May 27th 2007 9:51 am
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Thank you for all the kind words. It's overwhelming, but in a good way. I've read every rosette, star, candle, p-mail, pal request, etc. and they all mean a lot. I don't know when I will get around to individually thanking everyone. I'm still trying to digest it myself.
It's very weird to come home & not have those bright eyes right at the door and the nubby tail wagging a greeting.
We think he lived with bone cancer for almost a year, but we all thought his hesitations or whines on the steps and climbing the furniture was just arthritis -- that's what he'd been treated for. Bone cancer apparently spreads rapidly and aggressively, and must have weakened his bones so much that they could not hold him up any longer. His leg broke on two bones, just above the hock joint. If it really was cancer (and it's the most likely answer), it would not have been an easy road. We knew Max had a weak rear-end, but would have never guessed this. He would not have found it easy to get by on 3 legs, especially while steadily getting weaker. So to put a stop to the suffering, we let him go. He's such a brave boy.
His body rests in our own backyard, next to my first dog ever ( a cocker spaniel) and our late cat Smokey, who passed about a year ago in her sleep. It is so hard to bury one of your best friends.
Max was going to turn 10 on July 21. He lived a good life and brought me a lot of joy. He was a steady rock in the current. We all miss him so much.
Love him always, and never forget.
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