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Our Saint Bernard, Max

****REST IN PEACE, MAX. YOU WERE A TRUE AND FAITHFUL FRIEND AND FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT****

215 POUNDS OF SLOBBER AND LOVE!

Our beloved pet and family member was diagnosed with widespread lymphatic cancer in early November, 2006. He hadn't even had his fifth birthday when we got the sad news. While I'm sure the cancer didn't happen over night the manifestations of it did. One day he had the appetite of a horse and the next day he refused to eat anything. After a few days of this I knew something was wrong and got him to the veterinarian. The chemo and other medications that he is on have given him some bad side effects but he's still plugging along and being taken care of like a patient in a hospital. When the cancer was discovered he had lost weight down to 140 pounds but with some TLC I've managed to get his weight up to 215 pounds, 35 pounds more than he has ever weighed. Of course, the steroids he is taking increases his appetite but that medication also has some unwanted side effects. He has had a course of 12 chemo treatments with an additional chemo treatment every three weeks in addition to 4 chemo pills every other day. The cancer appears to be in remission but the veterinarian told me that Max could not be cured, only given a little more time, maybe a year to 18 months. Max is one of the most gentle, loving and sweetest dogs I've ever owned or known. I can only hope and pray for the best for him and do what I can to keep him comfortable and help to get him well again. Friends like Max don't come along every day.

Our precious dog passed away today, June 10, 2007. What a great companion he was and how hard he tried to hold on. Goodbye Max. We love you dearly.

Max And His Family
Max And His Family
What can I say??
What can I say??
And so it goes.......
And so it goes.......
Early 2001 #1
Early 2001 #1
1/26/01
1/26/01
Early 2001 #2
Early 2001 #2
Early 2001 #3
Early 2001 #3
Early 2001 #4
Early 2001 #4
Bubba & Max--Spring, 2001
Bubba & Max--Spring, 2001
Spring, 2001
Spring, 2001
Bath Time #1
Bath Time #1
Bath Time #2
Bath Time #2
Bath Time #3
Bath Time #3
Bath Time #4
Bath Time #4
Amanda & Max
Amanda & Max
Adam & Max
Adam & Max
Amanda & Max
Amanda & Max
4/15/01
4/15/01
6/9/01
6/9/01
8/17/01
8/17/01
Max & Bubba playing
Max & Bubba playing
11/20/01
11/20/01
11/20/01 #2
11/20/01 #2
12/8/01
12/8/01
Christmas 2001
Christmas 2001
12/8/01 #2
12/8/01 #2
Amanda & Max   12/24/01
Amanda & Max 12/24/01
Max & Bubba 5/11/02
Max & Bubba 5/11/02
5/11/02 #1
5/11/02 #1
5/11/02 #2
5/11/02 #2
7/17/03 #1
7/17/03 #1
7/17/03 #2
7/17/03 #2
Sniffing my Big Dog shorts
Sniffing my Big Dog shorts
9/26/03
9/26/03
Max licking his lips 12-24-03
Max licking his lips 12-24-03
Amanda & Max 12-24-03
Amanda & Max 12-24-03
A much photographed pooch
A much photographed pooch
2/25/04
2/25/04
Grooming day  5/29/04
Grooming day 5/29/04
December 25, 2004
December 25, 2004
December 25, 2004
December 25, 2004
December 25, 2004
December 25, 2004
December 25, 2004
December 25, 2004
December 25, 2004
December 25, 2004
December 25, 2004
December 25, 2004
Max's cousin, Miss Daisy
Max's cousin, Miss Daisy
Miss Daisy & Chloe
Miss Daisy & Chloe
Miss Daisy
Miss Daisy
Max gets a haircut and bath  5/7/05  #1
Max gets a haircut and bath 5/7/05 #1
Max gets a haircut and bath  5/7/05  #2
Max gets a haircut and bath 5/7/05 #2
Max gets a haircut and bath  5/7/05 #3
Max gets a haircut and bath 5/7/05 #3
Max gets a haircut and bath  5/7/05  #4
Max gets a haircut and bath 5/7/05 #4
Waiting for a treat 9/14/05
Waiting for a treat 9/14/05
Ahhh....cheese  9/14/05
Ahhh....cheese 9/14/05
And Beggin' Strips too!  9/14/05
And Beggin' Strips too! 9/14/05
9/18/05  #1
9/18/05 #1
9/18/05  #2
9/18/05 #2
9/18/05  #3
9/18/05 #3
9/18/05  #4
9/18/05 #4
Max Kaleidoscope #1
Max Kaleidoscope #1
Max Kaleidoscope #2
Max Kaleidoscope #2
11/19/06  #1
11/19/06 #1
11/19/06  #2
11/19/06 #2
11/19/06  #3
11/19/06 #3
There will never be another you!
There will never be another you!
Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday Max
Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday Max