Max - The Pitbull Who Saved Me

by Wendy
(Guffey, CO)

Max the mountain dog!

Max the mountain dog!

Max the mountain dog!

Max and my grand daughter
Max and I

I got Max at a 7-11 store in April of 2003 when he was 7 weeks old. I was told he the last of a litter of 15 puppies and the owner had to get rid of them since he lived in an apt.


I had a drug problem at the time and I do believe Max saved my life. How could I look at this sweet friend and not "be there" for him? How would I have felt if he had caught some disease because I couldn't afford to get him his shots?

So, I cleaned myself up and have been clean since early 2004. I HAD to be there for this beautiful, precious dog who just adored me almost as much as I adored him.

Max is a very gentle and sweet soul who is very vocal. His favorite words are, wooo, woooo, wooo, woooo! His talking is one of my favorite things about him(and he talks all the time)besides his sweet, gentle nature.

His biggest goal in life is to "please." One day he knocked a squirrel I had been feeding off the fence and was within inches of having it in his mouth when I yelled "No" to him and he just stopped in his tracks and laid down.

In 2005, I lost my 19 year old son to cancer and it was a very difficult time as one could imagine. I cried a lot and didn't know how I was going to make it through. Lo and behold if Max wasn't right there when I was sad and in tears over my son's illness, and then his death in March of 2005.

Max would lay his big head on my lap or on my shoulder and look at me in such a way that I just knew he had to "feel" my pain as well and was trying to tell me everything would be ok. Max has always been full of love. He's a lover, not a fighter!

Max was again there for me in 2007 when I lost my oldest son to suicide. He brought me much comfort in the most difficult times of my life. He is my constant companion. Max is the best dog I have ever had (first Pitbull), and I have had a lot of dogs over the years.

It's hard for me to understand the bad reputation the pitbull has knowing how my Max is. He seems just the opposite of what their reputation implies. I owe my dog a lot and I will always be there for him as he has been for me.

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Jan 13, 2011
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Max
by: Jan

Wow! what a great story-it should be posted everywhere that people have the negitive attitude about Pits-I have never owned a Pit,but I have friends that have several,and I have NEVER seen a bad side to their dogs,and just like your Max,they listen to every command they are given without hesitation. I am so happy that Max brought you back from your addiction,and it sounds like you have a real "best friend"-one that is there anytime you need them to be,and you and Max have that magicical connection that only comes from love,trust,loyality(on both sides) that so many people have with their best buddy,and it will last a lifetime. I am so sorry for the pain you have endured-losing two sons-but it is the greatest gift anyone can have is a partner who helps you through the worst times in your life. God bless you for taking Max that day at 7-11--you two were meant to be together,and I pray that the rest of your lives together be as happy as possible.

Jan 13, 2011
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God's angels
by: Cheryl

Isn't it amazing what these dogs can do? They have eyes that reach right into your soul and they know everything without a word being said. They are God's angels on earth. Anyone who is fortunate enough to be owned by a pit is truly blessed. My girl, Belle is so smart and beautiful. She knows just what to do and when to do it. If you are sad, she becomes a clown and makes you laugh. If you are in pain, she snuggles close to you and relaxes you with her warmth. She loves deeply and unconditionally and never expects much in return, just love and of course, food.
I'm so glad you have Max to be with you in your life journey. I wish you the best and send you my prayers.

Jan 14, 2011
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max your savior
by: Jay

I was just so happy to read your story about a wonderful dog who saved your life, probably. I have never had a pit bull myself till this year, she's lab/pit according to the vet & she does look like a pit to me. She's goofy, affectionate & when i seen her name was Angel, i knew she was meant for me, cuz i live in severe pain from fibromyalgia & even tho her picture didn't do her justice, i knew when i went to see her, i'd be bringing her home, as i am so into dogs. Esp bigger dogs. Your Max is obviously very tuned into you (as most dogs are, but some more so). My lab mix who is 13 has been my best pal for years, but i wanted a dog for when that day comes that she has to cross that Rainbow Bridge. I couldn't have asked for a more affectionate dog, she kisses me all the time, sleeps with me every night, right against me & is very smart in most things. She plays a lot, very active & now that i know the personality of a pitbull, i would get another in a minute. Your Max sounds like just the sweetest dog & i am so glad you found a loving soul that helped to heal your heart thru so, so much heartbreak over the loss of your sons. Of which i am very sorry for you too. It seems you have had more than your share of sorrow, and I'm glad Max is there to help you. Dogs are so tuned in to us, there aren't too many dogs that aren't. I've always been a lab mix dog but now i would definitely take a pit/mix anyday, but pref with lab, as they have always been my favorite breed. I also love German Shepherds, well, it's hard to say; i love all dogs, but large dogs especially. Anyhow, i am happy you & Max met & bonded & i hope you can have him around to live to a really ripe old age, as he has been such a godsend to you. If you'd like to look up my story of mine, look up Angel, in Wisconsin, from J. Jameson. My story isn't as horrible as what you've been thru but thought you might like to see her picture. Take care & give your handsome boy a hug & a kiss from another dog lover. Hugs from Wisconsin.

