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Reston Pet of the Week: Maggie

by Karen Goff — July 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

Meet Maggie — this week’s Reston Pet of the Week.

Maggie is an Irish Setter who is also a survivor. Last month, she celebrated her one-year anniversary in remission from lymphoma. Here is what her owner Cheryl has to say:

Maggie LOVES Reston and all it has to offer for dogs like her. On June 4 she is celebrating her one- year of remission from lymphoma and is The Hope Center’s Oncology poster child for Cainine Cancer Awareness Month.

Maggie has grown up in Reston, she moved here when she was a year old, as I (who also grew up in Reston) returned back to the place I love. Maggie is an 11 1/2-year-old Irish Red and White Setter. She is full of life & energy!

Growing up, she played in Reston, loving the paths, trails, woods, open spaces, lakes, and everything that Reston has to offer. The most favorite past time is finding tennis balls at the many tennis courts of Reston and swimming in the lakes on a hot summer day or a cold March one.

Maggie lives life at 110 percent — she is a very active dog, so having all the paths to walk along and lead us to the many community shopping centers has been wonderful. She gets a lot of exercise, sees nature, and visit with families.

In general, life has been fairly ordinary, but at Christmas time 2012, Maggie got sick. A trip to ER at The Hope Center in Vienna lead to our diagnosis of lymphoma. In 2013 she had 24 weeks of full chemotherapy, with many ups and downs. On June 4, 2013 she was declared in remission. For the rest of the year, she recovered by climbing the hills of Reston. She now has more energy than she has had for the past two years, Life is ready to be lived again.

While we know that time is limited and fleeting. We are so happy to be able to be in a place that is so pet friendly and we can do all that she loves to do:  Run, play and live.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week? Email [email protected]with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

  • Debra J. Fidler

    Great news Maggie of your 1 year anniversary from Lymphoma. I’ve had two cats come down with it at the same time, none blood related too. Took both through chemo at Southpaws, my youngest then Simba did not respond to treatments and passed away, he was my baby. My Minoo went into remission right away, still went through 52 week protocol and then every 3 months leukeran . Gave her an additional 3 years and then she got sick again. RIP my sweet babies. Prayers for Maggie and her fur parents.

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