Maggie was Tricia Bonati’s first Poodle and the inspiration for Florida Poodle Rescue. Many times dogs are described as “people in fur suits.” Maggie was that and more. An “old soul,” she was ready to help anyone and everyone. Her kindness was the hallmark of her life. She counseled and helped us figure out what was needed for the sad, bewildered and frightened pups when they came to Florida Poodle Rescue. For the remainder of her life, Maggie taught us how to be patient and giving to these dogs who needed us so desperately.
Maggie never missed a chance to indulge in her favorite treats. She knew how to work her family to get a cookie or another treat from the cabinet. She loved having an opportunity to go to the ice cream shop, and she even had her own “frequent shopper” card! Maggie was so special that a trio of men from McDonald’s sang “Happy Birthday” to her as they delivered plain hamburgers in celebration of her special day. Who can say they have had McDonald’s staffers sing to them?
Maggie’s fame spread outside Florida Poodle Rescue as well. She participated in a variety of fashion shows for Saks and the Museum of Fine Arts and brought home hundreds of dollars to help the new rescues who kept arriving.
Maggie was one of the five dogs to judge the Bay Area’s Best Tasting Dog Treats sponsored by the Tampa Tribune newspaper. Judging was to be on September 11,
In 2005, during her final days, when the other dogs became upset with her illness, Maggie somehow put them at peace. The night before her parting when her friends came to say
A verse from Helen Keller describes our feelings for Maggie:
What we once enjoyed and deeply loved
We can never lose,
For all that we love deeply
Becomes a part of us.
When you thank Florida Poodle Rescue for bringing you the joy and companionship of a rescued Poodle, remember to thank Maggie as well.
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