A Tribute to
Max the Marvelous Mountaineering Dalmatian
July 27th '84
- July 20th '98
At 6 weeks and 6 lbs the
start of a wonderful life of adventure together
"My Baby Dog"
The first night home was
spent in a box beside our bed. I was so worried that he wouldn't
sleep that I spent most of the night watching him. He slept peacefully
, I stayed awake , he already had me trained!!.
Some how or other we survived
those early months!!!!!
When Max was 11 mths old
we flew from Cleveland, Ohio out to the Rocky Mtns. on vacation.
He discovered the fun of sliding down steep snow slopes in the
mountains and later in life taught Emma how to glissade down as
Jeremy ( our younger son)
and Max had a very special close relationship. When Jeremy would
leave to go back to school Max would refuse to kiss him goodbye
even to the point of turning his back. He continued to do this
right up until the last time he saw Jeremy, 3 days before he died.
Max maintained a good relationship
with all three cats. Unlike the three girls Emma, Tessa &
Rosie, he never chased them.
Susie was an ardent admirer
of Max from the time we brought her home. Here Max can be seen
practicing snuggling in his sleeping bag before going backpacking,
Susie looks on wondering whether or not to join in
In 1987 we moved from Ohio
to New Mexico and in 1991 introduced Max to backpacking in the
canyons on Cedar Mesa in Utah . He used to carry all of his own
food. We would often pack with some of our friends from the Unitarian
Church in Los Alamos and he became the mascot for the group. He
used to "herd" us along the trail , making sure that
everyone was keeping up with the party and hadn't got lost
Max with his beloved "Daddy"
Terry in Grand Gulch, Utah during a back pack
My favorite picture of
Max. This was the last day of a very long hot 6 day backpack down
Grand Gulch and he was very tired
Max and friends from the
Unitarian Church of Los Alamos on top of Mt Yale, Colorado. Max
climbed thirty 14,000' mountains in Colorado and many, many more
mountains in New Mexico.We always put his name along with ours
in the log books at the tops of the mountains.
On top of Castle Peak in
the Maroon Bells Colorado, patiently waiting for part of "Daddy's"
sandwich. People were known to suddenly find their sandwich eaten
if they weren't careful!!
Emma became a member of
the family in 1993 and the following year Max introduced her to
the mountains in Colorado. This was the top of one of the many
climbs they did together.
Love that cool clean mountain water
We took Max on one last camping
trip with us into the canyon lands and deserts of Utah, even though
at this point he was incontinent and couldn't walk far, we wanted
to give him one last special treat before saying goodbye. He loved
it, he seemed energized by it, and I truly believe it gave him
2 extra months with us. With bent back and stiff legs he patrolled
the perimeter of our camp site morning and evening, making sure
everyone was safe.I will always remember seeing him silhouetted
against the desert skyline making his rounds. I felt then that
he was saying goodbye to the land he loved so much and will carry
that memory in my heart forever
Now he is gone from us and free
to chase the marmots from one side of the mountain to the other
as he used to when younger, free from the pain and confusion that
accompanied his last few weeks.
On July 25th Terry and Jeremy climbed
Blanca Peak in Colorado and put an old collar of Max and a name
tag under the rocks at the summit, Max climbed Blanca 6 years
ago. Next year we will take some of his ashes and scatter them
in the canyons of Utah and the mountains of Colorado so that he
may run free once again.
dearest "baby dog" you are forever in our hearts
"We who choose to
surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own,
live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable
to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We
cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding
the necessary plan..."
Again Prince" from Separate Life Times
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