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Dear Readers and faithful friends,

After a number of years of wonderful blogging, this blog has effectively become dormant - except for occasional updates regarding my book, MAXDOG. I have left this blog as a legacy to my dog and a place of sanctuary where we can reflect upon his life. Take your time, peruse the pages spanning Max's 18 months in cyberspace. Feel refreshed and uplifted because his story is an amazing one of..."LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX!"
My activities have now moved on to my new blog entitled "LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX". Please join me there where you can read about my family and canine companions. I also invite you to visit MAXDOG's FANPAGE on FACEBOOK. You can follow the specific links by clicking below:

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May God bless you and thank you for following me!
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

MAXDOG's CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

UNFORTUNATELY ALL IS NOT OK

Dear friends...


I have always tried to be authentic in my blogs. My personal take on blogging has been to share with my readers the ‘reality’ of my life. I believe that Bloggers who do this bring enrichment to the world at large. Max’s blog is no different.

In the past 18 months, I have sought to bring you the truth about our lives with our animals as well as to imbue the posts with interesting snippets and humour. Had I ignored authenticity, then this blog would have been a total farce. Indeed, because of the truth and honesty in my posts, I have made a number of ‘real’ friends across the globe.

So what happens when there is seriously bad news?

Do we seek to hide it for the sake of appeasing our own need for good, happy news or do we share our pain with the world? Again, I believe strongly that sharing one’s reality has positive consequences...People in general only learn from the trials and tribulations which others face.



Many of you will know that Max had a mast cell tumour removed 2 months ago. We were so blessed with the fact that the surgery had gone well and the tests and abdominal scans gave him the all clear. He had recovered well since then with the scar healing up and him resuming the happy, energetic and playful companion that he has always been.



In the past couple of weeks however, I have noticed changes in him...lethargy, pale gums, going off his food, flatulence and a general restlessness. He has also missed his morning visits to my bedside to check on me and that usually indicates that something is seriously amiss.

Last Monday, my observant Vet felt an enlarged liver but blood tests revealed that all was supposedly fine. He gave Max a course of antibiotics and liver support medication. On Friday last week I felt that there was a small positive change in him but it didn’t last long. On Saturday he seemed worse, so I took him back to the Vet who said we should do another scan.

Max went in for a full abdominal scan yesterday...

The reality is that my boy is gravely ill. From a clear scan two months ago, his liver is now substantially enlarged with what appears to be a very large tumour. He has a lot of fluid build up and things don’t look good at all. The technician and Vet did a number of further tests and have sent 5 slides off to toxicology. The results for those slides will only be back tomorrow evening, but my Vet has prepared me for the worst.

On face value (of the scan and his palpable condition), Max doesn’t have long to live - unless by some miracle we are granted a course of action from the test results. I have been told that we, most likely, will be looking at euthanasia in the not too distant future. In summary, Max’s condition is serious and grave.





I have decided that I am going to share the events with you all as they unfold, in the hope that this will be Max’s gift to the world. He is a great dog with a big heart and an incredible spirit. I am fully aware that he is loved by many of you and that you will also be heartbroken and devastated by this news – like I am. I make no excuses for being totally forthcoming with my blogging friends. Afterall that is what blogging is about.

I ask that you remember Max and us in your prayers.

With love

C

136 comments:

Anonymous said...

Caryl - our hearts are with you all as you and Max go through this heartache. I thank God for Max, for the amazing dog he is, and for his love for you and the family. We will hold thumbs (and paws) that somehow he is healed.
Love you all (Margie, Saxy & Obi)

Hamish Westie said...

Caryl
As owner of a much loved, aging, and weakening dog, I deeply sympathise with what you and Max are going through. And of course, your wonderful writing and photos have meant that I, like may others, feel very attached to your beautiful dog, even though we have never met and touched him.
It is clear that Max always has enjoyed a loving home with you and the best possible care, and that you will make sure that his suffering is minimised.
So while we hope for better news, we also understand that you may soon have to make some very difficult decisions, and want you to know that our thoughts will be with you all the way.
Much love.
Gail (and of course, Hamish)

kks said...

oh Max, i am so sorry to learn that he is not well....i have grown to love Max and feel your pain.....thanks for sharing this difficult time...somehow it helps to talk about the pain that we are experiencing in our lives....i will be thinking of you and Max and hope when the time comes that your love and strength will carry you through...
"pain is the price we pay for love"
xoxoxo

Mango said...

Oh Max! It is just heartbreaking when your big old body starts to fail you. I know that your mom will take the best care of you ever and make sure that you do not suffer. You are much loved.

I am sending all my mastiff vibes your way.

Slobbers,
Mango

bea's blog said...

Oh Dear,
this is all too sad!
My former dog was just the same suddenly in the age of 11. He went peacefully over the Rainbow Bridge by his own will...he was a half Goldie, half Kuvacz! I still miss him and I am still heartbroken.
Now his dad came across with a gullet cancer that is in his liver, too. Life can be very cruel!
We will be thinking of you and you are welcome to our blogs:
www.gizdog.blogspot.com and
www.bea-nype.blogspot.com!
I hope you will be having a few more happy days together. You can give him relief with Rescue Drops and maybe he can relax then...
~.♥.~
Beatrice from Germany

Augie and Ti's mom said...

