Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast has lost it’s mascot, MaggiePosted by admin on June 7, 2010
Our blog has been silent for awhile because our hearts have not been in it. It’s with a heavy heart that I finally write that on March 9th our beautiful 6 1/2 year old Golden Retriever, Maggie, died quickily and unexpectedly of lymphoma while we were on vacation in California.
As usual, during our absence, Maggie was in the loving care of our Asheville Bed and Breakfast inn manager, Shirley. Maggie collapsed after dinner, was rushed to the animal hospital, diagnosed and the decision made to let her go came within five hours.
Losing any pet is difficult as most of you know; but of our three Goldens, she had the best, most outgoing, silly personality. She was still so young and it was so painfully unexpected.
We grieved Maggie. Neighbors brought flowers in her memory as everybody in the neighborhood knew her. Our mailman was near tears as Maggie would always come to say hello carrying a stick of firewood to him. Guests here at the Inn who asked to see her were surprised. Some were repeat guest, some read about her on the blog.
Then on Easter Sunday, Bob had another heart attack and the immediate pain from losing Maggie resurfaced. She was not there to comfort him or to do his now doctor ordered walks. The need for a companion became obvious. We again contacted Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (where we adopted Maggie) and began our search for a companion that needed a forever home. The results of that search will appear here on the blog.
If you have ever loved an animal, feel the heartbreak of rescuing animals, have met Maggie and loved her, please consider making a donation in her name to:
P.O. Box 32973
Knoxville, TN 37930
Barbara & Bob Gilmore
Owners & Innkeepers