My Pet: Maddigan, the survivor

Helping pets come in all shapes, sizes and behaviours! Maddigan helped his owner, Deborah, survive hard times but was also a survivor himself. Here is Deborah and Maddigan’s story.. 

I had a beautiful Jack Russell, Maddigan, who was brought for me when my ex partner went on deployment to Middle East. Maddigan was not just my dog but my furchild. He was there for me through the tears and brought me much laughter.
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After my relationship ended, he travelled home to Qld with me and when my current partner met me, it was a rule that if Maddigan didn’t accept him he was out. So my partner came and met him and he was not a dog person, but Maddigan not only accepted him but he also turned him into a Jack Russell lover.
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Maddigan was a tough boy, he survived a tiger snake bite, a dog attack and then he got cancer and survived that! Sadly, he got cancer again and when I took him to the vet they said it was time to let him go. I was hysterical. My partner brought our other Jack Russell down to the vet and we all sat with Maddigan till he passed peacefully.
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I cried for days and I miss him so much. He was 10 years old and everyone who came across his path fell in love with him. He was a gentle loving dog and brought happiness in my life.
We now have a new Jack Russell as Maddigan’s brother was pining for him. Now our home is complete again and Maddigan now sits on our bedside table where he will remain as part of our family always.
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The other dog in the picture is Jackson and he pined badly for Maddigan but I’ll add a photo of Colt as he is now part of our family and has just turned 2 yrs old and very naughty but lovable, whilst he will never replace Maddigan he helped with the healing process. A lot of people who lose a pet struggle with how soon is too soon to get another dog or feel guilt when they do. I went through these issues myself. I also found it hard dealing with others who could not understand why I was grieving so badly over a pet.
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  1. I lost my two maremmas and my husband all within six months. I was totally bereft and one Sunday just six weeks after my last. Maremma died suddenly I couldn’t get out of bed nor did I want to but I suddenly had this thought to look online for a maremma just in case and there was Jack way up in Qld looking out at me and I live in Jack rd . I knew immediately that he was sent to me by my dearly loved Cleo and Bianca to keep me company and be by my side. I applied for Jack through the RSPCA and flew him down. It was love at first sight and we now share our home and love with Jenna from Maremma Rescue Victoria. Bliss sheer bliss ..

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