Oh no! I am seriously upset for the both of you. How heartbreaking! I know there is nothing I can say to make you feel better, but know someone far away is thinking about you. Hugs!

Paxton said...

Dearest Caryl and Max

Mum and I are stunned by your sad and shocking news. It just seems so unfair to have this happen to such a wonderful and friendly woof. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Mummy and we carry your recovery up to a Higher Power. He knows best, even though humans and puppies do not always understand why things happen.

We hope that there will be good news for you and that you are not in too much discomfort or pain. Please do not give up hope. We really, really care for and love you, Maxdog!!

My bestest Woof to you
Paxton and Shirley

BRUTUS said...

Caryl and Max-
So sad to hear your news - from the second I saw the title of your post in the side bar of my blog, I did fear that tough times were coming for you.

Too recently I watched my old terrier weaken and pass. I always worried that I'd balk when the time came... Duncan never had any clinically relevant changes, his body just slowed down more & more. The day my proud, stubborn terrier let me help him up the stairs I knew the time was near. Duncan unmistakably told me on the day that he needed to make his last journey. As much as my heart ached for him, I knew what he needed and was honored to be able to help him pass to a more comfortable place. Being able to say goodbye was such a gift, and I will always treasure my final hours with Duncan as some of the best.

We will be thinking of you all in the upcoming hours and days. No matter how kind fate may be to you, there is never enough time with our loved ones. Max's life sounds like it has certainly been a gift to you, as I'm sure your company has been to him. May his heart will always beat on as part of your own, and the lessons you learned from him make his memory endure.

Godspeed, Max!

Michelle & Brutus

Jamie, Randy and Maxx said...

I just discovered your blog this monring and my heart goes out to you and to Max as well. Several years ago, my significant other and I were faced with a similar battle with our 12 year old Scottish terrier. I have just introduced myself to the world of blogging as we have a new miniature Schnauzer in our home; His name is Maxx (with two X's) as well.
--Jamie @ My First Schnauzer

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

We were so very sorry to read how bad things are looking for Max. We have not known you long but have come to appreciate his sweetness and his wonderful spirit, and our hearts ache with you. Hang on to every day, every woof, every cuddle. Love him with all your heart. That is the greatest gift you can give him.

Woofs, Purrs, and Hugs,
Tommy, all the cats, and #1

The Animal Doctor said...

oh Max,
our hearts are breaking..

the animaldoctor's family

SGR said...

Woof! MAX. My family n I are very sad reading your mom's post in regards to your health. My mom had tears. It's a hard news to take. Hopefully, sharing it will eliminate some of the pain. I will continue to send my Golden Healing Thoughts. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

houndstooth said...

Caryl, having been there recently, I can really appreciate your heartache. Max is a special dog because he is your dog and because he is uniquely himself. As they become old, it does become bittersweet. We will be thinking of you and Max and you'll be in our prayers. I'm so very sorry!

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Oh, Max and Caryl. You've touched us all with your gentle spirit and good cheer. Know that you are surrounded with love from around the world. We are praying for you.

Much love,
Cloud and his mom

Byron said...

My heart is breaking to hear this news.
Max you are indeed truly loved by many.

Much love,
Byron and his Mom

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Caryl, I cried reading this post. This is hard news, especially hard for you and your family.
We will be thinking of you and Max.

YD & the girls.

Heather and Ellie said...

Oh no. This is terrible news. We were all very glad to hear that Max was feeling better, so this is a bit of a shock.
I've heard mast cell tumors are very aggressive, and Goldens have been known to get them especially bad.

Words cannot express how sorry I am for you and your family, and of course the Maxdog.

I'll be keeping Max in my thoughts and hoping for some recovery, however unlikely.

It's amazing how close you can become through only a blog!

MurphyDog said...

oh gosh, I can't even begin to tell you how sorry I am for you and Max.

Having recently had to go thru this with Sophie KitTON, I know how heartbreaking this kind of news is.

Please know at least one thing. Max has had the most incredible life with you and your family. He has given you many gifts over the years, and while this might be one of the most difficult parts of pet ownership, you will be giving him an incredible gift as well.

Sweet kisses to Max, and big hugs to you and your family during this hard time. I will be keeping him in my thoughts and prayers and hoping, by some miracle, that he will pull thru this.

Debbie (Murphydog's Mom)

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woooo to woo all on Max's condition. I will keep my paws crossed that woo will find a way to be at peace with this. Our hearts and prayers are with woo at this very difficult time.
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Emma Rose said...

Our hearts are breaking with your news. We will keep you all in our prayers.

Blessings,
Emma Rose and the Duchess

Hi! I'm Sierra-Dog! said...

Dearest Max and family,

Our hearts dropped to our stomachs when we read this news. Please know that we will keep your family in our prayers. Thank you for sharing this news. That is part of blogging and being a community while we live worlds apart. We will be here in the good times and the bad. This is bad, very bad, and we are so sorry that this is happening.
Give Max our love, hugs and kisses from a little Golden in Arizona.

Sierra-dog and her peeps

KB said...

