Max 11/04/1998 – 10/11/2010
Max arrived in our home Christmas 1998. We had done the research and everything said that Shelties were smart, real good with kids and did not grow too big. Max was the largest puppy in the litter and he stood out from the other puppies because he had a lopsided white hair pattern on his nose. Despite the reputation of his breed, Max was not all that smart (at least it was not apparent) and he flunked out of obedience school. He would not listen to commands and did whatever he wanted to do whenever he wanted to do it. He was a loose cannon.
He did, however, overachieve on being good with the kids and he loved his boys very much. We thought he would grow up to be a mid-size dog but he grew up to be the size of a full-sized collie. He was two years old when he was diagnosed with hepatitis and the prognosis was not good. The vet said that his life would be cut short because of the disease and we accepted the fact that he would live only a year or so more. The vet prescribed Prednisone and after Max was on the drug for a couple of months, he experienced significant weight gain. Be became a fat full-sized collie. The vet recommended that we take him off Prednisone and put him on a daily regimen of Flintstone vitamins, milk thistle, and monosodium glutamate.
Miraculously, Max lived another 11 years in good health attributed to Flintstone vitamins and not doing what was expected of him. He grew old and ornery but he always loved his family. When his kids grew up and went to college, he would get excited when they came home. He loved for the whole family to be together. He loved his cat Nelly. She was his best friend and she grieved heavily when he passed away. He fit right into the family and was loved and gave love.
We will miss Max a lot. He had a great life and we are thankful for the 13 years that we had together with him. His spirit will live on and will always be on our back porch.