,
    jan, ace and gator

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  • 119. Sharon  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I am sew sorry Ami. We almost felt like we knew him and Goldens have such a sweet dispostion. I even named my puppy Madison three years ago. She isn’t as good as yours though.

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  • 120. JoAn GODFREY  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    bark, bark, bark……………..everyone has already said everything……………it is so hard to lose a beloved “child.”

    wiping away the tears and swollowing the lump in my throat.

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  • 121. Kalynn Usher (TQS - eyeonquilts)  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I know first hand just how special a golden can be. We face the same hard decision soon, I’m afraid. You obviously did all you could for him and allowed him to leave you with his dignity in tact.

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  • 122. Fern "Billie" Kilts  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I sent you a picture of our golden several years ago, and we decided at that time that they looked a great deal alike. We lost our Molly on her fifth birthday following a surgery for a torn tendon. She had a perforated ulcer during her recovery period. We never knew she had an ulcer. We were devastated, just as I was today when I heard that you lost Madison. I sincerely wish that I could change everything for you. We now have our Suzy Cue….another golden. One suggestion for you….get another one. My thoughts are with you. It is tough to lose them! I am so sorry.

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  • 123. Gwen Grant  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Sorry for the loss of your good friend. We will all miss his blogs.

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  • 124. CJ  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Oh Ami, I am so, so, sorry! Madison was a charmer and had more followers than he knew… You poor dear. I wish it were different. Lots of aloha from Honolulu…

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  • 125. Jan Graziano  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Again – so sorry to read about Madison – my heart goes out to his family. He was a beautfiul member of your family, and I will miss getting his blog. Yowl, yip, wuff in his membory..

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  • 126. Cheryl  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Take care and let the great and funny memories get you through!

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  • 127. Ruth  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I am so sorry! We had to let our dog go last summer, I know I much it hurts. Maybe our boys are playing together in dog heaven. I will miss Madison’s blog, he had such a way about how he shared events in his life with his Mom! Bless you! Take time to heal.

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  • 128. Sue O'Connor  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Woof! I can really feel your pain, our wonderful Golden is now going through a similar situation – it will be days before she is gone – She is going through all of this without complaint too. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  • 129. Barb  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Madison was wonderful. His sense of humor will be greatly missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  • 130. Laura B  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    RIP, Madison. We’ll miss seeing the Simms world through your eyes.

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  • 131. Jeanne  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Aw, Ami, I’m so sorry for your loss. You were just here last week and I mentioned how much I enjoyed Madison’s posts. What a faithful friend he was to you and your family. I will miss him. Sending hugs your way and a donation in Madison’s memory.

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  • 132. Angie  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Ami- I’m so sorry that Madison is gone, but he’ll be forever remembered by all of us whom you’ve shared him with. Hugs to you as you grieve for this loss of a wonderful family member! My prayers are with you for strength and peace – he knew he wa loved and he was a loving dog.

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  • 133. Holly  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Tears streaming down my face. I am sorry for your lose. He was a family member of your and a friend of mine. I guarantee he touched more lives than you will ever know.

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  • 134. Laurel Baker  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Truly Sorry. It does hurt a lot. God Bless you all.

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  • 135. Dee Winter  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    What horrible loss. I am so sorry, for you, for all of us his loyal fans. But it’s a testament to your love for him that you didn’t make him suffer all sorts of indignities. Rest in Peace. We loved you.

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  • 136. Penny Simmons  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Oh, Ami.

    I’m devastated for you.

    I understand completely.

    Praying for you.

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  • 137. Dorothy Schultz  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Dear Ami,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Madison with us. His blogs and his pictures were always a bright spot in my day. Please know Madison brought many smiles to our house, as all would stop to listen and look when I told them I had a message or pcture from Madison T. Dog. We will miss him. God bless and comfort you.

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  • 138. Eaine Adair  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Dang it – I can’t see through my tears – I LOVED writing to Madison T. Dog! I’m so sorry – he was so lucky to have YOU as his mistress, and you were so lucky to have HIM as your dog.

    Last time I wrote him, I DID notice how gray he was getting.. What a dog! 8-)))

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  • 139. Maria Olshin  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to you on the loss of your dear friend, Madison. I’ll miss his blogs, his unique viewpoint, his good humor. Woof to you all.

    Maria

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  • 140. Gayle Grier  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    So sorry, Ami. He was a real champ! I’ll miss him.

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  • 141. Karen Cook  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Dear Ami, my heart goes out to you. Last year I lost 2 pets within a few months of each other and still grieve. You will too, I know, as you have lost a member of your family. If you don’t already know about it, please check a website called The Rainbow Bridge. I hope you can find comfort in your quilting.

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  • 142. Carol.F.  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Woof, Woof, with love Madison. You brightened many of my days when you wrote the blog for Mom. My whole family knows about Madison T. Dog and would read the blogs. Ami, I know right now there are no words to stop your pain. I have been there six times and will soon be there again with my shadow (Billy) of 15 years. Thank you so much for sharing your love of Madison with us. You are a wonderful person, doggie Mom and daughter. <3

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  • 143. Kath  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Goodbye, Madison. He was one of my own virtual pets, because we don’t have any right now. The circle of life rolls on and when your grief eases, we look forward to hearing from you again.

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  • 144. Terri Drake  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Words cannot express the sorrow and pain I know you must feel at the loss of your beloved Madison. I loved reading his blog and all the stories about his latest adventures. If there is anything to be thankful for it is the fact that he is no longer suffering.

    I feel honored to have known him and for knowing you. Sending you lots of gentle hugs. I need to go dry my eyes now.

    Terri at the Drake’s Nest in Ossineke

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  • 145. Cheryl K.  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    We’ll miss Madison – Ami, you take care and let yourself cry. There’s nothing sadder than losing our faithful friends.

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  • 146. Patty Johnson  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Madison. I so enjoyed reading about him and all of his adventures. I know how you’re feeling. It’s so hard but you made the right decision. No one deserves to suffer. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • 147. Judy Baumannyahoo.com  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Oh, how hard it must have been. Not to know what was wrong. Not to be able to help. Ami, what a difficult time it must have been.

    What a sweet friend Madison was. Such a lovely sense of humor and such a loving and caring friend. Loyal to the end.

    Madison, we’ll miss you.

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  • 148. Laura  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Ami. I sitting here with tears running down my face. I always enjoyed reading about Madison. I feel like I lost a friend. I can only imagine how sad you must be. Madison will be greatly missed.

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  • 149. Robin Gold  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Oh Ami, big, big hugs to you and yours. I will miss his blogs, but probably not as much as you’ll miss him. It’s so hard to loose a special pet. I hope he is over the rainbow someplace playing with our Sophie, feeling young and frisky and not hurting anymore. May God give you comfort in your wonderful memories of him.

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  • 150. Susan  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Madison. I feel as though
    everyone knew him personally thru his blogs. He’ll definitely be missed by all of his fans.

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  • 151. Deb  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Ami. Madison was quite the dog and we’ll all miss his posts and sense of humor. Sending prayers.

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  • 152. Joan VanVelsor  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear that you lost your “shadow”. Your tribute showed he was quite s dog. You have some wonderful memories.
    Hope it helps to know others understand your loss.

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  • 153. Debbie  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Yip! RIP. I always enjoyed Madison’s posts. He had a great sense of humor.

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  • 154. Jami from Macungie  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved Madison. I will miss his blogs and his perspective on things. He has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and feels no more pain or discomfort. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Jami in Macungie, PA

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  • 155. Marcia Middents  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Oh, Ami…I’m so very sorry. Madison was such a beautiful, furry, funny, kind, helpful, patient, soul. We lost our sweet, gentle McKenna to cancer last year. She lives in my heart as Madison will live on in yours.

    Hugs
    Marcia

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  • 156. Charlotte Trayer  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Oh, Amy, I am So sorry about Madison! I know your sadness and grief, having been there (for different reasons) with two fur children of our own in years past. I am sitting here in the library tonight, trying to hide my tears for a dog I never met, but who I loved thru his blogs and various antics over the years. Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt condolences. love, Charlotte

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  • 157. Mary Ann Tate  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Hi Ami, my name is Dusty. Sometimes I help my mom with her blog. We will miss Madison very much. I know you are sad. I helped with mom’s blog today. I think if you go there I might make you smile just for a little bitty second, and that might help just a little bit. I love you.

    Dusty
    http://matate10quilter.blogspot.com/

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  • 158. Colleen  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I’m so sorry, Ami. I know the heartbreak of losing a dog. Know that all of us are thinking of you and your family.

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  • 159. Linda Cox  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I am so so sorry to hear of Madison’s passing. It’s never easy to have to let them go. He was a beloved character and I loved reading his posts.

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  • 160. MarilynOtte  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Oh, Ami, I’m so sorry!!! I’ve been there myself a few times. Please know that I’m crying with you. I will miss his blogging and seeing his happy face. You take it easy and come back when you’re ready.

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  • 161. Ruth Garrett  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I am so very sorry. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved dog. They leave such big, empty places in our hearts. I loved Madison’s blog posts. I will miss him too. I want to think my dear pound-puppy-shepherd-retriever-collie, Clover, has welcomed him to the Rainbow Bridge and they are currently enjoying a good game of get-to-know-you-run-and-chase.

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  • 162. Judy  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Dear Ami,
    My heart goes out to you and family. I recently lost our yellow lab just before Christmas…… he being shy of 14. Very hard to get use to not having my best “fur kid” around anymore. But as time goes on, I just think of what a blessing he was all those years. All the fun memories he gave us and always …. his love. Time does heal….

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  • 163. Teri  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Hoooowwwwwwwlllllllllllllll! A loving good-bye to a wonderful friend.

    My very sincere sympathies.

    teri

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  • 164. phyllis shanahan  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I am so sorry. Even though we never met, I loved Madison. Loved his blogs. you will be in my prayers.

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  • 165. Kamilla Mazanec  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Madison. i will miss him too. I have a 13 year old standard poodle who right now has a cancer on her leg — inoperable because bone, nerves and muscle are all involved, Radiation and chemo won’t help. I know the pain you have gone through in the last few months, and I do sympathize with you; I am doing for my dog what you did for Madison — loving her, keeping her comfortable as long as she wants to stay with me. May God keep us all.

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  • 166. Edwina J Murray  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    If there is rain falling in heaven tonight, it is because of all the tears that are being shed for this wonderful companion which you have lost. The flowers there will bloom brighter with the extra water, but our souls will be a little empty for awhile without Madison to tell us how good life really is!

    My dog at my feet says woof, woof, woof and “see you at the Rainbow Bridge”!

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  • 167. lindasteller  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Ami – I’m so sorry. He had a wonderful life with you and I know he will live on in your heart forever. Sending big hugs.

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  • 168. Marsha  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Madison was such a good and talented dog, he will be missed by so many. Hugs to you and the rest of Madison’s family. I always enjoyed his blog posts. Peace to him and you.

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  • 169. Mutti  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Dear Ami
    How very sad we are for you! What an absolutely wonderful dog dear sweet Madison was. How we all enjoyed his blogs! Woof! Woof! He was a wonderful spokesperson for the AAQI. Definitely a donation is in order. With love and sympathy…Linda

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  • 170. Maida P  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Ami, my heart goes out to you. Thank you for sharing Madison with us all these years. I’m sure he is in doggy heaven.

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  • 171. M. Jane Epstein  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Ami-my whole family is so sad for you and your family, including my dogs Chipper and Pretzel. Madison was a wonderful writer and we enjoyed his blogs. At some point, that ache in your heart and the lack of a shadow will become wonderful memories that will help you through all the days to come.

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  • 172. vickie  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:12 am

    YIP!!! I will never forget watching the doggie cam, that was so funny. Madison was a great dog and I will really really miss his blogs and how he always put things into perspective , at least for him :-)

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  • 173. Margie Phelps  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I am so sorry. We have lost two with in the last year. ONe last April and one a month go. Both lived long and healthy lives and left us at 17, a sister died at 13. Losing a pet is so very painful. My heart goes out to you!

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  • 174. Lady Visine  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Ami – thank you for sharing Madison with us ever since he came into your life. His blogging skills always made me laugh and the photos were always sure to lift one’s spirits. You & your family gave Madison a wonderful life & he, in return gave hundreds of people joy & love. I’m sure your decision was heart-wrenching, but you let him go with dignity and love.

    My tears join yours… and you will be in my prayers. He was an awesome dog. *hugs you tight*

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  • 175. Linda  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I am so shocked and sorry to hear about your Madison. I enjoyed reading his blogs, and hearing about his escapades. He will be missed.

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  • 176. Linda  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:41 am

    I am so shocked and sorry to hear about your Madison. I enjoyed reading about him and his escapades. He will be missed.

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  • 177. kathi  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:41 am

    so VERY sorry for your loss. a GOOD friend. so sad. tears. We recently were “given custody” of our daughters 7 year old Golden. BEAUTIFUL LOVING DOGS. ok . this one is chewing up everything and is dog THREE in this SMALL house. BUT we LOVE HER already. I KNOW your sorrow. we recently had to say goodbye to our favorite kitty kat. sending you CYBER HUGS. i KNOW how much you miss your Madison. sniff sniff.

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  • 178. JoanS  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Oh, Ami – how well I know what you’re going through. I’m typing through tears. I’m so, so sorry and there’s no way to console you – at least, there wasn’t for me. Eventually, the wonderful memories of Madison will soften the grief.

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  • 179. Marybeth  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I remember when you first got Madison and how quickly he became an integral addition to your family. He will be greatly missed.

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  • 180. Linda H  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:36 am

    My deepest sympathies. Been there, done that and we will continue to do it over and over again! It is so hard to lose them, but it would have been an empty life without them. As tough as it is to have to make THE decision, be thankful you had the opportunity to do so.

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  • 181. Karen  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Through his blogs, I felt I knew Madison. He will be missed by more people than he could ever imagine — or maybe not. He knew he was wonderful and that everyone who “met” him loved him. My sympathies to all of you.

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  • 182. Sandra  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Dear Ami,

    These are the soggiest replies I have ever seen and I am adding to the tears. We will howl just a bit tonight and maybe sigh a few breathy, whistling sighs as we contemplate another dear friend gone. You gave him such a spectacular life and gave all of us a piece of that to enjoy. Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Hugs to you and your family…. even the kitties say “MEOW yow, yowwwwwwww….”

    thinking of you

    me

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  • 183. Jeanie  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Tears running down my face. I never met Madison, but through your eyes and his posts I felt like I knew him and that he was in a way my dog too, and my heart is breaking that he is gone. No dog will ever be as fantastic as he was. What a dog! We just said good bye to our 22 year old cat. Ami, I’m so sorry for your loss…no words can express…

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  • 184. Andrea Johnson  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Ami, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your dear friend. I know how painful it is to have to end the suffering of a furry family member. I’m sitting here crying in sympathy for your loss, so I will simply say be well, dear lady.

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  • 185. Donata  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Ami, I can’t stop crying for Madison AND for you.
    He is now happily reunited with your beloved mom, but you are left with emptiness and sorrow.
    I’ll miss him so much, my favorite model…
    Hugs.

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  • 186. Amanda McCloskey  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:18 am

    He was a fabulous dog, and a fabulous blogger, and we shall miss him terribly. Biggest hugs to you and all his loved ones.
    Amanda, in tears

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  • 187. Sharon Shute  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Woof, woof,
    I believe our dogs go to heaven. I know my Jakie is there. They are running around doing all the things dogs love to do. God bless you during this time, may He give you strength, and comfort knowing your puppy is in a good place.

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  • 188. Michele Bilyeu  |  February 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I am heartbroken for you. He was so very much more than a beloved dog. We will all miss him and his place as part of your heart on this blog. The photo montage says it all…beautifully done. You loved that dog with all of your heart and you showed him love with every decision that you made. I am so very, very sorry for your loss.

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  • 189. Amy Krizek  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Deep and sorry howl for you and virtual hugs, too. It is hardest to be humane. You just wish someone else would make the decision.

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  • 190. Anita  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

    So very sorry for your loss! I also loved every comment & picture from Madison! Every mention of him was sure to brighten my day. We will miss him! Hugs!

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  • 191. Sharon L  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Ami – my heart aches for you. We lost our baby girl the same way. It’s a tough road. It has been 6 years now and the only way we get through is to remember Rainbow Bridge. I can’t wait for the day!!!

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  • 192. Diane Wick  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Ami, we will all miss Madison. I love his stories and posts so much, and would often forward them to a friend who also had goldens. Madison could not have had a better life or more loving companions. So sorry!

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  • 193. Shasta  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I am so sorry for your loss Ami. I just got a dog this year, so this was hard to read. I think I understand more now.

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  • 194. Vicki  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Woof! Woof! So sorry.

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  • 195. Holly  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

    So sorry fornyour loss. We lost a pet last month and I know how hard it is. My thoughts are with you!

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  • 196. Marion Wheatley  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Dear Ami, I loved the posts from Madison and shared them with a co-worker. We were great fans of Madison. We were lucky to have shared some of this wonderful dog’s life. We are sorry for your loss and are now having a good cry in honor of Madison.

    Marion

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  • 197. Claudia  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our faithful friends are just the best….our memories are so special.

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  • 198. meg cox  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Like everyone else, it seems. I’m crying while I write this. Because of everything you guys wrote together, I feel like I knew Madison and I’m really going to miss him.
    What a lucky dog he was Ami, to have you.

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  • 199. Chris Bowyer  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Ami and Family,
    I am so sorry. Madison was a character and such a good dog. You know he’s still there in spirit with you. I know I’m not going to heaven if I can’t have all my dogs that have gone before me with me!!!
    You know your mom probably has him and is giving him lots of treats and hugs for you!
    Hang in there. It’s never gets all better but you can stand it after a while!
    Much love,
    Chris b and Spencer, the newf (who is also getting old – 11-1/2 years)

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  • 200. Dawn  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Ami, I am so, so sorry for your loss. I will miss reading Madison’s blogs. My thoughts and prayer are with you. Woof, woof, woof…

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  • 201. Jo Cassar  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Madison was a very special friend to all. Bark, bark…..