Caryl,

Oh my goodness. I'm sending every possible positive thought to you, Max, and the rest of your family. I've been worrying since you told us of his enlarged liver.

Take care of yourself and your boy. There's not much to say except that I hope that all of us can help give you strength.

And, I agree with the authenticity. Without it, a blog isn't real. Life is very very tough sometimes but it's better to talk about it than pretend than it's easy.

Hugs and Love,
KB, K, and R

Anna the GSD said...

Oh Max...this is such sad news and we are so sorry to hear it. It pains us to read these words.

If those tests do prove bad, then we hope you get to enjoy every last minute! Hugs and giant kisses and prayers!

The Army of Four said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Love,
Ammy

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Mom and I have just opened our GR and found this -

We are wordless right now -

We will be wishing khrossing vibeing for some time
for some peace
for some strength

The tears are khoming right now -

Please know how all of us are here for you

As some of us told Chandler's mom on Monday, the power and support of the blog world is inkhredible -

We hope you know that and will feel out virtual hugz!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra, Khousin Merdie, and Phyll

Anonymous said...

Dear Caryl and Max,

This is just breaking our hearts. Especially after seeing those lovely photos of Max and his sweet Tammy playing in the deep grass. I've said it before but our dogs are the lucky ones, they have no sense of their mortality and truly live in the moment, savoring every sniff, every kiss until they drift off to sleep.

While I've read so many similar sad tales on these blogs, I must admit that this one truly has tears coursing down my cheeks.

Sadly, it can only be virtually, but please know many arms are around your shoulders and hands are tightly clasping yours as you go through the next few days.

Love,

Jane and Petey and Mica

The OP Pack said...

We are so saddened to read this post. Life is so fragile sometimes. All is not OK, that is for sure, but we wish for you and Max peace and joy in all the moments he has left to share with you and us. Our hearts are very heavy right now. We send you our best thoughts and prayers and heartfelt hugs.

Hugs and love, Phantom, Thunder, and Kathie

brooke said...

Oh how heart breaking!
I can only imagine what you are going through, and we send you all the positive vibes and well wishes possible!
What very sad news... we wish for the best for both Max and your family!
Brooke and Darwin

Cassie said...

Max and mom, we just read in Cloud's blog that you are not doing so well. Our hearts are breaking for you....we also know the pain of losing a much loved older pup friend due to cancer. Mom and dad lost Impy, their wire fox terrier, to cancer of the liver and spleen which also came about very quickly. Clean checkup the middle of July, listless, not eating the first week in August, and at the Bridge on August 6, 2005. We are sending love and best wishes. Cassie and mom Diane

Beaglebratz & mom too said...

(from the mom of the Beaglebratz) I am sure this news was terribly difficult to share - thank you for doing it - I am so glad you did not try to cover it up. It is so hard to live with a dog who is aging and who has a body that no longer wants to work right - I have done that a few times. I pray that God will hold you & Max in His loving hands and guide you through this difficult time. We can all learn a thing or two from our furry companions - look at life and live it like they do - one day at a time - they know no other.

Ruby and Penny said...

We are so heartbroken to hear this. We are sending hugs to you and Max. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Ruby, Penny, Daisy & Mom

Tucker said...

I came over from Murphy's blog. I'm so sorry that Max isn't feeling well at all. I'm sending him good vibes that he will feel better and the tests come back with happier news.

woof - Tucker

Martine said...

Hi, Cloud sent us over. We are so sad to learn of Max's condition, we will keep him and your family in our prayers.

Martine & the kiddlets

Samantha said...

Oh Max... I know Mom is heartbroken about this distressingly sad news. Because we are and have come to love you so much through your wonderful bloggie. You ARE a gift, dear boy, and wish we lived closer so we could visit you and GOon one of your tours. I'm sending you my bestest Golden Vibes across the oceans to you in hopes that you'll be feeling better. Crossed paws here too, dear, dear Max. We loves ya and will be thinking of you lots.
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo and Big Hugs,
Sammie

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, no, Max! We were so glad when your surgery went well and we hoped for the best. It saddens us to read this news, especially knowing how it saddens your mom. We know she will do what is best for you.

Piappies World said...

Caryl and Max,

We are very saddened by your news. We do appreciate your sharing this with us. Max is truly a special friend and we feel so honored to have met you both. The least we can do is be here for you both and your family as well. Be assured that we have you and Max in our prayers.

-Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Scrappy, Bullet & Mommy Ria

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Max and family,
Madi and are read about you on Clouds blog. We wanted to drop by to say hello sweet friend and let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Mom you are very brave and strong and we know it is hard.
Hugs,
Madi and Mom

TwoSpecialWires said...

Caryl and Max. It is with so much sadness that we are writing to say to you, "We are so sorry." We come from a personal, real-life family that loves our doggies every bit as much as any other family member. And we are now part of an internet family that feels the same way for their pets, to the same extent. We know you are part of that constellation. Being so, we love Max and we do understand. And we hope and pray that blessings will surround you as you pass through the next hours and days. We hope and pray that confidence and trust and love will guide you, to make decisions that feel right. And, yes, we'll hope and pray for a miracle - knowing that miracles can take many forms.

