Doggone It…

In the midst of all the chaos I lost my best friend this weekend.

Our beloved doggie, Ms. Madison Avenue, was laid to rest.

She brought so much joy, love and light into our lives during her 14 1/2 year reign.

How my family will miss that beautiful face, those velvety ears, the way her body vibrated when she wagged her long, abundant golden tail, her joy when entering a store breathlessly awaiting the multitude of treats that she knew were about to appear.

Alas, we had to bide adieu long distance which was incredibly painful…no final cuddle and 4-prong kiss…cheek, cheek, forehead, nose. My way of always saying until later whenever I left home even to run an errand.

Thankfully, our daughter, Courtny, was caring for Madison and took her on her last ride, staying with her until the bitter end, cradling her during her final goodbye.

Madison’s aura never appeared to age or diminish.

She was a ray of sunshine especially during dark times.

People constantly asked if she was a puppy because she always radiated, as we called it, her perma puppy glow.

The past year walking became a slower process so we purchased a wagon for her and everyday Madison and I had bonding forays into Central Park.

I would pull her over to the park and then set her free.

I loved to watch her amble about on the grassy knoll and then we would sit on our favorite park bench and chat.

It was our special time.

The pain is horrendous, but my family’s love for her will endure forever and Madison will be with us every single day.

Goodnight, my sweet Maddie Bear.

Please check out our amazing dog walker, Manny’s, beautiful Instagram tribute to Madison at: thedsclub


  1. Lorraine Kweskin says:

    Oh Toby, so very sad. So many losses…sending you virtual hugs…

  2. Lisa and Wayne says:

    Oh no! We are so very sorry to hear of Madison’s passing. Wayne and I loved basking in her radiant puppy glow. Big hugs from us – xoxo

  3. Cathy Newman says:

    Absolutely heartbreaking to lose a pet (and best friend). Sending you so much love during these dark days…

  4. Tracy Giacomini says:

    I’m in tears reading this. I’m so sorry. What a sweet baby girl she was. She’ll always be with you. Xo

  5. Janet check says:

    So sorry to read ur news .
    Arnie and I lost our BG(for Great Barrington)Mass . He won
    Her at thefair as a 4week old mutt.
    I still have dreams of her.
    She was with us for 18 years wonderful years!!
    Could never face having another..especially here in Fl
    Deep condolences

  6. Okay, that is heart wrenching. I am so so sorry. I know how hard it is to be away from your dog when he or she passes; there is a hole that you want so badly to fill, that one last hug and you really can’t believe that you won’t get it. Only time and a lot of tears may help ease your pain. Sending love and a virtual hug. I am so sorry!

  7. Anna Holbrook says:

    Ohhhh. Toby, so sorry. These ‘people’ are so important to us. Even though we pretty much know that they will leave before we do – because they are such special souls, we will do it again – knowing the heartache is inevitable. I am thinking of all of you, and sending a prayer up for the newest of the canine angels.
    Much love, Anna

  8. Andrew Kaplan says:

    Maddie was more a person than a dog, and the absolute SWEETEST of such! I will not forget her
    A.Kaplan, DVM

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