June 6, 2003
Maxx Furstenburg
1984-2003
Age 19

Vicki with her beloved Maxx

Maxx came into rescue with Small Paws® two and a half years ago at 16 1/2 years old. His original owners had taken him to a Topeka, Kansas Kill shelter. On the paperwork there, where it asked if their dog had any bad habits, they had written the words..."Getting old.":(


Susan Sebring rescued 16 year old Max that day from the shelter where he was on death row for "getting old."

After I announced that we had rescued him to our mailing list, I got a phone call from Vicki. She left a message on my machine I will never forget. It said, "Robin, if no one else has come forward PLEASE please let me have Maxx. I already love him."


We saw Maxx each year at the Okie Bichon picnics. Here he is with Vicki's other Bichon, Bella. We would later learn that someone had tried to kill Maxx at one time. Chest X-rays showed a bullet in his little body. He had a will to love and a will to love.


Maxx was well loved. Of that there is no doubt.



God Speed Maxx. We will see you on the other side. Bless your little heart.


From Vicki:
"Jan. 14, 2001 was a remarkable life changing experience for me. That's the day I got Maxx. I really wasn't sure what I was getting myself into because I never had a 16-year-old dog before and I wasn't sure how long he would live. I knew I was setting myself up for a broken heart because Maxx couldn't live forever, but that didn't matter. Maxx deserved to be surrounded with love and to have the best life possible whether it was for a month, a year, or now it's been almost 2 1/2 years. Yes….I have been blessed with Maxx for 2 ½ years. It hasn't always been easy. He has had bladder stones removed, he's blind, and deaf and I thought his time had come this past December to cross over to the Rainbow Bridge. I have such a special love for Maxx that is so hard to explain because I would do anything for any of my dogs. But it is Maxx who has given me so much in return and showed me never to give up because he certainly hasn't. He most definitely has the Bichon spirit of love and forgiveness. He has the strongest will to survive that I have ever seen in a dog. He was dumped at a kill shelter when he was 16 (because he "was too old") he survived being shot in the chest, and when infection had made him so weak and lifeless, he bounced back once again. He still has mostly good days when he bounces around like a rabbit with excitement, but I know the day is coming when I'm going to have to say good-bye. It brings tears to my eyes to think about it. Would I do it all over again? Absolutely, without a doubt. Adopting a Senior dog is not for everybody, it can be challenging. But if you want to have a special unconditional love that these dogs can give, I urge you to open your heart and your home and give it a try. The rewards are many and you will be blessed a hundred times over. You will not regret it when you see how a Senior dog will blossom when given another chance.

If you have adopted a dog over the age of 10, write me personally and send a picture if possible. I'm trying to get some testimonials to put on Small Paws® home page to encourage the adoption of the older dogs.
Omalou@aol.com"

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