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  • 202. Beth B.  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Oh Ami, I am so sorry! Your sweet puppy will be remembered and loved by all you shared him with. He will be greatly missed- I’m crying like he was my pet too! May you find peace and comfort in knowing that he had the best life of all- being owned by a loving quilter who gave him hugs and kisses- and yes, even bacon flavored treats.

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  • 203. Marie  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Oh Ami….

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  • 204. Cecilia  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Woof – Yip – tears for your beloved friend and companion. He will be greatly missed.

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  • 205. Clara Fisher  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    So sad…..what a sweet dog he was. I will miss his blog, too. Hugs, Ami ((((((())))))))))

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  • 206. Sandy  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Oh Ami ,My heart goes out to you.I have been there and done that and it is so very hard .Remember the good times,Your faithfull friend will be waiting for you on the other side.
    Hugs,Sandy

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  • 207. Debby  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Waahoooooooooooooooooooooooo Oooooooooooooo Waooooooooooouuuuu Oh, Lord there goes my makeup this morning. God bless you Ami and dear Madison. Big hugs from San Diego

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  • 208. Ginny  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Dear Ami,
    I should know better than to read my email at work, as I fled my desk in tears. I am so sorry. Please feel my arms around you in a hug thru the miles, as there are no words……

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  • 209. Sandra Behne  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I truly feel your pain as I lost my African Grey parrot this month after 18 wonderful, non dull years…. We will miss Madison’s antics as well. Always made us smile reading about him and all the photos you shared. Take care my friend…. God bless you all.

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  • 210. Jorja  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read your post. I will miss Madison so much. His posts were always the highlight of my day. We lost our Sparky about 6 years ago – it was so, so hard making that drive to the vets. We kept thinking maybe if we just wait a little longer…she’ll be OK. But we knew it was the right thing. Doggie love is beyond understanding. They are our faithful companions who only live to be there for us! Be strong, but cry when you need to!

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  • 211. Sharon Morton  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Dear Ami,
    So sorry to hear about Madison, I feel like I lost a friend! Our cat was diagnosed with renal failure on Saturday. I feel your pain.

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  • 212. Connie Stowers  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Such a sad day. My Bear T. Dog enjoyed the posts Madison wrote and was secretly envious of Madison’s ability to master the keyboard. I would read Madison’s post to Bear and he would wag his tail at every word. Not too many dog bloggers out there.

    I know your sadness and am so sorry for it. It is just hard to lose a loved one. I know how much you loved him. He was so special.

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  • 213. Rebecca Plummer  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Yours was the first email of today. What a way to start my day. Madison is the most recent of a chain of animal friends I’ve had to say good bye to. Tears are a good thing … so healing. God bess you.

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  • 214. Marilyn  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Isn’t it amazing how our beloved dogs remain happy for us even though they are in pain–wagging their tails, welcoming our attention? True love through to the end. Madison is romping around Dog Heaven. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  • 215. Mishka  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Hugs Ami, I’m so sorry to hear about Madison. My heart goes out to you. I will miss his stories.

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  • 216. Willoughby and all the Angel Dogs at Madonna  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Ami, All of us Angel Dogs who visit at Madonna send our licks and furry love to you. There are many of our former Angel Dogs over the Rainbow Bridge having fun! Bet they found Madison as he sounds like an earth angel just lke us!
    Love, Willoughby, Vega$ and Millie.
    PS. We send e-mails whenever our mommies aren’s watching just like Madison!

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  • 217. Margaret  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

    OMG Ami I am so sorry, know how you feel, lost my constant companion February 6. Thank you Madison for all the years of “blogging” RIP ole Man

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  • 218. Marymarybethbeth  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Read your news with a smile and a tear. I’ve had to do this too and it IS so hard! He will always be with you. What a lovely, lucky dog!

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  • 219. Mary in MN  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Ami, Madison was an incredible example of dogdom, certainly the smartest writer dog I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading! During the hard work of grieving I know you’ll take comfort in all of the wonderful memories that you and your precious Madison shared. He will be missed.

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  • 220. Kathleen B. Barden  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

    No doubt you were the best human any dog ever had. Our Banner turns 15 in May, if he makes it that long. Thanks for sharing your pain. It helps me to be prepared. Kathy

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  • 221. Ellen Cabluck  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

    What a beautiful dog he was–he will be missed by his fans and family. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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  • 222. Gini Ewers  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Oh, Ami. How terribly sad. I enjoyed all of Madison’s columns and critiques.

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  • 223. Connie  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Through the tears of a quilter…

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  • 224. betsy  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Ami – I’m not even a pet owner and I feel your pain. From your visit to Grand Rapids in November, I could tell how much you enjoyed Madison’s company in your everyday world. My sympathies. Another friend just lost her dog and felt the same emptiness as she is also a quilter, home all day with her quilts – and dog.
    Take care of yourself. You can be very proud of the great dog you helped create.

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  • 225. Lynn  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Ami,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. So enjoyed Madison’s words. I know there will be a giant hole in your heart and in the days to come. Remember the good times.
    Hugs

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  • 226. Kim  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Ami….so sorry that you had to say goodbye to your dog Madison…you must be heartbroken…it is so hard losing our pets. I will miss the posts from Madison…he was enjoyed by so many.
    RIP Madison.

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  • 227. Lynn  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Dogs are special sewing friends and Madison was loved by all of us who sew with dogs and read your blog. I had a similar scare at Christmas when we were told that our 12 year old airedale was in kidney failure. He is doing well now but every day is a gift. You will hold Madison in your heart forever and he will always be by your side. Warm slurps and smootchies for you from my two ‘dales.

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  • 228. Joanie  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Ami, I’m am so sorry for your loss. Madison was a great dog and wonderful blogger, he will me missed by many. I know all to well how you feel.. I loss my yorkie Eddy last march and still look over my shoulder for him, Hugs and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

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  • 229. Joann  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I am so sorry … I too am sitting here crying. I’ve walked in your shoes and definately share your pain.

    Madison will certainly be missed by so many whose lives he touched.

    Hugs to you Ami.

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  • 230. AmandaA  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Dear Ami,
    My heart goes out to you – Madison was such a gorgeous and lovable dog. Having lost dog shadows in the past, I can imagine how you and your family must be feeling. He gave such a lot of pleasure to so many of us round the world. Love and hugs from the UK

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  • 231. Debra Lea  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I am so very sorry! I went through this last March with my 15-year-old mini poodle. I know exactly how you feel. I so enjoyed Madison’s blogging. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

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  • 232. Mary W  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I am so sorry. I know what this is like as I to have lot a faithful friend. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  • 233. Connie Schaap  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Amii, I am so sorry to hear about Madison. These wonderful creatures who can’t speak words sure fill up our lives. They speak volumes in so many ways. He touched so many peoples lives in many positive ways. He certainly will be missed.

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  • 234. Marel  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Meoowwww…. The cats and I always enjoyed reading Madison’s blogs…..

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  • 235. Lynne  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

    So so sorry to hear about Madison. We lost our little ones (mini dachshunds so a lot easier to carry around ;-) and hearing from Madison always helped me miss them a little less. When I showed my DH pictures from the “Madison Cam” his first comment was how we could have done that AND the looks we would have had to endure from our two. LOL

    We will both miss his blogs and comments on what was REALLY going on in your quilting world.

    MANY MANY HUGS TO ALL YOUR FAMILY

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  • 236. Julie in NM  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

    So sorry. Have gone thru this twice. So hard to loose a buddy. Hugs. Tons of hugs.

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  • 237. diane  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

    so so sorry for your great loss– Madison will certainly be missed by many but most of all by you. thoughts of comfort are with you at this time..

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  • 238. judy stowell  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Oh Ami, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I loved to read Madison’s accounts of his/your activities. He will be truly missed.

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  • 239. kathi  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Ami, I am so sorry. I loved that dog!

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  • 240. Patti Lee  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Oh Ami – would you be insulted if I said he was my favorite part of your newsletters?! I guess you know this means for “business reasons” you will have to find his heir! Love to you and your family. We all weep with you. What a special, special companion he has been – to all of us.
    Patti Lee
    Sulky of America

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  • 241. Barb Meppelink  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

    It is difficult to loss your “friend”. Thinking of your family.

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  • 242. Gerry Prodger  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Ami, I am so very sorry to hear about Madison. I often LOL at his blogs, shared them with friends, and anticipated the next one to see what he could possibly be up to next. You gave him a great life – as evidenced by the photos. Thanks for sharing him with us, and BIG HUGS to you and your family.

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  • 243. dori  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Tears are running as I read your post…even though I only knew Madison through his Blog and Under The Desk Columns he was such a very special dog…Hugs go out to you from me to the three of you….

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  • 244. Sheila  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Oh Ami. I am so sorry. Madison was well loved by all it looks like. I loved reading his posts. He always brought smiles,even on days I didn’t feel like it. He will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge..

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  • 245. Meg  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Ami, I am so very sorry. I have no other words. He was such a great dog. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • 246. julie  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I’m sorry for your loss. I’ve loved reading about Madison and his blog posts. Love and Hugs from Arizona

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  • 247. Laurie  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I am so so very sorry to read about your loss. I am reminded of our beloved Siberian Husky – Max- who blessed us with 15 years .You are in my daily thoughts and prayers…….

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  • 248. Dolores  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Ami, I am sooo sad to hear about Madison. Our pets are more than pets to us, they are our kids. They frustrate us, make us happy and all the emotions in between, and always give us unconditional love. Madison knew how much he was loved, not only by you, but by all the quilting world. He will be missed by all. Hugs to you.

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  • 249. Katie P.  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

    So Sorry. I always liked his posts. Goldens are the best. Hugs from West Michigan.

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  • 250. Judy Currie  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I just cannot stop the tears – I have two older dogs and know my sorrow is ahead – Madison was so special in so many ways – you will miss him most but we will miss him greatly. The Rainbow Bridge awaits – Madison is now with your beloved mother and free of pain. I truly believe that. Judy C in NC

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  • 251. Eileen H  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Oh Ami! I am so sorry for your loss, and I will miss Madison. I always looked forward to his blogging. It’s been many years since I lost my dog, but I remember the pain. Now I’m crying again. Take Care.

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  • 252. marilyn  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I always looked forward to the email from Madison. This was such a sad one and I will miss him. It is so tough to lose a friend.

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  • 253. Taz, Runt, Charles and mommy, Anna, in IL  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

    On behalf of our mom, Anna, who is a supporter of AAQI, and all of us, let us offer our deepest condolences on the loss of Madison. Mommy always read us Madison’s blog posts and it helped us decide to try our paws at blogging too.
    Sending snuggles and purrs,
    Taz, Runt and Charles

    PS. Ami, I know the hurt that this causes but know that in your heart, you know you gave Madison a good life and made this decision for him, not you. If we had a choice, we would never have to make this decision, because our pets would live forever. So, sending hugs and dry tissues to get you through the coming days.
    Hugs,
    Anna in IL

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  • 254. Pam F.  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Ami: What words can ease your pain at this sad, sad time? I feel I have lost a friend with the passing of Madison. Each time your email arrived in my box, my first thought would be “Wonder what Madison is up to today?” His blog made me laugh (or at least grin real big) each and every time. I will certainly miss seeing his pretty face but I will not forget him and the joy he brought. I will be praying for you during this time. May God ease your pain and bring to your mind all the good times you’ve had with Madison.
    Sincerely,
    Pam F.

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  • 255. rusty stubblefield  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:59 am

    At the first Nashville AQS show, I worked in the meet-the-teacher booth where you greeted your adoring fans. I was thrilled, but truth be told, more excited hearing about your furry, golden puppy-in-training! There’ll never be another Madison. You *do* get through it, but you’ll never get over it. My heart dog, Abbie, went to Rainbow Bridge many years ago, but she’s still here. When you do look over your shoulder, you may not see him–but he’s still right behind you.

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  • 256. Rose Livingston  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Dear Ami, I am Hank, typing for my owner. She is crying and can’t type right now. We both loved reading everything Madison put out and learning so much about her. I am not the first dog for my family and my mommy said to tell you she knows your heat break. Madison brought joy and light into so many homes, she will be remembered by far more than just your family. Mommy and I would like to send our hugs and kisses to you and your family. Madison knows that you did everything you could to help her.She had a great life with you!
    Your friends,
    Hank and Rose Livingston

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  • 257. Mary  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Dear Ami,
    I always enjoyed reading what Madison had to say. He was delightful. We’ve been that route as well. How talented both of you are. Through tears.

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  • 258. Carla S  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Oh Ami, I am so sorry for the loss of your shadow. I would often read Madison’s blog to my two, because they are much better listeners than my husband and kids.

    He will be missed. Mournful, soulful howling from Texas.

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  • 259. Lynne  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Farewell Madison…May you find Sunny, my Golden, and the 2 of you spend your time waiting for us while chasing, running, and leaping into ponds together.

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  • 260. Diane  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO LOSE YOUR BEST FRIEND, I HAVE HADTHAT HAPPEN TO ME.,tAKE CARE AND REMEMBER 1 DAY AT A TIME. hugs and wet kisses from Daisy and Lily

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  • 261. Nancy  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Ami, I am sorry to hear of your loss of your much-loved Madison. All of us have enjoyed reading what he had to say and your comments over the years so we all share in your loss. Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Nancy

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  • 262. Helen  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Some dogs are dogs – other dogs are people. Madison was definately a people. He is at Rainbow Bridge waiting for you with all the rest of the furry people who have gone before us.
    My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of you friend.

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  • 263. Constance Ross  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I have loved Madison from afar, and appreciated his specialness, his many talents and his blogs. Keep talking about him, when you are especially lonely, play his slide show as I play Harold’s.
    The collar was particularly poignant. We still have Duke’s.
    For a long time I thought I saw Spike the Siamese out of the corner of my eye.

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  • 264. MJ  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Ami,
    My tears are flowing with yours. Madison was a joy and a friend to people who he never even met. The world is a lesser place today without our furry, goofy friend. While you lay low, know that lots of love and understanding are being sent to you and your family by those who grieve with you. We loved him too and thank you for sharing him with us, your extended family. Hugs, MJ

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  • 265. Leslie Bulken  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Oh, Ami, I am so sorry for you. Tears are falling in Virginia for you and your family. Poor Madison! Too short a life, by far.
    God bless you. much love, Leslie

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  • 266. Karen Raber  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Sorry for yoiur loss – the loss of a friend (regardless of the number of their legs) is always hard. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers,,,

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  • 267. Kathie  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

    So sorry for your loss Ami. Your furry child will be missed by all.

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  • 268. Barb Murdock  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Dear Amy,

    I am an animal lover and to hear of Madison’s death was so sad. (it is hard to type and cry at the same time) It brings back memories of when I had to put our dog and cat down a few years ago. It is like losing one of your children. Hang in there!

    Barb Murdock
    Heber City, Utah

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  • 269. Mary Ellen  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Ami, I am typing through my tears. I lost my own shadow not too long ago. What a hole in your heart! Thinking of you and understanding.

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  • 270. Me.ynda  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

    So sorry about your friend Madison

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  • 271. Dar  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Oh Ami!! I am so very sorry. Madison was truly a part of your heart, and I know he left a huge hole behind. I pray you get some comfort, knowing he was loved by many, many others as well, and will be sadly missed. My condolences also to Steve and Jen, and the office staff too; my heart is breaking for you all. As badly as it hurts, please know you did right by Madison. He truly was a Good Dog!! –Dar

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  • 272. Bunny Filer  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Oh, what a terrible loss. So sorry. Bunny

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  • 273. Kalli  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Oh Ami, Steve and Jenny,

    Prayers and hugs to all of you!

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  • 274. Paula Moser-Spaulding  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Dear Ami–

    I am so sorry. Hard to believe… know that we will all remember him with love and joy in our hearts!! Thanks for sharing him with us! xo, Paula

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  • 275. debi  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Ami, Steve and Jenny, my heart aches for your loss. I can only hope you are comforted by the knowledge that your Mom is walking Madison all around Heaven, introducing him to all the other angels. Much love goes out to you.

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  • 276. JoanneCoy  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Oh dear friend = Today is my80th birthday and Im sitting here crying over your loss. What a wonderful pal you had in Madison….we all enjoyed the messages that you sent thru the emails. Peace and comfort to you and the family – these will be difficult days for all of you = it is like losing a member of the family!
    Hugs from Joanne.

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  • 277. Bev  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Ami, I’m so sorry for your loss. Madison was a wonderful companion. I always enjoyed his blog posts as well as the pictures you posted on your site. Thank you for sharing him all these years.

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  • 278. LeVon  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him terribly and we all will miss your stories of him! The pictures are great!! LeVon-in PA

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  • 279. Terry  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Oooh, Dear Ami, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious friend. Your stories about Madison and his own blog posts have always been a delight to read. Thank you for sharing him with us. I pray God will bless you and your family during this especially tender time.

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  • 280. Deb Sims  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Oh Ami, I am so very sorry. I know how this feels and it’s not good. We are so blessed by our canine brothers and sisters; they just don’t live as long as we would like. We had a big scare with Maggie this week–liver biopsy, etc.–but so far it looks like she’s ok. My heart stopped for two days while we went through tests. Now waiting for pathology report. Please know that my love and thoughts are with you and Maggie and Duncan are sending big warm hairy doggie hugs and kisses to you.

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  • 281. Nancy  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Ami, so very sorry about the loss of such a dear, dear friend. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • 282. Molly from Africa  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I’m writing today on behalf of Molly–Madison’s pen pal from Africa–who passed away April 12, 2010. Molly enjoyed each and every blog Madison wrote. Whenever a blog From Under The Desk was posted, Molly would dance in circles, run to get a toy, and plop her front feet up on the desk to see the computer screen better. You’d think she was actually reading the blog herself!
    I dreamt last night that Madison and Molly met up at the Rainbow Bridge. After introductions were made, Madison started a game of fetch that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

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  • 283. Linda Frihart  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Madison’s mail always brought a smile or a laugh outloud reaction.
    This one just brought tears for Madison and his family. Ami, thank you for sharing Madison with all of us dog lovers. He was most special just like his mistress.

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  • 284. Tommie  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Ami,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how difficult this is for you. We’ve lost two dogs to cancer, and both died in our arms. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but like you, I couldn’t let them go alone after all we’d been through. And I could not, allow them to suffer any more. It would have been selfish of me to keep them alive and in pain.

