3/18/2008 – 3/10/2017
Byron Center, MI
Loyal Best Friend, Loving Family Companion, Official Ironwood Golf Course Labradoodle and Famous Calendar Dog. Max was without a doubt the friendliest canine around with his endearing smile, charismatic personality, happy go lucky stride, and fluffy wagging tail. He taught us all how to enjoy life “To the Max!" thru his running, swimming, digging, critter chasing, stick chewing, golf cart riding, pizza eating, mud-loving moments. He won recognition as Mr. May 2015 and Mr. July 2017 in two international turf dog calendar photo contests, a huge accomplishment! Max was everyone’s buddy, pal, and friend. He never passed up an opportunity to sit next to someone, get scratches, and offer compassion. He helped many of us weather the storms of life. Max loved unconditionally and was surrounded by love when it was his time to cross over the rainbow bridge into heaven after a very sudden yet courageous battle with Primary Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA), a disease which took him from this world all to soon. Those who knew and loved him miss Max deeply, the atmosphere at home and at the golf course isn’t the same without him roaming around but we know he is with us in spirit. You will forever be in our hearts Max. You never let a critter go unharassed or a hand go un-nudged. You were truly one in a million!
In memory of Max we are raising money to benefit the research being done on IMHA at the College of Veterinary Medicine. They are working to identify gene mutations responsible for the development of the disease. Their goal is to use the research to better understand the disease mechanism and disease triggers, and to develop a test that can help breeders decrease the incidence of the disease. They also hope to use the results of their research to help predict disease severity and response to treatment.