Things I can learn from Max

As some of you already know, our doggy buddy Max finally passed away a couple of weeks ago. It was very peaceful, but has left me feeling very sad. I am trying to remember the lessons that he taught me, so here’s a little reminder for you too…

The Snail of Happiness

I am very unsettled. The presence (and absence) of builders over the past few weeks means I don’t feel particularly relaxed.

First, every morning, there’s the will they/won’t they arrive question. Then if they don’t turn up first thing the issue of whether I should release the chickens to free range, or whether the builders will appear later and then I’ll have chicken wrangling to deal with. If they do arrive there is disturbance and noise, even though the workers are all very nice and deeply apologetic when they need to ask for something. I had hoped that it would all be over in three weeks, but it’s going to go on longer than that.

In an attempt to work out how I should get through the next few weeks, I have been observing Max, who seems to take this sort of thing completely in his stride (well, shuffle, really)…

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  1. Laurie Graves

     /  May 30, 2018

    I realize that the comments I made on the actual post should have been made here. Well, you’ll be able to put it together. Still dazed by the loss of our Liam. Wonderful to read about Max and the lessons he taught you. What a good buddy!

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  2. Sorry to read about the loss of Max. Losing a ‘pet’ (never was sure if I ever owned my doggies, they certainly had the upper paw) is a very difficult time. Looks like Max left you well trained with his life lessons. What a star he must have been. Moke xxx

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    • He was a fabulous little chap who had a dreadful start in life. He looked like butter wouldn’t melt, but he was the only dog we have ever owned who needed a muzzle! I do feel that his passing has left a big space in my life.

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      • Sounds like you gave him a loving home. The best he could have had. But the loss does leave a big hole. Mxxx

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  3. I’m so sorry you have lost your old friend. I know he’d been causing you some concern recently, but I didn’t know he’d laid down his head for the last time. You must be missing him rather badly. Sending you hugs xxxx

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  4. Ann Pole

     /  May 30, 2018

    Loosing a family member – two or four legs, leaves a gap that is hard to fill. It’s the little things – like when they ask for food or fuss, or a walk, or that spot next to you on the sofa that is empty. So sending love, thoughts and hugs to you both at this time. XXX

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  5. When I lost my last boy, Hamish I was totally bereft. I went against the advice of everyone and 1 week later came home from the rescue centre with another lost soul. At first it was hard not to compare the two – but over time I got to know the new fellow and see different traits in him. He filled the hole and his need for affection, walks and feeding took my mind of my loss. They worm their way into our affections and we have such a short time with them.xxx

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  6. I just know how you are feeling – and I confess, the thought of the day when I have to say goodbye to my Siddy is one of those thoughts I skitter away from with trepidation! Our dogs give us such joyful, unconditional love and fill our lives with their personalities and foibles and charms. And, we who are the lucky dog owners, love them right back in that amazing unconditional way. Then, too soon, they leave us and it is hard to be without them – the hole in the heart is indeed the size of your Max! I’m sending you big hugs, a shoulder to cry on and time to listen to all the Max stories you wish to share. Big Love!!

    PS Three years since the Limery was built? Wow!! How time flies!!

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  7. Murtagh's Meadow

     /  May 30, 2018

    I am sorry to hear you have lost your friend Max. Pets are such important part if our families, they give us so much and ask for little in return.

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  8. Jan I am so sorry – and it must have been hard going home to an unwell dog. No-one should underestimate the depth of love that you can have for a pet, or the many ways that it is returned. X x

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  9. pat

     /  May 31, 2018

    Fur friends are the best! Just wish they could stay longer. Max was such a little cutie. Hugs.

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  10. I’m sorry about Max. Losing a dog is pretty darn hard. I can attest that you will have many fond memories of him, once you get past looking for him, wanting to feed him and all the other stuff that goes with routine when someone drops out of it. Take care.

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  11. It hurts, I know. Having multiple dogs – as I do – doesn’t make losing an individual one any easier emotionally but the practicalities stay the same, the others still need feeding, walking, etc. so the hole in your daily routine isn’t an issue. Bon courage!

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  12. Oh, no . . . I’m so sorry to hear this! That sweet pup–of course you miss him. It’s a big price we pay for loving them, but well with it in the long run. He was a lucky boyo, just like you were so lucky to have him in your life.

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  13. Claire

     /  June 11, 2018

    I am so sorry for your loss! I hope Max is happy, wherever he is now!

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