    I know it will be a long time before you stop expecting to see him in familiar places, and even longer before you stop crying, if ever. Please know that there are many of us crying with you right now.

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  • 285. myra22  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I couldn’t read this post without commenting. It brought back so many memories of when I lost my Tazze a few years ago even though under somewhat different circumstances. It’s such a hard thing to go through! I wish you much peace in the days to come and hopes to remember the good memories of Madison.

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  • 286. Debbie  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:36 am

    With tears for Madison and your family. We have a wonderful 7 year old golden that is the center of our family. Madison is the third online friend I have lost in the past month. All three sudden and unexpected.. it is amazing to me the friends this computer has brought to my life. I will give my “okie” an extra hug and prayers for you all. Love and Gods blessings.

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  • 287. Charley in Germany  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Hoooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwlllllllllllll !!!

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  • 288. Terry  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:37 am

    That is so devastating to hear. Madison was a loyal companion and you are a responsible pet owner. My prayers are with you as your heart mourns the loss of your beloved “shadow”.

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  • 289. AllisonCBayer  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Awww, Ami . . . I’m so sorry for your loss of your faithful Madison. The void is great I know — many dogs in my own life. Thank you for sharing Madison with us. Thank you for sharing your story. Wiskery and licky licky hugs (like I’m sure Madison gave you many of). Mourn, grieve, cry and remember. All of it is yours. Hugs, Allison

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  • 290. Nancy Q  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I’ve been up half the night with my Brittany spaniel who has doggy dementia and have been going over the inevitable last day in my head. After reading about Madison, I don’t think today is the day …yet. Yet it’s a sad day we too will face. Thank you for sharing Madison with us quilters.

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  • 291. Diane  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

    So sorry to learn of your loss. Madison was a good friend to your family and you gave him a good life.

    You held him in your arms as he passed away – he wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. He’ll be just a memory away now – smiling and wagging his tail always.

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  • 292. Debra  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

    So sorry for your loss. Madison will be greatly missed. My Buddy will be joining him soon, as he is having a hard time getting around now.

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  • 293. Georgia  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Ami,
    I am so sorry that Madison is no longer here to make more memories on earth with you. It is so hard but I know you made this decision for him even though it is causing you & the family so much pain. Please know you’re not alone because he lives always in the memories & in your heart. You gave him the best possible life. Both of you shared much love & joy. The love always remains.
    You’re in my thoughts 7 prayers.
    HUGS

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  • 294. Linda  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

    We are sorry to know of Madison’s passing. He added warmth and love to your family and to all he met along the way. His love will always be with you. Good memories and happy smiles will carry you through.

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  • 295. Elizabeth  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Ami, I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my Golden, Becka, two years ago and madison filled her spot for a short time whenever he wrote on the blog. Even after two years, my heart aches for Becka’s welcome home smile and tail wag. I know your pain.
    Hugs, Elizabeth

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  • 296. Barbara Garner  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I am so sorry, Ami. If we get to choose our heaven, we will have our dogs with us forever. Madison will be missed bg

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  • 297. Barbara Brown  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I am one of the lucky people who attended a workshop with you and Madison when you traveled thru Pennsylvania a few years ago. I’ll never forget how your “assistant” carried fabric strips in his mouth (without getting them wet) from students to teacher so you could press the seams for us. He was such a special, sweet, well-trained and well-loved shadow. I too read your blog thru tears. My sympathy for your loss. You’ll have many great memories.

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  • 298. Gail McClure  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. When I finished reading, I gathered my two goldens and had a good cry. When I look at the rainbows now, I’ll add Madison to my thoughts. He was the best blogger there ever was. Thank you for sharing him with us for so many years.
    Feather, Chase and Gail

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  • 299. MB  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I loved Madison’s posts, I looked forward to reading them. I will miss his blogging and his sunshiny face. I wish I had the perfect words to fill the empty space in your heart right now, but I don’t. Please just know that many people loved him and feel your pain.

    MB in Oklahoma

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  • 300. Glenda in Florida  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Ami–I am so sorry about Madison. I enjoyed his blog posts, and he truly seemed like the happiest dog I have ever heard of. Wishing you many happy memories.

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  • 301. Steve Carr  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I am truly sorry for your loss and will miss reading of Madison’s great adventures. I’m sure he’s in Heaven getting his new assignment as we speak. I know how difficult it is at a time like this, but in the overall scheme of things, it’s a small price to pay for the privilage of such a friendship.

    Steve Carr

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  • 302. Laura  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Madison was my virtual pet since I don’t have a dog of my own, and I’ll miss him very much.
    He was perfect — wise, faithful and patient. And what a card! Thanks for sharing him with us. I’m so sorry, Ami.
    Laura

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  • 303. Wanda  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

    WOOF!! WOOF!! WOOF!! I LOVED Madison’s blog posts. He was a Great dog. So very, very sorry for your loss. Hugs from TN.

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  • 304. Kelley  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Sorry to hear of Madison’s passing. I think that that is one of the hardest things we ever have to do. He will always live on in your heart.

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  • 305. Audrey Flock  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Oh Ami! I’m sitting here bawling my eyes out after reading about Madison. I know how hard making that decision to “do the right thing” is, and also how hard it is to lose your faithful companion. Snickers & Sugar & I always loved reading about his many adventures, as he had such a wonderful life with you & your family. Many hugs from me, and doggy kisses from my girls. Madison will be missed by all of us!

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  • 306. Allison  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

    My heart breaks for you. Madison will be missed….

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  • 307. sue myer  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

    sniff….sniff…..little wimper…….they become our “children” with fur and they will forever hold a place in our heart…..and we are all the more grateful that God let us have them, if only for a little while! Thank-you dear Madison and Ami for the love and hope you have spread to all parts of the world…….one “scrap” at a time!

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  • 308. Marian Mathewson  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Ami, I am so sorry! This is the worst part of pet ownership! Every time I go into the shower I think of his calling the shower curtain “impenetrable.” So many of us loved him too!!

    Marian in Idaho

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  • 309. Teresa Rose  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Dearest Ami,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Madison. I remember him as a young dog and joyful companion. I have read his blogs which always brightened my day. He was a gift to you and you gave him the best of yourself. I have a motto on my desk that says “My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.” No problem for you.
    My mother is now in the mid-advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. I will give to Madison’s favorite charity in honor of both of them. Blessings and peace to you.

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  • 310. Mary E. Williams  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Oh, Ami, I am so very, very sorry. I have always that the hardest part of having a wonderful pet is letting them go. I know how empty your life is now because I’ve lost so many of my beloved four-footed friends. Godspeed to Madison – he deserves all that doggy heaven has to offer.

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  • 311. Judy in Ohio  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    What a sad loss, for you and for the blogosphere. Madison was the best.canine.blogger.ever!

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  • 312. Lin Maine  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    ruhrrrrrrr from my 3 irish setters, and I will miss him as well. Prayers and I know he will wait for you at the bridge.

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  • 313. Mary E. Williams  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Oh, Ami, I am so very, very sorry. I have always felt that the hardest part of having a wonderful pet is letting them go. I know how empty your life is now because I’ve lost so many of my beloved four-footed friends. Godspeed to Madison – he deserves all that doggy heaven has to offer.

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  • 314. sue  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I am so sad for you. Thanks for sharing Madison with us all these years.

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  • 315. Heather in Canada  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Always missed, never forgotten. You gave him a great life Ami!

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  • 316. Dianne Morgan  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I always enjoyed Madison’s blog. He was a beautiful dog and my heart goes out to you and your family at your loss.

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  • 317. Lynn  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    When I read your e-mail today I burst into tears. I’m so sorry you have had to go through such travails, only to lose your beloved baby. I loved the doggie blog posts that blended seamlessly with your own. I know you will miss Madison, but the rest of us will too.

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  • 318. Teri  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I love the wall of fame photos you presented in honor of your (and our!) beloved Madison. He will be mightily missed!

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  • 319. Carol  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Typing through my tears. I loved Madison’s blogging. I know he was such a joy to you and so many others. He will be truly missed by so many of us.

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  • 320. Rita  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know the pain of letting a beloved dog go personally, as we had to make that decision for our golden retriever. We now have another golden who just celebrated his fifth birthday and is my shadow. Dogs bring us so much joy and always love us unconditionally….what a wonderful thing. Madison will be truly missed.

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  • 321. pam  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I send you hugs, dear Ami. This is one of the hardest things to do..but also one of the most merciful. My son and his family just lost Clifford, a german shepherd mix. I think there is a special place in heaven for these well loved animals where they can run and play and watch over us. I did enjoy Madison’s blogs. You take care of yourself my dear, and reward yourself for giving Madison a grand life and a merciful end.

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  • 322. Judy Leathers  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Ami,
    I was devastated to read that Madison is gone. Nothing hits so hard as the death of a best friend. So many of us grew to love this dog and the relationship the two of you had was a beautiful thing to read about. I adored him and will miss him as though he was my own.

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  • 323. Sue  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Ami………I don’t have the words to express my sorrow…….I loved to read about Madison and his adventures……he will be missed by all! Peace to you and your family.

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  • 324. Barbara G  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    My sincere sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Madison. You have an army of virtual friends “out there” who have endured the loss of a devoted dog. It hurts. Thank you for sharing his life with us.

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  • 325. D. Borden  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Oh Ami- I’m so sorry that you lost Madison. I’ll miss his column but am glad you were brave enough to put him to rest.

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  • 326. Fran Norris  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    So sorry to hear about Madison. We lost our beautiful “Sydney” Dec. 28th. She had some of the same issues as Madison with not moving, or eating. Vet gave clean bill of health and then she was gone. Thankfully she went in her sleep and it was old age, but sad that my son came home from work at 1:30 in the morning and found her. He had just told us the day before that He was thinking of having her put down because he felt so sorry and sad when he saw her not being able to get outside in time to do her business. Anyway I know how you feel and hugs of comfort are around you.

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  • 327. Gail  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    We will all miss Madison and the blog. You have my deepest sympathy. I have lost 4 dog is my life and it hurts the same as when I have lost a close relative. I have three dogs now and will give them a extra hug in memory of Madison. Luv you, God Bless.

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  • 328. Loriann Sanders  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Ami, Woof Yip and hugs. I so enjoyed Madisons writings. Am hoping he is with your mom somehow waiting with her till you get there. Lori

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  • 329. Linda Bott  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    ami my heart goes out to you and your family…madison will be missed by all…our departed Buster will welcome him to doggie heaven..

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  • 330. Therese  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Madison. It’s hard to type with tears running down your face. I so looked forward to his blogs. I have also lost a faithful shadow so I know what you are feeling. Madison will be greatly missed.

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  • 331. Bridget  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Talk about a tear jerker! I’ve lost 4 pets over the years and the pain is incredible. I admire your strength in that you’re able to share pictures with us. I couldn’t even look at a picture of any of my “kids” for a long time after losing them. The pictures are fabulous. Your story made me cry because I was there not all that long ago. Thank you for sharing.

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  • 332. Bev  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Madison was a very special dog! He will be missed by all the blog readers. His perspective always brought a smile to my day. I am so sorry…

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  • 333. Suzanna  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    RIP
    Madison, you will be sorely missed.
    Your fans were legion, and your unique view point on world matters brightened many a day.

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  • 334. Diane  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Ami,

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to make this ultimate decision for our four-legged friends. May she rest in peace. Peace to your hearts.

    Diane (from K College)

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  • 335. Peggy Nelson  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Ami … since I am going through some health issues with my 90 year old mom right now, I was so moved to tears when I read the email about Madison. Please know that I am thinking of you!

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  • 336. Joyce  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I am so sorry about Madison will miss his blogs which I enjoyed.
    Ami, know how you feel as I had to have my toy poodle put down as she had some health problems and Alzheimer’s and did not know who I was, then i knew it was time, but it was still hard.

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  • 337. Van  |  February 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    RIP Madison. You always made me laugh, and now I have to cry.

    Can’t wait to get home and hug my dogs.

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  • 338. Laura  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Through tears I read your post. Through many more tears I looked at your photos….. Madison I never knew you physically, but I knew you personally through your blogs. You were a friend to me too.
    I love you and will miss your horribly. Many big hugs to you Ami. Thank you for sharing Madison with us.

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  • 339. Sue  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    He was a good dog

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  • 340. jeanne reynen  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I’m so, so sorry to hear of Madison. Pets just break your heart when they leave. When I lost my dear Abbey, I couldn’t go to work for 2 days. I loved Madison’s posts and I always knew that if dogs could talk, this is what they would sound like. Madsion will live on in all the wonderful pictures you took of him. Thank you so much for sharing him with us all.

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  • 341. Diane  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I meant he. Peace. Diane

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  • 342. edyB  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    So sorry ~ as a pet lover I feel for you. It’s never easy when we lose a dear friend.
    Hugs

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  • 343. Susan  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    woof

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  • 344. Penny in NC  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Oh Ami,
    My heart is broken as I know yours and that of your family is too. I could see Madison was getting up in years and was expecting something like this but it always hurts so much when you lose such a faithful friend. I will miss seeing him in your newsletter.
    Needless to say my deepest condolences to you and yours. I am sure he will be waiting by the Rainbow Bridge for you when your time comes.

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  • 345. Naomi Brooks  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Even though I am not an animal person, I enjoyed hearing from Madison. He was so clever. I will miss him.

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  • 346. Lynda in Spokane  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Ami~

    How sad when you lose a best friend! I know how you must be feeling– pets are truly family members. Madison was such a special dog, and that’s high praise coming from a cat woman! I will miss his blogs and silly asides. Perhaps there will be another furry being one of these days who needs you and wants to be a part of your life. My condolences.

    Lynda in Spokane

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  • 347. Robin  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry for your loss. I too am struggling with allowing my beloved pet to finally rest in peace. Your strength in this situation gives me courage to make the difficult decisions that are coming. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  • 348. Loisjean  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Dear Simms’ Family, I send my deepest sympathy and love to all three of you. Having had to make the decision three times in the last year and a half, we know what you are going through. I also will miss Madison’s Blogs and antics that both of you wrote about. Many barks of sorrow come from Care Bear also.

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  • 349. Peggy  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I am so sorry, Ami. Thank you for sharing your wonderful friend with us. He always presented a unique perspective to this world. You will miss him, and so will we all.

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  • 350. Kathy (QuiltMonkey)  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Oh Ami my thoughts and love go out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. You and Madison were the dynamic duo in my mind – hard to think of one without the other. We have all lost a friend in Madison.

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  • 351. Mary Ellen Zeitz  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Woof woof and hoooooowwwwwlllll. So sad to learn that Madison is no longer with us.

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  • 352. Ann Kelly  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Dear Ami and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Madison. He was a wonderful dog and I know he was a special part of your family. I don’t have a dog of my own, and always appreciated that you shared Madison with me. I know he’s running free in the great dog park in the sky, and teaching the other dogs his wonderful tricks like blogging and answering the phone.
    Wishing you peace,
    Ann Kelly
    Elgin, IL

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  • 353. Paula  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I’m so sorry about Madison. He seems like a very special and wonderful dog. This is a lovely tribute to him.

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  • 354. patti leal  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    i am saddened to hear of madison’s problems. i truly believe you made the best decision under the circumstances. im sure madison agreed also. he’ll be waiting for you when it’s your turn and he’ll be so overjoyed to see you. my heart is bleeding for your pain. remember to hug yourself often. patti leal

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  • 355. linda hammontree  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Our tears and prayers are with you…as will be Madison. I believe in ghosts. Our old cat “hung” around for about 6 months. he was with us 20 years. Guess he wasn’t ready to leave. You aren’t nuts if you see or hear something familiar. Just smile and say “Hi, Madison”.

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  • 356. Marilyn  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    When I saw the headline of the newsletter, my heart lurched. I feel as though I’ve lost an admired friend, and I know you have. Thank you for sharing Madison over the years.

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  • 357. Carol  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Oh Ami I am so sorry…Madison will be waiting for you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

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  • 358. Sarah  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I’m so sorry. I’m sitting here tearing up about the loss of Madison. He was such special guy. The loss of a greatly loved pet sometimes is worse because they knew the real you and stilled loved and accepted you.

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  • 359. Sue  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Sob. Bark.

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  • 360. Marcia Gilbreath  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    My heart hurts for you, Ami. With tears running down my face I looked at all the photos and remembered. I started reading your blog when Madison was just a puppy, and though I never met him or you, I feel as though I know you both. He had the best life a dog could have, and knew how much he was loved. He was the most famous dog in the quilting world, and will be universally missed. May peace find it’s way into your heart. Much love.

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  • 361. Anne Babb  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Ami,
    I’m so sorry to hear this. I just loved Madison’s emails. Just precious! I’m praying that God will comfort you and all your family in the days ahead.

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  • 362. Vicki Craig  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Dear Ami,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. If I wasn’t at work I think
    I’d be crying. When I go home I’m going to give our 3 dogs an
    extra treat in Madison’s memory.

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  • 363. Shannon  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Being a dog(s) owner/quilter words cannot describe how I feel for you. Like everyone else, thru my tears, I send my love to your family.

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  • 364. Sally Thornton  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Oh Ami–I’m so sorry for your loss of Madison T. Dog. He was always welcome here on his blog, and I know he was a great friend. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

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  • 365. Valerie  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry for you and your family. I have a golden also; and they are the best dogs in the world, so my heart really goes out to all of you! Madison will really be missed.

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  • 366. Laura  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this – I know you’ll miss your faithful friend, and we’ll all miss stories about his antics. You did the right thing….and he’s happy now. Someone once asked me if animals go to heaven, and I said why wouldn’t they? God must really love them because He made them first. Take care….

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  • 367. Judy Fry  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    So sorry to hear about Madison. We are the proud parents of two rescue Golden boys in part because of reading Madison’s many blog posts. Please accept our sympathy along with that of Lucas and Buddy my four legged sons.
    Our Dogs are forever in our hearts.
    Judy Fry
    Rock Hill, SC

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  • 368. Diane  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Sorry for the loss of your pal…..I have also experienced that loss…..May God bless you :-)

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  • 369. Martha  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Oh, no! How hard for you. I send more woofs and yips and howls. Bless you all.

