Tribute to Our Sweet Puppy and MARR Rescue


June 28, 2012 to May 1, 2014

Tracy and I feel so blessed to have had Maximus as part of our family.  Raising him was such a wonderful experience!  He was such a happy, intelligent, playful, and affectionate puppy. 

At times he could be a bit of a handful, like a human child, he would test the boundaries, and required mild corrections to help him learn what was acceptable behavior and what was not.  Being the incredibly intelligent little guy that he was, he did learn, too.  So much so, that for the last ten months of his life, Tracy and I repeatedly discussed what a wonderful dog he had become.  He was well trained, well socialized, and well behaved, with such an easy going disposition.  Everyone that met Maximus fell in love with him.

Although Maximus was only with us for twenty short months, he filled our lives with love, laughter and happiness.  We have so many wonderful, happy memories of our time with him.  Here are just a few:

We will always remember the day we adopted Maximus.  We picked him up at Jodie Baker-Jackson’s house on the morning of August 31, 2012.  He was so cute that you could easily say he had us from “Hello!”  We were so fortunate to meet his wonderful and loving mother, Ruby too.  What a unique experience since this is so often not the case with rescued dogs.


During the three hour ride back to Kansas City, he didn’t sleep a wink.  He was so intent on looking at Tracy and I, and he wanted so badly to be in physical contact with both of us, that he stretched his little body across the arm rest of the car in order to touch my arm with one of his front paws, while still keeping his back legs on Tracy’s lap.

Once home we took some time to introduce him to his new big brother, Mr. Luke, and big sister, Ms. Kiya. 

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Then it was off for a quick bath, which he was not at all happy about, at all!  He howled, barked, whined, and even growled at us as we cleaned him.  But, once the bath was over, and Tracy wrapped him up in a warm towel, fresh from the dryer, he passed out from exhaustion right in her arms.

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We can’t help but chuckle every time we think about Maximus learning to go up and down the stairs.  Going up was, at first, exhausting for the little guy, as he hopped from one step to the next.  Going down however was never a problem.  He would slide on his belly and kick his back legs from side to side, giving him the appearance of being an over-sized frog.


We will also never forget the first time he followed his big brother and big sister all the way to the farthest point in the yard, then looked around and realized how far away he was from us.  He came charging back across the yard as fast as his little legs would carry him.  He was so cute and so tiny!

Maximus and his big brother, Luke loved to play and they quickly became the best of friends.  Not only did they chase each other in the backyard, but the inside of the house was fair game too, especially the living room.


We were so proud of Maximus when he won a local “Cutest Dog Brand Rep” contest by a landslide, with more than 330 votes.  His next closest competitor only managed 54 votes.  The prize was a one hour photo shoot with the professional photographer.  Of course we weren’t terribly surprised, because we thought he was pretty darn cute from the outset, but it was still nice to have our opinions validated by the voters!  The first picture is the winning photo we submitted for the contest, and the second one was taken the day of the photo shoot.

Who could forget Max’s first Christmas, when he decided to supervise the lighting of the Christmas tree.

To truly tell the story of the life of Maximus we must include a bit about his happy little demeanor.  Maximus was such a happy puppy, but most especially when Tracy and I would arrive home from work.  When he would hear the garage door go up, (the signal to all of our dogs that we are arriving home), he would race to the door waiting to be the first to greet us.  As soon as the door would barely begin to open, our happy little man would kiss the back of our hand while we held onto the door knob, usually before our wrist had even crossed the threshold of the doorway.  His little nubby tail would wag at about 100 mph as he waited for us to set down our belongings, and then he would shower us with an endless supply of kisses. 

Maximus had no problem expressing his happiness, either.  He would often get so excited that he could no longer contain himself, at which point he would spontaneously burst into song!  It was as if he was talking to us telling us how happy he was to start the day, or that we had arrived home for the day, or that he was playing with his favorite toy.  He was such a happy little man!


In December of 2012, Maximus had his first experience with snow.  Tracy and I couldn’t help but laugh at the funny way in which he ran around our backyard attempting to pounce on every little drift of snow that would blow by him.  As he moved around, he would also kick up little rolling snowballs, which fascinated him to no end.  He romped and played with his big brother, Mr. Luke, until they were both exhausted and ready to come back inside.


Tracy and I were both absolutely heartbroken when Maximus passed so unexpectedly! Our affectionate and happy puppy, Maximus filled our lives with love, laughter, and happiness for twenty brief months. He was a member of our family, and we were, and still are just devastated by his passing. He was a big part of our family, and the adored baby. Words cannot adequately express the tremendous sense of loss we feel over the passing of our sweet little man.

We wish we had been there to say goodbye and tell him how much we love him. We wish we were with our puppy, our friend, right now! We will never forget him.  He will always be in our memories.

We would like to thank everyone at MARR for allowing us to make Maximus a member of our family. The benefits we've received from our association with MARR have far outweighed any donations or contributions we could hope to make to the organization. We feel so blessed to be a small part of the MARR family!

Maximus, our sweet boy, you will remain in our hearts forever.