Safe Journeys, Max

Dear, sweet Max

We were glad to have known you and to have you be an honorary member of The Herd.  Last night, the humans lit a candle and we howled to guide you on your way.  We are thinking of your family and all of the people around the world that you touched.  We also take this moment to think of all of our friends who have sent their beloved family members on to the Rainbow Bridge to wait on us.  Our humans know that accepting us into their world means that someday they will have to bear the pain that Max’s family now bears, but they also would never trade that pain for all of the joys that we furry members of the world bring to those humans.

Until we meet again.

– The Herd


  1. Kit on May 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Yes, many hearts are broken, including mine!

  2. KB on May 26, 2010 at 12:07 am

    You said it so beautifully. The joy outweighs the pain, although sometimes it doesn’t seem that way just after a loved dog passes away. It is a hard deal that we make every single time we bring a dog into our lives. But, I think that it helps us to remember to enjoy each day with them.

    Rest in Peace sweet Max – until we all meet again. I hope that you’re frolicking in the green grass with the four dogs waiting for me up there.

  3. Tanuki Maxx on May 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Beautiful! Max must be smiling from above to know that he was soo loved!

    Tanuki Maxx

  4. Sammie on May 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    What a touching tribute to dear Max. He certainly did touch the hearts of so, so many, worldwide. We ache for Caryl and her family and are thinking of them so much.
    Peace xoxoxoxo and Hugs,
    Sammie and family

  5. Sagira on May 25, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I can tell how much he was loved and cared for.

  6. Huffle Mawson on May 25, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Mum is doing the leaky eyes all over again!

  7. Clive on May 25, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    A lovely tribute to Max!

    We will miss him so much – our thoughts are with Caryl and her family.

    take care
    Clive and the NSLM

  8. Scout and Freyja on May 25, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    We need to wrap our virtual arms around Maxmom in these coming days as she adjusts to her loss and mourns the death of her best friend.

  9. Zona on May 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Very well said… Max will be missed by many.


  10. The OP Pack on May 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Very well said. Max will be missed but oh, how much and how well he taught us.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  11. Piappies World on May 25, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Greetings, Herd,

    That’s such a great tribute to Max. We will also miss him but the memories he left us will live on. Your honorary member of The Herd is smiling was he watches over us at the rainbow bridge.

    -Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & the Piappies

  12. Stella on May 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Very sweet post, Herd, I love it.


  13. the pittie pack on May 25, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    aww that was furry much touching and made ush leak the waters again. furry true words about the humans knowing we may leave them soon enuff but oh so worth the uncoditional love we provide. the sky was shinging brightly last night as they welcomed their newest angel.

    pibble sniffles
    the pittiep ack

  14. Khyra & Khousin Merdie on May 25, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Well pawed!

    Furry well pawed!

    Mom said pretty much the same thing to the vet when she let Kyrye khross: we know this day is khoming from the day we bring them home yet we do it anyway –

    We had a khandle lit fur MaxDog – and Khousin Merdie saluted him with some Golden snores!

    Khyra & Khousin Merdie

  15. AC on May 25, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Beautiful letter. Run free, dear Max.

  16. tula on May 25, 2010 at 9:42 am

    i’m howling with ya…

    bye for now max:(


  17. Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo & Molly on May 25, 2010 at 9:13 am

    What a very sweet post, guys. We were just getting to know Max and are sad that we didn’t get to know him better!

    Woofs and Kisses!
    The Fiesty Three

  18. Huskys Rule on May 25, 2010 at 8:51 am

    We only knew Max from your blog but he will be missed. RIP Max.
    Kody & Nia

  19. Houndstooth on May 25, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Very well said!

  20. Sonic on May 25, 2010 at 6:48 am

    I don’t know Max, but it seems like everybody loves him a lot. I saw his tour of your area, and he looks like a pretty handsome dog!


  21. MAXMOM on May 25, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Dear Herd
    Thank you for your touching tribute. You have been such awesome and faithful friends during such a difficult time. I really appreciate your strength and support. I loved Max so much but also learned that there was no end to the love which he himself could dispense.
    Thank you again.
    With love

  22. Homer on May 25, 2010 at 5:43 am

    A very nice tribute to Max. We are going to miss this sweet boy.


  23. Alexandra on May 25, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Such sad, sad news. He’ll be missed! 🙁

  24. siku marie on May 25, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Amen! What a beautiful reflection on a special friend who touched the world…and on the amazing complexity of our bond with humans. We, too, lit a candle to help Max on his way and will look for his bright star shining in the night.

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