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  • 370. Judy Rapelje  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I so enjoyed everyone of Madison’s posts. He loved having you in his life as you did being in his. Your picture tribute was excellent – very touching showing all the things he was in his decade of life.
    He lived it to the fullest…………as you say, “whadda dog!”,

    It is wonderful that you shared him with all of us.

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  • 371. Sherryl  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I, too, am typing through my tears. I know what it is like to lose a beloved furfriend, how you miss him when you enter the house, turn around, glance at his favorite spot to lie, etc.
    Mourning with you, Sherryl

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  • 372. Robbie payne  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I can’t stop crying myself. My heart goes out to you and your family! We will ALL miss Madison SO much!!! BUT…what joy he brought to you and others and what joy you gave him! Madison had the best life being your ‘shadow’.

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  • 373. Anne Mains  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry. Lexy and I will miss Madison’s posts so much. We lost Lexy’s brother in December and are still grieving. When they go it leaves such a huge hole in our hearts.

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  • 374. Rita  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I immediately started crying over the loss of Madison. He was such a bright spot in so many hearts and his blogs always made me laugh. What a wonderful dog and how much he will be missed. I lost one of my kitties to cancer not so long ago and I know how terribly hard it is to lose our babies. You will always have wonderful memories and know that now he is free of pain and living la dolce vita.

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  • 375. Nik  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I was talking about Madison to the girls at work today. I had my dog speyed last week and they were asking how she is (drama queen) and we were talking about dogs in general and Madison was mentioned and then I have come home to your very sad news. So sorry for your loss. Nik (in England)

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  • 376. Karen  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Ami, I can relate and sympathize, we lost our Perdy 10 days ago. We were fortunate to have her for almost 16 years. Still seeing her in rooms as we walk through the house. Still tiptoeing through the kitchen, where she left us “puddles” the past few weeks. I urge you to get another “friend” when you are ready. Thanks for letting us get to know Madison,

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  • 377. Barbara Anne  |  February 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Dear Ami,

    I am typing thru my tears as you loss of sweet, talented, much-loved, good-humored Madison brings thoughts of our two beloved dogs, Daisy the Basset Hound and Tobey the Virginia Walker Hound who are also among the dearly departed. Rest assured that Madison will live on in your hearts and in your family stories forever.

    Recently I sent in my first two itty bitty ALZ quilts and have 5 more nearly completed as my mother had Alzheimer’s and I welcome this chance to help. My next itty bitty quilt will be made in Madison’s honor.

    From one dog person to another, my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your dear companion.

    Big hugs!

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  • 378. Kathy  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Ami–
    I am so sorry. I loved reading Madisons posts and will miss them. Sending hugs and caring thoughts to you and your family.
    Kathy

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  • 379. Lori Bates  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Dear Ami and family,
    My heart aches for you. I hope you can believe he is with all the other quilters’ dogs who faithfully guarded family, stashes and quilts. As many others, I loved his Blog. He will be sorely missed.

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  • 380. sierra  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Madison, but he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge along with my Whiskers and he is not hurting
    any more.
    Sierra

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  • 381. Pam  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    So sorry about your loss. I enjoyed Madison’s posts and forwarded them to friends and family.

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  • 382. SANDRA CLARKE  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I am heartbroken over the loss of your sweet dog. My symphathy to you and your family. He was a fine dog.

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  • 383. Marilyn Mennenga  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Ami,

    I’m so so sorry, I know how much it hurts and I wish there was something I could say to help. Just know that both you and Madison have touched our hearts in such a positive way. Thank you for that.

    Marilyn

    Nashville, Tn

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  • 384. Leah  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    What a sad day. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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  • 385. Anne W  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    He knew he needed to be with your Mom.

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  • 386. Donna  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I’m sure it was a tough call and you made the right decision. Madison was loved lots, by lots of us.

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  • 387. Caroline Ogg  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Dear Ami, and family,
    I am sobbing as I write this, I am so saddened by his passing. Madison was loved by so many of us who never had the pleasure of patting his head, or seeing his tail wag. As the mother of two goldens, I know how special they are, but Madison was a Prince among them and such a gentleman. Their lives are so much shorter than ours but that doesn’t make the loss less painful. We can only savor the time we have with them. You will be in our hearts and prayers.
    Caroline

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  • 388. Barb  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Oh Ami, I am so sorry to hear about Madison. He was such a wonderful boy and always managed to make us smile! To lose a true friend is never easy. May you and your family be comforted by the wonderful memories you have of Madison.

    Know that you’re in my thoughts. Hugs to you.

    Barb

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  • 389. Sue in Marion, IN  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I’m typing with tears in my eyes. I’m so sorry for your loss. We have cats, but I’m just a fool for all animals. i will miss Madison!

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  • 390. Lydia  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Rest in Peace, Madison. Even though I never got a chance to meet you in person, I felt as if I knew you because of your mommy’s stories and your blog posts. You will be greatly missed. And to the rest of the Simms family, many hugs.

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  • 391. Stephanie in Oklahoma  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    In tears here, such a lovely friend he has been. We will miss his blogging, and I am sad today.

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  • 392. Paul Mouaikel  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Dear Simms family,

    I am very sad to hear about Madison, I loved his blog, it put a smile on my face every time I read about his adventures. His stories made my day. I am gonna miss him a lot :-(

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  • 393. Juanita Durie  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Ami, I’m so sorry about Madison. Last November, right before Thanksgiving, my dh and I had to have our springer spaniel, Lady, put down. She was the same age as Madison, born also in July of 2001. Lady developed cancer in her tongue and from the day we noticed something was wrong and took her to the vet until the day we had to end her suffering was only 3 weeks. Not long enough to say good-bye to her but maybe no amount of time ever is. She was the biggest sweetheart ever.

    I cry with you.

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  • 394. Paula Dalby  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Dear Ami, I’m trying to type through my tears. I’m so, so sorry. I loved reading his blogs and will miss his witty banter. Many hugs to you.

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  • 395. Mona in the PNW  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Ami, Please include my heart felt condolances at the passing of Madison.
    Thank you for sharing his last “earth” chapter with us.
    He was a special, special companion and returned all the love his human family showered on him.

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  • 396. Alyce  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Ami,
    We mourn because we miss those who leave us. I truly believe Madison is running, jumping and having a great time in another place. Why would God have created dogs, if he didn’t want them in heaven?

    Alyce

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  • 397. Cassandra Plott  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Please accept my condolences, Madison, was a lovely companion, I always enjoyed your photos and stories about him.
    with sympathy and e-hugs. Cass

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  • 398. Rhoda  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    So sorry for your loss as I know what an important part of your lives he was for you. I could see the love in your emails.

    Love to you all,
    Rhoda E

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  • 399. Linda in TX  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I am so sorry. Madison was such a presence and personality. I will miss him. My heart breaks for you all. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  • 400. Mary Jensen  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Losing a beloved pet is one of the hardest things we humans have to endure. Their unconditional love is limitless, they ask for only our love in return…and maybe a few treats now and then….and the companionship they offer is uncomparable. As life-long pet owners, we, too, have held our cats and dogs in our arms as they take their last breaths. We hope they leave this world knowing that they were loved. I know you gave Madison a home filled with love and laughter. My heart goes out to you and your family during this very difficult time.

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  • 401. martha  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Ami, I’m so sorry you had to say goodbye to your friend.

    Madison, rest in peace. You were a truly golden Golden.

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  • 402. Robin Parton  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Ami,
    A sad, sad day. I write this thru tears. I so enjoyed all of Madison’s posts and he will be missed. It is so hard to make that decision, but the best for him in the end.

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  • 403. Florine Meredith  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    As tears roll down my face, so sorry about Madison. I enjoyed reading his blogs and know you have wonderful memories of him. As one dog lover to another, these are all steps we have to take and go through. I choose to believe, he is in Heaven with your love ones and enjoying life as he always has.
    God bless,

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  • 404. Penny Edwards  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I’m so sad to hear about Madison’s passing. He certainly went through a lot with golden courage. We will miss his blogs, pictures and adventures. Take care and we send our prayers.

    Sincerely,
    Penny, Cheyenne (Border Collie) and Bogey (Golden Love).

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  • 405. Cam Hood  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I am so sorry to read about Madison. I loved to read about him and enjoyed his blog. We also had a Golden Retriever named Madison who we had to put to sleep after she developed esophageal cancer. We feed her while she sat up watered down and blended food and held her while she sat upright for 30 minutes after eating. She never once tried to free herself from that position and it was an honor for us to do this for her. Her tiime came almost a year longer than the vet expected and she was happy and pain free until the end. She also died in our arms. Every time I read about Madison, I thought of our Madison. I like to think that they found each other in heaven. I still miss her tumbleweeds around the house.

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  • 406. Jean Hamilton  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Dear Madison! I wish you could know how many people across North America are weeping for you today. You were a lovely, lovely boy and you will be so missed.

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  • 407. Janice  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Ami, I am so sad for you and your family. I know how much you loved Madison. He was a beautiful and special friend. I have also been there over the years with three “special friends” but they all lived to be 16 years old before we had to make that decision. Sorry you didn’t have that many years with Madison.

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    • 408. Connie  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      My friend has been forwarding Madison’s blog for a couple years now. I’ve enjoyed them all and felt as if Madison were a friend of mine. He will be sorely missed. As a lucky parent of two rescue dogs my heart is with you.

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  • 409. Sue  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    What a great dog he was. With tears in my eyes Ami, I am so sorry to hear he is gone,, but NOT forgotten. What a true friend he was to your family.

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  • 410. Nancy Anderson  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Dear Ami, Danny Dog and I cannot bark, woof or yip thru our tears. It will take even us a while to recover from this sad news. All of us dog lovers have had to go thru this hard time losing our friends but Madison was exceptional. Our sincerest sympathy!

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  • 411. Pat  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I’m so sorry Ami….we’re all better for having known Madison.

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  • 412. Peggi Yacovissi  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    woof, yip, whimper.
    Madison’s perspective will be missed!

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  • 413. Kathleen  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I’m so very sorry about Madison. I truly know your feelings, we lost our Jake, a golden, 3 years ago on Feb. 19th. He had cancer in a back leg. I will miss him forever. Prayers for your hearts to heal. You did all the right things and I know Madison loved you for it.

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  • 414. Helen Marshall  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Dear Ami and your family,
    My deepest sympathy to you all for a Madison, who was a wonderful doggie and all his lovely words of wisdom that often brought fun into our lives.
    Lots of hugs Helen

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  • 415. Rosemary  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I am sitting here crying for all our loss of a wonderful dog. I have enjoyed reading of Madison’s adventures. He really was a remarkable fellow. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for you loss. Pets work their way into our hearts and leave a large hole there when they leave.

    Love,
    Rosemary

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  • 416. Marsha Edwards  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Dear Ami,

    I so sorry.

    Madison was a sweetheart of a dog and I will always remember him greeting us at the door every time we visited. Wagging his tail and accepting our petting and fussing over him with much happiness.

    God Bless you, Steve and Jen.

    Love, Marsha

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  • 417. ellen  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    My heart weeps for the loss of my favorite blogger. Madison was very special to me too. I have a special folder specifically for Madison. I saved every photo that arrived on my “cybergraph”. I wish I could’ve been in a class when he was the class angel. I’ll just have to pick one of his photos (Hula Boy) for the background of my computer.

    Madison, no ka oi! (the best!) R.I.P.

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  • 418. Sheri Lund  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Sitting here howling. I’m so sorry Ami. The Very Special Madison loved you with everything he had. I’ll miss his blogs. My thoughts are with you.

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  • 419. Lori  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Oh Ami, I’m so very sorry for the loss of your faithful companion. It’s so difficult to lose a beloved pet. I have loved reading Madison’s posts and seeing his pictures. My heart goes out to you and your family. These tears are for you, Madison. Many hugs!

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  • 420. Diana Moreau  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry to hear about Madison. Your decision was a hard one, and yet it is what we do for the animals we love and are a part of our families. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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  • 421. Barbara  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Ami, I am so very sorry to hear about your Madison ; the quilting world loved him and his blogs too. I remember when you first got him; I was in your class in Nashville TN when you told us your husband brought him home, and you were going to train him to be a seeing eye dog. That, and Paws For A Cause, never worked out for him, and I believe there was a greater plan for Madison — and that was to be an intregal part of your family and your greater quilt family. What a legacy he has left you! We will miss his blogs and humor. Thanks for loaning him to us for a short while.
    Barbara

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  • 422. Doreen  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I am so sorry to read about your loss. I really enjoyed Madisons blogs.

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  • 423. Hazel Wetts  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Woof! Woof! Woof!

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  • 424. Anne McDonnell  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    He will be missed by many people, it was so enjoyable having him do his blogging. So sorry to hear about your loss.

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  • 425. Sally  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Dear Ami,
    So very sorry to hear of Madison’s passing. He was all the things you listed and oh so much more. I will truly miss his blogs sharing his perspective on the world. Know he is waiting for you as the young and spry pup he once was. Perhaps he will be keeping your mom company. Love and hugs to you and your family, Sally

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  • 426. Judy McNeel  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I’m so sad for you, Ami! I’ve had to go through the same heartache with my pets and it hurts so much! I’ve always enjoyed the pictures of you and your “pal.” Take care.
    Judy McNeel

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  • 427. Judy  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I never had the opportunity to read Masion’s blogs, but the pictures say he was a great friend and well loved. Try to remember the good times. When the hurt lessens, love will remain. Fly free, Madison boy.

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  • 428. Karen Crawford  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Dear Ami and Family, I am in tears today. I really loved Madison and always enjoyed his postings and your stories about him. He was a wonder! I lost my dog about 5 years ago, a wonderous Old English Sheepdog named MacDuff, aka Duffy. I got him from a shelter down near the Indiana border (yep, I am in Michigan, too) and consider that adoption to be the most important, bestest thing that I ever did He, too, was my constant companion and also died in my arms. Yeah, it was the hardest thing that I ever did but I am comforted by the knowledge that the last thing he saw was my face, the last thing that he heard was my voice and the last thing he smelt was my sent. He was at peace and the passing was easy. He way outlived the expected big dog years and he couldn’t walk either at the end. Sometimes you just gotta do what you just gotta do, you know? I know that you will miss him dreadfully and that his spirit will live in your heart always. Take comfort in the fact that you shared his unique character with the world and that we learned to love him, too.

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  • 429. Darlene B  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I am so sorry, Ami….I saw your blog entry in my email and thought, “I hope it’s a message from Madison!” because I really loved all the stories he would tell. I will miss hearing Madison’s perspective on daily life. I can only begin to imagine how sad you are. My best to you.

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  • 430. Rosemary Gray  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Ami,
    I am so sorry for your loss. He was a precious dog and I know how much you will miss him. I will miss the blogs and pictures. Dogs are so much a part of us and our lives.

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  • 431. Tam  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Madison’s demise hurts so much. I feel like he was my dog too. I’m so sorry for your/our loss. Tam

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  • 432. Carolyn Ingram  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I’m so very, very sorry. My 12 year old cairn terrier is sitting here wondering why mommy is crying and my tears are for you and your family. We will all miss hearing from and about Madison.

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  • 433. sewbee2  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    yip, yip, bark! He was special.

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  • 434. Anne Brennan  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Oh, Ami, I’m so sorry. I loved getting Madison’s blogs. I always sent them to my husband, who has no interest in quilts but loved your dog. I know how hard it is to lose a furry family member, and I’m sending you love and hugs to help you through this dark time. Thank you so much for sharing Madison with us through these last few years. He was a treasure . . . and so are you.

    Anne xoxox

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  • 435. Conda  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I am so sorry for you and your family. I too loved Madison and his unique perspective on his Mom Ami and quilting. I also believe he is shadowing your mom now and waiting for you.

    My heart goes out to you as I treasure the memories of his funny blogs.

    Take care Ami, we all loved him too. We love you and want you to know that.

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  • 436. Barb  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Woof, sniff and tears! Sadly missed by many. You and your family will be in my prayers.

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  • 437. Cindy Cooksey  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    So sorry to hear this sad news. I feel like I know Madison well, having read all his blog posts. He sounded like a real sweety.

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  • 438. Melinda McCabe  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Ami – I am so sorry. Little did I guess when I suggested you look at the dog on the rescue site that you and your family were struggling with Madison’s ill health. I won’t suggest you get another dog – as that has to come when you are ready – and you will be ready sometime in the future. You will know. PJ will be 12 in late April and I face this decision sooner than later. I dread it. I loved Madison and although your blogging was always interesting – his blogging was terrific!!

    He’s waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge, maybe he’s even w/your mom waiting for you.

    My heart and prayers go out to you. Woof, Woof!

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  • 439. Donna  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I am so sorry. I’ve always enjoyed reading Madison’s blogs and smiling at his antics…. writing this as I can barely see through the tears. My heart aches with yours…

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  • 440. Sharon Knowles  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I am so sorry. I, along with many others, developed a strong affection for Madison. My tears join those of others.

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  • 441. PatK  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I can relate to your pain and do send you my sympathy. I have loved and lost before, but it has always been such a wonderful love with my furry friends. His love will always be with you and all the wonderful memories.

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  • 442. Alexis Gerritsen  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Dear Ami, thank you for letting me enjoy the antics of Madison with you – he truly was a wonder dog – and he surely will be missed here in Australia. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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  • 443. Jan and Bud the beagle  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    As so many others have said, I am so, so sorry for your loss. I always loved to read blogs by Madison. He could always cheer me. His pictures are priceless. Remember all your happy times and the times when he was there to support you. Bud sends his kisses and I send my hugs to you and all in your family.

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  • 444. Lynda Lois  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss of Madison. I so enjoyed all of his blogs. He was such an enjoyable and fun to read blogger. He will be missed. I know that I will miss him!!!

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  • 445. Peg Mages  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Oh Ami, Madison was truly a “wonder dog”. All of us who followed his blogs have grown to love him. I know how pets can become so important in our daily lives and how deeply we miss them when they are gone. Please know that all animal lovers grieve with you.

    Peg

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  • 446. Beverly Bode  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Ami – I am so sorry for your loss. Rest assured that he is now frolicking over the Rainbow Bridge and sitting at the feet of your mother where both of them are healthy and happy.
    God bless.

