One year on

One year has passed since we said goodbye to our dear old Maxi. We have almost 16 years of wonderful and funny memories, at home we reminisce about her antics and have a chuckle and some bring tears to my eyes. Her nighttime dinner dance was always entertaining, she would stand in the doorway with a goofy look on her face, jump in and out and twirl around in excitement. We had our first storm of the season late last week, the thunder and lightning reminding me how much we used to dread storms when Maxi was alive. Storms terrified her, she would shake for hours, drooling all over the floor as she paced through the house and nothing would help her settle. It was so frustrating for me, there was nothing I could do to help her and when a storm hit in the middle of the night we all would end up a little on edge. I don’t miss those nights yet I would do it all again if it meant she was still with us.

I remember the first day we saw her as though it was yesterday, she was all ears and legs and she was the last of the litter. At the time we were living in an apartment, no pets allowed so we walked away convinced that we would not be getting a dog. Maxi was still there a few days later which had to be fate, she was meant to be ours. Too scared to walk to the car, I had to carry her in my arms whilst juggling bags of goodies that would help us get through the first couple of nights (in secret of course). Sneaking a dog in and out of an apartment isn’t easy and keeping cream coloured carpet pristine is impossible with a puppy around. The search for dog-friendly accommodation began and we made arrangements for her to stay with family for a few weeks until we could all be together in our own home.

For a long time after she passed I could feel Maxi’s presence in the house and would catch myself looking for her in her favourite spot under the Poinciana tree near the front fence. That particular spot provided Maxi with full view of our yard and she could also keep watch over our street, barking at neighbours, strangers walking past, and random cars. It was where we always found her when we got home from work, waiting for us with a happy face and wagging tail.

There is no replacing Maxi, she was not just a dog, she was our first dog and a member of our family, a beautiful soul with a soft and gentle nature. Maxi brought much love and laughter into our home, I wonder if she knew how much she was loved in return.

Gone but never forgotten, I will always love you my Maxi girl xxx

Maxi the dog

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6 thoughts on “One year on

  1. Fabulous Fur Friends October 17, 2017 / 10:18 am

    Beautiful memories to have Sam, glad you can now look back and enjoy the special years you had with her.

    • Two Black Dogs October 18, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Thank you Kylie, she was a special girl and as much as I miss her I am so happy to have all those wonderful memories.

  2. myplaidheart November 6, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Your post brought tears to my eyes. Losing a beloved pet is a hurt unlike any other. The photo of your Maxi is just beautiful. She looks like she was a precious girl.

    • Two Black Dogs November 7, 2017 / 9:45 am

      Thank you. I have to admit that re-reading what I wrote and seeing that image of Maxi brings tears to my eyes too. She was very much loved and as much as it hurts to lose them I could not imagine a life without a dog at my side.

      • myplaidheart November 7, 2017 / 12:01 pm

        I agree wholeheartedly.

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