On Tuesday October 11th 2011 I was teaching piano lessons, Maggie had been trying to get out and roam the neighborhood each time a student came to the door. When my last student came she finally managed to get out. Jaren tried so hard to hold her back, but his books were slipping and he was all but falling over trying to hold on to her so I told him not to worry about it, she would come back. I will probably always regret that decision. Maggie had been getting really good about coming back home just a few minutes after getting out, she would only cross the north street to visit the neighbors dog. This day however she stayed out much longer and for some reason she decided to cross the street on the west side of our house, a much busier street where cars drive much faster. She was hit by a car driven by a 16 year old girl who had only been driving for two weeks. I did not witness the accident, I do not know the circumstances, but it was an accident and we do not hold the girl in blame; Maggie simply should not have been out. The girl was so upset by the accident that she walked the rest of the way home, just the street north of ours. A witness to the accident came to the door to let me know what had happened, I was still in the middle of teaching piano lessons. Just prior to her coming I thought of Maggie, that she had been out for a while and I wished the lesson would end quickly so I could go get her. I will always wonder if that was the Holy Ghost telling me to go call her, maybe I could have prevented her being hit, I’ll never know. Anyways this lady came to the door, told me my dog had been hit by car, I asked her if it was bad as I was walking outside, when I turned the corner I saw Maggie’s lifeless body lying in the road and burst into tears, until that point I truly thought she was fine, injured perhaps, but my Maggie was invincible. I watched the gentleman who owns the home across the street to the west of us pick her up by her feet, move her from the road onto the plants in our side yard, it was horrible seeing her limp body being carried like that. I went to her and scooped her in my arms and just cried and cried and cried. I don’t believe I have ever cried so hard in my life. The mother of the girl who hit Maggie came to console and apologize for the accident, I told her it was okay, and I was sorry for her daughter as well. I am sure she felt terrible; I know I would be beside myself if I had hit someone’s dog. Morgan Murdock came over quickly to also console me. The Good Samaritan women who came to tell me about Maggie went into my house to get Grant,
Jared and I discussed heaven and where dogs fall into the plan of salvation a lot the night she passed away and in the days following. We are taught that Heavenly Father knows and loves all of his creations, (consider the lilies of the field), we are also taught that the earth will receive its paradisaical glory. I believe that Heavenly Father will take care of our pets after they pass and that we will be reunited with them on the other side of the veil. I believe that our pets will be able to choose us in heaven and be part of our eternal family if they so desire. Maggie was a good dog, she lived the purpose of her creation. I believe she will be blessed accordingly. If however I am wrong and there are no pets in heaven I know that Heavenly Father knows best, Heaven will still be a place of joy. I trust in Heavenly Father and His plan. This gives me comfort during this hard time.
I loved Maggie, we shared a special bond. I miss her terribly, I am sure I will continue to miss her for a long time. We have been blessed to have her in our home and in our lives. Maggie will always have a very special place in my heart. She was MY first dog. I love her!