15 years young

15 years ago a little black doggy was born, we had no idea she even existed until we saw her big floppy ears and spotty chest in a local pet store. She was the last one left and although I know better than to support pet stores now, at that time in my life I just had to have her.

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We named that little puppy with the big ears Maxi, she spent her first few weeks hanging out with her gal pal Murray at my sister in-law’s house while we found a more suitable place to live. Maxi didn’t go to puppy school or obedience classes but we did call in a trainer to help us learn how to walk her properly because she had a tendency to pull and we knew nothing about training a dog. Many mistakes were made however Maxi’s nature was so sweet that she won the heart of everyone we knew, my Mum is particularly fond of her and would have been happy to make Maxi hers.

Maxi was a high energy puppy and loved to play, this didn’t change as she grew into a large dog however her favourite thing to do was race around in huge puddles of water. When our local park was flooded, she would do zoomies through the water, mouth open and tail tucked under. Occasionally she would throw herself on the ground and do what we called her commando roll on the slippery, soggy ground. When she was bored or feeling the heat, Maxi would dig. She dug holes in the lawn, in the garden and in the sand at the beach. Maxi still digs, evidence sticks to her nose and her nails and in one corner of our yard there is a huge hole and it is getting bigger. Maxi is the ‘diggingest dog‘.

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Maxi as a puppy and chewing on her first bone.
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Maxi enjoying the last few licks of a Magnum ice cream

Our dear Maxi girl is now 15 years old, her face is almost all grey and her hearing isn’t great however she still loves her walks and tries to coax Bundy into playing with a stiff but meaningful play bow. Arthritis means the walks are short and even though she starts out strong, after 15 minutes the pace has slowed dramatically and Maxi is ready to take her place on her bed. As a geriatric dog, doggy dementia has become a reality. Maxi has a tendency to wander off halfway through her dinner and needs reminding to return to her bowl, leftovers are not something that our barrel shaped boy needs to indulge in. During the night, I hear her nails click-clacking on our tile floor as she paces through the house and when I get up to let her out she looks at me as if to say “What are you doing Mum? I don’t want to go outside”. She has a knack of knowing exactly when I get settled in bed, because that is when she actually wants to go outside and sometimes then she will walk out the door, turnaround and immediately want to come back inside.

None of this is a major problem, Maxi’s vital signs are still good and since having a couple of bouts of pancreatitis she is on a strict diet which helps keep her weight down and in turn, make it easier for her arthritic legs. We are so happy that Maxi is still in our lives, she was our first fur kid and has been with me through many ups and downs. Maxi is the reason I became an obsessed crazy dog lady and proud dog Mum. At the moment she is sleeping soundly on her bed in her favourite spot near the front door, she likes the view from there and the slight breeze helps her stay cool.

Happy Birthday my beautiful girl! Thank you for the unconditional love and the joy you have given me.

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18 thoughts on “15 years young

  1. Nina March 6, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Your Maxy reminds me of my dog Micky, who is 17 or 18 now. I left him back in Indonesia with my sister, but every time I visited my sister, Micky was the only dog who remembers me though he is blind now. He is a survivor, who survived distemper, food poisoned as well as the recent case, being mulled by another dog which make him difficult to walk now… 😦
    I miss him a lot.

    Thank you for sharing your story about Maxi, and happy birthday Maxi… 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2016 / 11:35 am

      You’re welcome and Maxi says thank you for the birthday greeting 🙂 Dogs bring so much to our lives. I’m glad you have Micky even if he you only see him every now and then it sounds as though you have a very strong and special bond.

  2. fredrieka March 6, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    I remember my pawsome sister Cissy. Her hearing was fine but she barked more often because the slightest things scared her. I miss her, but know she is being held my God.

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2016 / 11:37 am

      We can never forget our wonderful and pawsome family members, they give us so much love and joy. Maxi says thank you and she likes to bark at the slightest thing as well, partly because it makes her little brother get out of bed 🙂

  3. colinandray March 6, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    If only so many other people would realize the huge addition to one’s life…. created by a dog, then perhaps our shelters would not always be at capacity. Loved the emotions clearly displayed in this Post. 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2016 / 11:40 am

      Yes, I don’t understand how some can so easily discard their family pet. Dogs give so much and ask for so little in return. I’m glad you enjoyed my birthday post, not sure whether I will get to write another one for Maxi so I wanted to make it special.

  4. Ogee March 7, 2016 / 2:42 am

    Happy Birthday, Maxi! And thanks for being such a gift to your mom. Amazing how a lives are changed when canines and humans adopt each other.

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2016 / 11:40 am

      Maxi says thank you with love and licks! 🙂 Life would be very dull without our fur-kids.

  5. Lyn March 7, 2016 / 6:07 am

    Happy birthday Maxi, I would love you also.

  6. Fabulous Fur Friends March 7, 2016 / 10:39 am

    Happy Birthday Maxi, and may have you have many more happy days with your wonderful family x

  7. restlessjo March 7, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Awwh! 🙂 🙂 What a happy day for both of you!

    • twoblackdoggies March 10, 2016 / 1:01 pm

      Thanks Jo, it was a happy day and Maxi loved having more chicken for dinner 🙂

  8. kareninhonolulu March 9, 2016 / 2:26 am

    That was a beautiful story. I’m so happy Maxie has done so well. Shows what love and attention can do.

    • twoblackdoggies March 10, 2016 / 1:04 pm

      Thanks Karen and we’re so happy that she is doing well after a rather nasty bout of pancreatitis in 2013, we weren’t so sure that she would make it to 15. Love and attention, we give it and we get it back tenfold 🙂

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