Dear Maisie Day,

My sweet little Maisie Day Roo Dumfries,

My girl, my wonderbully. You have no idea how proud you make your momma. When you were a puppy, your deafness used to break my heart. I watched you look at leaves while they moved in the rain, wishing you’d be able to hear what it sounded like. It hasn’t held you back, little lady, and I’ve long since stopped wishing for anything but a little more time with you. Twenty, TWENTY, signs later, you’re still surprising me with your smarts and willingness to learn. Like I said, you make me so proud.

Now, your heart is failing and all I can think is how damn unfair it is. I want to punch down walls and scream at the top of my lungs in anger and frustration. This shouldn’t be happening…not to a dog as good and sweet as you. Mae, if I could swap hearts with you I would. In a second. I wish I could fix it. I wish that you could have a long life, but I know I need to be grateful for whatever time we get with you. Two years hasn’t been enough. Thirty still wouldn’t be enough.

I can’t imagine our lives without your sunny little personality in it. Everyone who has ever met you falls in love. I love your daddy more and understand him better because of the way he loves you. You drive me every day to do better in school, to work harder, to become the best damn veterinarian I can. Every single day we get with you is a gift. Yes, even when you fart in your sleep and hog the covers and refuse to go out when I’m late to class. You give the best hugs and high-fives. You’re better behaved than most of of the hearing dogs I know. You always surprise us and make us laugh. You aren’t even remotely helpful when I’m sorting laundry, but that’s okay. You can’t win ‘em all.

Listen, kid…there aren’t enough words to tell you how much I love you. The best I can do is say this: I’m so incredibly thankful that I get to be your momma. Even if it’s not for long. You’re the best dog I’ve ever met. Please stick around for awhile…Dad has an awful lot of socks you still need to slobber on.

Love always, with lots of treats and butt rubs,

Your biggest fan (…maybe second biggest. Dad might fight me on that one.)


  1. Beverly Smith says:

    Reading this brought tears to my eyes. Your Maisie Day looks so much like my beautiful Olivia “Livie” I was so fortunate to have her in my life for eleven years. She brought so much joy to my life, just like your sweet Maisie. When the time started growing short and we knew that we would have to part, she tried her best to let me know that it was ok to let her go. She was comforting me, as she always did. These beautiful animals touch us in ways that we will carry in our hearts forever.

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