It is a sad day for us. Just before learning of Max, we learned that Moma's brother's 20 year old poodle, CoCo, just left for the bridge. Heartbreak surrounds us. And it reminds us of the depth of emotions that families can feel. And share.

Thank you for sharing your life with us. It makes us richer and more blessed.

Love
Jake and Fergi, Sally and Nina

Tessa the Maltese said...

OMD Caryl I am so VERY sorry that this is happening to Max. I feel that I have petted him and he has given me strenth when I was down and made me laugh when I was hurting and feeling low. There is just never enough time with our loyal four legged friends.

You must know how the whole of the DWB community is with you and Max at this time no matter what the outcome is we will all be with you both there in spirit.

Know that our prayers are with Max and your entire family.

Hopeful, Blu and Tessa

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH my sweet sweet C and Max!!!
I'm heartbroken and I'm feeling totally devastated by this bad bad news....
You must be very very strong for your boy...he need you and all your and our love!!!
You have done the best thing sharing Max news with all of us...your special bloggie friends....we can feel the same sensation you're feeling...this is a wonderful world filled with tons of special people who could give you lot of help and understanding in your happy time as in the hard time like this!!!!!
I'm wordless....I have an heavy rock on my heart and I can't stop to cry...
I would love to be close to you now....giving you and Max tons of hugs and kisses and love....you're such a special friend for me...and max is like one of my babies.....
I can't imagine your pain...
But I know Max gave you and give you great moments together....he stayed close to you in your difficult days and you'll do the same for him...
you're a wonderful match and I know he will be furaver close to you wherever he'll go!!!
You and Max are in our thoughts and prayers....
and I'm praying for a miracle!!!!
I'm with you darling!!!
I LOVE YOU AND MAX Like ones of my family....
Take care and be strong!!!
Sweet kisses and hugs dear friends....

Josie said...

Max, I am new to your blog, but not new to dog love. I found you through Cloud the Wonder Dog. My mom and I will be saying lots of prayers for you and you will be in our thoughts and hearts. Much Love to you and your Mom and family through these hard times. Woof soon. Stay strong. You are loved throughout the world!

Asta said...

Dearest C and Max


Thank you for sharing this terrible news with us. You're right, we have come to love Max , how could we not, even though so many miles separate us.
We worry and cry with you, and hope for a miracle. I know how much you love your sweet , special boy. He has given you all his love as you've given him yours.

I was so happy a while ago when he seemed he had beaten this,it's devastating to hear that he has taken a turn for the worse . We are holding him in our hearts and praying that something can be done.

Mommi is too upset to wite mowe..I'm sending my love and healing smoochies to my sweet Max
love
Asta and Mommi

Benny and Lily said...

We sure do have lumps in our throats reading this news about our friend and tour guide Max. Our paws are crossed so he does not suffer. We will pray for Max. Thank you for sharing the story with us.
Benny & Lily

Gus said...

Max and Mommy..we are late in arriving, but we know we will not be the last to send our support and love to all of you. This is a strong and loving community, we will be there with you in spirit if not in body as you and Max move through this part of your journey together.

Gussie n Teka

Gus said...

Max and Mommy..we are late in arriving, but we know we will not be the last to send our support and love to all of you. This is a strong and loving community, we will be there with you in spirit if not in body as you and Max move through this part of your journey together.

Gussie n Teka

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

We are so very sorry to read this, our prayers are with you and Max.

Thank you for sharing his story with us. We will be thinking of you both.

Samantha, Holly & Zac...

Cinnamon said...

I came here from Murphy's blog. Max is such a beautiful dog. It must be so hard for his family to watch him suffering like this. I will keep my paws crossed for him.

Mochi and Mommy said...

We are so sorry and sad to hear this. Even though we are so far away, please know that we are thinking of all of you right now.

Love,
Mochi & Mommy

Ginger Jasper said...

I am also late geting here and so saddened at the sad news. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I just hope that miracle does happen.. Sending you hugs, purrs and love. GJ and Carol xx

Olive said...

Awwww....I am so so very sorry for you.. I am so sad to hear of this. Please know we are all thinking about you and are wishing for the best.

Many hugs to you and the family...

Licks from me..

Olive and family

Martha and Bailey said...

Sorry we are so late. We were so very sad to read this post.
This is the position none of us wants to face but of course we all do at some point.
That does not detract from the immense pain that these situations bring.
We hope he is able to have some more time ....... there is never enough time really, is there.
We are all thinking of you - all your blogging buddies around the world.
Max is a delight and we only need to read your blog to know how dearly he is loved.
Our thoughts are with you all.
xxxxx

Stella said...

Hi Caryl and Max:

I read about you on Cloud's blog and commented to him I was sure you were OK, that last I heard all was well.

This is a terrible shock for all of us, to think of losing this great, handsome dog so full of love.

I want you to know I will be praying for a miracle for Max to recover from this awful disease. But whatever the outcome, you know we are all with you and want to know all about this. We are truly family.

Love and Prayers,

Jo and Stella

Twinkietinydog said...

