Shortly after Callie was diagnosed with Canine Lymphoma in October, 2015 I joined a Facebook Support Group for Canine Cancer. I saw a post by another member from Maine so began watching for her in the group. One day she posted a photograph of her dog Maddie which took my breath away. Maddie and Callie could have been litter mates they resembled each other so much. Both jet black with flippy floppy ears, deep brown eyes and labrador mix. The poster lives north of me and I adopted Callie Ann from a PAWS shelter in Calais which is also north. Callie Ann was part of a litter of nine jet black puppies so I wondered “Could it be?” I finally got the nerve to ask the owner where she got Maddie and she told me she rescued her off the street. The vet thought she was probably about four months old so the dates didn’t coincide. Yet in my mind I began to think of these two brave fighters as “Sisters from Another Mother”.
Our beloved girls both lost their battles; Callie on November 6 an Maddie on December 7. Maddie’s mom and I shared our grief because Maddie was her “heart” dog just as Callie was mine.
I made up a little poem and started posting it every Sunday morning at 0733 along with a picture that I’d put their names on. I try to use photos that I’ve actually taken (like the cover photo for this post) but must admit that stock photos are usually nicer than anything I photograph. When I decided to leave Facebook, I continued to post the poem and picture on Twitter every Sunday morning and have my daughter post it on her Facebook timeline so that Maddie’s mom can see it. I try to alternate their names weekly ~ Callie first one week and Maddie the next.
“If tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right here, in your heart.”
And here are our angels!