Thursday, May 6, 2010


Dear Maxi...

I know you're not well
I'll just let you be...
But I must tell you
What you mean to me...

You're my companion, my hero,
My life-long friend!
We are side-by-side
'Till the bitter end!

We've danced in the grass,
We've sniffed all the smells,
We've routed out rats,
And other "no tells"!

Us running "Free"
 has been part of my glee,
In the parks, in the ponds
Lying quiet under a tree.

I've licked your wounds,
I've stood by your side
I've nothing to hide!

I know you love Mom,
You're devoted to her,
But our bed is OURS
Where we will not stir!

The mornings I've loved
When we've played in the sun
Lying on your back
As I've nipped at your tum'!

You're fun that way!
...and also at dusk,
running trenches in the garden
with absolutely no fuss!

You can have my bed
and so too my treats,
You can ALWAYS go first,
despite TOFFEE's bleats.
But Ibises are mine!
You always knew!
One day! One day!
I'll catch one...especially for YOU!

Thank you for insisting
on our evening walk.
Getting Mom going
and learning to 'talk'.

You've always been there
to take the lead,
Showing the way
In your every deed.

So now, my Max
As you sleep through the time,
I'll be there for you,
I'll tow the line!

You are my hero, my companion,
a really special friend!
I love you, MY MAX
Until the bitter end!

With lotsalicks from


Cocorue said...

My first visit after a long while to say "hello" and you brought tears to my eyes with this beautifully written, heartfelt letter from Tammy.

I feel so sad yet so comforted by the sight of these two soulmates. If Tammy could speak, this is exactly what she would have said. In fact, her Eyes says it all.

much love,


Jake of Florida said...

What a special reltionship. Those paws on Max's shoulder say it all: "I love you Maxdog, and don't you forget it!!"

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

the magic sleigh said...

What a lovely tribute to a special kind of love. This brought tears to my eyes.
Makes me want to run out and get another dog, but not yet, I keep telling myself. Between Kira's illness and Scampi's psychosis....

I know Tammy is going to have as much trouble with this as you are. God bless her.

-Kira The BeaWootiful's Mom

My Mind's Eye said...

Max Mom well done...I know there is a better word(s) for this but at the moment that is all I can think of.
Madi and Mom

Sheila and Bob said...

Those photos and those words, their is nothing to say.
Tammy, Thank you for sharing your devoted love.

Sheila & Bob,
Mom & Dad to
Hamish & Sophie

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

The words are beautiful, but the photos are priceless. Tears for both Tammy and Max.

Hugs and Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

KB said...

What a beautiful letter/poem. The photos go with it beautifully and the love that Tammy feels for Max is so clear.

Thanks for sharing. My thoughts are with all of you.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

A beautiful poem of love, friendship and a bond that will continue past this life.

Heather and Kelly said...

Ohh...what a sweet, sweet letter!
And the pictures too...Max, you have a very special girl there.

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Sweet Tammy, your devotion to Max shines through in every photo. We're so glad he has you there by his side, along with MaxMom. We should all be this loved...

Much love,
Cloud and his mom

Jans Funny Farm said...

Aw, such devotion.

Mrs. JP said...

I am speechless. The thoughts and photos flowed so well together just like Tammy and Max. They are two peas in one loving pod.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Just beautiful n precious. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

Oh my....we has tears now.

Sheryl said...

**removes glasses and wipes eyes***
Tammy Girl, that was beautiful. I am sure the MaxDog feels the same way towards you. Just lay there and be with him. You are a GREAT companion.

Emma Rose said...

Big tears here.

Martine said...

Wonderful words and also wonderful photos. We can feel all the love shared by the doggies and their Mom.

Best wishes to all of you from Alsace/France

NanaNor's said...

What a wonderful love letter to Max. What a pair these two pals make-my heart not only breaks for his human family but for Tammy as well. The photos show a deep love and devotion-something we should all learn from these two companions.
Thank you for sharing.
Noreen & Reggie

kissa-bull said...

you are so special with words.tammy's letter to max is just priceless and precious and im crying in my office hoping no one notices all the tears streaming down my face. their love is one of a kind.imagen how dogs love each other unconditionally and so deeply. us humans can be lucky to one day learn to love another human with so much devotion.

Jacqueline said...

Such love and devotion between those two sweethearts...I love their photos together, especially with their heads together and Tammy's paw on Max's face...The love of animals is great and profound indeed...Blessings to all of you who live with and love Max everyday; love is the most important thing in this world and you guys are lucky enough to cherish it in each moment.

brooke said...

awww beautiful poem and great pictures to go with it.

sprinkles said...

This open letter is so beautiful! It made me cry. It's going to be really hard on Tammy too when Max goes. Keeping him in my prayers.

The Life of Riley said...

What a wonderful life Maxdog has - to be loved so much, not only by his mom, but also by his girlfriend. My mum has been thinking of getting me a fur-friend of my own sometime, and this letter and the lovely photos have made her eyes leak as she sees the special bond Max and Tammy have.

Thnking of you all,

Clive said...