Devastated? No. We may be crying a bit (a lot) but not devastated. My family and I prefer, for now, to believe in miracles. We're going to wait for the results to see if perhaps based on those, there's a course of therapy that can bet Max feeling better. Frankie, Linguini, the stupid catz, and all of our humans and I will be right here with you--as unrealistic as this may sound. And remember, we trust you parents to make the right decision, whatever that may be. We're all grateful.
Twinkie

Anonymous said...

I have just come across your blog this very minute...I jumped from Khyra's blog...I wanted to tell you that I will hold your DEAR MAX and YOUR FAMILY very close in prayer...I am crying my prayers upwards as I type this...I am so very sorry for this news to your family of your beloved friend Max...I will return often to your blog and please know that a stranger in Arkansas feels what you are feeling and is praying over you right now...Kim

Team Husky said...

Oh Max, we are so sorry you have had some bad news and are going through a rough time. We read about you on our pals Phantom and Thunders website.

We know what you are going thru as our Prince had Fibrosarcoma and his prognosis isn't good either. He is having low does chemo treatment at the moment but the blood test results are not good.

Please visit our blog and write to us if you need to talk.

Aleeya on behalf of Team Husky

Joe Stains said...

We are so very sorry to hear this my friend. We are sending lots of strength and hugs to you and your humans.

Pamela said...

Oh Caryl, I am so sorry to hear the devastating news about Max. You are definitely all in our thoughts and prayers and can only hope there will be some positive news. I know how much Max means to you and your family. With much love, Pam H.

dewdana said...

Oh no. I am speechless. I will hope for a miricle and as much time as possible for him. I am at a loss. For what it is worth we are thinking about you and the rest of your family.
Hugs, Dana & Moose

Ina in Alaska said...

Oh no! Sending prayers for Max and your entire clan. Thank you for opening your heart to your blog buddies. We will be here for you. We too have grown to love Max from our little corner of the world. We know you will do everything that is best for your dear boy. Typing with tears in our eyes and hearts, Love, Ina, Toby, Ginger, Jeter & Halle Lots of hugs and smooches....xoxoxoxo

Ms. ~K said...

Dear Caryl,
You have written the post we all dread to make some day.
I have big tears rolling down my cheeks as I type. I know your sorrow all too well, and wish I could be there to hug you both!
You are in my thoughts and prayers,
Kit

Huffle Mawson said...

Oh Caryl, I'm so so sorry to hear about Max. I hope you can give him some love until that time comes. Know we are all here with you to support you at this tough time.

Huffle and her mum

Amber and Nala said...

Hi, this is our first time to your blog and we are saddened that it is under these circumstances. What a beautiful boy Max is. We are truly hoping for a miracle for your family. From reading what you had to say though I know Max has a great life and you will continue to make him happy and comfortable.

Amber & Nala

Cyber-sibes said...

Dearest Max,
we're friends of Khyra's, and came to show our support for woo during this hard time. Our bipeds have been down this road far too many times, and will be saying prayers for woo & your family. We wish you peace.

jack, moo & Pat

Droopy and Callie said...

Hi Max

We found your blog through Moose. We are so sorry to hear you are sick. We will be sending you good basset hound-y thought all the way from Louisiana. We hope things turn out better than predicted. We wish you and your family the best!

Lots of slobber
Droopy and Callie

Dory and the Mama said...

We are so sorry to hear about Max. We are keeping you all in our paws and prayers for good news and/or guidance as you face the days ahead.

Beth (the Mama) and Dory

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

Oh my poor Maxdog, I'm so sorry to hear about your illness. I've only known you for a short time since I'm new to the blogging world but I have grown to admire you and your mom for all that you do to share your experiences with us. Yes, that does include the bad as well and we are thinking healing thoughts for you and you just never know maybe there is something the vets can do for you.

Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

Suka said...

Hi,

I found you through Khyra. My heart is breaking as I read about your beautiful Max. I am so sorry for his pain, and yours. I pray a miracle happens. I was reading through your blog and he is such a precious, beautiful dog that obviously brings a lot of joy to your lives. Max and you are in my heart and prayers.

Peace,

K and Suka

Charlie said...

We're so sorry to hear this sad news about Max. You're in our prayers.
- Anne & Charlie

Alex93andme said...

My thoughts and many prayers are with you and Max. Debbie and Hollydog

Maggie and Mitch said...

Tears are rolling down our cheeks. Our hearts go out to you and our prayers are with you.

Love ya lots,
Maggie, Mitch and Sue

Mack and Sally Ann said...

Hello,
I am so sorry about Max. About three weeks ago I was in a similar place with my Mack. Sally Ann, Mack and I are hurting with you.
Sally Ann and Mack's Mommy

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

CRAP. That is not very eloquent, but it's what we said when we saw this...It's so not fair...he was fine...and now this...

I am so sorry you had to get this news...we will be praying for you and dear Max...and we will walk each step of the journey with you...

Sad barks,


Hugs and kisses,

Scruffy, Lacie, Stanny and Mumsie

Clive said...

We know we are so late to comment today but truly it has taken us a while to think how best to impart the news to the NSLM (you will understand we know) and now to get to post and to comment. You know how totally heartbroken and upset we are for you all ....

Murray knows now that Max is incredibly sick and he understands ... know that he sends such love and prayers your way.

We are thinking of you all ... constantly.

