Sex: Male Weight: 26-50 lbs
|Home:Greater Los Angeles, CA |
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"Max" and "Maxim" are how we address him. His other slightly less-frequent nicknames include "Furry," "Fluffboy," "Wigglebutt," "Cuddlebug," "Swishytail," "Needlenose," "Leadbutt," and all the random syllabic combinations of these with "Max" or "Maxim."
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June 4th 1993
Cuddles. On the lap. "Lap time," as it's known.
The coffee grinder... actually, less a "pet peeve" than a "mortal enemy." 1) dancing, 2) the vacuum cleaner or hand-vac, and 3) anyone making funny noises, esp. blowing a "zerbert" into the inside of your elbow
Any tug toy. Maxim was a very tenacious tugger - even at age 11, he pretty much always prevailed over our more frisky 4-year-old dog.
Cheese. Hands down. We know, it's not good for him... so he only gets little tiny pieces, and only once in a blue moon.
The park. It's right down the block and it doesn't have any hills or water (he doesn't have quite the stamina he once did). Also, there are lots of people playing sports and lots of grass for schniffing. :)
Max was a very talented singer - one of the foremost houndentenors in the region, in fact. He and Natalie made a lovely bel canto duet, and the three of us did harmonized "Happy Birthday" phone calls that were quite a hit with family and friends.
Natalie got the Max as a celebration after she finished college. Her Mom actually went and picked him out, following Nat's instructions to do so if she found any great Sheltie or Aussie litters. Needless to say, she did a good job.
Maxim was a very important doggie, and he knew it. He had very clear boundaries - no stepping on his feathers, not even the very very ends of them; no bumping into him; no squirrels - ever, anywhere... that kind of thing. He owned everything - it was his house, his couch, his car... all his. He could read, and he liked having all the bookshelves around. He was a very vigilant watchdog - hey, it's hard work being a Maxim. Big responsibility.
All this, and yet he did not have an attitude with people *at all*. He was *very* gentle, and he loved to get pats from everybody. If you gave him lots of pats and ear-scratches, he'd give you gentle Maxim-kisses. Little kids loved him because he's fluffy and looked like Lassie, and he was good with them because he was such a gentle boy. If anyone started scampering around, though, he'd take it upon himself to keep them in line - he was a sheepdog, after all.
When we rescued his adoptive dog-sister Bella back in August of 2000, Max was a little sulky for the first couple of weeks. Bella is much more playful and extroverted than Maxim was, so she kind of monopolized our attention at first. His too - she was always trying to get him to play with her by throwing her little left jab with the paw and nudging him, but he wasn't into it. He decided she was OK when he realized that she would play tug with him... any time that he wanted!
The other distinguishing characteristic about Max is that he was HUGE. Respective to the Sheltie standard for males (27 lbs on the high end), he was practically a pituitary mutant at 35-37 lbs. He wasn't overweight, either - he's also taller than the standard. I've occasionally called him "Shaq the Sheltie," but it's not really a good nickname for him because it matches only his size, not his personality. If Max was a sport, he'd be something more refined than the NBA... like Archery, or Cricket.
We lost our beloved Maxim on November 18, 2005 to complications of Cushing's Disease and old age. He was gentle, peaceful and loving to the very end -- a doggie who embodied the phrase "good boy" in every possible way. Eight weeks old when Natalie got him, their devotion to each other was immediate and unwavering through his 12 1/2 years of triumphs, travails, walks, car trips, naps, and innumerable cuddles and kisses. He is deeply, sorely missed by his Mom, Dad and dog-sister. Max was a true original, a blessing, and (as his Mom would emphasize) an unparalleled cuddlebug. We will always, always love him.
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