Likes: Licking his mama, jumping on guests, chasing anything that moves, digging huge holes. He also loves being brushed.
Pet-Peeves: Giving him a bath, Trigger (although they tolerate each other better now)
Favorite Toy: Plastic hedgehog, balls
Favorite Food: His dog food and pasta. Anything I'm eating, he'd want to eat too.
Favorite Walk: Used to be the beach (back in Italy)
Best Tricks: Can open doors and gates, catches balls thrown at him, and much more...
Arrival Story: I found him on the road, while I was cycling in southern Italy. He was only two months old and had been abandoned just there and then. I put him on my bike and took him home.
It took us three months to get Marty over to Sweden, once we all moved to this country. It was very expensive and complicated, but both my mother and I would not have moved in the first place, without our gentle giant.
Bio: Marty is a Cane Corso, an Italian breed of dogs. He had a condition which made him limp, but with a lot of care and patience, my mum and I managed to improve his health and he no longer limps now.
Marty's a very friendly dog, but he doesn't particularly like children. We think he might have had some bad experiences as a puppy, though we don't know much about his past.
He's an attention seeker and got extremely attached to me from the start. I could not imagine this family without him, he's the youngest one and will always be our baby boy.
Birthday is October 10th.
This is my second Birthday in Sweden and I just want to say that I'm so happy I've got a wonderful Family and a beautiful place to live.
I was a lucky pup, and I'll never forget it...
This morning, Mama brushed me and let me play outside a lot.
I expect some yummy treats too...
I've not been well, back in August, but now I'm perfectly fine again and I want to show my Mama how much I love her.
My gorgeous friend MISTY (http://www.dogster.com/dogs/532808) has sent this poem to me.
It is so beautiful and full of meanings, that I really wish to share it with all of you.
For My Best Friend
This is for you, my best friend,
the one person I can tell my soul too
Who can relate to me like no other
Who I can laugh with to no extents,
Who I can cry too when times are tough,
Who can help me with the problems of my life.
Never have you turned your back on me
Or told me I wasnt good enough
Or let me down
I don't think you know what that means to me
You have went through so much pain and you still have time
And I love you for listening even when inside YOU are dying
And I look up to you because you are strong,
Even though you don't think you are.
And I hope you know that I am always here
To listen to you laugh and cry and help
In all the ways that i can
And I will try to be at least half the friend you are
I hope you know I would not be the person I am today, without you.
My best friend.
Why do some people hurt us? What have we done to them?
When I learn about these things, like what's happened to poor Maximus, my heart aches.
I have a great family, I am lucky; my Mama and Nana both love me very much. But I know that not all humans are like them. I was mistreated and then abandoned as a puppy; I could have ended up in the hands of someone as cruel as the criminal who killed Maximus.
Yes, I was lucky...
But why, why would someone be so evil? I am only a dog, I want to give love, I want everybody to be happy. Why can't they all see it?
Rest in peace, dearest Maximus. It feels like I've lost a brother and Mama has lost a son.
Goodbye and sorry you had to know human cruelty... It should not have happened. It must never happen again!
Please, kind humans, make sure no one will hurt us again.
Maximus Succumbs to Burn Injuries
July 17, 2007
Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, regret to announce the passing of Maximus, the two-year-old pit bull mix who was chained to a fence and burned in a horrific act of animal cruelty, last Thursday evening (July 12) in Brentwood.
Maximus suffered burns to more than 60 percent of his body, leaving his skin raw and his outlook grim. Maximus succumbed to his injuries early this morning at the Veterinary Medical Center in West Islip.
"Our entire staff and Maximus' physician Linda Loudon made every effort to save him." Dr. Reed Zaroff, owner of the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, said. "Everyone at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island was shocked by this crime and heartbroken at the loss of Maximus."
Maximus passed away shortly after 12 a.m. today, Dr. Loudon said.
"The trauma was too much for Maximus to handle," Dr. Loudon said.
Maximus was brought to the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island last Thursday by the Town of Islip Animal Shelter, which was contacted by a concerned citizen. Loudon contacted Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption, located in Port Jefferson Station, which agreed to assist the medical center in funding Maximus' treatment. From that time until his passing, the Maximus had been under the constant care of the staff at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island.