Last Day Of Our 9-Year Old Golden, ‘Maya’, ‘My Girl’.

by Anura Guruge


9:40am THIS morning. Prior to her last walk. She walked her ‘new normal’ 1-mile. She was happy. Off leash.


An atypical lunch before the arrival of the vet. Macaroni Cheese. One of her favorites. She was happy.


My favorite recent picture. I took this LAST night around 10pm. She is sleeping by my feet while I watch late night TV. Her nightly routine. She was SO peaceful. IF you look carefully you can see the HUGE tumor on her flank & another on her left paw.


TODAY — prior to …


Maya was euthanized, at home, around 1:20pm today.

[Since we discovered that vets will come to your home, we have opted for this. It is SO MUCH less distressing for them. They are at home. They have not been carted to the vets. It is well worth the additional cost.]

She had very severe cancer, with a HUGE tumor on her flank & numerous others all over her body. We did not want her to suffer. She was fine till the end and was chasing squirrels 3-hours before. But, this was the right time.

She would have been 10 in May.

I have had quite a few dogs but I spent more time with Maya than with any of the others. Timing. She came into my life as I was ‘retiring’ (or at least NOT working for money) & ramping up the amount of time I spent running/walking. She loved to walk & even a month ago she would go for 4-mile walks with I.

She was ‘my girl’. I tended to call her ‘girl’ or ‘my girl’ more than ‘Maya’. She knew she was ‘girl’. She responded to that. I also happen to call my 14-year old, my youngest, ‘girl’. Sometimes my daughter will inquire, which one are you talking to! Often they would both come when I called out ‘girl’.

She was happy. A very happy dog & there was no reason for not to be. She was spoilt.

We still have Braxton, our Harrier. So, I have a dog & we went for our evening walk. Yes, we will get another dog ‘soon’. But, it is unlikely to be another golden.


Her last birthday. Her 9th. May 2020.

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