Our thoughts go out to Karen Hoff on the death of Macie, her beloved 12 year old Miniature Pinscher. Macie's love and companionship will be greatly missed. Below are some words shared by the family.
Born: March 19, 2009
Gotcha Day: March 4, 2014
Rainbow Bridge: March 30, 2021
In March 2014, Karen and Rick (aka Mom and Dad) went to Five Acres Animal Shelter in St. Charles, Missouri, in search of a doggie friend for their little terrier Charlie. As they walked by one kennel, they could hear a little dog behind the door jumping up and down. She was a red Min Pin named Macie, and Mom and Dad were very impressed with her pogoing abilities. She and Charlie were a perfect match, so Macie went to her forever home.
Macie…she pogoed every time she was excited, and that was almost always about food. Oh, she loved food. And she loved to sleep. She never missed the chance for even a five-minute nap. And she talked…did she talk! She always had something to say about things. Mom and Dad knew when they returned from leaving the house for a while, that Macie was going to give them a good scolding when they got there. And she did, without fail.
Sometimes the opportunity to eat and sleep occurred at the same time. Not a problem for Macie. Every morning was the same routine: she would get up early to go outside with her brothers, and then Mom would make breakfast. But breakfast would take about five minutes. So Macie would run upstairs and get back in bed. Mom would clang the spoon on the bowl when breakfast was ready, and Macie would race back down the stairs to eat. And right after breakfast, she ran back up to bed. It was time for post-breakfast nap.
But although Macie loved to sleep, she also suffered from FOMO (fear of missing out). So she did many things just to be with the family, although she did them reluctantly. Since Mom liked to run, Macie also ran. Macie logged hundreds of miles each year as she reluctantly ran, walked or hiked with Mom and Charlie. She also ran a number of races, completing many 5Ks and even three half marathons. She ran in silly outfits on the holidays without complaint. But true to her nature, she slept on the way to each outing and again on the way home. Macie would never miss a chance for a nap.
Mom and Dad moved from Missouri to Pennsylvania last year, which gave Macie new places to log those miles. She walked throughout the town of Gettysburg and at the battlefield many, many times, and even got to hike the Appalachian Trail. But their favorite walk was from the elementary school to the top of Culp’s Hill and then back to the car.
Rainbow Bridge day came much too soon. Like many dogs, Macie didn’t let Mom know there was a problem until a few days before. And Mom had to make the decision to send her on her way much faster than Mom wanted to. Mom is still agonizing over that decision.
On Macie’s final day, Mom and her brothers took Macie in a stroller to the top of Culp’s Hill, and then Mom carried her to the top of the observation tower. Macie sat on the bench at the top of the tower, 60 feet above the ground, and sniffed the wind for a few minutes. It was a beautiful walk. When they got back to the car, Mom stopped her watch at 1.99 miles to give Macie her own special number.
Sweet Miss Macie is loved and very much missed every day by Mom and Dad and her brothers Charlie and Benito, although her cat brother Mellow doesn’t seem too upset.
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