    Beverly

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  • 447. Karolyn Baker  |  February 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Xena, Ken, and I are all sitting here with tears in our eyes. Xena will miss her friend. Madison was one of the greatest dogs we have ever had visit us up north. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Steve and Jennie. Love you guys and we feel your loss.

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  • 448. Emma  |  February 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Dear Ami,
    I am so sorry to hear about Madison. We have two Goldens and we feel like Madison was one of ours, too. I’m sure he’s playing over the Rainbow Bridge with our first Golden, Sonshine, but that doesn’t make it any easier for you and your family. I know he had the best of lives and his loss will leave a big hole. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  • 449. MichelleJ  |  February 23, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Ami,
    I’m so, so sorry for your loss. Madison was adorable, and his many fans will miss him very much – though not as much as his “people” will. Blessings and big hugs.

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  • 450. Janie Todd  |  February 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Ami….I am so sorry for your loss. These furry children who bless our lives are so very special. I’ve had many, many of them, and hope, even tho’ I’m old, to have many more…..they do so much more for us than we ever do for them. But when they leave, the hole in our hearts is bottomless….please know that each in their own way, we share your pain……j

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  • 451. Jill Griser  |  February 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry. I can hardly type for the tears. I know that your mom was waiting with open arms for him. He was quite the charming fellow. I pray for comfort for you.

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  • 452. Elizabeth  |  February 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry to hear that Madison has died. At the middle part of your blog I got excited that he was so much better, then the end had me silently weeping. My heartfelt wishes go your way to help you stay strong.

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  • 453. Jennifer Padden  |  February 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    All dogs go to heaven and you know Madison is there with my two Siberian Huskies. They are having a great romp and telling each other stories about the great times they shared with us. You will hear the jingle of the collar for a couple of weeks still and you will always miss Madison terribly, but take comfort in knowing that you gave Madison a great home on earth. Hugs to you and your family. We understand what you are going through and wish you peace as you did what was best for Madison.

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  • 454. Trish L.  |  February 23, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Awww Ami – I’m so sorry for your and our loss. There are so many of us that enjoyed his photos and his blog entries. He is surely missed. I will remember him everytime I open the email I get from you.
    Prayers for your comfort.

    Hugs, Trish

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  • 455. Denise  |  February 23, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I am deeply sorry that it was Madison’s time to cross over the rainbow bridge. He was a marvelous dog, I looked forward to reading his view From Under the Desk, and I can hardly believe he’s not going to write again. Ami, you are in my prayers. Hang on. HUGS!!

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  • 456. Carol Howell  |  February 23, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    What a sad lose! I looked forward to his blogs. I just had to cry. He will forever be remembered. I know he is still watching over you. Woof woof dear Madison! :)

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  • 457. Jenny Jones  |  February 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I too am crying. I feel like he was a part of my family, too. Your ability to share his antics with us enabled me to care for Madison as if he lived at my house. Just glad I wasn’t on poop patrol. I know our four legged friends are with us only a short time, but I always wish for just a little bit more. What a fortunate pup to have had you for his human Mom. Big Hugs.

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  • 458. Cam  |  February 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    OH, what sad news! Loved that Madison from afar. Once owned (or was owned by) a Golden named Mollie. She quickly went thru the downward cycle of Congestive Heart Disease 3 mos shy of her 11th birthday. Her last tail wag was April 24, 2004. With your news, I am recalling that day and sobbing.

    Thank you for sharing your Madison with all of us. He was a truly gifted guy who created smiles and reminders of canine comfort. For now, I can only remind you of the “Rainbow Bridge”, where he’l be waiting to greet you someday.

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  • 459. Ksena Stone  |  February 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Ami, Like all yours and Madison’s good friends, I am just heart broken. Having been through the same thing with pets of my own and friends pets too, I share your grief. I
    Ksena Stone

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  • 460. Lenny Burdick  |  February 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you for sharing Madison and all his exploits with us. Thank you for being his loyal friend as he was yours. And most especially thank you for knowing when it was time to let him go. It is one of the hardest things we do… allowing friends to leave us…

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  • 461. Rebecca  |  February 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Oh Ami, I am so sorry. I loved Madison like he was mine. I would forward his posts to my dog loving friends. I just had to put my cat down Monday a week ago and am no way over that. He developed a cancer in his mouth. In 4 days it had grown to the point it was pushing his little cheek out. The vet said the palate was involved so no way to get it all but I do not believe in making them suffer through chemo etc anyway. I rescued him 8 1/2 yrs ago and the vet guessed he was 7-10 yrs old then so he had a good life. But, like Madison, he never complained, still trying to eat dry food right before we left for the vet. It is so hard. They are like children to us who have had no children. I’m glad he was at home with you and went so peacefully. I am sitting he bawling my eyes out for you, Madison, Squeaky, me — but thank you for sharing him with us.

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  • 462. Sharon Williams  |  February 23, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Oh Ami, I am so very sorry for your entire family. I loved Madison’s posts, but from your comments, you certainly did what needed to be done, without a doubt. We had a lovely stray cat (Toby) who reacted the same way as Madison – never complaining, but not eating, etc. and he died in my arms also. I know you all loved him as all of your post receivers did. We will all miss him but think very fondly of him and keep you, your hubby and daughter in our prayers and good thoughts. God bless you for having the strength to write this very difficult note.

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  • 463. Susan White  |  February 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    woof woof… here’s to you Madison. R.I.P.
    I am so sorry for your loss. I had to say goodbye to my golden, Jake, on the 28th of Dec. He was born Feb. 3, 1999. He died from a bleeding tumor on his spleen. He also, never complained…Beggin strips were his favorite too…
    Please accept my condolences as I know of the terrible times you are going through. I write this through tears, as the loss of our goldens seems as great as the loss of a child. My heart aches for you. May you find smiles in all the memories you have… and know, he will always be close to your heart. Love and hugs to you and your family.
    Sue

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  • 464. Mary Lou & Maryanne  |  February 23, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Our sincere sympathies.

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  • 465. Phyllis O'Connor  |  February 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Dear Ami,
    I sent my condolences ( and tears) along with the hundreds who loved your sharing Madison with us. I know it feels like the sadness will never lift, but it does and the wonderful memories remain. Thank you,
    Phyllis

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  • 466. pat  |  February 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I’m soooo sorry to hear about Madison! When a beloved family member departs, especially so quickly, the hole in our hearts is gaping and feels bottomless. Later on, you might want to read “Racing in the Rain”. Immense comfort when I read it, even though the pain was still there.

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  • 467. Carol  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    though they are in our lives for such a short while they remain in our hearts forever….our beloved Roxanne, Walter and Elly welcome Madison over the Rainbow Bridge while our Sammie and Luci send your their best hugs and kisses….we’ll all miss him…..peace and love to you and yours…..

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  • 468. Bev Adcock  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Woof, woof, sniff. So sorry you lost him. He was a wonderful dog. I loved his blog and am in tears with you. I remember when I lost my dog and there are no words. It is good to know he is out of pain forever.

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  • 469. Bid Drake  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Dear Ami,
    Hugs to you, Steve, and Jen.
    It is terrible to lose our furry family members. Please know you have my sympathy too.
    Thank you so much for sharing Madison with all of us over the years.
    Love,
    Bid

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  • 470. Georgia  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    He was so special to all of us even tho we only knew him through the blogs—He will be missed by all of us readers/quilters!!!!

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  • 471. Melissa  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I too was in tears when I got your e-mail about Madison’s passing over the Rainbow Bridge. Through his blogs and your writings it was so apparent how much he was loved.

    May time and the support of your friends keep his memory alive in all that met him, even if just through his writings.

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  • 472. Mare  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    oh I am so sorry. My sweet boy who looked so much like yours died in December of 2007and not a day goes by that I don’t miss him. What a special part of our families they are, and if we are lucky enough to have one who loves us with all their soft furry heart we are indeed blessed. sending you warm sympathetic thoughts. Mare

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  • 473. Shaleen  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    The pawprints stay on our hearts forever! Madison will be remembered fondly and missed terribly.

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  • 474. DIANA A. STEVENSON  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    My heart is with you as our best friends do leave such a hole in our lives and hearts. Madison was a beauty and I always enjoyed his blogs. How lucky we are to have these angels in our lives.

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  • 475. Nancy Borgeson  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Dear Ami, Madison’s stories, pictures & posts have brightened so many of our days, and i can’t think of one I didn’t read with delight, until today’s news. I;’m so sorry for the loss of your faithful companion. He was a treasure.
    Nancy Borgeson

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  • 476. Sandy  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Ami, I am in tears thinking of Madison. He was a wonderful dog and I loved reading his blogs. They were the highlight of my day. I especially enjoyed the blog you wrote about how you thought you had overdosed him on relaxants to get him through the storm. I could tell how much you loved him and I know he loved you and his family in return. Think of him often and all the wonderful times you had. Each doge is so special. Woof, woof.

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  • 477. Janet  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Dear Ami,
    Sorry to hear of your loss. Please know your doggie brought joy to many,many people, and will be missed by all. G-d bless you, and help you through your difficult time.

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  • 478. JoAnne  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    My dear Ami, I think my Daisy is playing with Madison out there on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. Daisy has been there for years and she will help show Madison “the ropes”. I send you many hugs.

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  • 479. Jacki Manfre  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I felt like we all knew him. You gave him a wonderful, loving and caring life. Our Border Collie is 13 and I dread the day when he will no longer be with us. You’re in our thoughts at this time.

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    • 480. Daisy and Hunny  |  February 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

      We are so sorry to hear of Madison’s passing. Mom always read us his blog posts and we feel we knew him. She says it is really hard to lose a furry friend, but time heals the hurt and she hopes you will always have great memories of him. We hope he is able to see our “sister” Rudy and they can run and play together.

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  • 481. Carla  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    oh, my, I am so deeply sorry that Madison is no longer here to keep me up to date on what you are up to. Losing a member of the family is so hard, my deepest sympathy to all of you.

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  • 482. Ann Hedington  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I’m so sorry Ami; I understand your loss. We had to take our nearly 16 yr old (!) lab/retriever to the vet for the last time in Jan. Like Madison, Charlie never complained when my kids (when little) would jump on him, pull on him and generally beat him up. Even at the end when Charlie could hardly walk (back legs) he didn’t complain. He was such a good dog and we miss him so.

    I will miss Madison’s posts, he was such a great writer!
    Hugs and warm thoughts to you and your family

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  • 483. Leslie  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    After going over to my own beloved westie and telling her how much I love her, I had to let you know how sorry I am for your loss. Dogs are truly special blessings in our lives.

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  • 484. Brenda Kula  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Came over from another blog. I’m so very sorry. My Pepper died in my arms five years ago next month. Hardest thing you have to do. Hugs to you.
    Brenda

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  • 485. Becky B  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing Madison with us. You built a relationship between us and him. I’m crying for losing him from my life too.

    I attended your speech in Barrington, IL two years ago. Your talk about Madison inspired me to start taking my dog to an Alzheimer’s Home in Joliet, IL for monthly visits. I always think of your mother and (now) Madison whenever we go.

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  • 486. Brandi K  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    While I am not a regular follower of your blog, my Mom is and made sure to forward all of Madison’s posts. It always made my day to see one of Madison’s posts she forwarded to me. I always loved to hear about all the great things Madison did. Madison will be greatly missed. I am sorry for your family’s loss. Wooooooffff. Goodbye Madison.

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  • 487. alicia mclean  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    What a sad time you have had Ami. I know Madison was a much loved member of your family. He had a wonderful life. We saw that every day. Now he can be up in heaven romping around with your mom. Blessings to you.

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  • 488. Sue Sidebottom  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Dear Ami and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Maddison. He was wonderful. I will miss his blog so very much it was always a bright spot in my day. I will never forget the skunk adventure and all the many remedies that were tried to get him to smell good again. I will always smile when I think of him. God Bless us all with him. May the good memories help us all…

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  • 489. Cheryl Robinson-Atwood  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Madison was a special pesonality-I’m not sure the word “dog” is adequate. Have fun chasing those squirrels, in the land across the Rainbow Bridge.

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  • 490. JoAnn  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I am sorry for your loss, our pets are part of our familiy and hard to lose them. I will miss his blogs as they always gave me a chuckle. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • 491. Pam  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
    I bet Beebe was there to welcome him across the rainbow bridge.
    Hugs.

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  • 492. Elizabeth Travis  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I can feel your pain and sense of loss of a very dear friend and family member. Madison reminded me of our beloved dog Sonny and what we felt when we needed to put him to sleep. Our consolation was he had a big smile on his face at the end..Love to you and your family.

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  • 493. Jean  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Arf, Woof….your loss is mine. Tears streamed down my face, I’ll miss Madison and his blog. Just remember he is at the Rainbow Bridge and will meet you there.

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  • 494. quiltdivajulie  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    My heart goes out to you . . . it has been almost a year since we were faced with that “decision” for our Miss Angel . . . it is SO hard and it hurts so much. Thank you for sharing Madison with us … we will all miss him.

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  • 495. Judy I  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Woof! :'(

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  • 496. Sandi  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I loved reading Madison’s blogging. His take on your world was precious. I know you and your family will miss him.

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  • 497. Karen Sutton  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Oh Ami. I’m crying with you – I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading Madison’s posts. They frequently brightened an otherwise dreary day. Our beloved dogs are such an important part of our lives – I’m sure Madison was welcomed by my Pug, Pepper, Cleo and Sophie who preceded him. Take care – sending a hug your way….

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  • 498. Beverly  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I truly grieve with you. Lost my 17 year old Cricket (ShihTzu/Yorkie) three weeks ago. I hope she and Madison will meet and explore their new world together. I so adored his “Blog”.

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  • 499. Sue Z  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Vale Madison Dog. He will be sorely missed.

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  • 500. Peg Mages  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry to hear about Madison. I know how hard it is to lose a pet. I share your grief.

    Peg

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  • 501. Sandy Clay  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Oh, Ami! I am so sorry! I loved reading Madison’s blogs & knew you were both so close. It’s a very sad event when our faithful friends have to leave us. Always take heart that, I’m sure Jesus has a spot for them in heaven & they will be there to great us when we have to leave. You all are in our prayers. I had the chance to meet lovable Madison T Dog. in Hale, MI when you did a workshop there & I won’t forget her!

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  • 502. Kathleen  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Woof Woof, Madison. When you get to that great dog park in the sky look out for a big hairy mess of a wolamute called Old Man. He loves to run and play. He is gentle and friendly but because he is half wolf and very big sometimes he gets left alone. His best friend Bogart is a golden Labrador and up there with him too. They would love to get to know you.
    Tell them I said hi and am sending them a good scratch behind the ears.

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  • 503. Cheryl  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    What a touching story aboout your best friend Madison. Madison
    trusted you and loved you without any conditions. With all you did
    for Madison you did the last best thing you could do in the end and
    Madison went to his final rest with all he needed – you holding him
    in your arms. Your pictures made me smile and your memories
    will warm you. Madison did a terrific job!

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  • 504. Gailynn  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    What a different world it would be if everyone knew and loved a Madison. Thank you for sharing him all these years. Bless you through this difficult time, let his happy memories help to carry your heavy heart. God Bless.

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  • 505. Judy Anne Walter  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I am sorry to learn about your loss. I never met Madison, but loved reading about him. I sent his blogs to non-quilting but dog-loving friends so they could read about his magnificent adventures. Madison the Dog will not be forgotten! Much love, Am to you and your family. Judy

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  • 506. Ann  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing him with us. I know he was wonderful, even though I never met him in person…or would that be “in dog”?
    I cried for you.

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  • 507. Bonnie J  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I am so sorry to hear that Madison is no longer with us. I say us, because he earned a special in all our hearts – first being a faithful helper for BeBe and then being your tried and true companion. God Bless you Ami and keep you wrapped snug in His arms.

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  • 508. Jan  |  February 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    This is just so so sad. Madison will be missed by all who knew him. Be glad in the days you were together.

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  • 509. Barbara  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Dear Ami,

    I know you will miss Madison….I lost my Eddie after 15 years in early February. I don’t know how to sew without him under my feet…his favorite place to nap:) They bring us much love. Thanks for sharing him with us.

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  • 510. Leslie  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Madison. I always loved his blogs. It’s hard to lose a friend.

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  • 511. Eileen Hagen  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Dear Ami,
    I am so sorry to hear of Madison’s passing. I am so glad he was with his family. Thank you for sharing him with us. I had so many smiles reading his blogs. I am crying with you. Having had the love of goldens, I know how it hurts. Maybe he’ll meet my Bailey and Emma. My thoughts are with you and your family tonight. He was lucky to have you, too.

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  • 512. mary t.  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Peaches and Hobbs say good by dear friend. You made it to doggie heaven before we did. See you later. We’ll miss your beautiful words that delighted us down to our tails.

    I will also miss your bubbly presence. Pass your strength on to Ami at this time. We all grieve with her.

    Mary T.

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  • 513. Sharon Neuer  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Your dear Madison will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge…http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html

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  • 514. Mary  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I will miss Madison’s posts. A very sad day. Thanks for sharing him.

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  • 515. Diane Petersmarck  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    What other dog has hundreds of quilters mourning him from all over the US and even the world? Madison was so special he had a fan club in all of us, and that is a tribute to you, Ami, as well. Be happy for the joy and laughter he brought to so many! Good dog, rest in peace with a meaty bone between your teeth.

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  • 516. Deborah Lancaster  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Oh I’m going to miss the big fella – what a wonderful dog he was, and how gracious of you to share him with us, right from the start.

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  • 517. Debbie  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I loved reading Madison’s blog. I will surely miss him, but I know he will be waiting for you at the rainbow bridge.
    Love,
    — Debbie

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  • 518. Lori  |  February 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Oh Ami! I’m so very sorry to hear this. I loved Madison!! I will so miss his musings and his presence in your life/emails/blog/…oh, how very very sad. He will be so missed. I have appreciated your sharing him so much.