Beautiful photos and such beautiful words ...

take care
Clive and the NSLM

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

Those photo's and those words. The tears are flowing here. The love and devotion just shines through.. Thank you for this very beautifula nd very poignant post.. LOve Carol and GJ xx

Scout da 'triever said...

Our momma had all those wet things comin' out of her eyes again. She does that a lot when she thinks of Maxdog. Our momma has a very tender ♥, yes, she does.

Dear Miss Tammy (the fair):

I, Scout da 'triever, will be your FUR-end and will l♥ve you from afar, Miss Tammy, when you need a knight in shining armour to chase away bad dreams when dear Maxdog can no longer don his breast-plate and mount his white steed to PURRtect, you, his lady fair.

I PURRomise to be loyal and true and to always place your he♥rt above mine. I make this pledge to you and to the Noble Max - I will l♥ve you from afar and will always be true.

Signed, Scout da 'triever in Michigan

The Thundering Herd said...

How totally beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Valerie Cummings said...

O M D!!! What a lovely poem from Tammy girl. Im at a loss for words!! Love, Valerie joey and Kealani

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

I have expressed to friends that Tammy's feelings throughout all of this were something to keep in mind -

The humans won't be the only one feeling the loss -

Thanks for sharing this -

houndstooth said...

That was beautiful! It was a lovely tribute to Max!

Lorenza said...

We are crying here reading your beautiful post!
We know Tammy loves Max a lot!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Golden Samantha said...

Old leaky eyes here. Wow, you can just string out the poems and they have substance too - you are amazing. Very moving and the photos that accompany are just wonderful. Thanks so much for showing us in such a specially beautiful and talented way how much you, Tammy, love your dear Max. And Max, I love you and your pack too - so much xoxoxoxo
Sammie and Mom

Nika + PARKER said...

You are all blessed! Thank you for sharing with us that special letter. Makes us just as blessed to know you all. Maxdog we are with you even from far!

KK said...

That was precious.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Tammy-Girl! What a Most Beautiful poem and a very much loving tribute to the very special Maxdog. You two are oh-so-lucky to have loved so much. Um, but I have to go now and takes care of my mom cuz her eyes are all leaky.

We luvs you all!

Wiggles & WAgs,

Unknown said...

Ahh, Juliet has nothing on sweet!

Your pal,


Bouncing Bertie said...

Tammy girl, Max is so lucky to have you by his side, and he knows it.
Big hugs to the both of you.
Toodle pip!

ocmist said...

Such a beautiful expression of the love that you and your family share with Max, Tammy! Your pictures are crowning jewels to the words of love!

We think it it just awesome the way that you have chosen to help out other animals that are in distress, too! It's like there are HUGE bubbles of Rainbow love being formed at your place and floating up and around the world to all of us. Grammy and the Country Corgis

MySpecialDoggies said...

What a beautiful letter and what beautiful doggies you have. I'm sitting here crying as I re-read this wonderful post. My Neeli is sitting next to me - knowing that soon she too will be saying similar things when her K9 sister Apples' time comes.

Wet licks from Neeli & Apples, and hugs & kisses from Nadine

Deborah said...

That was beautiful.

Ms. ~K said...

Oh C,
This post is one of your best!
Tammy's love for Max is overwhelming.
Thank you for always finding a way to make us, your loyal readers, feel a part of your family.
Hugs to all,

3 doxies said...

That is one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read. I sit here and cry knowing the inevitable of Max's life. I also know in the end, it's not about us and how the blogging community has loved him...nor his human family (though I know it will devestate you)but it's about his Tammy-girl and how it will affect her as well. She is going to be so heart broken and that just makes me cry. They have a beautiful relationship.
Puddles mum

Sunny,Scooter, (sometimes Jamie) said...

That is beautiful. I so wish things were different. Max sleeps most of the time now?
He knows you and Tammy are there. Always remember, hearing is last to go and whether you think he hears you or not, he does...
soo,soo hard
God Bless you and Max and Tammy and the whole pack

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Awwww ... we love this poem. It's so very special and heartfelt.

Happy mother's Day to Max-mom and love to Max and the whole crew.

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Max Mom & Tammy girl,
That is a bootiful poe, simply bootiful and very heartfelt.

♥♥♥♥Team Husky♥♥♥♥ said...

Oh wow, I have tears streaming down my face. That is a beewootiful poem Tammy and Maxmom and a bit too close to home for us at the moment as we lost our dearest Prince to cancer a week and a half ago.

We so know what you are going through with Max, just be grateful he is still here with you (as I know you are) and make the most of the time you have together. Prince and I went on some very special outings in his last few months, I will never forget those.

If you need someone to talk to or ask anything please don't hesitate to contact me.

Team Husky's Mom - Aleeya

Tweedles -- that's me said...

This poem has reached in and touched my heart. It is so beautiful. No other words are needed to express the bond between Max and Tammy. It is so heart felt, than I can feel it in my bones.
We are behind in visiting, but we hurried over to read this love poem

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Precious as are the photos.
hugs to Tammy Girl and Maxmom.