This post is long overdue.
When we moved to Panama, we brought our fur kids, Rosie the golden retriever and Maggie the yellow lab. Little did we know that we would lose Maggie several months later to what we now believe was cane toad toxin. And even now, a year and a half later, not a day passes that we don’t miss her waggy body and the sheer joy she took in practically everything and everyone.
The morning after Maggie died, I wrote this blog post, and I swore that something good would come of her death for the pets of Chiriqui. I got my wish some months later from the good folks at Chiriqui Life, an invaluable information forum on just about any topic for residents of Chiriqui Province.
After hearing about our loss of Maggie, Bud and Marcelyn, the founders of Chiriqui Life, put together a comprehensive list of resources for pet owners and nicknamed it Maggie’s List. Here, pet owners can find up-to-the-date information on just about any topic related to Panamanian pet ownership, from the nuts and bolts of relocating your pet to Panama to pet-friendly hotels and emergency and after-hours vets. If this list had existed before that awful night with Maggie, we might have had a chance to save her. But it’s a tremendous comfort to know that other pets might be saved now.
Maggie’s List has been live for several months now, so this is long overdue – but we’re sending out a heartfelt THANK YOU to Bud and Marcelyn. We know Maggie is looking down from doggy heaven, wagging her entire body, and smiling that huge labby grin that used to melt our hearts.