Maggie and Laila

 Old dogs are still good dogs. They deserve love, care, and respect until life ends. I wrote the the story of Maggie and Laila with as few words as possible. I trust your imagination will fill any gaps.

Although her hearing has collapsed,

Maggie reads lips and responds to gestures,

Twice a day she chows down chicken and kibble,

And takes a daily walk to sniff the rocks.

She damns the day a rescued dog came to the house.

By retreating to distant spaces,

Maggie shunned her eventual replacement.


Laila, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, has special needs,

Insulin injections twice a day, 12 hours apart.

One cup of kibble and a piece of cheese,

Injection in the nape and a rub,

Another piece of cheese, please.

Her brown eyes flash the “I’m Still Hungry” sign.


The adoption agent said Laila was trained,

Not so said I when she stayed for a week,

Peeing on the carpets and using the dog door

Only when she pleased, surely

Competition for food and affection upset her balance.


Maggie deserves stress-free senior years,

No matter how short the leash on life.

Sadly, Laila needed another home,

The girls were not meant to be friends to the end.

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2 thoughts on “Maggie and Laila

  1. susanenholm32 May 18, 2015 / 5:29 pm

    Joan took us to Happy Hour last night as a reward. A friend mentioned that perhaps Maggie could smell the diabetes and that kept her far away from Laila. Laila started to growl and snap at M. – competition over food. Worked on the LR stain yesterday; it’s still there. For now, Maggie will live solo and she’s her old self again.


  2. Luba Chliwniak May 18, 2015 / 4:36 pm

    Awhhh, so sorry it didn’t work out. I agree senior babes deserve peace, but special needs dogs need a loving home too. What a difficult choice. Laila’s peeing could be a diabetes issue…not enough insulin, glucose numbers too high. Poor baby.


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