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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 06/ 3/2010

O'Malley loses family pet

By Washington Post editors

Lady, the golden retriever who graced Maryland state highway maps and gubernatorial Christmas cards, died last month, The Baltimore Sun reports. She was 13 and lived in the governor's mansion.

One of many pets in the O'Malley menagerie, Lady came to the family 10 years ago when Gov. Martin O'Malley was mayor of Baltimore. A friend of a friend had some health problems and had to give her up. The O'Malleys, who then had three young children (the fourth came later), were looking for a dog that was housebroken.

Lady had been on medication for the past three years for a bad hip. In her last weeks, she needed to take the Government House elevator instead of the stairs to the governor's bedroom, where she always slept on the floor, on the governor's side of the bed. Katie O'Malley made arrangements for Lady to see the vet, hoping a new medication was all she needed.

With the first lady, a District Court judge, away in Russia for a judicial consortium, the governor himself took the dog to the vet. Katie O'Malley got a text message in St. Petersburg from her husband, asking her to call home. Lady had cancer, and the vet recommended putting her down.

They discussed waiting until the first lady's return five days later but decided against that. They had Lady put down the next day, May 14.

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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How sad, always tough to lose a pet, especially the one that sleeps by your bed. I guess we know who her "person" was, that dog had good taste. Even a governor with all the "assets" of Martin O'Malley appreciates having that non-judgmental, totally in the moment, carbon unit of love, just being there at the end ofthe day.

For a brief moment I thought at first that Colm had been misplaced.

Posted by: SoCali | June 3, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

And in a related story, the Attorney General's turtle Denny is reported to have checked into a alcohol rehabilitation clinic. No other details are known. The Post wishes Denny a speedy recovery in these trying times.

Posted by: CubsFan | June 3, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

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