We had to put our beautiful dog, Maxa to sleep on Tuesday (22/9). She was 15 and a half years old and physically, she was worn out.
Maxa was a very strong spirit – stubborn, dominating and yes, rather difficult ! To be fair, she was difficult all throughout her life, yet her companionship far outweighed this.
We got her in 2001 from the NCDL (National Canine Defence League), now called the ‘Dogs Trust’, from their old centre in Leeds. As a young dog, she was incredibly energetic and could run like the clappers. The combination of this and being bright as a button, very independent and a prolific hunter caused us a fair few problems. She would run off regularly (sometime for hours), ‘on the chase’, only coming back when she was ready. She certainly used up at least seven of her nine lives that way !
She was always very affectionate with us and loved meeting people and dogs she liked. She was a great companion dog and lay in her bed in my studio every day for the greater part of her life. She was a huge focus in our lives, for the fourteen and a half years that we had with her. We’ll miss her so very much, the house now feels very empty.
Finally, I’d like to say that I feel the experience of having Maxa, has improved me as a person.
Here’s a selection of photos of her taken over the years (in no particular order). It’s a nice way to remember her – as the strong, spirited creature she was, not just the physically and mentally (to a lesser degree) worn out dog who needed full-time care in her final years.