Tribute To Our Precious Maggie

August 12, 2010 – January 25, 2022 

LIFE LESSONS LEARNED FROM MAGGIE 

By Rev Protodeacon George Anthony Haloulakos 

We have commended our precious pet Maggie into the loving embrace of  Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We had to alleviate Maggie’s suffering  from Degenerative Myelopathy – a debilitating illness exactly like ALS  (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in our precious pets with the same impact as  ALS has on humans. I did a prayer service while assisting the two  veterinarians and kissed Maggie more than several times to help her on a  heavenward journey. All of this took place at home as we utilized a truly  amazing service called PAWS INTO GRACE. 

She will be cremated and her cremains will be hand delivered to us in a  special urn made of Acacia wood with the inscription: 

Our Precious Maggie 

Aug 12, 2010 – Jan 25, 2022 

We are also getting a special paw print to go with it. Believe it or not, Maggie departed this life at the same hour as Mom & Dad, and three years to the  month of my father’s passing! In some ways I feel as if I am reliving it all  over again. I am so grateful that God placed this special pet in our lives as  Maggie impacted so many in the course of her ministry here on Earth. With  this in mind, I would like to share lessons I learned from Maggie. 

> Lead a Christ Centered Life: Maggie lived her life in the way Our Lord  and Savior Jesus Christ teaches us to be. Each day this Pembroke Welsh  Corgi showed love, peace, patience, joy, kindness, goodness and faithfulness. In this way, Maggie exemplified that the love from a pet is a reflection of  God’s love – it is unconditional!

> Bearing One’s Burdens While Helping Others: Maggie was a registered  service animal for more than 10 years and impacted the lives of hundreds if  not thousands of people in the venues she served. She did this despite having to endure major hip surgery as a 6-month old puppy and then foot surgery 

when she was 3-years old. Maggie’s own experience with health challenges  enabled her to establish deep connections with everyone she encountered,  even in the most casual circumstances. As a working dog, Maggie was able  to give comfort to others as a: 

Teaching Assistant at UC San Diego Extension – From 2010 – 2020, Maggie  accompanied me to the main campus and satellite learning centers four days a week. For four to six hours each of those days she provided comfort to  students both in and out of the classroom. During breaks from class we  would walk about campus drawing crowds of students as Maggie would  allow everyone to give hugs, pets and kisses plus posing for lots of pictures  that ended up in multiple social media networks. 

Therapy Dog at Le Bleu Chateau Assisted Living & Memory Care Center –  From 2011 – 2018, Maggie helped minister to the elderly, memory care and  those afflicted with major illnesses such as cancer patients. Maggie provided  a steadfast, vigilant presence to alleviate the loneliness and isolation of those  stricken with such conditions. In this same capacity Maggie helped my  parents into that Long Day’s Journey Into Night and thereby enabled yours  truly (along with my wife Sharon) to fulfill the sacred duties associated with  such a monumental task. 

Grief Comfort at Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills: Maggie was a regular at  Forest Lawn from 2018 – early 2020. Maggie was involved with every  aspect associated with the passing of Mom and Dad including keeping vigil  at the grave side services for both. She not only provided grief comfort to  those in attendance for those memorial services, but on recurring visits to  Forest Lawn Maggie would allow everyone (staff, visitors, clients, et al) to  give hugs and pets while receiving kisses, thereby assuaging the grief of all  those she encountered. 

> Grace and Composure in the Face of Adversity: In her final weeks here  on Earth, Maggie found comfort and joy in receiving laser treatment and  water therapy to help her live her Best Possible Life. At our home Maggie  was able to enjoy beautiful sunsets each day and stargazing at night while  surrounded by love and her favorite toys. As a man of faith I believe Maggie was already planning if not contemplating the next phase of her journey. We  had placed her on home hospice care the week prior to her peaceful departure from this life. 

Maggie completed her mission here on Earth with dignity and integrity. Our  precious Maggie is now reunited with Mom and Dad while in the loving  embrace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, forever our furry angel.

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Renee C.

I can't recommend them enough. I had to say goodbye to my 21 year old cat companion. I read the reviews here on Yelp and chose Paws Into Grace and they made an unbearable situation not worse - from the people on the phone to the amazing doctor who came out to the house. She was so understanding and supportive. They were all so helpful, understanding and nice. My girl got to stay at home and say goodbye in the backyard (a hummingbird flew over and it seemed like a good sign too). So glad I didn't have to take her to a cold vet office.

Diane C.

My absolute love Dante had heart failure three months ago. After having him on many medications to help him, his enthusiasm and appetite declined last couple of days. He was in pain and we decided to help him go to heaven rather than torturing him with more medications which would make him even more miserable. I called and spoke to a very kind lady who was patient as I cried through making an appointment. We made an appointment for 1:30pm. Dr. Toni arrived. She was very kind, explained everything to us and gave us the time to be with our boy after the first shot. He wasn't relaxing enough so she gave him a second shot. We stayed with him throughout the entire process and I carried him to her car in the end. It was a very difficult decision but knowing that our boy is not in pain, gives us some peace. We are thankful to Dr. Toni for her kindness and compassion. They will arrange the cremation for us. Since we are in a pandemic, we had our masks on and said goodbye to our boy in our garden.

Terry A.

I wanted to thank you for sending Dr. Brown to euthanize our beloved Myleigh on March 4, 2021. She was compassionate and accommodating, she explained every step of the procedure, and gave us some alone time with Myleigh after she sedated her, but before she attached the IV. We were relieved that we made the decision to let her go to doggy heaven at home. It was a tranquil and serene passing for her, and it very much aids us in the grieving and healing process knowing that she passed away so peacefully. Based on the grace and compassion Dr. Brown demonstrated on one of the most awful days of our lives we would not hesitate to recommend Paws Into Grace for others facing this very painful time.
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