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Faithful friend

January 7, 2009

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To the editor:

To some people, he would not be considered a dog of good breeding or high status. He was a mixed breed: malamute and chow. When my wife and I picked him up from the Lawrence Humane Society on May 31, 2001, we never suspected how much joy, love and dedication he would bring into our lives. We named him Maximus in irony. He was so gentle and friendly, the exact opposite of General Maximus from the movie “Gladiator.” We called him Max.

I walked Max around the neighborhood every weekday evening if weather permitted. Max had many friends and admirers, especially many children who loved to hug and pet him. Max loved to be patted and stroked, and even kissed on the top of his head. (We tried to stop kids from doing that!)

On Dec. 29, Max left us, a victim of a physical defect in his heart, probably present since birth. Strong and healthy in every way, he suddenly had difficulty breathing. Dr. Ermeling and her staff at Gentle Care did everything they could, giving Max their technical skills and giving us their compassion.

I have never known a more loving, sweet and faithful companion. My wife is a faithful supporter of the Humane Society and is proud of the many pets she has gotten from animal shelters through the years. We love you and miss you, Max. After we grieve for you, you can be sure we will go to the Humane Society and take one of your homeless buddies into our home and hearts.

Doug Vickers,
Lawrence

Comments

Lynn731 5 years, 3 months ago

When I lose my black lab, I don't think I will replace her. No other animal could compare to the love, companionship, and emotional bond we have. She is going blind, and it is a challenge for us to help her deal with it. I am going to need help to deal with when I lose her. Thank you, Lynn

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ontheotherhand 5 years, 3 months ago

Doug, I am sorry for your loss. I got my dog from the Humane Society almost 14 years ago and she has brought me great joy. I have a hard time thinking about her age and how I probably don't have more than 1-2 years left with her. I hope you find another wonderful canine companion when you are ready to take that step.

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spankyandcranky 5 years, 3 months ago

The Lawrence Humane Society is great! Not only do they take care of animals when many people seem financially unable to, they also have a screening process to make sure that the pets will have a loving home once adopted. They need all the help they can get. If you don't have money to adopt or donate, think about volunteering. I recently read that they had to cut two job positions there, even though their animal intake is increasing. I LOVE my cat that we adopted from them. So many cute and friendly animals are there just longing to see a friendly face and get a little attention.

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madmike 5 years, 3 months ago

I understand. We lost our two golden retrievers last yeas, one was 12 and the other was over 13. I miss them.

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CLARKKENT 5 years, 3 months ago

HAVING GONE DOWN THIS ROAD, LOSING OUR 14 YEAR OLD FAMILY FRIEND, WE WAITED AND GOT ANOTHER FROM HUMANE SOCIETY. THE NEW FRIEND HAS WORMED HIS WAY INTO OUR HEARTS.FOLKS, IF YOU WANT A PET, GO TO SHELTERS, AS THERE ARE SOME WONDERFUL PETS TO BE ADOPTED.

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