On Christmas Day in December of 1998 my wife Cheryl surprised the family with a Maltese puppy that she named Madison (she and her friend drove to Madison, Wisconsin to pick her up). Madison's parents were there and the mother knew that Cheryl was right for her puppy. This was our first dog and everyone loved her from the start, she was very loving and was not afraid to run and play with the Labs our friends had, they did not mind this little white fur ball playing with them. She loved going for rides and knew when we were near our friends' house that she was going to play with the big dogs. In July of 2008 she started to breath rapidly and was less active, we took her to the vet who did x-rays and found her heart was enlarged and had us take her to a specialty clinic, the cardiologist found fluid on her lungs and told us Madison had Congestive Heart Failure and put her on Pimobedan, Enalapril and Furosemide (Lasix), each twice a day. The doctor gave Madison 6-8 months to be with us, though she started slowing down Madison did ok until September 2009 when she had another build up of fluid on her lungs, the doctor was surprised she lasted that long, we were not ready to let her go, so with a Lasix IV treatment and the addition of Spirolactone to her other pills she came home and was doing good. In the early morning hours of November 12 she started breathing in a gasping, raspy way, Cheryl knew this might be the time and we called our daughters who came to be with her one last time, we all went to the vet together and the doctor said it was time to let her go, there was too much fluid built up on her lungs and even with aggressive medical treatment it would not help. She fought for 16 months. It was so hard to let her go but we know she is in a better place and we will one day join her again.
She was always looking for Cheryl, even when sitting with someone else, if Cheryl walked by or sat down she was right there, always waiting by the front door side window for her to come home and greet her, Cheryl loved this and looked forward to seeing her little face when she pulled into the driveway. I loved the kisses she gave me when I came to bed, Madison always slept with us and loved to cuddle. Madison loved her human sisters Angie, Jillian and Lauren and her dog cousins Marley and Izzy, they miss her too. We know she is across the Rainbow Bridge waiting for us. We miss her very much and will never forget the joy this little dog brought to everyone that met her.
Rest in Peace little Madison, November 9, 1998 - November 12, 2009
Love, Tim and Cheryl