If you have an animal - dog, cat, etc. - do me a favor and give that animal a great big hug right now.
They say your dog is your best friend. As I was growing up, Maxine was definitely mine. I remember picking her up when she was six weeks old with my mom. I remember training her through the holidays. I remember when she was a rambunctious little dog who would run away and then come back. I hadn’t been as involved in Max’s life after leaving Florida but I always remembered how much she meant to me - which is why it is so painful to hear she has passed. I’ll always love Max and remember the good times we had while I was growing up. She was the best friend any kid could have. I’ll miss you and love you forever, Max.