This page is in loving tribute to that of our best friend and dedicated companion, Max. Max was not only a loving, loyal friend in true .. he was an extension of our family! Max will not only be greatly missed, but will be in our hearts forever! He filled our home and our hearts with love, joy, and happiness!
Max has been with us for 9 wonderful years. He became a big brother in December of 1999 when our first son was born. Our family expanded yet again in August of 2005, making Max a big brother yet once again. Our family was complete!!!
Max enjoyed walks and car rides. He loved to eat! He loved his mama's cooking!! He loved spending time with his family. Another favorite thing for Max to do was roll around in the grass!!! Even cuter was how he would bite at the grass, pull it out of the ground and proceed to fling it everywhere!! Max was so much to us all! The good times with him are countless! I can go on and on .. just as our love for him will go on and on .. its never ending!
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In April of this year, Max became ill. He developed a tumor. It was in his neck pressing on his spine. It all happened so quicky. You started to act a tad bit clumsy... we thought nothing of it at first. Then one day, we went to take you out and you couldn't get up! We rushed you to the vet! Xrays of your hind area were done as was a battery of blood tests. The vet kept you for a few days. I got a call from the vet that all your tests were negative. So, the doctor said you may have pulled your back out and pinched a nerve. He put you on steroids .. you got up like nothing ever happened! I couldn't believe my eyes! We were sooooo relieved to hear it was nothing serious. You seemed fine for a while. You began to get progressively worse. You had another episode. Again, you couldn't walk and you lost control of your bowels. We took you to see the vet once again! This time he wanted to take an xray of your neck, which he had not done previously. Again, you stayed at the animal hosp. It was a Sunday morning when the vet called and said the cause was determined. You had a mass/tumor in your neck and it was pressing on your spine. He had another vet take a look at the images. Both agreed that you were very sick. They both thought it would be in your best interest to have you put down. I was devastated! I asked the vet to give it a few more days .. since the prior time you snapped back. He agreed that was reasonable considering you still had your appetite! We got a call a few days later from the vet .. you were still down! You couldn't move and the medicine was not working. We were scheduled to go in that Sat to have you put to sleep. It nearly killed me .. I was heart broken! On Friday we brought the kids to visit you one last time. We stopped at the store .. I bought you a hot dog and some doggy treats. I snuck them in my purse to bring to you!!! Shhh .. that's our secret!!! We arrived at the animal hospital. When we got there, an assistant said that Max started to walk again that morning!!! OMG .. it was a miracle!!! That was one day before you were to be put to sleep! We got to see you .. you walked in the room. You didn't walk well, but you were walking! There was NO way we were going to have you put down!!! The next day we brought you home! Our veternarian couldn't believe his eyes either. That's why he hadn't called to tell us the news! He didn't want us to get our hopes up! He said your a miracle and that you have 9 lives!!! He was just as thrilled as we were! The doctor put you on medicine. He gave us a one month supply. That entire month you did fairly well. However, you couldn't control your bowel movements... but you could walk and were otherwise healthy! I wasn't complaining and neither was daddy. We cleaned up after you .. afterall, you were our "baby!" We took very short walks together during your last month. We were told not to overdue it. You played like a puppy in the grass .. you seemed to get better! It was just over a month later that it happened again out of nowhere. I know that because we had just refilled your script that prior week. We didn't call the vet right away because we knew what he was going to say! There wasn't much that could be done and a cure was not to be. So, we had waited .. we hoped and prayed that you would bounce back like you had twice before. Only except for this time you did not. This episode was by far the worst one. Again you were paralyzed from the waist down. However, this time was different. Your upper body also seemed like it was affected. Your hind legs were swollen. Again, you lost all control of your bowels. You had sores from not being able to move and you were losing hair. I did my best to care for you .. I changed you, I cleaned you, I fed you, I gave you water when you were thirsty. I covered your wounds! You were like this for 9 days! We knew you were not going to get well this time. Your appetite wasn't nearly what it used to be and you were drinking a real lot. I think you also started to get a fever! It was obvious you were suffering! The light in your eye was fading .. its as if you were trying to tell me the end was near. It was as if you were telling me it was time to let you go! I think you were more worried about hurting me than you were concerned with your own physical pain. Your last week on this earth was a tough one for you. However, you were so strong and so brave. You always put us first Max. You were such a protective dog! You were a loyal and faithful friend to the end. Max was put to rest and was relieved of his suffering on a rainy August night. I wonder if putting you to sleep was the right decision. I hope you understand and can forgive us. You were in such ailing health at the end .. we couldn't continue to watch you suffer. We felt guilty letting you go on like that .. letting you continue to do so would have been out of our own selfishnes .. or so I believe. I hope we did the right thing by you, my beloved!! I couldn't stand the thought of you living in pain. Our lives will never be the same without you. We will cherish your memory and the good times we shared as a family. You will be in our hearts forever and ever. You will never be forgotten.
We love you more than we can put into words! One day we will meet again! My only solace is knowing that you are in a better place .. suffer no more my dear friend! I find comfort in believing that you are running and playing in a beautiful feild somewhere .. doing the things you loved most but without the pain!!!
My dearest Max .. we will be reunited over the Rainbow Bridge oneday! I will be the one running with open arms!!! Until that joyous reunion takes place .. be free, run, and play .. I will be back for you someday!!!!
With all our love,
You will always hold a special place in our hearts!
Mommy, daddy, Anthony & Andrew
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows & hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy & content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carry him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then, you cross the Rainbow Bridge together ....
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