Jilly Madgwick and Lucky
Lonely Jilly Madgwick’s pet ‘Lucky’, a Jack Russell-cross, was taken to the vets after becoming unwell and losing weight.
The elderly pooch was being cared for but sadly had to be put down after suffering a stroke.
Friends say widow Ms Madgwick then received a “paw print” sympathy card from the vets who had cared for the ailing 15-year-old hound.
After Lucky’s death, the vets sent a card which read “Mrs Madgwick, Our thoughts and sympathies are with you during the sad loss of Lucky.
“We are sorry for the loss of your dear friend and companion.”
Sadly Ms Madgwick, 79, fell ill after Lucky’s death and she too passed away.
Close pal Anna-Marie Tindall, 46, said it was her belief broken-hearted Ms Madgwick felt like she had nothing left to live for, leading to her health rapidly deteriorating.
She said: “Lucky was like a child to Jilly – she thought the world of him and he was a wonderful dog.
“He was absolutely lovely, well looked after and well-loved.
“Jilly used to give him peas, tomatoes and beans, even toast – everything she ate, he would scoff it too.”
When he got ill she found it so hard to see
“They used to go for walks together and he walked nicely to heel, although he was a bit mischievous too.
“When he got ill she found it so hard to see and although she died from cancer I think she had a broken heart after Lucky died, I really do, and she just went downhill from there.
“Jilly loved watching Paul O’Grady’s “For the Love of Dogs” but after what happened she just couldn’t face watching it anymore without Lucky sat next to her.”
Mrs Tindall said Ms Madgwick had put off going to the doctors whilst she was alive for fear of leaving Lucky on his own.
Ms Madgwick, who lived in the Lincolnshire village of Helpringham died from cancer on March 16, just weeks before she turned 80.
Sadly Ms Madgwick, 79, fell ill after Lucky’s death and she too passed away
A favourite photo of Lucky, who she’d had since she was a puppy – was placed in her coffin at her funeral at Grantham Crematorium earlier this month.
At one stage before Lucky died the RSPCA were called by an anonymous neighbour who told them the hound was underweight.
The charity helped get the dog to the vets and paid for his treatment.
Mrs Tindall was angered by the call to the RSPCA, saying Lucky was “simply getting very old” before his death.
She added: “I don’t hold any blame against the RSPCA for doing their jobs – the only person I blame is whoever phoned them in the first place – if they had gone and spoken with Jilly they would have realised Lucky was well looked after but just very old.”
“He was wobbly on his feet, in the same way that you see when a person gets very old.”
Lucky died on December 6 and Mrs Tindall added she missed her pal and her hound.
“It’s just not the same round here without Jilly to chat to with Lucky by her side. It’s very sad,” she added.
An RSPCA spokesperson said: “It’s really sad when an owner has to make a difficult decision to have their beloved pet put to sleep.
“Following concerns for the 15-year-old dog’s welfare, our inspector met with the dog’s owner and arranged for them to visit a local independent vet for treatment, which we agreed to fund.”
‘The loss of a pet affects everyone differently’ says Diane James
“Sadly, following the check up, the dog’s health deteriorated further and it is believed the dog may have suffered a stroke.
“On vet’s advice, the owner, with support from a friend, made the difficult decision to put the dog to sleep to end its suffering.”
Diane James, from animal charity Blue Cross, said the loss of a pet can be overwhelming.
She said: “The loss of a pet affects everyone differently, the loss can result in many different emotions and feelings, from despair, loneliness and even depression, this can feel overwhelming, it is important to understand that these are all perfectly normal feelings.”
“People often describe how they feel as numb or even have feelings of guilt, whilst others feel a sense of calm and relief.
“A pet’s love is unconditional, so when we lose what can sometimes be our only companion, it is important that you have someone to share those feelings with, which is where we can support you.
“The Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service (PBSS) is a free service, open every day of the year from 8.30am to 8.30pm, offering emotional support and information for all ages, we offer a confidential telephone and email service.
“It can also help to memorialise your pet, this can include a memory box with their favourite toy, collar and pictures in, or plant a bush in a favourite spot in the garden. We also offer a free memorial site so you can remember your pet in a lasting and special way with a photograph, story or poem on our website.”
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