Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Saying Farewell to a Faithful Friend

Fare Ye Well our faithful friend

The death of a pet is a surprising polarizing event for many people.  Some are able to rationalize the notion that this animal that shares your life is no longer there & greets their departure with indifference.  Others are numb with the loss of a family member, experiencing a level of grief equivalent to losing a human member of the household.  We most certainly fall into the latter group.

Just Exactly where max love to be - in the centre of it all.
Our beloved English Mastiff Max was diagnosed with bone cancer two weeks ago today after a routine visit to the vet.  It aggressively took hold & last night he gently slipped away.  Max only turned 8 this month & the news hit us with cyclonic force.  It became very quickly evident that this was going to be a short battle, so a mastiff bucket list started immediately as a family we tried to get our heads around the 'what next'.

Max was the apple of daddy's eye.

Maximus came into our lives on April 7th 2005.  He was the child that I was told (by a Professor of Fertility no less) I was never going to have.  He filled a hole in our family that needed filling & even after going on to have our two boys', Max was always 'Number 1' son.

Always  Mum's first born.
Max touched so many lives, not just ours.  His quiet gentle nature made him a favourite where ever he went.  So we say farewell to out faithful friend, companion, son.  where you are Max I hope the bowls are always full, the sun always shining & Ruby, Benson & George are there showing you the ropes.


  1. Aww I'm so sorry to read that Max has passed :( What a gorgeous, gorgeous dog.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing him with us. There is something magical about our furry family members that nothing else can touch. You are grieving the loss of your oldest child so be kind to yourself and know that on the other side of the "Rainbow Bridge" Max is searching for your next furry friend.