Max, CGC (in loving memory)

Golden Retriever
Picture of Max, CGC (in loving memory), a male Golden Retriever

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

June 27th 1989

LOVED going places with mom


Favorite Toy:
anything that squeaked

Favorite Walk:
any walk was a good walk to him

Best Tricks:
Opening the gate in the back yard, waiting for a treat balanced on his head, shake and high five

Arrival Story:
Rescued through a local Golden Retriever rescue just days before our daughter's 2nd birthday. She's 18 now. He was exactly six months older than she. He was always a constant companion to her.

Max was a little different than most large dogs. He couldn't hop into the back of an SUV - he had to be lifted. He wouldn't "stand up" on his hind legs - he couldn't. Max, we found, had a severe case of hip dysplasia. He LOVED to do obedience work, and even enjoyed the occasional run through an agility course. Our school had to lower jumps for him though, as he was never able to jump over anything much higher than 8 inches or so. Needless to say, he was never able to compete in obedience, but earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate. We went through years of drugs and therapies, and the emotional pain of watching him really slow down over his final 3 or 4 years The last 6 - 12 months was really tough. I sat with him many times, telling him it was OK to go, but he simply refused. One night, after lying at my feet for the evening, he tried to stand and could not. His back end simply crumpled under him. I knew that night things were coming to an end - at 12 1/2 years of age. My veterinarian had retired and sold her practice just months prior, and we had to call a new vet, on the reference of a friend. Our priest was summoned, and Max was carried into Doc's office the next day - after a day of many, many tears. Our new Doc examined him, and "pulled out the big guns", as he said, and tried an injection - telling us it would either work or not - and if it did, we would have bought a little more time. It worked. Max was in every two weeks for about three months. It was a miracle. It took five years off his behavior, he would chase a ball again, and run again - something he hadn't done in a few years. In the end, when the injections failed to work, and we finally had to help him cross over to the Bridge in spring of 2001. Our priest was again summoned and Max was again carried into Doc's office where our priest, our daughter (then 12) and my husband stayed with him through the end. I could not. I could only sit in the office and cry. He still stays in our daughter's bedroom to this day. wow - I can't believe it's been that long. He's missed and loved forever.

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