Memories of Ms. Maven
Maven - today marks 3 years you have been gone and I still miss you SO much baby girl! All I want is ONE MORE....One more of every moment with you! Please know I did everything I could for you and in the end I had to set you free. Your picture still sits on my nightstand, so I see you each morning and each night! Your ashes sit on my bureau with your collar and tags and your favorite toy. Maven baby - I love and Miss you SO MUCH! XOXOXO
Ms. Maven was my Canine soul mate - my best friend.
July 31, 2006 -- April 28, 2008 ...the dash between those dates represents all the good times we shared!
Maven is pronounced (mā'vən), which means a person (well in this case a Dog... ) who has special knowledge or experience; an expert. To me it means the best darn dog one could ever ask for and that you were!
The day I went to pick you up, you were so full of spunk. I noticed the star on your chest and said "she's the one"! We chose each other that day and our relationship was meant to be. On the car ride home you hopped all over the back seat with Auntie Carol, it was so funny. I remember saying I can't wait for us to get home so you could meet your Dad and you Sister, I knew they were going to love you. I was so right, you made their hearts melt, you were a roley poley wrinkly baby -- how could you not! You tried so hard to jump up on the bed but you were too little.....yes I know it's hard to believe you were once little. I threw you up on the bed to see Daddy and you just melted in his arms, he put on the big goofy smile and welcomed you home. While you were in with Daddy I put up your crate and made it nice and cozy...what was I thinking...a crate?.....yea right!....you were sleeping with us! You slept with us and used to Pillow surf it was the cutest thing you would take your roley poley body and sleep above our heads on one of our pillows, it was priceless. I would wake up in the middle of the night to bring you outside to pee and silly you thought it was playtime -- but I didn't care I loved seeing you so full of life. We found this really cool place right down the street called Canine Mastery...a daycare just for babies like you. I would send you to daycare to have time to play and you just melted everyone's heart. You loved all the babies there both big and small you were a charmer for sure. Cathy the owner of Canine Mastery soon gave you a nickname, and it was Manatee Maven....when you would lay down on the floor your cheeks would go out and you looked like the cutest Manatee ever...so Manatee Maven it was! Inside Canine Mastery they had this nice grooming area called Stars They Are, how fitting for you. In December you met Sue at Stars They Are to be groomed and she was in awe with you, you reminder her so much of her beloved Bullmastiff Thor. Silly Sue thought she would give you something special for the Holidays and glued a huge snowflake to each of your floppy ears. When I picked you up all I saw was your ears and those snowflakes it was so funny...do you remember that? I bet you can remember that Dad wasn't too thrilled with it, but it's ok he got over it! Maven you were the Queen of Queens everyone who knew you fell in love you with, how could they not...you had these innocent eyes and the laid back personality that just made people want to give you lovins! You got everything a dog could ever want in life and then some, but more importantly then any of the "stuff" we gave you, you were showered in love, hugs and kisses all the time! Oh my goodness Maven I loved you so much, it is so hard to explain to people but you and I know we had this special bond, we just connected! Do you remember the cat bowl day? I do for sure and it still makes me laugh and say yup that was my Maven alright! We were at Auntie Carol and Uncle Don's house and they had this self feeding type of cat dish. You saw this one piece of kibble in there and you had to have it....so you stuck your head in there and all I saw was your tongue wiggling all around trying to get that one piece of kibble. You lifted your head and you and the cat bowl became one...you were stuck....but you didn't care you wanted that kibble darn it! We quickly rushed and lubed of your wrinkly neck with dish soap and tried to take off the bowl....nope it wasn't happening and yet you still didn't care you were still trying to get that piece of kibble. We yelled to uncle Don and out he came with the scissors, he had to cut the cat bowl to get your head out.....and you bet my girl..I got you that kibble you worked so hard for! Oh Maven you did so many goofy things, you were such a character I could never get enough of you. Even as you grew big and strong you still slept with me and Dad and no matter how smooshed I had to be, to have you close was the best. It didn't matter what position you were in you always had one part of you on Me and one part of you on Dad. To walk up the stairs into the house and see your big head plop on top of the couch, oh I how I loved walking in and seeing that. You could be sound asleep in the other end of the house and as soon as someone would go into the kitchen we could hear your feet scurrying about....and would say...here comes Maven! You could just look at food and drool! Do you remember the huge bone Auntie Bonnie got your for Christmas, you loved it! It was so big Dad had to use his saw to cut it in half...he did that because he loved you and that's what we do. You would go frantic with the bone, running in and out not sure if you wanted to eat it or bury it, I could hear you whine like you wanted me to help you decide what to do. So when Dad cut it in half you had it made you could eat one and bury one -- what a life.
What I wouldn't give for just one more my baby girl....just one more time to tell you to push over in bed, one more time to say "stop snoring Maven", one more time to have you rest your head on my lap while we watched TV, one more time to have you look over the couch while I walked in the house, one more time to tell you I love you.
We love you Maven, we loved you enough to set you free....so go eat all the things you were allergic to and run free with no pain and always remember we will meet again!
Never have I felt so loved and was so willing to love - you gave me that Maven. You were meant to be with me and me with you.
Thank you for your love my baby Maven....nobody can ever replace you!!!
I am sending you Belly Rubs, Ear scratches and all my love! I am giving you two special things that I know you will enjoy! A cardboard box - because I know how much fun you had destroying them..I called you my lil Recycler! A nice cozy Bench for you to rest your precious head - go ahead just plop those cheeks on it and give me on last smile!
(Poem written for Maven by my friend Mark)
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