My beautiful Maxwell has not been well for several months. Yesterday we helped him make his journey to the Rainbow Bridge to meet with Halley, Isis, Kepler, Hubble, Mr. Newton, Buddy, Gimbal, Tesla and Tycho and Trouble. His spirit was alive but his body had betrayed him.
He started having seizures about a year and a half ago that we had under control with a very low dose of potassium bromide. ISU vet teaching hospital classified his seizures as idiopathic. Whatever was causing the seizures started to take its toll on the rest of his nervous system (according to the neurologist). His back end became progressively weaker. He was losing his hearing and his sense of smell had decreased. For a blind dog this is devastating.
Maxwell had been blind since birth. However, you would never have known it. He could run and woof with the rest of the herd in the backyard and never miss a step. He got around the house like a champ. Most people never knew he was blind based on his activities. He loved to walk, and was always in perfect heel position. Food was a great passion for my Maxwell so it was fortuitous that he liked walking. He was also my morning cuddle dog. When Randy got up in the mornings Maxwell took over. On cold mornings when he stretched his 70 lb collieness out next to me it was shear heaven.
My beloved Maxwell, we will love you forever. You are greatly missed. – Ann and Randy & Huygens and Hadron