All about Maggie
Any owner of a dog who has had “cherry eye” will tell you that it is not a pretty sight. Perhaps you have witnessed it yourself and have seen the large red mass bulging out of the inner corner of a dog’s eye, from which the name ‘cherry eye’ originated. While not the most visually appealing condition (for the owners or the afflicted dog), cherry eye is actually a fairly common and benign occurrence in many breeds of dogs.
Though it may appear somewhat like a tumour or even an awfully big bug bite, the ‘cherry’ on your dog’s eye is actually a prolapsed (or popped out) gland. Known by veterinarians as the nictitans gland, this gland is present in the third eyelid of dogs and aids in the production of tears. Unlike humans, many animals possess this third eyelid which closes horizontally across the eye to provide extra protection and moisture.
- Ava Zeidler
- Province, Country:
- AB, Canada
- Sheltie (Collie/German Sheppard)
- Date of Birth:
- March 1991
- Date of Death
- March 4, 2004, 2 pm.
- Not Provided
- Coat Colour:
- Black and Tan
- Eye Colour:
I saw Maggie while driving around garage sales in Edmonton, Alberta in Spring of 1991. I did not plan to buy a dog, but she captured my heart and I asked if she is for sale. She and her brother were puppies behind a chickem fence and she begged with her eyes to rescue her from that house. There were few children poking at her eyes and her brother pushed her away from the food bowl. I took her right away to my downtown apartment. So I had to buy a house.
She lived with me in Moncton, NB, in Swan Hills, AB, and in Calgary.
When we left Canada for Kuwait in 1999, Maggie stayed in Edmonton with my Mother. We had to give away her buddy Christie, another dog we had. This was very sad.
Maggie missed me a lot. After September 11, I decided not to go back to the Middle East. Maggie did not want me to go and leave her again. This was a good decision. Last four years were tough and Maggie endured it with us.
She passed away on March 4, 2004 at 14:00 at the Mayfield Veterinary Hospital. She was sick and disabled. She suffered from arthritis for a long time and lost her sharp sight. Since December 2003 Maggie deteriorated and the x-ray showed a tumor in her chest. According to the doctor, few day ago her liver failed and she refused food. The choice was saddest thing I have ever done in my life.
I kept a piece of her hair, shaved from her paw and the dog tag.
It was a nice sunny day. When we travelled to the hospital, the sun shone on Maggie in the back of the van and she lifted her head. This was her last day.
Thank you Maggie for 13 years of friendship. I miss you!
Maggie's Years - Picture Index
1991 - happy young Maggie and her owner Ava, Edmonton, Alberta
1994 - on the frozen Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta with Ava, Marianna and Alexander
1997 - Christmas picture, Maggie, Ava and Alexander
2003 - Beware of Dog. with Alexander, 10 year old
2003 - Maggie with Ava
2004 - March 4, 2004, one hour before final departure