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  • 519. Norma Sterbenz  |  February 24, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Dear Ami,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your fur baby. I know firsthand how difficult it is to make the decision to let our beautiful babies go for their sake when all we want to do is hold them and keep them with us forever. Madison will be missed by all of us. I feel as though he was part of my family. I enjoyed his blogs. I know he will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

    Hugs and prayers,

    Norma

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  • 520. Kathy  |  February 24, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Oh, Ami, I am so sad to hear this news. I had to make the same decision in December, so I know how you feel and how much you miss him. I hope Madison is playing with Bailey at Rainbow Bridge – they are probably having a great time.

    I loved reading Madison’s blog updates. He will be very missed.

    Kathy

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  • 521. Susan G  |  February 24, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I can’t tell you how much I loved Madison! (I won’t even call him a dog here) He was wonderful, even my husband had become a fan. I know you and all of us will miss him deeply!

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  • 522. Edye  |  February 24, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Oh Ami, my condolences to you and your family on the loss of a very important family member. Madison will be missed by all of us, but by you and yours the most. I’m so sorry.

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  • 523. Janethetaxnerd  |  February 24, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Ami, as I sit here crying, know my prayers are with you. Madison is now playing with our beloved Clifford (our practice child before we had kids). It’s never easy. Clifford’s picture and collar are on our mantle, and always will be. Madison will be missed by many!

    Jane

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  • 524. Linda S.  |  February 24, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Woof. Anyone who has loved and lost a pet knows the sadness you are experiencing. Thinking of you at this sad time.

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  • 525. Betty  |  February 24, 2011 at 12:58 am

    So sorry for your loss, our pets are special. We miss them when they are gone. He will live on in you heart Betty

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  • 526. Jeanne  |  February 24, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Losing a faithful dog is tough. We had our beloved Muffy put to sleep in 1998 and I still think of her almost every day. She was 13 1/2. Making that decision was one of the hardest things I ever had to do.

    We have another dog who is getting older and I hope that she will go peacefully in her sleep. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  • 527. Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero  |  February 24, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Dear Ami, I’m so, so sorry to hear of your loss.

    May he be blessed by all love in the universe,
    May he be freed from all suffering and pain.
    May he be happy and at peace, forever.

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  • 528. Phyllis  |  February 24, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Madison was blessed to have you as his mom. Thank you for sharing him with us. He will be in our hearts always.

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  • 529. Jeanne  |  February 24, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Woof, Bark, Scratch, SNIF.

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  • 530. Shakespeare  |  February 24, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Madison was such a special “dog person” and his antics will be sorely missed. We know how hard it is to lose a loved one but especially so when they have only filled your life with joy through their unconditional love. He’ll be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge!
    Love & hugs!
    Shakespeare
    A kitty friend from Texas

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  • 531. Julia Ashley  |  February 24, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Madison, you are such a great dog. Even though you are in doggie heaven, I know you are watching for us here below. Look out for Molly, from OH and NC, because she is a great heavenly dog too, and you two could have such great fun. Much love to you.

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  • 532. Julia Ashley  |  February 24, 2011 at 1:26 am

    And Ami, I feel such sadness for your loss. you have made us all a part of Madison’s life, and we will miss his blogs immensely.Thank you for sharing his sense of humor with us mortals.

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  • 533. Nancy  |  February 24, 2011 at 1:42 am

    OH AMI, I am so sorry at your loss of Madison. I personally have not gotten over grieving for my dog Daisha many years ago. But I do know this that Madison is up there in Doggy heaven playing with my Daisha and three other family dogs who.left us in the spring of 2009 along with my youngest son and husband. So our thoughts an prayers with you over Madison and your Mom whom you lost to Alzheimer’s as did my Al. Love you!! Nancy

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  • 534. Suzy Johnston  |  February 24, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Oh, Ami, I am so sorry you lost your dear companion. I too lost my black lab grand-dogger and in much the same way. Bone cancer was discovered and she was gone in 3 days.

    But we share more…I lost 2 parents to Alzheimers in the last few years. Your journey mirrored mine and I felt that you were helping me with your blogging. Thank you so much for the important work you are doing! Bless you.

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  • 535. Marie Bryan  |  February 24, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Dear Ami,
    I am ever so sorry for you! This is one of the hardest things in life if you love our furry friends. The photos are marvelous and will provide good memories. And he will be waiting for you on the other side…

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  • 536. Ms. Daisy  |  February 24, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Dear Ms. Ami, My Mom allowed me to make a contribution to Madison’s favorite cause. We both will miss him. Doggie snuggles and hugs from Ms. Daisy (and her Mom Yvette)

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  • 537. Leslie Oscarson  |  February 24, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Dear Ami –
    My heart is broken…I remember when you got Madison and I have treasured the many laughs his sweet face has given me over the years. It was really as if he belonged to all of us – his eager fans.
    I am so sad for you. He will always be in your heart and in mine, though I wasn’t lucky enough to scratch his soft head.
    It’s hard to be brave…
    Leslie Oscarson

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  • 538. Marianne  |  February 24, 2011 at 5:26 am

    You did the right thing for Madison! I am thinking of you and crying a bit too – had to make the same decision with my beloved German Shepherd in Oct 2010. We are blessed when we have had the chance to share part of our life with dogs but it is jolly hard to come to terms with parting! BIG HUG

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  • 539. Peggy Schroder  |  February 24, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Ami,
    I’m so sorry…I will miss Madison and his posts. We had a golden retriever and it was the hardest thing having to put him down. I loved that dog so much and I know how it hurts. You and Madison were best buds and shared so much. We have a cat now and this past year, as editor for our guild newsletter, he makes an appearance now and then with his own column…..thanks to you and Madison! My thoughts are with you.

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  • 540. Debbie B  |  February 24, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Oh, Ami, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. So sad. Madison was a beautiful companion and will be dearly missed. Thank you for sharing Madison with all of us.

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  • 541. sandi  |  February 24, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. What a wonderful friend you had and he was a lucky fellow to be loved by you and your family. Sandi

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  • 542. Cindy  |  February 24, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Arf! Arf! (sniff)

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  • 543. Barbara  |  February 24, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I’m so very sorry to learn of Madison’s passing. He had a wonderful life!

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  • 544. Joanne  |  February 24, 2011 at 9:15 am

    HUGS and prayers to you.
    You had such a brave companion.
    At least you got to say good-by.
    maybe Madison will find chester &PJ and they can all party on!!!

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  • 545. Betty in Texas  |  February 24, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I am so sorry to hear your sad news. I so enjoyed and looked forward to hearing stories from and about Madison. I forwarded them to countless friends.

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  • 546. Susie Taylor  |  February 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I ‘m so sorry to hear the passing of such a great friend to you. Just like the three I have there always near or they just pop in to see what your doin. I know I would really miss them. All my Love and hugs to you at this time of sorrow.

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  • 547. Marian  |  February 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Madison was a wonderful companion for you as well as a terrific blogger who shared his life with us. He will be greatly missed.

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  • 548. Dawn  |  February 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Being someone who’s own heart is filled with her two dogs my heart just broke for you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers today.
    I am so very very sorry.
    dawn

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  • 549. Joan  |  February 24, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I am so sorry for your loss… Our loss too…

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  • 550. Myrna, Nancy & tail wagging Maggie  |  February 24, 2011 at 10:17 am

    There are no words to express our feelings…just heart felt sympathy. We feel like we know Madison and will miss him. Nancy and Myrna have gone thru similar sorrows. It will take a while (maybe never) before the cautionery glance at the floor behind your feet stops. We too have had pets who “crossed over the rainbow bridge”. Madison will be in good company.

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  • 551. Edye  |  February 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Ami, my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of a very important family member. I hope the happy memories of Madison in your lives will soon replace the pain of his loss. All the best to you and yours.

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  • 552. Liz  |  February 24, 2011 at 10:39 am

    woof, woof, I will miss you Madison

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  • 553. Bonnie H.  |  February 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

    how about a mournful howl? I will really miss the wonderful stories about Madison. I’m so sorry.

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  • 554. Donna Klemm  |  February 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    So sorry to hear about Madison. I know I love my little 4 legged daughter and would miss her terribly if anything happened to her. It will be hard but remember all the good things that Madison did and all your good times together.

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  • 555. Georgia Miller  |  February 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Madison was one cool dog and well loved and treasured! Loved Madison’s blogs. Thanks for posting all the pictures. My day was always made when Madison had a post . Sending hugs your way. Madison will always be in our hearts and memories will bring a smile. Our hearts and healing prayers go out to you from Spokane, Washington.

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  • 556. Pat Greenberg  |  February 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Dear Ami – the Koran says that there is a place in Heaven for all of God’s creatures and I truly believe that when God created the amazing creature called the dog that surely he’s got a place for each and every one of them. You and Madison are tucked in a corner of my heart. With every dog we are blessed to have we love the next one more than the last, and to me, the best way to honor a great dog is to give another dog a great home. Much love to you and your family as you take the time to get used to the empty space in your heart and home.

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  • 557. Sharon  |  February 24, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I will be making a donation in his memory. I am so so sorry for your loss!!

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  • 558. Sheila Bayley  |  February 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    My heart dropped when I saw the heading on your email. Madison has been an entertaining member of the quilting family. He will be greatly missed.

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  • 559. J Bisha  |  February 24, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, but know that Madison will be with you always. My dog went over the rainbow bridge in 2000 and she is with me always even her two predecessors. Light , love and healing to you.

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  • 560. Barbara  |  February 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Madison was a special dog without a doubt. Take time to heal and know there are many who are thinking of you.

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  • 561. Jannett  |  February 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    what a huge loss for you, I have so enjoyed your sharing of him with us all.
    When the sorrow eases let me know if I could use one of your photos of him for a Priority Quilt.

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  • 562. Marianne Edgerton  |  February 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I am crying with you and know how heartbreaking losing a beloved pet can be . Madison was a special dog and I always forwarded his blogs to all my doggie friends. Our sympathies and best wishes.

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  • 563. q&b  |  February 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Ami,

    I’m sorry for your loss. I have enjoyed reading Madison’s posts. He will surely be missed by all.

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  • 564. Leslie H  |  February 24, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Woof! Woof woof woof! Woof! He will be missed by all. It is never easy when a loved one leaves us behind. My thoughts are with you through this difficult time.

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  • 565. Pat  |  February 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    My thoughts are with you at this sad time. We lost our beloved black lab Murphy Oct 23, 2009 and I still “see” and “feel” him with me when I sit and sew or am at the computer or just sitting in the living room watching tv. Your Madison will be with you always too. You will see him in his favorite places to lay and miss him when you see the empty place where his water dish used to be and you will miss him everyday.

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  • 566. Rowena Rickman  |  February 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I know it wasn’t easy, but it was good of you to not let him suffer. I think we all thought he was our dog, too. I will miss his posts and other escapades you reported to us. I’ll always remember him fondly and think of the happy times he had. Thanks for sharing him with us. Hugs to you and your family.

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  • 567. Katie Gomez  |  February 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Ami
    I am sad to hear about Madison. I often read the blogs. Meow is sad too – she liked Madison’s ways of the world. May Madison rest in peace.
    Katie and Mae

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  • 568. Shirley  |  February 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    i am so sorry to hear about Madison. I always enjoyed reading about his adventures. I know how hard it is to make the decision to end the suffering of such a close companion. I will give my Tonka an extra hug for Madison.

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  • 569. Kathleen Garcia  |  February 24, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Dear Ami,

    I am so sorry about Madison. I lost my Golden a year ago and can imagine how you are feeling. I loved reading Madison’s blog and seeing pictures of him. What a special family member. God Bless you.

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  • 570. Eve  |  February 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Oh Ami, this is sad, sad news…… I just cried for Madison’s loss and cannot imagine how you can bear it.
    You made him so real to all of us, thank you for sharing you beautiful, special dog for all of us to love.

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  • 571. Marilyn  |  February 24, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Madison’s notes were always a hit at our house. We have numbers 6 & 7 of our goldens. The 8 year old was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, we are enjoying her while we can. We know how difficult it is to let go of them.

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  • 572. Nancy G  |  February 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Bark, woof, and yip, but mostly mournful howl. So sorry for your loss, Ami; if only our faithful friends’ lifespans weren’t so very short in comparison to most of ours. Grieve in your own time, in your own way, and know that the sharpness of the pain does dull with time. (((((((HUGS)))))))

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  • 573. Char & Roxy  |  February 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Ami,
    I;m so sooooooo sorry to hear about Madison. I really loved his blogs. I’ve had dogs off and on forever. We now have a rescue dog since last June. She is quite the spoiled baby. I know Madison is in heaven watching over you. You gave here a wonderful life.

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  • 574. Joann  |  February 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Ami, I feel your pain in the loss of your special friend. When we found our beloved Biscuit lifeless in her favorite sleeping spot, our only consolation was that she had died in her sleep. I’m happy that Madison was able to go surrounded by your loving arms. You are in my thoughts in your sadness.

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  • 575. Lu Ann  |  February 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I am so sorry for your loss. I have 2 dogs under my feet as I write this, so I know how much Madison will be missed.

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  • 576. gini  |  February 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. There are no words that can help ease the pain and emptiness left by one so dear. Thank you for sharing the love and joy, the occasions and perspectives that made Madison so special. He made us all richer and the many memories will live on. In my heart I know that your Mom and Madison are together watching over you all.

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  • 577. Barb R.  |  February 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Ami, I’m so sorry about the loss of your shadow, but you did the kindest and most selfless thing. Don’t forget that he’ll be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge, all smiles and wags when he sees you again.

    Bodie is sending you a wet goose and a big kiss. Hope it makes you feel better – always works for me. :o(

    xoxoxoxo goose xoxoxox

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  • 578. Linda  |  February 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I felt as if I knew Madison T Dog, and I will miss his wonderful messages.Thank you for sharing him with all of us. I hope you can take comfort from knowing you gave him a wonderful life. My heart goes out to you. Madison will live forever in our hearts.

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  • 579. Frances Addis  |  February 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Woof! Woof! and Many more woofs! Sweet, dear Madison will be sorely missed by so many of us who never got to meet him in person but felt like he was our friend. We will truly miss him–may he rest peacefully.

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  • 580. Sandy K  |  February 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Oh Ami, I am so sorry for you and your family! He was a beautiful dog and it was so much fun to read his blog posts and respond as if from our Jackson or Barney. I have watched him age…his latest pictures were showing a lot of white beard….like on my 9 year old Barney! I am crying as I type this because I know about the love we share for our animals….members of our family. Take care….thoughts and prayers your way.

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  • 581. BobF  |  February 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Woof. Woof. Woof.
    Madison, I hardly knew you but ye touched me in our brief acquaintance. My condolences to Ami and the the rest of your family.

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  • 582. sue matlock  |  February 24, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry for you and your family. Madison was a lovely pup. Woof, woof.

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  • 583. Peg Howard  |  February 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    What a blessing he was…….to you, your family, Deb– and looks like virtually ALOT of folks…

    Thinking of you all often—-through these days.

    and still mopping tears from my own eyes….

    Hugs-
    Peg

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  • 584. Virginia Hanley  |  February 25, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I’ve never had a dog myself, but Madison stole my heart. Great dog. My condolences; I had to cry when I read your post.

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  • 585. Donna  |  February 25, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I too read your post and am typing this though my tears. We all love our pets so much and they are our furry children who are such good companions and never judge us but accept us as we are. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  • 586. Terri  |  February 25, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Ami, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved friend. I feel as if I lost a dear friend, too.

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  • 587. Nancy O'Keefe  |  February 25, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I was deeply saddened to learn that you had to put down your beloved furry child. We have been in that position many times and while it has always been the right thing to do, it doesn’t make it any easier. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Nancy O’Keefe

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  • 588. Gina Polanshek  |  February 25, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Ami, So sorry to hear this news. Thank you for sharing Madison with us. Big Hugs!

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  • 589. Margie  |  February 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Oh no!! My eyes are teary as I type as I know how you must feel. Madison will be greatly missed as we enjoyed his blogs so much.

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  • 590. Judy Dayhoff  |  February 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

    A pet is like your childhood, even after it’s gone, it is always a part of you. Madison is now an angel with fur.
    No one really knows how you feel when you lose a special pet, but I want to you know that I am thinking of you!

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  • 591. Diane  |  February 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

    My deepest sympathies to you on your loss. I enjoyed reading Madison’s posts. I know what you’re going thru. It is so hard. I’m sobbing as I write this. He was wonderful and you provided him with the best life. Remember his love and be comforted.
    Diane

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  • 592. Jan Krentz  |  February 25, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Oh, Ami! I am so very sorry and know how much Madison will be missed. We were the proud family of our own golden retriever for years, her name was Maggie. She was a delight, and her end days were very brief.
    Hugs to you – thank you for sharing Madison’s perspective these past years with all of us!
    Fondly, Jan Krentz

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  • 593. Lynn Kelly (TQS)  |  February 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Dear, dear Madison. What a joy you were. What wonderful memories of your life as a faithful companion. What a stroke of luck for you that you were able to live with Ami! You bring tears and a flood of my own memories of loss. And of joys in the adoration of my friends who have gone over the Rainbow Bridge. God Bless You Ami, as you grieve.
    Lynn

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  • 594. Donna  |  February 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Ami,
    I am so very sorry.
    We lost our beloved Ivy in January do to cancer. It was a long hard battle for her. I know the pain and lonliness you are going through. Please know that I enjoyed hearing from Madison and I have the quilt block (October) that you and he sent to me. I will cherish it all the more.

    Remember as long as you remember him, he is with you – always!

    Sincerly,
    Donna L.

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  • 595. LeeAnne  |  February 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    My heartfelt condolences. I know of the hole their passing leaves in our lives. Take all the time to grieve you need. What dear friends and family members these wonderful dogs are.

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  • 596. Karen  |  February 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Arf-f-f-f-f- Arf-f-f-f-f………..I am sad for you. When My Shadow left this world, my daughter sent me The Rainbow Bridge poem.
    I still imagine her running around playing and waiting for me to cross the bridge with her……….Hugs, Karen

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  • 597. Anita  |  February 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I hurt in my heart for you. It’s a terrible thing to lose such a beloved pet. I love my pets and I loved Madison and his blog, and all his picsI will be thinking of you , and I do say I am sooo sorry.

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  • 598. Elaine Powney  |  February 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Ami,
    It is so sad to lose a loved pet & companion.
    I’ll miss his blogs.I hope to donate a small quilt to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.

