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The Day That Max Died

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 13 June 2017 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

On Tuesday, Max had to be put down. For a couple of months, his little body has been imploding at an increasing rate.There was nothing to be done to heal him. It would have only continued to get worse. Max was a bundle of explosive joy. He was a constant companion. He was a true soul friend. He took care of me. I could not possibly have loved him more. Today, it is hard to focus on gratitude. But above all, Max was a precious gift.

Shortly after his death, Ellie and I took a short walk in the Timberhill Natural Area (one Max's frequent haunts). I took this photograph. The dark, brooding clouds express to some degree how bereft I feel. But underneath the clouds are a field of gorgeous white daisies that delight the heart. That was Max who always brought beauty and wonder and healing and wholeness. Max's life was cause for great, great celebration!!

(Studio was used to express what I have been feeling.)
Image may contain: cloud, sky, tree, grass, outdoor and nature

NIKON D500 1/800 second F/13.0 ISO 100 210 mm (35mm equiv.)

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Sad to read this bad news ! beautiful atmosphere in the meadow !

13 Jun 2017 6:44am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I am so sad for you both. I know how hard it is to lose a precious dog or cat. I have lost both and there is nothing worse. They are not "just pets", they are family. I remember when you got him and how precious he was. It seems like it was just yesterday. I always enjoyed the photos you posted that included Max. I loved the photo of Max in the water in April, and all the others. My heart hurts for you and Ellie. You said it well - he was a precious gift.

13 Jun 2017 1:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A terrible loss indeed. The image is a nice tribute to Max.

13 Jun 2017 6:31pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, clouds & colors!
L O V E L Y !

13 Jun 2017 8:07pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

My sympathies. We had the same situation with out "Daisy" a few years ago.

14 Jun 2017 1:12am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

beau ciel

14 Jun 2017 1:25pm