Part of my job as a veterinarian involves seeing my clients through the process of saying goodbye to a beloved canine or feline companion. Recently, a sweet, senior Chihuahua named Marley crossed the rainbow bridge. 


I took on Marley as my patient in her later years after she was diagnosed with a life-altering illness, but I know of the impact she made throughout her life on all the people she encountered.


Here’s I’ll turn the telling of Marley’s tale over to her and to her human mother, Donna.


Little Marley made her way into my life in July of 2004. A calm and gentle puppy, all of about 2 pounds, she wrapped her little arms around my neck, and the deal was sealed. She become my little monkey, and clung to me through our many exciting adventures over the next 14 years. Some of which included being an official store greeter at the neighborhood holistic pet store, and a star-making move from Calgary, Canada to West Hollywood. Marley’s zen-like demeanor, and ancient furry appearance gave her a Yoda-like quality that turned heads and warmed hearts alike.

Every Sunday Marley took pride in her job as official store greeter at the Inner Hound in Calgary, a neighborhood gem specializing in raw food and supplements, designer toys and beds for dogs. Always putting a smile on someone’s face, she took her roles and responsibilities very seriously, even if that meant having to wear silly costumes or perform a cleanup in the treat aisle.

She fiercely loved her shark stuffy, and her orange ball. Every night before dinner, fetch would ensue. Always looking for a snack, she had a penchant for green veggies; broccoli and green beans in particular. One could precipitously lose a finger while feeding her those favorites. With the click of the stove igniter, or opening of the fridge, the cheese drawer in particular, I can still hear her launching off the couch at warp speed, making sure to offer up her superior taste testing skills.

Although Marley is no longer with us, she will be remembered in perpetuity.

Have you lost a pet who was near and dear to your heart? Feel free to share your perspective in the Comments section.

Dr. Patrick Mahaney

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