Jan 14, 2011
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Pitbull Angels
by: Anonymous

While I am so very sorry for the tragic losses of your sons, I am equally as happy for you to have Max to help you through the pain and sadness. The comment left by Cheryl on 1/13/11 titled God's Angels really says it all. My own pit, Tex, got me through the loss of a 16 year marriage, my diagnosis of MS, and my son's drug addiction, all happening within a year. There were many, many times when Tex was the only bright light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel. Sometimes all we can do to hold on is to hold on tightly to our pitbull angels. And, thank God, they are always right there for us with exactly what we need at that particular moment. Anyone who has never been loved by a pit can never really understand how special they truly are. Good luck, and my God bless and keep you and Max.

Apr 13, 2011
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Jerrys Pittbull Chevy II - Lover not a fighter ...
by: Anonymous

Pittbulls get a bad wrap because of alot of foolish owners make them mean and teach them to fight . Ive had two pittbulls niether were mean but the smartest kindest most loving dogs in the world . I can understand someone needing a dog for protection and thats one thing but to make a dog fight for fun thats just a crime and the laws should be more severe about that ...I totalled my Ford truck yesterday and Chevy II my pitt puppy 4 months old flew out the window cause we were hit by a van going 60 mph Im so glad hes ok just got a bloody mouth . Concusion for me but we are ok . Dont know what I wouldve done if he was killed , hes just like a kid ...Pittbulls are great loveable dogs if you teach them to be ...

Apr 14, 2011
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Our precious companions
by: Anonymous

I'm glad you and your pitbull are ok. I know what you mean about if something were to happen to our precious, loving companions. I think a part of me will die when the day comes I have to say good bye to my baby.

Apr 25, 2011
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I Have Chills
by: Sharon Sereneck

I read your story, Wendy and I found myself crying. I am truly sorry for your loss and I am keeping you in my prayers. I saw the picture of Max and before even reading story I told my husband to look at his eyes. That is one very intelligent little man, I told him.

I too went through some problems with drugs right before Izzy came into my life. One day while at home alone I found myself sad and just crying. I felt so lonely and I had sat down in my bedroom on the side of the bed away from the door so I would not disturb my babies (4 dogs). I just wanted to be alone. I sat there crying and feeling very un-needed. I told God I was tired. I had beat my problem but I was not feeling good about me. No one needs me anymore I told God. My husband and I were going through a difficult time and I was simply put, emotionally a wreck. From the corner of my right eye I saw this nose peek around the foot-board and Izzy slowly eased her head around to look at me. She watched me and waited as if to see if I would call her to me. I had to smile through my tears and I told God I was so sorry. I was needed. There was no body on earth who could love my Izzy the way I did. I put my arms around her neck and pulled to me. She let me put my head against her and cry some more. People have laughed and even called me crazy because I tell them that Izzy is my gift from God. There is not one day that goes by Izzy doesn't make me feel loved, by God and her. So please know someone knows how you feel about Max. And I am quite certain he feels the same for you.

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You're story brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on sobriety...if no one has told you in a while...I'm proud of you!

Jun 24, 2013
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Goodbye Max
by: Anonymous


With sadness, we said goodbye to our sweet elder bull Max at 10 y/o.06/23/213.He was my first pit bull and he was my anchor through a lot of tough times including the passing of my sons. He never left my side. He got sick in the night and was gone come morning. I camped out on the living room floor with him for half the night and so glad I did because it was our last night with him. We didn't know he had hemangiosarcoma, and had a tumor on his heart. Thankful he didn't suffer long. He was very loved and we miss him so much.

Jul 09, 2013
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Your beautiful Max
by: Jay Jameson

What a handsome boy he is. I'm so glad you have him, sounds like w/o him, you may not be here, i would say you both saved each other. I hope you still have him. I have my first pit mix, i posted a pic on here a few yrs ago under the name J. Jameson but can't seem to find it (if you want to see her pic). I am SO VERY SORRY you lost 2 sons, that had to be very, very hard to cope & w/o Max, you may have not made it. Take care & know that i am a fellow pit lover & now read up on them so i know the breed. So nice to read your story. Very inspiring.

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