Fiona, Murray and Clive

The Thundering Herd said...

In reading your blogs the last little while, we were so concerned that we would read this post. And now, sadly, it is true. Max - and all of your family - we are wishing and hoping for the best of outcomes, for the strength to withstand, and for the comfort of a world of friends.

P.S. - We believe in having fun with our blog, playing around with our blog, but most important, being real with our blog. We support your decision to let us know.

PPS - We just scrolled down to our security word - samint. An "M" (for Max) in saint. We love it.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh my goodness - that is awful!! I am sorry - we have not been able to visit our blog friends much due to being so busy with our move over to Brisbane and so I have only just seen this post now...so sorry! I remember the previous scans and how happy you were that Max seemed to be in the clear. What terrible news. Our hearts go out to you - Max is a wonderful, incredible dog- as you say - we all love him. But I know you will always do the best for him and the great blessing with animals is that they don't understand things and only live in the moment, so as long as he feels your love and his family around him, I am sure he feels secure and happy - and will be at peace when it is time to let him go.

I recently did a post about Lemon, our cat who we lost a year ago, and one of the comments left by a visitor really moved me - they said that "death is not the end - it is just another path to be travelled" - and that your beloved pet will always be there, just around the corner, watching over his family.

We are thinking of you from far away.

Love,
Hsin-Yi (& Honey the Great Dane)

Lacy said...

sad woofs, ooo noo, me thought him wuz doing better...me not know what to say...but me will b here with u to the end and beyond..feel better max..

b safe,
~rocky~

iheartsnark said...

We will be crossing all our paws here in the states (human and canine) and sending positive energy your way!!

Anonymous said...

This is the hardest part of loving an animal, their lives are so much shorter than ours. Love and prayers to all of you and golden snuffles to Max.

kissa-bull said...

hewo
thish ish the houston pittie pack from houston tx
we wead about your bloggy over at clouds bloggy and wanted to come over and say that you will be in our pittie prayers everynight and we so hope for a miracle from the bottom of our furry hearts
our mommish eyes are leaking cause she has been weading your past entries and just fell in love with max's precious face.
we send you all our feel better vibes.
wiggles and pibble sugar
the houston pittie pack

Tabatha,Eclipse,and Diego said...

My heart is breaking with you! My prayers and thoughts go out to you all at this time. My own golden retriever and pup sends love to Max. I am so sorry!!!

Cocorue said...

dearest C and Maxi,

i am devastated and dreaded opening this post initially. even the little princess feels the sadness as we have come to regard you guys as family. do hold Maxi close and let him know how much we have grown to love him......and i do feel your pain and i pray that Max is comfortable....

i know he is in the best care with you

not easy typing through tears,
chikisses and much love,
Coco & lilian

River said...

He is so beautiful. We are so sorry that he is getting worse. We are thinking of you and Max here in Georgia and sending soft, loving thoughts.

love & wags,
River the beagle & mom, Stephanie

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hi Max and family,
we just checked in today and we're very saddened by this news. We will be sending good vibes and prayers your way! Think happy thoughts and live!!! Tons of love and well wishes!!

Cheers,
Maxx and family

Hoover said...

Oh Caryl and Max this is most sad. We would do anything for this to turn out well. Our best healing vibes will be flying across the ocean to you.

This has made our hearts heavy but we have much hope.

Love,

Hoover and his Human

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

We are so sorry to hear about this newest developement. Max is a beautiful friend to you. You and he will be in our prayers.
X-BabyRocketDog and Hootie
& Cassie (their human)

Maery Rose said...

I have seen you on KB's blog and enjoyed reading your comments there. I'm so sorry to read about Max. I lost my old dog to kidney failure a year and a half ago. My heart goes out to you. I hope writing about it and all the support from your readers helps.

Twix said...

Hi Max! I have seen you around the neighborhood for quite a while and never made it by for a visit. I saw on Cloud's bloggie today that you were sick and wanted to come over. I am sorry I waited so long to come and see you.
My momma is in tears reading your blog and getting to know you. We will be praying for you and your family. I know this is a tough time and there may be some tough decisions to make but you have to trust that your family will do the best they can for you. I will be sending my best Doxie healing sun rays to you.
Love, hugs, and prayers,
Twix and Mom

KK said...

I'm so very sorry. My heart is broken for you. Praying for all of you.

NinjaPonyDad said...

All of us on the NinjaPonyRanch are pulling for you.
We all know what this is like and our sorrow for you having to go thru this is palpable.
The bond between animal and human is so powerful and so sweet.
Spoil each other to the end, and know our hearts are with you

NPD

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Our heart is breaking with yours.
Our heart is crying with you.
It takes a lot of courage for you to say the words, and explain how sad thing really are.
We- your friends- will walk through this with you. You will not be alone. The world is shedding tears for you- for your family, for your faithful friend, Max. There just are no words.
love
tweedles

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Caryl and Max

We saw this post this morning but were too devastated to post a comment then. We had so hoped that Max was on the mend, so it was hard to see that title of your blog post. Know that we are thinking of you, and praying for you, and hoping you get a little more quality time together before that next hard decision.

