The Reed Family
One of the longest standing clients of Homeward Bound, it’s our pleasure to announce the Reed Family as our September Pet Family of the Month. Their precious Cocker Spaniel, Maggie, 13 is treated to a Spaw day every month, and even though she lost her sight many years ago, she enjoys the scents, sounds and serenity of the environment. That fast moving tail certainly tells us so!
Maggie came to her mom and dad, Susie and Mike as a birthday present for their son Jeffery during his senior year in high school. Jeffery was their youngest and older brother David was already attending Ole Miss. Susie and Mike lived in Senatobia at the time and Jeffery was worried about their empty nest. He wanted them to add a canine child to the family so they wouldn’t miss him so much. Happy 18th Birthday Jeffery, along came Maggie, named after one of his dear friends.
Maggie filled her niche well while her brothers attended Ole Miss. Once they graduated, each eventually decided to settle in Oxford and start their families here. As the families grew, Susie Mike and Maggie were drawn to Oxford too and this multi-generation family now all live here!
Maggie lost an eye to glaucoma about six years ago, two years later she lost the other eye. Her eyes are prosthetic now, but she knows her way around her house. She loves taking walks in the evening when it’s cool. She knows when she’s reached the front walk way or driveway. She even knows where the family car is in a parking lot. She really loves people to stop on the sidewalk to pet her and she will wag her tail so fast her body wiggles. She loves going to athletic events and especially Bottletree Bakery. You can set your watch by treat time, usually a Greenie or Cheerios.
Maggie loves her beach vacations with the family. She used to love chasing sandpipers. She can tell the beach is wide open and she still runs like a puppy when she’s there. A favorite memory with her will always be sitting on the beach at sunset. “Maggie is the sweetest companion anyone could ask for, she always wags her tail and stands up on the couch when someone comes in the house to say ‘Hello.’ She sits as close to you as possible on the couch or lays touching your feet on the floor. She holds her head up high when she goes outside to get a good smell of what’s going on and she can smell a banana a mile away ????” says Susie.