It is with a very heavy heart that I'm writing this post tonight. We have lost our sweet Max, who went to doggy heaven yesterday at 5:15pm.
Yesterday went into a major seizure, and started convulsing. He ran into our room, crashed into a wall, I picked him up put him on the bed, and he ran off the other end onto the floor. I went to pick him up and he bit me, something he would NEVER do. I got a towel for my finger and the I notice he had lost control of his bowels, and was unable to use his back legs. I knew that he was dying. I got Joni our neighbor, who got max up and into her car. She and I took him to the hospital, and the writing was on the wall, as to what I had to do.
Joe was away at a day long art camp and I was unable to reach him. I felt guilty that Joe would not be able to say goodbye, but having Max suffer any longer was out of the question. I stayed with Max, cried my eyes out, kissed him, told him to look for his Grandpa's to play with, and that I would see him again one day. I made sure he knew just how much he was loved, and how he had been the best dog we could have ever asked for. I held his sweet face in my hands until it was all over. I'm 47, and have never had to put a dog down before. It truly was the hardest thing to do, but I knew it was time, as he was 17 years old, deaf, partally blind, and had terrible arthritis in his back legs. Thank God, Joni was there with me. She has known Max since we got him, and she loved him so much. She's a dog lover with several dogs too. She cried her eyes out right along side of me. Thank you Joni!
I had two friends who sent me the poem, The Rainbow Bridge. I had never read it and I loved what it said. How do you get past something like this? I feel like I never want to smile again, and the house feels quiet and empty. I still have Milo & Kelly....but Max was the first, original, and best friend Joe I could ever have. I know that you are young again, out of pain, that you can see and hear again, and that you are just as loved up there as you were down here! Play away, baby!!
Max...we will see you again, when we cross that rainbow bridge! We LOVE you more than words can ever say.
- Love, Papa.