At noon today I helped Max's pain finally go away. He was our clown and goofy boy and I will miss him sorely. The strain of his breathing problems, compounded by the heat and humidity was just too much for him. He had been in respiratory distress each of the last three days and the meds where not helping any more, it was time to let him go.
You have many friends waiting Max Max Max. Even now they can see you bouncing over the bridge with a smile on your face and a skip in your step. Tell them all, Maggy, Murphy, Storm, Joey, and all the others that I miss them and will be there soon. I know you will be the first one I see when I get there. You will be bouncing up over the edge of the bridge and I will see your smile each bounce. I will say Max Max Max! and it will make me smile too.
I love you my old boy, see you soon. 2 years was not nearly long enough.
A few pictures from today.
ONE BY ONE ...
One by One, they pass by my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past her time, she can't run and play.
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way.
A little old lady, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.
Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can't justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted away.
When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.
You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To you, my dear person, as long as I live.
I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart ... it will grieve.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear.
by Leslie Whalen
Southwest Pennsylvania Retriever Rescue Organization or S.P.A.R.R.O. and Shades Of Grey Senior Sanctuary
A 501c3 Non Profit Organization.
Saving one dog will not change the world But, surely, for that one dog the world will change forever!
Run free sweet Max ..... :'(
I'm so sorry Joe. :'(
You gave him the best 2 years of his life.
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
I am so sorry to read this news!! :'(
Run free sweet Max!!!
PS: Love the poem, it made me cry.
My pretty girl, Lexi!
Run free, Max Max Max, breathe deep and run as far and as fast as you wish.
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
i'm so sorry joe.
run free sweet max!
Godspeed Max.....that poem is just lovely, thank you for posting it and for giving Max two wonderful years.
I'm sorry Joe. I'm sure he had a very happy 2 yrs with you.
Run free Max.
I knew I shouldn't have read this at work. So sorry for your loss of Max.....
Oh I remember when you first told us about Max-Max-Max.... And now this.
Godspeed, M3. And Godbless JoeM. :'(