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  • 599. dian cenar  |  February 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I can’t even “woof”- I am crying too hard. My Gracie & I felt like he was our friend.

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  • 600. polly pulver  |  February 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Just lost a wonderful granddog myself. I will miss Madison a lot, I looked forward to his letters to us all.
    Polly in CO

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  • 601. Jane  |  February 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Madison’s passing. I loved reading his blogs and enjoyed his pictures. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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  • 602. Marta Amundson  |  February 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Ami, so sorry to hear about Madison. We lost Jazz on summer solstice in 2011, and her memory is fresh, We have only just started to get a new puppy. It will take some time but one of these days you will be ready for a new dog too. In the mean time, remember what Groucho Marx taught us about dogs…
    Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it is too dark to read.” Go on that long vacation, sit in the sand and be happy for Madison. Dogs as special a,s he was, certainly reach Nirvana.

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  • 603. Laurie Rolan  |  February 26, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I’m so sorry, Ami. Losing a beloved pet is just as hard as losing a family member. Madison was a special dog and I enjoyed his unique doggy view of life!

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  • 604. Sue  |  February 26, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Tears are rolling down my cheeks as I write this and say that we have all lost a great friend. I always enjoyed Madison’s perspective and I will miss that. If only we didn’t get so attached to our dogs, maybe it wouldn’t be so hard…. But, I guess we wouldn’t have it any other way. We all are grieving with you.

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  • 605. Judy  |  February 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Loved Madison’s blog!! So sorry for your loss :-( It must be so difficult. Sounds like you did everything possible, and for sure you gave him a wonderful life. God bless your family.

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  • 606. Karen L.  |  February 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Woof, woof! I will miss Madison. I cry for him and for my two dogs that I lost within four months of each other not that long ago. His spirit will carry on through you. So glad you had the strength to do what was right/best for him. May God give you the strength to weather this latest of losses.

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  • 607. Bonnie Booy  |  February 26, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Oh, Ami, I’m SO SO SORRY! I can’t believe I’m crying about a dog I never met, but he felt like a friend from all the blogs and the pictures you shared with us. He made me laugh MANY times! You were lucky to have such a wonderful friend and companion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bonnie

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  • 608. Jan Stone  |  February 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I loved Madison’s blog entries. Madison had a great acitive life–lucky dog–you gave him a wonderful life. Bless you and your family during this very sad time.

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  • 609. Betsy  |  February 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Dear Ami, I was so sorry to read about Madison’s passing. He was such an adorable and smart dog. He was very lucky to have you as his Mom. I know he was a very important part of your life and he added so much to all of ours. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you adjust to your life without him. Hugs, Betsy

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  • 610. Becky Hall  |  February 27, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Bark. Woof. And Yip. I’ve had no time recently to read blogs, and I’m a few days late, but my sincere sympathy. And my sincere thanks for sharing Madison with all of us!

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  • 611. Susan  |  February 27, 2011 at 4:19 am

    So sorry to hear about Madison T Dog’s passing; I used to love to read his blog. My own min poodle is snoozing as I write this; he is nearly 15 years old, and as I cannot have another dog because of allergies, every day is precious. Madison has brought this home to me.

    Thinking of you, Ami, and your family.

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  • 612. Becky  |  February 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I just read about Madison. I cried with you. His imput gave your blog a special insight. I loved the humor he brought out in you.

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  • 613. Quilter Kathy  |  February 27, 2011 at 11:21 am

    OH my goodness you have me in tears here. I am so sorry to hear about Madison. It’s heart breaking what you have been through. Your blogpost was a beautiful tribute.
    Big hugs

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  • 614. Jane May  |  February 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    So sorry to hear about Madison, I will miss him and his blogs very much. It’s almost like losing one of my own furry buddies. They get to be like our own children. I hope Madison is pain- free now running over the Rainbow Bridge with the other angels who have gone on before .
    He will be truly missed for a long time to come.

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  • 615. Jeanette  |  February 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry to read of Madison’s passing. His blogs always made me laugh and made me look at my 2 ‘furkids’ in a different way. Losing a pet is difficult, but know you have many supporters to help you through your grief, and we’re all fortunate to have Madison’s blog as his legacy. He’ll continue to be looking over your shoulder, just from a place where you can’t see him.

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  • 616. Jacqueline O'Neill  |  February 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    So very sorry to hear about Madison. We all loved him too and looked forward to his letters. Another wonderful friend has crossed over The Rainbow Bridge. God Bless and give you strength, you certainly have had your share of losses. Sincerely, Jacqueline O’Niell

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  • 617. Mary  |  February 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I am sitting here boo-hooing about your loss. Words cannot express the comfort and compassion given so freely by our four legged, furry children. Thank you for sharing your child with us!!! He will be missed!!! Hugs!!!

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  • 618. Dianne  |  February 27, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry to hear about Madison. Like many of your commenters, I had gotten to feel as if I knew him through “his” blogs. I know that he has been a source of comfort and laughter to you through the years. My heart aches for you. I will keep you and your family in thought and prayer as you heal from your loss.

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  • 619. Linda Fergie Ferguson  |  February 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I have had tears rolling down my face all day since I read your email. I feel like I’ve lost one of my own furkids!! I know how difficult it is to lose our furkids. With lot’s of hugs – Fergie in WA State

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  • 620. Vickie H.  |  February 27, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Ohhhhhh………..
    Tears seem to be a common thread among us.. I have enjoyed Madison’s “tails” and will miss his wonderful take on the world. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  • 621. letizia  |  February 28, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I lost my 11-year yelllow lab last august. His mother died 4 years ago. now we have a black lab, yet in my heart and the corner of my eyes the two yellow ones are still sleeping at my feet or snoring on the couch. I have been reading mad’s blog forever. I’ll be missing him. A long, warm hug to his mommy

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  • 622. Jan Munson  |  February 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Woof, wiping tears,woof. Gentle hugs to you! Always enjoyed Madison’s blogs!

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  • 623. Jan  |  February 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Like everyone else, I couldn’t reply the first few days because I couldn’t see through the tears. Still having trouble. Madison was special and had a great life. I try to remember that about our dog. We lost him a couple of years ago and it still hurts sometimes. I hope your hurt will lessen with time and please accept my heartfelt sympathy. I feel for you and send my love.

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  • 624. Gail Randall  |  February 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Madison was our Earth Angel.. a social butterfly..
    I would open your emails and he lifted my spirit.
    I will look in the clouds for his godly presence.
    Bless your gift of telling his story so well. I hug
    my Scooter thinking of Madison.Peace be with
    you today and always..A doggie quilter……

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  • 625. Celia  |  March 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    My heart hurts for you. God gives us these wonderful creatures to love us unconditionally and it seems they do not stay long enough. May your pain and sorrow subside quickly, although I know it will never go away completely.

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  • 626. Debbi  |  March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed him from the time he was a pup and he made me miss our lab. Big hugs to you and your family.

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  • 627. Edie Romano  |  March 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Like so many that have written before, I have tears in my eyes because I so enjoyed Madison’s blog. He truly was a wonderful dog and friend. Be consoled that you gave him such a happy and blessed life while he was here.

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  • 628. debmoyes  |  March 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I read this on someone’s blog and I think it’s lovely for a pet~
    Grieve not
    nor speak of me with tears
    but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you
    I loved you so…
    ’twas heaven here with you.
    I. P. Richardson
    It’s so sad, but remember the love!

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  • 629. Cindy Brick  |  March 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Oh Ami, I am so sorry.
    We lost Goonie in July. Buck is now 15 1/2, nearly 16…developed a lump, just like Madison, above his eye…but nothing could be done without torturing him. Now he has a second lump filling in one nostril. He sleeps a lot and has a heck of a time getting around. I know what’s coming.
    I’m going to plant a whole bunch of flowers on Goonie’s grave this spring, so he can literally “push up daisies.” He was such a happy, cheerful dog, and I know he would have approved. (Not to mention baptized them now and then.)
    I’m sorry you and Steve are having to go through this. Life can be hard… much love to you. Cindy

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  • 630. HelenMarie  |  March 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Ruff! That’s not me, that’s my Dodger dog, my faithful cairn terrier companion of 15 years, who passed away in my arms at 3 a.m. on February 7th. It’s never easy, and Dodger was on phenobarbital for the last two weeks as he had had several grand mal seizures. At least you, and we, had time to say goodbye — and it sounds as though neither Dodger nor Madison lost their playful selves. My heart goes out to you and your family. My hopes are that there really is a Rainbow Bridge and that Madison and Dodger are sharing in its pleasures.

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  • 631. Mary Ann  |  March 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Hugs, I am so sorry. We do love our fur boys so. We lost our dear Kaiser a year ago so I do know how much this hurts. But yesterday iIsaw his sweet face on my son’s blog and I rememebered again how much he brought to us, just like Madison did, what a writer he was!

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  • 632. denny  |  March 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Ami: I have been reading your newsletters and blogs since you first got Madison. I will miss his witty writings and special voice. I recently read an account of The Rainbow Bridge that I think you will like. Here it is:
    “There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

    When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other.

    There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!

    You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.

    Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.” … Unknown

    I am comforted knowing that someday I will reunite with my special friend. Someday you will too!

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  • 633. Susan Stewart  |  March 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    We bring pets into our homes; they work themselves into our hearts, as little exclamation points of unconditional love. Much sympathy, from one of many who has been there before.

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  • 634. Joan Grove  |  March 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Oh, Ami, anyone who’s ever had their dog die in their arms is weeping right now, as I. Madison was a part of all our homes because you so artfully brought him to us. Obviously, he was another child in your home, the comic relief in the house!, and a very special personality. Your love for him showed through each newsletter and article. I know you all think you were lucky to have had all these years, but he certainly was one lucky dog, as well.

    After over 18 years, my heart still aches for our first family dog. He was just about as special as they come. I know you will feel the same in 18 more years.

    If you all so decide, I hope another sparkling ball of fun will enter your family and bring back some light, some humor and a great big dose of personality to the Simms home.

    Sincerely,
    Joan Grove

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  • 635. JoNell & Ron  |  March 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Ami, I know how it is to have to make the decision to let a pet go. We had to let our cat go a few month ago. It still hurts. Our sympathy, and hugs go out to you and yours.

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  • 636. Peggy  |  March 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Ami,
    As I am typing this through tears,I know what you are feeling. I lost my best friend recently too. I’m so sorry for your loss. There are no words anyone can say to make it all better. It’s so hard when our best friends cross the Rainbow Bridge. I’m sure Madison misses you just as much and you both will hold each other in your hearts till you meet again. Take Care.

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  • 637. Barbara Pettit  |  March 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    It is with tears in my eyes that I express my sympathy to you in the loss of Madison. I’ve so much enjoyed his posts and will miss them. We have had to say goodbye to 2cats and a dog and it is not easy, but having had them in our lives makes it worth the pain of loss when they are gone.

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  • 638. Ronna E.  |  March 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I am soooo sooo sorry to hear about your loss of Madison, Ami. :-( :-(

    owwwwooooo-ooooo-oooooo….. (trans: I will miss you Madison!)

    What a dog. What a friend. May your fond memories of him comfort you in your time of loss. It is so hard to lose such a good friend.

    I enjoyed reading about him and reading his side of the story as well. I will miss him.

    (((((AMI))))) Big hugs for you and the rest of the pack.

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  • 639. Suzan Crocker  |  March 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    It’s hard to type, the tears are blurring everything. My sister has a philosphy that the reason we don’t get to have our beloved pets for our entire lifetime is that there are so many of them to love and this way you get to have that love with several during your lifetime. I’m hear to say that there will never be another Madison. He was so very special and I know that he knew how much he was loved by you. My deepest sympathy for you all during this sad loss.

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  • 640. ibby  |  March 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I am so sorry about Madison. He was such a great blogger and he loved you so.

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  • 641. Dorothy A Hobson  |  March 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Amy, as I was reading you accounts of Madison – I found myself crying and feeling like I too lost a faithful friend. There are no words that I can say other than “I’m sooooooo sorry”. With Deep Sympathy please accept my {{{{{hug}}}} as well. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God Bless.

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  • 642. Nancy  |  March 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear this news. I have enjoyed Madison’s singular take on all subjects and will miss reading his blog. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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  • 643. Suzanne  |  March 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Hugs to you, Ami. Know the heartache. But enjoy remembering such happy, loving memories! We will meet our loved ones again.

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  • 644. Chris  |  March 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Dear Ami, I, too, type this through tears….I’m so sorry you (and we) have lost our sweet Madison. His posts and your stories uplifted us all. It does hurt so. We lost our wonderful Golden, Bailey, at 13 in November. His absence is palpable, as I know is Madison’s. I send you hugs and wishes that the joy he gave you and your family soothes the sadness you feel. I hope you’ll welcome a new blogging partner one day when your sadness allows you to open your heart to another wonderful friend. I like to think that our Bailey and Madison are off blithely romping together in the sunlight and breeze…..

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  • 645. Donna M.  |  March 1, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your dear fur baby, Madison. I still grieve for my Buddy pooch who had to leave us almost 4 years ago. I know that you will cherish your sweet memories!

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  • 646. Kendra Hall  |  March 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Ami, I am so sorry for your loss. It hurts so much to lose a beloved companion. The hole is immense. I loved Madison’s blog posts. They were done with humor and spoke a great deal of the love between the two of you. We all will miss them. Remember the good times and talk of them to your loved ones. It does help. Hold him in your heart forever. But, when the time comes, be willing to let another into your heart too. I have found that it is the only thing that really helps. Best wishes to you.

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  • 647. Suzie  |  March 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Oh Ami, Through my tears there is probably nothing else I can say that has not already been said…but please know my heart goes out to you & Madison. Those wonderful canine friends are the best friends in the entire world…they never disappoint us & always make us feel loved. Saying Goodbye has been has been absolutely one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do in my life…the pain cannot be described in words…only known by those who have had to say it. Please know my heart is with you.

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  • 648. Gina  |  March 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Gone from our sight, but never our memories. Gone from our touch, but never our hearts. With deepest sympathy for the loss of your best beloved.

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  • 649. Robyn  |  March 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I loved Madison and his quirky antics. I know how you feel, I lost my beloved Standard Poodle Tess some 5 years ago and still have a photo of her in her full glory on the pinup board above my desk at work. My husband vowed and declared that “no more dogs”. but the lack of unconditional love and constant companionship was just too much and within 3 months I had a new little darling to share my life. Take care and try to remember only the good times.

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  • 650. Mary Ellen Tardiff  |  March 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Ami,

    I just read your newsletter and I must say it’s just not the same. Not that you aren’t a good writer — you are. But Madison just had a different take on things. I cried when I read your post and saw all his wonderful pictures. Seems to me Madison died young. My heart goes out to you once again because I know you’ll miss him terribly for a long time. It’s just not the same without a dog in the house. My cats don’t understand that – but I sure do.

    Stay busy. (as I know you are) and know that a lot of people who never met Madison in person are also grieving his loss.

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  • 651. Paula  |  March 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    What a sad loss! I loved reading Madison’s comments and all the photos. We lost our 10-year-0ld Australian Shepherd Grand-dog a few weeks ago — I hope our Greta is now romping with Madison somewhere very happy.

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  • 652. Becky Krauss  |  March 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    It’s so hard to lose a furry child. Bless you for loving him enough to let him wait for you on the Rainbow Bridge.
    I’ll tell Baker, Gracie, Duffy and Shadow to keep a nose out for him.

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  • 653. Sarah  |  March 1, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    So sorry to hear of Madison’s demise. He departed the same day as my boss’ father. I hope the two of them are making lots of friends in heaven together. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • 654. Diane  |  March 1, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I am so sorry that you haven’t your four legged furry any longer. I’m sure Madison will be sorely missed by many of us, along with your family.
    You made him so funny in the blogs. He was indeed special!

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  • 655. Pearl Duggan  |  March 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I feel like I lost a friend I did enjoy reading what Madison was up to I know how you feel I lost so many pets from Cancer and a person never forgets them after all they are family for sure. And it hurts when we have to make the dreadful decision to releave them of their misery…………..but he is having fun under the rainbow and no more pain……….and he thanks you for all you did for him.

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  • 656. Lucy  |  March 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    So sad to lose such a good friend.
    She was such a joy and will be missed.
    I add my sympathy & tears. Love & Hugs, Lucy

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  • 657. Judy  |  March 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Dear Ami, my heart goes out to you and your family. I remember when you first started writing about Madison. It alway made me smile. There is nothing more special than the unconditional love of a pet. I know from experience what a difficult decision you had to make but he is now on the other side of the rainbow bridge enjoying himself and maybe even trying to make friends with my companion of 19 years (Maxwell G Kat) who crossed over on Jan. 30.

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  • 658. Sharon  |  March 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Oh Ami,
    My heart breaks for you. Several years ago, our cat developed a mast cell tumor under his eye. (This sounds like what Madison had.) His vet suggested removing it, which was very hard for her because there was so little tissue and skin in that area. She then put him on steroids, and we were so thankful that he lived with us for two more years. Eventually he started getting winded at the least little exertion, and when his oncologist X-rayed him, it showed that the mast cells had started up again and moved to his lungs. She thought he had about two months left, but after three weeks, we couldn’t stand to see him suffer anymore. It’s been just over two years, and I still cry for him. I’m so sorry for your pain, but I know Madison will never be forgotten.

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  • 659. Margaret Dacko  |  March 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know through your writing how much he means to you. I’m still missing my dear kitties that kept me company.

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  • 660. Terri Bergstrom  |  March 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Dearest Ami,
    I was never blessed with 2 legged children, but i have had the best tail-wagging kids on earth. We had to make the same awful choice that you faced a few months ago. All i could do was cry. Everything reminded me of my dear girl Mollie. I vowed that i would never set my heart up for such heatbreak ever again. And then… after a few weeks, the house was too empty. I began to think that maybe i could open my heart to anther dog. I found the most awesome no-kill shelter in Marion, WI called Happily Ever After. We fell in love with the sweetest girl ever… a 3 time looser in finding a forever home… Maybelle fit perfectly into our family and is my snuggly smoofie girl. God works in mysterious ways. I pray that you will open your heart to another dog… Madison would have wanted that.
    {{hugs}} Terri

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  • 661. Shirley Chai  |  March 1, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I’m so sorry, Ami. I just read of your loss today. I’ve lost cats to cancer and I share your grief. “Tis better to have loved and lost………… but it sure leaves you broken hearted. Be comforted by happy memories of shared loved.