Tucker, Daisy and mom Heidi

Stella, Gunther & Betty said...

We learned of Max from Mango and Dexter's blog. We are keeping you all in our prayers and daily thoughts.

Shannon ~ mom to
Stella, Gunther and Betty

doyle and mollie said...

oh max... ;(

Barb said...

Oh Max, I feel heartbroken about your illness. My thoughts are with you and your mom. I am just so glad that I met you last year and have some wonderful, personal memories of all of you. I know your mom will look after you with great love and care. Lots of hugs and pats from me.

Deborah said...

My Dear Friends, I am so sorry and my heart is broken for you both. Max is such a great companion and a loyal pet. He loves you so much and I have to believe all your followers did too! I will pray for Max and you and I will put him on my prayer blog. Again, I am terribly sorry for you both.
xxoo
Deborah

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

I have come here from Mango (and Dexter's) blog, although many of my friends have pointed me here. I am so sorry to hear this news. Our paws are crossed for a miracle, but if none is forthcoming, we hope that you are able to spend some quality time with Max.

*sad kissey face*
-Fiona and Family

Ben said...

There are simple truths in life..,love, life and rainbow bridges. You are truly Embracing the love and life.
May your days be filled with love.
Ben

Wild Dingo said...

Oh max, I know the liver tumors all too well, as my beloved dingo suffered from that horrible problem. I'm finding it so hard to find any words that can be remotely comforting except that I think you are so handsome and sweet and kind and loving and I do not like that this is happening to you. it pains us so greatly.

i'm so sorry. we send you lots of comforting vibes and hugs from Loki and Juno of Wild Dingo.

Sam said...

I remember stopping by here a while back to wish Max well as he went through his surgery. Today I went over to KB's blog to hear that there was new bad news.

I am really so sorry you are all going through this - you seem like such a nice person, and Max seems like a truly awesome dog.

I hope that your final days with Max are special and peaceful. You are so strong and so selfless to be doing all that you do for him.

I will be reading along and hoping for the best.

Mr Koda MD said...

Be strong Max

Koda

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Poor Max. We know you will do all you can for him and to keep him comfortable for as long as he can stay with you.

Jan Mader said...

I am writing through my tears. This blogging world keeps us close together no matter how far apart we live.

I appreciate your honest but sad words. Enjoy each and every moment you spend with Max while we pray and hope for the best. You gave me inspiration when my Kelly died...now I'm here for you...along with many others....Jan

Snowie Baby said...

hi there. we came from max's blog and read about yr condition.

we will keep u in our prayers and thoughts.
we hope u feel better and get well.

keep us updated.

lots of love and care,
snowie

Brindusa said...

Oh sweet heart, I read yesterday this post but had no power to write a single word. I know I should encourage you, but I'm so sorry for what you have to endure. I slept with you in my thoughts, last night and I woke up with you. I pet my dogs, I kissed them and I've asked them to send our prayers to their angels for you sweet Max.
We love you very much!

Noah the Airedale said...

We're are sorry we havent gotten to know Max before now. This news is devastating. You are all in our thoughts.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Sierra Rose said...

Oh Max! Sweet love you are! You have been in our thoughts for some time, and we are so deeply saddened by this news. Your tender heart, and fragile body, we know you bring that big love to all around you. Oh LOVE, this is not your time, yet we live in such a world...that love and spirit remain, but our bodies do amazingly strange and unfortunate things. We are thinking of you and sending big prayers your way.

Love, hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose, Kristin and Dave

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

We are sending our thoughts and prayers to you at this difficult time.
Wags and kisses, Dinah Bridget Elliot and Lynne (our Mum)
xxx

Sapphire said...

we just found you through Dexter. Max is God-sent, truly a dog with a big heart and spirit.

sniff,
Sapphire's mom.

Minnie-Moo (Rescue Lab) said...

We read about Max on Dexter and Mango's blog. We're very sorry to hear that he is so poorly and are sending him healing thoughts from the UK.

Muzzle (my human mum) said to tell you about the Distant Healing Network, which is a wonderful group of volunteers who send healing and prayers. You can submit a request for a pet here:
http://www.the-dhn.com/forms/petrequest.html (hope the link works).

Thinking of you,

Minnie-Moo & Muzzle
xxx

Alasandra said...

We are very sorry to hear Max is so ill. Max and your family are in our thoughts, prayers and purrs. ~Fenris, Artemisia, Socks & Scylla

elbouwii said...

we are so sorry to hear about max!
we pray for Max and humans

kissslobbers
El'bow & Hauwii

Bobby said...

Our hearts go out to you, for the hurt you are feeling watching poor Max.

Chester said...

You did right in sharing for we will all at one time will face the same thing. Just looking at the number of posts is comforting to know that we are all here for each other, to lend our support as best we can.

Our hearts go out to you for it is never easy to say goodbye to a dear friend. Max is a beautiful dog who I've only briefly known. I'm sure you will do what's best for him and that's all he would ask of you.

Give him a big kiss on that handsome face and let him know we all love him!

Chester and Mom

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

We are sooooo very sorry about this terrible news! Max, you are a wonderful blessing to your family and we are crossing all our paws and sending hugs for all of you!

