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My beloved Max has been gone almost 3 years. Max was 14 years old and developed congestive heart failure. The vet kept him on medication for a while but he suffered several seizures during this time so on Monday morning june 20th, 2005 Dr. Gerald put him to sleep. My wife and son and I were all there. I had Max cremated the next day at All God's Critters and still have his ashes.

Max was a miniture Schnauzer who we had for 14 years. He was my constant companion and best friend. I still miss him very much and think of him every day. Even tho it has been 3 years i still think of all the walks we used to take together and can still picture him laying at my feet or playing in the yard chasing squirrels and birds.

I received a copy of Rainbow Bridge when we had Max cremated and thought how beautiful it is. I just found this web site today and thought this might help.  Thank you

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Oh, Don--I think that will be me in another 2 years and 5 months.  The pain never leaves us, I'm afraid, and our furchildren will always be in our hearts.  My little Teddy girl developed a congestive heart after acquiring kidney disease.  Along with that, she had cataracts which led to her blindness and also she was going deaf.  Despite all that, she gave a gallant fight to the end--she was 15 years and 8 months.  I guess that's what makes it harder on all of us.  We take such good care and bond with them that when it's time to go, the grief is unbearable.
     Welcome to this wonderful site.  There are so many here who know what you're feeling.

                Many thoughts & prayers your way---Teddy's Mom


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Dear MaxsDad,

I saw your post and I knew that I had to reply.  First let me say that I am so sorry for your loss, and I so understand how you could be struggling 3 years after your precious Max left for the Bridge.  I believe that I will always mourn the loss of my dog.  Sometimes we are blessed with a very unique and strong connection with a special furbaby, and when they leave they take a part of our hearts with them.

I too lost a very special Max last December, also to congestive heart failure, also making the very difficult ultimate decision to help to send him on his way.  My Max was a ShihTzu, just 11 years old, and he was my heart.  We, too, did everything together.  I have had an especially difficult time going out to garden this spring, because my sweet Max was always right beside me, chasing squirrels and bunnies and birds.  I miss him so much and feel his absence in everything I do. It's been a tough 6 months and I am sure that when 3 years have passed I will still be missing him every day, just as you are missing your beloved Max. 

I hope that you find that it helps you to come here to this site.  It has been a lifesaver for me.  The support and understanding found here is so healing, and the people are wonderful. Come back and share stories about Max and pictures, too, if you have them. I will keep you and your Max in my thoughts and prayers.  Know that he will always be with you, and that your very special bond will never end.

Sending warm thoughts,
MaxsMom ~ Joanne 


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Maxs Dad

My Rupert has been gone 18 weeks coming Monday and I don't think I will get over his loss.  He was diagnosed with kidney disease 14 months before then and I never thought it would take his life so soon.  He was 15 and I feel ever so cheated.  I loved him, looked after him well and he always had access to water.  Why kidney disease?  I have his sister and she has eye problems now and I dread what will happen to her.  She looks the same as him only smaller and is my last link to him.

Sometimes I think I should give another cat a loving home but I feel disloyal to Rupert.  And then if I lose it I will have to go through this pain all over again.

I don't think we ever get over losing our special pets.  It is like torture what we have to endure.  Maybe in the future.

Your love for your dog is real and youyr feelings are normal.

Thinking of you Ruperts Mum


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Dear Don

I am so glad you found this website.  It truly does help.  There are so many wonderful caring people here who are going through the same thing.

I am so sorry about the loss of your Max.  I don't think we ever completely get over the loss.  It's part of who we are and I think part of what makes us so compassionate towards animals.  We know how amazing they are. 

I had a miniature Schnauzer named Heidi.  She was our first baby that we got right after we got married.  She has been gone now for 20 years, but I still think of her and remember the joy she brought to our lives.  Your Max will always have a special place in your heart.

Sending you hugs
Kate (Gus' mom)


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Oh, Don, when I read your post I just had to write.  I am so sorry you had to say farewell to your beloved little Max.  Each "anniversary" of our beloved little ones' passing can be so difficult.  I can tell he was simply the light of your life and is so deeply missed.  My heart goes out to you. 

I lost a beloved little miniature schnauzer on March 24, 2006.  It was one of the worst days of my life, and it forever changed me.  You can read about him if you like by searching under WooWooWoo for my thread entitled "Please Help Me Honor Little Arthur on his BridgeDay."

Miniature Schnauzers are little angels, and such loving and devoted companions.  May wonderful memories of your sweet boy comfort you and bring you peace.

Betsy's and Arthur's forever mom


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Dear Don:
I tried to respond to your Post last night but I just could not find the words.  I lost my little Angel Christopher over 14 months ago yet the pain of his loss feels as if he left yesterday.  Your post reaffirms what we all feel-grief lasts Forever.  It is the price we pay for Love. 

Losing Christopher has changed my life Forever.  I still cry for him every day and know I always will.  There are so many days where I feel as if I am suspended in time.  I feel as if the world is passing me by in slow motion.  Everyone around me seems to have moved on, but here I sit in tears and in pain missing my Precious Angel as much today as the day he left. 

I am so sorry about your loss of Precious Max.  Your bond with Max sounds much like mine with Christopher-Christopher and I were one and always will be.  I am glad you found this sire as it is filled with wonderful caring people who understand your overwhelming and on-going grief.  Thank you for posting about Max.  I think it helps us all to see that we are not losing our minds as the pain does go on Forever. You and Max are in my Prayers.  May God's Angels Always watch over Max and keep him safe until he is in your arms once again.

Big Hugs
Georgeann and Christopher

My Precious Angel
You Are My Man And I Love You

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Dear don
I dont think that we can ever get over losing our dearest friends and companions.  I have 8 at the bridge now and I still miss each and every one of them.  I am sorry, 9, my little Shelley I didnt have very long so no photos.
Once we have opened our hearts to the pure love that we receive from our babies, we can never be the same.  God Bless your Max.  Di xxx

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I too am very sorry for your loss.  I just 10 days ago lost my furdaughter Yngwie and ran across this site.  The people and support here are phenomenal.
I too know the continued pain of missing other furbabies as well. 
Please join us for the Candle ceremony tonight.  I lit my first one last Monday and just knowing I was welcomed in this community  seemed to help alot.

In Love and Light
Jennifer ~~ Yngwie's mom
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