I found Max and her sister Bear when I lived in Alvin, Texas. Max is a girl dog, but she was only 3 months old when I found her so I thought she might be a boy dog!! She and her sister, Bear, actually lived at a neighbor's home at the end of the block. However they were not well loved, and were kept in the garage. I found them out 4 times, somehow they made it out of the garage looking for food and water, and yes, love. The 4th time I left a note that I would not give these darling dogs back, and they were mine from then forward. The 1st owners never inquired about them, and I was very lucky they both came into my life. Max was eventually one of a 6 dog pack; and she decided to be the Beta dog, only she was a bit neurotic for the role. By that I mean she opted to fight the other girl dogs (all but Bear) and so she took a lot of special care to manage that temperament. We did manage it over time, and she was the most devoted and dedicated dog I have actually ever owned, and I have had a LOT of dogs in my 53 years. Max would sleep with her ears up and sometimes even with her eyes open; always on alert to anything that may impact her family. She had Cleopatra eyes, with long eyeliner marks on either side. She was a beautiful dog. She lived a full life, was a happy, happy dog. She developed kidney issues about 2 years ago, and endured IV fluids daily; she became very arthritic as is prone in German Shepherd breeds, so was on Rimadyl for the last 3-4 years of her life. The day after Thanksgiving she had a seizure, out of nowhere, and then another. She was rushed to the emergency room and thankfully didn't have anymore for over a month. She was on medicine for the seizures but unfortunately on January 8th the medicines proved ineffective, as she suffered 4 more seizures. I rushed her to the ER and the next day the decision was made to put her out of her pain. |
I have owned over 30 dogs in my lifetime, and each one has touched my soul in some way. Max however endured so much, and still continued to be my staunchest supporter and my biggest fan. I hope she knew how much she was loved and valued and how much she is missed. I picture her in Heaven, with my uncle on his 10 acres, and with him are all my other pets that preceded her. She is again with my dog Fargo, who she LOVED with all her heart. My uncle is watching over all my babies until I can be reunited and I am most looking forward to seeing Max again.
Her sister Bear is still with me and she went through her own grieving period, she continues to this day to want to go to the garage, where she walks around and around looking for her lifelong companion. I am in no hurry to lose Bear, she though has her own age and medical issues, and I know when I do lose her it will be Maxes shining moment in Heaven to be reunited with her. Until then Bear and I are adjusting to life without Max, and it is hard.
To my wonderfully loving and protective Max, I miss you and I will see you on the Rainbow Bridge, where I'm sure you will visit when not with Bubba!!