Aire-hugs,
Poppy, Penny & Patches

Sally said...

We are heartbroken at this terrible news - we are sending all of our love and hugs - we are here to help and support each other no matter where on the planet they are...Lots of love
Sally and Paddy and Diana

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

We are so sorry to hear about the news...sending all of you lots of hugs, kisses,and healing vibes for Max. Hope that the tests will reveal a good course of action that will get Max all healed up!

Scottie & Audrey

The Bumpass Hounds said...

We are so sad at this news. First Chandler and now Max. Our prayers and howls will be loud and strong in your support. We lost Chance and Gordon and Penny to this disease. We join the entire DWB community in providing what support we can. Max is a GReat dog, family member and blog buddy.
- TBH&K

The Airechicks said...

We've got you tight in our hearts, thoughts and prayers - We'll be sending all the AIREZEN we can muster....

We have also asked our Angels to watch over your family and Max.

Please hold tight - Thank you for being honest about the hurt and the pain.

XXoooXXoooXXoo

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

what does one say to that--you have brought the reality of dog ownership to the forefront. this is a time everyone of us in blog dog land is eventually going to have to face. i did not know MAx but i can tell just from this one post he is a deep true companion and lived a full and noble life. he will always be with you regardless

Kea said...

I am coming from "Dog Gone It", Byron's Blog, to send Light and prayers for Max's Highest Good and the Highest Good of all concerned. Wishing you universal Blessings and Peace, no matter what difficult choices have to be made.

-Kim, with cats Annie, Nicki, Derry, and beloved "angel" Chumley

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Dear Caryl and Max,

This is our first visit to your blog. We are fairly new to having our own bloggie, and we are just now making new friends. We are so very sad to hear about Max and his condition. There is so much love shown in the previous comments, that is obvious that Max is a very special guy. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and we are sending positive thoughts your way.

Woofs and Many Kisses!
The Fiesty Three & Moms
http://fiestythree.blogspot.com

Deetz said...

Words so well spoken. My heart aches due to losing Sharkie last week to a horrible accident and I feel with you the pain of not being able to turn back time, so to say. I have had so many bloggers support me in my time of need and have in turn made wonderful friends, caring, loving and as you say authentic. True friends and I am one of those people who sends my prayers and support in your time of need.

Deetzy

Sam and Pippen said...

Max!

We are thinking of you and sending you good vibes.

Sam and Pippen

sprinkles said...

I read about Max on Cocorue's blog and came over to give you my condolences.

I shall keep you and Max in my thoughts and prayers.

I added myself as a follower so that I can keep up everything happening with Max.

Here's a virtual (((hug))) for you. Hope it helps! Just wish I had something more comforting to say beyond, "I'm so, so very sorry!"

animal lover, quilt lover said...

I am so sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!
An animal lover knows so well what you are going through because we have all been through it many times.
I have a dog that is over 12 years old and I know are time together is short. But we all die. I am a truthful blogger too.
I will pray for you and your dog!!!!
Hugs, Fern

wally said...

We will all keep our paws crossed for Max. I am glad you shared; worry is not a burden to be carried alone.

wally t.

Huskee and Hershey said...

We are so sorry to hear this devastating news... We cannot even imagine what you guys are going through.

For now, we can only pray and hope for some good news that they would be a cure for Max's health issue. Just hope that we are closer to give you and that sweet boy a huge huge..

McGillicutty said...

Oh Max! We are heartbroken! We have just began our blogging world and found you. I will keep you in my little Irish heart and prayers. I wish I could reach out and give you a big hug, man! Take care, McGillicutty
www.themcgillinator.blogspot.com

Diefenbaker said...

Max, our pack is sending our prayers your way.

--Dief

Ludo van Doggy said...

Dear Max and family.
We so sorry to hear about this awful news. I so hope you can get some of your vitality back, even though you can't get all the way better. Our thoughts is with you.
~lickies, Ludo and family.

SquirrelQueen said...

I just heard the news from Cocorue that you were ill. I wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts. We are pulling for you Max.

Lexi the Dane said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you are poorly Max! I give you my bestest wishes. Me and my person are thinking positive thoughts for you and your family!

Licks,
Lexi

Teal'c said...

Hi Max! Reading the post made me howl and my mom cry!!!! We are nor the praying kind of family but we send you lots of positive energy and love from the other side of the world! We are thinking of you and your family and have fingers and paws crossed and hope you will be better soon!
Stay strong!
Slobbers and hugs from Down Under - Master Teal'c and family

Becky said...

Max - I have just read several of the blog posts and what an impact of love you have made. I send my love from Utah that you are not in too much pain at this time and able to spend time with your family. Much love to you and your family and our prayers are with you.

Nika + PARKER said...

MaxDOG - We are just reading this now, catching up on our dogblogs! We are devasted!!!!! So sorry this is happening to you. Mom and I are sending lots of positive puppy vibes your way!!!

Parker + Mom
from the great white north.

marinick said...

Dear Max
I've just arrive at your blog from Homer and Missus's blog. I'm very sad for this new... I can't belive... Lovely dog must live for 100 years...
I became a fan of your grace days, and I'll read you daily.
Licks and a pawshake

Homer (the Spanish)