Wednesday, March 5, 2008

In Memorium

Our English bulldog, Max, died today.

He was the best dog ever. Hell, Max was the best friend ever.

He was old. He was eleven and a half years old and evidently for a bulldog, that's pretty damn old. He hadn't been doing well lately and there was nothing anyone could do for him but make him comfortable. Max went to sleep last night and I found him in his usual comfortable position this morning, but he wasn't with us anymore.

From the day we adopted him, Max was a character. He was so small I carried him home on the inside of my jacket because it was raining outside. I don't know if you've ever seen an English bulldog puppy, but they're three-quarters head and one-quarter body.

Max had more personality than 80 percent of the humans I know. His heart was huge, and pure. He demanded that you love him, and could never conceive of the concept that someone, either human or animal, might be put off by him. Being a male, other male dogs may growl at him, and Max would stand there wagging his piglet shaped tail with the attitude of, "Don't be mad at me...LOVE ME!" Have you ever seen a bulldog smile? Well, I don't care what you say. Max could smile.

He was a nurse. He knew instinctively when one of us wasn't feeling well and he would lay down next to us our use his best known cure...smelling our eyes. In Max's world, that was healing.

He was a clown. There are too many stories of the funny things he did, sometimes seemingly on purpose, that had us in tears of laughter. Charlie Chaplin couldn't have mastered physical comedy the way Max was able to. Someday I'll tell you the story of the frisbee.

He snored. He snored like an eighty-year-old man from the day he was born. Samantha found it soporifically soothing. I couldn't sleep if he was even in the next room.

He was stubborn, he was belligerent, he was self-willed, and he made those all into attributes. Something no human could pull off.

He was love defined. Max made it possible for our dog Elvis to find his home here, and Max saved a cat's life who we call Smelly and is also part of our family. Elvis loved Max. Smelly loved Max. And Max's opinion? Of course!

He was a friend. I know he fought to stay with us, but as "bulldogish" as he always was, he knew when it was time to go.

The phrase, "all dogs go to heaven" comes to mind about now. I gotta tell you. I believe that. And I also must say that I know there's a special place for Max in that heaven, and he's saying, "What's to eat?!"

There's going to be a huge, Max-sized hole in my heart from now on, but I'd never trade this pain for not knowing him at all.

Max was a great person. You shoulda known him.

Max Warady
September 1, 1996 - March 5, 2008



Submitted by Charley

9 comments:

Amanda Izenstark said...

My very sincere condolences -- after having nursed a four-legged friend of mine during his last months, I know how wrenching a loss like that can be.

Although some people don't believe pets can have such endearing charms, they certainly do, and it sounds like Max had plenty! Thank you for sharing such a portrait of him.

Darren said...

Sorry to hear of your lose Charley.

Podcast Fanatic said...

You've painted a beautiful picture of Max and all he brought to the world Charley and yeah I wish I'd known him. Condolences to all of you on your loss and I too believe he is in heaven: making more friends and getting more of the love that is clearly his due.

Bernadette

Marcus said...

My sincere condolences to the family, a couple years ago I lost my BEST friend, Tyson (a Dogo Argentino) that was with me for 11 years and a half. We move from Argentina to Israel, when he was 6 years old, and we came back to Argentina 2 years later. He died in 2004; he’s still in my heart.
It’s a great description you gave us, feels like we can see him in a picture.
Once again, my very sincere condolences.

johnny maudlin said...

My condolences on the loss of your beloved dog, Max. I am sure he was a much loved member of your family and he will be missed.

johnny maudlin said...

That was a great eulogy Charley!

Leah said...

My condolences to you.

RickG said...

I am so very sorry to hear about Max. He's sounds like a character.

We became dog owners just a year ago. Before then, I don't think I could have imagined how much they become a part of you. I see now how hard it must be to lose a cherished dog, because I already can't imagine life without our big yellow, Labby.

May Max rest in peace. And may his memory be a blessing to you.

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