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  • 662. Barbara Zebrowski  |  March 1, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Dear Ammi, I am so, so very sorry for your loss. My heart is just breaking. It’s hard to even type this, Madison will be missed. Know that I will be thinking about you and yours. Take your time….

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  • 663. Terri  |  March 2, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Was shocked to hear of how fast Madison was torn from you. Perhaps he knew by association the pain of a long journey and knew that path you had traveled already…enough for one lifetime…so canine, don’t you think? My best wishes for you as you face the daily reminders of the joy he brought you. As I sit here tonight, 14 years after my “Shadow” had to be put down just as quickly…..the tear in your heart will scar over but the memories will always be just at the surface.

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  • 664. Betty Donahue  |  March 2, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Oh Ami, I am so sorry to hear about Madison. I know from experience how much it hurts to lose a 4 legged baby.
    Love
    Betty

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  • 665. carol  |  March 2, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Madison. I remember how hard it is to lose an animal that is family to you. My husband and I have a menagerie of cats and dogs, and every time we have to say goodbye we feel the same deep loss and despair. When my dog Archie passed, I made my first art quilt – of the Rainbow Bridge. When my cat Barnum passes, I started another art quilt of the Rainbow Bridge, and gave the first one to my vet as a thank you for all of her care and love to all our animals. Maybe you can one day express your love for Madison in fabric. If you do, please post it for us, as he has a lot of absentee family among your readers.

    Carol

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  • 666. Sally  |  March 2, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Hi Ami

    I am just a very silent reader of your blog which I always enjoy so much. I live in New Zealand, a world away from your home but I feel so much as though I have been invited in. Madison’s blog has always been fun to read and I am surprised by the strength of my feeling. I am so very very sad that he is gone – such a beautiful dog. If I, as a total stranger feel this moved, I can’t begin to imagine just how much you must be grieving. I hope time will heal you until all you remember are the happy times. Love Sally

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  • 667. Denise  |  March 2, 2011 at 1:26 am

    AmI,

    I’m so sorry about Madison. Our dogs become such a part of us
    and my heart breaks for you. I had to make that hard decision a
    year ago and I still miss him but have since added a new puppy
    to the house. (What was I thinking). Not really, lol, but is has helped. We still miss our Kobie and you will miss Madison but you have great memories that will carry you along.

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  • 668. Sherri G  |  March 2, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Thanks for sharing Madison with us. I can only say sadly “I know how it feels”. Hugs,

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  • 669. Joan  |  March 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I also have tears in my eyes for you and Madison. He became a part of all of us and he will be missed.

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  • 670. Jan Verden  |  March 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Dear Ami, I am so very sorry to hear about Madison. My daughter called me on Monday and they had to put their beautiful dog to sleep (my granddog and good friend!). When I heard about Madison my first thought was that since they crossed the Rainbow Bridge in close proximity, maybe they met there. Goodbye to Madison and JoJo and I know they are chasing squirrels in heaven.

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  • 671. Susan Wynne  |  March 2, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I feel for your loss. I too had to make that decision on Feb 10th. I hope there is a place where they are happy and young and can play without fear. I also hope they are with those that went before us. Its comforting to think that they will be waiting when it is our time.

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  • 672. Holly  |  March 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Ah Ami, I am so truly sorry. I’ve never cried for the loss of someone else’s pet, an animal I’ve never even met. But Madison was a love of mine, I looked forward to your postings on him and I loved him dearly. He was such a good boy and helped you through the grieving of the loss of your mom. Thank you so much for taking the time to share his life with us.
    Take care, and sending you hugs and love,
    Holly

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  • 673. Amy  |  March 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I am in tears as I read your post regarding Madison. I have read her blog as well, and shared her antics and yours with my dughter Jackie, who, like you, cherishes her pets Hank and Emme. We also have lost pets and it breaks our hearts to hear of your loss. Please accept …
    A Ginormous Big Hug.

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  • 674. Traci  |  March 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

    As a fellow pet lover & dog owner, I am sending you cyber hugs! I too fought back the tears as I read this post. So sorry for your lose. But know that Madison is playing with your mom! Much love to you and your family.

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  • 675. Nancy Q  |  March 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Ami, I had to put my 13 1/2 yr old Brittany, Lily, down on Saturday. Like you, I’m still watching out for the wet nose to get into the refrigerator and the dishwasher. In my heart, it was the right decision. My vet is a wise man, he said he never puts down a dog before their time, but he has put down many a dog way past their time. It was time to put the dog’s feelings before my own. So this week we hurt together. Hopefully, there is a doggy heaven where Madison is showing Lily the fields of gold.

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  • 676. Myrtie Hestger  |  March 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Ami, I know how you feel. We lost our oldest little Schnauzer , Maggie May to Acute Pancreatitus in Oct. I am still missing her. She always gave us so much love and laughter. We still have Schotsie, but sadly she still looks for Maggie too. Not so much lately but I know she is grieving too. I did read that the reason dogs don’t live as long as their humans is that they get it right sooner than we do! So sorry.

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  • 677. Stephanie in Oklahoma  |  March 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    After reading about Madison last week I made the decision to get a dog of my own. I just wanted to share with you that Madison brought joy to me, and I couldn’t just ignore my heart-strings, so I found a Corgi that needed a forever home. We are picking him up on Friday and is name is Nikki. We are excited about the new addition to our life and wanted you to know that it is in honor of Madison, the best dog ever.

    Stephanie

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  • 678. Sandy Cook  |  March 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Dear Ami – I am so sorry to hear about your beloved Madison T. Dog’s passing. I felt as though I knew him and always looked forward to his notes to us in your newsletter. I have a special dog also and know how much you have loved him. Time will heal the loss and he will be in your heart forever. Sandy Cook, Ithaca, NY

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  • 679. Susan  |  March 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Oh, Ami, just remember that Madison is waiting for you on the Rainbow Bridge. He had a wonderful life with you, and I know it is so so hard for him to be gone. I mourn with you – for Madison, – and for the many ponies, horses, cats, and dogs I have known too.
    And Madison misses you too!

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  • 680. Beth (pet parent to Jake)  |  March 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Ami,
    My deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved companion Madison. I cried as I read this. I have also been blessed to have a Golden in my life. Goldens have beautiful souls and spirits as well as good lucks and a sense of humor. I’m on my 2nd Golden now, Jake. Although I’m sure I would’ve cried anyway, Jake is now an old dog of 12 1/2 and I am treasuring each moment we have left together. Although I have loved all of my dogs, and didn’t think I could possibly love another Golden more than my Bacchus, Jake, who came to live with me at age 2, is truly special. He wins over even the most dog-shy kids and adutls.

    If you haven’t already read author Dean Koonz’s memoir of his beloved Golden, Trixie, you may want read it (and have another good cry). It’s called “A Big Little Life.” The books Trixie wrote (co-authored with Dean) are also a hoot.

    A house is so empty after you lose a dog, no matter how many others are there.

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  • 681. Lynn  |  March 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Oh Ami! I knew before I even opened your newsletter. I just had a feeling the other day while I was contemplating sending some tennis balls to the backyard for “scenting” and then sending them to him. I know Taylor will be on the lookout. She has brothers and sisters who like to play. Madison will not be lonely, I promise. {{hugs}}

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  • 682. Julie  |  March 2, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Dear Ami, I am so very sorry for your loss of Madison. I know only too well the pain of losing such a good friend, but this is the final act of love we show them. He will be waiting for you and what a joyous reunion it will be! May the wonderful memories be a comfort to you.

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  • 683. Colleen Schmidt  |  March 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss of Madison. I know what a hole that can leave in your heart. You gave him a great life and he loved you …..as much as you loved him….. hugs

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  • 684. EDITH  |  March 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Oh, Ami, I am sobbing as I type this. I so looked forward to reading about Madison in your newsletter every month. I just lost my first-born son on Feb. 19 and felt the same pain as when I have lost fur babies in the past.
    How fortunate you were to be able to be with him at the end.
    My heart goes out to you and we are both better for having had the pleasure of our dear ones.

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  • 685. BetsyE  |  March 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    My heart aches for you. Our pets are so special. You’re in my prayers.

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  • 686. Judy Snook  |  March 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Oh! I’m so sorry. We all have lost a very special being. We’ll miss his funny reflections on life.

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  • 687. deb divine  |  March 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I wonder if Madison would consider doing blogs from Heaven? We’re going to miss him very much. Love to you, Ami.
    Deb

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  • 688. Kristi McHugh  |  March 2, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Oh Ami, my heart is breaking for you. What a joy and blessing he has been for you, your family and all of us. I want to share the most amazing site that was a life saver for me, when I was where you are. The Association of Pet Loss Bereavement at http://www.aplb.org. The counselors in the chat rooms that meet 4 times a week are such a healing. Hugs, Kristi Prescott, AZ

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  • 689. jill fondiller  |  March 3, 2011 at 12:05 am

    my deepest condolences. letting go of such a special family member is a truly pianfull desion. knowing they are in a specail place can be reasuring. know that madison lives on in your heart.
    i too had such a difficult decion four years ago. time truly dose take away the pain. what is left are the happy, silly, funny memories and yes, i still miss him. but my memories of him always make me smile. he lives on in my heart.

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  • 690. Laura T  |  March 3, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Goldens have a habit of touching our lives for a short time, but our hearts forever – they are a very special breed – goofy angels in fur coats meant to bring laughter and love into our lives. How sad for you to have lost your Madison, your ‘shadow’, but how lucky you were to have been able to share him with so many people and to see how very many lives he touched. What a wonderful tribute to a Golden’s life! I am sure he is happily content waiting at the bridge for his beloved people. You WILL see him again someday!

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  • 691. Margo  |  March 3, 2011 at 7:11 am

    He playing across the rainbow bridge with all the other loved and lost pets. It is the hardest thing to do as a dog mom but our final duty to our beloved pets. My dog kids and I will be thinking of you. Margo

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  • 692. Joyce  |  March 3, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Ami I was so so sorry to hear about Madison. I so enjoyed reading his comments. I understand fully what you are going through. We’ve had to let go of 2 wonderful collie dogs and 4 great cats. I’ll be thinking of you and my prayers are with you.

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  • 693. Sally Signore  |  March 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Having lost numerous dogs over the years, I know each one is special and missed. Madison could not have had a more wonderful life with you and few animals are so fortunate to have been known and loved by so many humans. Know that our hearts hurt right along with yours and our thoughts are with you.

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  • 694. Jackie Borszich  |  March 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    So sorry about your loss; I enjoyed Madison’s blog and hope that someday you can find another wonderful puppy to fill the gap and we can learn how another dog enjoys a quilter’s world. Jackie

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  • 695. Sandie  |  March 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Ami,
    I am trying to type thru my tears, on an iPhone, so please forgive me my typos. I saw in the email/newsletter that I received that Madisonhad passed away, and cried just reading that, so thought I would wait to visit the blog until I could not react as strongly. It didn’t work. I can not begin to tell you how sorry I am , and how much I enjoyed his antics and unique perspective from under the desk. I am sure you will feel the loss forever, just as you will always feel the joy he brought into your home. <3<3<3

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  • 696. Paula  |  March 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    He was loved and he knew how loved! You were loved and he knew how loved! Madison brought love and friendship to his mom and each of us – we’ll always remember you and your blog posts :D

    How special Ami you were holding him in your arms when he passed, but how hard that is. My heart goes out to you! May he play (pain-free) forever across the rainbow bridge with all our pets who have gone before us.

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  • 697. Harlene  |  March 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Sorry in your loss of Madison. We had “Brandy” put down in
    2000. We had her for 20 years. For years we found reminders
    from her life.
    Harlene

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  • 698. Cathy Cantwell  |  March 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing Madison with us all. I am very sorry to hear about his departure and know just how you feel. We had to put our dog down after 17 years, two years ago and still miss her. Even though my husband said we were not getting another dog, we had one two weeks later and are not sorry at all.
    Don’t get me wrong we still miss our Noel and she can never be replaced but Rosie is a good sub. We did forget how frisky pups were and at our age has brought us new life out of necessity.
    I highly recomment getting another pet even though there is no replacement for Madison you have less time to be aware of your loss.
    Thanks again for sharing his life and pictures with us.
    Will be praying for you.
    Cathy

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  • 699. Carissa  |  March 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. Our four-legged family members are so important to us. The worst part is always saying goodbye. You gave Madison the best life and he was loved by so many of us. If only every dog could so so lucky and famous! :)

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  • 700. Vicki D  |  March 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I started crying as I read the news, I’m so sorry, I felt like I knew Madison. In time the jolt of pain as you realize he isn’t there will ease, but the warm memories of his love will always be there. It’s been a year and a half since I lost my 17-year-old constant companion, Merry. No matter how long you have together, it’s never enough. Sending good thoughts your way.

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  • 701. Mary  |  March 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a beloved pet is never easy. Ours was a Bassett. You will be finding those hairs for a long time! God bless him and you.

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  • 702. Cary Shields  |  March 5, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Madison’s passing and share your tears. I looked forward to the news from “under the desk”, as did so many others.

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  • 703. sewpam63  |  March 5, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Blessings to you and yours, Ami. Thank you for sharing Madison with all of us. He was SEW loved and will be well remembered.

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  • 704. Eve B  |  March 6, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I am broken hearted for you. Thank you so much for sharing Madison with us and letting us all fall in love with him. He was such a lovely dog. I will miss him also.

    I have been in a holding pattern since November with my Annie cat, age 14. She has been so sick, diagnosis is a mystery, nothing to be done, is temporarily better. As long as she is not in pain, I will keep her close to me for our mutual comfort.

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  • 705. jean  |  March 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I am so sorry, we all will miss Madison, I looked forward to his comments on everything. What a special dog he was, and how great of a dog mom (plus family) you are, thank you for sharing him with us.

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  • 706. Gay Ousley  |  March 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Oh, Ami, I am so sorry to learn of Madison’s passing. Please know you are not alone in your sorrow. Gay

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  • 707. Teresa  |  March 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Ami, Thoughts, prayers & hugs seem so small at the loss of such a good friend. What a wonderful life Madison lived in a fantastic home! Thank you for sharing. Our hearts go out to you.

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  • 708. Carol B White  |  March 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Ami,
    Special thoughts and prayers toy ou and yours with the loss of Madison !! Such a fun interactive dog person!!!
    My Morkie, “Suki-Lu-Lu” and I just Madison’s blogs and Suki would kiss his face on my monitor. There is another dog erson out there waiting for your warm loving heart and home !!!
    Our 15 yr old Max, a Shih-Tzu passed last Aprl 26th. I took in Suki from a lady who was sick and could not take care of her properly any longer. It was a win-win situation for both of us!!
    I would rather love and lose than never love at all !
    Carol B. (Ky.)

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  • 709. Barbara Jackson  |  March 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Ami and family, I am sorry about Madison T. Dag. I too will miss his well written missiles that were so entertaining. I still miss our “Major” who passed away 7 yrs. ago. He was a family member, as was Madison. Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Lovingly, Barb Jackson

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  • 710. Patty  |  March 9, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Ami, I am so sorry to hear about Madison. I am crying as I write this, I will miss him. He alwaya made me laugh. We lost our 12 year old Lasha Apso,Maggie in December. My heart goes out to you. Many hugs to you. Bless you. Love Patty

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  • 711. Gretchen  |  March 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    The world is a better place for having such a love like Madison in it. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend and shadow.

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  • 712. Pam Pearson  |  March 18, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Bark, Woof, Yip.

    What a beautiful tribute. And I imagine what a sad and heavy time for your heart. May beautiful memories comfort you.

    Belly Rubs and love from Pam and Destiny

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  • 713. Deborah McLaughlin  |  March 21, 2011 at 9:21 am

    So, so sorry….

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  • 714. Monica Ernst  |  March 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    What a great memorial for a great dog. You did the right thing and this sweet Madison will live on in your hearts. May God be with you in your time of grief

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  • 715. Teresa  |  March 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    To Madison’s Humans….I am so sorry for your loss. I felt like I knew Madison personally. I know he will live in your hearts forever, as he will in his many fans’ hearts. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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  • 716. Wendy Smith  |  April 1, 2011 at 3:30 am

    I’m truly sorry for your loss, sending big hugs to you and your
    family. I enjoyed reading about Madison and I know you all loved him so much.

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  • 717. Bobbie Muscarella  |  April 4, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Madison was a lucky dog to have you. I know you are going through a rough time but also know that your humor and zest for living will carry you through. Thanks for all you do to bring smiles to our faces (and quilting inspiration, too!).

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  • 718. Nancy Oxford  |  April 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Ami I am so sorry. I just read this and cried through the whole thing. I always felt like I knew him. We’ve had to have several dogs put down and it always hurts so bad. Have you read the poem Rainbow Bridge? It’s wonderful just make sure you have your kleenex handy. My prayers are with you. He will be missed and was greatly loved. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  • 719. Lila  |  April 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Madison will forever be in your heart. He had the soul of an angel. I am very sad for you and your family. My ‘Sailor’ lays behind my chair, he is 9 and very special like Madison. My other ‘daughter’ Belle will be meeting Madison over the Rainbow Bridge, its a very special place.

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  • 720. Debra  |  May 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Dear Ami,
    I have followed your blog for a long time. I can’t believe that Madison was 10 years old where did the time go. I am so sorry to hear of his loss. Being a furry friend lover myself, I have been through the heartache several times myself. My sincerest condolences. Know that you absolutely did the right thing and he is looking down from heaven and saying thanks Mom.
    Sincerely. deb

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  • 721. Karen Wright  |  September 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Ami,
    As I cry I type. I just found about Madison.

    Max and Roxie used to send him notes. Roxie is now in doggie heaven with Madison. She died on September 5 in our arms.

    The hardest thing in the world is to say good bye to a member of the family. Madison was surely that.

    Prayers for you, your family, Madison and Scotter.

    A welcome to Scooter. He has big paws to fill.

    Karen W. in S.W. Ohio

    Thanks, Karen. Prayers for you too for your beloved Roxie.

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