MAXIE Part of my heart! '97-08

Golden Retriever/German Shepherd
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Home:Standish, MI  
Sex: Female   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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   Leave a bone for MAXIE Part of my heart! '97-08

Maxie Beau Coupe; Smilin' Maxie the Wonder Dog; Puppa-Lumps, Mousey; the Houdini Hound

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-mutt-pound dog-dog rescue

October 20th 1997

Escaping from the back yard, if she's able to. It's completely fenced in, but she's always looking for a way to escape.

SQUIRRELS!!!! She drools when she sees one. Squirrel?!?!?!? She goes bonkers! Elevators!! She hates them. Also doesn't like any kind of loud noise, including something as simple as the movement of vertical blinds. She's very skittish about noises.

Favorite Toy:
Any fuzzy toys, she tears them open, pulls out the stuffing and kills the squeaker. The REAL favorite is her kong stuffed with peanut butter.

Favorite Food:
Anything "human" that she can snag off the counter. She's eaten sticks of butter, raw steaks, entire loaves of bread...etc.

Favorite Walk:
Whever she can go, when she escapes. Usually she heads to the shoreline to find something to roll in. Or, she heads to the forest behind our house to hunt rabbits, squirrels, or anything else!

Best Tricks:
Because her bark is so powerful, I've taught her to do a "silent bark" instead....she just snaps her jaws together, but no bark comes out. She can also sit, down, give paw and sit pretty.

Arrival Story:
I was at my optomistrist's office on March 20th 0f 1998.....knowing that I'm a dog lover, they told me about a young dog that was wandering the neighborhood. They said it was a very nice dog, about 5 months old, but it kept escaping out of the new owner's backyard. An elderly lady had let her daughter and grandchild (who lived with her) adopt it from the shelter, but they obviously didn't care about it. When I was leaving the optomitrist's office, I saw the pup wandering the streets. As I got to my car, I called the dog and it came running at me full-tilt! I talked to it and petted it, and the lady came out of her house and asked if I wanted the dog because her daughter and grandchild weren't taking care of it, and she was too old and unable to. Knowing that the dog would probably end up getting hit by a car (it's a rather busy street), I said, "Sure, I can find her a home." Little did I realize that 10 years later, Maxie would still be my little wonder dog. I lifted her up into the front seat of my SUV, and the minute she was in my car, she looked into my eyes, did a couple of doggie spins, and curled up on the front seat and fell asleep. "Yep, she's mine alright!"

Maxie is the first mixed breed dog I've ever owned. I've always had pure-breed Cocker Spaniels.......they're very beautiful, but I've never had much luck training them, other than basic obedience. Maxie is a completely different story. We've taken several classes, and she's amazing. My dog trainer adores her, and she always makes him look good! She loves to show off for other dogs. Her only fault is that her recall stinks. After 10 years, you'd think that she'd come when I called. Yep, immediately, if she's tied up. NEVER, if she's loose! Being the houdini hound, every now she shimmies under the fence and she's GONE! It's a game to her. I chase her, she runs. I stop, she stops. I turn around, she follows me. But, does she get close enough to me for me to catch her? Heck no! Will she come to my neighbors if they call her? Heck yes! It's just all a big game. She loves to exercise and be outside, but sometimes I'm not as generous with her exercise as I need to be. So, she gets even, and when she gets out, she takes me for a REALLY LOOOOOONG walk. She is truly an amazing dog and quite beautiful....she has an elegant appearance that everyone flocks to. She has the personality of a Golden Retriever, the intelligence of a German Shepherd and the running ability from her herding genes, the Collie. She's my special girl, that's for darn sure. Last fall, I had her left front leg x-rayed, because it had a small lump on it, just above the ankle joint. The vet wasn't really sure what it was, and we were to "watch it." Well, I "watched it" long enough. It kept growing, so I took her back for more x-rays, and the vet still didn't seem to know what to do. It was time for a new vet! The new vet thought the lump was osteosarcoma, so he referred me to the Michigan State University vet college -- oncology center. We were down there for two days of testing. They found some cancer cells with a needle biopsy, but the rest of her body is clean. Lung xray shows no cancer; needle biopsies of both the liver and spleen came back clear. They've only seen one other case like hers in the past four years, and I think they're stumped. Osteosarcoma is historially very painful, yet Maxie runs and plays like she's a pup. When I come home from work, she paws at the sliding glass door with that paw. If I ask for a paw, she offers the one with the lump. She has no idea she's (maybe) supposed to be sick!!! I hope she stays that way for a long, long, long time! In fact, at the hotel near MSU, she got out on me when I was taking Freckles for her "morning constitutional" and she ran like a crazy dog to an empty lot. I went chasing her through the deep snow, and luckily she found herself cornered in a large fenced-in lot. "Hey, you're supposed to have cancer, you silly dog!!!" Like I said earlier, she has no clue she's supposed to be sick. Her 10th anniFURsary with me was on 20 March 2008, which means she'll be about 10 1/2 years old. She's had a wonderful, healthy and spoiled life up to now. In fact, she's even more spoiled now (if that's possible.) Update 7-13-08: Maxie's lump has grown to softball sized, and this past weekend, the skin started to break down. Her leg is now swollen, and for the first time, Maxie is now in pain. I'll call the vet tomorrow to see if he can come to our home to put her to sleep. She hates going to the vet, and I don't want her last memory to be of something frightening. 7-14-08 Maxie has gone to Rainbow Bridge. Our vet came to my home this evening, and I held Maxie, told her how much I loved her, and now she's gone. She'll be in my heart forever. She was such a special dog. So smart. So obedient (except for loving to run like a crazy dog.) She'll be in my heart forever; my heart is now broken, but eventually the big hole will fill with all of the happy memories of how wonderful she was. What a marvelous companion. She got me through the deaths of Lady and LuckyJo. She got me through my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. She was a marvelous friend, a dog I truly loved, and she has left her pawprints all over my heart.

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