"Paws & Hearts"Animal Assisted Therapy


"Maddie" Waxman
went to the Rainbow Bridge
Friday, June 18, 2021

June 19, 2021

Yesterday I had to say good-bye to "Maddie" who at 11+ years old lost her battle with Cushing's Disease.

"Maddie" did amazingly well on the medication for the last two years, but this last 2 months the medication wasn't doing what it was supposed to do and Maddie wasn't doing too good.

Like so many people during the pandemic, having had "Bingo" and "Maddie" were a God-send. After "Bingo" was taken to the Rainbow Bridge last June, it was "Maddie" and Dad going into the office a couple of times a week and keeping each other company at home.

In late January I adopted a 5-year old Orange Tabby from the Palm Springs shelter. "Toby" and "Maddie" hit it off right from the start, and it was delightful to watch them become fast friends.

Maddie was probably the sweetest of the all the dogs I've had. She was so adorable and gentle on visits. When she started going to Eisenhower with "Scruffy", volunteers and staff always commented that "Lucky" was inside of "Maddie".

"Maddie" had an outstanding career as a therapy dog, and I am just terribly sorry that she won't be around to go back on visits at the Lucy Curci Cancer Center. At least now she's at the Rainbow Bridge -- young and healthy again, with her buddies, "Scruffy", "Samantha" and "Bingo", and that she'll be finally meet "Lucky".

As always I sincerely have to thank Dr. Terry Hicks, at the Palm Desert Animal Hospital and his staff for making these last couple of months a little easier for "Maddie". And for making the final good-bye yesterday so bittersweet.

Don't you just hate good-bye's?

The very day I found "Maddie" and adopted her!

"Maddie" at The Lucy Curci Cancer Center

"Maddie" visiting the hospital in her special towel cart!

These weekly visits are really tiring me out Dad!!

"Maddie" doing a Christmas Day visit at Desert Regional with a very happy patient!

"Maddie" and the nicest patient she'd ever visited, Chris. She meant a lot to him!

Another on-the-bed visit with a delighted patient at Desert Regional!

"Dad, do we really need this bath day?!"

Maddie just loved this toy!!

"Maddie" trying out her new carrying case for her international trip to Canada!

Oy, such a cutie pie!!!

This was our Holiday Photo a few years ago. I hope you two are okay at the Rainbow Bridge.

I will never forget the day you adopted her from us, Rescue Me Pups. From day one she was meant to be with you, and I (Kim) will always be grateful for the amazing life you gave her. She may be gone from your arms but she will never be gone from your heart.

Words cannot express the Love and Support Maddie provided to so many over time. On our visits to The Luci Curci Cancer Center for so many years, providing so much support to so many. Both patients and staff. She will be with us Always

Uncle Drew

I'm so sorry for your loss Ricky. Maddie was a sweet and amazing dog. You gave her an incredible life and made an impact on so many other lives as well. RIP Maddie.


Ah Richard, so very sorry you had to let Maddie go. On Thursday I was sharing information about pet therapy with a tennis friend, she was so impressed with your story and devotion to bringing happiness to so many. All your dogs were special in their own unique way. Big hug to you, know how you are feeling.

Ann & "Andy II"


I am so sorry to hear about Maddie. Big hugs to you

Maddie was the sweetest dog. So gentle and kind.

Stay well and if there is anything we can do please let us know.

Duane & Lon

Oh Richard... we are so sorry for the loss of Maddie... she was a beautiful being and the sweetheart of your eye. I'm so saddened by this but will remember all the sweet moments with her and hope you will as well. Know that Oliver and Oreo are available for kisses...


Dear Richard,

I am so, so sorry for your loss of Maddie. There really are no words to express how hard this hurts you. The one thing that I know is that no little girl had a better Dad than you were to Miss Maddie.

Please take care of yourself during this very sad time.

With sympathy and care,



I don't have words to express my sadness for your loss. You have been through so much and I know how close you were to Maddie. I am so so sorry. I know it's hard right now. But, just maybe there is another dog out there that needs your love and care.

Just know that I am devastated and thinking about you. You were a great dad to Maddie and she couldn't have asked for a better life. Disease is part of this world, but, she is at the rainbow bridge with her buds and will wait there in anticipation of seeing you again.

Sandie, "Shelby", and "Hudson"

Hi Richard:

I am SOOOOOOO sorry for your loss. What a brave little soul that now is in eternal peace bringing joy to the heavens and all of their inhabitants....

She will be sorely missed but is in a much better place now.

I am so sorry and hopefully you will be able to find some peace in Toby and his love!!

Take care,


Hi Richard - I am so very sorry to hear about your loss of Maddie. It is very hard to say goodbye to a loved pet. We lost our lab Kaya last year and it was one of the toughest decisions we have ever had to make.

Glad that Toby is there to warm your heart.

Take care

Jim & LeeAnn

Maddie was a very special and wonderful furry friend to everyone that she came in contact with. She will be missed more than words can express. What a great loss for our Paws & Hearts family and especially for all the patients that she visited. We love and miss you Maddie! Thinking of you Richard. May her memory be a blessing.

Risa & "Shaina"

"Maddie" there have been many more emails and Facebook notes for you. You touched countless lives in your lifetime with your visits. You just made so many patients feel a bit better because of your sweet and gentle disposition. You are just so missed, and will always be my sweetheart!



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